Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

This Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce is an easy update on the classic Thanksgiving staple! It is such a great combination with tart cranberries, along with sweet apples and just the right amount of citrus. It’s made right in the slow cooker which means hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!

Slow cooker cranberry sauce

Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

Forget the over sweetened canned cranberry sauce this year because it is SO EASY to make this Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce! You essentially throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away! It also is  refined sugar free relying on coconut sugar, honey and sweet apples to balance the tart cranberries and citrus.

This sauce is of course well known as a Thanksgiving staple, but I also love to put a spoonful right on top of of latkes or as a versatile spread for breakfast or leftovers!

Easy homemade cranberry sauce

How do you sweeten homemade cranberry sauce?

We used a combination of naturally sweet apples, orange juice, honey and coconut sugar!

How long does homemade cranberry sauce last?

Homemade cranberry sauce will last quite a while, so this makes it a great make-ahead part of your holiday feast! We’d recommend using it within 7-10 days after making for optimal freshness, but it could very well last longer. For Thanksgiving it might make sense to make the cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! You can serve it cold or you can re-heat gently in a pot over low heat.

Cranberry sauce with orange juice

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Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Sauce

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 04:00

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker
  • 2. Cook on high for 4 hours
  • 3. At 3 hours, use a potato masher and mash mixture (leave some chunks)
  • 4. Cook for the remaining hour with lid ajar

Recipe Notes

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no added sugar and is my all-time favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, and is so delicious! It’s filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices that will make you’re home smell heavenly.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

While studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst I found a serious love for apple butter thanks to frequent visits to Judie’s Restaurant. Back before I changed my diet I would enjoy the giant popovers they served slathered with the most delicious apple butter.

It has been a while since I’ve been there, but I haven’t forgotten that apple butter and realized it was time to create a recipe of my own that wasn’t loaded with refined sugar. While I won’t be enjoying this apple butter on top of popovers anymore, rest assured there are plenty of ways to enjoy it, with this, on top of these, over these or with the biscuits in my book. But really, it’s amazing just by the spoonful.

what is apple butter made of?

There are loads of other apple butter recipes out there, some with long cooking time and some with short. I really feel like the longer and slower the cook, the more depth of flavor the apple butter has, so a 2-hour version just has never cut it for me. But aside from the prep and the finishing touches, this recipe is relatively hands-off and can even be done overnight.

how do you know when apple butter is done

How Do You Know When Apple Butter is Done?

You want the apple butter to be dark in color and quite thick, thick enough that when you pick it up by the spoonful it mounds on the spoon instead of dripping off.

Tools Needed to Make Apple Butter:

can you freeze apple butter

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Easy Apple Butter Recipe

No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 12 hr

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put everything in slow cooker. The cider or juice should not overpower apples. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  2. At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch, place into a pot on the stove over medium-low heat and let simmer until thick.
  4. Let cool, store in jars in the fridge for up to 1 week unless canning.

Recipe Notes

  • -If not as thick as you'd like, transfer to pot and cook over medium heat until thickens (use a lid, it will splatter)
  • -Very thick and spreadable. Perfect top spread on toast, or to top your favorite oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles!
  • Make it last a year! How to can this apple butter using the Water Bath Canning Method:
    • Heat water in a large, deep saucepot equipped with a lid. If you have a canning rack or a cooling cake rack, place the rack at the bottom of your saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil) and carefully submerge your jars along with their lids for about 5 minutes or until warm. Make sure water is inside your jars to keep them submerged.
    • Carefully remove the jars and lids from the warm water with tongs and place on a cooling rack set over a kitchen towel. Pour the apple butter into each jar using a funnel, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the jam and that the rim of the jar is clean before securing the lid.
    • Cover your saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Submerge the tightly closed jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes.
    • Take your saucepan off the heat and allow your jars to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
    • Carefully take your jars out of the hot water and place on a paper towel. Check jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up and down when pressing the middle of the jar.
    • Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year! Once opened make sure to store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
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Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

After a great vacation in Jamaica and an unplanned week off of LCK… I am back! I am ready for a new year filled with new endeavors and of course loads of new recipes! So. Many. Recipes. If you could only see my notes app on my iPhone. Every time I get inspired I jot down messages to myself. With over 75 of these messages I can’t wait to get the new year rolling in the kitchen!

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Aside from Sunday’s meaning a Savory Sunday dish on the blog, for me it also usually means some MEAL PREP for the week (excluding this week, because I am off until Thursday). I’ve talked a bit about the importance of meal prepping, and I can’t stress it enough if you are new to a clean eating lifestyle. Like seriously, it is a huge and important part of my week that ensures the up keep of a healthy lifestyle. Now, don’t get me wrong… there are weekends I am away and don’t have the opporunity to meal prep (that’s life), and on those few days when I am scrambling for lunches I truly am reminded of how important it is to prep ahead of time!

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Which brings me to….. BUSTING OUT THE CROCK-POT! Hello, lifesaver. Making crock-pot shredded chicken is as easy as 1-2-turn it on and leave. I love this lunch in particular because you can do a lot with it. I eat it in plain a bowl, wrapped in a lettuce leaf, top it on a salad, etc. Anything you’d like to do with pesto chicken, do it here. Delicious, easy, and makes a lot

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

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Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Do you meal prep? What is your go-to lunch that you make ahead for the week?

Crock-Pot Pesto Chicken Salad

Ingredients

    Crock Pot Chicken

    Pesto Sauce

    • 1 cup fresh basil
    • 1 1/2 cup spinach
    • 1/2 cup cashews, walnuts, or nuts of choice
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • Dash Himalayan sea salt, to taste
    • Dash Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh parmesan cheese
    • Optional: Dash red pepper flakes

    Additional ingredients

    • 1/4 cup pine nuts

    Directions

  • Using your crock-pot, follow these directions to make your shredded chicken
  • While chicken is cooking, make pesto and set aside in fridge
  • Once chicken is removed and shredded or cubed, in a bowl combine chicken and pesto
  • In a small pan, place 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts and toast for 3-4 minutes, mixing often
  • Add in pine nuts and any other additions. Store in fridge.
  • Recipe Notes

  • Cheese of choice
  • Sun dried tomatoes
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    Crock-Pot Asian Beef {with Paleo Rice Bowls}

    Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls [low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Crock-Pot Asian Beef with Paleo Rice & Veggie Bowls is one of my all-time favorite slow cooker meals. It’s low-carb, Whole30-compliant if you omit the sugar, and is SERIOUSLY insanely good!

    Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This dish got better and better as the days went on. I love leftovers! Meal prep is an essential part of my week.

    Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Now it really feels like winter. Reason one being that I am freezing writing this, two because I spent this weekend in New York visiting family & the snow affected some of our plans, and three that the holidays are quickly approaching. This time of year usually means the crock-pot lives on the counter (well, at least once or twice a week that is)!

    Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Here’s my suggestion: go out today, buy yourself some veggies, a cauliflower, and the meat- get home, throw the meat in your crock-pot, and by dinner time this perfect comforting Sunday night dinner bowl will be sitting on your table! I really love this recipe.

    Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Crock-Pot Asian Beef & Paleo 'Rice' Bowls

    Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 04:00 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    • 2 lb grass-fed boneless chuck steak

    Marinade

    Paleo Rice Bowls

    Directions

    1. Season chuck with salt and pepper and in a large skillet, greased, sear on both sides for 30 seconds.
    2. Place boneless chuck steak in slow cooker.
    3. In a bowl mix together marinade and pour over chuck. Cook on high for 4 hours.
    4. Once done, remove from crock-pot and shred, discarding the fat.
    5. Pulse cauliflower in food processor until rice-sized pieces form.
    6. In a pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 garlic clove for 30 seconds until flagrant. Add cauliflower rice and mix for 3 to 5 minutes until softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
    7. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to pan along with last garlic clove. Add in veggies and sauté for 5-8 minutes until translucent. Add coconut aminos, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix and let cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, until soft. Add in shredded beef and let cook together for 5 minutes.
    8. Assemble: In a bowl, add cauli rice and then add veggie/beef mixture. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.

    Recipe Notes

    • You can mix up any vegetables you have on hand!
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    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

    Pulled Pork {Paleo-friendly, grain-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is the ultimate pulled pork recipe! Tender and flavorful pulled pork cooked in a homemade sweet and smoky refined sugar free BBQ sauce… doesn’t get much better than that! Summer BBQ perfection.

    Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Ah, the beloved slow cooker. So convenient, so simple, and always delivering delicious meals! I have been wanting to make pulled pork since I purchased my slow cooker months ago (late, I know). After tons of recipe research, I have developed a recipe that is both spicy & sweet, tender, and very simple. The house smelled amazing while this was cooking. Eat it simply in a dish (I like it with some grilled pineapple), in a sandwich, for taco night, or even in quesadillas, the options are endless!

    Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Pulled Pork | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

     

    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

    Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 8 hours and 30 minutes Serves 6

    Ingredients

    • 2 lbs. organic pork shoulder roast or pork butt

    Meat Rub

    Homemade BBQ Sauce

    Directions

    1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Let simmer uncovered, mixing occasionally, for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
    2. While sauce is simmering, combine meat rub ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pat meat dry and slice it into three medium pieces. Generously rub the meat with the spice mix, making sure every area is well covered.
    3. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat, and add 1 tablespoon avocado oil. Once the oil is hot, sear meat for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until brown. Place the meat in the crock pot.
    4. Once the BBQ sauce is ready, take it off heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth.
    5. Pour BBQ sauce over the meat in the slow cooker and make sure the meat is generously covered.
    6. Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on low heat for 8 hours.
    7. Remove the meat and place it on a cutting board. Let cool for a few minutes. When cool, using 2 forks shred the meat into bite-sized pieces, discarding any large pieces of fat.
    8. Serve warm!

    Recipe Notes

    *We like serving this with a slice of bibb lettuce, red cabbage slaw, and chives.

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    How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

    This slow cooker shredded chicken is an all-purpose recipe that goes with just about anything and is made easy in the crock pot! The slow cooker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances, especially if you have a busy schedule.

    Slow Cooker Shredded ChickenSlow Cooker Shredded Chicken

    This basic all-purpose chicken recipe is great because you can turn it into so many things. From shredded buffalo chicken lettuce wraps to chicken soup, chicken salad, and shredded chicken tacos, this easy recipe is so simple and always delicious!

    What is the best way to shred chicken?

    • Shred chicken with two forks!

    How do you shred chicken with a mixer?

    • Place fully cooked chicken breasts into the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Make sure your chicken is still warm. With your paddle attachment connected and chicken inside the mixer, turn it onto low until shredded!

    Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

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    How do you make shredded chicken?

    Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

    Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 3 hr Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Place 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1⅓ to 1½ pounds) in the insert of a slow cooker. Pour enough chicken broth over the chicken to cover, about 1 cup.
    2. Add garlic, diced onion, garlic powder, sea salt, and ground pepper.
    3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
    4. Remove the chicken and shred with two forks.

    Recipe Notes

    • If you don’t have leftover cooked chicken on hand to make this recipe, buying an organic rotisserie chicken from the market is the most convenient solution. Almost as convenient, and what I do most often, is to throw some chicken breasts in the slow cooker. It’s easy, economical, and you control the ingredients.
    • Makes about 3 cups shredded cooked chicken.
    • Stovetop Directions: Place chicken breasts into a pot and pour in enough water to cover the chicken. Place over medium heat, bring to a boil, and simmer until chicken meat is no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer chicken breasts to a bowl, allow to cool slightly, and shred the chicken meat with 2 forks!
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