Friday Food Round-Up!

This was actually a banner week for cooking.  Had we not eaten leftover buffet for dinner on Wednesday night, we could have managed a fourth day of cooking.

Confession: After realizing how anticlimactic microwaving your dinner is, we vowed we would reserve leftovers (with the exception of those things that go well with soft-fried eggs) for lunchtime adventures.

Our culinary agenda?

Sunday – Channa Masala with Roasted Broccoli, Rice and Garlic Naan

Originally Michelle was going to come over on Sunday afternoon and we were going to crockpot the pants off of something.

Except that didn’t happen.  Uno: My crockpot is still in the closet beneath the stairs.  Dos: We didn’t actually pick a recipe.

So I thought it might make just as much sense to action an easy dish that creates A TON of food.  Because that’s sort of what’s at the heart of making something in a crockpot, right?

As we all know Channa Masala is always a good answer for that.  Fast, easy, and full of things from the pantry.  Plus, now some of it has taken up residence in the freezer.

Monday – Mom’s Green Chile Enchiladas and Guacamole

When I made enchiladas to bring over to Val and Aaron’s two weeks ago, Marcus gave me like, the most tragic sad puppy eyes I have ever seen.  After giving him a spoonful of the filling and turning him away, I swore up and down that I would make him a batch, and soon!

So this week, it was only appropriate that I kill off our bag of Immortal Tortillas (I have no idea as to how tortillas carry the sell-by date that they do) and make good on my promise.

It’s the same rodeo, every time.  And I have to say, with some recipes, the end result is always a little bit different.  With this recipe, the end result is always the same, even if you end up doing it a little bit differently.

Tuesday – Hanger Steak with Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce, Oven Fries and Roasted Broccoli

I’ve been subscribing to bon appetit for a little over a year now, and even though you would think that I cook something out of there every month, that’s usually not the case.

I jumped on this dish because it was fast, easy, affordable and would work well with the steak we sourced from ALDI a few months ago.

Plus, as I was de-glazing the pan, I realized how long it has been since I’ve actioned anything with a wine sauce attached to it.  Heresy, I know.

Bonus: It reincarnated extremely well as leftovers.  I’m actually pretty sure the dish tasted better when I brought it to lunch on Thursday than it did when I ate it the first time!

What is your favorite crockpot meal?  Any and all recipes are appreciated!

What’s one foolproof meal you have that turns out the same way every time, no matter what?

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7 responses to “Friday Food Round-Up!

  1. This crockpot meal is going to change your life. Ready?

    1. Buy a roast beef.
    2. Buy a packet of Crock-pot Roast Seasoning.
    3. Add water.
    4. Cook on low for 10 hours.
    5. Listen to everyone say they had no idea you could cook.

    It’s the most fabulous roast you will ever have. I promise.

  2. I would kill for someone to make me enchiladas right about now.
    My favorite recent crock pot discovery: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-pulled-pork-10000001875662/
    My winning meal is my veggie pizza. It’s the same and different every time, but it’s always a win.

  3. My fail safe meal is actually dessert…if you need chocolate chip cookies I’m you’re girl.

  4. “Crock pot the pants off something.” Now that’s a visual! My go-to crock pot dish is pulled pork. My go-to “turns out the same every time” recipe is my mother’s sour cream beef stroganoff. I love that stuff. I eat it hot for dinner and cold out of the fridge for breakfast. Really.

    Your enchiladas look really good. And you KNOW how I love green chilies!

  5. I need to bust out my crockpot soon! The only things I’ve made in it are refried beans and yogurt- never a proper meal. My mom used to use it all the time when we were kids and we all called it the ‘crotch pot’, haha (no one ever accused me of being a mature child…) I need to find a good soup or something to make in it. The idea of coming home from work or class and having dinner ready sounds so appealing!

  6. My slow cooker is my favourite kitchen appliance these days. A few of my favourite recipes:
    http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/slow-cooker-chicken-tikka-masala/ (seriously, MAKE THIS SOON!)
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/lauras-quick-slow-cooker-turkey-chili/detail.aspx (except I don’t like it with turkey – I use extra lean ground beef)
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/awesome-slow-cooker-pot-roast/detail.aspx (and then I convert the leftovers to shepherd’s pie)

    Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole
    1 1/2 lb lean ground beef or turkey
    2 medium onions, finely chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1 small can (7.5 oz) tomato sauce
    1 can tomato soup
    1 c water 1/2 c long grain rice
    4 c shredded cabbage
    1/3 c tomato juice or water
    sour cream (for serving)

    In a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, combine ground
    beef, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper; cook, breaking up meat with a
    spoon, until browned. Drain off any excess fat. Return to heat and
    add tomato sauce, water, and half the can of tomato soup, mixing well.
    Add rice, stirring to combine.

    Into prepared slow cooker, place half of the meat mixture, then half
    of the cabbage. Top with the remaining mixture and remaining cabbage.

    In a bowl, combine remaining tomato soup with tomato juice, mixing
    well. Pour into slow cooker.

    Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours, until
    bubbling and heated through. Serve with sour cream.

  7. OK, I am definitely trying the chicken tikka masala from above. My favorite, never fail crockpot meal is my grandma’s banke kod (Danish roast beef). It’s a cheap roast, thinly sliced, and roasted all day. Never fails.

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