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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Turkey meatball spaghetti

Today was one of the first fall days that actually felt like fall.  This dish made my house smell divine and it was easy to put together and very flavorful.  You can switch the turkey out for ground beef and change up the type of noodle.  The kids loved this and there are a lot of leftovers.  It is also a budget friendly meal.

1/2 cup wheat germ
2 large egg whites
1/4 cup packed fresh basil
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 small onions chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp olive oil
1 small red pepper chopped
1 jar 24-26 ounce marinara sauce (I used my homemade but any sauce would work)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano

Spray the inside of your crock with  cooking spray.  Mix wheat germ, egg whites, basil, half of the garlic and half of the onions in a bowl.  Add turkey and a pinch of salt and pepper and mush all together with your hands until completely mixed.  Set aside.
Heat oil in sauce pan.  sauté bell pepper, other half of garlic and onion.  Add thyme and oregano.  Cook until onions are clear.  Place into crock add jar of marinara sauce and .5 cup of water and mix all together with a fork in the crock. 

roll turkey mixture into 2 inch balls and drop them into the sauce. (you will get about 20 balls).  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Enjoy over pasta.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kielbasa Kale and Potato Soup

 Princess is the best helper!
Tastes as good as it looks!  Wonderful spicy smoky flavor!
So we have a lot of Kale in our organic garden.  It is the gift that keeps giving.  It is hardy and really provides us with a ton of kale throughout the season.  We have made kale chips and kale salads.  I was so happy to find this soup.  It was most excellent and perfect for fall.
1 onion minced
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 tablespoon chili powder
1.5 teaspoons fresh minced oregano or .5 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle chile in adobo
6 cups chicken broth
1 pound aprox. 3 red potatoes scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
8 ounces kielbasa sausage halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
8 ounces of kale stemmed and torn into small pieces
salt and pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese
microwave onion, garlic, oil, chili powder, oregano and chipotle in bowl, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes, transfer to slow cooker.
stir broth, potatoes and kielbasa into slow cooker. cover and cook on low 6 hours or until potatoes are soft.
stir in kale, cover and cook on high for 20 minutes.  season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.  Enjoy!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Shredded Chicken Tacos

 Little man was serious about his tacos.  He LOVED them. "Mommy this is the best chicken ever"
I love the Facebook page Crock Pot Ladies.  They have some great stuff.  I tried this with a little teeny tiny tweek. 

2lbs boneless skinless chicken tenders or chunks.
2 small containers chicken broth (3 cups total)
1 package dry ranch mix
1/2 package taco seasoning mix (it called for a whole package but I knew that would be too spicy for my little man)
Cook on HIGH for three hours.  Drain liquid, shred with a fork.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Chicken and Stuffing

This was awesome.  The family loved it and it is easy to make healthy (er).  The chicken was very moist and the stuffing adds great flavor. 

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half (raw)
2.5 cups chicken broth
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 14 ounce bag cornbread stuffing (you can make your own stuffing with gluten free bread)
1 can cream of chicken soup (I make my own)
1 stick of butter melted

spray crock.  place chicken breasts on the bottom.  Celery and onion on top of chicken.  Pour cream of chicken soup on top.  Mix chicken broth, melted butter and stuffing together with a fork.  Spoon stuffing on top of cream of chicken soup.  Cook on low for 4 hours. 

Enjoy!  This will be a staple going forward.  This makes a lot so plenty of leftovers!

I served with green beans and a salad. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Yummy egg hash casserole


Place a layer of frozen hash browns on the bottom of the crock pot, followed by a layer of bacon, then onions, bell pepper and cheese.
Repeat the layering process two more times, ending with a layer of cheese.
Beat the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together.
Pour over the crock pot mixture.
Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
***I cooked this for 7 hours and it was perfect.  The whole family enjoyed. it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ham and Potato Chowder #1 Kid pick

Little man picked this out of his cookbook and absolutely devoured two bowls of it.  It was easy to make and was very flavorful.  Kid friendly for sure. 

1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 lb cooked ham cubed or in strips
1 box scalloped potatoes and mix packet
4 cups chicken broth (I am loving Trader Joe's organic broth)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups half and half
1/3 cup flour

Place chopped celery and onion in bottom of crock.  Place ham on top. Add potatoes, sauce mix, chicken broth, salt and pepper and stir everything together.  Cook on low for 5-7 hours.  Whisk flour and half and half together.  Add to crock.  Cook on low for another 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Juicy Hamburgers

These were awesome.  I love the taste and texture.  They are juicy and flavorful.  Best of all it is a great way to cook burgers in the winter without going outside and freezing or stinking your house up!  Also with a new baby at home I love how easy this is.  I was able to to prepare it in five minutes flat.  All members of the tasting crew enjoyed these.

2lbs ground beef
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups tomato juice or puree
1 tablespoon garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp Italian Seasoning (or any meat seasoning you like ie-Lawrys)

put chopped onion and celery in bottom of crock.  With your hands mix together salt, pepper and ground beef and make eight balls.  flatten the balls into patties and place them in the bottom of the crock, try not to overlap but if you do stagger them.  Stir the tomato juice, ketchup, garlic and Italian seasoning together.  Pour over ground beef and cook on low for 5-7 hours or high for 2.5.  Serve with whatever toppings you want.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Little Man Snack Mix

Santa brought the kids each a crock pot cook book.  I let them each pick out one thing to make every week.  It is such a fun time cooking with them in the kitchen and when they pick out the recipe themselves they are way more interested in eating it.  This was a big hit.  It is from the cookbook Fix it and Forget it Slow Cooking For Kids.
 3 cups thin pretzel sticks
4 cups wheat chex
4 cups cheerios
12 ounces salted peanuts
half a stick of butter (melted)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp season salt (Lawrys)
2 Tbsp parm. Cheese
2 cups m&ms or choc chips.

Mix pretzels, cereals and peanuts together in crock.  Add seasonings and parm cheese to melted butter, mix well.  Pour butter mixture over dry stuff in crock.  Stir around until coated.  Cook on low for 2.5 hours stirring every 30 minutes.  After 2.5 hours let mix cook for 30 minutes without the lid.  let cool.  Add m&ms or choc chips once cool.  Serve and enjoy.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Turkey Tetrazzini

This was a fantastic way to use all of our turkey leftovers from the holidays.  It makes a lot and the kids both loved it.  I think it would work well with ham too.
2 1/2 cups diced cooked turkey breast (for ease, buy a precooked breast, such as Jennie-O)

1 (14 1/2 ounce) can fat-free chicken broth

1 (10 1/2 ounce) can low-fat cream of mushroom soup

2 teaspoons sherry wine or 2 teaspoons cooking wine

1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese (I used a little more cheese)

8 ounces canned mushroom slices, drained

1/4 cup pimento stuffed olive (optional) (I did not use these)

12 ounces uncooked spaghetti or any type of noodle

3 tablespoons water

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
Place all ingredients except spaghetti, parmesan, water and cornstarch into crock pot; stir.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over cooked spaghetti; sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Prior to serving, you'll probably want to thicken this a little more. Mix lukewarm water and cornstarch in a bowl until corn starch is dissolved. Add to crock pot mixture. Stir until thickened. If it it not thick enough you may repeat this step.