Orange Chicken in the Crockpot

One of the things I ordered from Walden Farms was a jar of their sugar free, calorie free, orange marmalade. Lucas (13yrs old) loves peanut butter and orange marmalade sandwiches, so it was mostly for him. We decided to try out some applications beyond just using it on toast and sandwiches and thought it might work well in this crock pot recipe instead of using orange juice.

Orange Chicken in the Crockpot
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Holiday Cooking Slow Style with Beef & Barley

This time of year you find it hard to make time to cook dinner, and find yourself eating take out or eating pre-made dinners. This is where a slow cooker comes in handy.

Crockpot Beef and Barley

I was reading a recipe featured in the November issue of the Food Network Magazine for slow-cooker beef and bareley. I made a few tiny changes to it to fit our preferences and what I had available.

1 Beef Roast
1 bag of Pearl Barley
3 Celery Stalks (chopped)
1 bag of Baby Carrots
Beef Stock 46oz
and water

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Chili in the Crockpot with Kielbasa

Although it is not winter nothing beats a delicious chili and here is my best chili dish.

mmmm chili with kielbasa!

I start with 2 packs of lean ground turkey and brown it up in a frying pan, of course this varies if you are not trying to feed my small army. In a crock pot combine the ground turkey with…

  • sliced turkey kielbasa
  • a can of pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 diced onion and 1 diced orange pepper that had been sweated with minced garlic
  • 2 cans of no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can of plain tomato sauce
  • 2 tbls of chilli powder
  • 1 tbls of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbls of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbls of ground cumin
  • 2 tbls of oregano
  • 1 tbls of basil

I turned the crock pot on low and just let it do it’s thing while I went to work. When it was done I put it in a bowel with some cheese and a dollop of light sour cream. The reason I love my chilli so much is that it gives such a good flavor without it being to incredibly hot/spicy.

Note: All my spice measurements are approximations because I usually don’t measure anything.

Enjoy your time in the kitchen!

If you love using your slow cooker as much as we do, I strongly recommend checking out this delicious great grab and go resource from Hillbilly Housewife, your family will thank you!

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