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Slow Cooker Chili Mac

April 19, 2017

Slow cooked dinners are magical. You add everything to the crock pot and turn it on. Hours later….BAM! Dinner is done! D loves chili and noodles. This combines the best of both. We used ground turkey, but you could substitute lean ground beef. You can also check out this alternative that we tried right after R was born.

You will need:

 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (30 oz) chili beans in chili sauce
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 c low sodium beef broth
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 2 T of pickling spices in a tea ball
  • Salt and pepper ,to taste
  • 8 oz favorite shaped pasta, uncooked (e.g., elbows, cavatappi)
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • Small bunch of scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)

 

Then you will…

  1. Put the ground turkey in the bottom of your slow cooker and break into smaller pieces. (Optional: if you wanted, you could brown it lightly in a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil first).
  2. Add in the onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
  3. Stir together.
  4. Add the tea ball of pickling spices.
  5. Cover and cook for 8-10 hours on LOW.
  6. Fifteen minutes before serving, taste test.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir in the pasta and shredded cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn slow cooker off.
  9. Top with scallions and serve with sour cream, if desired.
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Baked Sausage and Beans

March 28, 2017

This is a play on hot dogs and beans, but we dressed it up with yummy sausage. It comes together very quickly and makes excellent leftovers.

You will need:

  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 T sherry vinegar
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • ½ t ground pepper
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage (or your favorite sausage), each sausage cut into two pieces
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) low sodium great northern beans, drained and rinsed

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large ovenproof Dutch oven, mix together the cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, pepper and salt. (You can also use a 9×13 baking dish).
  3. Mix in the sausage.
  4. Bake 35 minutes, until the sausages are roasted and cooked through. Stir once in the middle of the baking time.
  5. Stir in the beans.
  6. Return to oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the beans are warmed through.
  7. Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad!

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Puff Pastry Quiche with Spinach and Cheese

February 27, 2017

There are many great things about this recipe. First, you get to use puff pastry, which is flaky and buttery. Then you get to make quiche that is portable and easily customized, which makes this perfect for brunch or households where tastes vary. You can always mix up the egg base and set out a “filling bar” so hungry diners can choose-their-own meal adventure.

This recipe will give you a dozen muffin-sized quiches and a dozen mini quiches. You will likely have some extra filling mixture at the end too, which is perfect for making a quick egg scramble!

You will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c fat-free half and half
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed with the extra water squeezed out
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 c shredded cheese (I used a cheddar-jack blend)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed according to the directions

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Set a regular and a mini-sized muffin tin on the counter to the side. Lightly grease the tins.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together with the half and half, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes until light and airy.
  3. Stir in the spinach, onion and cheese (or whatever fillings you want…be creative!).
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and cut into 9 pieces (3×3). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular sized muffin tin well.
  6. Unfold the second piece of puff pastry. Cut one-third of it into 3 pieces; these should be roughly equal in size to what you just cut. Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular muffin tin well.
  7. At this point you should have a dozen regular-sized muffin tin wells lined with puff pastry. The next step will line a dozen mini-sized muffin tin wells.
  8. Cut the remaining puff pastry into 12 pieces (3×4). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press into the mini muffin tin wells.
  9. Pour a little water into any unused mini muffin tin wells to protect them while baking.
  10. Gently spoon the egg mixture into each lined muffin tin well. The egg will rise a little, so you do not need to fill it to the top of the well. I recommend filling to about 2/3 full.
  11. Bake until the egg center is not wet/jiggly in the middle and the puff pastry is golden. It will take about 12-17 minutes for the mini quiches and another 5 or so for the regular muffin-sized ones. Check frequently near the end.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing. Finish cooling on a wire rack until they are cool enough to eat.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

January 23, 2017

This is lighter version of a sloppy joe casserole: I substituted spaghetti squash for noodles or potato and then swapped ground turkey for the ground beef. It is also excellent as leftovers!

You will need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t dry mustard
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 1/2 c ketchup
  • 4 T tomato paste
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c shredded cheese (we used colby jack)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line an edged baking sheet with foil. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  3. Place the two halves face-down on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
  5. Add the ground turkey and saute until crumbled and starting to brown.
  6. Add the peppers, onions, garlic, dry mustard and chili powder. Saute for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and water. Allow to simmer and reduce by half.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  9. After removing the spaghetti squash from the oven, scrape the inside with a fork to form the noodles.
  10. Transfer the squash noodles to the prepared baking dish.
  11. Mix in the sloppy joe mixture.
  12. Stir in the cheese.
  13. Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

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Greek Yogurt Ranch

January 8, 2017

Not everyone likes ranch, but if you do, try out this recipe. It can be used as a dip or a sauce, and it tastes even better if you let it sit overnight.

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You will need:

  • 1 c plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1/2 t dried dill
  • 1/2 t dried garlic powder
  • 3/4 t dried onion powder
  • 1/2 t dried chives
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Mix everything together in a small bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.

Note: if you want a thinner dip/sauce, slowly mix in milk  until you reach the desired consistency.

 

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Slow Cooker Squash, Lentil and Chickpea Stew

October 30, 2016

This is a hearty fall stew that requires very little prep work. You could allow everything to simmer on the stovetop or toss it into a crockpot while you head out for the day. D said it reminded him of a chili, and it went well with a salad and some crusty bread. It would also be a great dish to prep, pop in the freezer, and save for a busy day.

You will need:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 T garam masala
  • 3 c butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes with chilies, with their juices
  • 1 qt vegetable broth
  • 1 c red lentils
  • 30 oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. (If not using a crockpot, use a large soup pot and then add the rest of the ingredients to the pot throughout the recipe).
  2. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes or until the onion begins to soften.
  3. Stir in the garam masala and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Combine along with the remaining ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

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Slow Cooked Chicken Enchilada Casserole

September 20, 2016

As fall kicks off, who else is reminded of all the deliciousness you can make with your crockpot? I am starting my transition back to work full time after 5 glorious months of maternity leave, and my husband and I plan to put our slow cooker to good use. After all, what beats extra cuddle time earned by having dinner ready to go when you get home from work?

This is an enchilada-inspired casserole that is a hearty dinner option. It is chock full of chicken, black beans and mushrooms, but you could swap or add other veggies to suit your fancy.

You will need:

  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 t cumin
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bunch scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14 oz) low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 32 oz enchilada sauce
  • 12-16 soft corn tortillas, cut into 4 strips each
  • 4 c shredded cheese (recommended: Mexican blend, cheddar, or Monterey Jack)
  • 2 c sour cream

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute the chicken breast  until cooked through and golden, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  4. Shred with two forks and season lightly with salt and pepper. Toss with the cumin.
  5. In the same skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Add the onion and mushrooms to the skillet. Saute until the mushrooms give off their liquids and start to turn golden.
  7. Stir in the scallions and black beans. Remove from heat.
  8. Pour enough enchilada sauce in the crockpot to lightly cover the bottom (~ 1/2 cup).
  9. Layer 1/4 of the tortilla strips, the remaining sauce, and the sour cream.
  10. Layer 1/3 of the veggie mixture and the chicken.
  11. Layer 1/4 of the shredded cheese.
  12. Repeat steps 9 through 11 two more times.
  13. Then repeat step 9 one final time to finish the casserole.
  14. Cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours.
  15. Serve by scooping down to get some of all the layers. Recommend having some extra sour cream and salsa on the side for those who want it!

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