Slow cooker recipe makes life easier

http://bakedinthesouth.com/2013/03/crockpot-freezer-cooking-part-5/  I saw this post online  from a friend and had to try it.   I work a few 12 hour shifts per week  as a nurse, and it is hard to plan meals for those nights.   I have my mom living with me who used to cook on those nights but now she is forgetting how due to Alzheimers….so it is nice to have something on hand to plop into the crock pot  when I get home from work in the morning..

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most of my ingredients

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all my  bags full of stuff

 

I cant wait to try and see how these turn out.   It was a bit of work tonight, but will hopefully make my life easier and  yummier in the long run!

 

 

slow cooker cube steak

We got some cube steaks on a whim. Instead of the usual chicken fried steak I tried the following.

Firstly, I seasoned the steak with my favorite Trader Joe’s Garlic salt and pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper.

I then browned the steaks and put them in a crock pot. I added one green pepper,1/2 red bell pepper,half of a large white onion (chopped), 1/8 cup finely chopped cilantro and two coarsely chopped tomatoes. The liquid was a bottle of Stubbs beef marinade.

Few hours in the crockpot and cube steak is fall apart good. Served over rice.

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Low Carb Tamales- can u believe it?

Well tonight I made tamales for the first time. And I am trying the low carb diet so was shocked to find out how few carbs are in baby corn! These turned out a little mooshier than expected but very delicious and I am estimating about four carbs per tamale.
Ingredients:
Pork filling:
Boneless pork roast 1 Lb
Salt and pepper to taste
I used a bit of Krogers brand jarred enchilada sauce
Put in in the slow cooker on high for a few hours

Masa:
This is where it gets weird:
Two or three cans baby corn, smashed in a food processor
3/4 cup almond meal or flour
One tbs cumin
One tsp garlic salt
One tsp chile powder ( I used chipotle)
Three tbs coconut oil

Corn husks softened in very hot water for 15 minutes

Whatever condiments you want. I served sliced avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

Instructions:
Place pork roast in slow cooker rubbed with whatever spices you want… I used oregano garlic salt black pepper and a little jarred enchilada sauce. Set on high for four hours.

Masa: put three cans of drained baby corn thru food processor. Really mash it up. Add 3/4 cup almond flour. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste . Add the coconut oil and stir it all up.

Meanwhile be soaking corn husks in hot (boiling) water for 15 minutes.

Take out a husk, spread some masa over 2/3 of it, place a line of pork over that, and roll it up. I did left, bottom, right , leaving the top open.

Steam your tamales till semi firm. I had no steamer so I used a colander inside a really big pot. It took like 30 minutes per six tamales.

Serve with whatever condiments you want ( avocado, salsa, sour cream). Enjoy!

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Yummy Crock Pot Goulash

A couple nights ago I was craving Hungarian goulash with those nice wide egg noodles.  This is the recipe I started with.   I used beef stew meat (chuck) instead of sirloin and trimmed the fat.   I also used tomato sauce and water instead of the beef broth.   Some goulash recipes I have seen call for a tablespoon or two of brown sugar, so I added that.   Additionally, I liked the way the lemon juice brightened up the sauce, so I added a little extra of that.  Finally, I had three lovely big organic carrots, so I cut them into thick chunks and added those as well.  And instead of using the stovetop, I put it all in the crock pot and cooked it on low for seven hours.  It turned out  very well!

Stew with Tomato Base

Ok another crock pot effort.

I put together a stew for tonight.. using a new base I discovered some time back.

Ingredients:

1 lb. stew meat (browned with Kosher salt,garlic powder,and little Johnny’s seasoning salt,Worcestershire sauce and a few drops of smoke flavoring)

6oz. of Goya Sofrito tomato cooking base

1 red potato (cubed to 1/4 inch)

1/3 each red /green peppers (diced to 1/4 inch)  

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3 oz. baby carrots (finely chopped)1/4 onion (finely chopped)

3 oz. baby Bok Choy (coarsely chopped)

4 0z. mushrooms (coarsely chopped)

7.5 oz. Green Giant sweet corn

4 cups Caldo de Tomate prepared

Very simple to do..

Brown meat and throw it along with all other ingredients into a crock pot and heat through.