Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Here we are.  We made it!  It’s 2017.  We’re right at the start of another new year, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking back on the last month of food you consumed and are thinking “Wow. That was a lot of cheese.”  Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese, but you know what I mean.  The new year has arrived, and it’s time to step away from the gluttony of the holidays for a bit!

Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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There’s something innately comforting in a French Dip sandwich for me.  If it’s cold and dreary, this is the sandwich I want.  And as the days are going to start kicking into “cold and dreary” mode pretty darn soon, I’m really happy that I managed to stumble across this recipe!  These Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are perfect winter weather food, football party food, comforting “My toes are cold” food.  Or, most importantly, “I need something simple to throw together for dinner” food.

I started by sprinkling a beef chuck roast with salt and pepper and browning it on the stove top.

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

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Is anyone else out there having a rough time getting into fall this year?  Fall is my favorite season, and I’m just not feeling it yet.  I’m usually one of those stereotypical Pumpkin Spice loving, boot wearing, sweater snugly people, and I’m just having the toughest time getting in the fall mood.  It could be that it’s still pretty warm and the trees haven’t really started changing yet. I don’t know.  I just know I’m not feeling it, and my not feeling it is annoying me.

*Insert Grumpy Cat picture here.*

Slow Cooker Cowboy Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Cowboy Pot Roast - Chew Nibble Nosh

Back to school, back to crazy, back to my assignment as a personal Uber for my kids.  Everything has kicked back into gear here and we are officially back in the swing.  During the craziest nights, I rely heavily on my slow cooker.  I have a ton of slow cooker recipes on this blog, with good reason.  I use it a lot.  I remember a time when I rarely used my slow cooker at all, and it sat collecting dust in my pantry.  No more!  I break it out at least once a week.  And you should too!  It makes dinner time a whole lot easier.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas - Chew Nibble Nosh

We’re in the home stretch!  At the close of the school day tomorrow, it’s officially summer here in the Carlisle household.  Every school year seems to fly by faster than the last, and this year, even the kids have noticed.  It’s been a great year, and I’m having one of those Mommy moments as we finish things up.  After tomorrow, my girls will officially be fifth and eighth graders.  One will be on her way to her last year in elementary school, while the other will be moving into her last year of middle school. What was I thinking when I spaced my children out this way?  This is too much parental emotion to take on in one year.  I don’t feel fully prepared to have a high schooler yet.  After all, I was changing her diapers and feeding her smashed peas just yesterday, it seems.  And the youngest moving out of elementary school?  Ugh…I’m not ready to throw my baby to the wolves quite yet.

Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pulled Pork with Avocado Relish

Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pulled Pork with Avocado Relish - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’m pretty sure that when people come into my kitchen, they might look in one corner of it and think I have a problem with hoarding.  You see, in one corner of my kitchen, there’s a stack of cooking magazines. It’s a pretty large stack, if I’m being completely honest. Magazines I can’t quite bear to part with yet, but that I also haven’t had the time to dig through.  So they sit, in the corner, next to my cookbook cabinet (that hopefully makes my cookbook addiction look less hoarder-esque.)

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops with Zucchini and Tomatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Thursday nights have become increasingly busy around here, so I’ve now dubbed them Slow Cooker Thursdays.  There’s no way I’m going to be able to cook a dinner in between shuttle stops, so I’m thankful I have a good number of tasty slow cooker meals in my back pocket.  This one can now be added to the list.

I honestly can’t remember a time where I’ve cooked whole, bone-in pork chops in the slow cooker, and I was pretty happy with how they turned out.  The pork was fall-off-the-bone tender, and had a ton of flavor from a delicious herb-garlic rub.  It was topped with tomatoes, zucchini, and a speedy quick gravy that I made from the leftover juices after cooking.

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos with Caribbean Salsa

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos with Caribbean Salsa - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sometimes, a recipe comes along and stops us all in our tracks.  This is one of those recipes.  I grabbed this recipe from my Skinnytaste cookbook, whipped it up for dinner, and my husband couldn’t stop talking about it.  There are a lot of slow-cooker-taco-filling recipes out there, but this one holds a special place in our hearts, and now, our recipe box.  It’s really, really tasty, and when you feel like you need to lighten up, and freshen up, your fall meal routine, this is a great place to start.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut & Apples AND a Hamilton Beach Stay-or-Go Slow Cooker Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut and Apples - Chew Nibble Nosh

If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I love a good meal that I can make in my slow cooker.  In fact, Fall is my favorite time of year to put one to good use.  Days are shorter, kids are busier, and the convenience of having dinner ready to go when we walk in the door after all of our running around makes life just a little bit easier. So, when Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their new Programmable Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker, of course I said yes!