Here on the blog, I’ve shared quite a few recipes in the last 6 years. Personally, I prefer eating simple meals using real food. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating out occasionally, or that I don’t like short cuts in the kitchen. Unlike many people, I cannot live on take out. In the US, 60% of households order takeout weekly. With talks about America’s eating habits reaching unhealthy levels, there are ways to turn things around. This includes cooking from scratch and being responsible for what goes into your home-cooked meals. Indeed, you may not be able to cook all the time, and that may require eating out or ordering takeout. However, you benefit more when your meals are cooked from scratch. It can even help bring families together. Having everyone sit at the table and share your evening meal builds strong bonds. Today let’s discuss the main reasons for cooking from scratch.Read More
Today’s recipe is another slow cooker soup based on classic potato soup. In an effot to make this classic a little healthier, I used low fat dairy products, chicken (or turkey) bacon, and low sodium broth. The soup still tastes wonderful but it is a little easier on your diet.
This Pineapple Chicken is healthy, sweet, tangy, and easy to make. You probably already have many of the ingredients in your pantry. During the holiday season you are busy with so much to do. Put this on and in 5 hours on low dinner is almost ready. Serve with rice and a salad. I prefer brown rice, and it has so much more fiber and nutrition. I have family who do not like it. Brown rice has a nuttier and chewier taste because of the bran, and I like that. The choice is yours or you could opt for cauliflower rice or quinoa.
When I think of fall, I think of a new crop of luscious apples. I like all apples, but my favorite all around apple is the Gala. They are crisp and sweet and one of the best for apple sauce, pressing for cider, salads, and just eating it for a small dessert. Today we’re adding apples and red onions to a slow cooker roast beef for the sweet tart flavor that hits the spot. Now that’s the way to start the new autumn season.
January is a cold month even here in Florida. Cold weather always makes me crave comfort food filled with vegetables, broth, and protein. I just love a single pot meal. Today I’m using a crockpot to make stewed chicken. If you are wondering what the difference is between chicken soup and chicken stew, the main difference is the amount of liquid versus the ingredients. In soup your ingredients are usually floating in the broth while the hearty stew is filled with chunks of vegetables and meat with some broth. Often when I plan on making chicken soup, it is in reality a stew.
Today I’m going back to my slow cooker to cook a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. If you’ve never heard of swiss steak, it is a recipe that has been around for decades. Swiss steak is made by braising, or slow-cooking a tougher cut of meat like round steak. The meat is traditionally tenderized by pounding with a mallet before slow cooking. My mother always used cubed steak which does not need pounding. My recipe calls for cubed steak, but pounded round steak is great too. First we’ll brown the meat and then add it to the crock pot with sauteed vegetables to simmer and make a mouth-watering tomato sauce. You can adjust the vegetables to meet your family’s needs.
If you’re wondering what to cook while in quarantine, today’s pantry recipe requires ground meat, herbs, crushed tomatoes, and milk to make a go-to-sauce for pasta, stuffed peppers, and even lasagna. Bolognese sauce is a meat sauce with tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Most of us aren’t used to adding dairy to tomatoey, meaty sauces, but adding milk to your bolognese adds such a richer depth of flavor, and results in much more tender meat. Add a little wine to the simmering meat; the alcohol will burn off but the wine adds another note of flavor. Read More
Winter is the perfect time for a warm, filling soup. Today we’re making slow cooker taco soup which is a tasty treat any time of year, but a great one for winter get-togethers. Serve with tortilla chips, a salad, and your dinner is ready. Put it on and 3 hours later you are ready to eat. Read More