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2022 Mar

Savory Slow Cooker Recipes

Let your slow cooker do all the work with Steph’s favorite weeknight dinners.

These days, the slow cooker is my best friend and my biggest helper. Not only am I stay-at-home mom of two rambunctious boys, but I also work remotely for Tidewater Family Plus and volunteer my time with an organization serving military spouses. Needless to say, as much as I love cooking, my priorities are not in the kitchen.

I’ve used my Crock Pot for everything from cozy soups to tender, roasted meats, and even tasty desserts. Here are a just few of my favorite weeknight recipes.

Pork roast
Traditionally slow-roasted, Steph hacked this family recipe for Cuban Mojo Pork and made it easier to enjoy any day of the week!

Cuban Mojo Pork

4 lb. pork roast
1/4 cup juice from fresh sour oranges
1/4 cup lime juice
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
2 t. salt
2 t. black pepper
1 T. Oregano
1 T. Cumin
1 T. Garlic powder
1 T. Vegetable oil

If possible, allow pork roast to marinate overnight in the fridge, or at least two hours prior to cooking for best results.

Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Salt the pork roast generously on all sides and sear each side in the skillet for three minutes. Place the pork and all the juices from the pan directly into the slow cooker. Cut some slits around the fatty areas of the pork and stuff them evenly using two garlic cloves.

Mix the juices, 4 cloves of minced garlic, and all seasonings in a small bowl and pour over the pork roast. Add the bay leaves and close the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours (preferred), or on high for 6-8 hours.

If your slow cooker is large enough, add chopped golden potatoes and sliced onions to the pot as well for a perfectly paired side dish.

Chicken and dumplings
Using biscuit dough as dumplings makes this recipe a no-brainer.

Easiest Ever Chicken & Dumplings

2 large chicken breasts
20 oz. Cream of Chicken soup
4 C. unsalted chicken broth
1 C. of frozen peas **
2 stalks of celery, chopped **
2-3 carrots, chopped **
1 T. Onion powder
1 T. Garlic powder
1 t. Thyme
Salt + Pepper to taste
1 can of Pillsbury Grands biscuit dough

1. Place both chicken breasts at the bottom of your slow cooker. Place veggies on top, then add cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and all seasonings. Stir to combine. Cook on high for about 3.5 hours. Remove the chicken and shred it, then replace chicken into the pot.

2. Open the can of biscuit dough. Flatten each biscuit onto a cutting board and use a pizza cutter or knife to slice each biscuit into long strips. Place the strips into the slow cooker and ensure that they are well combined so that they cook through. Continue to cook on high for another 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serve & enjoy!

**alternatively, use a frozen bag of mixed veggies for even easier prep.

Pea soup
Make Split Pea Soup as hearty as you like by adding potatoes or white beans.

Split Pea Soup

16 oz. dry split peas
6 C. Unsalted chicken, vegetable, or bone broth
1 lb cubed smoked ham
1 can diced potatoes, drained
1 carrot, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 T. Onion powder
1 T. Garlic powder
2 t. Thyme
2 t. Cumin
1 t. Oregano
2-3 bay leaves
Salt + pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on high 4-6 hours, or low for 8-9 hours, stirring occasionally. About halfway through, use a potato masher to gently mash the peas to your desired consistency. The soup will continue to thicken as it cooks, so be watchful and add broth as needed.

Serve with a crusty bread like ciabatta or sourdough for dipping!


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Stephanie Allen

Stephanie Allen is the Content Manager & columnist for Tidewater Family Plus. She is a proud Navy wife and mom, a writer, blogger, success coach, and a volunteer mentor for military spouses. Follow her blog, "Choose Happy," featuring lifestyle, wellness, and career tips for do-it-all moms. 

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