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Category — Slow-Cooker

Slow Cooker Choco Chili

paleo chili in crock pot

This is stupid easy, makes a ton, and is flexible – so you can tweak this according to your tastes . . . want to crank up the heat? Add cayenne pepper. Want to lighten it up a bit? Use ground turkey, or a combo of ground beef & turkey. Have veg you want to use up? Chop it up and throw it in. Love beans? They’d be great in here too. Whatever you do, make this soon – it’s tasty & quick & feeds a crowd. [Read more →]

January 13, 2014   16 Comments

Slow-Cooker Yellow Split Pea Soup With Ham

After making this soup, I realized something funny: I’ve been married to D. for almost 12 years, known him for 15, and we’ve NEVER had split pea soup. I cook such a wide variety of meals, with so little repetition that he sometimes begs for repeats, and yet, no split pea soup. So I didn’t realize that D. thought he didn’t like split pea soup, at all. So much so that when he called on his way home from work and I told him it was for dinner, there was a pregnant pause followed by an ” . . . okay . . . .” Awesome. This was gonna be great. [Read more →]

April 13, 2012   7 Comments

Late to the Spinach Party – But Let’s Celebrate Anyway!


What? How could I not know this? March 26, 2012 is National Spinach Day?? Did you know that my Baby Spinach Salad, 7 Ways is one of the most popular posts of all-time here on Semi-Sweet? Check out scads of other delish spinach recipes right here, right now! Let’s party down, Sweeties.

Spinach is a superfood that’s ridiculously easy to incorporate into your repertoire – whether you like it cooked, raw or both. Baby or mature, it comes pre-washed and pre-bagged for EZ daily use. I “eat” about 4 cups of organic baby spinach every a.m. in my green smoothie . . . what’re your favorite ways to enjoy this lovely leafy?

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March 27, 2012   No Comments

Chicken Divine (in the slow-cooker!)

Yeah, no, that’s not a typo. This is not your average chicken divan, it’s Chicken Divine, people. [Read more →]

December 19, 2011   8 Comments

Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew

Let me just preface this by saying, “I know.” I know this is not a dump-n-go slow cooker recipe, and yes, I know I bill myself as a dump-n-go kinda girl, but I think this one is worth the effort. Because although, yes, there is some pre-cooking involved (am I at shock & awe yet?), you will be richly rewarded with a stew that does not taste like it came out of your slow cooker. Nope. This is more of the “simmering all day on the stovetop in a wildly expensive Dutch oven” taste. Does this appeal to you? Read on.

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December 16, 2011   4 Comments

Holy Mole

Couldn’t resist that one . . . [

December 7, 2011   4 Comments

P.S. Another recipe from The Indian Slow Cooker

You might recall the Butter Chicken I made a while back. It still reigns as THE BEST thing I’ve ever made in the Crock-Pot, according to my gentle and discerning mate. The other thing I did this morning was chop chilies and garlic like a woman possessed for this tasty recipe called “Dad’s Rajmah”. (FYI, in that Google books preview, you can see a lot of the recipes from the book – I got my copy from the library, another inexpensive way to get new ideas without forking over a lot of cash).

I’ll let you know how it turns out, but by the way it smells and its ingredient list, I am thinking VERY positive thoughts . . . .

August 5, 2011   No Comments

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

This, my friends, might be your favorite slow cooker recipe – if you like the flavors of Indian food, that is. It’s rich and silky and perfect either over rice, or with naan. Enjoy a crisp salad on the side, or better yet, steam up some fresh green veg and season with a splash of lemon juice – you’ll want something light and a little bit acidic to counteract the lusciousness of the chicken. [Read more →]

June 6, 2011   9 Comments