I’ve been on a total crockpot kick lately. That seems to happen every winter, and before the urge kicks in, I always think…
“Why don’t I use my crock pot more??!!”
Then, I do, and I think…
“Why don’t I use my crock pot more??!!”!!!
Every post I do on my crockpot meals, I wax poetic on the fabulousness of it, but then the spring and summer roll around and I forget about it. I’m determined to make things all year round! It’s SO easy, and the smell walking into your home after not being home all day/or even if you ARE home all day…YUM!!!
And I don’t know about where you live, but here in Seattle…spring has NOT sprung, and warm yummy dinners still sound amazing!
So, I decided to try spaghetti and meat sauce. Total classic. Total crowd pleaser when you have kids. Pretty cheap too! And…it can be healthy and easy!
Ingredients (feeds 4 with leftovers)
2 lbs ground turkey. I like to make it heavy on the protein!
1 Can of pasta sauce. I used a 32 oz jar (check labels if you are on Whole30)
1/2 teaspoon crushed ginger
1/2 Teaspoon crushed garlic
1 Medium to Large Onion
1/2 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning.
1/2 a box of Pasta (again, I go light on this end and used veggie pasta. You could use gluten free OR 2 cups zoodles or sweet potato noodles etc if you are Whole30!)
Place Diced Onion, Crushed Ginger, and Crushed Garlic, Ground Turkey (Yes, I put mine in mostly frozen because…no time to dethaw, and it still worked out great!), Jar of Pasta sauce and Italian seasonings in the crockpot, and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5.
When you are about 10-15 minutes out, you can add the pasta or zoodles etc and they will cook to being tender. I think they’d be mushy if you added them in at the beginning, but let me know if you try! I even added them after the cook time when it was in “warm” mode, and it worked!
It’s summer, and what screams summer more than grilling?!! Ok, pools, popsicles, all of Esther’s yummy cocktails (!!)….ok, a lot of things scream summer. BUT…grilling. YUM!
I’ve talked many times about my love of grilling. Ok, the EASE of grilling!! It used to intimidate me, but now I LOVE it! I usually do whole chicken breasts, but decided to try and do shish kabobs. SO GOOD! Ingredients (varies people you want to feed)
Chicken Breasts (cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes)
Bell Peppers-I used red, yellow, and orange (cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes)
It’s not absolutely necessary, but if you can marinate the chicken a few hours before you’d like to grill, that’s the best. Just put the cubed chicken in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic, and grind the Trader Joe’s Every Day Seasoning over it. I honestly had all these ideas of various spices I was going to add, and then (OF COURSE!) was running late and reached for what’s easy, and good!
Do the same for the veggies (not as necessary to have those marinate!)
You can use wooden sticks to spear all the meat and veggies. If you do, make sure you soak the them for a good 10 minutes prior.
Preheat your grill to medium heat.
Evenly spear chicken and veggies until everything is used up.Grill for 7-8 minutes on each side. Oh, and Maya is in this stage where she doesn’t want her picture taken, UNLESS I’m trying to take pictures of something other than her… haha.
Anyone else guilty of thinking up recipes about 30 minutes before you need to start making dinner?
There’s benefits to thinking on the fly, but a lot of times I’ll forget what I did. That makes it hard to recreate if it turns out well. I’m also forced to use what I have on hand, as a trip to the supermarket is out… Somehow, they always turn out ok…
This one was more than ok! Light and refreshing, yet totally satisfying with lots of healthy fats!
So glad I wrote it all down 🙂
Ingredients (Would serve 4)
3 6oz cans of wild Alaskan Salmon
10 grape tomatoes (cut in half)
6-8 eggs (The Huz and I each had two, but Maya only had one)
1 large avocados
1 Mango diced
1/2 and inch slice red onion diced (or a scallion)
1/3 cup diced pickles
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
Head of Butter Lettuce
Boil water and cook eggs for 7-8 minutes (I accidentally forgot to set the timer and cooked mine a little longer than I had planned) 7 minutes for a runny yolk, 8 for a soft one as pictured. Take off burner and add cold water and ice until they are cool. Very important to have them fully cool, in order to peel properly. Set aside while you make everything else.
Drain Salmon, place in large bowl, and break it up.
Dice tomato, avocado, mango, and onions and stir into salmon
Salt and Pepper to taste
Set butter lettuce in a bowl, and scoop large cub of mixture on top. Top with eggs.
Next week, I’ll show you how I ate this for lunch the next day! It was almost better!!
I know I’m not the only person that loves breakfast for dinner! And, I also know that it’s kind of a repeat for me, but…it’s easy and DELICIOUS! Who wouldn’t want that?!
I literally came up with this meal 30 minutes before I was supposed to make it, and it took me approximately 30 minutes to make. Admittedly, because I ran inside while Maya was playing with our neighbors. I turned on the oven, peeled and chopped the sweet potatoes, seasoned them, and turned on the pot for the eggs, in…less than 5 minutes. Then…we played for a few more minutes.
THANK GOD FOR LITTLE DISTRACTIONS, NO?!!!
And, precooked chicken sausages are a godsend in our household. I freeze them for later, and soak them in a warm water bath right before I need them!
Diced up for a pasta meal, or sliced in half for this! SO easy, delicious, and healthy!
What you need…
One sweet potato (for 2-4 people)
3 Pre Cooked Chicken sausage (Depending on the amount of people you want to feed! I did one per adult, and half for Maya) I love Aidell’s, but there are so many good ones!
Avocado (or pre-made guacamole-yes, I cheated on this one!)
Eggs (2 for me and the Huz, one for Maya)
What to do…
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut sweet potato in 1/2 inch slices
Lightly coat in olive oil (or oil of your choosing), and salt and pepper to taste
Start a pot of boiling water. For me, it’s a LOT easier to soft boil eggs for more than two people. If you want a runny egg and there’s more than 2, it’s way too much for me to manage on top of everything else!!!
Bake the sweet potatos in the oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping over half way through.
At the half way mark add chicken sausages that are cute in half.
In that time, remove the eggs from the boiling water. 7 minutes = runny yolk, 8 minutes, less, so…I remove ours at 7, and then turn the heat off for Maya’s while ours then run under a cool water bath.
Once the sweet potatoes are crispy on the outside, take them and the chicken sausages out.
This is one of those recipes that I repeat A LOT!! In it’s most basic form, I posted it here, but I mix it up all the time with what I add to it. The sauce is just so good!! And SO EASY! Ingredients
1/2 cup Almond Butter (use Sun Butter for Nut free or any nut butter if you don’t have any dietary restrictions!)
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (I used Light, but full fat would be amazing too!)
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I cheat and use this)
1 Cup Water
For the rest of the dish…
2-3 bags of Healthy Noodles (or can use any noodle, quinoa, or skip it!)
4-6 Chicken Breasts. Depends on how many people you have and how soupy you want it. I use 6 and grill them on our grill. Less clean up and the flavor is so good!
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 head of Broccoli
1/2 of each of a yellow, red, and orange pepper
1 small onion diced
Marinate chicken breasts in olive oil, salt, and pepper and cook on BBQ 8-10 minutes each side (depending on size) or cube the chicken breasts and cook in a large pan with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
While Chicken is cooking outside, chop all your veggies.
Add a couple Tablespoons of olive oil (I add garlic too!) and cook onions til soft (5-8 minutes)
Add in broccoli and peppers and cover to steam cook for 2 minutes. Just THIS is delicious, so you could stop right here 🙂
In a blender, combine 1 cup water with the whatever nut butter you choose, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
Rinse out the noodles with water (that’s IT!! NO COOKING THEM!!)
Add the sauce and noodles to the pan, stir, and let sit for 2 minutes to soak in all the flavor of the sauce. Again…you could stop here if you wanted to keep it vegetarian. SO yummy!
Once Chicken is cooked, dice and add on top. I added Sriracha to mine for a little kick, and it was SO good!! Enjoy!
Every time I make a meal in my crock pot, I think…
“WHY don’t I do this more often!??” As in…ever single day?! HA!
Alas, I get brain dead with the day to day, and fail to think ahead. That is pretty much the only prep time with a crock pot meal. Thinking of it ahead of time. Once you do. You toss everything in to the pot in the morning/early afternoon. Your entire house smells amazing ALL DAY LONG, and then when it’s dinner time-it’s DONE! Seriously, what’s better than that??
NOT MUCH. 😉
BUT…can we all agree that crock pot meat does NOT look appealing? Everything you cook ends up looking about the same color, BUT all that really matters is that it tastes delicious! I may have thrown a few greens on top to break up the monotony haha 🙂 I snapped these pictures about 5 minutes before we ate dinner, as always (with a flash *UGH*)…yet wished I could have made the meal look a liiiiiiiittle more appetizing. Styling dreams that may never come true.
Added bonus? The meat easily shreds, so no slicing on a cutting board necessary, aka child friendly and one less thing to clean!! What You Need…
Pork Loin (depends on how many people you want to feed) I used one pack from Costco, which is equivalent to 2 small ones from other grocery stores.
1 Can of Chicken Stock (have it cover about half the pork loin)
1 teaspoon Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 small apples or one large apple (I used Gala, but any strong flavor type would be good)
2 small onions or one large onion
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
What to do…
Chop the onion and apple into approximately 1 inch slices.
Layer everything into your Crock Pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or or low for 7-8 hours.