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Crock pot favorites?

Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,964
Off Topic.... My wife and I hired a personal trainer a few weeks ago, so we have been pretty religious about getting to the gym after work. And he has been kicking our butts too. After getting back home, the last thing on our minds is cooking. To be honest, I've felt like vomiting quite a few times. I've been egging up an entire week's worth of lunches on Sundays (chicken breast, brown rice and veggies), but for dinner, I need some variety! And I don't like just nuking leftovers up in the microwave for dinner. We are trying a couple different crock pot recipes this week....one is a chili recipe and the other is some sort of fajita dish. Do y'all have any favorite crock pot recipes that are healthy and semi-carb friendly? I would love to add some good and healthy crock pot meals to the rotation for nights when I'm too worn out to fire up the BGE. TIA!
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,165
    edited November 2013
    IIRC, you like Indian food. We use our crock pot sparingly, but when it does get used, its usually for Indian stuff.

    I have cooked goat curry in the crock by sauteeing onions, garlic, ginger, etc and browning the meat on the stove, then transferring to the crock and letting it go for a few hours on low. Don't add too much water, otherwise the meat tastes kinda boiled. We mostly make a few dals in the crock - kaali dal (black lentils?), lobhia (black-eyed peas), and rajma (red kidney beans) and eat them with rotis and a veg. SWMBO sets up the crock in the morning before leaving for work (with adequate water), and by the time we come home its done. Homemade rotis taste the best, but are labor-intensive, so we buy wheat tortillas from Kroger (made in the store), which are really good and taste great after heating on a griddle or a gas burner. 

    The dals are pretty healthy since they don't need oil, and we rarely add ghee to anything. I can try to get you some of SWMBO's recipes if you like.

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    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,964
    That sounds great, @caliking ! Unfortunately my wife doesn't like Indian food.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574
    White chicken chili.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • @Dyal_SC, not trying to stir things up here but, that's almost like someone saying they don't like American food. 
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    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,301
    anything braised, lamb shank, oxtail, coq au vin, vinha d alhos, braised leprachaun, braciole

    ive only done most of these in a braisier in the oven but i dont see why a crock on a low setting wouldnt do it

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  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 3,494
    Something we do occasional that is real simple but good and the kids love it is crockpot chicken breast or pork chops. Put a family size can of cream of chicken soup in the crock pot and dilute with chicken broth. Throw in some carrots and the chops or chicken and season with salt,pepper,and garlic. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower. I love pouring the liquid over biscuits or mashed taters. This dish isn't gourmet but it is easy and good.

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,165
    Oops, sorry. But the others have given you some great ideas. I'm going to steal some of them :)

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,835
    A very simple but tasty recipe we make is salsa chicken. Take some frozen chicken breast and pour a lot of good Mexican salsa over them. Cook all day and then shred the chicken about an hour before eating it. It's really pretty good. I'm sure you can find a more accurate description on the Internet.
    XL,L,S 
    Winston-Salem, NC 
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 3,041

    Trailer park but good:

    Frozen chicken tenders, can cream of chicken soup, block cream cheese and 1 pack dry Italian dressing mix.  Cook 6 hours low then shred chicken with fork and serve over egg noodles.  Kids and I love it.

    "They don't love themselves so they can't love no one else"
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    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,964
    Wow, thanks guys! @TexanOfTheNorth , sorry about that! I didn't mean to generalize Indian food. I should have been more clear. She just doesn't like curry or some of the other Indian style dishes we've had in the past. :)
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,032

    Approximately 1/2 lb top round steak per person, cut intro bite-sized pieces.  Into crock pot with one package Liptons Dry onion Soup.  Add one can Cream of Mushroom Soup and about 1/2 cup water.  Crock pot all day on low.

    Serve over either brown rice or cooked noodles.

    Will knock your socks off.

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,964
    @fishlessman , that is some killer looking food! =P~
  • Dyal_SC said:
    Wow, thanks guys! @TexanOfTheNorth , sorry about that! I didn't mean to generalize Indian food. I should have been more clear. She just doesn't like curry or some of the other Indian style dishes we've had in the past. :)
    I wasn't offended! I only get offended when people start putting beans in chili.  [-X
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    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 3,964
    LOL... You will hate me. Gonna make crockpot chili tomorrow...and it has beans! B-)
  • SWMBO still asks for ribs done in the crock pot. Stand up on their edges, coil around the sides or toothpick to make circles and drop them in. Depending on the ribs, some take 2-3 hours others take 4-5 hours so you may need a delay start on the cooker. Use any rub you like.
    Like TOTN says, pot roast is always good.  
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • About the only thing I fix in a crock pot is tortilla soup.  I think that is healthy and it has chicken in it.
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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,013
    I am with you @Dyal, the toughest thing about making chili is which beans to use. I went with Black and Dark Red Kidney beans in my last batch.


                                                                        
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  • JRWhitee said:
    I am with you @Dyal, the toughest thing about making chili is which beans to use. I went with Black and Dark Red Kidney beans in my last batch.


    No, the toughest thing about it is what to name it.

    Bean soup?
    Sopa de Frijoles?
    Beanie Surprise?
    Fart Blossom Special ?
    Yankee Beef Stew ?

    The list goes on and on.  Tough choices.
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  • This is something I'm dying to try on the egg but the slow cooker would work. My Indonesian dentist had some made and gave me some to try. One of the best things I've ever tasted.

    http://www.food.com/recipe/rendang-padang-indonesian-beef-curry-slow-cooker-272275

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,032

    My favorites for chili are a combination of pinto and small red beans!

    Sorry, Texans.........................

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,165

    This is something I'm dying to try on the egg but the slow cooker would work. My Indonesian dentist had some made and gave me some to try. One of the best things I've ever tasted.

    http://www.food.com/recipe/rendang-padang-indonesian-beef-curry-slow-cooker-272275

    Thanks for that link! I've had beef rendang before, but recently had it again at  an Indonesian restaurant. its damn good stuff. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • Blow yer haid right off my friend. Can not wait to make it.

    This is the recipe I'm going to use except for the star anise. I'll use one but I find it overpowering.

    http://rasamalaysia.com/beef-rendang-recipe-rendang-daging/

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • For chili I've been using a combo of kidney, black and garbanzo beans.  Real chili has beans, anything else is hot dog gravy (which I still happen to love).

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • After my first wife passed away, cooking was not something I wanted to spend time on. So the crock pot was used quite a bit. My favorite aside from the previously offered pot roast is chicken. Take a whole bird and coat it with rub. Place it in the crock pot without any liquid breast side up and turn it on low. After work, your protein is ready for sides. Its that easy.

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,165
    For chili I've been using a combo of kidney, black and garbanzo beans.  Real chili has beans, anything else is hot dog gravy (which I still happen to love).
    Wars have been fought over less.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • caliking said:

    Wars have been fought over less.

    Cal, forgive them, for they know not what they do.


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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,518

    For chili I've been using a combo of kidney, black and garbanzo beans.  Real chili has beans, anything else is hot dog gravy (which I still happen to love).

    The International Chili Society would like a word. They brought a rope.
  • For chili I've been using a combo of kidney, black and garbanzo beans.  Real chili has beans, anything else is hot dog gravy (which I still happen to love).
    The International Chili Society would like a word. They brought a rope.
    To expand a bit on Eggy's statement, here is a link of recipes of the winners of the INTERNATIONAL Chili Cooking Contests in Terlingua Texas.  I don't believe you will see the word "bean" in any of them.

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,301
    i hear that after the FDA finalizes their ban on trans fats they are going to mandate healthy beans in chili in texas
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