Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

As kids are going back to school (or may even be back!) and the “busy season” of work creeps closer, it’s necessary to find recipes that can be prepared ahead of time so that weeknight meals can be on the table as quickly as possible. My favorite tool for really yummy dishes that I can just reheat is my lovely slow cooker.   Cooking Light had a recipe for Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice that is perfect for weekend prep and weeknight meals. This particular recipe has a good amount of prep time before putting everything in the slow cooker so I’d suggest making it on a weekend versus a weeknight morning. (If you want to make this before work, set aside 30-45 minutes to get everything ready to put in the slow cooker.)   A couple of notes before I dive into the recipe. You actually soak the dried red beans in water overnight, so don’t forget to do that that night before you plan on making this recipe. Also, dried kidney beans apparently contain a toxin that is not killed at low temperatures (like in a slow cooker) so you have to boil them for 10 minutes … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Bourbon-Peach Barbecue Sauce

Summer months are just meant for barbecue. And not just barbecued foods on the grill; your slow cooker can make some mean pulled pork for you as well! This recipe is perfect for a crowd and is great on a kaiser bun with some coleslaw! I found this recipe in my Cooking Light magazine, made it over the weekend, and enjoyed it during the week for a quick meal to assemble. I also froze half of the pork to bring to the beach for my extended family to enjoy and it held up great! I changed the recipe a bit because I ended up with a 5.5 pound pork shoulder so I altered the amounts to compensate for that. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 (5 1/2-pound) bone-in pork shoulder roast (Boston butt), trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup unsalted chicken stock 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar 2/3 cup molasses 1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper 1 8 oz jar peach preserves 2 cups vertically sliced onion 8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1/2 cup bourbon 3 tablespoons cold water 1 tablespoons … Continue reading

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