A couple weeks ago, I was craving some comfort food. I wanted to make the stew my Mom made me, when I was young, and still makes to this day as well. It’s a simple stew made up of white kidney beans, meat, red bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. My Mom always uses small chunks of stewing beef in her recipe. I didn’t have any, but I did have lean ground beef on hand, so I browned it before putting it in the Crock Pot. I then added the dry white kidney beans, red bell peppers, onions, red pepper flakes and diced tomatoes. Added chicken broth (until just covered), salt and pepper before cooking it on low for 8 hours. It turned out perfect!! I served it over rice, the way I’m used to eating it. Will definitely make it again soon, now that I know how to cook it myself. My Mom was impressed 🙂 Below is a recipe that I used as a reference, and if you’re interested, you can too.
Saw this recipe, after getting my weekly email from Food.com. It was about Crock Pot recipes, one could make, during the hot months of summer. After perusing the list, this one caught my eye, because a) I was looking for a new chicken recipe to try out b) was made in the Crock Pot…win!! and c) had very few ingredients I already had on hand. I was able to put it all together and into the Crock Pot within 5mins…was loving it already!! I chose to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, since that’s what I had in the freezer. I did defrost them a bit, for almost a day in the fridge first, but you could definitely cook it from frozen. Being that there wasn’t any bone, I cut the cooking time to 4hrs on Low, which was perfect. For our personal tastes I used 1/2 cup of sugar, a 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of Sprite Zero, 4tbsp of minced garlic, 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper and 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper. At first I thought, the vinegar was REALLY strong, after mixing it all together. But after cooking, it mellowed out enough, for us to enjoy it. The chicken was moist, flavourful and reminded my hubby and I of sesame chicken…minus the sesames LOL I served it over rice, so it could soak up the sauce. I know, from the photo, it doesn’t *look* very appetizing…but we very much enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a new chicken recipe, that doesn’t require much work, then I’d definitely suggest you give this one a try!!
Nothing says Irish, like some good ol’ fashioned corned beef, am I right?! This year we forgot to grab, a brisket in time to pickle it ourselves, so we bought a pre-seasoned one. We bought Rachel’s brand (if you’ve heard of it), and it’s looking great so far, in the Crock Pot. We’re cooking it on low for 8 hours, and added the onions and carrots at the 4 hour mark. I know cabbage is traditional, but we just aren’t feeling it this year. Being able to set this-forget it, and come back to a fully cooked meal in hours, is a wonderful thing…especially when beer will be involved later tonight 😉
It’s fall, and that means pumpkins and squash everywhere!! So, I decided to make one of my favourites…Crock Pot Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Soup. The recipe is REALLY simple, but I added vegetables and a cup of rice to beef it up, yet it still retains it’s awesome pumpkin flavour. Serve it with a dollop…or two of sour cream, sprinkle some nutmeg on top (optional) and a really nummy crusty bread…omnomnom!!