Crockpot Applesauce

My friend has an apple tree and she asked me to come over and pick some apples.  I was thinking there might be a couple on there, but the tree was seriously drooping and there were hundreds of apples on the ground.  “I’ve given up,” she said.   “Please just take as much as you can.”  So I went a little overboard and now we are all pretty sick of apples! 🙂  But I made lots of yummy things – apple crisp, apple pancakes, and tried some applesauce!  I am not a huge applesauce fan, but my kids are, and really the crockpot does all the work.

Crockpot Applesauce (original recipe from skinnytaste.com)

  • 8 medium apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.)
  • 1 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) – or agave

Peel, core, and slice the apples.

Place them in the slow cooker. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon peel and brown sugar.

Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce.

Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.


Makes 3 cups.

 

What’s for breakfast? Steel Cut Oats – Crock Pot Edition

I know I’ve posted a lot of breakfast recipes lately, but what can I say?  It’s my favorite meal.  I saw this video on weelicious a long time ago, but just barely tried it.  It was awesome!

Crock Pot Oatmeal

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pour it all in the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.

Consensus:

Me and The Mr.:  Love

The Wild One:  Actually ate a few spoonfuls, which is difficult to get him to do with oatmeal.

Tornado:  Ate it by the fist full.

It’s been cold and dreary here so this really hit the spot, and it smells wonderful to wake up to!

What’s For Dinner Wednesday – Crock Pot Edition

Before you judge me…just hear me out.  I know what you are thinking.  It looks like barf in a bowl right?  But have you ever HAD split pea soup?  It’s pretty darn delicious.  I tried it for the first time when we were newlyweds and wondered if I had suddenly put our marriage in jeopardy, but The Mr. took a bite and loved it.  He will randomly ask me to make it for him so I had to surprise him on a cold day like today.  It felt and tasted so good.

Here’s a trick I use sometimes with getting my little ones to try new foods, especially soup.  I break up some bread and pour a big ladle of soup over the top.  I tell them it is soup bread and they usually don’t bat an eye.  They both almost cleaned their plates tonight.  Wahoo for vegetables!!

Split Pea Soup (recipe from “Saving Dinner” by Leanne Ely)

  • 1 lb. split peas, rinsed
  • 1 ham bone, optional (I opted out)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 quarts water (or chicken broth if not using ham bone)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients except the salt and pepper into a crock-pot.  Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours, or until peas are soft.  Before serving, remove bone and bay leaf.   Salt and pepper to taste.

We ate this with yummy homemade bread and some DELICIOUS fresh pineapple.  Yum.

Thumbs up all around.