Monday, January 12, 2009

What's for dinner?

UPDATE: Family enjoyed the dished but not overjoyed. I just need to find a way to improve it a little more.

If every one's house is like mine, my family is always asking what's for dinner. I ran across this book a few months ago, but never did anything with it. So this week I dusted it off. It has recipes in it that you can put in crockpot, freezer, or fridge. Another neat thing in the book is that it has the calculations if you want to double and quadruple the recipes. It gives tips on freezing, and how to do things ahead. The recipes use common ingredients that most people have and seems fairly kid friendly.

With this new year we have a few schedule changes, and I was trying to be better about the meals we are having. Two days a week I do not get thru with teaching piano till 7 pm, and I can't wait till then to decide on dinner. I have dusted off the crockpot and have been looking for new ideas. We have been having pot roast for the past several weeks and the girls have dubbed it Pot Roast Monday, but I am afraid they will get tired of it.

So this week we are trying a new recipe this week - Shredded Salsa Beef. I haven't told the girls about the salsa part (even though E loves it). Hopefully this will be a successful recipe, and we will be able to add it to our rotation. If any of my readers have any good kid friendly crockpot recipes please send them my way.

One of my goals this year is to hopefully do a monthly menu for the family. A friend of ours told us that she had done one and was surprised how it provided entertainment for her children. Here's hoping.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Latin Chicken with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes
You'll need
4-6 chicken thighs or chicken breast tenderlions (can be froze but you will need to extend cooking time)
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 cup chicken broth (or water)
1/2 cup salsa
2-3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
4 sweet potatos

Combine everything in a bowl except beans, potatos and chicken
and wisk together.

Combine beans and potatos in crockpot and mix together, place chicken on top of beans and potatos.

Pour bowl mixture over chicken.

Cook on High for 4 hours(4 and 1/2 for frozen chicken) or low for 8 hours

Very yummy, not too spicy for kids :)

calories 415
total fat 6
sat fat 1
total carb 61
total fiber 12
This is a good house keeping recipe - so they provided this info

You can also cook a whole frozen chicken and veggies in the oven on 250 for 6 hours. (Aldi's $5.00)

rub chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper, place in roasting pan with rack or large pan on an aluminum foil circle, add veggies, cover with foil, not touching bird, and cook
remove foil 1/2 hour before finished to brown bird.

4 red potatos quartered
3 carrot sticks chopped
3 sticks celery copped
2 onions wedged
toss chopped veggies in 2 tbsp olive oil, place in bottoem of pan
salt to taste, add 1/4 cup water

Two of my favorite recipes - great for Monday and Wednesday nights:)