Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal

Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal

Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal

Looking for some easy Crock Pot recipes for breakfast?

Check out my Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal!

We entertain a lot in our home and we often have overnight guests.  I’m always looking for easy breakfast recipes that I can make the night before and this one is terrific!  I set up a breakfast bar where guests can serve themselves.  I usually set out maple syrup, brown sugar, blueberries, strawberries or other toppers and let everyone make their own “special” oatmeal.

Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal
 
This easy recipe for Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal is great for a breakfast bar. Just set out maple syrup, brown sugar, blueberries, strawberries or other toppers and let everyone make their own "special" oatmeal.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 6 cups water
  • cinnamon
  • chopped apples or other fruit
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Butter the crock pot. (I sue the 2 quart insert of my crock pot for this recipe)
  2. Add the oats and water.
  3. Stir in the chopped apples.
  4. Sprinkled with cinnamon.
  5. Dot with 2 tablespoons of butter.
  6. Cover and cook on low overnight.....this will be ready in the morning!

Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal Ingredients

Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal Ingredients

I like to add diced apples or dried cranberries when I add the water and oats.  If you want to add blueberries or raisins, add them in the morning…..or set them out as options on your Oatmeal Breakfast Bar Buffet!

Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal with Chopped Apples

Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal with Chopped Apples

Here is what the Crock Pot Overnight Oatmeal looks like in the morning……..

Crock Pot Oatmeal Cooked

This is also a terrific recipe to use once the kids go back to school.  Mornings are always so rushed and this recipe is ready when you are!  Try spooning this into paper cups and the kids can eat this on the run!  It’s a great way to make sure everyone starts their day with a healthy breakfast!

 

 

 

Make This Jamaican Me Crazy BBQ Rib Recipe!

With a sweet and spicy sauce, this BBQ rib recipe is a hit!  

You’ll need just 10 minutes to get this BBQ rib recipe into the crock pot for slow all-day cooking.  The end result is sweet and spicy “Jamaican-Style” ribs that fall off of the bone.  Tender….Juicy…What could be better?  This is a great recipe for any time of year.  Serve it in the summer with potato salad on the patio or in the fall and winter with hearty baked beans and a baked potato bar.  

Jamaican Me Crazy Ribs

 

Jamaican Me Crazy BBQ Rib Recipe
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 racks of pork ribs
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
  • 2 bottles Kraft Honey BBQ Sauce ( 18 oz. each)
  • 4 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 3 tablespoons honey
Instructions
  1. Cut the ribs into serving size pieces. ( I use kitchen scissors)
  2. Drizzle with oil and rub with the jerk seasoning.
  3. Place ribs in 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over the ribs.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the meat is tender.

Jamaican Me Crazy Rib Ingredients

Use kitchen scissors to cut the ribs into serving size pieces.

Cut Ribs With Scissors

 

Drizzle with olive oil and rub with the jerk seasoning.

Coat Ribs With Olive Oil and Jerk Seasoning

Place in a 5 or 6 quart crock pot.  Combine the remaining ingredients for the sauce.  I like to use Kraft Honey BBQ Sauce for this recipe.  It gives just the right amount of sweetness combined with the spicy Jerk Seasoning.  McCormick makes a great Caribbean Jerk Seasoning.

Pour the sauce over the ribs.

Pour Sauce Over Ribs

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the meat is tender.

 

Serve Ribs with Wine

If you like Pulled Pork, be sure to try my Prize-Winning Pulled Pork Recipe!

Remember, let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

Gobs of Chocolate

Gobs of Chocolate

Gobs of Chocolate is one of many great chocolate desserts you can make in the crock pot!

Wouldn’t you love to make chocolate desserts like grandma used to make….but in the crock pot?

Gobs of Chocolate is just one of the many yummy chocolate desserts you can make in the crock pot!  I remember all of the great chocolate desserts my grandma used to make…and the wonderful smells that came out of the kitchen when she was cooking.  This recipe takes me back to her kitchen when I smell this gooey chocolate dessert cooking in the crock pot.  And…the best part is the crock pot does all of the work!  It cooks in only 2 hours on High so it’s also a great recipe for entertaining.  I made this last week and there wasn’t even a bite leftover!  Serve it with vanilla ice cream and get set for some WOWS!

Watch my how-to video tutorial for this recipe!

Video: Gobs of Chocolate


This chocolate dessert recipe will take you back to your Grandma’s kitchen! But..you make this in the crock pot!


 

Gobs of Chocolate
 
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Wouldn't you love to make desserts like Grandma used to make....but in the crock pot? Gobs of Chocolate is that oooey gooey chocolate dessert we all crave! So...grab you crock pot and get ready to make your chocolate dreams come true!
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 box Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Instructions
  1. Spray a 4½ quart crock pot with cooking spray and lightly dust with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the brownie mix with ¼ cup melted butter and 2 of the eggs.
  3. In another large bowl, mix the chocolate chip cookie mix, remaining ¼ cup melted butter and remaining 2 eggs.
  4. Drop alternate spoonfuls of the brownie mix and chocolate chip cookie batters into the crock pot.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until cake is set in the center.
  6. To serve, spoon cake out of the crock pot and top with big scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients for Gobs of Chocolate

Gobs of Chocolate Ingredients

Mix the fudge brownie mix, 2 of the eggs and 1/4 cup butter, melted.

 

Mixing the Brownie Mix Batter

Mixing the Brownie Mix Batter

Mix the remaining 2 eggs, remaining 1/4 cup butter, melted and the chocolate chip cookie pouch.

Mixing the Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

Mixing the Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

Drop spoonfuls of both batters alternately into the crock pot.  

Drop spoonfuls of both batters alternately into the crock pot

Drop spoonfuls of both batters alternately into the crock pot

Cook on High for 2 hours.  Cake batter should just be set on top.  Serve by spooning the Gobs of Chocolate dessert out of the crock pot and top with big scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Remember, “Let’s Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crock Pot Recipe for Vegetables …Easy!

Looking For an Easy Crock Pot Recipe for Vegetables ???

Crock Pot Roasted Vegetables

I love oven roasted vegetables and now I’m going to show you how to make an easy crockpot recipe for roasted vegetables.  The secret ingredient is one packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix.  

Here is the Crockpot Recipe for Roasted Vegetables

Crock Pot Roasted Veggies
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 cups fresh vegetables ( broccoli, baby carrots, cauliflower, etc)
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray. (I used my 2 quart insert)
  2. Wash and trim the vegetables and put them into the crock pot.
  3. Sprinkle with the dry ranch salad dressing mix
  4. sprinkle with the water.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 2½ to 3 hours.

You can watch my Video Tutorial for this easy crockpot recipe here:

 

Here are the ingredients for this easy crockpot recipe…Only 2 main ingredients…Easy!

Crock Pot Roasted Vegetables Ingredients

 

You can use any combination of fresh vegetables that you like.I like the combination of broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.  

Fresh Vegetables for Crock Pot Roasted Vegetables

Add all of the vegetables to the crock pot.  Sprinkle with the dry mix.  Sprinkle the water over all.  Stir, cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

There are many advantages of crockpot cooking.

  1. Crockpot cooking is convenient!  Crockpot recipes allow you to throw everything in the crockpot in the morning and come home to a delicious home cooked meal in the evening.
  2. A crockpot does not heat up the kitchen the way the oven does and that is especially important during the hot summer months.
  3. Crockpots are portable so they are great to take to potlucks and parties.  Just plug the crockpot in when you get there and it will keep the food warm for hours!

What would be your favorite vegetables for this easy crockpot recipe?  Share your ideas in the comments section below. 

Be Sure to Try These Other Make Life Special Crockpot Recipes!

Vickie’s Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

Cooker Chops – Great for Easy Entertaining!

Vickie’s Italian Beef Recipe

Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”

 

 

Video: Crock Pot Roasted Veggies


Crock Pot Roasted Veggies are quick, easy and healthy!


Crock Pot Green Beans Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Crock Pot Green Beans in Bowl 1

 

Are you looking for ideas for side dishes?   How about some easy crock pot recipes?  This recipe cooks on low all day in  the crock pot and it is full of  home style goodness.

Every cook needs some easy crock pot recipes for those busy days we all have!  This Crock Pot Green Bean recipe will round out any meal and your crock pot does all of the work!  Not only does the crock pot do all of the work, but this recipe only has 5 main ingredients ( potatoes, fresh green beans, onion, ham cubes and chicken broth) so it’s quick and easy to assemble and economical to make.

We are heading into fresh green bean season which means the grocery store and framers markets will have an abundance of them.  My local grocery store carries fresh green beans all year long so I try to cook fresh green at least once a week.  Easy crock pot recipes like this allow even the busiest person to cook wholesome and nutritious foods.  

Crock Pot Green Beans
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 small red potatoes, scrubbed and halved
  • 16 oz fresh green beans, washed and snapped
  • 1 large onion, cut into eight wedges
  • 16 oz fully cooked ham cubes
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients to the crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours.

Crock Pot Green Beans Ingredients

 

Clean the green beans and snip the ends.  Note:  Check out my Success Secret for How to Quickly Snip Fresh Green Beans.

Snip Green Beans\

Add all of the ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low for 8 to 10  hours.

Add Potatoes to Crock Pot

Add Green Beans to Crock Pot

Add Ham to Crock Pot

Add Broth

 

Remember, ” Let’s Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”

Crock Pot Green Beans in Bowl 

Tender chunks of ham, chopped onion and fresh green beans cooked to perfection!

Let’s Make Chunky Beef Stew in The Crock Pot!

Savory Chunky Beef Stew for a Winter’s Night!

Provencal Beef Stew in Bread Bowl

My Chunky Beef Stew goes together in a snap and your crock pot does the rest of the work!  This stew is full of hearty beef chunks, bacon, potatoes, baby carrots, whole pearl onions and mushrooms and cooks up in a tomato and brown gravy sauce.  This is sure to warm you up on a cold winter day!  

Homemade Bread Bowls!

Here, I’ve served Chunky Beef Stew in my “Homemade” Bread Bowls that are made with frozen bread dough.  Check out that recipe too!

Chunky Beef Stew Recipe:

Chunky Beef Stew in the Crock Pot
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 4 bacon slices, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 12 oz jars brown gravy
  • 14.5 oz can diced peeled tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh whole baby carrots
  • 8 new red potatoes, quartered
  • 10 oz bag pearl onions OR 2 small onions, cut into eights
  • 8 oz whole fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup red wine ( optional - but I always add it)
Instructions
  1. In medium skillet, cook the bacon ( I use kitchen scissors to cut it up quickly) and the beef stew meat until browned. Do not drain.
  2. Combine the beef stew meat, bacon and liquid in the crock pot along with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Ingredients..( The only thing I added was the optional 1 cup of red wine because I really like the depth of flavor the wine adds to this stew)

Provencal Beef Stew Ingredients

Success Secret:  Use kitchen scissors to easily cut the meat into pieces!

Use kitchen scissors to cut the bacon into pieces and then brown the bacon and stew meat in a skillet.

Provencal Beef Stew Cut Bacon with Kitchen Scissors

Add the browned meat along with the liquid from the skillet to a sprayed crock pot and add the remaining ingredients.  Note:  If you are using the pearl onions, boil them separately for about 3 minutes, cut off the ends and the skins should slide right off.  The other option is to use 2 small onions and cut them into eights , however I really like the look of the pearl onions best.

Adding Carrots to Provencal Beef Stew

Adding Tomatoes to Provencal Beef Stew

Adding Beef and Bacon to Provencal Beef Stew

Now just set the crock pot on low and let it simmer away for 8 to 10 hours.  You won’t believe the aroma that will fill your kitchen as this stew cooks!  If you don’t have 8 to 10 hours to let this cook on low…no worries!  You can let it cook on high for 3 hours and then turn it to low for another 3 hours and that will work just fine.  

Here you see the finished beef stew in the crock pot…

Provencal Beef Stew in Crockpot  

I made my EASY “Homemade” Bread Bowls to serve this stew in.   

 

Try this crock pot recipe too!

Vickie’s Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

 

 

Remember….Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

“Crockin’ in the USA” Competition

I am currently testing and reviewing the Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes and will be posting that review early next week.  I will be reviewing :

BBQ Pulled Pork

 

 

Hearty Beef Stew

 

And……

Savory Pot Roast

To celebrate the launch of the brand new Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes , they are offering a contest to give slow cooker lovers a chance to flex their creative muscles.  “Crockin’ in the USA” Competition invites slow cooker enthusiasts and fans everywhere to submit their own unique slow cooker recipes using one of the new mixes.  Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes will offer a slew of fantastic prizes for winners and entrants alike.

With the “Crockin’ in the USA” competition, Crock-Pot aficionados are encouraged to submit their one-of-a-kind recipes using one of these mixes.  Entrants should go to the dedicated tab at the Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes Facebook fan page   and enter your post and photos on the dedicated tab.

After submitting, participants can enlist their fans and friends to vote for their recipe on the Facebook tab.  Each voter also has a chance to win, with daily prizes and giveaways from Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes.  The winning recipe, determined by Facebook voting and Crock-Pot Judge, will win a grand prize of groceries for their entire family for a year, and have his or her own page on the Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes webpage with exclusive content.

The contest launches on November 1, 2012 and the Facebook tab goes live then.   Hurry….the contest ends November 25, 2012. 

The winner will be announced on December 17, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star Contest Kicks Off!!!!!

Hello!  Big news to share with you from the Crock-Pot brand today….Do you love inventing new dishes in a Crock-Pot Slow Cooker?  Maybe you have an unrivaled mac & cheese or delicious apple crisp slow cooker recipe……Well, it’s time to show off!

The Crock-Pot brand is kicking off its first-ever nationwide search for the ULTIMATE CROCK-POT CROCK-STAR, and whoever shows the savviest slow cooker smarts will win a guest appearance on Cooking Channel’s From the Kitchen’s Of !

How to Enter:  Crock-Pot fans are encouraged to turn up their culinary creativity and upload their original recipe with a photo or video of themselves in action on CrockStars.com now through October 31, 2012.

Throughout the month of “Crocktober”, slow cooking fans can also win other prizes by visiting the Crock-Pot Facebook page for fun weekly giveways and contests.

  Need inspiration stat?  The all-new Crock-Pot.com features tons of inspiration, along with details on all the latest products for fall.

 

 

 

 

Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Recipe

My Mom made this pot roast recipe every Sunday when I was growing up.  Slow cooker recipes are great for the busy cook!  I’ve added the secret trick to lump free gravy and with the crock pot convenience this is hard to beat!

 

Video: Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

This crock pot pot roast dinner is full of down-home goodness!  And, I’ve included a “success secret” for lump free gravy — every time!

Watch the video recipe here:

 

 

Mom's Sunday Pot Roast Dinner
 
Recipe type: Main Dish, Crock Pot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 6 to 7 potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 can French Onion soup
  • 2 onions, peeled and cut in half
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray.
  2. Place the baby carrots and potatoes into the crock pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chuck roast on top of the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the Cream of Mushroom soup and French Onion soup on top of the roast.
  5. Place the onions on top.
  6. Cook on LOW for 10 hours.
  7. Remove the roast and vegetables. Turn the crock pot on HIGH and sprinkle in Wondra instant flour. Whisk until thickened - about 1 minute.

Ingredients:

3 cups baby carrots

6 to 7 peeled potatoes, cut in half

3 pound chuck roast

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

1 can French Onion soup

2 onions, peeled and cut in half

Salt and pepper

 

Spray the crock pot with non stick cooking spray.  Place the carrots and potatoes in the crock pot and season with salt and pepper.

Lay the roast on top of the vegetables.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Pour one can of Cream of Mushroom soup and one can of French Onion soup on top of the roast.  Place the onions on top.

Cover and cook on LOW for 10 hours.

 

When ready to serve, remove the roast and vegetables to a platter. Turn the crock pot on HIGH and whisk Wondra instant flour into the liquid to make the gravy.  Whisk until thickened – about 1 minute.

To download the printable pot roast recipe WITH how-to photos, click here:    Mom’s Sunday Pot Roast Dinner

 

 

This pot roast recipe is a great example of easy crock pot cooking!  Remember, lets Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

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