Category Archives: Crockpot Dinners

Cooking Day at Mom’s

Today was cooking day at mom’s.  I started by stopping by the grocery store on my way up and filling the cart to the brim and then some.  I think I had just about every meat in the meat department.

Then I hauled it all in and asked myself, “why did I do this?”  So I opened a diet coke, turned up the air conditioning (mom has the heat on and it’s 85 degrees out) and got to work.

Four hours and a big mess later, I filled her freezer with enough meals for a few months.  She continues to love these meals and the convenience of just popping one in each morning.  Jeri Ann and Lorraine came to visit and she insisted they go look at all the meals in the freezer and read all the new recipes. I am sure they were thrilled.

 I was exhausted!!!  Oh well no cooking for 2 months.

One of the new recipes that we tried this month

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

1 cup chopped onions

1 cup ketchup

1 cup BBQ sauce

1 cup water

2 TBS vinegar

2 TBS worcestershire sauce

2 TBS brown sugar

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

3 to 4 pound bonless  chuck roast

Combine all ingredients except roast in slow cooker. When well mixed, add roast.

Cover and cook on high 6 to 7 hours.

Remove roast. Shred meat and return to sauce.  Serve on buns.

I just put all ingredients in ziplock and froze.

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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Crockpot Dinners, Photography


Crockpot Central!!!!

If you haven’t read my previous posts, I will catch you up a bit.  Mom loves crockpot meals.  I usually cook 1-2 times a month and fill her freezer with assorted meals. I try to make a good variety and try out different recipes each month.  I put them in a ziplock bag labeled with the instructions.  Attached to the baggie is another card with instructions for anything that needs to be done at end of cooking and also what to serve it with.  Each morning she takes one of these out of her freezer, puts a crockpot liner in the crockpot and dumps a meal in.  I make the meals large enough to feed two ( her and the CNA that comes in the evening) but not big enough that she has alot of leftovers.  I then try to stock the things that she will need for each of the meals for the month.  I have found that the individual rice and pasta packets work great for this.  The rice is just warmed in the micrOwave and works well with alot of the meals.  Once dinner is over, they just throw away the liner and no need to even wash the crockpot.  Works great.  I am adding a few of her favorites.  This would be a great idea for mothers with young kids, working mothers or anyone that would like to get all of the prep for the month done in one day.






2 Lbs boneless beef round steak, cut into 6 serving pieces

1.1 oz pkg beefy onion soup mix

3 cups onion sliced

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

3 TB. all purpose flour

1 cup water

Arrange steak in crockpot. Sprinkle soup mix over steak.  Arrange onion slices all around.  Top with tomatoes.  cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  Remove the steak and vegetables.  Mix the flour and water together and add to slow cooker and stir until thickened.  Spoon gravy over steak.

Or you can do it like I do and add all of the ingredients to a large freezer ziplock bag.  Freeze until ready to cook.  cook on low 8 hours.

Good served over mashed potatoes.

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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Crockpot Dinners, Recipes


Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This has been one of mom’s favorite recipes so far for the crock pot.  She continues to love these crock pot meals and I try some new ones each week.  This is a keeper.

1 cup Pace picante sauce

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

2 cups frozen corn

1 can black beans rinsed and drained

1 soup can water

1 tsp cumin

4 corn tortillas cut into strips

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup fresh cilantro

Stir the picante sauce, soup, chicken, corn, beans, water and cumin together and place in crock pot.  Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Stir in tortillas, cheese and cilantro.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Serve with additional cheese, avocado or sour cream if desired.  Like with the other meals I freeze the first ingredients and then have the other ingredients ready to add at the end.

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Crockpot Dinners


Katie’s Baby Shower – Lemon Oregano Chicken- Italian Soda Bar

Saturday we gave a shower for my niece Katie. It was a wonderful day and so good to see all of the cousins together.  What a great family I have.  Sharon and I did the food and I would like to post a few of the recipes we used.  We did orange rolls, do it yourself salad bar and an italian soda bar.  It was all amazing.  Sharon did the salad bar and I did the orange rolls and the italian soda bar.  Sharon used the most amazing marinated chicken for the salad bar.  I had Jamie ( Brett’s Jamie) email me the recipe that day and made my first batch as soon as I got home.  So this recipe comes from her.  It is so amazingly juicy and flavorful. I love it.

Lemon Oregano Chicken

3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts

3/4 cup oil

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 TB. oregano

1 TB salt

3 tsp. garlic powder

3 tsp. pepper

Place all ingredients in a ziplock bag and marinate overnight.

Grill chicken breasts until not pink inside.  Do not overcook.

 I made a double batch and the sliced them, freezing them in smaller batches.  These are great alone or on salads, pastas, just about anything you can think of.  Thanks Jamie

Sharon had all kinds of ingredients in small bowls for everyone to build their own salad.  She had the most amazing salad dressing.  It was a fuji apple dressing, that she got at Target. So good and would be great with a chicken and apple salad.  My mouth is watering. thinking about it.

Jordan and I put together an Italian Soda bar and this was a big hit, as everyone could make their own with the flavoring of their choice.

Here’s how you do it.  We purchased the syrup flavorings at Orsen and Gygis ( in Salt Lake City off the 33 south exit).  I also purchased the cute striped straws there.  They have them in about every color imaginable to go with any theme or occassion.  I then made a sign to look like a chalkboard to show how to make the sodas. I did this with one of the thick black project boards and chalk markers (both purchased at Utah Idaho Supply)

You will need:

Syrups in several flavors (I think I had about 7-8 flavors


Mineral Water

Half and Half

Whipped Cream  ( I just used the canned–much easier)

Great glasses and colored straws

Fill glass with ice. Pour in 2-4 TBs of flavoring. You can mix flavors for a unique combination.  Then fill the glass almost full with the sparkling mineral water.  Add 4 TBs of half and half, stir and then top with plenty of whipped cream.  These were a big hit and really good. I was not sure how they would taste or if they would go over well for a shower, but they were really alot of fun.  This would be great for a kid’s birthday party no matter what the age.

We Andertons know how to party

We also played the cutest game and I hate shower games with a passion. We broke up into groups of about 4. We were given about 5 candy bars that we picked out of a bag, a small poster board, and markers.  We had to come up with advice for Katie for her new role as mother.  There were some really funny ones.  I think my favorite was when your “whatca macallit” heals and your baby sleeps through the night, that will be your “payday” and your chance to “score”!!!!  Who thought my family had it in them.  Another cute one came from my group.  If after breastfeeding, your “Milkduds” elicit “snickers” from Kyle, you can take a “fast break” to the plastic surgeon  for some new “orbits” or have your “bit o honey” buy you a Victoria Secret’s Wonder Bra!!!

This was a real fun game and something so different than the usual.


Crock Pot Dinners

I want to make sure that mom has meals available so that she eats well. She just is not able to fix meals for herself anymore.  We have purchased pre-made meals in the past and they were very good but she tired of them easily, as they had the same menus weekly. The one that we used that was very good was Dinners By Diana in Layton.  All of her meals are very good and taste just like you made them at home.  We have been using them for about 1 year. Dad loved them especially the ribs.  Mom was getting tired of the same meals, even though they were so good.  So I have tried something new and it has worked out really well.  I pre-make crock pot meals.  I freeze them and each morning someone comes over and pops one in the crockpot.  These meals are ready and hot when the CNA comes in the evening.  They dish it up and eat with her which brings me alot of comfort knowing she is not alone when we are not there.  I use the crockpot liners so there is no clean up.  I label each crockpot with instructions.  If there is some ingredients that need to be added near the end, I write those instructions on an index card and staple it to the ziplock dinner.  This can be removed and placed by the crockpot so that whoever is fixing dinner will know what to add.  I also put instructions on this card telling what the meal is to be served with–mashed potatoes, spaghetti, etc.  This has worked out so well and I have found some great recipes.  This would be great for mothers with small children or working moms.  You can cook the entire week on one day.  It is so much easier to chop all your veggies at one time. I usually make two of each recipe when I am making them.  It is also cheaper to buy meat in bulk.

This has saved my life and made it possible to spend more time with mom when I am up there instead of cooking all day.  I will be posting one of these recipes each week.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Crockpot Dinners

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