Crockpot Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with pineapple


Slow Cooker Crockpot Ham. This is an easy way to make ham - especially spiral ham!Pin it

Slow Cooker Crockpot Spiral Ham

You can’t really screw up a ham. And when you toss it into a crockpot, it really feels like cheating. I’ve been wanting to try cooking a Crockpot Spiral Ham for awhile and I’m glad I gave it a try. This Crockpot ham recipe calls for pineapple and brown sugar so it definitely comes out tasting sweet – perhaps like a Honey Baked ham? I’m only guessing since I’ve never had one.

INGREDIENTS

Spiral Ham with glaze packet
You would ideally want it to fit in your slow cooker. Mine was about 10 pounds in a 6 quart crockpot.

Pineapple bits in can, with juice, 20 oz

2 Cups brown sugar

1 Cup Ginger Ale

Crock pot Slow Cooker Ham

How to prepare

1.) Line the bottom of the crockpot with two cups of brown sugar. Some recipes call for three, that seems like an awful lot.

2.) Place ham, slices down (flush with the flat bottom of the crock)

3.) Sprinkle the ham glaze powder (comes with most spiral hams) over the ham

4.) Pour full can of pineapple bits into crockpot with juice. Pouring over the ham and glaze powder.

5.) Pour a cup of Ginger Ale over the ham

6.) Place lid on top of ham and cook on low for 4-6 hours until it’s heated through
If the ham is too big to fit in the crockpot, you can cover it with aluminum foil – for a makeshift lid. Or you can cut off the top part of the ham and shove it into the side of the crockpot. Whatever works – as long as it can be covered.

7.) Serve with some of the juice from the crockpot and it’ll be great!

Crockpot Spiral Ham Slow Cooker recipe

If you overcook this it will be dry. Basically you want to give it enough time to soak up some of the juice and heat up! Don’t even think about putting it on anything higher than low. And don’t go playing with it – the more you move it around the more it’s likely to shred and break apart.

Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe, with pineapple

I hope you like it! 

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Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup recipe (leftover pot roast)


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Slow Cooker Beef & Barley soup

We had a pot roast for dinner last night. It turned out delightful. I’ll tell you more about that soon, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about this Slow Cooker Beef and Barley soup that I made today with the leftover pot roast! Next time you have leftover pot roast – give this recipe a try – I think you’ll love it!

This recipe calls for leftover cooked pot roast – but if you buy raw stew beef – just dice into 1/2 squares and throw it into a large skillet with a little oil and onions – and cook it up before throwing it into the crockpot.

Oh I’m a certified member of the I love chunky soup club - so if you prefer your soup a little less full of stuff,  just use 1 cup each of the carrots, celery and mushrooms (instead of suggested 2 cups each).

INGREDIENTS

1 to 2 pounds of leftover pot roast, diced small
Or cooked stew meat

7 cups beef broth
If you have Au Jus from the pot roast, you could sub 1-2 cups of broth with Au Ju, but you don’t want it too greasy – so consider cooling the Au Jus overnight in the fridge and removing the hardened fat from the top, using the less fatty, liquid Au Jus for the soup. 

2 cups carrots, sliced thinly

2 cups celery, sliced thinly

2 cups mushrooms, sliced thinly

1/2 – 1 cup dried pearl barley

1 can of stewed or diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)

1 can of sweet corn, drained (15 oz can)

1 onion, diced finely

1/2 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon pepper

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Crockpot Corned Beef and Guinness recipe


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Crockpot Corned Beef and Guinness

I didn’t grow up eating corned beef – the first time I made it was a few years ago in the crockpot. This recipe for Corned Beef and Guinness in the crockpot is so incredibly easy and super delicious. I won’t pretend to be a corned beef expert – but this recipe sure seems to get the job done.

If you have other corned beef recipes or cooking methods – I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment on this post!

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Here’s how I made Crockpot Corned Beef and Guinness . . . 

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Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup


Slow Cooker Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup recipe - so easy and it uses frozen tortellinis, so great meal when fridge is empty!Find this and other recipes on my Slow Cooker Pinterest board.

Slow Cooker Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup

If you’re looking for a savory, robust and very filling soup, this Crockpot Creamy Tortellini Soup is amazing! My husband loved it – raving all night about how good it was. I like this recipe because I think it would work well without meat, without mushrooms and because it comes together so easily. This recipe will definitely make it into our regular slow cooker rotation.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of spaghetti sauce
You can use homemade, I used a 24-oz store-bought jarred roasted garlic spaghetti sauce without meat.

1/2 lb browned ground beef

1/2 lb browned italian sausage, sliced (about 3-4)

4 cups of chicken broth

8 oz cream cheese
I used regular, not low fat cream cheese. I find that the lower fat cream cheeses can curdle in the slow cooker. The more you stir it the more likely it will all dissolve if you do opt for low fat cream cheese. I’d be interested to try this recipe with just regular half-and-half, eliminating this problem all together?

8 oz sliced fresh baby bella mushrooms

16 oz frozen cheese tortellini

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

Handful of fresh spinach leaves (optional), cut into strips

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) If you want to throw it together quickly in the morning I recommend cooking up your meat the night before. Brown your ground beef and italian sausages (separately). Drain beef. Cut cooked sausages into thin slices. Refrigerate until morning.

2.) In the morning, combine spaghetti sauce and meat, chicken broth, cream cheese and mushrooms to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.

3.) About 30 minutes before dinner, turn Crockpot to HIGH and toss in frozen tortellini, fresh spinach and parmesan cheese. Give it a good stir and cover and cook until it’s tender and hot.

4.) Serve it up and slurp it down. Top with parmesan or mozzarella cheese if you prefer more cheese.

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This recipe was sent in by Monique W. as part of our Crock-tober series. Because we featured her recipe here on the blog she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card!  Send in your recipe and if we feature your recipe – you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card as well.

(This recipe is adapted from Heather Likes Food blog

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe

I’ve been on a roll trying out new crockpot recipes and yesterday I made this Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore – another big hit! My husband especially liked it, so we’ll be adding this to our meal rotation.

INGREDIENTS

3-4 chicken breasts, whole and fresh

14 ounce can of diced tomatoes (I used one with basil and oregano flavorings)

6 oz can of tomato paste

1-2 bell peppers, diced finely
I used orange and yellow peppers because green peppers have such a strong flavor

1 medium onion, diced very fine

3-4 minced garlic cloves

1 cup kalamata olives, sliced finely
If you don’t like the strong flavor of kalamata olives, leave them out. This flavor is prominent in the sauce, which we love, but you might not. The sauce will be tasty even without. 

1/2 cup red wine, I used a Cabernet, but any dry wine will do

1 tsp italian seasoning

Fresh basil for garnishing
This adds SO MUCH to the flavor, if you like fresh basil – don’t leave it out!

Fresh parmesan for garnishing

Optional – If I had mushrooms, I would have thrown those into the crock, too.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore - Chicken, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, wine and more, make this a delicious meal in your Crockpot!

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Place chicken breast on the bottom of the slow cooker

2.) Throw all other remaining ingredients (except basil and parmesan) into the slow cooker

3.) Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Once your chicken is cooked throughout it’s ready to serve! If you want to thicken the sauce up – cook for an hour without the lid.

4.) Serve over pasta or eat like a stew.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment if you give this recipe a try.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore - Chicken, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, wine and more, make this a delicious meal in your Crockpot!

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Slow Cooker Indian Stew


Slow Cooker Indian Stew - Chicken, Curry, Chickpeas - so good!Check out this recipe and others on my Slow Cooker Pinterest board

Slow Cooker Indian Stew

I made this Slow Cooker Indian Stew for dinner tonight. Oh dear, did it hit the spot! It had the hearty, filling effect, without being a heavy high-fat recipe. Most of the ingredients are probably in your stockpile or freezer – making this an easy recipe to throw together on i-have-no-idea-what-to-make-for-dinner-days.

About an hour before serving the stew, I made a big batch of basmati rice in the rice cooker – timing both to be done about the same time. Ahhhh. . .between the fragrant basmati rice and the rich curry – my house smells divine.

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INGREDIENTS

2 – 3 large, fresh chicken breasts, whole (about 1-2 pounds)

1 medium onion. diced finely

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 Tablespoons curry powder

2 Teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (leave out if you don’t like spice)

2 cans (15 oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans (14 to 15 oz) diced tomatoes

1 cup chicken broth

Prepared separately - rice, if desired, I prefer basmati with this recipe

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Place whole chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker

2.) Add all ingredients. Give it a good stir.

3.) Place lid on crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours, until chicken is cooked completely.

4.) After chicken breast are cooked – take two forks and pull chicken apart – shredding it in the stew.

5.) Serve over hot rice. Try to only have one bowl – I dare you.

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I think this stew would be easily adaptable. If you prefer a vegetarian variation, replace the chicken with some of your favorite veggies or add another can of chickpeas (and sub broth of vegetable broth).

I think maybe I might try some diced celery, diced carrots or small cauliflower florets next time. Or small diced potatoes! You could also consider adding some coconut milk for a creamier consistency.  I’d love to know what variations you try!

This recipe was adapted from this Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew from Midwest Living.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment if you give this recipe a try.

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Whole Chicken Cooked in Slow Cooker Crockpot


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Whole Chicken Cooked in Slow Cooker Crockpot

One of the easiest ways to cook a whole chicken is in a crockpot! The possibilities are endless, but I’m going to share two of my favorite recipes for cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot.

First let’s talk about whole chickens, I also call them roasters – because that’s typically how people cook them (read my tutorial on roasting two chickens at once here). They are a VERY frugal protein – often costing $0.88/lb to $0.99/lb on sale. I like to stock up when under a pound and they freeze beautifully. Not only can you get a substantial meal from the chicken – but the bones and “leftovers” makes amazing slow cooker chicken broth. It’s the meal that keeps on giving. :)

Here’s how to cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker . . . 

INGREDIENTS

Whole roasting chicken – between 3-5 pounds
Fresh or thawed. Don’t try this with a frozen whole chicken.

2 medium onions, sliced in half

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1 Tablespoon italian seasoning

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1.5 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon paprika – I prefer smoked paprika, but any kind works.

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon minced garlic – dried or fresh

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup recipe


Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumpling Soup recipe - Creamy chicken soup with dumplings, peas and carrots

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumpling Soup

It’s a rare night when I make something in the crockpot and we’re able to eat. it. all. in one night. But this Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup was so good that we didn’t have any trouble! We had company over for dinner – and they loved it, too! Everyone had second helpings.

I also cannot emphasize how EASY this recipe was. From throwing in frozen chicken breasts to pre-made biscuits, it doesn’t get much easier than this. I think I could reasonably throw this together before heading out the door to take the kids to school. AND it’s inexpensive – you can find coupons for the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and Grands biscuits!

INGREDIENTS

5 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, frozen (we used four whole ones)
3 tablespoons butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
4 cups chicken broth
1 sweet onion diced (we used a regular onion)
3 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried tarragon (we used rosemary because we didn’t have tarragon)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 8ct pkg Grands flaky layer biscuits

We also added diced carrots and some frozen peas.

HOW TO PREPARE

  1. Throw all the ingredients (except for the biscuits) into a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Remove chicken and shred with two forks.
  4. Cut biscuits into small pieces. You can pull about the different layers. I went for smaller sizes so that they would cook faster and not be doughy.
  5. Add uncooked biscuit pieces back to soup, then add the shredded chicken.
  6. Stir it up, so all the dough and chicken is submerged in liquid.
  7. Cook for an extra 45 minutes on high.
  8. Stir again and serve!

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Rice Pork Chops


Slow Cooker Chicken with Rice Pork Chops - Easy pork chop recipe in the Crock-pot with simple ingredients. The Campbell's chicken with rice soup makes a delicious sauce that keeps the pork chops moist.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Rice Pork Chops

This recipe easy Slow Cooker pork chop recipe sent in by Bonnie was her grandmother’s recipe. Barbara wrote in the email about the recipe, “. . .My grandmother taught me (this recipe) years ago before she passed when I was a young mom a tight budget. She called it ‘Chicken-licking Good Pork Chops’ and this recipe is now part of our fall/winter rotation of meals. .  .”

I love that this simple pork chop recipe was Bonnie’s grandma’s recipe and that she passed it along to her. Some of my favorite recipes have come from my Grandma, too. This recipe is so easy, the ingredients are simple and it really was “Chicken-licking good!” My kids and my husband raved about this easy pork chop recipe, which we ended up serving over a bed of white rice.

INGREDIENTS

1 package of boneless pork chops, about 2-3 pounds

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp garlic powder

salt/pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons cooking oil

1 can of Campbell’s condensed chicken with rice soup
If you want more “gravy” when you serve it – I would add two cans of soup. 

Optional: Sliced carrots

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HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Mix flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper and spread it out on a plate.

2.) Dredge pork chops in the mixture, coating both sides

3.) Head cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, cook floured pork chops on both sides just long enough to brown, but not enough to cook through.

4.) Place pork chops in the bottom of the slow cooker, evenly spaced out. Pour the can of Campbell’s condensed chicken with rice soup over the top. If you have sliced carrots or baby carrots, toss in at this time.

5.) Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.

6.) Serve pork chops over hot rice or even mashed potatoes. Pairs nicely with a green salad and crusty bread.

This recipe was sent in by Bonnie W. as part of our Crock-tober series. Because we featured her recipe here on the blog she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card!  Send in your recipe and if we feature your recipe – you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card as well.

(This recipe is adapted from a recipe from Oh My Veggies!)

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Slow Cooker Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana


Slow Cooker Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana - Copycat version of Olive Garden's sausage, potato and kale soup. Made in the slow cooker, this recipe requires little prep time!
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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup – copycat, Slow Cooker version

If you’re a fan of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup – this recipe is for you! Zuppa Toscana is Olive Garden’s popular sausage, potato and kale soup. This version is made in the slow cooker and it’s ingredient list is so simple it’s a little ridiculous.

INGREDIENTS

Mild italian sausage - 1 pound

Low Sodium Chicken Broth - 64 oz, plus 1 can of regular chicken broth, if needed

Potatoes – 4 to 5 medium size potatoes, scrubbed and diced finely with skins
It’s recommended to use Yukon, but I used red potatoes and thought it tasted great! 

Heavy cream – 1/2 cup

Kale – 1 to 1.5 cups bit-size kale

Parmesan – grated, to taste

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HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Set slow cooker to high temperature. Add chicken broth to your slow cooker,

2.) On the stove top, in a skillet, brown the sausage over medium heat. Cook until no longer pink. Drain half of the fat.

3.) Add sausage to the slow cooker with the broth.

4.) Add diced potatoes to the slow cooker. Stir well.

5.) Cook on high for 3.5 to 4 hours.

6.) About 30 minutes before serving, add heavy cream and your bite size pieces of kale. Stir well and do not open again until serving.

7.) Garnish with shredded parmesan or other favorite cheese.

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This recipe was sent in by Meagan M as part of our Crock-tober series. She calls it her “brainchild” because she tweaked the recipe repeatedly until she got a match!  Because we featured her recipe here on the blog she’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card!  Send in your recipe and if we feature your recipe – you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card as well.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili


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Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe is amazing! I admit, I was a little leery when I read that it had pumpkin puree in it. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin (don’t shoot me!) – but I was told it wouldn’t have an overwhelming pumpkin flavor – so I went for it, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a gorgeous, bright chili that feels like you’re serving up a bowll full of fall. And the pumpkin adds a creaminess that I haven’t found with other chili recipes. Not to mention the added nutrients from the pumpkin puree.

I used my homemade pumpkin puree that was super easy to make.

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds of ground turkey

1/2 tsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon, chili powder

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoon, cumin

1 teaspoon, oregano

2 cans white northern beans or navy beans (15 oz), rinsed and drained

2 cups chicken broth

15 oz pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin filling)
Make your own with a $0.99 Sugar Pumpkin – here’s my tutorial for homemade pumpkin puree. I actually threw my into the crockpot frozen, since I had frozen the puree in 1 cup increments.

4.0 oz – 4.5 oz canned chopped green chili

salt and pepper to taste

Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, chives, sour cream, avocados, chips

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Heat a large saute pan over high heat and lightly spray with oil. Add ground turkey and cook, at least five minutes, until lightly browned.

2.) Add cooked turkey to slow cooker

3.) Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker.

4.) Cover and cook on high for four (4) hours or low for eight (8) hours

5.) Remove bay leaves, adjust seasoning to taste and serve!

This recipe was sent in by Jenny W as part of our Crock-tober series. Send in your recipe and if I feature your recipe on the blog you’ll get a $10 Amazon gift card! 

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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup with all the fixin’s


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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

Have you ever had a Twice Baked Potato? Well this Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup is like having a bowl full of the creamy inside of a twice baked potato. It’s delicious, incredibly filling and very frugal to make. Oh and easy, too.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces – I probably used more like 4 pounds

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped – I left this out to avoid my kids complaining

1 package (10 oz) of frozen chopped broccoli

4 cups of low sodium chicken stock – I used my slow cooker chicken broth from earlier in the week.

1/3 cup of half and half

1/3 cup of sour cream (plus extra for garnish)

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Garnish ideas – Sour cream, scallions, bacon (cooked and crumbled), shredded cheese, diced ham – what else do you put on your baked potatoes?

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