Discussing Questions And Answers About Crock Pot Dog Food Recipes

Ruth asks…

I need a good recipe for something that can last all day?

I’m working the polls this coming election, and since poll workers work the polls from open until close (6-6) we like to bring food for a little pitch-in. It needs to be something that will be good all day, since basically everyone just kinda eats smaller portions of the food all day long.

I like to usually do something different. Something the people I’m working with probably haven’t tried. I guess you could say I like to impress people with my cooking skills.. ;) I’m drawing a blank though. Does anyone have any good recipe suggestions?

P.S. We will have a fridge.

Jimmy answers:

Sweet & Spicy Hot Dogs: Set a crock pot on High. Put in two jars of apple jelly and 2 jars of spicy mustard. When the jelly has all melted, stir the jelly and mustard until well blended. Next, cut 3 packages of lean hot dogs into thirds and add them to the pot. When the jelly begins to boil, reduce the heat to Low. Provide a slotted spoon for serving. Serve with a variety of crackers and bread. (Take extra hot dogs with you to the polls. You can add them to the sauce as needed; just turn the crock pot up to High.)

Meatballs: Heat the oven to 400F. Cook frozen meatballs as directed on package. Set a large crock pot on High. Put in two bottles of chili sauce and two large jars of grape jam. When the jam has all melted, stir to blend, and reduce heat to Low. When the meatballs are done, add them to the crock pot and stir to coat them with the jelly sauce. If you want to provide buns, one hot dog bun will hold 3 meatballs. No condiments needed; they’re perfect as is.

Mark asks…

Parents- I need ideas for make ahead food?

I will be having a c-section in a few weeks and my husband will not be able to stay home and help as long as he did last time. He will only be able to take off work maybe 3-4 days. So I plan to make some casseroles and what not to put in the freezer so I don’t have to worry about cooking. I would like recipes for things I can make ahead. I found a couple recipes I plan to use and I was thinking of making a big pot of veggie soup and putting it in multiple bowls in the freezer. What are some other things I can do so we’re not eating the same thing every day and I don’t have much to do other than heating the food? Thanks in advance!
I love crepes! I had no idea that those froze well.

Jimmy answers:

I highly recommend a crock pot. You can make a beef roast with carrots, potatoes in the crock pot one morning, you won’t have to do anything but put it in the crock pot, and then eat a freshly prepared meal later that evening. Keep your leftovers for roast beef sandwiches, hash and making beef vegetable soup.

You can do a lot of different meats and even vegetarian meals in the crock pot.

Baked spaghetti: make it now, layer it, freeze it and then reheat. The best thing is you can add extra veggies in the sauce or you can even make it meatless if that is your thing.

Lasagna: Buy the Stouffers frozen lasagna it is really a lot cheaper than making your own and it is really pretty good.

Broccoli casserole with ham: make your broccoli casserole as you normally would, add ham for a complete meal… Freeze and reheat

frozen pizza– or delivery!

I don’t make a lot of stuff ahead of time, but here are some easy ideas:

baked potatoes (have the stuff for topping it on hand) and you can make bacon to top if your husband has to have a meat

meatloaf– you can freeze a meatloaf, you mix the ingredients form the loaf, but do not cook it.. Then freeze and you can bake when you are ready. Look up the basic meatloaf by paula deen super easy and about the best meatloaf I have had

chili (can be frozen too): have chili tonight, and chili dogs tomorrow night

potato soup ( yep it can be frozen too)

cook a small ham (yep it can be frozen!). I prefer to buy a small boneless ham from the Honeybaked Ham shoppe… Separate into meal servings and freeze. Use the ham as toppings for salads, additions to soups, potatoes, to make sandwiches, or fry up and have ham and eggs for a meal.

Nancy asks…

Repeat c-section moms?

I am scheduled to have my 3rd c-section soon. I have a 2 yr old and a 6 yr old at home. Just wanted to get some tips on how you prepared things at home beforehand and what you did after the c-section to make life easier with kids at home as well as baby. Please advise me on any time-saving tips o things I can prepare in advance. I feel lost.Thanks in advance

Jimmy answers:

I just had my 3rd c-section in July. Congrats!!! My kids are a lil older than yours. Mine were 10 and 7. But you could have your 6 yr old help too. I taught my kids how to do some simple basic housekeeping to help with the running of the house for the first month. I taught them to empty the dishwasher, feed the animals (dog and cats), vaccum, sort laundry, dust. Just the things that I knew had to be done to keep the house going. I also taught them to make simple meals for lunches and breakfast, like cereal or oatmeal in the microwave for breakfast and pb&j or quesadillas (a tortilla with cheese in the middle folded in half cooked in microwave for 40 seconds). I also went the week before hand and stocked up so that hubby didn’t have to grocery shop for anything more than milk and bread, lol. I made sure I had all the detergent, toiletries and food that I would need for a couple months so we just didn’t have to deal with it.
Also, I got on CafeMom online. You can join a group called CrockPot Moms… Http://www.cafemom.com/group/896 this is pretty neat, I thought and has helped for much more than just while I was recovering. It has week by week menus and recipes that can go in your Crock Pot. Most are very easy and only take a few minutes to prepare. You can choose a meal line up of your own from their archives (I just cut and paste it into a word document for easy access on my desktop). You could get four weeks together of ingredients and recipes. Then print out each week from your word document and have them ready for your hubby so he can go shopping for fresh veggies and cook the dinners. It is actually easy enough that after the first week of recovery you could do it too.
Other than that I just made sure I told my kids that I was really going to need everyone to pitch in for a good month so I could get better. It was amazing how my kids and hubby really stepped up to the plate to help with the baby and everything else. Let them know you need your rest. We bought the kids new board games, video games and puzzles so that as they got board of something we could pull something new out. (I felt bad cause it was summer and I needed them to stay in while their dad was at work). I hope this helped a lil!!!
Good Luck and Congrats!!

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