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Favorite Fall Crock Pot Recipes

by agirlandhermutt on October 16, 2015

There is something magical and wonderful about the crock pot. I didn’t really discover this little tool until I was in my late 20s. I think my Mom probably had some weird phobia about leaving it plugged in all day and randomly burning down the house so we never really did slow cooker meals. I live life on the edge though! Once I discovered crock pot liners, my crock pot love got out of control. Crock pot liners=Less clean up!

As the leaves start to change colors and the heater starts to hint at being turned on, I get in the mood for all things comfort food related. Here are a few of my favorite fall dishes…

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My number one dish for Fall is from SkinnyTaste. This recipe is a favorite in my house and in several of my friend’s houses too!

Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

(Can you say that 5 times fast?!) I know I said I don’t really like anything pumpkin flavored but this is an exception. And pie. Don’t forget the pie. It doesn’t have a huge pumpkin punch, but the pumpkin gives the chili a really nice smooth finish. MMmmmm…. BUT! I do NOT use the bay leaves that are in this recipe. Nope. No way. No how. Those things almost killed me!

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[Pic credit: SkinnyTaste.com]

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig
My friend, Karen, introduced me to this recipe. She served it one night over a simple green salad and topped it with some easy guacamole for dressing. Ughhh. I could have eaten the whole thing! Honestly, I’ve never tried the special salt in the recipe and it still tastes wonderful.

PS. If you haven’t checked out Nomnompaelo’s recipes, you must! Even if you aren’t paleo, it is a great resource for some yummy eats.

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[Pic credit: Nomnompaleo.com]

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
Yet another SkinnyTaste recipe. This one is so easy that there is no way you can screw this up. I should note that I leave out the cilantro. That crap is disgusting. It tastes like soap. I love to eat this straight up, over lime flavored rice or my favorite, cauliflower rice.

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[Pic credit: Skinnytaste.com]

Crock Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs
Last SkinnyTaste recipe. I swear! This one is so good and so easy! She recommends making your sauce. Good on ya if you do. I just use whatever my favorite jarred sauce is at that moment in time. I made these last year for a Super Bowl party and there were gone before halftime.

Crockpot Applesauce
Apple picking is super popular in New England. I go almost every fall. I used to just go, pick apples and then leave them in the bag to rot till I remember to throw them out. 😉 However! Since I discovered this applesauce recipe I just throw them all together for this purpose. Sooooo good.

Ham & Cheese Party Rolls
These aren’t a crock pot recipe, but they are just so warm and yummy that I had to include them in this goodie list. The ham combined with the glaze is just warm and lovely. Plus these sucker could not be easier to make. I recently made them for a little gathering at my house and they were the first things to disappear! Brown-Sugar-Poppyseed-Hot-Ham-Cheese-Party-Rolls-Buns-Roll-Ups-02
[Pic credit: Kevinandamanada.com]

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Happy Eating! Let me know what your favorite crock pot recipes are!

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Easy Meal: Spicy Tuna Cakes

by agirlandhermutt on January 16, 2014

Raise your hand if you are a lazy cook! Both of my hands are waving in the air (like they just don’t care! Heh!) with ya. I love to cook, but complicated meals just aren’t my thang. Too many ingredients. Too much time. Too many skills needed.  The items that taste great coming out of my kitchen are things that are easy, quick and require just a few ingredients.

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One of my favorite simple meals lately has been Spicy Tuna Cakes.

3 ingredients. BOOM!

-6 oz tuna (2 3 oz. cans drained)
-2 tsp McCormick Perfect Pinch Southwest Salt Free Seasoning
-2 tbsp mustard

For Christmas the BF gave me a stocking stuffer of Trader Joe’s dijon mustards. I could literally eat mustard straight from the jar. I don’ though. No worries if you ever eat at my house!


(Note: Can you guess which one is my favorite?! That basil mustard is CRAZY good.)

For this dish I used the Provencal Mustard which is a mix of red pepper, garlic, sunflower oil and white wine, but you could really use any mustard that you like. Sometimes I use a horseradish mustard that I like to hoard and I’ve even used a chardonnay mustard a few times.

I also used the Perfect Pinch Southwest seasoning. Really, you are just looking for a seasoning that is going to add in a little flavor. No need to be very specific. This Southwest seasoning just mixes really well with the red pepper and garlic in the Provencal mustard.

Mix all the ingredients together and form into 4 small patties. In a medium-sized pan, heat 2 tsp of olive oil or cooking spray. Place patties in pan and let them cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until they brown a little.

I like to serve mine on a bed of baby romaine, sliced grape tomatoes and red pepper.

I’m going to give this a try with shrimp and crab in the future. I’ve also used greek yogurt in place of the mustard, but I definitely prefer the mustard.

I told you it was easy. Lazy never tasted so good!

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I hope you guys are having a good week! I’m checking back in tomorrow with my first official weigh-in for the year. Eek.

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Easy Meal Idea: Zucchini Pockets

by agirlandhermutt on September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day! I am enjoying a day off of a work that I have filled with yoga, meal planning and prep, college football and some grilling. The perfect way to end the summer!

I wanted to share this super easy meal that I have been raving about lately as a bonus Labor Day post. I’ll be back tomorrow with my usual weekend recap. Enjoy!

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Zucchini Pockets have appeared on the blog a few times and in my kitchen even more than that. When I first started making these I referred to them as “Zucchini Ravioli”, which is how they appear all over the internet. My BF has mentioned SEVERAL times that I am trying to trick him with this name and thinks they should have something less “pasta sounding”. Heh. I guess he is right. Pockets it is!

These are super easy to make and the filling can be switched to almost anything that your little heart desires.

My favorite Zucchini Pocket right now is a Buffalo Chicken Pocket.

In the mix (Makes about 5 pockets):

-2 medium zucchini
-1/2 cup broccoli slaw
-4 oz shredded chicken (I use this method for making my shredded chicken. It is NO FAIL.)
-2 Laughing Cow wedges
-2 tbsp of Frank’s Buffalo Sauce

To slice the cucumber you can use a mandolin or a peeler. I used a peeler. Run the peeler down the cucumber lengthwise to create long, thin strips. They aren’t going to be perfect and they don’t need to be.

To create the pocket lay out your zucchini and weave them together. Unfortunately I got a little over zealous and accidentally deleted the photo I have that shoes just the zucchini all put together. This will give you an idea though. Two vertical and two horizontal strips that make it look like a “t”.

I seasoned my zucchini a little (not needed) and then added a bit of the broccoli slaw onto the middle. The key to keeping the insides from falling out is to make sure that the slices of zucchini are flush together. There is no gap in the middle. The slaw sits nicely right in the middle.

I mixed together the Laughing Cow, Buffalo Sauce and chicken together for my pocket stuffing.

Just plop that right on top of the broccoli slaw. Try to keep it to about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture. If you add too much the pocket will have a hard time staying together.

Then it is time to wrap the pocket up. Pull the strips over to cover the stuffing. It doesn’t have to be pretty, but just enough to close it up and keep it together. From here, you will carefully flip it over, and place on a cookie sheet that is sprayed with a little PAM.

Season with a little salt & pepper (or Mrs. Dash!) and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Perfect! The zucchini will be soft, but not mushy. The broccoli slaw still had a little bit of a crunch that was a nice contrast to the softer zucchini and shredded chicken mixture.

The first time I made these I made a little sauce with Walden Farms Alfredo Sauce & a few tsp of Buffalo Sauce. I wouldn’t recommend the Walden Farms sauce, but I did like the idea of something creamy with the buffalo.

Once I realized how easy these were to make I decided to make them a regular part of my meal plan. A few days later I decided to use up some of my leftover ground turkey.

Turkey & Rice Pocket

In the mix:

-2 medium zucchini
-4 oz ground turkey
-1/2 cup cauliflower rice

Mix together the ground turkey and cauliflower. You could always add a little Laughing Cow too!

Weave together the zucchini strips as I did above and 1/4-1/3 c. of the ground turkey mixture right in the middle.

Wrap the pockets up, flip them over and place on a cookie pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

ENJOY!

These suckers are super easy to make and can be adapted to hold pretty any mixture you can think of.  I’m still working on a sauce that I would use for these, so any ideas would be welcome!

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I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying this holiday. The official end of summer is still a few weeks ago, but today feels like the perfect day to send out the season in style.

See ya tomorrow!

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