My toughest critics

My toughest critics

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Turkey Chili

This was a really hardy very flavorful chili.  Captain usually hates chili with beans, in fact he likens beans to carnations as just plain "filler".  He actually really enjoyed this chili black beans and all.  It was super easy to throw together and literally took about 15 minutes.  I did not feed this to Little Man and The Princess because it was pretty spicy.  The best part about this chili is it is healthy and full of protein!

1.25 lbs of ground turkey
1 large onion chopped
1 large clove of garlic minced
1.5 cups frozen corn
1 red pepper diced
3 small hot peppers diced (I used pablanos from my garden)
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 package of chili seasoning

for toppings: the sky is the limit, oyster crackers, shredded cheese (any kind), sour cream, guac....etc.

cook first three ingredients until turkey is not pink, drain and put into crock.  Stir in the res of the ingredients until well mixed.  This will seem very dry but do not worry, the tomatoes boil down and there is plenty of liquid at the end.  Cook on low 6 hours serve with toppings. 

Recipe from My Recipes, tweeked.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Creamy Sausage Dip

This was hands down the marriage maker in dip form!  Captain was ever so happy and had a lot...I mean a lot.  We had several guest tasters over last night and this dip got a score of 10 out of 10!  Woowzer, that has never happened.  In other words, it is a keeper.  It makes a ton, even after having 6 adults nosh on it and Captain's late night fridge raid, I still have a large amount left. I will warn you, this is not healthy but sometimes a cook has gotta make her Captain happy.  :)

4 packages of cream cheese

2 cans of Rotel (this is the tomato mixture in the cans with green chiles.  If you can't find it you can get diced tomatoes and add some spices to give it a kick)

1.5-2 pounds of pork sausage (this can be Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans breakfast sausage or just ground pork.  I used a mixture of both)

3-4 hot peppers (I picked a few pablanos from my garden and left the seeds in.  You can make it as spicy or mild as you please.  You can skip the peppers all together but they add so much flavor)

cook pork and drain.  put all ingredients in the crock and heat on low for aprox. 1 hour or until the cream cheese is melted.  I put it on high for 20 minutes and back down to low because I was running late on time.  Serve with crusty french bread or a very heavy cracker that can take the weight.  Tortilla chips do not work so well as they tend to break.  Enjoy!
Got this recipe from Crock Pot Girls and and tweeked it a little.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Choc. Chip Zucchini cake

We have officially started harvesting veggies from our organic garden.  We will have a lot of Zucchini this year.  I love Zucchini but the rest of the family...not so much.  I am always up for trying new things to get them to eat it and this cake did not let me down.  I found it on a wonderful crock blog called A busy Mom's slow cooker adventures. 
Here is the deal:
3 Eggs

1 1/2 cups Sugar

1 cup All Natural Applesauce (or use 1 cup vegetable oil)

3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. cinnamon

3 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup chocolate chips

2 cups peeled and grated zucchini (I did not peel the zucchini)

mix the eggs, sugar and zucchini until blended.  Add the rest of the items (not the choc. chips) and blend.  Mix in the choc chips last.  Make sure your crock is totally covered with a liner or cooking spray.  My cake was a little burned on the bottom because I did not grease the crock enough before pouring the batter in.  Cook on low for 2-3 hours (depends on size of your crock, if smaller it will take longer as the cake will be deeper). I was not able to flip the cake onto a plate because I did not grease the bottom enough.  Enjoy!