After a busy day, it’s so nice to come home to a meal that’s ready to eat. Hooray for slow cookers! :) I usually make shredded bbq chicken (served on buns) since it’s so easy, or sometimes beef pot roast, but this time I wanted to try something different. I found a recipe for “Crock Pot Mexican Casserole” at wellplated.com that I made a couple minor adjustments to. Also, I used Las Palmas brand for the enchilada sauce which turned out pretty good, but I can imagine a better sauce would make this dish amazing. It also needs something cold like tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, or salsa to top it off. I opted for tomatoes AND salsa on my plate. Yum. My family and I also enjoyed scooping it onto tortilla chips.
Side note – I love my slow cooker because the pot is also stovetop-safe, so I didn’t have to use a separate pan to cook the meat first. :) Genius. Crock-Pot SCCPVI600-S
It was a cold rainy week in Green Country. So dumping food stuff in a crock pot seemed fitting. A few weeks. back my friend sent a link for Buzzfeed. I opened it and contained within were a dozen or vegan/vegetarian recipes for the slow cooker. Perfect. I have a tiny slow cooker so I thought I might be able to find a recipe in which I had the ingredients on hand. Sure enough I found soup! I had a field day using my Penzeys spices in this bad boy. I altered it slightly. Rather than fresh garlic I used minced. And full confession, I used chicken broth rather than vegetable broth. My bad!
So here's the link for Slow Cooker Tomato, Kale and Quinoa Soup
And here's the original Buzzfeed um feed:
I decided on dinner with a movie. Soup and The Dark Tower. It has Idris Elba in it...there.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a thank-you gift from a member of my credit union. It has turned out to be one of the best gifts I've ever received: America's Test Kitchen Recipe Collection from 2001-2018! It has over 800 pages of perfected recipes and scientifically-proven advice on which brand of ingredients are best or which manufacturer of kitchen appliances are best. There is so much cooking knowledge & wisdom in this Bible of cookbooks that it's difficult to put down. My first recipe to try happened to be this Slow-Cooker Beef Burgundy. Yes, it was labor intensive. And no, this is not your "weeknight-throw-dinner-in-the-pot" kind of recipe. But...WOW! The flavors are bold of pinot noir but tangy and salty of soy sauce. The gravy is thickened by small tapioca pearls in lieu of flour or cornstarch. It is definitely the best meal to have come out of my crock pot! I'm sure you will soon be seeing more recipes from this new love affair of mine! 😉
Jen's food challenge couldn't have been more timely. It has been a crazy busy week for me. It's weeks like this when I am most thankful for my crock-pot
With that I decided to use this challenge for our family Sunday dinner. So we had a chili cook off. Auntie and I both made chili while Angie made the cornbread.
Here is my chili recipe
Spring is right around the corner!! YAY!!
Jen, Amy, Nikita and Georgia
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