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Flank Steak Fajitas in Crock Pot

Last Friday it was my baby’s 6th birthday. I was supposed just to have family over for cake and decided to have them over early to enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather at the pool. Because we were going to spend most of the day at the pool, I didn’t really want to spend the rest of the day cooking. So I decided to make steak fajitas in the crock pot. A meal that I have made multiple times in the past two years. I have mentioned it in other posts, if you don’t have a crock pot, go get one.

It cooks your food while at work or out of the house. It doesn’t heat up your house which is perfect during summer days. And most crock pot meals require little food prepping.

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Boeuf Bourguignon – Crock Pot

boeuf bourgigon

I hear it all the time that boeuf bourguignon is a stew. And I couldn’t disagree more. Growing up up, my mom’s stew consisted of cubed meat cooked/steamed with veggies. No sauce. It was kind of plain and something I was not looking forward to. But beef bourginon has so much flavor…It makes me hungry just to think about it.

When I first got a crock pot over 3 years ago and searched for recipes to make in it. Got to love a slow cooked meal. I came across this recipe from The Kitchn. Although it is a crock pot recipe, it requires a lot of food prepping and cooking before it hit the crock pot. So, I bookmarked the recipe and it took me a while before I made it.

Over the week-end, I made a whole chicken in the crock pot, then made chicken stock with the left over bones, and ended making chicken noodle soup. Then I made port wine chicken. So I was left with carrots, celery, tomato paste, fresh thyme, and parsley from those two dishes and thought boeuf bourguignon was a great dish to have on my meal plan after making the aforementioned to reduce waste. Even though my sister-in-law made it for us last week-end, it was on my meal plan and decided to make it anyway.
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Homemade Chicken Soup

There is no waste left every time I make a whole chicken in the crock pot. I start with the chicken, then make chicken stock with the bones, and we end up with a delicious chicken soup. There is barely any manual labor and you get two meals out of one chicken. And maybe you get to save some stock for future use. So, the key to making a fabulous chicken noodle soup is the homemade stock. Again, it is so easy to make chicken stock. I am sure you all have tried different methods of making chicken stock. But trust me, my method is so easy and doesn’t require any supervision. That is why I love cooking with my crock pot. You get the darkest, richest stock full of so much flavor that you could just eat/drink it plain when making the chicken broth from the leftover bones from the “Whole Chicken in Crock Pot” recipe. Read More →

Slow Cooker Maple Dijon Chicken

I felt like making the maple pork loin recipe but I was missing the main ingredient, the PORK LOIN. I had drumsticks and boneless chicken thighs on hand but since I was going to use the boneless chicken thighs later during the week I chose the drumsticks for our dinner.

I wanted my sauce to be a bit more sweet and a bit less salty than the pork loin one. I removed the skin and the modified recipe ended up tasting so good that we didn’t have any leftovers. All 12 drumsticks were devour by the 5 of us. I made this recipe with an easy Brussels sprouts salad a baked diced sweet potatoes. Read More →

Chicken Broth in Crock Pot

There is nothing better than fresh chicken stock made out of left over bones. It is so easy to make and it barely requires any labor and supervision. If you have made the “Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot” before it means you have a crock pot. I highly recommend using the leftovers from “Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot” recipe, as you will get all of the flavors from the spices used to cook the chicken. And maybe you will get to buy less boxed chicken broth. Well, maybe not if you use a lot of it. But at least, you get to have some homemade on hand whenever you need it. Read More →

Whole Chicken in Crock Pot

When I stumbled across this recipe, it looked too simple to be so delicious. But I decided to give it a try. Crock pot recipes never disappoint me. If the flavors are not right, I adjust them for the next time. Plus, we are quite a large family and I usually have to adapt the recipes to feed the 5 of us anyway. I’ve tried many crock pot recipes, and this is by far the best way to cook a whole chicken until it is falling-off-the bone yummy. And I didn’t have to make any adjustments. If you have a well-stocked spice cabinet like mine  you’ll hardly have to buy anything to make this  fabulous chicken. Once the chicken is done, it is  flavorful enough to eat by itself. I like to make a side of diced sweet potatoes with the chicken and rice. But this chicken goes well with basically just anything.

We use a very basic crock pot that can purchased at Target for about $40. Read More →

Beef and Broccoli in Crock Pot

I have made beef and broccoli before and it always ended up very good. But I HAD to do all of the cooking. It was definitely more work but, again, it was still delicious.  But there is something about slow cooking something all day in a crock pot.  You guys know by now that I love cooking with my crock pot. I might work from home but do not like interruptions and cooking is for sure one of them.


With the crock pot method, the beef literally just melted in my mouth because it was sooooo tender.   And the sauce… which slow cooked all day was just amazing.  This is one of the recipes that I post that I hope everyone tries.  It is a must. Just thinking about how good this tasted is making me drool.  I feel like I never have to go eat out because I keep finding restaurant quality recipes to make at home.  This was a winner.

Beed and Broccoli in Crock Pot
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
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  • 1.5-2 lbs. of boneless, beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • ½ cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2-4 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 large head of fresh broccoli cut into florets (or a bag of cut florets will do)
  • White or brown rice, cooked - rice noodles could also work. I use rice noodles a lot with dish like this one.
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
  2. Lay the beef strips in the crock pot and pour the sauce over, tossing the strips to coat.
  3. Turn the crock pot on low and cook for about 4 hours. You don’t want to cook the beef too long or it will start to shred.
  4. When it is just about done, take 4 Tbsp of the sauce and whisk it in a small bowl with the cornstarch. Slowly stir this into the crock pot.
  5. Add the broccoli in at this point so that it could get heated through.
  6. You want to let it cook an additional 30 minutes so that the sauce can thicken and the broccoli can cook. You don’t want to add the broccoli until the very end or it will be mushy.
  7. Serve over white rice and enjoy!!
****Use organic ingredients whenever possible****

Slow Cooker Ribs


I am also on the lookout for new, fun, and easy delicious recipe to try. Even better when made in the crock pot. I just love cooking with my crock pot as you just toss all ingredients together and leave it to cook all day. The house doesn’t get hot. It just starts smelling delicious as the meal cooks.

Many years ago, I was given a great rib recipe by my mom. My mom has a vast repertoire of delicious recipes. My mom can cook!!!! And bake too. Let’s get back to the ribs now. The method required to boil the ribs in a very large pot of water with lots of brown sugar and GARLIC. This method flavored the meat in addition to help make the meat fall off the bone. Then you had to grill or bake them. It required a lot of prep and cooking time. And time is something nobody has these days.  Read More →

Sesame Chicken in Crock Pot

I will never say it enough, crock pots are busy moms’ best friend. Don’t be afraid to use it. You don’t have to go fancy and buy an expensive one, you can spend $20 on one and it will do the trick. Unless you don’t work from home, you might one to invest in a programmable one. Otherwise, no need to go digital.

This recipe was given to me by a neighbor. She actually gave me my first two crock pot recipes. So yummy, even the pickiest eater will love this one. It takes about ten minutes to get everything prepped and then leave it to the crock pot to do the rest. What’s not to like?  Read More →

BBQ Pork in Crock Pot

Another great crock pot recipe. My crock pot saves me on days the kids have football or lacrosse practice. And this is one of their favorite as it is very tasty, not too spicy (I had to adjust the recipe for that), and the meat is very moist. I have issues with my gallbladder when I eat a lot of fatty food so I try to limit my pork and red meat intake, especially when cooked in the crock pot. However, if it wasn’t up to me, I would have to make this recipe on a weekly basis. Because not only everyone loves it, but leftovers are great in a sandwich too. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Read More →