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Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew

Moroccan lamb stew

This slow cooker Moroccan lamb stew is delicious and easy to combine on your cooking day.

In converting the recipe into a make ahead meal kit type recipe, there is a little bit of upfront prep work involved. Don’t let that scare you off.  For simplicity purposes, this recipe has been broken down into four parts:

Part 1 – VEGETABLES – Onions, zucchini, tomatoes and garlic

Part 2 – DRIED FRUIT & NUTS – Dried apricots, dates and almonds

Part 3 – MEAT – Cubed lamb and broth

Part 4 – SEASONING – Moroccan spice mix


Add the following instructions to “Part 1”:

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew
In the slow cooker, place Part 1 (veggies) in the slow cooker. Add Part 2 (dried fruit and nuts). Add broth.  Oil lamb (Part 3) and place over vegetables and broth. Sprinkle Moroccan spice (Part 4) over the lamb. Sprinkle any extra spices around the edges so it flavours the veggies too.

Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

Serve with couscous and fresh green salad.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Add veggies and dried fruit to slow cooker:

Moroccan Lamb Stew Vegetables

Add meat, broth and seasonings:

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb StewCook on high for 3-4 hours:

Crockpot Moroccan Lamb Stew

Pulling this yummy meal together is super fast and easy to do on the actual cooking day.  Very flavourful, with very little effort.  Perfect for a busy family activity night!

Freezable Homemade Pizza Dough

freezable homemade pizza doughThis make ahead freezeable homemade pizza dough whips up in a cinch. The bread machine in this recipe does ALL the heavy lifting of the kneading, keeping your hands clean!

Once you make it a few times you will NEVER want to go back to take out pizza! It’s super easy to make and so much better tasting than store-bought or premade pizza crusts. And it’s better for you too!

Once you’ve made your own delicious pizza dough, throw some in the freezer and have it ready to go whenever you feel the need for pizza!


Place all the ingredients in the bread machine pan according to the order in the manufacturer’s instructions.

homemade pizza doughProgram for the Dough or Pizza Dough cycle and Press Start.


When the machine beeps at the end of the cycle, press Stop and unplug the machine. Immediately remove the bread pan from the machine and turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.

Divide it in the desired number of portions. Flatten each portion into a disc by kneading a few times then folding the edges into the centre. Cover with a damp towel on the work surface to rest for 30 minutes until the dough has increased about 20 percent in size.

Roll out and shape the dough as directed in your pizza recipe.

To freeze, wrap the dough in plastic first (to suspend the rising) and then in a resealable freezer bag. Pizza dough keeps frozen in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in refrigerator overnight before using.  Allow dough to rise for at least 20 minutes before rolling out.

Turkey Manicotti

turkey-manicotti-freezerThis turkey manicotti a family favourite recipe in our house, that we have enjoyed for many years now.

There are several variations on how to make it.  I personally like using Olivieri fresh lasagna sheets.  It is the quickest way to get the filling in the pasta.  Unfortunately my local grocery store was out of these little gems, so I had to use oven ready canneloni tubes.  At least they were oven ready, and I could skip the step of cooking the pasta. Cooked tubes are very floppy – not the easiest to fill!



Oven Ready Cannelloni Tubes – the preferred way to go, if fresh lasagna sheets are not available.


In skillet, over medium heat, cook turkey, onions and oregano.


Remove turkey from heat, add Parmesan cheese, roasted red peppers, artichokes, pesto and black olives.


Stuff pasta tube with filling, which can then be individually frozen on a cookie sheet. turkey-manicotti-freezer


Spaghetti sauce can also be be frozen individually in silicon muffin cups.


Pop out the frozen spaghetti sauce and include them in the meal packaging.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast

slow-cooker-pork-roastThis slow cooker pork roast recipe is so simple and a wonderfully warm meal for a dark autumn or winter evening. The delicious aroma will waft through your home as this meal slowly cooks in your slow cooker.

If possible, spend a bit more on a good quality roast. We buy meat that has no added hormones or antibiotics and the end result in taste is definitely worth it!

Tip:  Follow the recipe exactly in order to get the right amount of liquids for this recipe.  Do NOT lift the lid while cooking, as you will lose liquids and possibly cause scorching.  Be sure to cook only on low and not high. If after 6 hours the meat thermometer reads 160 degrees, switch the setting to warm. Finally, make sure your crockpot is the right size.  It should be at least  half, up to three quarters full.