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  • novasteve August 27, 2013 - 4:59 pm #85336 Reply

    Sound good sunshine. I’m going to try this, but I don’t want to use sugar. Does anyone here think that if I used agave instead or omitted sweetener, it would become a disaster? Any suggestions?



    CourthouseChris August 27, 2013 - 5:18 pm #85341 Reply

    [edited]Ehh, nevermind.

    fedworker August 27, 2013 - 6:31 pm #85342 Reply

    Looking for vegan? Can’t help you.

    But chili? yeppers

    Sunshine August 27, 2013 - 6:35 pm #85343 Reply

    I think your could almost omit the sugar; maybe use just a tablespoon or so. I don’t see the purpose. But then I don’t like sweet stuff. Agave would work fine. You could also substitute rice wine vinegar for the sake if you don’t have it or want to save $. I think cabbage or bok choy would be good in this too. Or eggplant even.

    If you want to use lentils, look for an Indian Dal recipe. I like Moong Dal. I add peas and potatoes to it. Or a Moroccan chicken and lentil recipe.

    abbe August 27, 2013 - 8:54 pm #85345 Reply

    Try this website for crockpot/slow cooker recipes:      http://crockingirls.com/

    Razbo Oscar August 28, 2013 - 7:48 am #85350 Reply

    Good thread Steve.

    I usually use the crockpot during fall/winter on the weekends. The season is almost upon us! Makes a good pairing with football watching.

    My go to:

    BBQ Beef Short Ribs. A quick browning in oil on the stove top, then in to the pot.



    meowkitty August 28, 2013 - 8:26 am #85353 Reply

    I make a whole lot of stuff in the crock pot – pork tenderloin, pork roast, beef roast, pork or beef ribs, chili, other soups (like chicken tortilla), sesame chicken, and I’ve seen recipes for casseroles but haven’t tried them.  The best part about the crock pot is that you can play around with recipes really easily.  I suggest finding a recipe for anything you want online, a real basic one, then add your own spin on it.

    novasteve August 28, 2013 - 9:30 am #85356 Reply

    Blast. The stew wasn’t that great.. Needs some other stuff in it.. Maybe scallions

    novasteve August 28, 2013 - 9:31 am #85357 Reply

    Wish I were a rib eater, otherwise that would be a really good idea. For some reason I can’t eat ribs… Has anyone tried making wings in a crockpot? I’m a fan of really crispy ones so I dont’ think it is something I would like, but I’m curious how it turned out if you tried it.

    meowkitty August 28, 2013 - 10:05 am #85368 Reply

    I always make short ribs in the crock pot.  By the time we eat them they literally come right off the bone and they’re just chunks of super tender and flavorful meat.  I generally don’t eat ribs either, but if you like slow-cooked meats, try this:

    First I mix about 1/4 cup tomato paste or sauce, a tablespoon of maple syrup, a dash of hot sauce (tobasco or whatever I have on hand), some chopped garlic, fresh parsley, cracked pepper, salt, and some chipotle powder in the bottom of the crock pot (add more or less based on how spicy you like your food).  Then add about 2 cups of low-sodium beef or vegetable broth and stir it all, then drop in the ribs along with a quick chopped yellow onion (medium).  Then add more liquid to make sure everything is covered, either more broth or sometimes I’ll add a can of Campbell’s french onion soup.  Let it cook on low for 6 hours if thawed, 8 if frozen, and there you go!

    novasteve August 28, 2013 - 10:15 am #85370 Reply

    Do you have suggestions for , I’m actually afraid to say it, but pressure cookers? I have one but I rarely use it. Just curious about things i haven’t thought about for using it. Thought it would be good for asian dumplings but they fall apart. Just should use a regular steamer for  those..

    meowkitty August 28, 2013 - 10:18 am #85377 Reply

    Unfortunately I have never tried a pressure cooker, but I’ve always been intrigued.


    Also, the recipe I posted above could be used with a small beef roast if you really don’t want to use ribs, but anytime you can slow cook a piece of meat with the bone in adds more flavor.


    And this post is making me really hungry.

    Anonymous August 28, 2013 - 12:29 pm #85397 Reply

    I wasn’t making it about politics, I was making it about steve.

    novasteve August 28, 2013 - 12:51 pm #85398 Reply

    Ugh, might need to do something non beef related. Don’t want to eat more beef in diet…. Healthy recipe time!

    Sunshine August 28, 2013 - 1:09 pm #85399 Reply

    No pressure cooker for me. I was scarred for life by my grand parents. They cooked everything in it to mush.

    The NYT has “Recipes for Health” in their fitness and nutrition section. I have found some some great recipes that have made it into my permanent rotation.


    novasteve: I think the recipe you made could use some fresh grated ginger, hot pepper flakes or finely sliced bird chiles and some lemon grass. But then, it would not have been very economical; unless of course, you are going to H-mart or Grand Mart where those items are cheap.

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