Category Archives: crockpot

Play Practice Chicken

We are currently involved in a play production…and we are busy every night for weeks. Who isn’t busy? So, having dinner cooked for me when I get home tonight will be a real treat. THANK YOU, CROCKPOT!!!! I rarely use this contraption because I would rather cook in other ways, but when it’s useful? oh yeah.

Most of the time I set it on “high”, and get whatever it is cooked and done in 3 or 4 hours.. but today, we are taking the slow “low” temp approach and it will be slowly stewing itself all afternoon and be done when I get home late tonight.

I decided to make “something” in the crockpot for tonight, but really had to use up some things from the fridge… creative economy and “Whatchagot stew”. I found some chicken and carrots and potatoes… mmmmm maybe over noodles? The sauce that it’s cooking in should make a nice gravy if I thicken it just a little bit at the end of the cooking time.

YAY dinner!

Crockpot Chicken For Busy Days

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders, slightly defrosted and cubed.
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups of baby carrots (leftovers from the back of the  fridge-because no one will eat them otherwise…drat.)
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • one clove of garlic – peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 C chicken broth (more or less what was left in the fridge from something else I cooked last week) ymmv
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 Cup gluten-free tamari sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Worchestershire sauce

Layer it all into a large crockpot. Set it to “low” and go do your thing. Come back in 6-8 hours. Make some noodles and thicken the gravy. Should be delicious.

I  use the Tinkyada brand noodles. Can’t decide if the penne or the spiral noodles will be better for this. hmmmm. Whichever, it’s still easy dinner.




Freezer Chicken Soup

Sometimes, I go through the freezer and find a package of this and a package of that and it all sounds like it might go together in some sort of fashion. Sometimes it’s about trying to make something tasty, and sometimes it’s about not having to go to the store for dinner. Eating-down the pantry is an art. What good is storing food if you never eat it? Srsly.

This current concoction of soup, an actual vat of chickeny goodness – will last me until Christmas. And it’s pretty tasty.

Here’s news: I hate canned soup. Oh sure, it’s really handy and easy to obtain at the store, also good for emergency situations (hello? Hurricanes?) … but I really hate canned soup. I used to *LOVE* (repeat love)  a can of BeanofBacon soup from Campbell’s … but checking the list of Campbell’s gluten free products here, shows me that there are no BeanofBacon lunches in my immediate future. In fact, there are no soups on that list at all…. READ the labels on each can before you buy anything from Campbell’s. Not worth the disaster of being fed silent gluten because “soup should be safe”. Leave no stone unturned when detecting safe food. It’s worth the extra half of a minute to read lables.

There is a list of other companies and their GF soup lists here in case you do want to look for some hints about what canned soup options that are safe to eat.

Here’s what I cobbled together today from the freezer, it’s real delicious.

Freezer Chicken Soup

  • 1/2 a bag of frozen Broccoli -*the other 1/2 I left in the freezer for later.
  • 1/2 a can of corn -* left the other 1/2 with the broccoli in the freezer for more soup, later
  • 1/2  a bag of frozen peas -*again, left the other 1/2 for later
  • 1/2 C cooked rice (that I found in the freezer)
  • 2 C cooked beans mix: dark red, light red, cranberry beans,  navy, pinto, and lentils (left over from the beans I cooked this week for a pot of chili)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 carrots -peeled and chopped
  • 1 package of chicken tenders, cubed and baked
  • 1 package of spicy chicken sausage- sliced
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • poultry seasoning
  • 6 cups of hot water
  • 2 vegetable soup boullion cubes
  • 1 box of chicken stock
  • handful of fresh cilantro- chopped

It’s real tasty.


Pot Roast

I am a crockpot user. It’s true. Really. I love that I can add all sorts of stuff to the pan, cover and walk away. All day. I got stuff to do. Really. Not everyone is in favor of crockpot usage. I hope that changes around here. It’s delicious. Eat it. Who cares (!) how I cooked it. Eat.

Besides, it’s going to snow and we have a tradition around here of making a pot roast dinner to eat after sledding all day. It is highly unlikely that today’s snow will even accumulate… but that it not the point. Snow=pot roast around here.

The last roast that I purchase was from Whole Foods, and it was 100% better than the one I usually get from the generic grocery store down the street. So we have a trend going here.. grass fed roast beast is tastier. Today’s experiment is a roast from a co-op that I am trying out for my summer vegetable source.  They get points for also offering grass fed meats AND points for continuing to deliver over the Winter.

Crockpot Roast Beast

  • 3 lb rump roast
  • 1 onion, chunked and sliced
  • 4 pieces of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth (made today with hot water and OX brand beef broth flavor packet)
  • 1/4 C salsa
  • 2 T Honey mustard sauce  smeared on the roast (- this is an experiment you might want to ignore this part)
  • 1 T  Montreal steak seasoning

Place all in crockpot. Turn on crockpot. Walk away. Come back when it’s done. In the meantime, watch the snow fall and drink some hot chocolate in celebration of WINTER.


Chicken Enchiladas

Oh. my. goodness. Will wonders never cease. Easy food? and Gluten free on top of it? YAY!

Take out -schmake out. I can make my own. This all started when I was shopping the gigantor store with everything all pre-assembled and ready to cook. It looked good. The price was in the “okay, maybe I will splurge a little bit” category, and then I read the ingredients. WHEAT…and more wheat. Why? I don’t know. But I wanted it and it was toxic… so back to my kitchen! to make my own version. More work? maybe a little, but not really all that hard. Just as delicious? Probably better!

Chicken Enchiladas

  • 2 lbs. cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1/4 C gluten free pantry all-purpose gluten free flour blend
  • 1 T safflower oil
  • 1 box Pacific brand gluten free chicken broth
  • 2 cans medium heat enchilada sauce Old Elpaso Brand
  • 1 can chopped green chiles
  • 1 package corn tortillas – (I cut mine into 1/4ths to layer in the oval crockpot more easily)
  • 1 can red beans
  • 2 lbs shredded mozzerella cheese

Start with the oil in the pan, heat the onion until warmed through, add the broth mixed with the flour to make a thin gravy. Add the chiles and the canned enchilada sauce.

Then the fun begins! Layer in the crockpot, sauce, tortillas, cheese, chicken, tortillas,beans, sauce, cheese, etc until you have either filled the crockpot or run outta stuff to put in there. Turns out it doesn’t matter. It will still be delicious.

Plug in the crockpot,(this is important) and turn it on (turns out, this is important as well- don’t ask me how I know this).. low for 6 hours to let it all melt together, and then leave the house. Go to Target and look around. Go for a bike ride, go for a walk- whatever.

When you return from your deserved outing you will have a delicious thing to serve for supper. I like mine with a side of salad. Some rice would also be delicious.


Chili in the crockpot

It’s finally Fall. Time to break out the crockpot.

Yummy food. No work. Lots of leftovers. What’s not to love?



  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cooked chicken breast (optional)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (pureed- they will never know it’s even in there)
  • 2 C cooked lentils
  • 1 large can pinto beans
  • 1 large can dark red kidney beans
  • Add chicken broth as needed.
  • Add chili seasoning to taste. (depends on what brand you buy)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


Dump it all in the crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours, or until the onions are done.


Freeze the leftovers for quick dinners later.


Tornado Watch Soup

We are under a tornado watch for the rest of the afternoon. I am making soup.  

Tornado Watch Soup

  • 1 pound of browned ground pork, turkey, whatever
  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 4 zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 4 C chopped baby bok choy leaves
  • 4 C chicken broth,  add more as needed
  • 1 vegan boullion soup cube
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt

Place all in a large crockpot. Set to “high” for 5 hours.

Add 1 C cooked rice at the end. Stir and serve.