Sunday, November 7, 2010

Manic Monday Meals ~ Crock Pot Season

It's getting cold and I'm trying to save money at home so guess what you get crock pot time! And don't forget the crock pot liners, those things ROCK!!! I'm telling you no having to soak your pot over night, you can take the bag out and tada it's ready to get the meal in there for the next night :).
My First recipe is thanks to my google search I had pork & apple and up popped up this recipe.

Crockpot Maple Apple Pork Roast

Found on Finding Joy in My Kitchen Blog
Crockpot Maple Apple Pork Roast - Finding Joy in My Kitchen 1 large pork roast {ours was about 4 lbs} 6 medium apples, peeled and cut into quarters 2 C baby carrots 1/2 C sprite/gingerale {or, apple juice} 4 T maple syrup 1/2 tsp. ginger 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. salt 1/2 C cooked, crumbled bacon

Peel and slice the apples. In the bottom of the crockpot, place the sliced apples and carrots. Top with the roast. Mix together the soda {or apple juice} and pour over the roast. Then, sprinkle with the seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 6ish hours until the internal temperature reads done for pork. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon before serving. Allow the roast to sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
ALEXIS NOTES: So I of course didn't have any apple juice or Sprite so I used POM (use it's called being resourceful). And believe it or not I didn't have any bacon so I skipped that part. I served with a baked potato with some yummy cheese on top :) and corn for Caden!
My second recipe is a super yummy one that I loved, the boys just thought it was ok. It was easy and kept me warm so it's a winner for me :).

found on
1 lb Ground Beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
15oz Marinara sauce
8 oz sliced mushrooms
14 oz can tomatoes with seasonings, undrained
15 oz can tomato sauce
1/8 tsp pepper
9 oz package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Brown ground beef together with onions in nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until beef is browned. Drain thoroughly. Mix all ingredients except tortellini and cheese in 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Add tortellini, stir to combine, then sprinkle with cheese. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 15-20 minutes until tortellini is tender and cheese is melted.

ALEXIS NOTES: I didn't have any marinara sauce so I used a jar of spaghetti sauce I had on hand. I used a dry tortellini I buy in the bulk section and keep on hand in my tupperware. Makes for easy meals :). Since it was dry I put it in there about an hour before dinner for it to have time to cook.
Happy Monday everyone, hope you enjoy :).


  1. both of your recipes sound delicious I love crockpot season as well so handy and nice

  2. Love how find things to make it work. Love the last one the most. Round Robin is Friday if you want to stop by. Hope you had a great weekend.

  3. Ahhh I have a pork roast in the freezer, this sounds yummy. Both sound great. Have a great week!

  4. oh man oh man!!!
    i am so HUNGRY now!!!
    i will so be trying that second recipe.. love things like that!!

  5. Yum!

    Ive got dinner in the crockpot! Its a beef roast that will be French Dips. =)

  6. I love my crockpot and I used it yesterday. Can't go without the liners, they are the best. Those recipes sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

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  8. I am so nuts for crockpot cooking so thank you. The pot roast looks especially yummy to me!

  9. I am all about my crockpot. I would like both of those recipes and I hear you on saving money. I'm broke. :(


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