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Tuesday
Feb252014

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken in Three Simple Steps

There is something just so grand about throwing something in the crock pot, coming back later and it being done!

I love to cook a whole chicken in there. It's so easy and tasty. And ECONOMICAL! 

I wanted to break it down to for you in THREE simple steps that will MAXIMIZE flavor, juice and tenderness. 

What you'll need:

A whole chicken, with any giblets and neck removed

Your favorite seasonings, for this I used kosher salt, pepper, paprika and celery seed

One medium apple, chopped

one onion, chopped

Step 1: Line the bottom of your slow cooker with your apples and onions. 

Step 2: Shove some apples and onion pieces into your bird. 

Step 3: Place your bird in the slow cooker and rub down with your spice mix. 

Set your slow cooker to low for six hours. 

Done! That's it. You're done. 

Come back later to a beautiful roast chicken. 

What slow cooker treats have you made lately? 


Tuesday
Feb182014

Easy Baked Tortellini

I love pasta yes I do, I love pasta how bout you?!

Do you ever need a quick meal? Like a throw it all in the pan and go chase some babies meal? I know I do. 

I made this really simple and really tastey baked tortellini last week and it was a hit. My husband liked it even though it was a meat free meal. Also from beggining to end it only took about 30 minutes. 

What you'll need:

One package of tortellini

1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half

1 cup shredded mozzarella 

1 jar pasta sauce

 

Boil the pasta according to the package directions and pour a little pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. 

 

Add your pasta to the pan. 

Add in your tomatoes. 

Cover in sauce and cheese. 

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 

It is so delicious and cheesy and "tomatoey." 

What's your favorite pasta dish? 


Tuesday
Feb112014

Country Style Pork Loin in the Slow cooker 

I like easy meals. Don't you? I love being able to throw a few ingredients in my slow cooker and go about my life. 
Last week I made country style pork loin. It was delicious and so easy. The ingredients are pretty basic and when paired with a roasted broccoli it was a meal. 
What you'll need:
A country style pork loin
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice 
minced onion
paprika
pepper
kosher salt
Step1. Place your pork loin in a greased slow cooker.  Rub down with your brown sugar.
Step 2. Add a generous amount of your seasonings and rub into your pork loin.
Step 3. Add your apple juice. Set your slow cooker to low for 6 hours. 

Have you done any slow cooking lately?

 

Sunday
Feb092014

Funfetti Valentine's Whoopie Pies 

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Valentine's Day is just a few days away! Honestly, I have never cared anything about Valentine's Day. But then I had kids and that changes EVERYTHING. Valentine's Day is now a time to make special crafts, wear cute outfits and make sweet desserts for my sweetie pies. 

I mean, look at my little Valentines! 

This past weekend we made "Funfettie Valentine's Whoopie Pies."

I am just going to throw this out there- these are the LEAST healthy thing I think I have ever made. They are loaded with sugar. But as Sesame Street reminds us, cookies are a sometimes food.

These whoopie pies are so easy to make, you make the cookie out of cake mix, but it's soft and moist. 

What you'll need:

One boxed Funfetti cake mix

2 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup oil

1 can frosting- I chose to use vanilla and flavor with strawberry Jello. 

Combine your cake mix, oil, eggs and baking powder. 

It will be thick- like cookie dough. 

Spoon your cookies out onto parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet. This should yield 24 cookies- to make 12 pies. 

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350. 

I used just a can of vanilla icing and I added in a table spoon of strawberry Jello to give it color and flavor. 

Once your cookies have cooled, spoon your icing onto half your cookies. 

Top your cookie with another cookie! If you have sprinkles you can roll your cookie in the sprinkles for a little something extra. 

I chose Funfetti because they are colorful and fun- I mean fun is right there in the title! But you could use any combination. You could use plain, yellow cake mix and add chocolate chips. 

You could use chocolate cake mix and use cream cheese icing. The possibilities are endless. It's all about creating a rare treat. 

What kind of Valentine's Treats are you making? 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb052014

Zucchini and Summer Squash, oven fried goodness

Spring came early. Which concerns me. But it also means spring and summer crops are now available and since shopping in season is so important to save money and have a more sustainable plate, that makes me happy.

So summer squash and zuchini are plentiful in these parts. Since I do most of my produce shopping at the local farmer's market, that means they are a little cheaper now.

Last night we had burgers. And I wanted a good side dish that wasn't french fries. But seriously, what is a burger without french fries?

What about seasonal oven fries??? I have saved the day!

What you'll need:

Zucchini

Squash

about a cup of bread crumbs

1/4 grated parmesan

2 eggs

a paper bag

a greased cookie sheet

Preheat that oven to 425 and let's get started!

Wash your veggies and chop off the ends. Then cut each in half. The halves can then be cut in to four fries each. (Each vegetable will yield 16 fries.)

Dump the bread crumbs and parm in to a paper bag and shake.

In a bowl whisk your eggs.

Put your chopped vegetables in to your eggs and mix with your hands. Yes, use your hands. You can wash them later.

Then put the vegetables in the bag and shake, shake, shake.

Place the vegetables on your cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes. These are so good. If you can't eat "fries" without dipping them might I recommend a little Greek yogurt and ranch mix. Yummy!