A Month of Slow Cooker Recipes

One Month Slow Cooker Printable Menu - FREE!

 

My good friend Jill, started a site a few months back called The Sassy Slow Cooker. She has a lot of great recipes on it, and I wanted to be sure I told you all about her monthly menu!

She just published it yesterday and she has a slow cooker recipe for every day of the month. She’s even included a couple of my recipes from the Crockpot Freezer Meals portion of this site!

To get your menu, just click on the image below:

Spend your days out of the kitchen this April with this FREE Family Friendly Slow Cooker Menu!

 

She has it available in PDF or in an editable Word version.  If you get a chance to leave her a comment, be sure to let her know I sent you over.  :)  She loves comments and e-Hugs.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Crock Pot Steak Fajitas Recipe

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If you know me very well, you’ll know that my favorite kind of food is most definitely Mexican food.  You may have figured this out by looking at the Crockpot Freezer Meals on my site.  I could literally eat Mexican food all week!  I’m super happy if I at least get to go to my favorite Mexican restaurant once a week.  My friends and I like to meet for lunch and we don’t even ask where we’re going.  We just automatically go to the same Mexican food joint, every time we get together.

I’ve been thinking about how fun it would be to make fajitas in the slow cooker, but I hadn’t really heard about it being done before.  I decided to search for some recipes and sure enough it works.  In fact, it works so well, my husband declared that this specific recipe will be a Sidetracked Sarah Reader favorite!  He absolutely loved them (and he’s not the Mexican food fan that I am).  I must be honest.  I loved them, too!  My only complaint is that the meat mixture was a bit liquid-y.  You could solve that problem by leaving the lid off for the last hour or so of the cooking time OR you could let it drain in a colander and cook off any extra liquid in a skillet.  Me?  I don’t know if I’d go to that much trouble.  I just drained as much liquid off as I could with a slotted spoon and gobbled them up just like that.

This fajita meat mixture would be great on a flour tortilla or even served over chips.  The next time I make it, I’ll probably eat it as fajita nachos and pour Chile Con Queso (white cheese dip) over the top.  It would be scrumptious like that!

Crock Pot Steak Fajitas Recipe

Crockpot Steak Fajitas Recipe - SidetrackedSarah.com

3 lbs thin sliced Sirloin top Round steak (or flank steak) cut into 3-4″ strips
2 medium onions, cut into strips
 1 cup of your favorite salsa (this is our favorite salsa)
 4 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro (optional – I prefer to use dried cilantro instead)
4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice 
4 cloves of minced garlic 
2 tablespoons of chili powder 
2 teaspoons of ground cumin 
1 teaspoon of salt 
2 small green bell peppers, cut into strips 
1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
Flour tortillas, warmed OR Tortilla chips
 

Directions:

  1. Place steak, onions, salsa, cilantro, lime juice, minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt into slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  3. 1 hour before cooking ends, place strips of bell peppers into slow cooker.
  4. Pull lid off at that time to get rid of as much extra liquid as possible (optional).
  5. Serve over flour tortillas or corn chips.
  6. Garnish with cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Slice meat into 3-4″ strips
  2. Slice bell peppers and onions into strips.
  3. Place everything but bell peppers into gallon size freezer bag.
  4. Place bell peppers into a quart size freezer bag.
  5. Label both bags with Steak Fajitas and staple them together.
  6. Write cooking instructions on the outside of the bag with a permanent marker.
  7. Lay flat to freeze, conserving as much room in your freezer as possible.

Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas - SidetrackedSarah.com

Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas - SidetrackedSarah.com

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Make Your Own English Muffins – Recipe

This is a guest post from Theresa of Joyous Home, Joyous Notions and Seasons at Home Magazine.  Please welcome her!  :)

 

Have you ever tried making your own crumpets (English muffins)? These were delicious and simple, not to mention cost-effective. English muffins cost around $3.00 for 6. You can make 12 or more for less than a $1, and maximize the price crunch if you use your own freshly milled wheat – which is healthier also!

You will need a set of metal crumpet rings in order to make them round and high. The dough is almost stretchy as you scoop into the rings. It’s not a pourable batter. The metal rings act as an oven, when the crumpet starts to look a little dry, you remove the ring and flip. These are superior to store bought muffins!

Cinnamon Currant Crumpets

Makes 12 crumpets

1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup dried currants
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. SAF yeast
1 1/2 cups soft white wheat flour
1 1/2 cups natural unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1 Tbsp. warm water

1. Heat together the water, milk and sugar. Do not boil the mixture.

2. Add the 1 1/2 c. wheat flour, and the yeast. Mix for about minute, until smooth, and sponge for at least 20 minutes, up to an hour (let sit and bubble).

3. Add 1/2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1 Tbsp. warm water plus the 1 1/2 c. unbleached white flour. Mix well, no flour lumps left, but don’t over beat.


4. Heat a griddle on medium and butter the metal rings. Place the rings on the griddle for at least 5 minutes to heat up. Scoop your crumpet batter in about 1/3 to 1/2 full. Cook for until you see the sides slightly pulling away, about 5 minutes. Gently remove the ring and flip. Cook another 5 minutes until springy. We let ours cool, and then toasted them in the oven. Delicious!

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