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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.