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My little family!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Favorite recipes!!

A quick post to write about our recent favorite recipes.
Josh & I are crock-pot obsessed. And with good reason. It's, without a doubt, the best cooking took available.
In our family, Josh is the cook. He loves to put together new dishes, try new things, and overall really enjoys the act of cooking.
I, on the other hand, do NOT like to cook. I'll bake something and if a recipe is easy, I'll enjoy it but otherwise - the thought of prepping and cooking a dinner is not my cup of tea.
Unless, of course, we're talking about a crock-pot.
We have now made Sundays are crock-pot days and we've been swapping between these recipes (all thanks to Pinterest!) and I thought I'd share. If you don't love to cook, enjoy... these will make you feel like a big shot from the cooking channel - meanwhile, you are really just putting a bunch of different random foods at 10 AM and buy 5 PM, your dinner is ready and you seem like the hero!

Enjoy!! :)

Feel free to swap out things to make them healthier... we use all organic meat in everything we cook and buy low-fat! 

If you have any easy, yummy, favorite recipes - I'd love to hear about them!!!! 

Crockpot Sloppy Joes.
(We serve this with sweet potato fries and it's perfect for football Sunday!)


•2 pounds lean ground beef
•1 medium onion, chopped
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•1 cup ketchup
•1/2 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
•3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
•3 tablespoons brown sugar
•2 tablespoons prepared mustard
•2 tablespoons cider vinegar
•1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
•hamburger buns

In a heavy skillet, brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Drain off excess fat.
Combine ketchup, bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and chili powder in slow cooker. Stir in ground beef mixture. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 5 to 7 hours. Serve spooned over hamburger buns.
Serves 6 to 8

Hawaiian Chicken
(We just made this for the first time this weekend and it was SO good - the chicken ending up shredding and we added a can of cubed pineapple for the last hour which was YUMMY - we served with a salad and a side of potatoes. Next time we'll add assorted veggies just to increase nutritional value).

1 cup pineapple juice 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
1/3 cup light soy sauce 
2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins.

Cook on low 6-8 hrs and they should just fall apart.

Crock-Pot Lasagna
(We made a different recipe once before and didn't love it - this was SO much better. Yummy, stayed together perfectly and tasted divine! Served with a salad)

1 lb. ground beef
29 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese

1. Spray the inside of the crock-pot with cooking spray
2. Brown the ground beef
3. Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef
4. Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot
5. Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (I usually break them up so they fit better)
6. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.
7. Repeat these layers twice
8. Top with remaining sauce
9. Cover and cook on low for 4hrs (I've started the crock-pot on high in the morning before I leave for work and then put it on warm when I leave and it's perfect when I get home)
10. Let the lasagna stand in the crock-pot with the lid off for at least 10 minutes 

"Cherry Cheesecake Dip"
(We can't forget dessert. This was a huge help and was quite possibly the easiest thing I've ever made. Served with low-fat graham crackers and low-fat cool whip).

Mix Jello No-Bake Cheesecake mix with one container of Cool Whip.  
Top with a can of cherry pie filling.  
Serve with graham crackers.

Yummy Goodness (I don't know what else to call this, hahaha)
(Not low-fat. And I'd suggest adding muffin papers next time or at least using Pam to spray the dish - we had to eat these with spoons. Which was totally okay by me.)

Preheat oven to 350; 
Smoosh 1.5 squares of break-apart refrigerated cookie dough into the bottom of each well. (i used a muffin tin)
Place Reese cup upside down on top of cookie dough (or an Oreo!). 
Top with prepared box brownie mix (prepared however the box says) filling 3/4 full. 
Bake for 18 minutes! 

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