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Crockpot Meat Sauce January 20, 2014

Crockpot Meat Sauce.

The crockpot comes out when the schedule gets CRAZY!  As I have mentioned before, the crockpot causes the ingredients to give up far more liquid than when cooked over the stovetop, so I adapted my Meat Sauce recipe ( https://locarbjabberwockey.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/what-low-carb-spaghetti/) , and it turned out awesome. Prep the night before, store in fridge, and just plug it in before you leave for work . When you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted with the fabulous smell, and just need to prep noodles for the fam and veggies for yourself.  If you are a truly sneaky parent, you can hide a bit of sauteed/julienned zucchini ontop of the noodles, and smother it in sauce.  I don’t think my kid actually noticed.

Crockpot Meat Sauce

2 lb. ground beef
2 onions, sliced
2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
2 fifteen oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 six oz.can tomato paste
2 cans medium black olives (12 oz. drained)
2 Tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

Prep: Drain olives, and break them up by squeezing them (or you can buy pre sliced). Take small little chunks of the beef and squeeze into bite sized pieces.  This will help hold them together during cooking.

Layer onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, meat, and seasonings into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for four. Give the sauce a good stir and let bubble for a couple more minutes before serving (just enough time to prep veggies and noodles).

Serve over noodles for the family, julienned sauteed zuchinni, or spaghetti squash for the low carb’ers. Leftovers pack very nicely for the kid’s lunches, and can be frozen.

Crockpot Meat Sauce.

Crockpot Meat Sauce.

Crockpot Meat Sauce

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Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore January 10, 2014

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Crockpot / Slowcooker Cacciatore

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I recently adapted one of my favorite recipes ( Stovetop Chicken Cacciatore ) for the crockpot.  Why adapt ?  I find with the slow cooker that veggies “give up” far more liquid in the crockpot, and that chicken breast seems to dry out.  I reduced the amount of tomatoes, and swapped out the breast for bone in (skin on) thighs which contribute to the very flavorful sauce.   You can remove the skin if you want, it’s tasty either way.  This can be prepped the night before, and plugged in before you leave for work.

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

6 Chicken Thighs (Bone in !)
2 Tbsp Flour
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
15 oz can of diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp tomato paste
3 cloves garlic diced
1/2 cup white wine
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp crumbled thyme leaves
3/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
2 large bay leaves
3 large zucchinis, julienned + 1 Tbsp olive oil  *or* noodles/rice

Lay chicken flat on a plate, sprinkle half the flour over the top, Turn pieces over and do the same for the other side.   Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat.  Add chicken to the pan, and brown both sides.  Remember the goal is just to brown (not cook!).

While chicken is browning, add mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, white wine to the slow cooker.  Sprinkle with allspice, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Add bay leaves.

Layer the chicken over the top of the veggies, cover, and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.

For the “Noodles” I julienned 3 large zucchinis, and sauteed over high heat in a little olive oil for a minute or two.  You can cook up a batch of real noodles (my kiddo likes penne) or rice for the rest of the family if they are not low carbing with you.

Crockpot/slowcooker chicken cacciatore.

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Crockpot Cacciatore

 

 
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