Posts tagged ‘slow cooker’

July 18, 2011

I need another weekend…

This weekend wore me the heck out!  I’m tired.  I need coffee.  Okay, work coffee is bad.  I actually need chia tea.  Despite working really hard on the house yesterday (and not even finishing), I still got up and hit the gym bright and early this morning.  I bonded with the stair climber and worked on my arms, per my July workout.

Friday was fun.  Projects are always fun when you first start them… and when you add champagne and a good dinner at home.

Saturday was moderately productive as well – except for that trip out to the lake.

Sunday was hard!  I’ll spare you the complaining and will share dinner details instead.  I used the guardian angel of dinner (crock-pot) to cook dinner while I sanded and painted cabinets. 

Slow n’ Simple Salsa Chicken

I put a bell pepper, two jalapenos, half a tomato, and half an onion in the bottom.  I wish I had added corn and used an entire onion, or just two bell peppers.  I like veggies; what can I say?


Then I topped that with skin-on, bone-in (aka: more flavorful) chicken thighs.  Add 3/4 jar of salsa.  I used a yummy roasted-style of salsa with a good smokey flavor, but any would work.  Cook on high for 4-4.5 hours.


This produced a lot of liquid, so you will need a slotted spoon.  Take out your chicken thighs, and remove skins, bones, and extra fat.  Discard.  Use two forks to pull apart your chicken.  Place chicken on tortilla (or on rice or a salad – I think it’d be terrific on salad).  Fish out your veggies and place them on top of your pulled chicken.  flatout

Add more salsa, lettuce, or other toppings as desired.  (Cheese is recommended though I skipped it.)  I used the leftover shredded lettuce to make a black bean n’ salsa side salad.  This was a simple, yummy, very affordable dinner – just my style!


I might have also had two servings of strawberry cheesecake ice cream after painting…

ice cream

How was your weekend?  Do you ever need a break after your weekend?

May 31, 2011

Sleep Please!

Did anyone else have a sloooow morning?  I woke up to my 5 a.m. alarm, but I accidentally fell back asleep until Cleo’s purring woke me up again at 5:19.  Whoops!  I must admit, this is the first time I was happy one of my furry children woke me from my blissful slumber.

I headed off to the gym and began my new workout.  Well, I actually started the June workout yesterday, but I didn’t really give it 100%.  Today I pushed myself a little harder.  I did 35 min on the stairclimber and finished up with leg work.  Don’t worry, I’ll post the workout later this week.  It’s a good one; I can already tell!

I want to share a recipe with you really quickly.  No, I didn’t make it up on my own.  You can get it at A Year of Slow Cooking, and it’s called Balsamic Chicken with Spring Veg.  It’s not my favorite, but it was perfect for a slow day off from work.  While the crock pot cooked all day, I was able to prep other foods for the week, run errands, and do some laundry.  (The fun doesn’t stop.  Gag.)  Anyway, Kevin likes this one, and we ate it with brown rice.  I also substituted low-sodium soy sauce and a bit of black pepper for worcesteshire sauce due to the HFCS.  It’ll feed us 2.5 nights.  Hurray for leftovers!

Now that I’m back from vacation and life is resuming its normal routine (sad to be back, but happy to get back to the routine), I can finally accept the Smile Award given to me by Kaila at The Healthy Helper.  Thanks Sweetie!

The Rules:

  1. Smile!
  2. Write 3 Things You Like About Your Looks
  3. Write 3 Things You Appreciate About Your Personality
  4. Write Something You Find Beautiful in Other People
  5. Award As Many Other People As You Like & Let Them Know

Here it goes…

  1. Smile!
  2. I like my hair, calves, and cheekbones.
  3. I like my laid-back attitude, my sense of humor, and my smilieness (new word?).
  4. I find people’s smiles beautiful.
  5. Due to how busy I am today (always hard getting back in the swing of things), I’ll skip this for now with *hopes* of sharing additional link love at some point in the future!

Did everyone else have a good weekend?  Did you have a hard time getting back into the swing of things?

May 8, 2011

German Slow Cooker Pork

Today I enjoyed my favorite green monster smoothie.  Woohoo!  Just look at how green it is!  Gross, right?  Wrong.  It was great.  Learn more about green monsters on Angela’s site.



  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop GNC all-natural vanilla soy protein powder
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 or 2 ice cubes

Whirl it up and enjoy!

Today consisted of cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and more cleaning.  Cleaning may not be fun, but at least I was productive.  It was also great that I only spent $80 on groceries this week, including organic chicken, organic yogurts, fresh produce, and the natural, local goodies I got at the farmer’s market yesterday.  Speaking of farmer’s market goodies, I whipped up a new recipe tonight.  It’s a wee bit Irish and a lot bit German.  I made it in the crock pot, and while it was cooking, Kev was kind enough to kick my but in a game of H.O.R.S.E.

My B-baller

Not a b-baller

Now…. for the much awaited dinner!  We had to smell the goodness cooking all day while cleaning, but at least it smelled good.

Prepping Dinner


  • 6 small potatoes (peeled and halved)
  • 1 handful baby carrots
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2.5 – 3 lbs trimmed bone-in pork shoulder (scored it from the farmer’s market)
  • 4/5 or 3/4 of a 32 oz package sauerkraut
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds and 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1/2 green cabbage (another market find), shredded

Sauerkraut - Lovin' the Boar's Head

1. Place halved potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Scatter baby carrots and onion on potatoes.  Next, place the pork on the vegetables and cover with sauerkraut.  Top this mixture with the mustard and caraway seeds.
2. Cook on low 8-9 hours.
3. Turn heat setting to high and add cabbage around the meat.  You can put some under the meat if it’s easy for you, but don’t try to mix anything up or move it around too much.  Let the cabbage soften, approximately 30 minutes… or 25 if you’re hungry and tired of waiting.
Now dinner’s ready!  The bone should fall right out, but watch out for big fatty pieces or any remaining cartilage.  Enjoy!

Sunday Dinner

My lil' bowl of goodness

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