This is a fourth in a series of posts celebrating whole food – fresh food and creative ways to prepare it as fuel for your body. Cucumber salad! Whole foods fresh from the garden, or the local garden stand is so incredibly good for you and this recipe will knock your socks off! Just add … Continue reading Fuel for the Body! Cucumber Dilly Salad
We are a family that loves basil. My husband probably could eat pesto every single night! So… I searched and searched for recipes that number one have the ingredients that we have in the fridge in that we eat on a regular basis. And number two fit the keto lifestyle. This is a combination of … Continue reading Presto Chango! Chicken Pesto!
This is a third in a series of posts celebrating whole food – fresh food and creative ways to prepare it as fuel for your body. I have a confession to make, I’m in love with my VitaMix. It is definitely the most used appliance in our household. My husband has this coffee drink … Continue reading Fuel for the Body: Groovy Fruity Smoothie
This is a second in a series of posts celebrating whole food – fresh food and creative ways to prepare it as fuel for your body. Apples… makes you think of fall right? At least here in New England, we have so many amazing apple orchards in Massachusetts and Vermont, in a good growing … Continue reading Fuel for the Body! Apples! Apples! Apples!
This is a first of a series of posts celebrating whole food – fresh food and creative ways to prepare it as fuel for your body. You want to eat “clean” you say? What is there to eat that tastes good, something to crave and makes your body jump for joy! OK – maybe … Continue reading Fuel for the Body! Roasted Caprese
Who doesn’t love a good sourdough bread? I, myself am a huge fan and envy those bakers that just get it right time after time. It is a process, a love, that takes time and patience. This recipe is sharing Schuyler’s love for sourdough bread that he gets to enjoy regularly when at my ex-husband’s … Continue reading SLC’s Favorite Sourdough Bread
It’s winter time and time for soups, chilis, and warm comfort food to soothe the soul. Time to liven up the diet, but stay healthy and looking for easy tasty ideas for using my “crockpot” – Slow cooker…. I polled my friends for their ideas and wanted to have a place to reference these great ideas that they shared! Thanks everyone!
First off here are my recipes and “go to” slow cooking favorites for the family:
CHILI – SO easy to add the black beans, chopped tomatoes, diced spicy tomatoes, green chilis, jalapeño, hamburger (lots of it for the boys), italian sausage to liven it up, salt, chili powder and black pepper – Cook for 1-2 hours
BARLEY SOUP – Mushrooms, Barley, Garlic, Chicken stock (6 cups), Kale, Spinach, carrots, celery, red pepper, white onions, black pepper, himalayan sea salt and Protein of choice (Chicken or Italian sausage is our favorite)
LENTIL SOUP – Lentils, Chicken Stock, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions, Celery, Spinach, Garlic and Protein (again we love our chicken or sausage unless you want it vegetarian)
APPLESAUCE: Place apples (Cored with peels on) cook for 4 hours – ADD cinnamon in the last hour and then use the Vitamix to blend together!
Next…. New and Fun ideas from my Friends!
MEATBALLS: (from Susan Walker) Use several sauces, depending upon the meal. Cocktail meatballs – chili sauce and grape or currant jelly; porcupine meatballs, ground beef, onion powder and leftover rice, about 1 lb beef to 1 cup rice, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, shape as preferred. Bake at 350 degrees until browned. At this point, I often freeze the meatballs until needed. When ready to cook, place meatballs in crock pot with 2 cans Progresso hearty tomato soup and one larger can Campbell’s tomato soup. Rinse cans with a little good red wine, season a bit more with salt, pepper, basil, oregano and garlic. Season lightly, as flavors strengthen in slow cooking. Cook on low about 7-8 hours depending on your crock pot. I can normally get about 6 hearty servings in that amount of sauce. The last one is similar, using basic meatballs made with bread crumbs, and more of a stroganoff or Swedish sauce. Cream of mushroom, a hint of nutmeg, white wine, some fresh mushrooms added at the end (about one hour left) with sour cream. Same cook time, light salt and pepper seasoning. If I skipped any steps, let me know. Easy peasy! The cocktail meatballs I often cheat and use good frozen ones. Another good sauce is King Arthur Flour’s boiled cider and cracked pepper added to the crock pot with a little beef broth, cook frozen or homemade meatballs 7-8 hours on low. Those are pretty yummy too.
TACO SOUP: (from Colleen Doyle) Friday Night Bites Taco Soup My absolute favorite. I make it without chicken, and I don’t use a taco seasoning packet. Will post her recipe for that, too. I do on occasion put either shredded chicken or shrimp in it-after it’s cooked. Freezes great. TACO SEASONING
CHICKEN STOCK: (From John Turner) we make all our chicken stock in it, delicious then freeze into 1/2/3 cup bags, chuck a carcass in, veg ends, carrot tops etc., herbs, leave on low overnight and voila, fat will break down too, left with clear, pure stock
MEXICAN CHICKEN: (From Beth Knodler) Easy dinner which is really good and versatile is just 1 lb of boneless chicken breasts. tenders, whatever, with a 16oz container of fresh salsa (the stop and shop or Big y brand – it is in with the lettuce/produce area). poor the salsa on top and cook for 6-8 hours on low. It will mix with the salsa and become shredded meat. We have made tacos, nachos, put over rice with a little cheese on top, put over pasta… you can do so many things with it
Beef Stew, Pulled Pork, BBQ Ribs and Oatmeal were also top on the list for amazing and yummy healthy dinners in the slow cooker! Can’t wait to try some of these out this winter.
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