Creamy Sweet Potato & Asparagus Soup- Slow cooker

Creamy Sweet Potato & Asparagus Soup- Slow cooker
by Jennifer Gresham

I used two of my favorite kitchen tools to make this soup- My slow cooker/crockpot and blender wand.  However, you do not have to use a slow cooker.  This soup can be easily made on the stove top or even with a pressure cooker. Also it does not have to be creamy. I used my blender wand instead of my beloved blender because of the quantity of soup and to save time. This can be done in a Vitamix.

Feeds: 8-10 people
Slow Cooker on Low for 8hrs or high for 6hrs

Ingredients:

2 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 Bunch Asparagus
1 medium to large yellow or Spanish onion
4-5 Garlic cloves
1 TBS non MSG or chemical Chicken Broth Concentrate
6-8 C water
1 can Coconut Creme (if you do not have the creme- use coconut milk and reduce water by 1-2 cups)
2 TBS Butter or Olive Oil
1 tsp or to taste Curry powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions-

Clean Asparagus and drain. Peel and Chop Sweet potatoes and onion. Peel and dice or press the garlic. Cut dead ends off Asparagus and chop. Place all ingredients into slow cooker. Mix and Add Chicken Broth. Add Curry Powder, 2 Tbs butter and water. Let cook. 30- 1 hour before serving add Coconut Creme or Milk. Stir and then with Wand Blender in Crock (kept at bottom) blend until creamy and all large pieces are blended.
Serve hot and enjoy!

My entire family enjoyed this. Even my 3 yr old who just had to get over the green color, of which we told him was cool. 🙂 It helped that green is his favorite color at the moment.

Slow Cooker Brown Rice

Slow Cooker Brown Rice- Simple with endless possibilities!

This is so easy.

I love this because it is a time saving classic!

You can used cooked rice for any meal!  Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner

Rice for Breakfast????

Yep- but first lets look at this easy and simple base recipe!

Slow Cooker Brown Rice

Serves 8

Prep time: 5min

Cook Time: 3 hours on High / 5 hours on Low

Ingredients:

  • 5 C water
  • 2 C Organic Brown Rice
  • 2 Tbs Organic Coconut Oil/ Butter
  • 1-2 tsp salt (optional)
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Directions:

  • If your slow cooker boils then I would use the butter to line crock. (finding a slow cooker that cooks without boiling food is important for good tasting food that has it nutrients still in it)
  • Add water and clean organic brown rice to crock.  Stir in Salt.  add butter cubes to top.
  • Place Lid on and turn to desired temp.
  • If this is the first time. I suggest checking the rice periodically. As each slow cooker is different. Do not open lid if it can be helped.  This slows down cooking time and loses the valuable moisture. Once you’ve made this- note the time it took and you’ll know for future rice recipes.
  • Enjoy

 

Stay tuned for Slow Cooker Rice Breakfast Recipes!

Broccoli Beef/ Elk in the Slow Cooker Delicious & Simple

 Delicious, Simple,  & Tender Broccoli Beef.  Healthy and NO MSG

My family really enjoys this recipe!  I am very allergic to MSG and any of it’s relatives.  So Chinese Food Restaurants and I are in a love hate relationship.

I began making my own Chinese Food.  This is a Favorite.  Time is still something I need more of!!!  So the Slow Cooker just makes since.  Chinese Food & Time Saving marry perfectly for this recipe.  Enjoy!

Remember to adapt size for your family.

Complete Healthy Slow Cooker Broccoli Elk / Beef

Makes 8-10 servings

Prep time: 20 min Cook Time 6-8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs Flank Stake or Beef Chuck Roast or Elk Flank Stake
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic (more if you like)
  • 1-2 Tbs Red Chili Flakes
  • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar or 1/2 Cup Honey (honey can have a strong flavor- consider this in amount you use)
  • 2 cups water with 1 heaping Tbs Organic Better than Beef Bouillon or Beef Broth
  • 1 Cup Natural Brew Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbs Sesame Oil (optional)
  • 2-3 lb Frozen or Fresh Broccoli Florets

 

Minced Garlic

Spices Mixed

Beef Broth and Sesame Oil Mixed

Spices, Sugar & Broth Mixed Well

 

 

Frozen Elk Stakes

Directions:

  • Mix Minced Garlic, Chili Flakes, & Brown Sugar
  • Mix Broth, Soy & oil in separate container
  • Add dry and wet ingredients. Mix well
  • Place meet in slow cooker on High for 3-4hrs or low for 6-7hrs
  • If meat is frozen slice into strips after it’s cooked.  Add back to sauce.  If meat was already thawed ( I personally never remember the night before- never lol) you can slice it before cooking – remember the needed cook time will be shorter!
  • Pour Frozen Organic Broccoli  OnTop of sliced cooked meet and sauce.
  • Cover with lid and cook for another Hour on Low
  • Serve with Organic Brown Rice made in another slow cooker- Recipe Here

    Slice Cooked Meat

 

 

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Cooked & sliced meat, placed bak into yummy sauce

Frozen Broccoli Placed on top

Brown Rice in Slow Cooker – Before it’s cooked

Finished Tender and Yummy Broccoli Beef

 

Meat Loaf with Sweet Potatoes

By, Jennifer Gresham

This recipe is easy and yummy! One of my daughters favorites.

The meat and sweet potatoes flavor each other beautifully!  The sweet potatoes are savory with a mild natural sweetness.  The Meat Loaf takes on some of the sweetness which mixes well with the savory and saltiness of the meat.

Serving Size: 8-10

Prep Time: 20min

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 medium to large organic raw sweet potatoes
  • 2lbs of ground Beef
  • 1/2 lb Nitrate free, MSG free Italian Sausage
  • 1 Large Onion Diced
  • 2 Eggs
  • several Dashes Worcester Sauce
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Black Strap Molasses
  • 1 Cup bread Crumbs (I use my bread in the Vitamix)
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 Cup Ketchup(optional) I use my Fermented Ketchup
    • 1/2 Cup Ketchup o top if desired

 

Directions:

  • Peel and cut Sweet Potatoes
  • Layer Bottom of slow cooker with the Sweet Potatoes
  • In a large bowl add all ingredients except sweet potatoes and optional 1/2 c ketchup on top.  I like to mix mine by hand.  But I make sure I remove rings and have everything in the bowl before I mix with hands so I do not have to take them out until done mixing.
  • Form Meat into a loaf shape and place on top of Sweet Potatoes
  • If desired cover with Ketchup.  Place Lid on Slow Cookers.
  • Cook on High for 5 -6 hrs, Low 7-8 hrs
  • 30 min before serving.  Turn Slow Cooker Off and Make Broccoli

Enjoy

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Sweet potatoes peeled and cut. Layered evenly on bottom of Slow Cooker Crock

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Meat Loaf Laid on top Of the Sweet Potatoes

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Fully Cooked Meat Loaf and Potatoes. Can you tell I had run out of Ketchup?

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Meat Loaf, Broccoli, & Sweet Potatoes! So yummy. So Easy. Quick Clean Up

 

Healthy Spaghetti Squash and Meat Balls with Sausage in Slow Cooker

This my friends is one of the easiest meals EVER!

If your trying to avoid grains, carbohydrates and/or gluten this is for you!

Spaghetti Squash is not mushy at all!  Has a great al dente texture!

Of my 6 kids 4 out of 2 prefer the Spaghetti Squash to our Whole Wheat Noodles

  • Feeds 8-10 people
  • Prep Time: 30min
  • Slow Cooker Time 5hrs -8hrs

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 24 Ounce Organic Spaghetti Sauce

or

  • 1 24 ounce Spaghetti Sauce and 1 28oz Can Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes.  Add spices if desired
  • 1 Tbs Minced Garlic
  • 1 Package Smoked Beef Sausage
  • 1-2 Lbs Organic Italian Sausage MSG & Chemical Free

Directions:

  1. Clean Spaghetti Squash in warm water and soap.  Cut in Half and remove seeds with spoon.
  2. Place Clean and prepared Squash cut side down in Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
  3. Pour Spaghetti Sauce and Tomatoes around Squash
  4. Then cut Italian sausage into 1-2inch squares or is desire roll into balls.  Add to Sauce
  5. Cut Smoked Sausage and place on top of all ingredients
  6. Cover and cook on High 4-5 hours.  Low 7-8 hours
  7. Once cooked. Using tongs remove Squash from slow cooker to cutting board.  Allow to cook a bit
  8. Using a Dinner Fork shred Squash Meat onto Cutting board
  9. Mix sauce and Meats.
  10. Add Spaghetti Squash to Slow Cooker and mix gently or place in blow and allow others to pour sauce over it.  It all depends on your preference and the number of dishes you want to deal with

Jennifer’s Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Sausage Hearty Vegetable Soup/Stew

 

 

Jennifer’s Chicken Apple Sausage Vegetable Soup’s creation was driven by the need for something quick, hearty and what I had in my refrigerator(what is in your pantry and refrigerator greatly effects how we eat).  This is simple and very yummy.  Very filling and satisfying.  Adapt as needed with the goal to keep it healthy with minimum carbohydrates or complex carbohydrates only.
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Serves 8-10

Ingredients: 

  • 10 Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausages
  • 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Small Yellow Potatoes
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Large Bunches Lacianto Kale
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tbs Organic Better Than Chicken Bouillon
  • 7-8 Cups Filtered Water
  • Celtic Sea Salt to Taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to Taste

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Directions:

  1.  Gather Ingredients
  2.  Cut and Chop all Vegetables, Garlic and Sausages.  Place Potatoes on bottom. Then layer pepper, kale, sausages and garlic.

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3. Add water, Better then Bouillon and pepper

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4. Turn Slow Cooker or Crock Pot  to Low for 6-8 hours High for 4-5 hours.  Taste and add Celtic Salt 30 minutes or earlier.  Serve Warm

 

 

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Enjoy this Simple, Yummy and Satisfying Meal!

My entire family enjoyed this! They complimented me and it was so easy.

Fall Chicken Lentil Stew Slow Cooker

Fall Chicken Lentil Stew

Delicious, Hearty, Healthy and oh so Satisfying

by,

Jennifer Gresham

Delicious, Hearty and Healthy

Delicious, Hearty and Healthy

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Dried Green Lentils
  • 2 Cans 25oz Organic Diced/Chopped Tomatoes
  • 6-8 Cups Water
  • 1 TBS Organic Better Than Chicken Bouillon
  • 3 Medium Organic Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 3 to 4 Carrots
  • 1-2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 1/2-2 Lbs Frozen Organic Chicken Thighs
  • 1 TBS Minced Garlic
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Coriander
  • 1 TBS Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Celery Salt
  • Celtic Sea Salt to taste

 

Directions

  1. Wash lentils.  Place washed lentils in crock.
  2. Add Frozen Chicken, Water, and Bouillon
  3. Chop Sweet Potatoes, Onion, Carrots, Red Bell Pepper and Garlic.  Add all to crock
  4. Add Spices and give it a stir
  5. Look at it.  Does it need more water?  It depends on how thick you like your stew.
  6. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  7. If you can 1-2 hours before dinner check.  Add more spices or salt if needed.
  8. Before serving.  Remove Chicken and Chop up.  Add back to stew.
  9. Serve and Enjoy

I made this up when I was in a hurry and desperate to get something in the slow cooker before I had to get to teaching my PiYO class.  I was frantic and used what I had.

We all loved, loved, loved it.  I loved the mix of savory and sweet flavors from the sweet potato, nutmeg and cinnamon.

 

This is worthy of repeating!

This is worthy of repeating!

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf and Potato Meal

Slow Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes

Entire Meal Done!

Did you know you could make Meat Loaf in a slow cooker?

There isn’t much you can’t make in a slow cooker.  It is every busy persons friend.  As you master using it your friendship grows and for has even become a type of love affair !

I used this recipe as my base recipe.

Here is what I did:

Jennifer’s Slow Cooker Meat Loaf and Mashed Potatoes in 1

This could be easier or more yummy!

I made this for my family of 8. So adjust the according to your needs.

8 potatoes, peeled and cut in 1/4
2 pounds ground elk (beef)
1/2 pound msg free natural sausage
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
1 cup bbq sauce
2-3 pieces whole wheat seeded bread made into cruces in processor
2 eggs
3-4 dashes worchester sauce
2 teaspoons celery salt
1 teaspoon savory (maybe a little more)
1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
4 Tablespoons organic butter
1 cup goat milk (unsweetened almond milk or cow milk)
 
 

*Layer cut potatoes on the bottom of the crock. Cut butter into cubes and place around in cut potatoes. Pour milk in crock.  Potatoes should cover the bottom of the crock completely.

*In a large bowl mix meats and all remaining ingredients. Mix really well. I suggest throwing all ingredients into a large bowl and then mix it with hands.  Once your hands are in the raw meat mixture, you won’t want to take them out wash and then add ingredients. 

* Shape meet into a loaf shape.  Set on top of the potatoes.  Finalize the meat loaf shape once in crock.  Do not press down into the potatoes.

*Cook on low for about 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. So if you do not remember to start your crock prep before lunch that’s okay- there is still plenty of time. 

**Once cooked and finalizing preparation for dinner I made mixed green vegetables.  Then I took the meatloaf out of the Crock and placed nicely on a plater using 2 spatula’s.  Now comes the yummy mashed potatoes.

I added to the potatoes and juice in the crock:

2 cups sour cream 
more milk
celtic sea salt to taste
1 stick of organic butter

Using a Hand Blender mixing all ingredients until you have a mashed potato insistency you like.  I like mine a little lumpy.  My entire family raved about these mashed potatoes.  They very much liked the meat loaf also.  I asked where there was room for improvement.  I felt it need a little more salt but was disagreed with.  However 1/2 of the family like speeding my homemade lacto fermented ketchup on top of their piece of meatloaf.  So have fun and make it your own.

Let me know what you do to your meat loaf? Share your ideas and flavors!