Anyway, this is my favorite easy recipe and my family gobbles it up. it just may be the easiest recipe I have. I like the dump and walk away technique of slow cooking. If a recipe has multiple steps, requires extensive prep or asks to precook portions of the ingredients, I usually walk away. My one exception is the fact that I have a slow cooker plate that works with my Kitchen Kraft pots. I can start something on the stove and then add the rest of the ingredients before placing on the plate. My traditional round slow cooker with removable crock is what I use for side dishes like sweet potatoes or beets. I also use it for desserts like pumpkin pudding.
Without further adieu, here is my recipe:
- One hambone with some ham still attached (If you like a lot of ham, add some mre in, if not put in just the bone)
- One pound dry black beans
- One box beef stock
- 2 cups of water
Optional add ins:
A shot or two of Worcheshire sauce
One chopped onion
A shot of soy sauce
Place ham bone in slow cooker, pour remaining ingredients over top. Make sure that the beans are completely covered with liquid. Turn it on and walk away. It has to cook at least 6-8 hours but tastes even better when it goes a little longer. We serve it over rice, baked potatoes, or just straight up in a bowl. Makes great quesadilla filling when left over. We often add hot sauce to left overs and mix it with some gluten free pasta and shredded cheese for an easy Chili Mac dinner. We can seriously get at least 4-5 meals out of one pot of black beans and ham, and my children are all very big eaters. We just keep reusing, re-purposing, and adding a little of this or that to stretch the beans.
This recipe makes a really generous portion and I usually have more than we can eat in a couple of meals. I freeze a large Pyrex container for another night when I don't have time to cook, and I have my slow cooker do the work of getting it heated up as well. I simply place the frozen portion in the crock and set on low, with in 5-6 hours it is piping hot and delicious!
So, as I write this, I am feeling inspired to share more....so, let's make this a Five Fave post and link up with Jenna, too.
This is the most versitle and easy recipe out there and again makes extras for left overs.
- One "family" package chicken leg quarters (if frozen start on high and then switch to low 2 hours in)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- One spring rosemary
- One whole chicken with gizzard bag removed
- One whole lemon
- salt and pepper
My youngest son is allergic to tomatoes, that has changed our diet quiet a bit. One thing we missed the most was chili. I develped this tomato free chili to fill that void. Best of all, it is so easy!
- One bag of beans (We like to use pinto or black beans but you can use any bean you like)
- One onion chopped
- One small jar pickled jalepeno slices
- 1 Tbsp Chili powder
- 2 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbsp Cumin
- 2 Tbsp Paprika
- 3 Tbsp unprocessed cocoa powder (The kind for baking not hot chocolate.)
- 2 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips (optional--but adds some body)
- 2 baked sweet potatoes with skins removed, mashed (optional--again adds body to sauce. I have been known to cheat and use sweet potato baby food)
- One pound ground meat, browned (optional--If you don't have time to brown the meat, just have a meatless chili, we eat it both ways.)
Spinach and Rice "Quiche"
This isn't a slow cooker meal, but it is a family favorite and so easy to make.
- 1 serving brown rice (I use minute rice or left over)
- 1 box frozen spinach at least partially defrosted
- 6-8 eggs beaten
- garlic salt
- grated cheese
Any great recipes that you have to share? Post them in the comments, please.