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Lemon Artichoke Pork/ Chicken/ Turkey Wings


I’m a huge fan of lemon. I really enjoy the taste of capers, and I actually like artichokes. These three items seemed like they would work well together, so I decided to create another recipe! Enter Lemon Artichoke (whatever white meat you choose).

I’ve made the recipe with chicken breasts and turkey wings so far, but I KNOW it would make an awesome pork roast or pork tenderloin recipe as well. Even better, it’s super easy!

Ingredients:

Meat of your choice to serve 4-6 people.

2   14 oz cans of artichoke hearts (I used quartered)

1   3.5 oz jar capers

2 lemons, quartered

 

Process:

Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Chicken, CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pork, Recipe, Turkey

 

Crockpot Taco Soup


I LOVE tacos! I LOVE easy crockpot recipes! This recipe is a delicious combination of both!

Ingredients:

3 qts chicken broth

14 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

14 oz can diced tomatoes

12 oz fire-roasted green chile peppers

1 lb turkey meat

1 onion

1 cup salsa

1/4 tsp. each of garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and dried oregano

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. ground cumin

Process:

Cook turkey meat.

Put turkey meat and all other ingredients into the crockpot.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with sliced avocado and paleo crackers for a delicious meal!

 

Crockpot Stuffed Peppers


As previously mentioned, I’ve been doing a lot of crockpot meals lately. They are just SO much easier to prep the night before and cook the next day while I’m working. Here’s another great crockpot recipe for you!

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Ingredients:

1.5 lbs ground turkey (beef or chicken would be fine, too)

4 green bell peppers

1 onion

2 cups baby carrots

1/2 head cauliflower

6 oz can tomato paste

2 tsp oregano

Process:

Cut the tops off the peppers and scrape the seeds out.

Place the onion, cauliflower, and carrots in the food processor and chop finely.

Move the onion mixture to a bowl and mix with ground turkey.

Add oregano and tomato paste.

Scoop the mixture into the peppers.

Place them in the crockpot and add the extra ground meat mixture beside the stuffed peppers.

Add 1/2 cup water and cook on low for 8-10 hrs.

 

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Ground Beef, Paleo, Pork, Recipe, Turkey

 

In the Crockpot: Pepperoncini Pepper & Mushroom Pork Loin


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O.M.G.!!!! Don’t let the picture fool you; this meal is DELISH!!!! Brett and I have cooked it three times in the past two-three weeks. It is the new FAVE!

A couple months back, one of my girlfriends told me about this really delicious pork she makes. She told me she made it with pepper juice and mushrooms. I remember thinking that I’d try it out, but that I wasn’t sure I’d love it. I ended up making it one day, and now I can’t stop making it! It is SO GOOD! Did I mention that it’s good?!?!?

Thank you, Brooke, for sharing! I am greatly indebted to you and hope to provide you a recipe one day that you love as much as we love this one!

For the recipe:

1 pork loin or pork tenderloin (any size that will fit in your crock)

1 large jar pepperoncini peppers (I use a 28 oz)

1 jar of sliced mushrooms OR sliced fresh mushrooms (I use 6 oz jar)

Process:

Put the pork in the crock. Pour the juice (or entire contents) of the pepperoncini pepper jar into the crock. Pour the jar of mushrooms into the crock. I always cook mine for 8-10 hours (just because that’s what time I get to it), but it’s done after 6 hours. Small tenderloins will require less time (check after 4 hours).

 

For added variety, you can add a can of diced tomatoes! It is also very good! :)

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pork, Recipe

 

Loving the Crockpot: Bacon Apple Stuffed Porkchops


I got the recipe card you see below from http://paleopot.com/2011/04/stuffed-pork-chops-with-bacon-apples-and-garlic/.

Add 1-2 cups of chicken stock to the crock for added moisture.

I served it with boiled brussels (boiled in chicken broth) and steamed veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) seasoned with seasoned salt and a bit of lime juice. YUMMY!!!

ENJOY!!!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Pork, Recipe

 

Paleo Crockpot


So…. I guess you can tell life has been quite busy by my lack of posts. Sorry about that. I have some delicious recipes to share with you, though! Even better….they are SUPER easy!

This week, I have used my crockpot nearly every day.

Monday I used it to boil chicken to make chicken salad with. It was so tender that it shred on it own. I simply put in several trimmed chicken breasts and chicken broth and left it on low while I was at work.

Tuesday I used it to make Beef Bourguignon…which you’ll see a recipe for below. It doesn’t look pretty, though, so I don’t have any pictures. IT IS DELICIOUS, though!!!

Today I used it to make apple and pecan stuffed porkchops. Very yummy!

Tomorrow I’ll use it for pineapple porkchops. Can’t wait to try those!!!

It has been a very easy week for delicious dinners!

First of all…. I have always loved using my crockpot, but I have equally hated cleaning it. It usually sits in the sink “soaking” forEVER before I get around to finding room for it in the dishwasher or washing it by hand. ENTER slow-cooker liners. OMG! They are my new favorite kitchen staple…. yes, I used the word staple. Granny B would be so proud!

I know you are waiting for the recipe, so I’ll get to it. I found the recipe on Pinterest, but you can find its actual location by clicking here. I did slightly change up that recipe, so here’s mine below.

The Tools:

- 6 qt. crockpot
-slow-cooker liner    :)
- 2.5 lbs beef stew meat (a little more or a little less would work, too. I actually bought an english roast and cut it into pieces and it was WONDERFUL)
- 6 slices bacon
- 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bag baby carrots (or sliced carrots)
- 1 T herbs de provence
- 1 t sea salt
- 1 t black pepper
- 3 oz tomato paste
- sprinkle thyme (for a bit extra seasoning kick!)
- 2 cups red wine


The Process:

Put three of the strips of bacon down on the bottom of the crock (no need to cook them).  Add the garlic and then dump the meat on top.  Toss all of your herbs and spices in the crock with the tomato paste and shake it all up to make sure it’s coated evenly.  Lay the last three pieces of bacon over it all, throw in your carrots and pour the wine over the top.

I actually put my crockpot in the fridge overnight with the bacon, garlic, meat, spices and 1 cup of wine in it. The next morning (very quickly before heading out to work), I added the 2nd cup of wine and the carrots.
Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours.

Tip: If you so desire, you can ladle some of the juices out and reduce them on the stove with some arrowroot powder; this makes a fantastic gravy!

Tip: If you have extra time, sear the stew meat on the stove before placing in the crockpot for extra flavor.

We had zucchini (sauteed in bacon fat and seasoned salt) as another side.

ENJOY!!!

picture does not belong to me. It is borrowed from http://ourlifeinfood.com/2009/12/23/beef-bourguignon/.
 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Beef, CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

Crockpot Honey Apple Pork Loin


I did a little crockpot experimentation this week! I was looking through an order form for Tastefully Simple, which I used to sell, and saw a honey apple glaze. It sounded good, but I knew it would be loaded with sugar, so I decided to make up a recipe using honey and apples.

Brett and I really enjoyed this easy dish! Eating the pork and apples together was delicious! I served it up with steamed carrots and sauteed zucchini!

Ingredients:

Pork Loin, 2.5-3 lbs.

Red Delicious Apples, 3 sliced

Honey, approx 4 T

Cinnamon, 2 T

Process:

Lay the apple slices (from two of the apples) in the bottom of the crockpot.

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Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cut slits in the pork loin (approx 1/2″-3/4″).

Drizzle some honey into the slits.

Then place apple slices into the slits.

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Place the pork loin into the crockpot.

Drizzle the top with the remainder of the honey.

Place the rest of the apples on top.

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Then sprinkle the whole thing with cinnamon.

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Cook on low for 7 hours.

For more flavor, you may poke holes in the pork. Then place the pork loin in a bag with honey and cinnamon and marinate it overnight.

Note: After some reviews of the loin being to dry, I have figured out why…. I own a crockpot that has a lid that completely seals off any moisture from escaping the pot. It is the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Crockpot. It’s cheap and it so much better than any crockpots I have used in the past. If you have issues with your food drying out when you cook it, you should definitely look into getting this one. (I don’t get anything for promoting this crockpot, by the way.)

 
 

Easy Crockpot Chicken


This has to be one of the EASIEST meals ever!

Brett and I purchased two chicken from J & J Farms about a month back. I had never cooked a whole chicken before and wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Then Nicci over at My Path to Paleo posted this easy chicken recipe!

All I did was thaw out the chicken. This took two days in the fridge. Then I sprinkled lots of seasoning on it. I covered the outside and inside. You can use any seasonings you like. I then placed it in the crockpot on low and cooked it for 6 hours. That’s it! Just the seasoned chicken goes in…no juices!

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I used this Emeril’s Chicken Rub (which is Paleo).

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For the sides, we cooked up some fresh green beans, sliced some tomatoes, and steamed some squash! It was DELISH!! I like a lot of flavor on my chicken, so I sprinkled more rub on it!

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Crock-Pot SMOKED Beef Brisket


“MONEY!”

That’s what Brett called this meal. It was SOOO good. I know you probably get tired of me saying that about my own meals, but I wouldn’t lie to you about our meals. If they were just OK, I’d tell you that. If they totally sucked, I’d tell you that. The truth of the matter is that Brett and I feel like we’re eating at gourmet restaurants every night….and every bite really is just scrumptious. When I found a recipe for beef brisket with a smoked flavor that’s made in the crock pot…I was ALL. OVER. THAT.  Nothing beats a good crock pot meal. Easy prep. Easy cleanup. This meal was no exception!

Ingredients

  • 4-7 Lb Beef Brisket
  • 3 Cups of Mesquite Wood Chips     (I used hickory wood chips)
  • 2 Tbsp Sea Salt, 2 Tsp Lemon Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Sweet Paprika, 1 Tsp Cayenne    (I did not use paprika)
  • 1 Tsp Oregano, 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder, 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground White Pepper
  • Parchment Paper

Cooking Steps

Combine all of the spices above and mix well. Rub all over all sides with your spice mixture from above or any other spice mix of your choice.
Wrap the brisket in about 4 layers of plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. I let mine sit over night.

When you’re ready to use the crock pot, soak the wood chips. The recipe calls for mesquite chips, but there wasn’t a small bag of small mesquite wood chips, so we went with hickory. After soaking them, make a bag out of parchment paper to put the chips in OR you could just do it the easy way and buy the pre-made parchment paper bags like I did.

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Place this packet at the very bottom of your crock pot. Using a knife or scissors, make a couple tiny holes throughout the parchment paper to allow smoky steam to escape into the meat. Unwrap your brisket from the plastic wrap and place directly on top of the parchment paper packet.

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Add 1/2 Cup of Water to the bottom of your crock pot to start the process. You can use whatever beverage you like, wine, stock, etc. I used chicken stock.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, the longer the better for your meat to fall apart. I think we actually cooked ours for 12.5 hours. Trim the fat and BON APPETITE!

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You can find the original recipe here from Fast Paleo. I had leftover veggies from last night for a side and a sweet potato for dessert! Brett had a sweet potato and raw veggies with homemade Paleo ranch dressing that I made yesterday!

By the way, if you haven’t read yesterday’s blog post you missed A LOT!

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Beef, CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe

 

Easy Crock-Pot Roast


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This was last night’s dinner! We bought our first grass-fed meat from J & J Farms at the farmers’ market Saturday.

Main Dish

Ingredients:

2-3 lb grass-fed roast

onion flakes

dried thyme

dried rosemary

garlic powder

black pepper

seasoned salt

bacon (4-6 slices)

3 cups beef stock

Process:

Sprinkle both side of the roast with garlic powder, seasoned salt, black pepper, thyme, and rosemary. Brown the edges of the roast. Place the roast in a crockpot. Add beef stock and uncooked bacon. Pour in some onion flakes. I used quite a bit (see picture). Cook on low for 8-9 hours in the crockpot.

Sides

I chopped up a large sweet potato and halved several carrots and added them to the crockpot. They cooked the full time, too. I would recommend not cooking the sweet potatoes the whole time. Brett liked them, but with one bite I felt like I was eating baby food and was done with the sweet potatoes. …just a little too mushy for me!

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Beef, CrockPot, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Recipe, Veggies

 
 
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