crockpot

Healthy Dinners you can make in advance

Everyone I know (okay, online anyway) is in love with their Instapot, and while I have not yet succumbed, we do have a few time-saving kitchen devices. There’s an older pressure cooker that I pull out only rarely – just one bad experience with a chicken soup spill/semi-explosion (entirely operator error, btw) stays with you for a while, and a newish Crock-Pot which I use at least once a week because I do like an easy dinner prep.

Our favorite, and possibly over-served but maybe not because I never get push back, dish is Smitten Kitchen’s Black Bean Ragout. Served over garlick-y toast, rice or pasta or sweet potatoes (we do love our starches), with avocado and quick pickled red onions. The leftovers (if there are any) go into another favorite – and super easy – dish also from Smitten Kitchen –  Spaghetti Squash tacos (shhh, I even microwave the spaghetti squash – it’s so fast and easy).

These lovely Parmesan crackers are another favorite.  Serve them alone, or with almost anything – hummus, chutney, more cheese, and it will look as if you know more than you do about baking.

We’ve been eating more plant-based foods around here, it’s healthier, more eco-friendly and kinder, too. And the Minimalist Baker is wonderful go-to resource. I made the One Pot Red Lentil Chili for that freezing cold Marathon Monday and it was delicious! Start it on the stove and move to the slow-cooker.

We also love the wonderfully flavorful and hearty Abundance Kale Salad. Prep this on Sunday and you have meals for a few days. I also prep grain bowls for lunches. Make your favorite grains in advance and put them in the fridge, do the same with roasted veggies. In the morning, pack a bowl with whatever strikes your fancy. Fast dressing? A chef friend told me to slightly water down hummus for a quick tahini dressing. Yummy and easy.

Minimalist Baker knows sweets – and appreciates you don’t have all day – try these One Bowl Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes, and the Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles

 

 

 

Crock-pot Love and More #giveaway

Crock-pot® Love and More #giveaway from RedPack Tomatoes®

It’s not that I love my crock-pot more than any other appliance (sorry, crock-pot, I may love my mixer just a little bit more, but we have been together since 1992 and she’s even a bit sickly of late, so…). But this time of year with busy days, late sporting events and activities, I both love and need my crock-pot (I even ponied up for a larger capacity model last year when I couldn’t fit some recipes in my training model (only a one quart).

What do I do with it? Um, everything, really. From beans to sauces to full meals, the crock-pot handles it all. Having a team dinner? Have food allergies/requests? You can have two crock-pots and one meat chile and one veggie. Feeds a crowd – add a big green salad and some cornbread and you are done.

My favorite sauce in general (and it works beautifully in a slow cooker) is from smitten kitchen – tomato sauce with onion and butter.  And I’m always looking for new recipes – I am going to try the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (or Chicken) from Redpack Tomatoes.

So all of you Slow Cooker Lovers, Redpack Tomatoes is running a giveaway of 44 custom crockpots – they are giving away 2 crockpots a day! And here is their Facebook Page where you can enter the giveaway.

 

Disclosure: I received Redpack Tomatoes and a pretty wooden spoon to add to my growing collection. I was not compensated and I have a feeling I can’t enter to win the crockpot either, so you’re welcome.

 

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