What’s Cookin’ Wednesday?

Two more Crock Pot meals coming up for your culinary enjoyment! Both are from the same cookbook as last week’s slow cooker dish.

First on the menu, a Hearty Meatball Stew. Now let me just start with, it calls for meatballs from scratch but unless you have absolutely nothing else to do with your time (and you all know that fits me to a T. Ha!) just use the freezer bag meatballs.

Recipe Type Category: Easy Peasy Slow-Cooker

Difficulty: 4 (requires some chopping prep work of the veggies rather than just throwing it all in)

Ingredients: 1 freezer bag of meatballs (about 40ish), 2 cups water, 2 cups beef broth, 1- 14 oz can stewed tomatoes, 1- 12 oz can tomato paste, 1 cup chopped carrots,1 cup chopped onions, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 tbsp Italian seasoning

Directions:
1. Prep-work of chopping all veggies.
2. Mix water, broth, stewed tomatoes, and tomato paste into Crockpot.
3. Add frozen meatballs, all veggies, and seasoning. Stir.
4. Cover, cook on LOW 4-6 hours or HIGH 2-4 hours.


Sorry…forgot to take a picture before we ate so pot is half empty!


Second helping of some tasty stew!

My Food Critics Score: 7-8

What I’d do differently: Maybe, and I mean maybe, try making the meatballs from scratch next time. That is something I have never done, I’m sure it’s a lot like making meatloaf though so it can’t be that hard!



Next on the menu, last night I made Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken. It is one of the super simple Crockpot meals!

Recipe Type Category: 5 ingredient or less/Slow cooker

Difficulty: 1

Ingredients: 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, salt and pepper, garlic powder, 2- 10 oz cans cream of chicken soup (undiluted), 1- 10 oz can cheddar cheese soup (undiluted)

Directions:
1. Place chicken in Crockpot. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
2. Mix all three cans of soup in mixing bowl and pour over chicken.
3. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender.
4. Serve over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.


Not the best picture, but luckily my hubby remembered to take it because I was at a workshop when dinner was enjoyed the night we had it!

My Food Critics score: 8

What I’d do differently: Add just a bit more seasoning than I did and maybe figure out a way to cook the rice in with it at some point during the slow cooker process, just to give the rice a little added flavor.


Check back next week for a few more recipes, one of which will be a Skillet Lasagna out of my 29 Minutes to Dinner cookbook from Pampered Chef!

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One Response to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday?

  1. Gina @ MoneywiseMoms says:

    That meatball stew recipe sounds similar to a meatball soup I make, but a LOT easier thanks the the crockpot.

    You should try making meatballs–I just use the same meat mix as my meatloaf and roll it into balls. Easy peasy!

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