Meatless Monday – Crockpot Eggplant Parmesan

Crockpot Eggplant Parmesan

This scrumptious Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan will have everyone thinking you spent all day in the kitchen. Set it, forget it then enjoy it!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal
Cuisine: Comfort, Italian
Keyword: comfort food, crockpot, high protein, low carb, low fat, nut free, one dish meal, slowcooker, vegetarian
Servings: 12
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Grandma Antionette

Equipment

  • Crockpot, Slow-cooker

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs You can use Gluten Free bread crumbs to make the recipe GF.
  • 5 ounces Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 16 ounces mozzarella cheese sliced or shredded
  • fresh basil for topping

Instructions

  • Peel eggplant and cut into 1/3 inch rounds. Layer in a colander, sprinkling each layer with salt. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and then pat dry.
  • Spread 1/2 cup of sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Whisk together the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Stir together breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in a separate bowl. Dip eggplant in egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs.
  • Layer 1/3 of the slices in the slow cooker. Top with 1 cup sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers two more times. Cook on low for eight hours.
  • When serving, top with fresh basil leaves.

Notes

Nutrition
Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1380mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 1.7mg
 

Meatless Monday – Crockpot Black Bean Soup

Crockpot Black Bean Soup

This Crockpot Black Bean Soup recipe is super easy to make, packed with protein, and it's super delicious! It also just so happens to be naturally vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Woo Hooo
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal, Soup
Cuisine: Comfort, Mexican
Keyword: comfort food, Gluten Free, heart healthy, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 large onion (yellow) chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers cored and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper cored and chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (15 oz cans)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Additional Garnish (Optional)

    Instructions

    • Combine all main ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker, and stir to combine.
    • Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, until all of the vegetables are cooked and tender.
    • Remove the bay leaf.
    • Serve the soup warm, garnished with your desired toppings. Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

    Additional Options

    • use a blender or food processor to puree the soup completely (thick and smooth)
    • use a blender or food processor to puree about half of the soup (thick and smooth but still has texture)

    Week 8 – Crockpot Maple Pork Ribs

    Crock Pot Maple Pork Ribs

    Skip the same old boring barbecue sauce and opt for a maple dijon syrup glaze to slick up these pork ribs. These tender ribs are slow-cooked in a luscious maple-mustard sauce.
    Easy peasy and finger lickin good!!!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time5 hrs
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: crockpot, maple, ribs, slow cooker, slowcooker
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 428kcal
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Equipment

    • Crock Pot

    Ingredients

    • 2 pound boneless country-style pork ribs trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
    • 4 teaspoons canola oil
    • 2 medium onion sliced and separated into rings
    • 4 cups maple syrup
    • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard or spicy brown if you prefer

    Instructions

    • In a large skillet, brown ribs in oil on all sides; drain.
    • Place ribs and onion in a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker.
    • Combine syrup and mustard; pour over ribs.
    • Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 5-6 hours.

    Week 6 – Crockpot Shredded French Dip Sandwiches

    Week 6 – Crockpot Shredded French Dip Sandwiches

    Shredded French Dip Sandwiches

    Nothing says “comfort food” like the aroma of a warm roast wafting through your home. These Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are a perfectly satisfying and easy dinner option for this rainy Halloween night. The contrast of the crusty French bread and the tender, juicy meat brings this sandwich to the next level.
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time6 hrs
    Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
    Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: comfort food, crockpot, french dip, high protein, slow cooker
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 397kcal
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Equipment

    • Slow Cooker

    Ingredients

    • 1 3 lb Boneless beef chuck roast Trimmed
    • 1 Can 10-1/2 ounces condensed French onion soup, undiluted
    • 1 Can 10-1/2 ounces condensed beef consomme, undiluted
    • 1 Can 10-1/2 ounces condensed beef broth, undiluted
    • 8 to 10 French or Italian rolls split

    Instructions

    • Halve roast and place in a 3-qt. slow cooker.
    • Combine the soup, consomme, broth, and bouillon; pour over roast.
    • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
    • Remove meat and shred with 2 forks.
    • Serve on rolls.
    • Skim fat from cooking juices; serve juices on the side for dipping.

    Week 5 – Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

    Love chicken dinners? Love slow cooker meals? Love Italian food? Then you will LOVE our slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe! This amazing chicken cacciatore is packed with protein and vegetables that are slowly cooked for maximum flavor and minimal work. Set it & forget it!

    Set it, forget it, then serve it up hot!

    Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

    Love chicken dinners? Love slow cooker meals? Love Italian food? Then you will LOVE this slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe! This amazing chicken cacciatore is packed with protein and vegetables that are slowly cooked for maximum flavor and minimal work.
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time7 hrs
    Total Time7 hrs 15 mins
    Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: Chicken, crockpot, Gluten Free, high protein, low calorie, slowcooker
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 207kcal
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Equipment

    • Slow Cooker

    Ingredients

    • 2 Medium Yellow onions thinly sliced
    • 1 3/4 Lbs broiler/fryer chicken cut up and skin removed
    • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 can 14-1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1 can 8 ounces tomato sauce
    • 1 can 4 ounces mushroom stems and pieces, drained, or 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 1/3 cup white wine or water

    Options

    • Serve with Pasta or Gluten Free Pasta for a GF version.

    Instructions

    • Place onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the chicken, seasonings, tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, and wine.
    • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve chicken with sauce over your pasta choice.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    1 serving (calculated without pasta): 207 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 787mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

    Week 4 – Heavenly Crockpot Potato Soup

    Slow Cooker Heavenly Potato Soup

    Grandma Antoinette's Potato Soup loaded with chunks of tender, hearty potatoes and made with a rich and creamy soup base. This soup is a family favorite and for good reason – it’s easy to make and absolutely delicious! Top it with cheese and bacon and no one will be able to resist.
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time8 hrs 30 mins
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    Total Time9 hrs
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: comfort food, crockpot, low calorie, one dish meal, slowcooker
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 179kcal
    Author: Grandma Antionette

    Equipment

    • Slow Cooker

    Ingredients

    Main Ingredients

    • 8 Cups Diced Russet potatoes
    • 48 Ounces Chicken broth or vegetable broth for vegetarian version
    • 1 10oz Can Condensed Cream of Chicken soup, undiluted or Cream of Celery soup for vegetarian version
    • 1/2 Cup Chopped yellow onion
    • 1 Large Carrot diced
    • 1 Stalk Celery diced
    • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
    • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
    • 1 8oz Package of cream cheese – Cubed

    OPTIONAL

    • ½ Lb Sliced bacon cooked and crumbled (Omit for vegetarian version)
    • Minced chives
    • Shredded Cheddar cheese

    Instructions

    • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all the main ingredients EXCEPT the Cream Cheese.
      Cover and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours or until potatoes are tender.
    • Add cream cheese; stir until blended. Serve immediately & enjoy.
    • Garnish with bacon, cheese & chives if desired.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    1 cup (calculated without bacon): 179 calories,
    9g fat (5g saturated fat),
    25mg cholesterol,
    787mg sodium,
    21g carbohydrate
    (2g sugars, 2g fiber),
    4g protein.

    Week 3 – Crockpot Rosemary Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

    Crockpot Rosemary Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

    This is one of my weekend favorites. 2-3 hrs in the slow cooker and before you know it, a superbly delicious, soul-warming meal. I use this when I have leftover chicken handy, usually grilled chicken or leftover rotisserie minus the skin. Skip the chicken and rosemary and you've got yourself a wonderful vegetarian mushroom risotto! Either way, enjoy 😉
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time2 hrs 45 mins
    Total Time3 hrs
    Course: Main Course, One Dish Meal, Side Dish
    Cuisine: American, Comfort, Italian
    Keyword: crockpot, one dish meal, risotto, slowcooker
    Servings: 8
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Equipment

    • Crockpot

    Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cups precooked chicken skinless
    • 3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms about 8 oz
    • 1/3 cup chopped onion
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 3/4 cups uncooked Arborio rice
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 3/4 cup dry white wine or additional chicken broth
    • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon Rosemary or a few fresh sprigs
    • Asiago or parmesan cheese shreds optional
    • Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves optional

    Instructions

    • In a large skillet saute mushrooms, onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat . Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until mushrooms are lightly browned and liquid is evaporated, stirring occasionally.
    • Add in rice, stirring to coat for 2 minutes.
    • Dump the rice mixture to a 4-quart crockpot. Stir in broth, chicken, wine, and pepper.
    • Cover and cook – low-heat setting about 2 hours and 45 minutes or until rice is tender.
    • Top with cheese and/or parsley. Serve immediately.

    Notes

    Cooking times may vary a little depending on slow cooker brands. Some run  hotter than others. For this recipe, I used Crock-Pot.

    Week 2 – Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pot Roast

    In honor of Rosh Hashanah, this week’s Crockpot recipe is a flavorful pot roast for a delightful family dinner. (Brisket can be used if you prefer).

    The rules are simple: Get a good piece of meat from your butcher, season it, cover it with liquid or sauce, and cook a long time over low heat. You’ll need to have this on for about 7-8 hours but it will be worth it!
    L’shana tova umetukah

    Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pot Roast

    The rules are simple: Get a good piece of meat from your butcher, season it, cover it with liquid, and cook a long time over low heat.
    Prep Time30 mins
    Cook Time8 hrs
    Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American, Jewish
    Keyword: Gluten Free, nut free
    Servings: 8

    Equipment

    • Crockpot

    Ingredients

    • 3 pound pot roast
    • 2 large onions
    • 6 large carrots cut thin
    • 5 stalks celery chopped
    • 8 cloves garlic chopped
    • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
    • 6 Tbsp of cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup ketchup
    • 3/4 cup beef stock
    • 3/4 cup red wine
    • A handful of fresh cut herbs – parsley and tarragon

    Instructions

    • Heat up a large skillet and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle all sides of your pot roast with a couple of pinches of salt and pepper. Add pot roast to the sauté pan and brown on both sides (about 5 minutes per side). When pot roast is browned, add to crockpot.
    • In same skillet, add a touch more oil and sauté onions, celery, carrots, and garlic for about 5-10 minutes, cooking the vegetables just a touch.
    • Meanwhile in a measuring cup add wine, stock, brown sugar, ketchup, and vinegar. Whisk and set aside.
    • When vegetables are done add cranberries and cook for another minute. Pour in the wine mixture and add herbs, bring to a boil.
    • Carefully pour vegetables and sauce over pot roast, cook high 4-6 hours or on low 8-10 hours.
    • When done, take out the meat, let it cool for 5 minutes or until it’s easy to handle, cut, plate and spoon some vegetables over with a touch of gravy.

    Notes

    Side note: This pot roast can be cooked a day in advance; let the meat and vegetables cool in the crockpot in their juices, and then cover and refrigerate. Reheat, covered on high, about 30 minutes.

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    This, Not That, Thursday – DIY Aloe Vera Gel

    It is easy to make aloe vera gel at home. All you need is a few healthy leaves of the aloe vera plant. If you have an aloe vera plant at home or in your garden, then you are lucky! Aloe vera gel is an excellent all-natural healer for skin issues such as sunburn, rashes, acne, among others. Aloe vera gel is also known to promote healthy hair growth. You can even preserve the gel for a month by adding natural preservatives.

    How to make Aloe Vera Gel

    Make your very own natural healer and skin cleanser!

    Prep Time 30 mins – Total Time 30 mins

    Appliance Needed: Blender, Refrigerator Serving size: 1 cup

    Ingredients

    • 2 aloe vera leaves
    • 500 mg vitamin C (optional)
    • 400 IU vitamin E (optional)

    Instructions

    1. If you have access to an aloe vera plant, take a sharp knife and cut off a leaf from the outside of the plant, close to its base. They are usually more mature and contain plenty of gel. If your plant is too young, make sure you do not cut off too many leaves at once. Aloe vera leaves are also available in supermarkets in the produce section. You can usually get 1/2 a cup of gel from 1 mature aloe vera leaf.
    2. Wash the leaves under cold running water to remove any dirt on the skin.
    3. Place the leaves upright in a bowl to let any white or yellow resin to drain off. This can cause irritation to the skin.
    4. Using a vegetable peeler, peel off the skin of the aloe vera leaf on one side. You will see the sticky gel underneath.
    5. Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the gel. Collect the gel in a clean glass container and make sure you do not get any pieces of the leaf skin in it.
    6. If you have collected a lot of gel and want to preserve it, you can mix it with natural preservatives. In a blender, add aloe vera gel and vitamin C or vitamin E capsules. For every 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel, you can either add 500 mg of vitamin C or 400 IU vitamin E. The foamy gel should be put in a clean, airtight glass jar. It will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.
    7. You can also use fresh aloe vera gel to make a nourishing aloe vera juice or add it to smoothies.

    Notes

    Consider growing an aloe vera plant in your home as they are low-maintenance plants and grow easily. Aloe is generally safe for most people, but if you have an underlying health condition or take medicines or use herbs, talk to your doctor before using aloe as it could react with other medications and substances.

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    Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

    Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

    "This is a creamy variation of a family classic. The Cream cheese addition takes it to the next level. Serve over hot, cooked egg noodles to complete this easy peasy dinner ."
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time8 hrs
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: high protein, nut free, soy free
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 376kcal
    Author: Grandma Antoinette

    Equipment

    • Slow Cooker

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat
    • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 4 ounces cream cheese

    Instructions

    • In a slow cooker, combine the meat, soup, onion, Worcestershire sauce and water.
    • Cook on Low setting for 8 hours, or on High setting for about 5 hours.
    • Stir in cream cheese just before serving.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Per Serving: 376 calories;
    27.3 g fat;
    9.5 g carbohydrates;
    22 g protein;
    97 mg cholesterol;
    711 mg sodium

    This, Not That, Thursday – Natural Dish Soap

    We’re here with this week’s installment of “this, Not That, Thursday” – Natural Dish Soap.
    Here we go….

    Every single recipe I’ve tried just kept falling short. It didn’t suds enough or it wasn’t soapy or slippery enough, or worse – it left a nasty film on my dishes. There are lots of factors at play of course (type of soap, water hardness, etc.) so I’m not saying that those recipes didn’t work – just that they didn’t work for me. THIS ONE DID!

    Homemade Dish Soap: A Natural Recipe
    Ingredients
    1 ¾ cups boiling water
    1 Tbsp borax
    1 Tbsp grated bar soap (use homemade soap, castile bar soap, Ivory, or whichever natural bar you prefer)
    15-20 drops essential oils, optional
    Instructions
    Heat water to boiling.
    Combine borax and grated bar soap in a medium bowl. Pour hot water over the mixture. Whisk until the grated soap is completely melted.
    Allow mixture to cool on the countertop for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Dish soap will gel upon standing.
    Transfer to a squirt bottle, and add essential oils (if using). Shake well to combine.

    *do not use vinegar – As per Dr. Bronners daughter Lisa “In great part, it’s due to the fact that vinegar is an acid and the castile soap is a base. They will directly react with each other and cancel each other out. So, instead of getting the best of both (the scum cutting ability of the vinegar and the dirt transporting ability of the soap), you’ll be getting the worst of something entirely new. The vinegar “unsaponifies” the soap, by which I mean that the vinegar takes the soap and reduces it back out to its original oils. So you end up with an oily, curdled, whitish mess. And this would be all over whatever it was you were trying to clean – your laundry or counters or dishes or whatever.”

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    Healthy and Creative Recipes from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

    I have come to discover Alexis Kornblum’s wonderful website, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, and her creative cooking.  From her healthy food section, I would like to start a series that provides nourishing recipes.  You can expect to find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, refined sugar-free, soy-free, and vegan-friendly recipes.  Each time, a dinner, snack, dressing, drink, or treat will be featured.

    First up is Roasted Garlic Chicken and Veggie Primavera.  The dish has roasted garlic, delicious olive oil, Himalayan sea salt, a hint of spice, and fresh parmesan cheese.  Flavor heaven.  Here is the link to the recipe: lexiscleankitchen.com/2014/07/11/healthy-food-friday-zucchini-roasted-garlic-chicken-and-veggie-primavera

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    For dessert, you are having Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Muffins.  These muffins are spongy, moist, loaded with pumpkin, and hold a hint of sweet.  lexiscleankitchen.com/2014/10/03/healthy-food-friday-nutella-swirl-pumpkin-muffin

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