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BittyB:
I am braving the culinary unknown (for me!).  What the heck do I put in this crock pot?!

I am looking for some easy, fresh things to throw in there.  We got some of the frozen bags (one's a beef stew and the other is chicken and dumplings) but the pre-prepared stuff tends to be high in sodium and lower in nutrition...

The healthier the suggestion, the better!  Thanks in advance!

Paper Roses:
If you like beef stew, it's ridiculously easy in the crock pot.  You can find stew beef at the supermarket, and just add whatever you like to it.  I use one or two big onions (cut into quarters, or eights if they're really big), a bag of baby carrots, some mushrooms, and a can of those small potatoes (I know they're not fresh, but my kids like the way they taste in stew), and a can of peas and/or green beans (you can use frozen instead if you prefer).

I also add a can of beef broth and 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup (I believe both are available in low sodium and low fat versions) and some fresh ground pepper, and whatever spices I happen to have in the cabinet at the time.  Ones a particularly like are oregano and basil, or thyme, or rosemary. 

I used to use powdered onion soup mix, but one time I forgot it and reallized I couldn't tell the difference.  Besides, it adds to the sodium content.

Good luck, and enjoy your new crock pot!

jais:
I use a slowcooker stew packet with onions, baby carrots and potatoes.  After reading the previous post, though, I'm throwing some mushrooms in next time!  :)

cicero:
i used to use the crock pot a lot. i don't so much anymore, mainly bec I pretty much stopped eating meat/chicken/turkey. the problem is that most vegetables just disintegrate in the CP so you are left mainly with the meat/chicken. OTOH - its good bec you can make a roast or turkey breast or meat loaf, slice and freeze and this way you always have soemthing ready to eat.

there was a recipe roaming around the 'net called 'crockpot sticky chicken' or something. it's easy and most people (but not everyone) love it. i used to make it with  a lemon in the cavity instead of the onion. sometimes i would put small whole potatoes on the bottom of the crock, and then put the chicken on top of that. yum. so here is the sticky chicken recipe:



This was shared by Faith on AOL, from a recipe by Lynne Heller I believe.

Crockpot Roast Sticky Chicken

4 tsp salt (I only use 2 tsp)
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 large roasting chicken
1 cup chopped onion

In a small bowl, thoroughly combine all the spices. Remove giblets from chicken, clean the cavity well and pat dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture into the chicken, both inside and out, making sure it is evenly distributed and down deep into the skin. Place in a resealable plastic bag, seal and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to cook chicken put it in the crockpot and do not add any liquid. As the cooking process goes on it will produce it's own juices. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours and it will be falling off the bone tender.

Note: When you put the chicken in the crockpot, be sure to put it on a rack, trivet, balled aluminum foil, or a layer of carrot and celery sticks, anything to lift it out of it's own juices. If you allow it to sit in the juices it generates, which is quite a bit, you'll have some highly seasoned chicken with a boiled soup texture! Lifting out the juices also helps.

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chigger:
Cicero, does this get brown at all?  I'm still learning about crock pot cooking, never really used one except for stew.  It's just so HOT now, I hate to turn on the oven.

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