Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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Salsa Chicken is always a crowd pleaser not to mention it is super versatile. You can use it just as it is right from the slow cooker served over rice, or take your Taco Tuesday from Drab to Fab and serve the shredded mixture in tortillas with cheese and all of your favorite taco fixins! Yum! I also sometimes will add in a can of black beans or corn. You can also add in a block of cream cheese 30 minutes before you turn off the slow cooker and let in melt into the mixture. Ummm, yes, please! It is ridiculous! Let’s get to the recipe, right? Oh and did I mention the base of this recipe has 2 ingredients? Yep, SUPER easy!


3-4 Frozen Chicken Breasts

1 16-oz Jar of your Favorite Salsa


Place the frozen chicken breasts and salsa inside the Slow Cooker. Turn on Low Temperature for 6-8 hours.

Shred the mixture and enjoy just as is over rice or serve in your favorite tortillas as tacos. Either way, you will love this one and make it again and again!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs is absolutely delicious and a great way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies! My boys actually jump up and down when I tell them that we are having this for dinner! I love to stock up on Frozen Meatballs when they are on sale BOGO and the Pre-Sliced veggies that you can buy in the Produce Department are such a timesaver! Remember, the Slow Cooker is your friend. It is a way to get meals on the table that are Easy, Affordable and Stress-Free!


1 Bottle of your favorite Sweet and Sour Sauce

1 Small Can of Pineapple Tidbits or Chunks

1 Package of Pre-Sliced Mixed Pepper Rings and Onions (these are a HUGE time-saver!)

1 Package of Frozen Meatballs



Place all ingredients in Slow Cooker and Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve over White or Brown Rice and Enjoy!  

Slow Cooker Lasagna

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If you love Lasagna but don’t enjoy the tedious task of assembling it, this dish is for you! Lasagna made right in your slow cooker! My family loves this dish and raves over it even more than when I make a regular lasagna in the oven. And, the best part? It can cook in the slow cooker and be ready for you when you need dinner on the table at night!


1 pound of Ground Turkey or Ground Beef

1 Small Onion Diced

Dried Garlic

Uncooked Lasagna noodles

1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

1 1/2 cups cottage cheese

1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Brown the Ground Beef or Turkey with Diced Onion and Sprinkle Dried Garlic over. Drain. Spoon 1 Cup of Spaghetti Sauce over the bottom of the Slow Cooker. Place 2-3 Lasagna Noodles on Top of the Sauce. Next, Place 1/3 of the Meat mixture on top of the noodles. Spread 3/4 Cup of Cottage Cheese on top of Meat Mixture followed by 1/2 cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. Repeat these steps 2 more times. For the last step, place the 2 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese on top. Cook on low for 4 hours. Do not cook more than 4 hours or it may get overdone.

Quick and Easy Cuban Pork Sliders Made with Smithfield Pork #RealFlavorRealFast

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine. #RealFlavorRealFast

I can hardly believe that it is almost time for school to begin! I am not quite sure where the summer has gone, but alas, it is once again time to get back into a routine of prepping, planning and preparing easy weeknight dinners.

Since both of my boys will be in school full-time this year and they are involved in many extracurricular activities, it is especially important to me that I have easy and delicious meals on the table that require little effort but that provide real flavor, real fast. Easy and delicious meals will ensure that we have just a few more minutes in our day to enjoy as a family all while going about the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One of my favorite items to prepare for quick and delicious dinners are Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork products purchased right in the fresh meat section at my local Safeway store. Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork allows me to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less any night of the week. These products are also super versatile as they can be grilled, roasted, sautéed or slow cooked. In addition, they are already marinated which means that they are packed full of scrumptious flavor.

My Safeway store had a wide variety of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork products, so it was hard for me to decide on just one! When I saw the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet, I knew right away that it was the one! This product is dry rubbed and marinated with garlic, onion powder, spices and natural smoke. Smithfield delivers real flavor, real fast right to my table any night of the week.

Sliders and sandwiches are always a fun and easy dinner and one that my boys will devour any day of the week. With the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet, I was able to create a delicious Cuban pork slider that reminded us of our vacation last summer in South Florida.

The Cuban Pork Slider created with Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet was definitely a winner at my house! I first cooked the Smithfield pork in the slow cooker, which made it so tender and delicious! Using the slow cooker with the already marinated Smithfield pork saves you even more time in the kitchen, and you have a delicious meal on the table in just minutes!

Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet Cuban Pork Sliders


Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet

12 slider buns

12 small pieces of deli ham

12 small pieces of Swiss cheese

12 pickles



Place the Smithfield Pork Loin Filet in a slow cooker for 4-6 hours on low. You will want to ensure that the meat is cooked through to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Slow cooking the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet allows the flavors to really distribute throughout the meat and it becomes so tender and juicy!

Remove the pork from the slow cooker and let it rest on a cutting board while you set out the other items for the sliders. Slice the pork into medium sized medallions to place on the sliders.

Place a couple of pork medallions onto a slider bun and assemble the rest of the slider with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Voila! You have the perfect Cuban Pork Sliders! This quick and easy dish is sure to be one of your new family favorites and one that you will reach for again and again!

When you use Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork products, there is no need for marinades or rubs, as the meat is already pre-seasoned. This ensures that you receive real flavor, real fast and that you have a meal on the table the entire family will love!

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Slow Cooker Meatloaf

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Today’s recipe is for Slow Cooker Meat Loaf. Yep, you read that right Meat Loaf! Now I know that you may be skeptical of cooking meat Loaf in a Slow Cooker. I know that I was at first. But let me tell you, it is the Best Meat Loaf that I have ever had and is so moist! My guys must think so too because they devoured the entire thing! I really think that you will love it and that it will be a staple in your menu rotation!


1 1/2-2 lbs. Ground Turkey (You could use ground beef as well, but I like how moist the Ground Turkey is.)

2/3 Cup Bread Crumbs (I used Gluten Free because of My Food Allergy issues- my boys did not even know the difference)

2 Eggs

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Ground Onion

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp Pepper

1 Lb. Tri-Color Baby Potatoes Cut Into Quarters

1 Lb. Baby Carrots Cut into Halves


Take the first 7 Ingredients and gently mix together. Form into a loaf and place in the middle of the slow cooker. Take the Quartered Potatoes and Baby Carrots and place around the outside edge of the meatloaf. Cook on low for around 5-6 hours.

About 30 minutes before taking off heat, mix together the glaze for the top of the meatloaf. Take 1/4 Cup Ketchup, 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar, and a Dash of Mustard. Mix together and place all over the top of the meatloaf. Cook for an additional 30 minutes just until the glaze is nice and set.

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

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The school year is quickly approaching and I can hardly believe that it is time for the kiddos to head back to school! My boys start this Wednesday and I am finishing up last-minute details.

With the kids back in school I know that many of us will be searching for both easy and quick meals to get on the table without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. One of the ways that you can prepare a delicious meal that your entire family will love is to utilize your Slow Cooker. I use mine at least 2 times a week and it really is a life-saver. I thought that it would be fun to start a series here on the blog called “Saving Your Sanity With Your Slow Cooker”. The recipes that I will be sharing are ones that I prepare for my family on a regular basis so they have been tested and approved! You can my post of 10 Slow Cooker Pantry Essential items that I like to keep on hand HERE.

The first recipe that I will be sharing in the series is for Slow Cooker Meatball Subs. This recipe is not only great for a quick dinner, but also perfect for Football season when you are looking to feed a crowd. I like to stock my freezer up on Frozen Meatballs when they go on sale BOGO so that I can always have the ingredients for this recipe on-hand.


1 bag of your favorite frozen meatballs

1 jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce

Grated Parmesan Cheese for Topping


Place the Meatballs and jar of pasta sauce in your slow cooker. Cook on Low for around 4 hours. Serve on Hoagie Rolls and sprinkle the top with Parmesan Cheese. I like to serve with Broccoli or a Salad.

This recipe is SO easy yet SO delicious! Enjoy!!

Three Ingredient Slow Cooker Potato Soup

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I have been making this recipe for quite some time now and thought that it was time to share it with you all! I previously used to make my Slow Cooker Potato Soup with frozen hash-browns and one day when I was in the grocery store I saw that the refrigerated Simply Potatoes hash-browns were on sale Buy One Get One Free so I decided to give them a try instead. I actually love them better than the frozen ones. This recipe cannot be any easier. I am all about simplifying my life this year and this recipe is just that! Even though it is simple, it is crazy delicious! And, you can add whatever toppings that your family loves to make it even more delicious!


2 bags of Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes With Onions (I like the ones with onions as it gives the soup nice flavor) You can also use the frozen Ore Ida brand. I have also used the shredded hash-browns before and they work just as well. Whatever you prefer is fine.

1 Large Carton of Chicken Broth (you may need more if it seems like the potatoes are cooking down)

1 Block of Cream Cheese


Place the 2 bags of Hash-browns and carton of chicken broth in the slow cooker and place on low for 6 hours.

Towards the end of the cooking process cut up the block of cream cheese into small chunks and place in the slow cooker. Let melt into the potato mixture for another 30 minutes or so. If the mixture seems to thick you can add more chicken broth.

Top soup with your favorite toppings like bacon, cheese, green onions, etc… and serve.

Enjoy! This is one of our favorites!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup #SundaySupper

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This soup is always a hit whether you are cooking for a few people or a crowd! I love this recipe because you poach the chicken breasts right in the slow cooker so that they get full of flavor. This recipe also uses salsa in place of diced tomatoes which I love! Please let me know if you try this and what you think about it!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup


3 large frozen chicken breasts

1 16 oz jar of your favorite salsa

1 large carton of chicken broth

1 15-oz can of corn

1 15oz. can of black beans

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

dash of salt/pepper


Place the Chicken Breasts on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Add the chicken broth and jar of salsa. Make sure that the chicken breasts get covered with the liquid.

In a separate bowl, mix together the spices with the black beans and corn and place in the slow cooker.

Squeeze the juice of half a lime over the mixture.

Cook on on low for 6-8 hours.

Take the poached chicken breasts and shred them throughout the soup mixture. Let continue cooking for another 30-45 minutes.

Serve and add your favorite toppings like sour cream, avocado, cheese, lime, cilantro, green onions, tortilla chips, etc….