My Favorite Crockpot Recipe

I have been asked twice now for a favorite crockpot recipe so I feel like I should blog about it too. I love the crockpot. Is it not the best?!? So easy to put stuff in there, forget about it, take in the pleasant smells (if it isn’t pleasant, you are cooking the WRONG thing), and wham! it’s done by dinner time.

Today is the Fit Dish link up with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers. Perfect timing for a recipe share. This is my all-time favorite recipe and really, it is not just a Fall/Winter one. I have it all year round!

So, enjoy my Harvest Vegetable Chowder. And gotta give credit where credit is due… my mom has been making this for years and years. It was my favorite dish when away at college. She would have it ready for me when I drove on in and it was the perfect post-travel dish. Yum times three!

Harvest Vegetable Chowder

 

The recipe above is the way to make it without a crockpot, but trust me… you can do this in the crockpot too! If making this in the crockpot, the only change is to heat on low for 8 hours. The last hour is when you put in the frozen veggies, milk, and dill.

Enjoy! What is your FAVORITE crockpot recipe?

Not ‘yer typical pot of beans

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I am learning to cook, y’all! Okay, perhaps I have always known how to cook, but I definitely go through ebs and flows of cooking. I don’t always enjoy it. And other times, I can’t wait to create a new recipe or alter an old one. It’ weird. I have a love/hate relationship with cooking… and I am a dietitian. Go figure!

I think the reason I don’t always love cooking is at times cooking seems complicated. Just like my blog name, I like ALL things simple. Even cooking. If I see a recipe with over 20 ingredients and directions, count me the F out.

Today, though… I took on a tiny cooking project. I set out to make beans. And not just any pot of beans… a delish pot of beans. I have had my fair share of bland beans. So today is not that kind of a day. Mine were to be fantastic and even smell fantastic.

And guess what?

Fantastic they were.

So now I share with you my simple recipe… and I encourage you to alter it however you like. Spices and herbs are fun to play with so throw in some extras.

Not ‘yer typical pot of beans

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bag dried pinto beans , soaked
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 purple onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mixed bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 ounces smoke ham, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons creole seasoning

Directions:

  1. Soak the dry beans according to the package directions (I soaked the beans in 3 cups of water for 6 hours). Once soaked, rinse the beans and then add fresh water and the beef stock. Place the pot back on the stove with high heat until boiling. Then cover and simmer.
  2. Chop up the onion, mixed peppers, and smoked ham. Place in the pot and stir it all together. Add in your spices.
  3. Let the beans simmer for 1-2 hours, until ready. Then enjoy!

What I like about this recipe is that it can be eaten as is, with rice, or even without the meat for a vegetarian dish. You know what they say about beans… they are good for the heart. 😉

Oh and I really liked the pic I took of the peppers so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I just LOVE how pretty fruits and vegetables are naturally. Fruits and vegetables are the Jennifer Aniston’s of food…

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Happy Saturday dear friends!

Coconut Dream Smoothie

This is a quick post! I made the most delicious smoothie this morning and felt the need to share the recipe.

I call this the Coconut Dream Smoothie. It tastes so good that you MUST be dreaming. Only, if you were to pinch yourself, you would realize that you are not. You are just drinking something so yummy…

And yes, it’s green and it has spinach. But, you don’t taste the spinach since it is loaded with lots of other goodness and superfoods. Very nutritious!  Feel the glow after you drink it.

Coconut Dream Smoothie

Make a New Breakfast Recipe!

23 Day Nutrition Challenge

 

Today is the day of my first half marathon. My nerves are running rampant so hopefully by the time you read this, I will have FINISHED the half. That’s my goal- to finish. I don’t need to set any records, because quite frankly just finishing it is record enough for me.

So anyway, today’s challenge is Make a New Breakfast Recipe. I will be making mine AFTER the half and here is the recipe I will use:

Fancy Oatmeal

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh or dried pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Prepare 1 cup of steel-cut oatmeal and then add the toppings above. I found this recipe in Self magazine in February of last year and have been wanting to try it ever since.  Today is the day! Although I may have more than one serving, because I anticipate I will be starving after the race. I cannot run on a full stomach so will be having a very light bite before.

What new breakfast recipe will you try? Don’t feel like you have to spend hours upon hours in the kitchen. Play around with your favorite breakfast recipe and tweak it a tad. Or make a breakfast casserole that you have been eyeing lately. Ever wanted to try a healthier version of cinnamon rolls? Take a look at this recipe from the Nutrition Twins. Yum! I will have to try these someday.

Feel free to share your favorite breakfast recipe! Leave a link to your blog post, share via twitter/facebook, or comment below.

Try A New Crockpot Recipe!

6 Day Nutrition Challenge

 

How many of you love a good crockpot recipe? I know I am not alone in this. Crockpots are a dream come true during a busy week (or heck, even during a regular week). You get to toss ingredients into the pot first thing in the morning and then magically have a meal ready for you when you arrive for the evening. Pretty darn sweet if you ask me!

Today, I encourage you to look up a new crockpot recipe and give it a whirl this week or weekend! I found a recipe for Taco Soup and am going to put the ingredients in the crockpot during my lunch break. I can’t remember where I got this recipe and I have not tried it yet so I hesitate to put it out in the blogosphere for fear that it will not be up to par, but I really have YET to try a crockpot recipe that stunk. So here it goes… the super easy recipe I will try today:

Crockpot Taco Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (brown it first)
  • 1 can black beans, undrained
  • 1 can light red kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning
  • 28 oz can crushed tomato
  • Other spices I will probably throw in there to my liking: Garlic & Herb, Sea Salt, and maybe a little Red Pepper

After browning the meat, toss all ingredients into the crockpot. Set the crockpot to low for 4-6 hours. Voila! It’s ready… sprinkle some cheese on top if that’s the way you like it!

I can’t wait to try this later. I will let you know how it tastes. My expectations are set a little high for this one. Happy crockpotting!