Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork & Dressing

Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Cilantro Ranch DressingMy sister-in-law made this Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork for a family gathering. I loved it so much that I had to make it for one our family dinners. And now it’s one or our family favorite recipes. In addition, I really like adding the Cilantro Ranch Dressing to the top of the pork so I make it every time. It’s nice to have a dinner that is delicious and you don’t have to run to the restaurant to pick it up. I’m also a fan of slow cooker recipes because dinner is practically ready to eat at the end of the day. If you like this sweet pork recipe, you’ll also want to try this Slow Cooker Copycat Cafe Rio Shredded Chicken recipe here. And below is the recipe for the sweet pork.

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Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken Crock Pot

I like meals that I can throw into my slow cooker, as well as meals that I can freeze and pull out for later. This Honey Sesame Chicken recipe is a crock pot meal and it can also be placed in a freezer bag and frozen for a later meal. Here’s the recipe:

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French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizza Final

I love pizza and I love French bread, so I knew this French Bread Pizza would be a yummy recipe to share with all of you. And this is a fast meal to make on days when you don’t have a lot of time or you haven’t decided what to make for dinner. Here’s how to make the French Bread Pizza:

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Crock Pot Pork Chops & Gravy

Pork Chops & Gravy Crock Pot Final

On the days I am extremely busy, and I know I won’t have much time to make dinner, I’ll throw together this Crock Pot Pork Chops & Gravy. It seriously took me less than five minutes to put it in the crock pot and to turn on. Ten minutes before my family is ready to eat dinner, I’ll make rice in the rice cooker and steam some vegetables. My kids ate up this dish. Thanks to my sister-in-law for this time-saving recipe.

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Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I love chicken salad croissant sandwiches, especially in the summer when I want a delicious meal where I don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up my house.

The first time I tried these chicken salad croissant sandwiches, a friend of mine had made them for a luncheon after her baby was blessed. I liked them so much that I ate four of them because they tasted so good! I’ve made this recipe many times now for my family and friends, and they love them too.

This recipe is perfect for a summer BBQ, picnic, or a family and friend gathering. Keep in mind with this recipe that it’s best to prepare it a day ahead, so the flavors have time to meld together in the refrigerator.

There are many variations of chicken salad sandwiches, but what makes this recipe unique and taste so good is the sauce. The fresh dill, juiced lemon and Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix create a flavorful chicken sandwich recipe. And the chicken is cooked in the crock pot with the ranch dressing seasoning mix, which also gives the chicken more flavor.

Here’s how to make the chicken salad croissant sandwiches:

Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

First, prepare the chicken in advance by placing about 4 chicken breasts in a crock pot. Pour a one ounce packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix over the top. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Drain and shred the chicken, and place it in a large bowl.

Next, cut up the celery, grapes and green onions. Place them in the bowl with the chicken. Toss to combine, and set the bowl aside.

In a small bowl, make the sauce by mixing together the mayonnaise, sour cream, 1 teaspoon dry ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix, fresh chopped dill, juiced lemon, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and stir until combined.

Cover and refrigerate about 6 hours or overnight.

Serve the chicken salad on croissant rolls.

I hope you enjoy this chicken salad as much as my family and I do!

And below is the printable copy of the chicken salad croissant sandwiches.

 

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs (Freezer Meal)

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Freezer MealThis Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs recipe is delicious! It is easy to make and only takes a few minutes to throw in the crock pot. When it’s ready, serve it with steamed rice and vegetables on the side for dinner. And I love that this could be a great freezer meal to have on hand for busy days. Prep the ingredients and place it in re-sealable freezer bags, then on days when you know you won’t have a lot of time for dinner, grab it out of the freezer and dump it into the crock pot.

I like to make my own meatballs, but on busy days I use store-bought meatballs. We’ve tried a lot of meatballs and our family favorite is the Farm Rich Italian Style Meatballs. They are big and have a delicious flavor. If you want to make your own homemade meatballs, which are also very good, the recipe to make homemade meatballs is below.

If you want more freezer meals like this Hawaiian Meatballs recipe, check out these 7 Make Ahead Freezer Meals here.

 

hawaiian meatballs

Before you make the homemade meatballs or the Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs recipe, here are some questions and answers that might be helpful.

 

CAN YOU PREP MEATBALLS AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes you can. Make and cook the homemade meatballs the day before then place them in the fridge. You could also freeze them for 2-3 months. When ready to make this Hawaiian Meatball recipe, take the meatballs out of the fridge or freezer and put them in the crock pot with the other ingredients.

You can also freeze uncooked meatballs in the freezer for up to one month. Just be sure to thaw them in the fridge before cooking.

PRO TIP: If you don’t have time for the crock pot or you forgot to put the ingredients in the crock pot that morning, you can cook this recipe on the stove. With fully cooked meatballs, the recipe just needs heated up and allowed to simmer for 5-10 minutes.  

If this recipe was made into a freezer meal, cooking it on the stove also works. Just thaw the recipe in the microwave and then transfer the ingredients to a pot and cook it on the stove till heated through simmering for 5-10 minutes.

 

DO MEATBALLS FREEZE WELL? AND SHOULD YOU COOK MEATBALLS BEFORE FREEZING THEM?

The nice thing about freezing meatballs is that you can freeze them either uncooked or cooked. And meatballs freeze great. Uncooked ground meat is freezer-safe for up to three to four months, and cooked ground beef is safe for two to three months.

It’s up to you whether you want to cook meatballs before freezing them. The nice thing about having cooked meatballs in the freezer is that it’s faster to get dinner on the table if you can pull out the already cooked meatballs.

Before freezing uncooked or cooked meatballs, you’ll want to flash freeze them first before placing them in the freezer. This helps to prevent the meatballs from clumping together. To flash freeze, place the uncooked (or cooked) meatballs onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Once the meatballs are frozen, transfer them to a re-sealable freezer bag, label the outside with the contents and date and place the bag in the freezer.

 

HOW DO YOU COOK FROZEN RAW MEATBALLS?

Take the frozen raw meatballs out of the freezer and place the bag in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. For THAWED meatballs that are about 1-inch in diameter, place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

If you don’t have time to thaw the meatballs in the fridge the night before, you can still cook frozen raw meatballs in the oven. However, raw meatballs will need 5-10 minutes longer in the oven than thawed ones.  So for FROZEN RAW meatballs that are about 1-inch in diameter, place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Be sure to make sure they reach a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can check if the meatballs are done by cutting the meatball open and making sure there are no traces of pink inside or the inside of the meatball is really hot to the touch.

 

 

Crock Pot Hawaiian Meatballs

Here’s how to make Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs, as well as how to turn it into a freezer meal.

PRO TIP: If you don’t have time to thaw the Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs in the fridge, you can place all of the FROZEN contents of the freezer meal bag into the crock pot and cook it on low for 6-8 hours. There’s no need to thaw it when it cooks in the crock pot that long. 

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Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas Crock Pot Final

These Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas are my new favorite enchilada recipe. And I love that I can prepare it in the afternoon and throw it in the crock pot for dinner. Here’s how to make these delicious Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas.

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Homemade Easy Bean Taquitos in the Oven

Easy Bean Taquitos

Sometimes there are those days where we need a quick dinner idea. These homemade and Easy Bean Taquitos are one of those meals that can be thrown together within minutes and put in the oven to cook. I like that these taquitos are baked rather than cooked in oil. Add fresh fruits and vegetables to the side or make this Easy Spanish Rice recipe to go along with the dinner.

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Chicken Corn Chowder

Chicken Corn Chowder Soup

I love making soups in the fall. This Chicken Corn Chowder is really tasty and yummy and one that I will make again soon for my family.

Be sure to also check out these 12 Favorite Soup Recipes.

Here’s how to make it:

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Potato & Bacon Soup

Potato and Bacon Soup

With the weather starting to cool down, I love making soup for dinner. And this week, we’ve had three different soups for our dinners.

This Potato & Bacon Soup is now my new favorite soup to make. You will want to plan ahead and bake the potatoes earlier in the week. Or if you forget to bake the potatoes ahead of time, just poke the potatoes with a fork and microwave them on high for 5 minutes per potato.

Be sure to also check out these 12 Favorite Soup Recipes.

Here’s how to make this delicious soup:

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