A Healthier Mississippi Pot Roast Slow Cooker Recipe

Treat your family to a healthier Mississippi pot roast. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy. 

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

I was gabbing with some friends recently when one of them mentioned she was watching a morning show and they featured a recipe for something called Mississippi Roast. I came right home and looked up the recipe.

We love a good slow cooker recipe in our house. But when I saw the ingredients for Mississippi Roast, I knew I wouldn’t serve it to my family.

An Au Jus packet contains caramel color, corn syrup solids, and sodium carboxymethycellulose. In other words, it has a known carcinogen, a sweetener more deadly than sugar, and a potential carcinogen.

I don’t use Au Jus packets, and I’m not about to start.

The dilemma became: What could I use to create a healthier version of Mississippi Roast without completely reinventing it?

The recipe needed to stay simple to make. I wanted a recipe that was completely add-it-and-go just like the original.

Here’s what I did:

While I am a firm believer that butter makes things better, a boneless chuck arm roast has enough fat to add succulent flavor to a finished roast. So I decided to swap the butter for beef broth.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast crockpot recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

Trust me. You won’t miss the butter.

That brings us to the pepperoncini peppers. I’ll eat almost anything if it has pepperoncinis on it.

What I won’t eat is yellow dye and sulfites. As a result, I only buy the Divina brand of pepperoncinis you can find at Whole Foods Market. I must warn you, this brand has a bit more “kick” than the other brands.

The original recipe calls for only 5 peppers. Ummmm. I added the whole jar along with the juice.

Did I regret it? Not. One. Bit.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

The last ingredient in the original recipe is a packet of ranch dressing.

I adore ranch. If I could marry ranch, I would.

Therefore, I went with a Simply Organic Ranch Dip packet.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast crockpot recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

The only ingredient you may not recognize in the Simply Organic Ranch Dip packet is Xanthan Gum. As you can read, it’s considered safe.

Once I had sprinkled the ranch over the roast, I put the lid on my trusty crockpot, set it on low, and let me tell you, the resulting roast did not disappoint.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

A Healthier Mississippi Pot Roast Slow Cooker Recipe


  • 1 jar pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 packet Simply Organic Ranch Dip
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 boneless chuck roast


  1. Place the chuck roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Add the beef broth. Top roast with as many pepperoncini peppers/juice as your family will enjoy. Sprinkle the ranch dip directly onto the roast.
  3. Place lid on slow cooker, set to low, and cook 8 hours.

You could opt to remove the roast from the juices and slice it. Or, you could use two forks and shred the meat.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

This recipe is so easy, I plan to make it any time chuck roasts go on sale. I can’t wait to turn the leftovers into sandwiches. Or maybe I’ll top a baked potato. I might even have enough to freeze for a future meal.

Try this healthier Mississippi pot roast and let me know what you think!

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DIY Quick Flank Steak Rub

No need to purchase a pre-made flank steak rub. This DIY Quick Flank Steak Rub is better than anything you’ll find at the grocery store.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

I could be a vegetarian if it weren’t for steak.

Seriously. I love a great steak.

We tend to always buy flank steaks because they are a cheaper cut but will still turn out tender when grilled.

My favorite way to season a flank steak is with a dry rub you can easily whip up in your own kitchen.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

All you need to do is measure out a few spices, mix, and sprinkle over the steak.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

Then, you’ll need to get your hands dirty. It is important to actually rub the seasonings into the steak. You want to press the rub down into any nooks and crannies to fully impart the flavors. This is not my favorite part, but it is essential to getting the best flavor.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

In this recipe I use organic coconut sugar. I prefer the taste (and the health factor) over brown sugar. However, if what you have is brown sugar, use it.

I actually like to grill and won’t cook my steaks any other way. I time my flank steaks for 6 minutes per side on a medium high grill and it turns out medium rare every time.

Andrea The Greenbacks Gal grilling

I think you’ll find that you have all of the spices used to create this rub in your cupboard right now.

DIY Quick Flank Steak Rub


  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine.

This recipe makes enough flank steak rub for 2 to 3 steaks. Store whatever you don’t use in a jar with a tightly fitting lid.

While your steak is on the grill, can I recommend a side of grilled zucchini?

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How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken and 20 Recipes That Use Cooked Chicken

How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken

I remember the first time I cooked a whole chicken. I was totally intimidated.

Newly engaged, I decided to take a cooking class through the Parks and Recreation department in our town.

Up to this point, I had only cooked tenders or breasts. I hadn’t even branched out into thighs and drumsticks.

Organic Whole Chicken

A whole chicken just looked so big and complicated.

Not to mention it looks like a chicken! None of that sterile parts on a styrofoam tray stuff.

I quickly learned it is not hard at all. And it’s one of the most economical ways to buy chicken. You pay far less per pound than you do the individual parts.

The main objection most people have is dealing with the insides. While not my favorite part, it’s just a matter of removing them. Quick and easy.

Once they are out, you need to rinse your chicken well and pat it dry. It’s then ready for you to smooth on all the spices.

Chicken ready for basting

This slow cooker recipe really does make cooking a whole chicken easy. All you need is the chicken, a lemon, olive oil and some spices.

You don’t even need to add liquid to the slow cooker!

The meat will turn out fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy every single time with very little effort on your part.

How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken


  • 4 to 5 pound organic whole roasting chicken
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced


  1. Remove the giblets packet from the chicken cavity.
  2. Rinse and drain chicken, pat dry.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper into cavity of chicken. Cut lemon in half. Squeeze juice into chicken cavity then stuff lemon halves into cavity.
  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Rub mixture all over chicken.
  5. Place chicken in 4 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Chicken is fully cooked when meat thermometer stuck in leg reaches 160 degrees.
  6. Allow to cool. Remove chicken from bones and chop.

When you follow this recipe to slow cook a whole chicken, you will end up with about 4 1/2 cups of moist, juicy and flavorful cooked chicken.

Use your cooked chicken to jump start your meal plan for the week. Having cooked chicken ready to go means you can have a meal on the table in a minimal amount of time!

20 Recipes That Use Cooked Chicken

Chicken Fried Rice
Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas
Chicken Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
Easy Chicken Salad
Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip
Chicken Pot Pie
Green Chile Chicken Casserole
Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup
Pineapple and Basil Chicken Salad
Chef’s Salad
Thai Chicken Soup
Olive Garden Style Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Easy Homemade Chicken Alfredo Sauce
Cuban Chicken Tacos
Real Food Chicken Soup
Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

Have a recipe that uses cooked chicken? Leave a link in the comments!

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Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

Slow Cooker Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Pork Ribs

Just wait until you see how easy this slow cooker pork ribs recipe is!

Layer, stir, set and forget. Dinner is ready in 6 hours. Your family raves. You never broke a seat and yet you are the dinner hero.

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Ribs Ingredients

I purchased all these ingredients at Trader Joe’s. And yes, there are some prepackaged foods in here.

Trader Joe’s declares they use non GMO ingredients and no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors. If I’m going to use a prepackaged ingredient, I feel good about buying it from there.

Besides, the sauce this recipe makes from the steak sauce-jalapeno jelly is ridiculously good. The sweet of the jalapeno jelly perfectly compliments the smoky of the steak sauce.

Perfectly suited to slow cooking, country pork ribs also happen to be a really inexpensive cut of meat. Little prep time and easy on the budget are a winning combination.

For those who have a fear of fat, you can broil the ribs for a few minutes on each side to cook some of the fat off before adding them to the slow cooker.

The way I look at it, broiling the ribs first just creates one more pan I really don’t want to wash.

Layer of Pinto Beans

I’m recommending you heat the steak sauce and jalapeno jelly together before you pour over the pork ribs. Heating the jelly makes it easier to pour.

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Pork Ribs Sauce

Once your sauce is smooth enough, pour it over your ribs. Set the slow cooker and go about your day!

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Pork Ribs in the Slow Cooker

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Slow Cooker Pork Ribs


  • 3 pounds pork ribs
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jar jalapeno pepper jelly
  • 1 bottle smoky steak sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos


  1. In the bottom of a slow cooker, add the pinto beans, onions and the optional pickled jalapenos.
  2. Place pork ribs on top of beans. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the jelly and steak sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until the jelly melts.
  4. Pour the jelly mixture over the pork ribs.
  5. Place lid on slow cooker. Cook ribs on high for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  6. There will be a lot of liquid at the end of the cook time. Use a slotted spoon to serve.

Trust me. You’ll want to serve this recipe with some whole wheat rolls to sop up all the extra sauce on your plate. It’s simply delicious!

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Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting (Paleo and Sugar Detox)

Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes and Guacamole Frosting Recipe

The versatility of these Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting is what I love best about this recipe.

Other than the taste, that is. What I really love is the taste!

Things to love about this recipe:

First, the recipe as it stands makes 15 cupcakes. If you have little eaters in your house, then you have plenty to freeze.

To Freeze Cupcakes: After baking, allow to cool. Place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for 1 hour before transferring to a freezer safe container.

To Bake Cupcakes From Frozen: No need to thaw. Add an additional 10 minutes to cooking time. Internal temperature should get to 165 in the center.

Next, the way this recipe is written, it is Paleo, Grain-Free, and 21 Day Sugar Detox Friendly. If you eat grains, you could easily add one and a half cups of breadcrumbs, or even quinoa, to the mixture and stretch the number of cupcakes you get from 15 to 18 – 20. This definitely gives you plenty to freeze!

Finally, the fact these are cupcake sized instead of bread pan sized means they cook up in half the time. Such a great way to get dinner on the table fast!

Guacamole topped anything makes me happy. Quickly topping something with guacamole makes me even happier.

I used a store bought guacamole for my cupcakes. Again, this is a time saver for me. If you have ripe avocados, by all means make up a batch of homemade guacamole. However, sometimes ripeness and the desire to cook a recipe don’t always coincide.

Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting

Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 4.5 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 red pepper, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Guacamole (homemade or store-bought)


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease muffin pans.
  2. In a skillet, saute onions and garlic until translucent. Allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, mix tomato paste with chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in carrots, red pepper and chiles.
  5. Add beaten eggs and ground beef. Mix well with your hands.
  6. Evenly divide beef mixture between 15 muffin cups.
  7. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165.
  8. Once baked, remove from oven and top with guacamole. You can pipe it to make it look like frosting, or you can just dollop it, depending on your time.

Have you made meatloaf cupcakes before?

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Sugar Detox: Quick and Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
I’m on day 7 of my 30 day Sugar Detox.

What I’m quickly realizing is the key to success is planning ahead.

Having these quick and healthy chicken fajitas in the slow cooker meant getting dinner on the table was a cinch.

Since only my husband and I are on a sugar detox, and my girls are not, I could use the chicken fajita meat in two ways. My girls made traditional fajitas by wrapping the meat in a tortilla and adding shredded cheddar cheese.

For my husband and I, I turned the meat into a fajita salad. I served it on a huge bed of lettuce with chopped tomatoes.

We all had guacamole on our fajitas. :)

Quick and Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas


  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds chicken (you can use breasts or thighs or a mix)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Place the onions and peppers on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Top with chicken pieces.
  3. Pour chicken broth over the top.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, paprika and red pepper.
  5. Sprinkle spices over the chicken.
  6. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

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Simple Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast with apples and garlic couldn’t be a more delicious fall recipe and it’s simple to make!

We get tired of the same recipes over and over at our house, so I decided to create a new Pork Shoulder Roast Recipe that used some of the apples from our visit to the local apple orchard this fall.  Not only was this simple to make but it made the house smell amazing and have that warm and cozy fall feeling.

Finding Slow Cooker Recipes that aren’t full of cream of soups or ingredients that aren’t all that great for us isn’t always easy.  This a whole food recipe that uses pork, apples and seasonings. To be completely honest, this way of cooking is new to our family and is something we are working towards as a life change.


We love these easy Slow Cooker Recipes, there is nothing easier, in my opinion, than throwing ingredients in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and coming home to a meal that’s ready to go!  I swear there are days that I would never get dinner on the table if it wasn’t for my slow cooker and the convenience of our slow cooker meals!

Another one of our favorite recipes is our Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Recipe that uses chicken and vegies to make a yummy and flavorful fajita.  My kids love having these for dinner because they can decide how they want to top their fajitas and make them the just the way they want and love.

Be sure to check out the 25 Slow Cooker Recipes Round up with more ideas of recipes to add to your monthly menu! There you will find a bunch more recipes that you will want to serve your family because they are full of great taste and ingredients you know and trust.

Chrissy Taylor is a wife, Mom, blogger and property manager. She and her husband of 15 years are raising two active boys in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Chrissy enjoys blogging about cooking, crafts, gifts and household tips.

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