Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff #SundaySupper

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Rich and creamy beef and mushroom stroganoff with egg noodles. Let your crock pot do all the work!

The best recipes always seem to have a story behind them, and today, I have a funny one. It involves beef stroganoff, a purse and a bike ride.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup #SundaySupper

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup - All of the flavors of decadent Chicken Parmesan in a waistline-friendly crockpot soup! Takes just minutes to prep.

Have you ever accidentally made enough food to feed a small army? Mind you, my family is not a small army. There’s just my husband and I, and our pooch (but dogs can’t eat soup). But there I was, with a slow cooker bubbling over with FOURTEEN CUPS of soup. Um, oops.

I think the problem stems from the fact that when I make soups, I don’t start out with any measurements in mind. I just throw stuff in, eyeballing it as I go, and at the end, realize how much the ingredients have really added up. I also have a very large slow cooker (in addition to a smaller crockpot). I normally use this large one for parties where I’m serving a big batch of chili or meatballs or something. But somehow, this soup got made in the large one, and now my freezer is full of this stuff. I was able to give some of it away, but we’ll still be eating it until mid-July probably!

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Turkey #WeekdaySupper

Crock Pot Teriyaki Turkey - Have some leftover turkey that you'd like to transform with completely non-Thanksgiving flavors? Throw it in your slow cooker with some pineapple, ginger and teriyaki sauce. Make a quick batch of rice, and a turkey dinner with Asian flair is served!

Happy Friday! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Let’s talk leftovers.

There’s probably just three camps of people when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers: 1.) People who are content to keep eating complete leftover Thanksgiving dinners for a few days, 2.) People who try to turn all of their leftovers into sandwiches, and 3.) People who want to make their leftovers taste like something completely un-Thanksgiving-like.

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Slow-Cooker Barley and Chickpea Risotto

Slow-Cooker Barley and Chickpea Risotto - a big bowl of whole grains packed with chickpeas, cauliflower and vegetables. Your slow cooker does all the work for you!

I can’t stop. I won’t stop. No, I’m not trying to be Miley. I don’t want to get anywhere near Robin Thicke. I would rather make risotto out of grains than twerk. Once I realized that the risotto cooking method works for just about any grain, I haven’t been able to stop making grain risottos for dinner. I’ve conquered steel-cut oat risotto and I’ve gotten my stir on with farro and kale. The time had come to let my slow cooker do some of the work.

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Spiced Stew with Fruit and Nut Couscous Pilaf #CampbellSauces

Campbell's Moroccan Spiced Stew & Fruit and Nut Couscous PilafPeople assume that since I’m a food writer / photographer / blogger, I probably spend hours each day prepping that night’s dinner. Sometimes, that’s true. But rarely. The truth is, cooking is only a small part of my job! Some nights, Jeff and I end up re-heating something I’ve made earlier in the day.

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Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Chili + Cooking with the #WonderBag #pmedia

Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Chili

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with PollinateMedia Group™ and WonderBag, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WonderBag

Last weekend, I cooked chili in something that looks like a cross between a travel pillow and a cat bed. Oh, and I used apple cider as a substitute for some of the chicken broth in the chili. I know, all of it sounds weird. I promise it’ll make delicious sense in a minute. Read on to find out about my experience cooking with the WonderBag.

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