Slow Cooker Lentils and Rice

I like to do most of my cooking on the weekend so I can put meals together during the week without too much effort. This recipe is perfect for that since it really cooks itself and I can be preparing other things while it simmers away filling the house with it’s delicious aroma. Another plus is that it’s one of the most versatile recipes I have. With a change in seasoning and vegetables it can become a whole different dish. It’s...

 
One Pot Stew

One Pot Stew

Last week when most of Southern California was complaining because it was a gloomy, rainy and overcast day I was actually enjoying every second of it.  It totally felt like Fall and I was loving it!  I wasted no time throwing together this stew so that I could enjoy a bowl of it for lunch with some whole wheat bread.  I made this in my slow cooker but you can also make it on the stove top.  Feel free to mix and match your favorite veggies to...

 
Onion and Apple Confit

Onion and Apple Confit

What is confit you might ask? Well, I asked the same thing and being the queen of Googling I learned this; “Confit (French, pronounced [kɔ̃fi] or in English “con-fee”) is a generic term for various kinds of food that have been immersed in a substance for both flavor and preservation. Sealed and stored in a cool place, confit can last for several months. Confit is one of the oldest ways to preserve food, and is a speciality...

 
Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna

My in-laws recently flew over from South Africa and will be spending the next few months visiting with us.  To help make their stay a little easier I’ve been making some meals that freeze well so that they can pop dinner in the microwave and have a meal without needing to cook anything.  I recently got a new slow cooker that can brown, saute, steam and slow cook all in one.  I thought this recipe would be prefect for a test drive.  I set...

 
Homemade Pear Sauce

Homemade Pear Sauce

Living in Southern California is awesome EXCEPT when your Facebook feed is filled with stories of apple orchard trips, pumpkins, cool crisp weather and hot apple cider.  We don’t have fall here.  No leaves changing colors, no fall air.  I decided a trip to an apple orchard would help put a little fall into my California days.  My Mom (Kristy) and I took the kids to an organic apple and pear orchard in Julian, CA. Kristy and the kids picking...

 
Slow Cooker Shrimp Jambalaya

Slow Cooker Shrimp Jambalaya

I used to work at a company that took it’s potlucks as seriously as it did it’s business. We made up more excuses to have a potluck than Hallmark has holidays or Heinz has varieties or….well, you get the picture. My Shrimp Jambalaya was often requested and that was ok with me because no one had to know how easy it was to make. It cooked itself in the slow cooker and I had only one pot to deal with cleaning up after it was all done....

 
Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

I like double duty meals. Make one protein and get two meals from it. One of my favorite double duty meats is a boneless pork butt that is slow cooked, shredded and then used in bbq pork sandwiches and later as pork carnitas. This carnitas recipe is so easy it hardly counts as a recipe but it sure is good. Besides the spicy good taste of the pork, I love the way one side gets fried all crispy and brown before serving. So get your slow cooker out...

 
Asian Slow Cooker Chicken

Asian Slow Cooker Chicken

One of the last meat based meals I made before switching to a plant based diet was this Asian Slow Cooker Chicken.  I love meals that can cook all day in the slow cooker and be ready when I get home from a busy day with the kids.  I literally threw everything in the slow cooker, covered and 6 hours later dinner was done.  This meal got a thumbs up from everyone!  The sauce was delicious and we enjoyed it over rice with a side of steamed broccoli....

 
Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo

Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo

It’s September and most schools have begun a new year of learning. Are you feeling the time crunch yet? Work, school, after school activities. When is there time to make a good healthy dinner? This recipe is made for a busy family. Everything goes in the slow cooker and is ready when you get home. You can make it as spicy or as lightly seasoned as you like. So, drive that car pool, cheer on your child at their soccer game, squeeze in time...

 
Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

I love BBQ beef!  Of course I pretty much love anything once it’s covered in BBQ sauce!  But what I really love about this recipe is that it requires almost no work on your part!  Simply place the beef in your slow cooker and you come home to a meal you can put together in minutes! ~Sarah Ingredients: 1 pound organic grass fed top round roast or steak, extra lean, fat removed 1 cup Homemade BBQ Sauce 6 Homemade Hamburger Buns 2 cups green...