Sunday, February 1, 2009

Feb week #1 - this weeks menu

OK ladies...we are going to make 4 easy croc pot/slow cooker meals this week. Set them up in the morning before work or after breakfast for a yummy meal you don't have to worry about much til dinnertime. Take a look at your weeks menu and anything you can prep on Sunday or the night before will help make this a quick meal week. slice up veggies needed and put them in Ziploc so you can just dump them in in the morning. I love using the slow cookers or croc pots. Makes dinners a cinch.

Superbowl Sunday - (croc pot meal #1) Sausage & Peppers with Penne Pasta or rolls
In a slow cooker/croc pot add 1 onion sliced & 1 pepper sliced and a few garlic cloves crushed on bottom. Add Italian sausage & a jar or 2 (enough to cover sausages) of your favorite tomato sauce, a cup or 2 of Marsala cooking wine (or any wine will do). let cook all day on low. set this up early in the day and let cook. Serve on rolls while watching the Superbowl or with pasta.

Monday - (croc pot meal #2) Cream of Chicken & Rice soup
cream of chicken and rice soup: saute' onions & mushrooms with a little olive oil. In a croc pot add uncooked chicken breast cut into cubes, add the sauteed onions and mushrooms. a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup, 4 cups chicken stock & 1 cup Marsala wine. Let cook on low all day. cook rice according to directions on box and add to soup before serving.

Tuesday - Roast Turkey Breast, baked Sweet Potatoes & Spinach Salad
*left over turkey breast, chop 2 cups into small bits and store in Ziploc for turkey ring on Thurs.

Wednesday - (croc pot meal #3) Pulled Pork. (easiest meal all week)
pulled pork: place a pork roast into the croc pot, cover with your favorite BBQ sauce and let cook all day on low. If you like it spicy add hot sauce. It will be so tender and just pull apart. Serve this with rice and veggies or put on a roll like a pulled pork sandwich wit a salad on the side.

Thursday -Turkey Cranberry Ring, and Salad
(A Pampered Chef recipe). What you need: 2 packages (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls, 1/2 c mayo, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 2 c chopped turkey, 1/2 c chopped celery, 1/2 c dries cranberries, 4 oz shredded Swiss cheese (or 6 slices chopped up), 1/2 c walnuts. How to make: mix together in a bowl all the ingredients. On a round pizza stone lay out 1st package of crescent roll dough like a star in a circle facing out. Corners of large end of dough should touch. Then 2nd package of dough facing in. Roll or pat center ring of dough so it sticks together. Spoon mixture around the ring (some filling will be exposed), then fold dough over like a present til it meets and looks like a wreath. (If you don't have a round pan you can do the same with a rectangular) bake 25-30 min at 375 degrees. Slice and serve with a salad.

Friday - Christina's Vegetable tomato Bean Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Vegetable Bean Soup: 6 cups water, about 2 tbsp chicken stock or bouillon cubes that are enough for 6 cups. 1 can diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 1/2 bag of frozen mixed vegetables, 1 can red kidney beans and any other beans you like can be added, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, 2 bay leaves, basil or oregano if you want them. Combine first 6 ingredients into a large sauce pan. Add your seasonings to suit your taste. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally and watch often so it doesn't burn. A good alternative to the frozen vegetables and beans is the frozen Rancho vegetables.

Saturday - (croc pot meal #4) Moms Beef Stew
In croc pot add Stew meat, 1 bay leaf, 1 onion soup mix packet, potatoes peeled sliced, carrots & celery chopped, 1 onion cut up, 1 can tomato paste, water (enough to cover ingredients), beef bouillon. You can add any veggies you like to this pot. Cook on low all day. Serve with some yummy soft bread.
*If you like it with a thick gravy you may have to thicken with flour and water. Although the starch from the potatoes should thicken it.
to thicken: in a cup mix water with a few spoons of flour til no flour clumps (If you use a fork to stir it works well). Turn croc pot on high...stir in flour and water mixture slowly and it will thicken as it starts to bubble.

2 comments:

  1. I love it. Can't wait to try the pulled Pork! Don't forget the Dads you here looking for good food that's easy to make. I am lovin' your blog!

    Thank you
    Paul from Long Island

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  2. The Turkey ring is soooo yummy! such a great way to use turkey or chicken leftovers.

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