Category Archives: slow cooker meals

lime chicken taco bowls


lime chicken taco bowls  I  frozen pizza, again?

This is a super easy slow cooker meal that requires very little prep work (either before or after the slow cooker has done its job). Most people associate citrus with summertime so this dish presents itself as being a great summertime meal.


lime chicken taco bowls  I  frozen pizza, again?

Lime Chicken Taco Bowls
Adapted from the Kitchen of: Taste of Home

Prep Time: 3 – 6 hours + 40 mins
Servings: 4
Difficulty: Easy

1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp chili powder
½ Tbsp dried cilantro
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup chunky salsa
1 cup uncooked white rice
sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and shredded lettuce, optional

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Combine lime juice, chili powder, and cilantro; pour over chicken. Turn chicken to coat in marinade. Cover and cook on low: 3 hours for a 5 quart crock, 5-6 hours for a 3 quart crock, or until chicken is cooked.

Remove chicken, shred, and return to slow cooker. Stir in frozen corn and salsa. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until heated through.

During last 30 minutes of cooking prepare rice according to package instructions.

Once everything is cooked serve chicken mixture over rice in a bowl. Top with sour cream, cheese, and lettuce if desired. 


  • This dish reheats well, making it great for leftovers.
  • The heat level of this dish is determined by the type of salsa you use. The chili powder does not add any heat/spiciness.
  • You can use two forks or a stand mixer to shred the chicken. Come back tomorrow for my kitchen tip on how to shred chicken in a stand mixer!



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parmesan pork roast


Two weeks since my last post! Yikes! We had family in town last week, so that and other things kept me from posting about my latest domestic experiments. But I tried something new in the kitchen during my absence, and not just a new recipe, a new skill – baking bread! Super proud of myself for that one! (Also super proud of my co-baker, who just happens to be my brother’s fiancée, Sharon!)

But until I have that recipe typed up, please enjoy this yummy recipe for pork roast in a slow cooker. [That recipe can be found here.] I served this with a side of potatoes, and the gravy was awesome on both the pork and the potatoes!


parmesan pork roast  I  frozen pizza, again?

The potatoes are supposed to look smashed up like that. You can find that recipe here.

I also discovered during my absence from the blogosphere that my blog has a way cooler regular font than I originally thought. You see, I thought it used Arial, which is okay but sometimes hard to read. I downloaded a new font, Helvetica Neue, and suddenly my blog is no longer using Arial! Score! If you are reading this post in Arial you should download Helvetica Neue and experience this way cooler font with me. 🙂

parmesan pork roast  I  frozen pizza, again?

Parmesan Pork Roast
From the kitchen of: It’s a Keeper

Prep Time: 10 mins + 5 ½ hours
Servings: 8-10

1 (4-5 lb) whole, boneless pork loin roast
⅔ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup honey {Check out my tip on how to easily measure out honey}
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp dried basil (I only used 1.5 tbsp basil to prevent it from being overpowering)
2 Tbsp minced garlic (I used garlic powder)
2 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup cold water

Cut roast in half. Transfer to a slow cooker. (The original recipe called for a 3 qt slow cooker, but a 5 lb roast fit perfectly in my 5 qt slow cooker.)

In a small bowl combine the cheese, honey, soy sauce, basil, garlic, oil, and salt (the sauce will be thick); pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 5 ½ to 6 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

Remove meat to a serving platter, and keep warm.

Skim fat from cooking juices, then transfer juices to a medium saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil.

Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Slice roast, and serve with gravy.

Kitchen Tip
I suggest either using a slow cooker liner or spraying the crock with non-stick cooking spray to make clean-up easier. If you use a liner: after you remove the meat and skim off the fat, lift the liner out of the crock, snip off a corner, and empty the juice straight into a saucepan. Way faster than ladling the juice from the crock to a saucepan!

*UPDATE 6/9/13* I froze half of the roast and half the gravy for a later meal. To reheat I placed both items into my slow cooker still frozen and set the heat on low. They were thawed after a couple of hours, so I stirred the gravy and spooned it on top of the roast to keep it from drying out. I left them in the slow cooker on warm until dinnertime.