Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gooseberry Patch 101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes

Once again I am sharing some amazing recipes from the newest cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. 101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes is a wonderful cookbook for the busy family. With spring being here, we have a lot of things going on, getting our gardens ready, kids softball games, graduations. It's wonderful to have our slow-cooker already working for us while we are out and about enjoying our day. And "easy" is always a favorite word of mine when it comes to meal planning.

The first recipe I chose comes from Rogene Rogers of Bemidji, MN.
Apple -Glazed Pork Roast. This was delicious, and served with some steamed broccoli made the meal complete.
Apple-Glazed Pork Roast
4-lb. pork loin roast
salt and pepper to taste
6 apples, cored and quartered
1/4 cup apple juice
3 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. ground ginger
Season roast on all sides with salt and pepper.
Place roast on a baking sheet and brown on both sides
under a broiler. Arrange apples in a slow-cooker;
top with roast. In a bowl, whisk together juice, brown
sugar and ginger; drizzle over roast. Cover and cook
on high for 6 hours, or until roast is no longer pink
in the center and apples are tender. Serves 8-10.
The next recipe I chose was from Gracie Smith of Vancouver, British Columbia. My daughter went for seconds, and then declared it her favorite. So, that means a lot to me as a mom!
Crockery Chicken Curry
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
4 tsp. curry powder
3/4 tsp. turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into flowerets
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. water
1-1/4 c. plain, non-fat yogurt
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
Combine chicken, carrots and onion in slow-cooker. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and seasonings. Sprinkle cornstarch mixture over chicken mixture; toss to coat well. Add cauliflower, garlic and water to slow-cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Spoon one cup of juice from slow-cooker into a bowl; stir in  yogurt and cilantro. Stir yogurt mixture back into slow-cooker. Serves 6
My third choice came from Stephanie Westfall of Dallas, GA. Easy to put together, and with the colors from the peppers and tomatoes, it looks really nice plated up.
Perfect Pepper Steak
1-1/2 to 2 lbs. beef round steak, sliced into strips
15-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 to 2 green and/or red peppers ( I use one of each)
1 onion, chopped
4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
1/4 cup salsa
cooked rice
Combine all ingredients except rice in a freezer-safe container. Refrigerate overnight, or freeze until ready to use.
To Cook:
Thaw beef mixture overnight in refrigerator if frozen; spoon into slow-cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours. Serve over cooked rice. Makes 4-6 servings.

Want to add this cookbook to your collection? It's easy to enter. Just post a comment here on this post, and for fun, tell me what is your favorite activity to keep you busy in the spring while your slow-cooker does your cooking for you? Make sure you leave an email address so I can get in touch with you! I don't want the winner to miss out on receiving their book!
Giveaway starts today, May 4. I'm going to pick a winner, using, on May 26 at 6 p.m.

Good Luck!!


Anonymous said...

Horseback riding in the nice weather is the best! :)

dyphilla said...

I like to sit and rock my little one.

Anonymous said...

I get to clean house while the kids are at school and be there for them when they get home! It's a win win situation!

Michelle Miller said...

I like to play outside and garden! Love those spring flowers!
jdluckymm at gmail dot com

Caryn Schajer said...

I love to bake while my slow cooker is cooking! Today starts nurses appreciation week so I'm baking muffins now for the nurses at the local ER!

Lillian Child said...

I love not having to stand in front of a hot stove and having dinner ready when I walk in the door after a day at work. I my favorite way to spend time while the slow cooker is doing it's magic is to make cards for friends, family and our local VFW and Humane Society.

Angie B said...

I like to take the kids to the park and come home knowing that supper will be done and ready with little addtional prep!

Angie B said...

I forgot to leave my contact info angandcolin(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Linda M said...

Spring in Texas means road trips to see the beautiful fields of bluebonnets and Indian paint brush. We also plant our herb garden and tomatoes. The weather is great for being outdoors!

Linda M said...

Spring in Texas means road trips to see the beautiful fields of bluebonnets and Indian paint brush. We also plant our herb garden and tomatoes. The weather is great for being outdoors!

bob black said...

I am so into the crockpot/slowcooker thing in the Summer. Really liked the chicken curry…I'm a nut for cauliflower.

Anonymous said...

I like gardening and working in my yard. I also love to fish!

tawana smith said...

Spring means tossing lighter meals in the crock pot. One super simple one is a pork roast with salsa and taco seasoning. Pull it apart for taco's.

Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

I'm a full time mom and full time grad student...always something else to be done! Favorite thing is hanging out with my kids :)

Pam Gurganus said...

My favorite activity to keep me busy in the spring while my slow-cooker does my cooking for me is gardening!

4evaRisa said...

I garden while my slow cooker is going. radiorlg at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

First of all I really need a slow cooker as mine doesn't work. But I would probably be making a yummy dessert while something was slow cooking, thanks!

Unknown said...

Oh and my email address is I'm the Unknown comment posted 5/25/2014 about my slow cooker not working, ha ha!

Anonymous said...


I like to garden!

Kris Byers said...

I like to be outside.

Hailey said...

I like to play sports!

Ashes G said...

would love a slowcooker recipe book

Anonymous said...

Watching my son play baseball!!

Gail Potter

saleenluver13 said...

I love to read!! Would love a cookbook! faithbaptistnursery(at)live(dot)com

gsmith3417 said...

Besides being family caregiver to multiple family members I like to garden 4'x8' raised garden

Jolene Jennings said...

Play with my grandson while my crock pot does the work!

Redlindy said...

My fav thing to do while Crockpot cooking is, anything I want to do, which could be;crochet, sew, go for a walk or bike ride, etc.

Alondra Luna said...

hi i love crockpot cooking. do it all the time. need more recipies. thank you sharon luna

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