Dinner Done Easy

Walking in the door from a hectic day to the heady, fragrant smells of a meal ready to enjoy may seem like a far-fetched fantasy. With the right ingredients and cookware, you can delight your busy family with dinners that taste like you spent a day hard at work in the kitchen.These easy, time-saving slow cooker recipes are fast on prep time and big on unique flavors.



Beef Burgundy Stew

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 8 hours

Servings: 8

1/3       cup all-purpose flour

2          pounds cubed beef stew meat

3          large carrots, peeled and chopped

1          bag (10 ounces) pearl onions, trimmed

1          can (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained

3          garlic cloves, minced

1          cup Low Sodium Beef Broth Base & Seasoning

1/2       cup dry red wine

1/4       cup tomato paste

1          pouch Vegetable Beef Stew Seasoning


Place flour in large re-sealable plastic bag. Add beef a few pieces at a time and shake to coat. Place beef, carrots, onions, mushrooms and garlic in large slow cooker. In medium bowl, combine prepared beef broth base, wine, tomato paste and vegetable beef stew seasoning. Pour over beef and vegetables. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Serve over egg noodles, if desired.



Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 5 hours

Servings: 8

6          boneless skinless chicken breast halves, about 6 ounces each

1          can (10.75 ounces) condensed reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

1          package (8 ounces) fresh sliced mushrooms

1/2       cup white wine

1          pouch (2.5 ounces) Chicken Noodle Soup Seasoning

1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed


Place chicken in large slow cooker. In small bowl, combine mushroom soup, mushrooms, wine and soup seasoning. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low 4 hours. Stir in cream cheese. Cover and cook 1 hour or until cream cheese is melted. Remove lid and, if desired, serve chicken breast halves or shred chicken. Serve over rice pilaf.



Bourbon BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 8 hours

Servings: 6

6          pounds pork baby back ribs, cut into serving-size pieces

1          pouch BBQ Pork Roast Seasoning, divided

1          cup packed brown sugar

1          cup tomato sauce

1          cup prepared Beef Flavored Soup Base & Seasoning

1/2       cup bourbon

1          teaspoon Dijon mustard

1          teaspoon hot sauce


Preheat oven to 475 F.

Rub 2 tablespoons pork roast seasoning over ribs and place meaty side up on large baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Place ribs in large slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-5 hours, until ribs are tender. Remove ribs from slow cooker. Set aside and keep warm. Carefully pour sauce through a fine strainer set over a 2-quart saucepan, reserving liquid. Skim fat, if desired. Bring sauce to boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes or until thickened. Brush sauce over ribs.



Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 7 hours

Servings: 7

1 1/2    pounds top round steak, cubed

1/4       teaspoon salt

1/4       teaspoon paprika

1/4       teaspoon pepper

2          tablespoons butter

1          package (8 ounces) fresh sliced portobello mushrooms

1          small onion, chopped

2          medium garlic cloves, minced

1          can (10.75 ounces) condensed reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

1          tablespoon Au Jus mix

1          teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4       cup plus 2 tablespoons water

2          tablespoons all-purpose flour

1          cup sour cream


Sprinkle beef with salt, paprika and pepper. In large skillet, brown beef in butter. Place beef in large slow cooker. In same skillet, saute mushrooms, onion and garlic until tender. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in soup, au jus mix, Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook on low 6 hours.Combine remaining water and flour until smooth; add to slow cooker. Stir in sour cream. Cover and cook 1 hour longer.  If desired, serve over noodles; sprinkle with parsley.


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