Crock Pot Salisbury Steak

My boyfriend loves the frozen Salisbury steaks and I find them disgusting. I read the ingredients and all I saw was water, salt, salt, MSG, preservatives, and salt lol. So I found a tasty recipe for my trusty crock pot and they looked so good (I couldn’t sample since I am not allowed to have ground beef).

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef

1 packet dry onion soup mix

1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 milk

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 tablesppons vegetable oil

2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup

1 packet dry au jus mix

3/4 water

Salisbury Steak Ingredients.

Salisbury Steak Ingredients.

In a large bowl mix the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk then form into patties, should make 8. Heat oil in a large pan then dredge the patties in the flour to lightly coat them then place them into the pan to brown both sides.

Patties frying.

Patties frying.

Place patties in a crock pot and stack them like a pyramid.

Patties in the crock pot.

Patties in the crock pot.

Mix cream of chicken soup, au jus mix, and water then pour over the patties in the crock pot.

ready to cook!

ready to cook!

Cook low for four or five hours until ground beef is well done! They cooked up very nicely and my boyfriend said they were so tasty, flavorful and said he liked them better then the frozen ones!

 

Tips:

#1 The store I went to didn’t have au jus mix so I used the slow cooker french dip mix and it worked out well.

#2 I would recommend using 93% or higher ground beef if you don’t like a lot of fat. I used 85/15% and the sauce had quite a bit of fat so I had to keep mixing it or the fat would separate.

#3 You can use any ground meat you want. I cant have red meat (doesn’t agree with my system) so I made myself a ground turkey patty (it’s the pale patty in the photo). It tasted wonderful!

I love this recipe and can’t wait to make it again!

 

Happy Pinning!

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Smothered Chicken Breasts

I wrote a post for a crock pot recipe for round steak and gravy, which I thought was amazingly delicious, and one day I wanted some but didn’t have any steak. So I decided to try chicken breasts in the same homemade gravy and wow was I amazed!

Ingredients

3-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 package onion soup mix

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup water (the old one called for 1/4 but I upped it for more gravy to cover the thicker chicken breasts)

 

I mixed the water and onion soup mix in the bottom of the crock pot before stirring in the cream of mushroom soup.

Gravy all mixed up and ready!

Gravy all mixed up and ready!

Then I added the chicken breasts and rolled them over a few times to make sure they were well covered.

Chicken cooking in the gravy.

Chicken cooking in the gravy.

I then set the crock pot to cook for 8 hours but you can set it for what works best for your time limit. After they were done I served them with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Dinner!!

Dinner!!

These were the most tender, moist, and delicious chicken I have had in a long time! They were so tender you could cut them with a fork! I love how easy the crock pot is and this “homemade” gravy is so easy and soooo delicious!!

 

Happy Pinning!

Hot Roast Beef Dip Sandwiches

Last night my boyfriend and I finished up moving his things to either my home or the storage shed we rented. I knew at the end I would be to tired to cook so I put a roast in the crock pot for dinner that night. However I was really tired and didn’t even want to make the proper sides for the roast…you know potatoes and veggies. So I put the roast in the fridge and made some quick (i.e. frozen meals) for dinner. So tonight I pulled the roast out and proceeded to make some hot roast beef sandwiches with onion dip.

The inspiration pin: http://bakingbites.com/2008/02/slow-cooker-french-dip-sandwich/

Now since the roast was already cooked and since I didn’t have condensed french onion soup I used the pin for inspiration only.

Ingredients:

Roast, onions, mushrooms, French rolls, and powdered onion soup mix.

Roast, onions, mushrooms, French rolls, and powdered onion soup mix.

I sliced the onions and combined them with butter in a sauce pan to caramelize them nicely. I did the same thing with the sliced mushrooms so they would sautee nicely in their own pan.

Mushrooms and Onions

Mushrooms and Onions

While these were cooking I put some water in the bowl containing the roast and heated it up in the microwave. Once it was heated up I shredded it and put it aside for later. All the while I was stirring the contents of both pans so nothing would burn then I cooked the onion soup up according to the package directions.

Bread ready to cook

Bread ready to cook (finished onion soup mix in the back.)

I sliced up several french steak rolls and put them in the oven set to 250 degrees and cooked them for 10 minutes, or until crisp. You could heat them up for 20 seconds in the microwave but they turn out soft and chewy…so it’s all about your preferences…I prefer crisp, crusty bread for my dip sandwiches. After everything is cooked and ready to go you can either assemble the sandwiches or serve them smorgasbord style and let everyone make theirs how they like it. I put the cooked ingredients on the table and let my family pile them up how they like it.

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

These were some of the most tasty, tender, and delicious roast beef sandwiches I have ever made. I used to use the drippings of the roast as my dip and I never considered using onion soup mix before. The pin I found used condensed onion soup but I didn’t have that, and as you know I am a fan of using or reusing what you have on hand, but I had powdered onion soup mix. I thought it tasted really, really delicious! I will definitely be using this dip from now on instead of using the roast drippings…or maybe one day I will tinker with using both to get some really flavorful dip!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Happy Pinning!

Crock Pot Round Steak and Gravy

I am sure I have said this before but I LOVE my crock pot. I just love putting ingredients in, turning it on, and leaving for work so when I get home dinner is ready to be served! So I am always looking for new recipes to use so I can expand my crock pot horizons! I bought some eye of round steaks at a local store sale ($1.90 for 2 steaks! Amazing!!) and wanted to do more then just pan frying them up. So off to Pinterest search I went and I came up with this:

The Pin:

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/beef/crock-pot-round-steak-gravy.html#.UE3G0Kia0FA.pinterest

Ingredients:

Round steak (or eye of round like I used)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 packet Lipton onion soup mix

1/4 cup water

All you do it place the steak in the crock pot and add the soup, water, and onion soup mix on top of it and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Ready to cook!

Ready to cook!

After this is done cooking you can put these steaks on top of pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes….or you can eat them as is! I cooked tri-color rotini pasta and placed a steak on top of the noodles and poured some of the gravy on top. Yummy!

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

Tips from me:

#1 Before I added the onion soup mix I blended it with the water before pouring it over the steaks and mushroom soup.

#2 Right when they were done cooking, while I was baking the biscuits for dinner, I sliced up some mushrooms and onions (I left them in rings). I heated up a frying pan and added a small bit of butter and when ready I added the onions and let them slowly caramelize. When the onions were half cooked I added a little more butter and added the mushrooms and cooked until done! When I plated dinner I put the rotini on bottom, added the steak, poured a bit of gravy on top, and then top it all with a healthy dollop of the onions and mushrooms.

Onions and mushrooms added.

Onions and mushrooms added.

It turned out beautifully and tasted so yummy! Even my picky daughter said she loved them! She never liked mushrooms before so while cooking I had her help me caramelize the onions and mushrooms so when plating the food she said she wanted some. She has never cleaned her plate up so fast! She said she wants it more often so after I post this I am off to the store to get some more! I loved how quick and easy this dinner was (sometimes crock pot meals require more work once the entree is done) and the flavors….just amazing! Enjoy!!

Happy Pinning!!!

Healthy Crock Pot Meatballs

I love my crock pot because there is nothing better then coming home at the end of the day and dinner is done! You just add ingredients, set the time, and it takes care of the rest! Love it! So I am ALWAYS on the hunt for new recipes for my crock pot. I used to just use it to cook roast. stews, and cream of mushroom chicken but other then that I had no idea what to do. Now thanks to Pinterest I can find TONS of recipes and I can use my much loved crock pot more! I found this yummy sounding meatball recipe and I just had to make it! Meatballs are so versatile! You can make sandwiches with the, put them on noodles for spaghetti, eat alone, or put on spaghetti squash!

The Pin:

http://glow.beautygala.com/healthy-crock-pot-meatball-recipe/

Ingredients:

1lb ground turkey (you can use any ground meat chicken, pork, or cow)

1 egg

1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1/4 Parmesan cheese

4 garlic cloves

2 28oz crushed tomatoes

Italian seasoning

2 bay leaves

salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients

Ingredients

Combine ground meat, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, and 2 cloves chopped garlic in a bowl. Mix the ingredients with your hands (do not over mix because it will  make the meatballs tough). Then create (with your hands) meatballs the size of a tablespoon, you can vary the size depending on your taste.

Meat mixture ready to form.

Meat mixture ready to form.

In the crock pot place the two cans of crushed tomatoes and the 2 bay leaves then add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Add the meatballs on top of the tomato mixture then add the other 2 garlic cloves, you can mince them if you want.

Tomatoes, bay leaves, and Italian seasoning.

Tomatoes, bay leaves, and Italian seasoning.

Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours, Salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Ready to cook.

Ready to cook.

All done and looking so yummy!

All done and looking so yummy!

 

 

Tips from me:

#1 I cooked these on high for 4 and half hours and it was delicious but next time I will cook on low for the 8-10 hours. By letting it simmer longer it will give the flavors longer to mingle and should taste amazing.

You can serve these on spaghetti noodles, on a sandwich, brown rice, or over vegetables like spaghetti squash or zucchini. I love spaghetti squash so I had mine this way and it was so yummy! I love how these turned out they were so light, tender, and flavorful these will become a staple in my family from now on! Plus the ingredients are so cheap and made of things I already have in my pantry and freezer. You should know by now I am all about using what you have on hand and things you can get on sale like the ground turkey! Since I bought the bread crumbs for this recipe alone so I know for a fact I will be making it again, and again until these are gone lol!

Enjoy and Happy Pinning!

Skinny Sour Cream Enchiladas

So today I got up and was feeling better then I have been so I decided to take a walk in a local cemetery, sounds ghoulish I know but they have some cool Civil War graves there. Sadly walking around for 30 minutes really did me in and I had to go home and lay down for a 2 hour nap, this dang infection really saps the strength. But on a good note I put some chicken breasts in the crock pot for tonight’s dinner instead of boiling it on the stove like I planned! After it was done the rest was a breeze…so glad I decided to use to crock pot or else it might have been TV dinners lol!

The pin: http://www.skinnymom.com/2012/05/11/skinny-sour-cream-enchiladas/?_szp=161788

Ingredients

  • 8 oz fat-free sour cream
  • 1 can fat-free cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (or 1/2 Tbsp dried)
  • 1/2 cup cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 can Mexican Rotel
  • 1 cup chopped onions (optional)
  • 8 low carb tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can diced green chiles
Ingredients ready to go!

Ingredients ready to go!

All you do is boil your chicken and shred it up then combine the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, milk and cilantro in a sauce pan. Cook until heated (careful it boils quickly and like she said in the blog “Will make a huge hot mess if you don’t keep stirring. I learned the hard way. Twice.”) then put aside.

Sauce and Chicken mixture cooking!

Sauce and Chicken mixture cooking!

Get out a frying pan and add your chicken, onions (if you used them I didn’t), ro tel, and green chilies and cook until onions are clear or the mixture is hot. Put 2 tbsp chicken mixture into a tortilla, roll, and top with the sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 until golden bubbly!

Yummy!

Yummy!

Looks so good doesn’t it?? Yes it did taste as good as the picture looks!! 😉

Tips from me: 

1. If you like big, fat, stuffed enchiladas then you will have to add more of the chicken mixture since the recipe calls for only 2 tablespoons.

2. I had extra chicken left over so instead of getting rid of it I added it to the top of my boyfriend’s before baking it.  Makes it more “meaty” for then men folk out there lol 😉

3. Next time I make these (oh yes there will be a next time!) I will reduce the amount of sour cream since it overpowered the taste of the cream of chicken. I am not a fan of sour cream (unless cooked like this) so this is just my preference. I will also drain the ro tel (the recipe didn’t specify.) since it was hard to roll them with the juices dripping everywhere.

Hope you like this as much as I do! I am having so much fun doing all these pins and I hope you guys are enjoying the as well!!

Happy Pinning!!

Most Amazing Roast Ever!

Last night I decided I wanted to cook this roast I found in my deep freezer after I cleaned and organized it (more on that tomorrow). So I found a recipe that I had pinned a long time ago and tried once. So I have made this before but it was awhile ago and I wanted to try it again! It is called “The easiest and most amazing roast EVER!”

The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/72057662758571062/

1 package of each of the following: brown gravy mix, powdered ranch dressing mix, and powered Italian dressing mix

1/2 cup water

1 roast

Combine the water with all the packages of seasonings and pour over roast in a crock pot. Cook until done (I put my crock pot on for 8 hours).

ready to cook!

ready to cook!

I went to work and when I came home the house smelled so delicious I just wanted to lick the air lol! It turned out really good and everyone loved it!!

Yummy!!!!

Yummy!!!!

Changes I would make:

#1 I would increase the water to 1 cup. When we ate the roast it was delicious but when you dipped it in it’s own juices the seasonings were really strong. So if you are making this for au jus or using the juices for homemade gravy I would increase the amount of water.

#2 In the photo of the pin they show, and I assume used, a chuck roast for this recipe. Well rump roasts were on sale when I got mine so I bought that for a lot cheaper. Since the roast in the pin was flatter, and therefor more easily covered, I realized the rump roast might be all dry since most couldn’t be covered. I decided to cut the roast in half so I had two somewhat flat pieces and placed them in the crock pot and then covered it with the seasonings. It worked out perfectly and cutting it didn’t matter since roast falls apart anyways!

It was the easiest and most delicious roast I have ever cooked!! Enjoy!

Happy Pinning!!

Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats

Last night I found myself curious about steel cut oats. I keep reading about how these are so much better for you then normal rolled oats. So I went to Pinterest and found multiple recipes and I decided to make Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats.
The recipe:

1 C steel cut oats
1 1/2 C milk
1 1/2 C water
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 peeled and diced apples (I left the skins on for more nutrition)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 TBSP butter cut into pieces

Combine ingredients in a well greased Crock Pot and cook on low 8 hours.

 

Apple Cinnamon Oats

Ready to cook!

Looks good doesn’t it??

When I got up this morning my house smelled just fabulous….like homemade apple pie….I could almost taste the air!! When I stirred it the oats stuck to the bottom and scorched a bit but other then that it worked out just fine! I scooped up a bowl and added some milk and it was just so yummy! It wasn’t as sweet as I like so I added some Splenda to the bowl but other then that it was perfect.

Changes I would make:

1. Add another tablespoon brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit more.

2. My crock pot’s lowest setting is 10 hours so to keep it from scorching I will start the cooking process earlier in the evening. I read you can put it on warm to cook to keep it from burning.