18 Spring Slow Cooker

18 Spring Slow Cooker Recipes You Need Right Now from Style Me Pretty Living

Here are some super recipe ideas for ways to use your crock pot beyond the typical roasts, soups, and stews. They are compiled by the Style Me Pretty Living website and blog. Hopefully these will get you to think outside the box when planning your next contribution to the Saturday potluck! And, yes, there is even a soup recipe thrown in for a summer twist on the old standby.

The Recipes included on the list are:

Chipotle Cheese Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos from Cooking and Beer (ironic, I know, but there is no alcohol in the recipe)

Hawaiian Pork Burrito Bowls from The Housewife in Training Files

Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Dip from Cooking and Beer

Slow Cooker Pork Ramen from Jelly Toast

Bacon, Potato and Egg Casserole Recipe

Bacon, Potato and Egg Breakfast Casserole

This is something I would not have stumbled upon had it not been for the need to find Potluck recipes for New Life House. This is a colorful way to start off the day, or end it as well. A complete meal is in this casserole, maybe just add a salad.  After pouring the casserole ingredients into a baking dish you can cover it with aluminum foil and refrigerate it up to 24 hours. Write the baking instructions on the foil and leave in the kitchen at the House when you arrive and the guys will have it ready for lunch!

Recipe Contributor – Katherine
Chocolate Espresso Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Shortbread Cookies

These Chocolate Espresso Shortbread Cookies shaped like squirrels, acorns and leaves welcome in Autumn in a tasty fashion. I triple this recipe when I bake for the House. This cookie can be used for other Holidays as well; I like to cut heart shapes for Valentines Day and decorate with white Royal Icing or melted chocolate.

Recipe Contributor – Penny
Fried Rice Recipe

Portugese Sausage Fried Rice

This recipe is the Holy Grail of New Life House potluck dishes. I kept asking (OK, hounding) Debbie for a recipe but she said she would have to make it and write it down. Debbie quipped, “My co-workers all laughed because their response was similar to mine: Is there a recipe for fried rice? Don’t you just throw everything in the pan and fry it?” I know it was laborious for her to produce a written recipe but now we can all attempt to make her famous fried rice!  She has included many tips and tricks because, as she says, “the devil is in the details”. A triple batch is about the right amount for a Saturday Potluck.

Recipe Contributor – Debbie
Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Cracker Barrel’s Hashbrown Casserole

Whenever I take this Cracker Barrel inspired Hashbrown Casserole to a potluck it is always a hit. This is the recipe I use; however, I don’t add the onion. There are also versions out there that have you put a crushed corn flake topping on it, which I also don’t do.  (One has to draw the line somewhere!) I make it with frozen hash brown potatoes for brunch and cubed potatoes for dinner.  Somehow that just makes sense to me.

Recipe Contributor – Julie G.
25 Crockpot Recipes

25 of the Best Crock Pot Recipes from The Idea Room

Earlier today I posted a Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe that I found on the Gimme Some Oven blog and today I want to pass along this compilation of 25 Crock Pot recipes from various other blogs that are guaranteed to become internet wormholes and provide you with not only some terrific Saturday potluck recipes but also some general cooking inspiration! The list can be found here at The Idea Room. (Penny)

The Recipes and Blogs included on the list are:

Crockpot Italian Chicken from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan from Chef In Training

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken from Providence Design

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas from Eat At Home

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Lately I find myself turning to blogs for recipe inspiration. I had some chicken breasts and a yen for something spicy when I stumbled upon this slow cooker version of Chicken Enchilada Soup and it did not disappoint! It would be perfect for the Saturday potluck … I tested it out on my graduate and he gave it two thumbs up (otherwise known as 3 generous helpings!). If you have the time, definitely make her recipe for red enchilada sauce; however, it will still be delicious with a can of prepared enchilada sauce from the grocery. You can find the recipe here at Gimme Some Oven complete with commentary and photos. (Penny)

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Orange Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

From the spiral bound cookbook entitled Brunch Bunch comes this delicious breakfast fare perfect for fall using cranberries and oranges. These scones are easy to make and loved by all. They are not your typical scone because they are never dry: they are moist and disappear quickly! My favorite for visitors and garage sales.

Recipe Contributor – Katherine

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Gluten Free Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

Gluten Free Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

Crock pots are making a comeback and that is good for us New Life moms. They do all the work and give you all the credit with their saucy warming meal. Slow-cooked dishes are ideal for making ahead and reheating. This beef and broccoli recipe is perfect for a Saturday potluck lunch!
Recipe Contributor – Jill
Potluck Recipe for Snickerdoodle Cookies


I consider Snickerdoodles to be comfort food since this is the cookie I made on snow days growing up in Indiana.  The guys at the house always liked them too, even without the snow. I have tried many Snickerdoodle recipes and this one is, by far, the best! They bake up light and plump with a nice chew: perfectly soft in the middle with a bit of crunch around the edges. This recipe is from The Dessert Bible. One thing I love about this cookbook is a little troubleshooting section after each recipe.

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Cold Cereal and Milk

Cold Cereal and Milk

On occasion, we like to bring breakfast for the guys.  We usually try to bring the breakfast item on a Saturday when there is a parent meeting so the guys can enjoy their breakfast item during the parent meeting.  Bagels (at least 3 dozen) and cream cheese is a staple that the boys enjoy.  Another favorite is a variety of cold cereals since cold cereal is not an option on their weekly house menu.  I usually go to Smart-n-Final to purchase the bowls, spoons, 4 gallons of milk and approximately 3 large boxes and 2 large bags of cold cereal.  They love a variety and any left-overs are a welcome treat on Sunday morning. (Julia)

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