Slow Cooker Apple Butter

The kids had been wanting to go apple picking for years. We didn’t go for various reasons (kids were too little to do any picking, lots of rain, a long drive, etc. We finally took them this year and probably won’t go again for awhile (it was fine, but the apples are so expensive compared to the store, and if we want a better price, the drive is twice as long). In the end, we picked over 30 pounds of apples. It was ridiculous. So, we have been eating apple treats of all varieties. I thought this would be a fun recipe to try because the kids love applesauce, and it is similar.

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

It is always surprising to me when I find a new pork recipe I will eat. Maybe my tastebuds are changing. This recipe makes way more meat than you need, but we just heated up enough for a meal with the barbecue sauce, and then saved the rest for future meals. You can certainly use the meat however you want, and it is very easy.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Stock

I’ve made recipes in the slow cooker before that yield broth, like this one. But, I had not seen one where you could take already cooked chicken and turn it into an easy broth. For awhile, I was buying rotisserie chickens from the store and eating them throughout the week for lunch. It was easy and cheap. Well, now I was able to take those carcasses I saved (just in case) and use them for a stock. The original recipe says you need 3-4 chicken carcasses, but I found 2 was plenty. Maybe my chickens run large? Basically, once I filled one of my gallon-sized freezer bags with the bones, I was ready to go.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Sandwich

Sometimes I get really tired of slow cooker meals. They can be easy but not always full of flavor. This one manages to still pack flavor while being relatively simple with the ingredients. I also like that it uses boneless and skinless chicken thighs, which aren’t often called for with slow cooker recipes.

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Slow-Cooker Chinese Beef and Vegetables

The recipe I am pulling this from said it was a barbecue beef, but I can’t say it really tasted that way to me. It definitely has some Chinese flavor, but not barbecue. Speaking of the flavor in it…we had a slight hitch. I had picked out this meal before I went grocery shopping, so I had on my list everything I needed…which was just the vegetables and beef. Well, it turns out we were missing another key ingredient: hoisin sauce! We normally have it on hand, so we aren’t sure what happened. There are two options: one is that we used it up previously and forgot to replace it (but that seems unlikely since we usually put things on our grocery list immediately, and I know it’s been awhile since we’ve used the sauce), or two, a recent visitor threw it out when she visited. This visitor tossed our soy sauce because she said it had gone bad (cue debate of soy sauce expiration here), so it is possible she felt the same way about our hoisin sauce. Either way, we had no idea where it was and I needed to start the recipe in the morning for it to have time to cook during the day. Obviously you can run to the grocery store, but since I had just gone the day before, and it was only for one ingredient…and the one ingredient I wouldn’t normally buy at a non-Asian grocery store (cheaper at the Asian stores, usually).

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Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Curry

Most chicken slow cooker recipes require bone-in chicken, of which K isn’t a fan. I was excited to find a recipe that had flavors we like, and allowed for boneless thighs! There is lots of flavor in this curry.

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Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

Since I am all about recipes that can be used in various ways, provide leftovers, and can be made ahead…today’s recipe follows just that. You can make this chicken and eat it as is. Or, you can take the meat and use it in other recipes. Later this week I will provide two more recipes for using the meat. In the meantime, here is an easy way to get the flavor of an oven roaster, without having to use your oven, and you can even leave home! It takes 5 minutes to prep and is one of the easiest dishes I have ever made.

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