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Easy Meals to Warm up Cold Nights
By Christine Steendahl
Mar 2, 2009, 00:39

One of the fastest ways to warm up winter is to fill the crock pot with goodies in the morning and let it simmer all day. The crock pot is an awesome way to have a tasty home cooked dinner after working or playing all day long.

Beef Fajitas Crock Pot Recipe

1-1/2 lbs boneless sirloin, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
6-8 flour tortillas
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream

Brown the steak in oil. Place the steak and drippings into the crockpot. Add lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and chili powder; mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the meat is tender. Add green pepper and onion; cover and cook for 1 hour more. Warm the tortillas. Spoon beef and veggies down the center of the tortillas. Top each with cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes if desired.

Crock Pot Pizza Casserole

1 1/2 lb Ground beef
1 can (14 oz) pizza sauce
1 pkg (12 oz) noodles
4 oz Cheese, mozzarella
1 small can Mushrooms
1 Onion, diced
1 can (14 oz) Spaghetti sauce
4 oz Cheese, cheddar
1 pkg Pepperoni
1 green pepper, diced

Brown meat & onion. Drain grease & add sauces. Cook noodles.
Put layer of noodles, meat mixture, cheeses & pepperoni In Crock Pot. Repeat layer. Cook on High for 30 minutes. Reduce heat & cook for 1 hour until cheese melts. Serves 6

Crock Pot Meat Loaf Recipe

2 1/4 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs or crushed crackers
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 large onion (diced)
1/4 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into a meatloaf shape that will fit into your crock pot. Cut a strip of foil and place under the meatloaf in crock pot. Cut it long enough to cover the bottom and sides of meatloaf. Place meat loaf in crock pot and top with additional 2 tablespoons ketchup. Cover and cook on low for approximately 8 hours. Serve with fresh, hot rolls.

All Day Slow Cooker Delight Recipe

2-3 lb Boneless chuck; cut in 1"cubes
1/2 c Flour
1/4 c Butter
1 Onion; sliced
1 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
1 Clove garlic; minced
2 c Beer (I usually use Guinness Stout)
1/4 c Flour

Coat beef cubes with the 1/2 cup flour. Brown in melted butter. Drain off excess fat.
In slow cooker, combine browned meat with onion, salt, pepper, garlic and beer. Cover and cook on low 5-7 hours (all day) until meat is tender. Turn control to high. Dissolve remaining 1/4 cup flour in small amount of water. Stir into meat mixture, cook on high 30-40 minutes. Serve with rice and salad.

Chicken and Dumplings

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in small chunks
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
2 cups water
2 10 oz packages refrigerated biscuits
1 chicken bouillon cube

Combine all ingredients, except biscuits, in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. 30 minutes before serving, tear biscuit dough into 1-inch pieces. Add to your slow cooker; stirring gently. Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes or until biscuits are fluffed up and cooked through.

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