Friday, October 17, 2014

In the Kitchen Lately

We have been trying new recipes lately, in an effort to not eat fast food every night or spend a lot of money on take-out. So I have tried several new things in the crock-pot, and a few things that I made on the weekend but were great left overs. Some were Giuliana approved, some not so much. All were husband approved :)

cheesy ham and potato bacon casserole to use up all of those holiday leftovers ohsweetbasil.com_edited-1

We had a ham and a bunch of potatoes we needed to use, and some fresh organic broccoli that a neighbor gave us because she was leaving town. So I went to pinterest and found this recipe. We didn't use the bacon, but it was very good. Totally not healthy, but the broccoli at least makes you feel like it's healthy, right? It was good as leftovers too. Recipe here. 

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

These were a hit. Giuliana liked them too. They were perfect for a work day, because they took no time to throw together when Jeff got home from work. Recipe here. 

Pork Chile Verde - amazing! Just like what I had in Austin!!!  Just search on the page for the recipe. Soooo amazing with melted Monterrey jack on top. Serve with warm tortillas as an app or make into tacos for a main meal.

Another favorite crock-pot recipe for the weekdays is Pork Chili Verde. (Take one large pork shoulder, trim off fat, salt and pepper and sear in EVOO on stove top. Place in crock pot with 3/4 large can of Las Palmas Green Enchilada Sauce and 3/4 jar of La Victoria Thick n chunky Salsa Verde. Cook on low about 7 or 8 hours. Serve in warm tortillas with cheese. I like to add avocados too). 

Cabernet Pot Roast

I was excited to see this back at Trader Joe's for the fall. You just put it in the crock pot with your favorite veggies (we like carrots, onions and potatoes). YUM! 

Turkey Meatloaf

I have made this many times since a neighbor made it for us when G was a newborn. Jeff surprisingly loves it, even though it's Turkey Meatloaf and not beef. I made it on a Sunday but it makes great leftovers, I especially love it cold on sandwich bread. Giuliana loved this! Recipe here.

I also made an AMAZING risotto with asparagus, shrimp and pancetta the other day. Another recipe for a day I am not working, because it takes for freaking ever. But it was totally worth it. Recipe here. 

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