Monday, August 22, 2005

The Crock pot is a friend

I love my crock pot! School is back in session and starting next week we will be in full swing with work, homework, dance lessons, choir practice, scouts, sleepovers, playdates, chores and all of the others things that we fill our lives with. One of the things that we have done is eat together as a family. No TV, no sittin' in the living room, no eatin' in shifts.....We do it together or not at all! I know we have all read and heard the importance of this activity, but sometimes it is not always easy to accomplish.

That's where the crockpot comes in handy. I got up 15 minutes early this morning so I could put together dinner. It was beef tips and mushrooms over noodles. When I got home from school, Molly and I took a swim, and then all I had to do was cook some noodles, saute' some zucchinni and cut up a cantaloup....Dinner!

I usually do the beef tips or a roast. Does anyone have any other good recipes? I would use it more if I knew some good ones.

Bon Apetit!


Jen said...

I have a great taco casserole for the crock pot. I know it sounds weird, but it is yum!

Jennifer Meachem said...

one chicken breast per individual (cut up into chunks)
one large can diced tomatoes
two cans (or four cups frozen) corn
two cans ranch style beans
one can black beans
four cans chicken broth (or six cups)
one small onion (cut into chunks)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

dump everything in in the morning (including all liquids) into a large crockpot (what else is there?) and cook on low all day. or you can dump it all in when you get home and cook on high. it all depends on when you want it.
i serve it with a dollup (sp) of sour cream, some shredded cheese, and a lime slice to make it pretty.
i also make some corn bread with some corn in the batter with some chopped chiles (from a can and drained) and a little cheddar cheese in the mix. delish!

Wezie said...

So where's the taco cassrole recipe, Henny?

your's sounds great Jen M - I am definitely going to try that one!

Jen said...

I'll make a copy--too much time to type it.

Wezie said...

OK - Luv Ya!

Jennifer Meachem said...

hey wezie,
i also make my beloved lasagne in my crockpot. it takes more preparation so i do it in steps like, make the sauce & cook the noodles one day - put it in the fridge. then the next day cook the meat then layer it all the morning of. cook it on low all day and it comes out great!

Wezie said...

I now crown you....Crock Pot Queen! Who'd of thought to make lasagna in a crock pot? Can you grill out in a crock pot?

Anonymous said...

you know i read everyone's blogs, so i'll go ahead and finally respond so i'll seem like a participant instead of a spy.

my family likes a very basic beef stew: 2 lb stew meat, potatoes, carrots, one can beef broth, and quarter cup flour. i think it's from the recipe booklet that came with the crock-pot!

luv ya,
karen b

Wezie said...

I feel honored that you chose ME to comment on first! Thanks for the recipe....That's on e of my favorites....

Jennifer Meachem said...

got a new one for you, made it last night and it was great! i kinda made it up though, so bear with me...

one chicken breast per individual (or more for seconds)

honey mustard (enough to ALMOST cover chicken)i bought walmart brand honey mustard in a bottle & used two of them

one to two (depending on amount of chicken) cups brown sugar, i always use dark

one small purple onion sliced so the pretty rings lay over the top.

thats it! chicken, honeymustard, surgar, onions in that order...

this cooks down all day on low beautifully and i served it with brown rice and peas and carrots.

the kids couldn't get enough of it!