Crockpot Sausage and Peppers – Crockpot Freezer Meal

OK.  I know, I’m pregnant, but this one was definitely one of my favorites.

I confess.

I love anything with peppers and onions.  

It’s true.  They are so yummy to my taste buds!  I could eat them plain (although they’re much better cooked).  If you happen to love the taste just as much as me, you’ll love this meal.  I did however, have a bit of resistance from a couple of my pickier eaters.  They did try it and picked out my favorite peppers and onions.  No problemo…I’ll take them!  :)

Crockpot Sausage and Peppers Recipe

Crockpot Sausage & Peppers

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs sweet or hot Italian sausages
2 onions
3 red, yellow or green peppers, cut into 2″ slices
2 cloves of garlic
14 oz can diced tomatoes
6 oz can of tomato paste
1/2 cup beef broth
1 T. dried Italian seasoning
1/4 t. pepper
 

Directions:

Brown the Italian Sausages in a skillet.  (I usually start with them whole, then slice them up while they’re cooking….they stay in tact and keep their shape better that way).  Layer half of the onions on bottom of slow cooker, then add half of the peppers.  Put all of the browned sausage on top of that, followed by the rest of the onions and peppers.  Mix together diced tomatoes, tomato paste and beef broth and pour over the top.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  One hour before mixture is done, add the spices.  Stir.  Cover and cook an additional hour.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Brown Italian Sausages
  2. While browning, slice peppers and onions.
  3. Place onions and peppers and browned meat in freezer safe bag.
  4. Mix together diced tomatoes, tomato paste and beef broth and place in a 2nd freezer bag.
  5. Label & Freeze
  6. Follow instructions on cooking day.
  7. It helps to at least have the sauce thawed out when you’re putting it in the slow cooker, but not required.

Crockpot Sausage & Peppers - Works as a Crockpot Freezer Meal

Can you do me a great big favor and pin this picture on Pinterest and/or share it on Facebook!

 

P.S.  You may notice that it doesn’t look like there’s any spices in these pictures.  I completely forgot to add the spices, but it was still really good!  SO, if you forget it, don’t worry about it.  You’ll still like it.  :)

 


Super Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Recipe

I always love eating Chicken Parmesan, but it seems to be quite the ordeal to get it cooked.  All the breading and frying is time consuming.  Well, this recipe takes out the breading and frying, but amazingly it still tastes great, even without that breading!  It looks pretty awesome, too!  This recipe was a definite family pleaser!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Ingredients:

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (enough for your family)
1 large onion, sliced
Italian Seasoning
32 oz spaghetti sauce
Parmesan Cheese
1 Cup of Grated Mozarella Cheese

Directions:

Place sliced onions in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Place chicken breasts on top of that.  Sprinkle chicken breasts with the Italian Seasoning.  Cover with Spaghetti sauce.  Cook on low for 5-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.  When ready to serve, sprinkle Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella Cheese over the top of each chicken breast.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

Slice Onions.  Place sliced onions and chicken breasts in gallon size freezer safe bag.  If you would like to make sure your Mozzarella cheese is available, you can freeze it in a separate baggie within the gallon sized one.  Label & Freeze.  Save the other ingredients to add on the day of cooking.  Easy peasy.

Chicken Parmesan 2

 

This post is part of a 10 day series that I’ve been struggling to keep up with!  :)  For other series topics, please look at the Autumn Blog Hopscotch with iHomeschool Network.  

 


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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