Recipes · Time Management

Menu Monday and Slow Cooker Woes

It’s still too hot to use the oven for long periods of time, but I squeezed in one oven-baked recipe last week on a cloudy day! Here’s what was on the menu at my house last week – all tried and true favorites. 🙂


On The Menu

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • Salads with grilled chicken
  • Leftovers

Supper:

I made that Creamy Ranch Chicken in the slow cooker and regretted it. I’m getting to where I feel like the slow cooker is only good for soups – meat just has a different texture after it’s cooked in that thing all day. Even with a fairly new model I’m not happy with the results.

Does anyone else feel like this? Let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Menu Monday and Slow Cooker Woes

  1. Honestly…no luck here with slow cooker other than soups. Seems like everything tastes the same when it has been in there together that long. I get more use out of it cooking on the stove them simmering for hours in cooker or even to keep hot while serving a crowd.

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  2. Also a fan of browning the meat before slow cooking. Additionally I’ve found that if you start out cooking on high and then turn it down to low when it starts to bubble the meat tends to turn out better. And maybe the newer slow cookers do this automatically if the cook isn’t home to do it?!? Not sure because mine’s a dinosaur! Have a great day!

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  3. I actually made that same recipe last week in the slow cooker, and thought it turned out well. I used chicken tenders instead of breasts, and then cut them up in small pieces/shreds which made it more like a thick soup or stew. For larger cuts of meat, like roasts, pork, and larger chicken breasts I agree that browning first seems to make a big difference.

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  4. It’s still super hot here, too. Yuck! What if you cooked the chicken separately and then added it into the rest of the meal shortly before serving? I do this sometimes if I don’t want all the extra stuff that cooks with the chicken to mix into the meal. It’s an extra step, but it seems worth it to me to have a better final recipe.

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  5. I’ve had the same slow-cooker meat experience! I have had good luck when I brown the meat first on the stove and then slow cook, and depending how much liquid comes out during cooking…I’ll serve the meat from a separate plate vs in the crock. Serving separate might be more a visual trick for my family, but does help, or I’ll add 2-3T cornstarch + cold water right before serving, to make up a gravy.

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