Posts Tagged ‘Crock Pot’

I’ve seen snow twice and it’s barely the middle of November. It’s entirely possible I did not think this move to Indianapolis through.

The upside, of course, is that it’s soup season! I could easily eat soup for every meal (the husband will tell you it’s related to the fact that I’m constantly freezing). When I was living by myself, I would heat up a can of soup for dinner on the regular because it was crazy stupid easy. Now, however, I prefer to make soup from scratch. It still tends to be crazy stupid easy, but it drastically cuts down on the amount of sodium. And, as well all know, for someone who’s paranoid about her cholesterol and blood pressure at the age of 30, that’s a huge win in my book.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Stuffed Pepper Soup

Verdict

Nailed it. Both the husband and I thought this was really really good – and that’s saying something considering he wasn’t a huge fan of stuffed peppers the one time I  made them (I try not to torture him). I made this for dinner last night, brought leftovers for lunch, and since it’s yoga night, it’s entirely possible I’ll have this for dinner again tonight (I don’t cook on yoga night).

Send help.

Alterations

Remember how I said soup tends to be crazy stupid easy? It’s even easier when you make it in the Crock Pot. I browned the turkey, tossed everything in the Crock Pot, and cooked it on low for 5 hours.

Also, as we were eating dinner last night, the husband suggested maybe using turkey sausage next time. I’d say there’s about a 239534% chance of that happening.

 

 

Original recipe from Skinnytaste.

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I give the husband a lot of crap about being a nightmare when it comes to food. But when it comes to chili, I really have no room to talk.

For years, I refused to eat any chili that wasn’t my mom’s or my grandma’s (it was the same). The recipe is: ground beef (or turkey), a can of chili beans, a can of water, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 2 cans of water, and elbow noodles. As you can imagine, this creates more of a soup than a chili. And despite being told by several people that I could call it “goulash” or “chili soup” but under no circumstances was it “chili”, I maintained it was in fact chili. I also refused to eat the beans because ew.

Now, however, I’ve branched out in the chili I’ll consume. It started last Christmasish when my mom forced her new chili recipe on us. I was hungry, so I relented (but you better believe I set a stellar example for the nieces by picking out the beans). Turns out her new chili was even better than her old chili (hearsay!), and it was kind of easier to make since you just browned some meat, threw everything in the Crock Pot, and called it a day.

That experience was what some would call life altering – it led to me collecting chili recipes. But it was really only slightly life altering since I never actually took the plunge and tried a new recipe. Until now.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Verdict

Nailed it. Remember how easy I said my mom’s new chili recipe is? This one’s even easier. There’s no browning of anything – just throw it all in the Crock Pot and 6 hours later dinner is served. And yes, I was a grown up and ate the beans.

Alterations

I halved the quinoa and chicken broth since my Crock Pot was getting a little full. But I think next time I’ll do the full cup of quinoa and leave the broth halved – it was a little soupy. I also used frozen corn instead of canned.

 

 

Original recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

I’m a creature of habit. So it should come as no surprise that I have the same thing for breakfast every day – what I call a pretend omelet (basically an open faced omelet b/c I don’t have the patience to master the omelet flip). This typically keeps me full until lunch, but every once in awhile, I find myself starving by 11 and ready to eat anything that doesn’t move by the time I leave for lunch at noon. This was one of those days.

Crock_Pot_Italian_Turkey_Meatballs(pinned here)

Crock_Pot_Italian_Turkey_Meatballs

(missing a bite b/c I was staaaarrrrrving)

Verdict

These. Are. Amazing. I actually have the husband to thank for these. The man loves him some chick food, but every once in awhile he’ll throw me a curve ball and request something manly – like meatball subs.

Alterations

I used Parmesan instead of Reggiano Parmigiano and skipped the parsley. And instead of serving these with pasta, I made them into subs. (Obviously.) It’s super easy – spread some sauce on the bottom of your roll, place your meatballs on the sauced side, cover the meatballs with some more sauce, place a slice of Provolone on the top of your roll and broil for a few minutes (just watch it closely – it can go from not quite ready to charred in a hurry).

Original recipe from Skinnytaste.

Where the crap did this winter weather come from? 33 and snow/freezing rain? Not cool, Mother Nature. Not cool. Although, I’d be more annoyed if a) it wasn’t supposed to get back up into the 50’s in 2 days, and b) I hadn’t been able to make this bacon potato chowder on Saturday – in the Crock Pot (my Crock Pot and I are having a serious love affair this winter).

Here’s what I stumbled upon on Pinterest:

(pinned here)

And here’s what I wound up with (please ignore my thumb in the picture which I just realized is there):

Verdict

Nailed it. I was a little afraid I had built this up too much in my head for it to be any good, but I really enjoyed it. The husband said he liked it, too, and when he went back for seconds, I knew he wasn’t lying (seconds is the only way I know it’s not just empty words coming from him).

Alterations

I used turkey bacon (tacon) instead of Canadian bacon, minced onion instead of leek, 2/3 cup evaporated milk instead of half and half (partially because I had no half and half and partially because I realized I was using the 1/3 measuring cup instead of the 1/2 after I was in too deep to do anything about it), and didn’t measure my spices.