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3 Easy Slow-Cooked Weekend Meals

Ahh, the weekend...the best time to do...absolutely nothing? Alas, sometimes weekend plans mean you're on the go all day.

If you're driving the kids to activities, on the road running errands or even working on projects at home, you might be looking for a healthier alternative than the drive-thru. Plus, after a long weekend of working on the house, or just relaxing with some sports, it can be extremely satisfying to indulge in a home-cooked meal - especially one that feels like it came together effortlessly.

On the other hand, if you do have that blissful weekend of doing absolutely nothing, such relaxation can only be enhanced by the warm feeling of a home-cooked meal, even though for some, the task of preparing restaurant-worthy dinners can feel daunting. But there is a way to take care of yourself with minimal stress or prep time.

How?

By firing up your Crock-Pot® 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker or  5-quart Crock-Pot® Smart-Pot® Slow Cooker and letting something delectable and weekend-special fill the house with enticing smells. The most decadent protein to try in the slow cooker is steak. Often associated with special occasions and extravagant meals out at high-end restaurants, steak is an American staple - and a tasty one.

To bring a hint of the high life home, you can cook steak in your slow cooker for a fabulous meal that will free up your Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Try out one - or all - of these three recipes which are super easy, require minimal prep time and will be simmering at the flick of a switch.

Steak and potatoes are a perfect combo for your weekend festivities.Steak and potatoes are a perfect combo for your weekend festivities.

Steak dinner
Don't have the patience to cook a full steak dinner for friends or family? Put all the fixings in the slow cooker and let it go for the afternoon. By the time the evening meal rolls around, a gourmet spread will be hot and ready to enjoy. This complete steak dinner serves four.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds rib eye steaks
  • 1 bottle of steak sauce of choice
  • Steak seasoning of choice
  • 8 - 10 red potatoes
  • 4 ears of corn
  • Butter
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place two rib eye steaks (or another cut of your choice) into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle to cover with steak seasoning of your choice.
  3. Pour ½ to ¾ cup steak sauce over steaks.
  4. Cover with a sheet of foil.
  5. Spritz the top with cooking oil.
  6. Place a layer of red potatoes on the foil and sprinkle sea salt over them.
  7. Add another layer of foil and cover the potatoes tightly to form a seal (this will allow the potatoes to steam).
  8. Take the 4 ears of corn and add butter, salt and pepper.
  9. Roll tightly in aluminum foil.
  10. Place the ears of corn on top of the foil.
  11. Cover and cook for 6-7 hours on LOW.

In fact, slow cooking an entire steak dinner is now easier than ever: Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker meals by Omaha Steaks are now available to add juicy, tender meat to your meals with no hassle at all. These premium Omaha Steaks are prepared perfectly for the slow cooker. With the best cuts, quality ingredients and the ease of having these frozen and ready-to-go entrees delivered right to your door - steak dinners have never tasted better.

Slow Cooker Steak Bites
Perhaps a bit of versatility is key for dinnertime on the weekends. After all, sometimes you don't really know what you'll want to eat until your stomach starts rumbling. This recipe for slow cooker steak bites is an excellent option for a healthy, protein-rich meal. They are great on their own or can be paired with any frozen or fresh sides for a full meal. As a bonus, they are simple and quick to prepare - the slow cooker does all the work.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lb round steak
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon butter, sliced thinly

Directions

  1. Cut round steak into 1-inch cubes and place in the slow cooker.
  2. Slowly pour the beef broth over the meat.
  3. Sprinkle the minced onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper over the steak.
  4. Arrange butter slices on top.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Five-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajitas
Hosting a party? There's nothing like fajitas to feed a hungry crowd. This five-ingredient recipe will fill the house with mouthwatering smells, and all you need are some tortillas, cheese and salsa on the side. To really let your guests help themselves, ask your friends and family to bring over sides they like and voila, your home turns into a cantina!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds beef, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 20 ounces salsa
  • 2 teaspoons fajita seasoning

Directions

  1. Add salsa to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add beef, onion, bell pepper and fajita seasoning.
  3. Stir to mix well.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4.
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that call for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.
 
 

 

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