One thing I love to have are country-style ribs, beef ones. They seem to have increased in price over the years so whenever they are on sale I snatch up a couple of pounds of them. Usually I make BBQ ribs as everyone seems to like them, but the other night I decided to try something different. I went out and checked a couple of places online for recipes but as usually I didn’t find exactly what I wanted. So I took bits from different recipes to try out.
So here on this post you get TWO recipes! My typical BBQ one and my new one I tried out the other day because those ribs were so lip smacking good! I don’t measure a whole lot with these, so I am going to do my best with measurements, if anything taste the mix before you put the ribs in. If it tastes good, it will be good! All the pictures are of the BBQ ribs as I didn’t even think to take pictures of the other ones, but they didn’t look a whole lot different anyway.
Oh and an easy part of these are you can cook them in the crock pot. Everything seems easier when you can throw something int he crock pot, set it to cook and forget about it for 5-8 hours!
On to the mixtures!
For both of these recipes cooking is the same, if you have a lot of time for them to cook in the crock pot set it on low and let it cook for 6-8 hours. If you need them sooner cook it on high for 1-2 hours at the most and then flip to low for rest of the time. I don’t like to cook them too much on high as I am always afraid I will dry them out.
Sorry guys no pictures with this one, it was Halloween night that I made it and it was between getting decorations going, make up…. you get the picture! It all started when I wanted to make a roast, but alas my roast had seen better days and we had to toss it, oops!
I knew I wanted to make something in the crockpot and then I remembered I had some Gnocchi in the pantry! I had bought it to throw in some soup but hadn’t used it yet. So I started digging and found 2 cans of white chicken meat I had bought for something else. So soup it was!
Normally when I have made soup in the past I have used chicken stock, but I had none on hand, so I made do with ….. soup! I used noodles and gnocchi, but you could use dumplings if you want. I actually had just bought some and thought about using them. I like to make things from scratch but sometimes you need those fast meals so I bought some frozen ones to try.
You can throw in some veggies, carrots, peas, celery. I didn’t have anything on hand, but I would have thrown in some frozen peas at least if I did.
So here is my easy, throw together Chicken Soup. Enjoy!
Easy Chicken Soup
1 pkg Reams Homestyle Egg Noodles
1 pkg Gnocchi
2 cans white chicken meat
2 cans cream of chicken
5 cups water
1-2 Tbsp chicken soup base – I like L B Jamison’s
Put the water, cream of chicken, soup base and chicken meat into the crockpot, let it cook on low for 2-4 hours, really it’s up to you. Add whatever seasoning you want to it, I added a bay leaf. About 20 – 30 min before you are ready to eat turn it to high and then add the noodles and gnocchi. Let cook on high until everything is soft.
Just saw this on one of my favorite food blogs beginning of the week and knew I had to make it this weekend! I love crockpot recipes. I of course tweaked this one a bit and I will be making it again.
The recipe calls for 4-6 chicken breasts, well I only had 3 and I thought it would be enough. I really didn’t want to make Mike run to the store for more. It was good with the 3 but I am going to use more for sure next time and it will be REALLY good. The picture above is with extra “sauce” on it, the kids and I didn’t add the extra sauce to ours and it was still really flavorful. I couldn’t believe how good the chicken itself was.
Also, you could use white rice instead of orzo pasta but I didn’t think I had enough rice on hand so I opted for the orzo. I have put the recipe below for the orzo as I didn’t just use water.
There is nothing better than throwing something in the crock pot and not thinking about it until dinner time. It lets you not think about dinner all day and then it’s like, Presto, dinner is done! One thing I love is roast. I have never cooked one any other way than the crock pot. Usually what happened is on Sunday we would have a roast, maybe potatoes, rolls and a veggie. Then on Tuesday or Wednesday we would dig the left over roast out with the gravy it automatically makes when cooked, shred it up and serve it over white rice.
But my boys, they don’t like roast all that much, so on Sundays they didn’t eat a lot of meat. But they LOVED and raved over the leftovers. So my mom had a brilliant idea. Once the roast is done cooking, put rice in the crock pot and have roast and rice that night and you will still have it left to have leftovers later in the week.
So we have been waiting for the weekend to make this dish. I have been thinking about it all week because not only did it sound good but it has dumplings in it! I have only made dumplings once and the kids loved them. Thing I wasn’t looking forward to? Handling raw chicken. I have issues with it, I am sure Mike could tell you some stories about how I act around raw poultry. What is worse is when it has the bone in it.
But I pulled on my big girl pants and made this not only because I wanted it but because my family really wanted it! One thing I noticed is we have had chicken and peas twice this week now, but I heard no complaints. In the original recipe they used a dutch oven, but since I don’t have one I decided to use a pan on the stove for some of it and the crock pot for rest. I love my crock pot!