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 Moroccan-Spiced Beef Stew

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It’s official!  The first new slow cooker dish of the fall season was a huge hit!  This delicious variation on regular beef stew was just the perfect thing for dinner last night.  I had one of those days where I was running around right up until dinner time.  I needed something I could throw in the Crock Pot, and forget until dinner time.  This was the amazing result.

Korean Style Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Korean-Style Slow Cooker Short Ribs - Chew Nibble Nosh

You can usually tell how simplistic a meal is here on Chew Nibble Nosh by how many pictures there are of the process.  This meal was so easy to throw together, that I only have three pictures.  So, if you’re looking for quick and easy, and something you can just throw into the Crock Pot and walk away from, this is your meal.

It’s no secret that I love a good short rib, and I love sweet, salty Korean BBQ as well. Throw those two entities together, and I’m a happy camper.  After a few hours in the slow cooker, these short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth tender.  I served them alongside some steamed rice and broccoli, and they made for a delicious easy dinner for a busy night.

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Succotash

 Slow Cooker Mediterranean SuccotashI just love it when simple and healthy come together just right to create the perfect meal for a busy night.  This is one of those recipes.  It couldn’t be simpler, even for a slow cooker recipe, and is perfect for those nights when you’re playing taxi driver all night long and have to catch a meal somewhere in between trips.

Traditional succotash is a stewed combination of lima beans, corn, and tomatoes.  It’s a cozy, home-cooking type dish, and is often served as a side.  This version features more Mediterranean flavors, and creamy white beans in place of the lima beans.  And when it’s served over some couscous, it makes for a hearty, healthy meal.