Five Minute Salsa Chicken

IMG_2228Do you have five minutes? Great – because that’s about how long you need to prepare this delicious Salsa Chicken! Two ingredients + one slow cooker = a delicious dinner that you can prep early and forget about for a few hours.

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Pepper Steak Stew

beef2This simple slow-cooker recipe offers up the hearty, savory flavors of traditional pepper steak, but uses a less expensive cut of beef. I like to double this recipe and freeze half for workday lunches Enjoy – your tummy and your wallet will thank you!

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat Continue reading

Drunken Spare Ribs

WIN_20160103_092431It’s springtime, you’re busy, and the fussiness of holiday meals is behind you for a while. Spring is the perfect time of year to pull out your slow cooker and make a few easy, hearty, delicious dinners. Drunken Spare Ribs are perfect busy day fare. You can throw everything in the slow cooker in less than five minutes on a busy morning, and have a hot, delicious meal waiting for you at the end of the day. Enjoy!

WIN_20160102_203803Ingredients (Serves 4)

2 pounds boneless spare ribs Continue reading

Spicy Slow Cooker Spare Ribs


Spicy Slow Cooker Spare Ribs served with mashed potatoes, fresh roasted vegetables, and a slice of whole grain baguette

Slow cookers are wonderful for busy workdays. This recipe only requires a moment of time in the morning – seriously, start your pot of coffee, and you’ll be done cooking dinner before that first cup of coffee brews. Just toss your ingredients in the slow cooker, and the aroma of fork tender, savory, spicy spare ribs will greet you at the end of your workday.

When I prepare a slow cooker dish, I like to really fill the slow cooker – it’s an energy efficient way to cook, and I enjoy having leftovers to divide into lunch portions and freeze. If you don’t want to make quite so much at once, that’s fine. Just cut each of the ingredient quantities in half. The cooking time, however, remains the same.

WIN_20150416_071745Ingredients (Serves 6-8 for dinner, or 4 with leftovers)

3 pounds boneless pork spare ribs

4 cloves of garlic, finely diced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional!)

1 cup dry red wine

WIN_20150416_0726352 cups tomato-based vegetable juice

Directions: Place ingredients in a slow cooker in the order listed above. Set slow cooker to cook on “low” and allow to cook for 8 – 10 hours. If you wish, you can give everything a gentle stir after 4 or 5 hours. Do not, however, lift the cover on your slow cooker more than just that one time! After about 8 hours, your spare ribs should fall apart when poked with a fork. If they aren’t quite that tender after 8 hours, allow them to cook for another hour or two. Enjoy!