Slow Cooker Meals for February, Pt. 2

Slow Cooker SoupsWe’re continuing our list of delicious slow cooker meals, snacks, and desserts for the month of February, and we’ve got some good ones today! These recipes will warm you up from the inside out, and they’ll bundle up your wallet by saving you electricity!

Chocolate Mint Day (Feb. 19) – Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Minter is coming! Fend off the pesky cold with this hot cocoa mixed with a cooling mint accent. Whisk together some sugar and cocoa powder with milk in a 6 quart slow cooker on high, continually whisking to prevent the milk from forming lumps. Add in some salt and vanilla, then cover for an hour and a half. Add chopped chocolate a little at a time until it is all incorporated, then cover for another 30 min. Serve in 8 oz containers along with a couple teaspoons of peppermint shavings until melted for a minty taste. It’s the perfect drink to warm you up after a day of shoveling snow, or defending a large ice wall or snow fort.

Cherry Pie Day (Feb. 20) - Cherry Dump Cake

She’s my Cherry Pie! This delicious cherry pie is warm, flaky, gooey goodness from beginning to end. All you need is to put a couple of cans of cherry pie filling in the slow cooker, and pour over a box of cake mix. Drizzle some melted butter over the top and cook for 3 hours on high. Take the cover off and let it run another 30 minutes to crisp, and you’re done!

Sticky Bun Day (Feb. 21) - Sticky Pecan Buns

Nothing says “Texas” like pecan pie. Well, this recipe isn’t a pie, but it sure is delicious! You’ll need a 5 quart slow cooker and a fair amount of prep time, but the end result is worth it. The dough gets made from milk, maple syrup, butter, vanilla extract, salt, yeast, and flour, while the caramel topping is butter, milk, syrup, and pecans. The filling is made from syrup, cinnamon, and butter. If it sounds devilishly good, that’s probably because it is!

Cook a Sweet Potato Day (Feb. 22) – Sweet Potatoes

This is a super easy way to make perfectly cooked sweet potatoes. Wash five or six medium sized potatoes, then place them in the slow cooker (don’t dry them off). Cover, set to low, and cook for 6-7 hours. Serve with butter and salt, or your preference of toppings. Easy!

Banana Bread Day (Feb. 23) - Banana Bread

Mixing together butter, eggs, and sugar, along with some baking powder, baking soda, salt, a couple cups of flour, and some mashed bananas is the recipe for the perfect banana bread. You can add other ingredients like chocolate chips to the mix too. Load all that into a 6 quart crock pot, set it to low, and cook for 4 hours. The end result is BANANAS!

Clam Chowder Day (Feb. 25) – New England Clam Chowder

One of the greatest New England tastes, clam chowder is a favorite along the coastlines. You can make your own at home with some chopped clams, bacon, cream of mushroom soup, potatoes, celery, garlic, onion, cream, basil, thyme, pepper, and a bay leaf. Cook the bacon and place it in your slow cooker, add the clam juice until you have about two cups of liquid. You can water it down a bit if need be or get some extra from the store. Refrigerate the clams and add the soup, potatoes, celery, and spices. Mix it thoroughly and cook on high for 4 hours. Place the clams and cream in the container and slowly ladle the soup to mix it until the cream is heated. Cover and cook for another hour (or until it starts bubbling) then serve with oyster crackers.

Strawberry Day (Feb. 27) - Strawberry Jam

Love the taste of strawberry jam on your toast for breakfast? This is the recipe for you! You’ll need about 4 pints of hulled, sliced strawberries in a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Add lemon juice, sugar, and pectin, then stir it all together. Cover, cook on low for an hour, then stir. Cook another hour, and stir again. Increase the heat to high and cook for another 2-3 hours. The jam can be stored in the fridge for two months or in your freezer for up to a year!

Chocolate Soufflé Day (Feb. 28) - Chocolate Soufflé

A couple ounces of semisweet chocolate, some sugar, cornstarch, butter, and a couple eggs are all you need to make an amazing dessert that your family will love. Melt the butter and chocolate together, combine the sugar and cornstarch, and whisk the egg and yolk together. Combine the chocolate-butter and sugar-starch with a wire whisk, then stir in the eggs and whisk until it becomes smooth. Scoop the mixture into three ramekins to be ⅔ full, place on top of a rack in the slow cooker, and cover it. Cook on high for 1-1.5 hours. The center should still be jiggly when done.

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