Slow Cooker Relief for Summer Heat
Summer heat has arrived with a vengeance so I’ve been trying to remember any and all great dinner ideas that won’t heat up my kitchen. Digging around, I found a fun little recipe book full of slow cooker recipes. A lot of the recipes are awfully heavy for summer fare, but some are not.
Slow cookers offer tender, delicious meals without heating up the kitchen. Score!
This booklet is from General Electric and no doubt was included with a slower cooker at purchase. The booklet gives 2 sets of quantities for each recipe. One set for 3 to 4 1/2 quart cookers and one set for 5 to 6 1/2 quart cookers. I am using the quantities for the smaller cookers here, but the quantities GE gives for the big cookers is double that for small. So if you have a large cooker and want to fill it, just double these recipes.
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
16 ounce can pineapple slices, drained
15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
1/ cup cornstarch
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
14 teaspoon ground ginger
Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir well. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours. Makes about 6 to 8 servings.
Tex-Mex Beef Barbecue
3 pounds beef brisket
18 ounce bottle hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
1 package chili seasoning
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chopped onion
Combine all ingredients, except meat, in the crock. Stir well. Add meat and stir well to coat. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or high for 5 hours. Remove the meat and shred. Return the meat to the crock. Stir well to combine. Serve on soft rolls. Makes 8 servings.
Orange-Juiced Pork Chops
6 ounce can frozen orange juice, undiluted
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
6 1-inch thick boneless, center-cut pork chops
Combine all ingredients, except the meat, in the crock. Stir well. Add the meat and stir well to coat. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 hours. Makes 6 servings.
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
10 ounce jar duck sauce or sweet and sour sauce
3 pounds country-style pork spare ribs
Dissolve cornstarch in teriyaki sauce. Add duck sauce and put in crock. Stir well. Add the meat and stir well to coat. Cover and cook on low for8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Makes 4 servings.
Time to get the old crock pot out of the cupboard and dust it off. Quick and easy meals that won’t heat the kitchen are on their way.
Quesadillas are my go-to quick dinner at home, and they are great when I didn’t have a plan for dinner in advance. Slow cooking requires planning. Not my strong suit. Quesadillas don’t require planning. For lots of great takes on the old quesadilla, check out 25 Quick & Easy Quesadilla Recipes. Only 99 cents for lots of inspiration.