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Simple Dinners: Asian Cuisine without the wok!

We love Asian cuisine in our house. Its flavors are so exotic and range from the mild to the wild. We love to try new things and after a recent trip we discovered the fun of having Chicken Ramen as a meal. No we do not mean those plain and boring Ramen packets, or noodles in a cup, but you can use those to create a delicious and decadent meal with very little effort. This recipe is one of our current favorites, and it has been a life saver during these last few cold weeks.

Asian cuisine without a wok

Easy Chicken Ramen in the Crockpot

Slow Cooker Ramen Noodles Recipe

Chicken Ramen Noodles made easier in the crockpot! These Slow Cooker Ramen Noodles may be simple in preparation, but they’re completely packed with flavor!
  • Course
    Main
Servings
4 people
Prep Time Cook Time
10 minutes 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts* raw
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1 (4 oz) package sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (3 oz) packets ramen noodles seasonings discarded

Optional for serving

  • 4 large eggs soft boiled*
  •  Spinach
  •  Drizzle of sesame oil
  •  Sesame seeds
  •  Crushed red peppers
  •  Sliced jalapeños
  •  Carrots sliced or cubed
  •  sliced green onions
  •  chopped cilantro

 Instructions:

  1. Grease your crockpot.
  2. Place chicken, onion, garlic, broth, soy sauce, vinegar, milk, mushrooms, ginger, and pepper into crockpot.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours.
  4. After 3 hours remove chicken and let rest on a cutting board while you up the heat to HIGH on your crockpot and stir in the ramen noodles.
  5. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes, or until they’re done to your liking.
  6. Thinly slice the chicken and stir it back into the broth.
  7. Taste and re-season if necessary.

Serve with optional toppings and enjoy!

This recipe is so simple to make, you do not need to have any knowledge of how to make Asian cuisine and the result is so great. We have a favorite restaurant that we order this meal from and this recipe is almost its twin! So try jumping out of that comfort zone and creating something new and delicious for dinner tonight!

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