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It Cooks While I Sleep…

 I’ve always loved cooking…but I have a secret to admit: I have never been great with the crockpot! I know, I know. It’s supposed to be the simplest way to cook ever, but I seem to fail with this method. I either cook it too long or add too much liquid or it doesn’t get all the way done…. It’s a curse!

But desperate times call for desperate measures. And I am in a season of life where there isn’t much time for meal prep between when I get home from work and when Kyle goes down for bed…and we both need to eat sometime in there. And then there’s the part about kids waking up in the middle of the night…especially (it seems) when you’re already at your tiredest. So, I’m taking the plunge and attempting to cook with the crockpot! I even started a Pinterest board just for crockpot recipe ideas: Crockpot Meals (aka Working Mama Nom-Noms!).

Thankfully, I’ve stumbled across a few keepers (which I’ve modified or merged a couple of recipes together).

The Roast: 5 red potatoes (quartered), 1 small bag baby carrots, 1 onion (peeled and cut into 8), 3 cloves garlic (peeled and minced), 1 box beef broth over veggies, salt-pepper-cornstarch rubbed on the 2 pound roast and seared for 1-2 minutes on each side, then topped with fresh rosemary, basil, parsley, and sage, 1-2 Tbsp. each of honey, soy sauce, and worchestershire sauce. 10 hr. on low.

The roast I made for a friend who’s had sick kids and been discouraged recently, and I literally prayed over the crockpot! (Maybe that’s the real secret.) The recipient commented: “Well my plain ol roast will never taste the same. Delicious!” Great. Now I want pot roast.:/

Peaches ‘n’ Cream Steel Cut Oats: 1 small bag frozen peaches, 1/4-1/2 c. brown sugar,
Pinch salt, 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 c. steel cut oats, 4 c. whole milk.
Do not stir; cook on low for 8-9 hr. in slow cooker. Top with coconut butter or cream and a drizzle of maple syrup or fresh berries.

Breakfast Casserole: 1/2 bag frozen hashbrowns (so 15 oz.), 8 oz. block pepper jack cheese (shredded), 8 oz. breakfast sausage (cooked and crumbled). Sprayed crockpot with oil, then mixed the above ingredients in crockpot. This basically filled my small/med crockpot…but…Then I whisked the following together and dumped it over the top and it filled in all the nooks and crannies…12 eggs, 1 c. milk, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, fresh basil, rosemary, and sage (torn by hand and tossed in). Covered on low for 8 hrs.

Both breakfast dishes were super simple (though they made 3x the amount we need, but at least there’s leftovers). And Kyle loved it all too! They all turned out good enough to repeat! And I am very thankful!

What are your favorite crockpot recipes?

Meal Plan for the Week of July 4th!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Contained South Carolina White Peaches, North Carolina Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Haden Mangos, Jumbo Yellow Onions, Parisi Farms Jalapeno Peppers, Hurricane Creek Lettuce Medley, Hurricane Creek Pak Choi (aka Bok Choy), Carrots, Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Parisi Farms Sweet Potatoes, and Bioway Farms Bicolor Zephyr Squash (see Zucchini recipes in meal plan below).

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

(Check out the fabulous Red, White & Blue Dishes on July 4th!)

This Week’s Recipe List (plus see the Recipes Archive page):

Pancake Buffet (thinly sliced fruit, chocolate chips, jams, syrups, butter)

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

We were out of town for my brother’s wedding in New York last week (hence, no meal plan on the blog). It was fun, but we are glad to be home.

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Parisi Farms Curly Kale, Parisi Farms Red/White Creamy Potatoes, Tomatoes from Kem at Chef’s Greenhouse, Texas Jumbo Sweet Onions, Red D’Anjou Pears, Star Ruby Red Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Bananas (oops, they didn’t make it into the picture), Carrots, Broccoli, Crimini Mushrooms and Baby Spinach.

This Week’s Menu (via PepperPlate.com):

Note: All recipes from this week’s menu can be found on M&H’s blog’s Recipes Archive page.

Ploughman’s Lunch Recipe by Ina Garten

I love Ina Garten! And if you don’t already, you will after this lunch spread! It reminds me of our Irish Pub Party, in a way. And it’s the perfect lunch for a Saturday picnic…or anytime, for that matter.

Here’s the ingredients from Ina’s “Recipe” from the Food Network:

  • Fig or lemon leaves, for decoration
  • Chunk of good English Cheddar
  • Jar of Chutney
  • Baked Virginia Ham, thickly sliced
  • Crisp apples, cut up
  • Celery stalks with leaves, cut in half lengthwise
  • Bunch radish, sliced in half
  • Soft Hard-Boiled Eggs (see Recipe here)
  • Baby carrots
  • Loaf of crusty bread, thickly sliced
  • Unsalted butter, softened

Easter Basket and Weekly Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics IncludedHurricane Creek Farms Tomatoes, Hurricane Creek Cucumbers, Hurricane Creek Lettuce, Extra Fancy Granny Smith Apples, Florida Valencia Oranges, Green Chard, Yellow Onions, Silver Dollar Mushrooms, Jumbo Carrots, Parsnips, Blueberries and Local Watsonia Farm Strawberries.

This Week’s Meal Plan (using PepperPlate.com):

This Week’s Recipes can be found on M&H’s Recipes Archive page, along with a few new ones for this Easter Holiday Week:

Happy Easter!

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a day of Irish inspired feasting, recognizing the patron saint of Ireland for bringing Christianity to Ireland. There is wearing of green and talking of leprechauns and eating of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage.

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included traditional Irish ingredients, like Local Green Cabbage and Red Potatoes, Jumbo Carrots and Yellow Onions, along with some other seasonal goodies, including Parisi Farms Turnip Greens, Parisi Farms Beets with Greens, Cherry Tomatoes, Bananas, Valencia Oranges, Braeburn Apples, Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit, Shallots, and Boston Butter Lettuce.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan that aren’t on the M&H Blog‘s Recipes Archive Page:

Dinner is Served: Quinoa Patties and Brussels Sprouts Slaw

I’ve been pinning delicious-looking recipes on Pinterest for months now, and finally took the time to actually try a couple of them!

Quinoa Patties with Asian Brussels Sprouts Slaw and Peanut Sauce

First, was the “Quinoa Burger” by Eating Well Living Thin. I prefer to call it a patty instead of a burger, but whatever you call them, I couldn’t stop eating them! Yum! Very good. I didn’t have cottage cheese, so I substituted greek yogurt, and it still worked well. I’m definitely making these again. They kind of had a falafel vibe. Yum! (Note: Make sure your oil is good and hot before you start cooking up the patties, or it’ll just soak in and stick to the bottom instead of acting as a barrier between the patty and the pan. Also, they cook better smaller than larger. Yea, the first batch didn’t turn out quite as well as the second.):)

Then for our side, I made the “Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing” by Tina Jeffers on the Bliss blog. I used Brussels Sprouts instead of Cabbage. It was a nice topper on the Quinoa Patty or as a side dish. Caution: don’t use too much of the sauce – it’s delicious, but potent. Also, I used chopped raw peanuts instead of cashews, because I had them on hand. By the way, if you’re looking for raw peanuts, check your local Asian Market. They almost always have the best price.

The Plated Piece: Bon Appetit!

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Parisi Farms Beets with Greens, Carrots, Garnet Yams, Leeks, Rio Red Ruby Grapefruit, Shallots, D’Anjou Pears, Honey Tangerines, Brussels Sprouts, Parisi Farms Collard Greens, Red Bell Peppers, and (Boston) Butter Lettuce.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

Other Recipes from Meal Plan are available on the Recipes Archive page at Milk and Honey Organics’ blog.

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket (from Milk and Honey Organics) Included: Honeycrisp Apples, D’Anjou Pears, Ruby Grapefruit, Tangelos, Red Onions, Silver Dollar Mushrooms, Local Collards, Baby Spinach, Russet Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, and Hurricane Creek Tomatoes (and for Fruit Baskets Only: Starfruit).

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

Bon Appetit!

Weekly Recipes and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Cucumbers, Bibb Lettuce, and Tomatoes from Hurricane Creek Farms, Regional Collard Greens, Carrots with Tops, Green Onions (aka Scallions), Fancy Braeburn Apples, Bananas Tangelos and Tangerines, Russet Potatoes and Crimini Mushrooms! It was a beautiful basket! (I love how this week’s picture turned out too!)

This Week’s Meal Plan (powered by PepperPlate.com) includes all kinds of warm dishes as well as some simple favorites, including a twist on the traditional Southern Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas for New Year’s! The tradition stems back to an ancient Jewish custom that included eating symbols of prosperity, including black-eyed peas, leeks, beets or spinach, dates, and bottle gourds (in the squash family) at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

When Jews arrived in the United States in the early 1700′s, they came to the Southern state of Georgia, where non-Jewish farmers adopted the symbols of prosperity around the time of the Civil War. But the Georgian farmers added pork to their greens and beans for flavor. Teri Green wrote an article called “A Tasty Tradition: New Year’s Meal Means Good Luck, Good Eats,” in which she writes, “The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion” (Montgomery Advertiser, Jan. 2, 2009). Who knew?!

Some of the Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan: