Fun with a Crockpot

I bought myself a crockpot a couple weeks ago and it has been used quite a bit in my house. So far I’ve made a lamb stew and some chicken stock. The pic is of pork ribs in a tomato sauce my mom cooked up last night. I have to say it’s been a nice addition to the kitchen.

I love it for a number of reasons:
1. Meat cooked slowly gets nice and tender and flavorful
2. It’s super easy, just chop up few things, dump it in and voila
3. It’s nice to come home to a delicious smelling house with food all ready to eat 🙂
The crockpot I got is a Rival 3-quart slow cooker from Walmart (costs 20$). Not big enough to make full meals for 4 people, but great for small meals or just for meat. I’ll be looking up plenty of crockpot recipes in the next little while.


I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since January 2008 to recover from Celiac disease. As part of the diet, I don't eat grains, sugar or potatoes and prepare all my meals from scratch.


  1. Hmm the pork ribs was kind of a ‘throw it all in and see what you get’ dish. I wish I kept track of what we put in. We had a rack of frozen pork ribs that half thawed out. We first broke them apart using a big chopping knife and put them in the crockpot (with sauce below) on high for about an hour. Then we realised they were still frozen so we took them out, thawed/browned them in a pan with a bit of oil and put them back in the crockpot on high for another 5 hours.

    I can’t remember what we added to it specifically. I think we put in a small amount of beef broth (maybe 1/4 cup), tomato paste (about 1/2 cup), onions, lots of garlic, spices like black pepper, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and salt. Adding some honey probably wouldn’t hurt. The sauce should almost cover the ribs since there isn’t much water coming out of the meat, and the only vegetables was a bit of onion. We ended up turning the ribs over half way through to make sure they all got cooked evenly. This really was a little experiment lol. In the end, it was pretty tasty!

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