In a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk honey, water, oil, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and salt until blended; stir into oat mixture. Cook, covered, on high until crisp, 1-1/2 to 2 hours, stirring well every 20 minutes.
Stir in cranberries and raisins. Spread evenly onto waxed paper or baking sheets; cool completely. Store in airtight containers. If desired, serve with yogurt.
Test Kitchen tip
Be sure to stir the granola mixture thoroughly every 20 minutes for even cooking.
Look for unsweetened coconut in the baking or health food section.
1/2 cup: 267 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.
Originally published as Slow-Cooker Maple Nut Granola in Simple & Delicious April/May 2019
Mix milk and cornstarch. Bring to a gentle boil on the stove, stirring occasionally until it thickens. Remove from heat.
Add to Crock Pot with the rest of the ingredients. Mix together.
Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.
Once cooked through, remove chicken breast and shred with two forks.
Add chicken back to the Crock Pot and mix together.
This is the perfect recipe when you need to throw something into the Crock Pot for a quick meal!
If you don’t want to make it in the Crock Pot, you can easily make it on the stove. I’d recommend baking the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees and then shredding it. Let everything simmer together on the stove for a while and your soup is good to go!
This soup tastes great with tortilla chips or biscuits. (Gluten free of course!)
3 8 oz packages of ⅓ less fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
¾ cup sugar
2 cups animal crackers, pulverized into crumbs (graham crackers will work too, but this is what I had on hand)
3 Tbs butter, melted
Find a bowl that fill fit inside your slow cooker, but will leave enough room for you to lift it out when finished cooking. A bowl with a lip is preferable.
In a medium size bowl, mix animal cracker crumbs and melted butter.
Press crumbs into the bottom of your bowl – the one that you will do the cooking in, inside the slow cooker.
In a separate bool, Mix sugar and cream cheese until well blended.
Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix after after each addition.
Add the cream cheese mixture to the top of the graham crackers.
Place cheesecake dish in your slow cooker and carefully pour water around the pan. I used a cup and slowly added water, about ⅔ of the way up the cheesecake dish. Just be careful not to get water in your cheesecake.
Put the lid on the Crock Pot and cook on high for 3-3.5 hours, or until the center is not watery when a butter knife is inserted into the middle.
If your dish is difficult to remove from the slow cooker, without getting water in it, then try using a syringe to get some of the water out of the slow cooker, before removing.
Allow cheesecake to cool on the counter for about 15 minutes, then refrigerate for at least an hour, before serving.
15 ounces baked pork and beans with molasses (canned)
29 ounces tomatoes
6 ounces tomato paste
2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin (ground)
Salt to taste
Steps to Make It
Brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain the grease.
At the same time, chop the onions, celery, and green bell pepper. Crush the garlic as well.
Add the cooked beef and vegetables to a 4-quart (or larger) slow cooker.
Drain the kidney beans and mushrooms and add them to the slow cooker along with the (undrained) pork and beans.
Add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and all of the seasonings.
Stir well until everything is thoroughly combined.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours. To speed it up, cook on high for 4 to 6 hours.
Creative Ways to Use Leftover Chili
Too much chili? Chili is the ideal dish for leftovers, and it is just as appetizing on the second day as it was on the first. You can also ‘repurpose’ it into other dishes, so no one gets bored. Depending on the size of your family, you might even get two or three meals out of one slow cooker.
Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator and enjoy a second helping for lunch the next day. You may even have enough to make tasty chili dogs for tomorrow night’s dinner. Also, consider serving the chili over a bed of freshly cooked spaghetti noodles, it’s a specialty of Cincinnati and surprisingly delicious.
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