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Slow Cooker French Dip

Fall is the perfect time to bust out that crock pot and create tasty and simple slow-cooker meals. One of  my favorites is this French Dip recipe.

We make it often in our home on nights that I know soccer will run late. Its warm, filling, simple, and it makes the whole house smell delicious. It is almost completely fool proof, and for busy parents that is the BEST! It is also a fun meal that allows the kids to pick up their food, dip it, dunk it, and pick it apart. I love how it also seems to make my family feel like talking. Suddenly my normally tired and quiet kids want to spill their secrets about their school day, practice, and tell me all about their friends. Because of that this is one of my go-to meals in the fall and I hope it will be in your house too!

Slow cooker french dip

What You Will Need:
  • 3 lb beef chuck roast trimmed of excess fat*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 French rolls or hoagie buns
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup Coke NOT diet
  • 2 cans beef consommé 10.5 oz. cans**
  • 1/4 cup dry minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
What You Will Do:
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Using two forks or tongs to hold roast, sear the roast on all sides until lightly browned. Add to slow cooker and top with all remaining Slow Cooker ingredients.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours then remove roast to a cutting board and thinly slice roast across the grain. Place sliced meat back in slow cooker and continue to cook on low for 1-2 additional hours.
  3. When ready to serve, remove roast and strain fat from broth for dipping.
  4. Split rolls and line the bottoms on a baking tray. Top each half with beef followed by 2 slices cheese and bake at 350 degrees F or until cheese is melted. Serve with reserved au jus.

Don’t wait and try this slow cooker french dip recipe today! We are sure that you will love this recipe as much as we do and please don’t hesitate to comment below on how much your family enjoyed it. We would love to hear from you.

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Fall is the perfect time to get some soup on! We love soup for its simplicity, its taste, and its super filling qualities. Soup is so much fun because you can do so much with it. Pair it with salad, serve it with bread, serve it as a main dish, or serve it as a prelude to a bigger meal. Fall weather just makes em want to plan soups and stews all week long. I like them because they are so simple to make, I can “beef” them up and make them really hearty or lighten them for something not so filling. Mostly I love them because the cooler weather makes me yearn for something warm and comforting, but also because we are so darn busy in the fall that I can leave the soup cooking in the crockpot while we are out running around, or cook a lot ahead of time and reheat it when we are home.

There are so many different soups you can try this fall, but I wanted to try something a little different. I love Italian food. We eat a lot of pasta, but sometimes you want something that isn’t just pasta. I love Italian soups that incorporate Italian pasta and that soup quality that I love. This soup from Yellow Bliss Road does exactly that. Thank you to Kristin  for this fabulous and simple recipe. Kristin is a mom that loves to bake, cook, and share all things kitchen with her readers at Yellow Bliss Road. Her recipes and crafts are so simple to follow and she always shares incredible photos. Her Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Spinach is a simple recipe to follow and it helps sneak in a few good for you things that your kids won’t really notice once mixed all together. Win, win!

For the complete recipe head on over to Yellow Bliss Road and get the full scoop! Don’t forget to check out more of Kristin’s crafts, recipes, and blogs when you are there.

Tortellini soup

What You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • ½ cup diced onion (about ½ medium sized onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-32. oz. box of vegetable broth (chicken works too)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package tortellini
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach

 

Crockpot Meals: Chinese Chicken Lo Mein

We love Chinese food at our house, but we don’t like to order take out too often. Takeout can get to be expensive, it is full of salt, and since we live in a small town there aren’t a lot of options for ordering in. So I have been on the lookout for a great, and simple, Chinese food recipe that will wow my family without having to order in.

I was very excited to find this incredible Chicken Lo Mein crockpot dish. This new recipe was created by Kelly a mom of two, and is highlighted on her blog, Life Made Sweeter. It is simple to follow, and tastes amazing. Kelly knows how difficult it can be to get everything ready on a busy night. So she posts incredible recipes, ideas, and activities on her blog to help other busy moms on the go. This recipe is just one of her fabulous recipes. So hurry over to check her out for some more great ideas.

What You Will Need:

* 2 pieces of uncooked chicken breast (1 lb) (you can choose to leave them whole or cube them and brown in a pan first)
* 1 400 grams/14 ounces package of fresh Lo Mein noodles or cook 4 ounces of dry egg or pasta noodles of your choice (lo mein, chow mein, spaghetti, vermicelli, etc.)
* 2 cups or 1 bunch of baby bok choy, washed and sliced
* 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped or shredded into matchsticks
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
* salt and pepper to taste
Chicken Marinade
* 2 teaspoons of low sodium soy sauce or tamari
* ¼ teaspoon of sesame oil
* ½ teaspoon of potato or corn starch
**optional dash of black pepper or ¼ teaspoon of chili garlic paste (sambal oelek)
Sauce
* ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
* 1.5 – 2 Tablespoons oyster flavored sauce or vegetarian flavored oyster sauce
* 2 Tablespoon low sodium light soy sauce or Tamari
* 2 teaspoons of honey or sugar
* 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
* ½ Tablespoon of Mirin or Chinese Cooking Wine (Shaoxing wine)
* *1-2 teaspoons of chili garlic paste (sambal oelek), red pepper chili flakes or Sriracha sauce – optional for a spicy kick
Starch Slurry
* 2 – 3 tablespoons of potato or cornstarch (depending on how thick you want the sauce)
¼ cup of cool water

 

Now head on over to follow the easy step-by-step tutorial on her website Life Made a Sweeter. Don’t forget to check out her other incredible ideas when you are there.