Herbed Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

My husband has always steered me away from using pork roasts and pork chops in my cooking, but recently he announced to me that he was more than willing to try new things.  Let me tell you, it didn’t take me long to jump on that opportunity.  If he’s willing to try pork chops, I am pretty sure I could come up with an amazing recipe.  Let me tell you, this one was just that.  AMAZING!  I had to laugh, as we didn’t eat our meal together this particular night.  He had been gone fishing while the rest of us were eating dinner.  I came into the living room, where he was watching his Kansas City Royals baseball game while eating his plate of herbed pork chops, salad and peas (in his case…I happen to prefer the green beans).  He looked up at me and said, this is delicious!

 

Some of you may have easy to please husbands when it comes to food, but mine, let’s just say he likes his food certain ways and a lot of times it doesn’t match how I want my food.  I like to say he likes his food mostly overcooked and somewhat boring (to me anyway) and I’m always thrilled when I find a tasty recipe that we both love.  Of course, our food choices have grown together more and more through our 19 years of marriage.  He has taught me to like some things his way and I have taught him to like some things mine.  Marriage always will be a give and take and I happen to like it that way!  It may just get boring otherwise.

 Herbed Pork Chops made in the Slow Cooker

Herbed Pork Chops Recipe for the Slow Cooker

 

Herbed Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning (or other poultry seasoning)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
4-8 thick cut boneless pork chops (get enough for your family size)
Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

 

Herbed Pork Chops

 

Mix first 8 ingredients together and pour into the bottom of slow cooker.  Cut slits into each pork chop and salt and pepper each piece of meat.  Place meat in the slow cooker, stirring it around being sure to cover the meat with the liquid.  Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4.  Periodically baste the pork chops with the liquid throughout the day, so they stay covered and the meat takes on the great flavors from the spices.

 

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a one gallon size freezer safe bag.  Swish it around so that it covers the meat nicely.  Label & Lay flat to freeze.

 

Herbed Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

 

Herbed Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker


Lamb & Bean Stew Recipe for the Slow Cooker

Although we do most of our cooking for the week on the weekends, there are days when we do not have a meal prepared. Takeout is not an option and I do not want to take away time from my girls. This Lamb and Bean Stew is really easy to prepare, and will cook while we keep about our busy days.

 

Lamb & Bean Stew Recipe for the Slow Cooker

 

Lamb & Bean Stew

 

Ingredients:

½ lb of lamb stew meat
1 lb pre-soaked pinto beans
8-10 medium red potatoes
4 medium carrots
2 large Spanish onions
1 celery heart
1 large zucchini
¾ cup soy sauce
Garlic powder

 

They key to making this Lamb and Bean Stew is in the layering. After each layer, I recommend sprinkling garlic powder. This will add some nice flavors as the stew cooks.

 

Lamb & Bean Stew - Diced Onions

 

After spraying your slow cooker with oil add diced onions,

 

Lamb & Bean Stew - Carrots

 

sliced carrots and celery. I like to use colorful carrots adds it adds nice colors and flavors but orange carrots will work as well.

 

Lamb & Bean Stew

 

Add your beans. If you are running short on time, or do not have pre-soaked beans, you can use low sodium white beans.

 

Lamb & Bean Stew

Lamb stew meat. If you are not a garlic fan and did not add garlic to each layer, I would recommend you add garlic to the lamb meat. This will help add a really nice flavor to the meat itself.

 

Lamb & Bean Stew

 

Top with diced zucchini and red potatoes. I like to leave the skins on for added color and texture but by all means feel free to remove.

Cover with soy sauce and water. Cook for 3 hours on high.

 

Lamb & Bean Stew

Best served hot. We like to eat ours accompanied by homemade Zaatar Bread.

(Recipe is for 12 QT slow cooker)

Lady Lilith is a blogger over at www.LittleLadyPlays.com. She enjoys blogging and sharing with others innovative ways of making education hands on and fun for both kids and parents.


To Die For – Peanut Butter Chocolate Divine Recipe

We made this amazing recipe for my son’s prom dinner.  There was a group of about 8 of them that were all dining together at his friend’s house.  We wanted something somewhat fancy, but something really delicious.  My son, Baylee, always requests peanut butter cup desserts, so I knew this one would be a hit!  He’s homeschooled and wouldn’t have gotten to go, but a nice girl from youth group invited him along.  Here he is with his date:

 

Baylee & Tiffany

He wore his black Converse tennis shoes with his tux.  It was hard for me to let him do it, lol, but….he IS 17 and what do moms know anyway?  :)

 

Converse at Prom

 

He’s a good kid and had a great time with his friends.  The day I made that dessert, I doubled it, so that our family back at home could sample it (and don’t worry, I’m not currently eating it, after telling you about my yo-yo dieting woes).  I thought it would be a great time to share with all of you, as Mother’s Day is on Sunday and you will likely be looking for some yummy treats to be serving your moms.  Or….you can hand the recipe over to your kids and let them make it just for you.  It’s not that difficult.  You won’t want to eat much though, it’s so rich and delicious, you could gain 10 pounds just looking at it.  Well…hopefully not 10, but yeah, don’t go crazy!

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Divine Recipe

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Divine Recipe

Ingredients:  

  • 20 Oreo cookies, divided
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 8 oz box of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) whipped topping, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 15 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped

Instructions:

Start by crushing 16 of the 20 chocolate cookies.  I crushed mine with a potato masher.  It made it super easy!

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Divine Recipe

 

Oreo Peanut Butter Dessert

 

Next, add the melted butter to the dish of crushed Oreos and press into the bottom of a 9×9 inch pan.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Divine Recipe

 

 

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Beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar together in a large bowl, until smooth.  Stir in 1/2 of the whipped topping and spread over the crust.
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Sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups.  (Be sure to reserve some for later for the top, too).  In another bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and the other half of the whipped topping.  Spread it on top of the broken peanut butter cups.
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Sprinkle the top with the the rest of the chopped peanut butter cups and Oreo cookies.
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Cover and chill for 3 hours.  It will thicken up and be easier to dish out.  Here’s the final result!
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