Cuban Pork Tacos

Cuban Pork Tacos

I love making tacos but for the Super Bowl I wanted to step it up a notch.  These tacos are out of this world delicious!  Plus they are really easy to make ahead of time and you can have all the ingredients laid out and ready to go by the time kick off starts.  Guests can help themselves and you can sit back, eat and watch the game! ~Sarah Ingredients: For pork: 1 1/2 lbs pork (pork tenderloin or a pork shoulder or roast will work well) 2 cups...

 

Simple Beans and Rice

There are so many ways to make beans and rice. Every area of the county seems to have their own take. Red beans or black beans, ham or sausage. Here is my vegetarian version . It’s a bit of a combination of several styles. First you make your sweet and smoky sauce and from there it’s just a matter of popping everything into the oven. The rice is baked along side the beans and mixed when ready to eat. I love beans and rice. You...

 

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

We all should know the importance of getting more fiber in our diets by now.  Americans, and I’m sure other countries as well, don’t even get half the recommended daily amount.  I like to start my day with a warm bowl of steel cuts oats after coming in from a run on a cold winter morning.  I get a good dose of fiber that tastes really great and it warms me up from the inside out.  Think you don’t have time to add making oats...

 

So Easy Applesauce

This applesauce is so easy it’s not even a recipe.  I love applesauce.  Not the kind you buy at the store but real applesauce.  Just about any apple will work, though Red Delicious is not so good for sauce - too watery.  A few of my favorites are Fuji, Honey Crisp, Ginger Gold, Spartan, Crispin(Mutsu) and Empire.  I like to mix varieties to get a combination of flavor and texture.  I know there are a lot of recipes for applesauce....

 

Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli Soup

I got an email from a reader asking if I could clean up Olive Garden’s Pasta E Fagioli Soup.  Not only did I clean up the recipe but I made the soup in my slow cooker which means all the hard work was done for me!   What’s not to love about coming home to a cooked dinner! ~Sarah Ingredients: 1/2 pound raw Italian pork sausage (or lean ground turkey, beef or chicken) 1/2 cup carrots, diced 1/4 cup celery, diced 1/2 cups onion, diced 1...

 

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

I love sloppy joes. Spicy, sweet tomato sauciness on a bun. Yum. I joined pinto beans and brown rice to make a complete protein in place of the meat. I like my sloppy joes just a little sweet so I also added in some apple butter. These sloppy joes were made in the slow cooker and were so easy. I just tossed in all the ingredients, set on high and 4 and 1/2 hours later they were done. Kristy Ingredients: 1 medium onion, diced 1 red, green or orange...

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein

My first food love will always be salads but I have a serious crush on Chinese food! I love Beef and Broccoli, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Toasted Cashew Chicken and Crispy Fried Rice.  I also love my slow cooker - who doesn’t love a machine that cooks dinner for you?!!!!  So the fact that this recipe combines chinese food with a slow cooker has my name written all over it.  I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out when I tried...

 

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

I love baked beans and even more when my slow cooker does all the work.  Throwing things into a pot and ending up with a delicious meal is my kind of cooking!  Plus you usually end up with a wonderful smelling aroma floating through your house all day.  This recipe is easy to make, nutritious and tastes wonderful!  I made this without meat but if you’d like a meatier version just add in some cooked pieces of pork and bake as normal. ~Sarah Ingredients: 1...

 

Naked Apple Butter

Apple butter is a useful thing to have on hand for using in many dishes.  In baking it can be used to help reduce the fat.  In savory dishes it mixes well with other ingredients to make a tasty marinade or sauce. It’s even great for spreading on whole grain toast, pancakes or waffles.  Apple butter is easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker.   If not, you can make it on the stove but you will need to spend a little more time...

 

Fast and Easy Oriental Chicken Soup

Just about everybody has a chicken soup recipe. Whether you like it with rice , noodles or dumplings it just makes you feel good. I came up with this recipe to take to a friend that had just gone through a round of chemo. I was looking for something nourishing yet light and since I knew that she liked Asian flavors I was inspired to put together this chicken soup variation. Kristy Ingredients: 4 cups low sodium organic chicken broth (or vegetable...