Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I have not had Stuffed Peppers in a long time!  I kept putting off making these, because it wasn’t one of those recipes I could just dump everything in the slow cooker for.  I had to brown the meat first and I also had to cook the rice.  Big deal, right?  Well, for some reason, that makes me procrastinate.  I’ve been planning to make a weekly meal plan again, but keep procrastinating on that, too.

 

Finally, today, while I have the right kind of meat thawed, it was time.  I was finally going to do this thing.  I got it started and suddenly realized a deadline was heading my way.  I had to meet my husband in town soon…before I had a chance to get it in the slow cooker.  Thank goodness for 15 year old daughters!  They are very capable to help you when you don’t schedule your life right.  She managed to finish what I had started and get it in the slow cooker in time to cook it on high for 5 hours.  Yay Autumn (my daughter)!

 

As this recipe was cooking, my stomach started growling just smelling it all afternoon.  I wish I could bottle it up and let you smell it through your computer.  Of course, I love cooked peppers, so that is a smell that is very enjoyable to me!  In case you’re wondering, this recipe was a hit with the family!  The 1 year old, 4 year old and husband all liked it, so I think we’re on to something!

 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

 

Ingredients:

8 large bell peppers (any colors)
2 lbs ground beef, browned, drained and rinsed
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup, cooked brown rice
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 4 oz can tomato sauce
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup mozzarella cheese (for topping)

 

Directions:

  1. Cap 8 peppers and clean out the seeds.
  2. Wash them out with cold water and set aside.
  3. Mix together all ingredients (except peppers and cheese) in a bowl.
  4. Stuff each pepper with the beef & rice mixture.
  5. Sprinkle each pepper with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Follow instructions 1-5 above.
  • Place in freezer safe bag and freeze until the day you’re ready to cook them.
  • You can cook from frozen, but add an extra hour cooking time.

 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers REcipe

 

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Round Steak & Veggies in the Slow Cooker (Low Carb Version, too!)

We have been looking for some different things to cook in the slow cooker.  I love any meats that are cooked in a tomato sauce of some kind.  Whether it has diced tomatoes, tomato soup or just plain tomato sauce, it is usually a good choice!  The sauce cooks into the meat nicely!

 

Originally, I was going to call this a casserole, but when I saw it, it really didn’t seem like a casserole at all.  It was more like a steak and potatoes type of meal.  I don’t know about your husband, but mine prefers steak and potatoes over casseroles.  Casseroles are thick.  This was a little more soupy (because I didn’t leave off the lid the last hour of the cooking time).  It was delicious though.  My husband was happily returning for seconds.  The only drawback was the price of the meat.  Round Steak was $4.99 per pound in our town.  Ouch.  If you happen to have venison, this would be the perfect recipe for your venison steaks!  I think I still have a few in my freezer and I’m going to make it again with them.

 

Here’s the recipe…

 

Round Steak Veggies Recipe

Sometimes, when I’m in a hurry, the photo doesn’t come out as well as it does other times.  This is one of those times.  Plus, I wanted to point out, this photo is the high carb version, as noted by the white potatoes.  When I make it again, hopefully I’ll get a better photo and can update this post.  It really does taste great!  Kind of like a beef stew or a pot roast, with a twist.  

 

Round Steak & Veggies Recipe

Serves 6 adults

 

Ingredients:

2-3 pounds of round steak, cut 1/2″ thick
salt
pepper
2 onions, sliced thin
5-6 potatoes cut in slices  (leave out or use brown rice if doing THM or low carb)
15 oz can of green beans
1 tsp garlic powder
10 3/4 oz can of tomato soup (sub tomato sauce if doing THM or low carb)
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Season meat with salt and pepper.
  2. Place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Add onions, potatoes, green beans and garlic powder.
  4. Top with soup and tomatoes
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  6. If there’s too much liquid toward the last half of the cooking time, remove the lid for about an hour.

 

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Season meat with salt and pepper
  • Place seasoned meat and the rest of the ingredients in a freezer safe bag.
  • Squish bag so that all ingredients are nicely coated with the tomato mixture.
  • Label Bag.  Lay flat to Freeze.

 

Variation Ideas:  Add carrots or other vegetables to the mixture.  Any veggies would be good in this!

 

If you are on a low carb diet or using the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) way of eating, you will want to leave out the potatoes, pick out the potatoes or replace them with 1/2 cup of brown rice per serving.  You will also want to switch the Tomato Soup to tomato sauce, so that you don’t have any sugar in the recipe.  I’m new to THM and if I figured it correctly, with the brown rice and tomato soup, this would be considered an E meal.  Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

 

Let me know if you try it!


The Best Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe Ever

(This amazing recipe was brought to you by Alabama Tourism)

Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe

 

Barbecue sauce is such an interesting thing.  Everyone seems to have an opinion on it and there are so many amazingly tasty variations of it as well.  My husband just happens to be a pro at throwing together the perfect barbecue sauce with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I started throwing ingredients in the pot and then he came in and took over, lol.  (He’s the one with the taste for it!)  I had to write down everything he did and make him measure it, lol.  (Normally he goes based on taste alone).  Anyway, this is the sauce that he came up with!  It’s actually a very easy BBQ sauce recipe to make.  It’s a little sweet, yet a little tangy and just slightly spicy.  If you don’t like the spice, reduce some of the pepper and leave out the Tabasco Sauce.

 

Homemade Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 8 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 4 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.  Simmer on low for about an hour, until the sauce thickens and has the chance to meld all of the flavors together.  Cool and serve.

 

 

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We ended up putting the BBQ sauce over some chicken in the slow cooker and cooked it all night.  I saved a little more sauce though so that I could also dip it in it.  YUMMM!!

 

BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker

 

Sometimes, I don’t want to make my own BBQ sauce though.  Sometimes, I want to drive to a famous BBQ restaurant and enjoy some barbecue without any of the work of having to cook.    I’ve recently been hearing about all of the amazing barbecue restaurants in the south.  Specifically, I’ve been hearing about BBQ in Alabama.  I never realized how well known the state of Alabama is for BBQ!

 

Apparently, Alabama was declared the most “BBQ Crazed State in the US” in 2014.  This year, the Alabama Tourism Department has declared 2015 as “The Year of Alabama BBQ”.  They’ve had several restaurants featured in national publications as being some of the best in the United States as well.  That kind of makes me want to take a road trip down south to get some Southern Hospitality Barbecue!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  

 

Road Trip!

 

If we decided to take an Alabama Road Trip, I’d have to hit the beautiful beaches,

 

trips-spring-break-beach

 

eat some Alabama barbecue

BBQ Alabama

and of course, being a homeschool mom, I’d have to take my kids to some historical Civil war and Civil Rights Destinations that Alabama is known for.

 

Civil War

Have you considered taking a road trip to visit Alabama?  If so, they have loads of resources to help you out!  The apps for your phone are my favorite resources that they offer!  Try them here:

 

  • Road Trip App – It helps you choose the right path, depending on what your interests are.
  • Alabama BBQ Trail – an app to help you follow the path to the best BBQ restaurants in Alabama!
  • 100 Dishes – If you’re a foodie and love to eat at the best restaurants while you’re on vacation, be sure to check out this app!  It will tell you the best places to go depending on the flavors you want to experience!
  • Alabama Civil Rights Trail – This app will help you plan out your historical visits and will even give you information about why you want to see them within the app.

 

And of course, they always like it if you say hello to them on Facebook.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alabama Tourism. The opinions and text are all mine.