Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Crock Pot Veggie Burritos - V2.0

A very simple recipe that anyone can make!
My recipe. Makes an estimated 25-30 Servings (1/2 Cup Scoops)
2 Cups Brown Instant Rice
3 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Cups Salsa
3 Tblsp of Taco Seasoning
3 Peppers sliced thin
1/2 Red Onion Sliced Thin
2 Cans (15oz)  Black Beans
2 Cans (15 oz) Diced Tomatoes (Choose your own flavor.)
1 Can Diced Chilis (4oz)
I also added 4-5 Jalapenos and a couple Tblsp juice.

Place in order listed (stir together Rice/Broth/Salsa/Seasoning) in crockpot and cook approximately 6 hours.

I added 3 Tblsp of Taco Seasoning, but you can add a mixture of of Paprika, Cumin, and Red Pepper Flakes.

I used Spark to estimate the nutritional content of it. It is only based on the ingredients in the in the crockpot. Adding shells, cheese, guac, and sour cream adds the extra calories!

I use Mission 96% Fat Free Tortilla, Wholly Guacamole, Daisy Reduced Fat Sour Cream, and some Colby Jack cheese.

Monday, August 27, 2012

September Six Pack (2012)

I always get ahold of the monthly workout calendars about halfway into the month. Not this time. I made my own. I also get to choose my own rest day (which happens to correspond with my PE review class.) I also changed it to what I think should work better. I'm not crazy about the 100 sit-ups, but I only reduced the plank. Mostly because holding a plank past a minute isn't good for you. Doing 3 really solid 20-second planks is a lot better then doing 1 half-assed 60-second plank.

If you choose to do this, please remember that limiting yourself at the beginning is important since you'll do this every day. Also, for me, I already work out 5 days a week, so I'm just going to add this on.

If you want me to email this to you, feel free to drop me a PM with your email address. I'm hoping to encourage a lot of my friends to do it and log about it.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Baked Potato Soup

Last week I made Baked Potato Soup.               It's very simple.
  • 5 lbs russet potatoes, diced, NOT peeled
  • 5 tablespoons garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 64 ounces chicken broth or stock
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • bacon, sour cream, chives or shredded cheese for garnish
Put the potatoes, garlic, onion, and chicken broth in a crockpot All. Day. Long. (8 hours)

You can put the mixture in the food processor, but I used my Cuisinart immersion blender to mix it. If you don't own an immersion Blender, well, there's no reason not too. I use it for EVERYTHING.

After getting the onion & potatoes pureed, mix in the 2 bricks of cream cheese. This recipe was originally reported as "amazing" on Pinterest because it didn't have a heavy cream or milk product in it. Um... ok. Cream Cheese = Milk Product in a Heavy Cream form. Ok.

The soup is amazingly bad for you. If you weren't able to tell by the one whole pound of cream cheese. 

The soup without fancy toppings is not that flavorable (I added pepper to the crock pot also). I would recommend the chives and bacon bits. This recipe would make a good Pot-Luck side dish. You could add less broth and make it more chunky. It was super easy (aside from making Jason scrub 5 pounds of potatoes, and dicing the potatoes... and using the immersion), and is a hearty meal for the winter. Next time I make this, I'll make half the amount, and keep it a little thicker. It'll make a good side dish with chicken or steak.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


Groupon had a great deal on a juicer a few weeks ago. A juicer has been on my list of "wants" for awhile. That type of juicer is available at Macy's, for the same price that Groupon had it. (Back during the Groupon deal it was at $109 at Macy's.) The reviews I found online were good so I went ahead and purchased it.

With the food coop, I get a lot of extra veggies, this week included a couple pounds of sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes, Jason does not. I figured juicing them would help me use them. I created an "orange" juice using 2 sweet potatoes, a handful of baby carrots, and 2 small apples.  It was delicious. I'm trying to figure out how many calories are in the juice now.

I found this helpful website, but it's hard to find good juicing recipes. I don't want to throw in a whole bunch of things and make really crappy juice. It is hard to find other juice recipes. It's not like making an apple pie where millions of people have made pies and a standard recipe is out there.

Well - I started this blog before making dinner.. and should have finished it... because I cut myself something nasty and now can't type. Yeah for knife safety!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Food Coop

My friend Erin joined her local food coop and has gotten many of her friends involved, or so I like to think. They should!! Because the food coop is amazing!! You order a basket of produce every 2 weeks, and you can order a ton of extras! I'm trying to get my mom to do it. If you are in the St. Louis area & Illinois metro area, you should try it out.

 This week I got all this. And a bag of potatoes. I'm making baked potato soup (it's a crock pot recipe), and needed them.
For $21.50 I got all this:
Red Grapes
Plums Red
Cherry Tomatoes
Romaine Lettuce
3 # Sweet Potatoes
Green Peppers
And a 5-pound bag of Russet Potatoes cost me $1.70. 0.34-cents a pound!
I quickly steamed the broccoli and added it to my cheesy shells. It was super yummy. I'm still waiting on Jason to finish grilling the brats & burgers. It was a busy day for us. The puppy got neutered (we foster puppies for Stray Rescue), I was in the field, I had to pick up my co-op order, and I have (online) PE Review class.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Homemade Wings

Who doesn't love wings? I never really cared for them, and they slowly grew on me. I still don't care for deep fried wings, and I don't like buffalo sauce (um, yea, so I'm really different!), but I do like chicken. And the husband LOVES wings, so alas I found a recipe I can make! Thank gawd for the Food Network!

12 whole chicken wings
3 ounces unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1-inch of water in the bottom, over high heat, cover and bring to a boil.

Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using kitchen shears, or a knife, separate the wings at the joint. Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper. Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown. 

While the chicken is roasting, melt the butter in a small bowl along with the garlic. Pour this along with hot sauce and salt into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and stir to combine.

Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to the bowl and toss with the sauce. Serve warm.

Cliff Notes Version:
Get some wings. Cheat. Get the little drummies that are all ready to go! Don't waste time or energy cutting and snipping.
Steam wings for 10-minutes. This helps gets some fat off the wings.
Elevate wings and let drain & chill for 1-hour. Somehow, someway, this is an important step.
Bake wings 20-minutes. Flip 'em over, bake 20 more minutes.
Coat in butter & sauce.
Eat wings!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chicken Fried Rice

Oh Yum! I found this recipe here. I made it tonight and it's amazing!

The Chicken Fried Rice starts with Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Serves 2-3
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
3/4 cup sugar (I used brown).
3/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons water
Whisk together sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, pepper, and water. Pour sauce over chicken in slow cooker. Slow cook on low for four hours.

This is amazing by itself, over white rice, as a meal. Super yummy! :)

If that's not enough, you can make the below and add the chicken. That's what we did tonight!

Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice
Serves 5-6
4 cups prepared rice (I will use less next time, maybe 2 cups.)
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked (See above)
1 cup peas & carrots, frozen
1 small white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs (I wish I would have used 3-4)
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce (I used the soy sauce juice from the crock pot)
Prepare rice according to package instructions to yield 4 cups cooked rice.

Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, peas, and carrots.

Stir fry until tender. Crack eggs into pan and scramble, mixing throughout vegetables.

Add rice, chicken, and soy sauce to pan. Mix well.

Serve! Eat! So yummy!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers (Makes 12 Peppers)

12 Green Peppers
40-ounces ground turkey
Worcestershire Sauce
Garlic (lots of garlic!!)
1 Chopped White Onion
1 Cup Colorful Peppers
1.5 cups of cooked rice (white, red, brown, whatever you prefer or have on hand)
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes (pick your own flavor)
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can black beans (rinsed & drained)
1 8-ounce can corn (if you prefer, rinsed & drained)
Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Boil the peppers for approximately 10 minutes or until soft.  Drain well.
Brown the turkey with 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce and a couple cloves of garlic.
Add chopped peppers and onion and cook. Add more Worcestershire sauce for flavor. Pepper too.

Add can of diced tomatoes (do not drain), black beans, corn, tomato sauce, cooked rice and stir. Heat together for like 10 minutes.
Stuff peppers. (I used a foil lined loaf pan to keep the peppers upright.)
Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes at 375.

Brand New Cooking

I'm a pretty awesome cook. Totally awesome. If I do say so myself, and Jason agrees!!

I finally got new pots and pans! I'm totally excited for them too. I've already used 5 of them and look forward to using all of them. I made Stuffed Peppers and Steamed Broccoli.

I'm working hard to get back into eating right. It's hard. All the junk food calls to me!

I've found some new healthy recipes on pinterest.