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Slow Cooker Chicken Pad Thai

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Ingredients:

5 Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, sliced, bite sized pieces (you can use boneless skinless thighs)
2 medium zucchini, (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 large carrot (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 handful of bean sprouts (optional)
1 small bunch of green onions
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock
2 tablespoons of all natural unsweetened peanut butter
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1/2 tsp freshly minced ginger, (if you like ginger add more, I like just a hint of ginger)
1 tsp of garlic powder
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper for seasoning the chicken
Chopped cashews for garnish (optional)
Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preparations:

Turn slow cooker on low and add the coconut milk, chicken stock, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, 2 green onions chopped including the whites, cayenne, and red pepper.

Whisk until the peanut butter is completely melted.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  I like to saute any meat before it goes into the slow cooker but you can skip this step if you don’t have time.  If you have time, brown your chicken in a skillet to get the flavors going.

By now the sauce is warm, place your chicken breasts into the slow cooker.

Cook for 4 hours on low.

While that’s cooking you can make your zucchini noodles and shred the carrot , wash the bean sprouts.  Place each veggie into 3 separate bowls so you can pick your veggies later, or toss them all together if desired.

To serve, choose your veggies and place the zucchini noodles, shredded carrots and bean sprouts in a soup bowl, add the chicken and sauce over the noodles, and garnish with green onions, chopped cilantro and chopped cashews.

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Here’s my new favorite kitchen gadget, it’s a spiral vegetable slicer.

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Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

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Lately I’ve been searching ways to use my slow cooker more often since I rarely use it but when I do, it’s just a great thing. Which brings me to todays post, I made this recipe for the first time this week and my family just loved it, they’re still talking about them.  It’s a keeper and I just couldn’t wait to share with you all, hope you like it as much as we did.

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Ingredients
2 racks pork spare ribs
1 cup of your favorite bbq sauce (I used roasted garlic bbq by Sensations @ Sobey’s)
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
½ cup water
salt and pepper to taste
Preparation
Cut the ribs into two rib portions. Season with salt and pepper.
Arrange half of the ribs in the slow cooker.
Cover with the BBQ sauce, apple sauce and water.
Secure the lid tightly on the slow cooker, turn on high heat and let cook for 4 hours, (or on low for 8 hours).
When the ribs are done, carefully remove them from and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  They will be very tender and can fall apart easily.

Discard all juice in slow cooker and wash immediately before it gets caked on and you’ll need a jack hammer to clean it. 🙂

Brush bbq sauce on ribs, about 2 tbs of bbq sauce (from the bottle & not the juice from the slow cooker).

Bake at 350 for 20 mins, turning halfway through and brushing on bbq sauce on the othe side of the ribs.

Serve with green beans, mashed potatoes, salad and enjoy.

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Brush bbq sauce on ribs, bake at 350 for 20 mins.

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 Serve with green beans, mashed potatoes, salad and enjoy.

 

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Ingredients

2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
1-1/2 cups milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)

1-1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

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Preparations

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray.
Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker.
Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary).
Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired.
Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Freezes well.

To reheat single servings:
Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl.
Add 1/3 cup milk or almond milk.
Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir.
Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

7  (3/4-cup) servings

Nutritional Info
(per 3/4 cup serving)
149 calories
3.6g fat
27.3g carbs
3.9g fiber
4.9g protein

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

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Ingredients
4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock or chicken stock
1 1/2 cups water
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 cup diced celery (3 stalks)
1 cup diced carrots (2 carrots)
1 cup diced yellow onion (1 small)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried crushed rosemary
2 bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/3 cups diced zucchini (1 small)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can white navy beans or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup  French green beans, chopped
2 cups slightly packed chopped fresh spinach
Finely shredded Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese, for serving

Preparations

Add vegetable stock, water, tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary,  French green beans and bay leaves to a 6 or 7-quart slow cooker.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook on low heat 6 – 8 hours or high 3 – 4 hours.

Add in zucchini, garlic, white beans and cook on high heat.
Stir in spinach and cook several minutes until heated through.

Serve warm topped with Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese.

You can also boil some pasta for those who want some.

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