Wednesday, November 28, 2012

$100 Slow Cooker Giveaway!

It's that time of year...there's a chill in the air.  Coats, boots and gloves become habit.  Snow dusts the bare tree branches...and you start to crave those satisfying home-cooked hearty meals.




I don't know about you, but in my Trenches, my poor crockpot sits unused for about 8 months.  But man, once November hits, I am jonesing for Winter Meals like the ones I mentioned above.

PLUS, being a full-time working mom, knowing that I can walk in the door that night with the realization that dinner is pretty much already prepared?  WIN.

Courtesy of Relish!, I have the privilege of giving you, one of my readers, an awesome slow cooker from Crate and Barrel!

So, who the what is Relish!, you ask?  It's simply an awesome menu-planning site.

For just $7 per month, they load you up with healthy, delicious, and easy dinners.  You get menus, recipes, grocery lists, a mobile app, specialty menus, weekly features, and more.

Each week you can choose from their 15 different recipe ideas, and cater them to your family's needs, from 2 to 8 servings.

Once you select your meals, a detailed grocery list is ready-made.

And best of all, the meals take just 30 minutes or less to prepare!

Want 20% off to join?  Just enter TRENCH at checkout.  Good until December 31st!

But now, on to the part you've been waiting for, the fabulous giveaway!

Simply leave me a blog comment with 1) your favorite slow cooker recipe and 2) your e-mail.

Winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday, December 5.

Happy slow cooking!


Sincerely Iowa said...

My family loves the Chicken & Noodles I make in our crockpot. Before I leave for work in the morning, I put 4-6 chicken breasts (frozen) in the crockpot, and top them with:

1 large can of cream of mushroom soup
2 large can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 can chicken broth
Salt & Pepper

I cook it on LOW all day. When I get home, I remove the chicken and dump in a bag of frozen egg noodles. While the noodles are in the sauce, I shred the chicken and dump it back in the crockpot. After about 30 minutes, the noodles are cooked.

This can be served as-is with a veggie, or my family loves to serve it on top of rice or mashed potatoes.

Emily Stephens said...

My favorite meal is a simple chicken. I put the chicken in the crockpot with garlic cloves, salt & pepper and cook it on low for 6 hours. It falls off the bone and is perfect with a variety of sides. The leftover chicken is used for pot pie, enchiladas, or soup.

notlikeacat said...

jmagnus13 AT gmail DOT com

I love to put a whole chicken in the slow cooker (on top of a heap of cut-up carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, and sometimes parsnips), season it salt/pepper and maybe herbs d'provence or Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute, then leave it on low all day. Easy prep, plenty of leftovers, and so nice to come home to!

beenomom said...

I have recently discovered how to make my own pulled pork at home in my slow cooker. It is dangerously good!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork:

5-7lb pork butt

2 Tlb paprika
2Tlb garlic powder
1Tlb onion powder
2Tlb brown sugar
2tsp salt

Rub the mixture all over the roast and place in slow cooker on low 7-8 hours. Add a 1/4 water to the bottom.

Shred the meat and mix with your favorite BBQ sauce and serve on warm bulkie rolls. My favorite sauce right now is Sweet Baby Rays! Yum-O!

Katie said...

I think my favorite recipe is a breakfast one- slow cook oatmeal:

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1 cup milk

Make sure to spray bowl of slow cooker well to prevent sticking. Simply mix ingredients and go to bed! 6-7 hours on low is best but 8 is ok. Sometimes I add in sliced apples and cinnamon before cooking, other times canned pumpkin at the end, then the fixings. Makes a big batch so you can eat all week, and my kids love it!

Jules said...

Sweet and sour killbasa

booksandcandy said...

I also have a breakfast I love in the slow cooker. Make it Christmas Eve or New Years Eve and you have breakfast ready the next morning

32 oz of frozen hash browns
1 doz eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cup cheddar or monterrey jack cheese shredded
1 tsp salt/pepper more or less to taste
1 green pepper diced

1. place a layer of frozen potatoes on the bottom then a layer of green pepper and cheese continue to layer
end with a layer of cheese
in a separate bowl beat together the eggs milk salt and pepper

2. Pour over the mixture

cook 10-12 hours on low

booksandcandy AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

My favorite slow cooker recipe would have to be short ribs!

This Mama Knows said...

Pulled pork is my fav. Add a little liquid smoke and it tastes almost like the "real" thing. rachelhaleco at hotmail dot com

Alexandra Elizabeth said...

Beef stew w/ beef check, celery, carrots, corn, potatoes, and onions! Yum and perfect on a winter night!

alexandraev at gmail dot com

Tara said...

Chili, chili, and more chili. Taratseng at gmail dot com

Thanks so much for the contest.

blessnel said...

I love slow cooked pot roast for the winters!

1 onion, sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (2 1/2 pound) boneless beef chuck roast
1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 package dry beef gravy mix
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
1/2 cup water, or as needed
5 whole peeled carrots

Spread the onion slices out into the bottom of the cooker.
Spread the flour out onto a work surface. Sprinkle the chuck roast with salt and black pepper, and roll the roast in the flour to coat all sides. Pound the flour into the meat. Place the floured roast into the cooker on top of the onions. Whisk together beef gravy mix, ranch dressing mix, and Italian dressing mix in a bowl, and whisk the mixes with water until smooth. Pour over the chuck roast. Distribute carrots around the meat.
Cover the cooker, set to Low, and cook until the roast is tender and the gravy has thickened, about 8 hours.

Then serve with rice or tortillas and enjoy!


Anonymous said...

This is probably the EASIEST!!

2 1/2-3 lb chuck roast
Lipton Onion Soup Mix
8 oz ginger ale
brown gravy mix in a pouch

Flour potroast, put in crockpot. In separate bowl, mix soupmix, gravy, gingerale and one tablespoon of flour. Cook for 8 hrs on low.

Julie Dennehy said...

I love using my crockpot but the handle is broken, so we would love this new swanky one! We are a football/cheer family and love making chili to take to the game (also doubles as a handwarmer). My no-bean chili varies depending on what I've got in the fridge, but basically you cook in the crockpot for about 5 hours on low (stirring occasionally during commercial breaks) the following: 4lbs of lean ground beef, frozen is fine; one diced onion; three cans of diced tomatoes; one jar of garlic & onion tomato sauce (I like Paul Newman's); and spices to taste like cumin, chili, cilantro and of course pepper and kosher salt. You really don't need too many spices if you use flavored tomato sauce - especially if you have picky eaters.

Julie Dennehy,

Jackie said...

When feeling fancy and lazy at the same time, I make coq au vin the the slow cooker :)

Anonymous said...

A favorite for sports nights with kids in practices that span 4 hours and family dinner becomes eat when you can.

Shredded Chicken
for Taco Salad or Tacos

2 lbs boneless chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
1/2 c. italian salad dressing
2 t. minced garlic
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
1/4 c. water
2 t. chili powder
2 t. ground cumin

Slow cook on low for 8-10 hours or 4-6 on high. Remove chicken from the crockpot and shred. Remove half of the remaining liquid from the crockpot and set aside. Add the shredded chicken back into the crockpot with the remaining half of cooking liquid. The chicken should absorb the cooking liquid, add more of the reserved liquid as needed to keep moist.

I regularly double the recipe with the hopes of freezing for another meal (freezes well). The family regularly foils this plan and request that this be packed as lunches for the rest of the week. Holds up well to thermos lunchbox packing with a side of veggies and tortillas chips.

On nights when I am chief chauffeur, I fill plastic containers with lettuce, olives, cheese, tomato, guacamole and stack in the fridge next to tortillas, sour cream, and salsa and the kids and hubs grab and go as schedules allow.

tammieconder at yahoo dot com

Alex , korcz at wp dot pl said...

People in Poland do not know slow cookers. Once I had a chance to try Murphy Richard's Intellichef and I loved it. The best recipe was stupid-simple and very tasty beef&cabbage stew.

Anonymous said...

Sticky Chicken

7-8 lb. roasting chicken

2 t. salt
2 t. paprika
1 t. onion powder
1 t. cayenne
1 t. thyme
1 t. white pepper (I use black)
1/2 t. garlic powder

Rinse chicken; pat dry. Rub the spices all over the chicken; add a chopped onion to the cavity.

Place chicken in crockpot. Do not add any liquid.

Cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-6.

Makes excellent stock, too.

Bobbiejjj @ aol dot com

Carolyn G said...

I love making pot roast in the slow cooker. I add carrots, potatoes, celery and onions with some red wine and beef. It is so good

Sarah said... delish chili!!! :)


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freebiequeen15 said...

My favorite slow cooker recipe is a vegetable lentil stew

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Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia said...

Soups, stew, chili, baked beans, apple butter, pumpkin butter. YUM!

I've tried every one of these recipes from Oh She Glows and each and EVERY one of them has turned out perfectly in MY MOM'S slow cooker (which I borrowed because she has only used it about a dozen times) lol.

Years ago, I used to make ribs quite frequently:
3 lbs pork spareribs
1 jar/bottle barbecue sauce (like President's Choice Hot & Spicy)
1 onion, diced


Begin by cutting excess fat off ribs.
1. Season ribs with salt/pepper.
2. Brown both sides of ribs in pot set on medium on the stove
3. Dice up the onion, add to slow cooker.
4. Place ribs in layers on top of onions, Dumping BBQ sauce on top of each layer of ribs as you go.
5. Cook on low setting for 8-10 hours.
6. Try not to lift the lid while cooking.


Another easy recipe was to cook a whole chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. I don't remember the exact recipe though. I'm sure it's online somewhere :) :)

Dave said...

chicken soup (yes, it takes a while)

Dave said...

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Angela said...

I'm with Tara (of the same namesake!) with the chili. angela at mommybytes dot com :)


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