Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage

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This is a great one dish recipe if you want to free up some time. There is very little prep time and once it’s in the slow cooker it will take care of itself until supper time.

This recipe uses salsa as one of the ingredients, I used mild, but if you want to turn up the heat a little bit use medium or hot.

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package smoked turkey sausage (12-16 ounces cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can great northern beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are done and sausage is cooked through.
  2. Serve hot.

Adapted from tasteofhome Slow Cooker cookbook

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two

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Here is another simple one dish recipe that is just the right amount for serving 2 people. It uses store bought ravioli witch reduces the prep time considerably and cooks fairly quickly.

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 package cheese ravioli (fresh or frozen-frozen will take a little longer to cook)
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the onion and mushrooms until onions start to brown; stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the sausage to the meat mixture and cook while breaking up the sausage. Cook until sausage is no longer pink inside. Stir in ⅛ teaspoon pepper and the dried basil, continue cooking until mixture is slightly thicken.
  3. Add the water and ravioli to the mixture and cook at a high simmer until ravioli is done. (if cooking from frozen you might have to add some extra water if the sauce gets to thick)
  4. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

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I needed a quick and simple recipe for supper so I decided to give this Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole recipe a try. Looking at the recipe I felt there was some room for improvement, but I decided to keep it simple and prepared the dish as written.

This would be a great one dish supper to put together for the kids after school – it’s the type of recipe I’m sure they would love.

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of bacon (cooked crispy and crumbled)
  • 4 cups tater tots
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy; drain and cool on paper towels; crumble and set aside reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until onion starts to brown. While cooking scrap any dripping off the bottom of the pan. Add the burger and continue cooking breaking up burger, and cooking until no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Add the ketchup and mustard and mix until combined. Spoon the meat mixture into a 9x9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Sprinkle the bacon on top of the burger and ½ of the cheese. Arrange the tater tots over the top and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until tater tots are nicely browned.
  5. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted – serve hot.

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Adapted from Kraft Recipies

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two

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If you’re cooking for two, and in the mood for chili, but you want to get away from the red meat give this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two recipe a try.

By slow cooking the turkey on low the turkey burger stays nice and moist and the flavors blend perfectly.  If you are cooking for more people just double the recipe.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey (not ground turkey breast)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the turkey, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the turkey into chunks as it cooks; cook until no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered 4 hours on low. (cooking on low keeps the turkey moist)
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two

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Sirloin steak makes an almost perfect stew meat. This Sirloin Steak Tip Stew is a delicious combination of flavors and is very simple to put together. There is very little prep time so you can have it in the slow cooker quickly, and go about your business for the day.

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 ounces small red potatoes (skin on cut into about 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 carrots (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon instant tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound sirloin steak tips (cut into 1 ½ inch pieces)
  • ⅔ cup frozen peas (I forgot to put the peas in the dish when I prepared it, and it was still super good, so I will list the peas as optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the oil, tomato paste, garlic, and thyme. Microwave for about 1 minute stirring occasionally; pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Mix in the beef broth, potatoes, carrots, tapioca, soy sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Mix the meat into the mixture, cover, and cook on low for 6 – 7 hours or until meat is tender. (4 – 5 hours on high)
  5. Using a large spoon scoop any excess fat off the top. Add the peas and let sit for about 5 minutes for peas to get heated through.
  6. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two

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This Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two is simple to put together and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients This is just a basic recipe and is easy to fancy up a little bit by adding additional ingredients like mushrooms and bell peppers; however it is good just the way it is written.

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces) drain and reserve ¼ cup of the juice
  • 16 ounces boneless country style ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary (minced)
  • ½ cup dry red wine (I used cherry in this recipe)
  • 2 cups Ziti pasta (uncooked)
  • Grated Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor until coarsely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil brown the ribs on all sides; set aside on a plate. In the same skillet cook the shallots seasoned with ¼ teaspoon salt until softened. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the wine, scrapping any dripping from off the bottom of the skillet. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about half.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes with the reserved juice and work the pork ribs into the mixture, cover, and cook on simmer for about 1 ½ hours until pork can easily be separated with a fork. Remove pork to a plate and let cool slightly and then using a 2 forks separate into bite size pieces; stir the pork back into the sauce in the skillet; salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  4. About 15 minutes before the pork is done cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  5. Mix the pasta and sauce together adjusting the consistency if needed with the reserved pasta water. Serve garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

 

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two

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If you’re cooking for two this is a great recipe to free up some time by using the slow cooker. There is only about 15 minutes of prep time and 4 – 5 hours of cooking time. It’s a great way to free up an afternoon, and because it’s a one dish recipe supper will be ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cooks cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker on bottom and sides with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring a couple of times while cooking; place in slow cooker.
  3. Add the rice and mix in ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add the thighs into the slow cooker mixture.
  4. Slow cook for 4 – 5 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185F. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and using 2 forks separate chicken into bite size pieces. Stir the chicken and green onions into the rice mixture, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. Enjoy

 

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

Pizza Spaghetti Bake

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This Pizza Spaghetti Bake recipe is quick and simple to put together and just requires a few ingredients.

Use your favorite spaghetti sauce and you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

Pizza Spaghetti Bake
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2½ cups spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package pepperoni (3.5 ounces sliced)
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. In the bottom of a large bowl whisk the eggs and milk together and then mix in the Parmesan cheese, garlic, and oregano and then mix in the cooked spaghetti.
  4. Spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the spaghetti mix into the casserole dish.
  5. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top, and top with ½ of the pepperoni slices. Spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top and then top with the remaining pepperoni.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

Adapted from

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Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables

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Spring is here and with a lot of yard work on today’s to do list I decided on this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe for supper to save some time during the day. This recipe is a delicious combination of sauce and vegetables and because it is done in the slow cooker the chuck steak is supper tender.

The next time you need to free up some time by using your slow cooker give this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe a try.

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables
 
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Recipe type: Slow cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chuck steaks ( about 6 ounces each ¾ to 1 inch thick – I cut large steaks into 4 serving size pieces)
  • 12 ounces potatoes (skin on cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 4 medium carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces – if large cut them in half lengthwise.
  • 4 parsnips (peeled cut lengthwise and cut into 1 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. place onion, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally or until onions have softened; place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tapioca.
  2. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper and place them into the slow cooker kind of working them into the sauce.
  3. Loosely tie the vegetables into a cheese cloth bundle and place them on top of the steaks.
  4. Cook for 8 – 9 hours on low or 5 – 6 hours on high or until steak and vegetables are tender. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl and serve steak, sauce, and vegetables together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Bacon Chicken Casserole

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The local market has deli chicken on sale so I decided to put this Bacon Chicken Casserole on the menu for supper.

This is a simple recipe that’s fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of prep time because the chicken is precooked.

If you have leftover chicken give this one a try it’s really good. Enjoy

Bacon Chicken Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta (8 ounces)
  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen baby sweet peas
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken (from 2-lb chicken)
  • 2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce (15 oz each)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking add the peas and cook until pasta is done; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy. Place on paper towels to drain, and then crumble; set aside.
  4. In the same skillet using the bacon drippings cook onion and mushrooms until tender. Add the mixture to the pasta and then mix in ½ cup Parmesan cheese, add the chicken and Alfredo sauce.
  5. Place the mixture in a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray, top with the bacon and the other ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and cheese starts to brown.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com