Discussing Questions And Answers About Crock Pot Dog Food Recipes

Carol asks…

I would like to learn how to cook?

Im in high school and the thought of trying to cook meals for myself in college and beyond is scary…so I want to try learning to cook some basic things now so I’m not stuck eating tomato soup and yogurt….

What are some basic foods I can learn to cook? Something along the lines of spaghetti with jar sauce, or rice, etc. So, not really cooking….just making food….

Also, what are some more complicated meals I can learn to make once I have mastered the basics? That way I have some motivation….

Thanks for all answers and please do not be rude!

Jimmy answers:

Don’t worry; I don’t think you have to worry about getting rude answers with this question. People LOVE offering recipe advice! Heck, you can be in the grocery store and ask the person beside you how they make something, and open up a great dialogue! (You should have heard this one guy talk about his beef roast once! I wasn’t even planning to buy one, but after listening to him, I bought it and went home to make it!)
The answers given already are GREAT! Crock pot is one of the simplest ways to cook, plus sooooo convenient! Like everything, there are some things to learn, like if you want it to have a ‘roasted’ look, you might have to cook the meat on all sides (in a frying pan) before putting it in the crockpot. You don’t *have* to do this, but you’ll like it better if you do.
You’ll also notice that you will have several meals that you really like have similar ingredients. I’ll give an example. Let’s say that you like: chili, tacos, spaghetti, chili dogs, and burgers. Let’s see what all these have in common: ground beef or ground turkey or even TVP, depending on your diet. (By the way, if you have a grocery store with LOTS of bins, like a Winco, I recommend TVP, even if you’re into beef, add TVP, because it extends your meat and is healthier; if you substitute with it, it acts just like ground meat.) It is cheaper to buy 5 pounds of ground beef than to buy it all separately. You just get it home, separate it out into estimated 1 pounds. At this point you can either freeze each til you’re ready, OR you can take 2-3 pounds and brown it ahead of time. Doing this cuts down on the time it takes to prepare items. I don’t suggest doing this for fresh burgers, but it’s great for everything else. You can choose to refrigerator OR freeze this once done, then simply stick back into a frying pan with a small amount of water to reheat.
But I honestly suggest you start with a simple, basic COOKBOOK. There are some GREAT beginner ones out there.
I want to suggest a couple of my favorites:
$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook — Just so you know, she has a website, although her best recipes are in the book, which you can get at the public library. (I’m getting it for Christmas, b/c I love it so much!)
Her website is www.5dollardinnermom.com/

Another website I like is based on a show I used to watch. She’s such an upbeat lady. You can find her on facebook, online videos, and best yet, she has a Nanny Plan that allows you to organize how and when you want to make what. Her website is:
http://byutv.org/foodnanny/ (Once there, click on Nanny Plan.)

I really recommend you go to the library and look through their cookbooks. You’re looking for a beginner cookbooks. And just so you know, there’s nothing wrong with kids cookbooks! I’ve gone through them before to make sure I’m making something people of all ages will enjoy and will be easy enough to understand.
I hope this helps.

Paul asks…

Healthy Eating?

I’ve been a convenience-orientated eater all of my short adult life so far (23) since leaving my parents house when I was 18.

I almost never go to the grocery store, and when I do I buy frozen meals. Lately I just buy things at work, or go to the pizza/sub place or chinese places next door.

One, this isnt very healthy, two its way to expensive. I’ve been looking to revamp the way I eat and try to cook for myself a little.

I feel dumb saying this, but when I walk into a grocery store Im confused… I can’t even concieve making meals from all the different products!

Basically I’d like to know if anybody has any ideas.. or even better some resources for me to check out. Maybe even to hear what your own plan is for food. I work 8-10 hours out of the day so it would help for me to bring atleast some of it to work.

One idea I had was to buy a rice streamer and start making rice dishes… other than that I’m lost.

Any ideas? I know this is the broadest question ever.

Jimmy answers:

Get yourself one or all of the following:

a simple cookbook-one with three or fewer ingredients, has pictures to show you exactly what and how to do.

A crock pot. You simply put the ingredents in and turn it on.

A simple griddle to fry eggs, pancakes. Burgers, hot dogs.

A wok, can cook any thing in it.

A can opener, what do you like that’s in a can. Just heat it up.

A recipe you like, and a call to your mother to ask “HOW”.

Sharon asks…

mothers day delima?

well i get to pick the menu my mom will buy the inredients and i’ll cook (i really want to something better but im broke and idealess i think i will spruce up the dining room like a returant is that a good idea?)

but anyway i dont know what i want to make
-we dont want chicken or steak or spegetti
-i really dont want ribs (i know its not about me but that stuff gets stuck in my braces)
-i was thinking stuffed shells but my mom is gonna want some type of meat
-not really feeling a ground beef dish
-i was thinking salmon but what goes with that other than rice and it mght be to expensive

so theres like no more food i can think of!
also i wanna make dessert but i want to make her something differant like peach cobbler or something any ideas?

i just need HELPPPPPPP ANYONE

wow its late
well im sorry mr corrector dude…i knew it didnt look right i’ll get it right next time

Jimmy answers:

Here are a few E-Z recipes you might want to try. Good Luck & enjoy.

COLA CHICKEN (And more variations of recipe)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup catsup
1 12oz. Can cola (pepsi, coke, etc.)

Put chicken in a non-stick pan.
Mix together catsup and cola, pour over chicken.
Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook 45 minutes.
(turning chicken a few times, while cooking…to prevent from sticking to pan)
Uncover, turn up the heat and continue to cook until the sauce
becomes thick and adheres to the chicken.
It turns into the most incredible BBQ sauce. Yummmm!

You can double the recipe and use more pieces of
chicken….wings…would be ideal…add some hot sauce….presto “Hot Wings”!

I have used Ribs, just as good.

I tried this recipe with ‘meatballs’….was equally
as good…served over rice.

I found another variation…..omit the catsup and add a small jar of Salsa (any variety).
I have tried using Salsa (omitting the catsup….not).
You’d think a recipe with only ’3′ ingredients couldn’t be messed up….wouldn’t you??
Well…while I was preparing to fix the ‘Cola Chicken’ recipe
using Salsa…..I was also trying to carry on a conversation with my
husband…(just proves…I can’t do two things at once)….mixed Salsa & Catsup (before I realized I was supposed to leave out the catsup) & Cola……..still turned out really tasty (to me)…might be a little sweeter than some of you like.

I fixed chicken wings, (using the above recipe)
but…I added the spices from a MILD (I don’t care for “HOT”) Buffalo Wings packet…(the kind you get to bake in the oven)…..I thought it was really good…..(but you/I can’t find a ‘bad’ way to fix chicken).

Finally….!! I fixed the ‘SALSA’ chicken……that’s good , too.

Another (bright)idea…..I thought of trying……replace the
catsup with a bottle of Shrimp Cocktail Sauce…and add a bag of (pop corn) shrimp…..!
Fixed the shrimp with cocktail sauce……eh…wasn’t all that
great…was OK…probably won’t be fixing it again.

Also tried beef stew cuts……that was pretty good…..I can see
myself making this again.
Served both over rice…..think the stew cuts would have been just as
good over noodles.

Try little cocktail wieners/sausages…for appetizers.

CRUNCHY ONION CHICKEN

1 1/3 cups French’s Original French Fried Onions
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg, beaten

LIGHTLY CRUSH:

Onions in a plastic bag.

DIP:
Chicken in egg

COVER:
With onion crumbs, press firmly to adhere to chicken.

BAKE:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place chicken on lightly greased baking pan.
Sprinkle with additional onion crumbs, if desired.
Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center.

Mushroom Chicken

4 boneless/skinless chicken breast (or any pieces you like)
1 can cream of mushroom soup.
1 can water

Place chicken in crock pot (or sauce pan for stove top cooking)
mix soup & 1 can of water together
pour over chicken
cook on medium heat until boiling then reduce heat and cook until chicken is really tender & falling apart.

Serve over noodles or rice or dressing….or???

CHILLI DOG CASSEROLE
1 pkg. (8) hot dog buns
1 pkg. (8) hot dogs (use more if you like)
1 can Chilli (15 oz. Without beans, use more if you want)
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cups shredded cheese
mustard

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
In a 9″ x 13″ baking pan, break up hot dog buns (bite size) and spread in pan.
Cut up hot dogs (about 1/2″ size) spread over buns.
Spoon/spred chilli over hot dog/buns.
Sprinkle onions over all.
Squirt mustard over entire mixture (don’t spread…just make a few lines both ways across mixture)
Cover with shredded cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.
(Hint: If using extra hot dogs & chilli, don’t add extra buns.)

“Canned Soup”.
(My Way!)
Whatever cans of veggies I have, that I like, in cabinet it goes in the pot…..along with all the juices in the cans.
Cook on stove top or Crock pot.
Enjoy!

Canned:
corn
peas
carrots
gr.beans (any variety)
lima beans
wax beans
tomato (any variety)
potatoes (whole or sliced…or both whatever you like)

You get the idea….lol.

Also add a package of shredded cabbage (cole slaw mix).

You can even add a package of onion soup mix.

If it gets to dry and needs more liquids….add tomato juice…V-8…etc.

(I’ve not made this one yet)
EASY BEEF STROGANOFF

Ingredients:

3/4 lb lean ground beef
1 jar Heinz HomeStyle Savory Beef Gravy (12 oz Jar)
1 can mushrooms, drained (7 oz can)
1/2 cup sour cream
4-6 cups hot cooked noodles
salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

In a medium skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until browned and thoroughly cooked. Carefully drain liquids and return to stovetop. Stir in Gravy and mushrooms, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream, until thoroughly combined. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and serve immediately over hot noodles.

Preparation Time: 1-15 minutes
Cook Time: 25+ minutes

(I’ve not made this yet, either….just received it.)
“Corny Beanie Weenies.”
(from a country preacher in Mississippi…wife & 2 teenage sons)

Mix one can of good baked beans
We use a good sized can of beans (14-16 ounces, I think) and
get a kind that we like (maybe with brown sugar, onion, and bacon).
There are several kinds of good baked beans.

And a package of Oscar Meier Weiners (all sliced up).

With a can of whole kernel corn (drained)

Any way, heat up these three ingredients, and serve with brown bread
(maybe toasted ?) and a glass of milk.

It doesn’t get any easier than this, and is suprisingly good!

P.S…..Might put ingredients ina casserole dish and top with corn muffin mix.

POT ROAST
Your choice of beef (to fit crock-pot)
1 pkg. Dry Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. Dry Italian dressing mix
1 pkg. Dry Brown Gravy mix
1 cup water
Put beef in pot.
Mix together all the dry mixes….then add water …pour over meat and cover & cook on high 4-6 hours.
Until meat is tender.
The first time I mad it I didn’t have the Italian Dressing mix….so I added a pkg. Of Onion Soup Mix….I have to say I liked that better.
If you use more water you might want to add more Brown Gravy mix….to make a thicker sauce. Was gonna add
potatoes and carrots…but never got around to it.

HASH BROWN CASSEROLE

2 lbs. Frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (thawed)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
sweet pepper chopped (red – green – yellow – orange – or a mixture of all)
1 lb. Sausage, cooked until pink disappears, crumbled
1 cup ham cubes
4 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
1 small can sliced mushrooms
1 small can sliced black olives
2 – 8oz. Packages of shredded cheese
½ cup milk
12 eggs beaten
Tabasco (optional)
sour cream & salsa (optional)

Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan, wipe excess with paper towel.
Spread potatoes on bottom (cand be lightly browned in a skillet first if desired)
Sprinkle sausage over potatoes…then
Peppers…
Mushrooms…
Ham..
Onions (reserve about ¼ cup)
Mix eggs & milk together…….I added about 2 TBLS. Tabasco…more to your taste… pour slowly over all.
Cover with shredded cheese….then sprinkle over all
Remaining onions…
Olives…
Bacon…
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Uncover and bake at 375 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes…until browned and cheese is melted.
Serve with sour cream and/or salsa.

OLD SETTLER’S BEANS
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 lb. Ground beef
1/2 lb. Bacon
1 chopped onion
Brown in skillet and drain excess grease.

ADD:
16 oz. Can Red Kidney Beans (drained)
24 oz. Can Pork & Beans (drained)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup Catsup
2 TBLS. Molasses
1/2 tsp. Dry mustard

Mix Thoroughly !
Cook in a crock pot until…hot…hot…hot!

MARINATED VEGGIE SALAD
1 lb. Can French style green beans
1 lb. Can small peas
1 lb. Can white corn
1 – 4oz. Jar pimento (chopped)
1 cup shopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup sugar (I used artificial sweetener)
2/3 cup vinegar (I used red wine vinegar)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper

1.)Pour green beans, peas, corn & pimento in a colander to drain over a
large bowl. Discard 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
2.)Put veggies in a large bowl and fold in onions, celery and green
peppers.
3.)Mix together thoroughly the remaining ingredients and toss with
veggies.
4.)Cover and let sit over night in refrigerator. (The longer it marinates the better.)

Desserts/Snacks

POUND CAKE

Combine:
2 sticks butter
1 2/3 cup sugar

Beat in:
5 eggs (1 at a time)

Add:
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon rum extract

Mix thoroughly and bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.

E-Z Candy
(All recipes are mixed the same.)

Melt ingredients, seperately in microwave until runny.
Mix together and pour into serving dish.
Chill until firm, cut & serve.

Chocolate Fudge:
16 oz. Container of Fudge Frosting
1 bag of Chocolate Chips (any flavor you like)

Peanut Butter Fudge #1:
1 small jar Peanut Butter (18 oz.)
2 bags of Peanut Butter Chips

Peanut Butter Fudge #2:
1 small jar Peanut Butter (18oz.)
16 oz. Container of White Frosting

Marshmallow Nougat:
1 small jr Marshmallow Creme
1 bag White Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. Almond Flavoring
1 small bag Chopped Nuts

(I’ve made this without the flavoring & nuts….I want to try
rolling
into balls and dipping in a chocolate coating….sounds good to
me.)

I’ve doubled all the above recipes. The Marshmallow Nougat
recipe…doubled and added a containe

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