Entertaining With Your Slow Cooker – Chile Con Queso Cheese Dip Recipe + GIveaway

This post is sponsored by Crock-It Lock-It.  All opinions are 100% my own.  As you’ll see, I absolutely LOVE the product!  That makes telling you about it all the easier!  

 

As you know, I had a Home Party for an adoption fundraiser this week.  We had some fun and enjoyed one of my family’s favorite party foods!

Chile Con Queso

 

My husband loves to order this at the Mexican restaurant, so I finally decided to find a recipe that he would love.  It’s super simple!

Chile Con Queso Dip for Your Slow Cooker

 

Ingredients

2 Pound block of White Velveeta Cheese (or you can use sliced American if you wish)

2 5 oz cans of green chiles

1/2 to 1 cup of Milk

Directions

Cut the cheese up into cubes and place in slow cooker.  Add 1/2 cup of milk and green chiles.  Check on regularly to stir it all together.  Continue adding milk until it is the desired consistency that you would like to see.  The less milk you add, the more thick it will be.  Once it has reached the consistency you’re looking for, place the slow cooker on the “Keep Warm” setting.  If your slow cooker doesn’t have this setting, you can put it on low, but watch it carefully so that it doesn’t burn.

Tip:  You can also do this on the stove top or in the microwave and then transfer it to the slow cooker to keep it warm. 

 

 I Love My Crock-It Lock-It - No More Spills!

So, we had this party that we were planning to host at our church.  I remember the last time that I had to take my slow cooker anywhere, it was such a pain.  The lid would always tip off and I’d risk losing the contents, or at least contaminating them.  It’s always such a huge job getting it to and from the car.  You can’t carry anything else with it as you have to keep all hands on the slow cooker!  Oh and don’t contaminate the serving piece by dropping it on the floor of your car, right?

I recently ran across the Crock-It Lock-It on another website and thought that I would LOVE to try it out in person.  The next week, I received mine at my door, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it until I absolutely needed to use it.  After all, what good are tools until you need them, right?

As I was getting ready for this party, I remembered that I could use this to keep my crockpot lid on tight, and it would also make it easier to carry.  Once I got it strapped onto my slow cooker, I was hooked!

Crock-It Lock-It - Take Your Crockpot full of food anywhere with ease.

What is a Crock-It Lock-It?

A Crock-It Lock-It is a special tool to help cinch your lid down onto your slow cooker so that when you have to take it outside of your house, like to a party or a pot luck dinner, the lid won’t tip off and you don’t risk spilling the contents.  It also has a great handle on the top so that you can carry it one handed and with ease.  It really is an amazing little product!  Watch this video to see more about how it works:

Why We Love Our Crock-It Lock-It

Carrying the Crock-It Lock-It with one hand

  • The amazing handle!  Really, it’s amazing.  It feels so sturdy.  There’s no way it would break off of the unit.  It’s the perfect grasp for your hand.
  • You can get it so tight, you’ll never worry about your contents spilling.  In fact, on our way into town, my daughter accidentally tipped the slow cooker all the way up so that the cheese dip was around the lid area, but nothing oozed out and of course, nothing spilled.  Yay!
  • It’s adjustable!  You can fit any sized slow cooker into the Crock-It Lock-It.  There’s a guide on the straps that allows you to set it where you want them to be set.  From 3 quart slow cookers all the way to 8 quart slow cookers.   It will work for oval or round slow cookers.
  • You can carry your slow cooker one handed.  Because you’re not a bit worried that it’s going to spill, you can carry your slow cooker with the Crock-It Lock-It attached, one handed.  It feels like you’re carrying a briefcase.  Seriously. (and that’s my daughter demonstrating for you above)
  • It comes with a ladle that is always attached to the top!  To me, that little idea was ingenious.  You can have your crockpot and your ladle, too!  :)  I always forgot my serving utensils before now!

Where Can You Get One?

Right now, Crock-It Lock-It is running a Kickstarter Campaign.  If you go to that site, you can click to pledge $15 towards their campaign.  For a $15 pledge, you will receive a Crock-It Lock-It with ladle.  This is a great discount and there is no additional shipping cost when you do it that way.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on the 24th of October, 2013.  If you’re reading it after that date, you’ll need to go to the Crock-It Lock-It website.  Be sure to like them on Facebook to show them some support, too!  This is a new product and all the support to get their name out there would be amazing!

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Week 7 – Crockpot Freezer Meals – Recipes, Shopping List +

I told you it was coming!  You’ve already seen the recipes!  Now it’s time to put it into a one week Meal Plan.  Are you ready?

Meet the Recipes:

Crockpot Freezer Meals Week 7

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Smothered Steak

Hearty Western Casserole

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Shredded Pork Soft Tacos

Crockpot Freezer Meals Week 7

 

Shopping List

Meat
 
10-12 large boneless skinless chicken breasts 
6 slices of ham
2-3 lbs cubed steak (or enough pieces for your family)
1.5 lbs ground beef
4-5 pounds of bone-in pork shoulder
 
 Boxed/Canned/Jarred
 
3 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
3 6 oz cans of tomato paste
2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
2 boxes of Chicken Stuffing (Stovestop or off brand)
3 10.75 oz cans of cheddar cheese soup
3 cans evaporated milk 
16 oz can of corn
16 oz can kidney beans
10.75 oz can tomato soup
1/2 cup chicken broth
Dry white wine
Sugar (need 1 tsp)
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
Italian Bread Crumbs (optional:  to thicken sauce at the end)
Parmesan Cheese
Pasta (we used spaghetti)
root beer (1 cup)
1 4 oz can of canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
 
 
 
Refrigerated/Frozen
 
1.25 cup of Milk
6 (approx.) slices swiss cheese
Shredded Cheddar Cheese – 2 cups
8 T. Butter
42 oz frozen chopped broccoli florets (I bought 3 14 oz size bags)
 
 
Produce
 
5 Onions
sliced mushrooms
sliced celery (for one cup)
1 cup chopped carrots (1 cup)
1 green pepper
garlic clove
 
 
Spices
 
Salt
pepper
garlic powder
oregano
minced dry onion flakes
chili powder
2 bay leaves
 
 
Bread
 
Flour or Corn Tortillas
 

Assembly Instructions

1.  Gather your cutting board, knife, freezer bags and Sharpie Marker.

2.  Chop veggies:

  • 5 Onions
  • mushrooms
  • celery (for one cup)
  • carrots (1 cup)
  • 1 green pepper into strips
  • garlic clove

3.  Place 5-6 Chicken Breasts in a Gallon Size freezer bag.  Place sliced swiss cheese and ham pieces in a smaller quart size bag.  Place the small bag inside the larger bag.  Label bag with Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole.  Lay flat to freeze.  [On cooking day you'll need to have the chicken thawed so you can quickly chop it with scissors once you put it in the slow cooker, the other ingredients can be added that day as well.]

4.   Place all ingredients for the Broccoli Cheese Soup except cheddar cheese and frozen broccoli into gallon size freezer safe bag.  Label and Freeze as flat as you can.

5.  Place all ingredients for the Smothered Steak into freezer safe gallon size bag.  Squish around so that the ingredients are distributed evenly.  Lay flat.  Label.  Freeze.

6.  Combine all ingredients for the Hearty Western Casserole in a gallon size freezer safe bag.  Label & Freeze flat.

7.  For Chicken Cacciatore, place all ingredients except Parmesan cheese, pasta and bread crumbs into the bag.  Lay flat.  Label & Freeze

8.  For the Shredded Pork Tacos, Rub meat with chili powder, salt and pepper and place in gallon size freezer bag.  Chop the 3-4 chipotle peppers from the can.  Mix chopped chipotle peppers, 1-2 T. of adobo sauce (from same can) and 1 cup of root bear.  [you can use the whole can of peppers, but you may want to add more root beer if you do].  Pour mixture over meat and onions in freezer safe bag.  Label bag and freeze flat.

9.  Place it all in the freezer and enjoy your week!

 

Hint:   You’ll want to try to thaw out your bag the night before.  In most cases, if you forget, you can just add an hour or so of cooking time.  Take a look at the recipes first to get a handle on what you’ll be doing on cooking day.

 

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Freezer Meals into Gourmet Meals in Minutes #MakeItYourMichelinas

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Michelina’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Lunch is one of those meals that I prefer to just go out to eat.   I never seem to have what I want to eat in the house.  Of course, being pregnant, doesn’t help anything.  I get a sudden craving for something bazaar and have to decide it’s worth the time and expense to drive into town to get it.  Usually, it’s not.  Especially since I’m a stay at home, homeschooling mom.  My schedule is just too busy to drop what I’m doing to fulfill a restaurant craving.

When I ran across the Make It Your Michelina’s lunch time ideas, I was excited.  I can actually keep better meals on hand, by having a few frozen Michelina’s dinners in my freezer.  The general idea is to take a frozen dinner and turn it into something you’d be more excited to eat, by adding just a few of your own ingredients.  The best part?  It only takes a few minutes!  Now that’s my kind of lunch!

Here’s a list of my top 5 ideas I’ve seen so far.  Of course, I think I’d like to do some experimenting on my own to see what I can come up with, too.

1.  Roasted Tomato & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo

Tomato & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo #MakeitYourMichelinas

2.  Gyro

Michelina's Gyro

3.  Easy Chipotle Chicken & Rice Burrito

Easy Chipotle Chicken & Rice Burrito

4.  Taco Bowl

Taco Bowl

5.  Chipotle Chicken & Rice Tacos

Chipotle Chicken & Rice Taco

 

Don’t these look amazing?  How would you dress up your own Michelina’s Frozen Entree?  

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