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Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops November 8, 2017

Filed under: Main Dish,Recipes,Slow Cooker — admin @ 10:27 am

Since school sports are starting, crockpot meals are a life saver. This recipe has a really good taste, but I will never use bone-in pork chops again. The bone fell right off the pork chops and ended up with little shards in the gravy. So no leftovers.  Next time I’ll either do a boneless pork chop or a pork shoulder. I made rice to go with the meal and a veggie.

Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 6 hours
Total time 6 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Website The Country Cook


  • 4 boneless pork chops (I tried bone-in, it ended up falling apart resulting in tiny bones in the gravy)
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • 1 can chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup, low sodium
  • 1 packet dry pork gravy mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

To Thicken Gravy

  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


Step 1
In a 5-6 quart oval slow cooker, combine onion soup mix, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and pork gravy mix.
Step 2
Whisk together until combined.
Step 3
Season both sides of the chops with a little bit of garlic powder.
Step 4
Place pork chops into the slow cooker.
Step 5
Cover and cook on low about 4-6 hours.
Step 6
Just before the pork chops are done - whisk together the corn starch and cold water in a small bowl. Once it is smooth, pour it in with your pork chops in the slow cooker and stir gently.
Step 7
Cover and switch the slow cooker to high and cook for another 30 minutes (until gravy has thickened.)
Step 8
Cover and switch the slow cooker to high and cook for another 30 minutes (until gravy has thickened.)

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings June 16, 2016

Filed under: Main Dish,Slow Cooker — admin @ 8:14 am

My son being a picky eater, he does love Chicken & Dumplings. Me being busy, loves my Slow Cooker. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and figured I’d give it a try. I did tweek it a little. I didn’t add the season salt and I added a bag of baby carrots under the chicken. All I have to say is yum! This is definitely a keeper.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
Recipe type: Main Dish
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp poultry seasoning
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 10 canned, regular size, buttermilk biscuits
  1. Place chicken in the bottom of slow cooker, along with chopped onion and 2 TB butter. Sprinkle with dried parsley, seasoning salt, poultry seasoning, and garlic powder.
  2. Add baby carrots, chicken broth, and cream of chicken soup to crockpot, and stir all ingredients to combine. Place lid on top and cook over low heat for 6-8 hours, or high heat for 4-5 hours.
  3. After cooking for at least 6 hours on low, or 4 hours on high, remove lid and stir mixture with a spoon or fork, breaking apart the chicken into smaller chunks.
  4. Chop the biscuits into quarters and add to the crockpot. Push biscuit dough down into the crockpot a bit so that they will absorb the gravy as they cook.
  5. Replace the lid and continue cooking for 1 more hour over high heat until biscuits are cooked through and begin to turn golden brown.


Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese May 28, 2015

Filed under: Main Dish,Recipes — admin @ 11:59 am

I just made this last night and it was amazing. I didn’t add the salt and pepper and also didn’t do the spinach because my son doesn’t like it. It definitely came out creamy and good.

Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

Serves 4-6
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly
Website Cooking Ala Mel


  • 8oz elbow pasta
  • 8oz shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • salt & pepper to taste (I didn't use either)


Step 1
Cook the macaroni according to the package’s instructions (about 8-10 minutes), until al dente.
Step 2
Place the spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour the pasta over top to drain and wilt the spinach. Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the cooked macaroni and wilted spinach to the pot.
Step 3
Add about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pot, and stir in the cheese until melted. Stir in the greek yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining pasta water to thin, if necessary. Serve immediately.

Chicken Potpie Pasta August 6, 2014

Filed under: Main Dish,Recipes — admin @ 10:48 am

My son absolutely loved this. I did add alittle more broth so it wasn’t so dry. If you have any tweeks that you have done let me know.

Chicken-Potpie Pasta

Serves 6
Cook time 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable
Website Martha Stewart


  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4lb penne or other short tubular pasta
  • 1/3lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Small yellow onion (minced)
  • 1 stalk celery (thinly sliced)
  • 2 carrots (diced medium)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (diced)


Step 1
In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 3 minutes less than package instructions. Add green beans and cook 3 minutes, then drain.
Step 2
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high. Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and season with salt and pepper.
Step 3
Stir pasta into chicken mixture.
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