Monday, April 7, 2014

Orange you glad I crock?

I crocked this a few days ago. Silly work has me behind in my blogging again. Shame on me.

"Clean Out The Kitchen Acorn Squash" (6 quart pot)

~2 acorn squash, halved and seeded
~16 fresh cranberries
~4 t orange marmelade
~4 t butter
~1 t brown sugar
~1/4 c water

Place 4 cranberries, 1 t marmelade, and 1 t butter in each squash half.
Sprinkle each half with 1/4 t brown sugar.
Pour water into crock pot.
Place squash flat side up in crock pot, stacking as needed.
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

4 servings.
Yum! This *might* be our favorite acorn squash crock yet!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Doubly so.

I like meatloaf. I like crocking meatloaf. I should probably do it more often. Yes? Yes.

"Clean Out The Fridge Turkey Loaf" (6 quart pot)

~1 1/2 lbs 80/20 ground turkey (I usually use 99%, but this was on clearance and so cheap I HAD to buy it.
~1 egg
~1/2 c dried minced onion
~1/2 c grated parmesan cheese (all that was left in ours...that expired in 2012. Yikes.)
~1/2 c pizza sauce (all that was left in an open one we had that said it should've been used within 5 days, but probably at least 2 weeks old. Double yikes.)

Create 2 long handles of aluminum foil and place in crock pot. (Because this is I think all crocked meatloaves should be done.)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Form loaf.
Place in crock pot.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Drizzle with ketchup. (Optional, but thats how I like it.)

I served this with sautéed asparagus.

6 servings.
Mmm. Can you really go wrong with a meatloaf? I don't know about you all, but meatloaf was a staple of my childhood. My dad almost never ate anything my mom cooked, but he did eat her meatloaf. I am definitely crocking more meatloaves. ESPECIALLY because my little helper had 2 servings. 2!! Looks like it'll be a staple of his childhood, too. I'm kind of okay with that.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What's going on?

I've crocked using this particular sauce 3 (or maybe even 4) times in the last 2 months. Because it's good. Because it's easy. Because I'm feeling lazy. It's been slightly different each time. Potatoes. Mushrooms. Potatoes AND mushrooms.

"Tavern Style Pot Roast #3" (6 quart pot)

~2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast.
~1 qt fresh sliced mushrooms
~16 oz fresh baby carrots.
~ 1 envelope of Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauce-Tavern Pot Roast

4 servings.
Everyone thought that this was the best version so far. And I MEAN everyone. My little helper ate his entire serving. Even the mushrooms. What. Is. Happening?


Monday, March 31, 2014

Have you met...butter?

My other half went on a business trip for two weeks and left me home with my little helper. We lived off of grilled cheese and things that, you know, he actually eats without a fight.

I crocked this today and it's actually a recrock. I crocked it about 3 weeks ago, but the night got chaotic and I forgot to take a picture of it. My other half put it in his top 3 (I think), so I promised I'd make it again when he got back from his trip.

"Butter Chicken" (6 quart pot)

~4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
~1 (16 oz) jar Safeway Select's Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce
~rice, cooked

Add chicken and sauce to crock pot.
Mix.
Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
Serve over rice.

4 servings.
My other half thinks that this wasn't as good as the first time I made it, but I have NO idea how that could be since I changed absolutely nothing.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

America's Oldest Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese.

If you can't get your paws on Yuengling, you're really missing out. If I had to drink a beer that was lighter than a stout or porter, I would be all over a lager from "America's Oldest Brewery". Imagine my excitement when I spotted Yuengling's Buffalo Sauce at Safeway last week...with big "NEW!!!" price stickers and everything. They had hot and medium. I grabbed a hot. Naturally.

"Yuengling Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese" (6 quart pot)

~2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks and browned
~1 1/2 c whole milk
~2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
~1 c shredded Mexican blend cheese
~1 (13oz) bottle Yuengling's HOT wing sauce
~2 c uncooked veggie elbow pasta
~1 c panko breadcrumbs
~2 T butter, melted

Mix chicken, milk, cheeses, buffalo sauce, and pasta in crock pot.
Mix butter and breadcrumbs in a small bowl.
Pour mixture evenly over mac and cheese mixture.
Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.

6 servings.
So good. As if there was any question. Even my little helper gobbled it up!

NOW...I just gotta find their ice cream.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

That's what she said.

I've been in the mood for some hot Italian sausage for some reason. I can't believe that 3 years ago, I didn't even LIKE sausage. (Get your minds out of the gutter, people! Ha!)

"Hot Italian Sausage Chili Stew" (6 quart pot)

~1 lb hot Italian sausage, browned and drained
~1 (16 oz) ok pkg frozen "The ultimate southwest blend"veggies
~1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes, halved
~1/2 t salt
~1 t chili powder

Add all ingredients to crock pot.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

4 servings.
 This was yummy. Nice flavor and slightly spicy. My other half thought it was too tomatoey. My anti-tomatoes little helper would probably agree. He ate the beans and corn and that was only after I separated them from the evil sausage, peppers, onions, and juices.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Little tummies.

I crocked this today. My other half is recovering from a stomach bug and I thought that the ginger in it would be good for his tummy.

"Sesame Ginger Chicken" (6 quart pot)

~3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
~1 pt fresh sliced mushrooms
~3 carrots, chopped
~1 (18 oz) jar Safeway Select Sesame Ginger Simmer Sauce
~rice, cooked

Add chicken, mushrooms, carrots, and sauce to crock pot.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
Shred chicken with 2 forks.
Serve over rice.

4 servings
This was pretty good. Kind of heavy on the sesame and light on the ginger, but I'm/we're kind of okay with that. My little helper ate the rice and carrots...eventually.