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On the Menu…

Well, it has been ages since I have posted a weekly menu for our family.  Sadly we have just been too busy to have a regular menu.  It seems like we are just going nonstop during the week, and my husband has an insane work schedule, so we haven’t been able to sit down for a family meal more than once a week.

Things have calmed down for this week, so I’m FINALLY getting a chance to put a menu together for the week!  I’m even trying out a few new recipes this week.  Woohoo!!  I feel like I’m being a good mom and wife this week.

I’ve planned our menu around the produce that is still coming out of our garden in abundance, and the food that came with our Bountiful Basket.  Hence, why everything seems to have a ton of veggies in it.  So, if you are looking to get a few servings of veggies in, I highly suggest trying some of these recipes too!

I should also note that there is a 90% chance that a side of roasted or grilled zucchini will be served as a side veggie for most of the meals.  Yet again, my husband insisted on planting 5 zucchini seeds, and he was oddly shocked that all 5 seeds produced 5 huge zucchini plants.  Ugh.

Each day’s recipe title is linked to the website that has the recipe, so click away!

Saturday:  Chicken, Jalapeno, and Cheddar Casserole

Chicken, Jalapeño and Cheddar Casserole

We absolutely love this recipe in our house, and it is a great way to use some of our peppers and onions we have a plethora of.  My son even gobbles this down…Well, after he picks out the jalapenos.  The only thing I did different from the recipe was to cover the top with queso cheese at the end when you add the cheese sauce you made.  It is great served over rice.  I highly recommend you check out this recipe at the KaoticKitchen’s blog.

Sunday:  Cheater’s Spinach and Ravioli Lasagna

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NEW Recipe!!  I’ve had my mind set on making this recipe for awhile now, and it is in the oven as I type this menu up.  I did make a few changes to this recipe.  Instead of sausage ravioli, I used 4 cheese ravioli, and I replaced the chorizo with sweet Italian chicken sausage.  I also topped the lasagna with fresh mozzarella and covered before putting it in the oven.  My kitchen smells heavenly Italian as I type!  Check out this recipe at Urban Country Style.

Monday:  Slow Cooker Tosca Zuppa Soup

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana (Copycat) * *

NEW Recipe!!  My wonderful friend Natalie shared this Slow Cooker Tosca Zuppa Soup recipe with me.  She swears it is the bomb, and I totally trust her opinion on anything food related, so I’m making this yummy looking soup for the first time this week.  I plan on adding shredded cooked chicken breasts in place of the bacon, and some gnocchi I found hiding in our freezer.

I’m a little upset that this weekend was the first time that I was on the GetCrocked website.  Jen’s recipes look so yummy and easy to make.  I’ve already Pinned a few more to try out.

Tuesday:  Leftovers…Something tells me we may have a few.  Smile

Wednesday:  Baked Potatoes and Chicken Skillet

Tender chicken drumsticks cooked on top of layers of thin sliced potatoes and onions make this potatoes and chicken skillet an mouthwatering, flavorful meal

NEW Recipe!!  Told ya I was finally getting to a back log of new recipes to try.

This is the day that I get to use up some of our garlic, red potatoes, and onions that have come out of our garden, and I have a ton of potatoes (so thankful they store well in a cool place).  This was our first year planting potatoes, and we had a bumper crop!  Totally planting them again next year.

On to the meal…I found this recipe on Pinterest (of course).  I’m going to finally break out my cast iron skillet that is over a foot in diameter.  Still not sure why I bought it a few years ago, but I’m gonna finally use the bugger.  I’m planning on using chicken breasts and thighs instead of the chicken legs.  We just need more meat in our house, and little chicken legs just aren’t enough sometimes.  Smile

Thursday:  Breakfast for dinner or Leftovers.  I’m leaving it up to my son and husband, since I’ll be teaching yoga during dinner time.

Friday: Seven Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Seven Vegetable Minestrone Soup | @mamamissblog #FluRemedy #veggie #healthy #soup

If you have a garden you will totally understand why I’m making this soup.  If you don’t have a garden…Make this soup anyway.  It is super healthy and yummy!  I came across this recipe last winter, and my husband fell in love with it.  I’ve made it several times, and the last time I made it I added cooked shredded chicken breasts for extra protein.  It was yummy!  Check this recipe out on Mama Miss’s blog.

Super Easy Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Applesauce

I have made the greatest discovery!!!  You can make the best applesauce in the crock pot!!!  How amazing is that!?!  And, it only takes 3 ingredients…Apples, Cinnamon, and Brown Sugar!  Can you tell how excited I am about this one.  Now I don’t have to be the “apple fairy” and drop bags of apples on everyone’s door step in the middle of the night.  I have already made 2 batches of this applesauce in our crock pot at home, and the whole family and neighbors love it!  All I can say is…Make it yourself!  You will love it!


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Ingredients

  • Apples – about 12 if they are store bought…more if they are from a tree in your back yard
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (optional)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c Brown Sugar

Directions:

Peel and slice/chop your apples and place them in a slow cooker.  Sprinkle the top of the apples with cinnamon, brown sugar (add up to 1/2 cup if you like your applesauce sweeter), and add cinnamon stick.  The cinnamon is optional.  If you don’t like cinnamon in your apple sauce don’t add it.  Then, add the brown sugar and stir to mix cinnamon and brown sugar in with the apples.  Set your slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours.  I stirred the apples a few times while they were breaking down in the slow cooker.  After the apples are done you can use an immersion blender to mash the apples up.  However, I found that the apples are so soft that all you need is a potato masher, and in 1 minute you will have applesauce!  You can freeze, can, or immediately eat your applesauce!!


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Add the apples to the slow cooker.  Then sprinkle the top with cinnamon, brown sugar, and add cinnamon stick.

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Cook on low in slow cooker for 6-7 hours.  I stirred the apples a few times while they were in the slow cooker.

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Use and immersion blender or potato masher to break down the apples to the consistency you want.


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I put the apple sauce in the Ball Plastic Freezer jars.  You could can, freeze, or refrigerate your applesauce.


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Enjoy!!!

Easy Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Pulled Pork!!

This pulled pork recipe took a few years for me to put together.  Most of the seasonings I put together from basic southern pulled pork recipes (everyone in the south has their own).  However, Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives helped me out a bit too (never watch that show on an empty stomach, or at 10 pm).  The apple juice in the recipe came from my grandmother who used to make pork chops in her crock pot with apple juice.  I hope you enjoy this super easy pulled pork recipe.  You will want to make the rub and rub down the pork the night before.  This way it gets a chance to sit in the fridge overnight and work its magic!


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 c packed light brown sugar
  • 2 T paprika
  • 1 1/2 T Kosher salt
  • 1 T fresh ground pepper
  • 1 T dried mustard powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder, 3-4 lbs (if you cannot find boneless it is okay…I make this a lot with bone-in)
  • 6-7 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 1/2 c apple juice
  • 1/2 c water

Directions

Add all the dry seasonings and brown sugar to a bowl.  Mix seasonings.  Cut slits into pork meat, and insert garlic cloves into the slits. If you have a fatty side to your pork shoulder, cut diagonal slices in the fat to create a diamond pattern.  Massage the dry seasoning rub all over every inch of the pork shoulder. Don’t be afraid to get in there and really rub as much on as you can get.  Place pork in a bag, container, or saran wrap. Then, place in fridge overnight.  The next morning, place pork in crock pot/slow cooker insert. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then bake in the insert uncovered for 1 hour.  Place crock pot/slow cooker insert back into the crock pot. Add water and apple juice to the pork. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.  Remove the pork from the crock pot. It will fall apart as you remove it and place it on the cutting board. You can use a fork or tongs to shred the pork…it is that tender! We save some of the cooking liquid from the pork to drizzle on top of the meat and add to the container of leftovers.  Enjoy!!!! My husband likes to eat his pulled pork sandwiches with bbq sauce and coleslaw (it is a southern thing).

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Add all the dry seasonings and brown sugar to a bowl

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Mix seasonings

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Cut slits into pork meat, and insert garlic cloves into the slits.  If you have a fatty side to your pork shoulder, cut diagonal slices in the fat to create a diamond pattern.

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Massage the dry seasoning rub all over every inch of the pork shoulder.  Don’t be afraid to get in there and really rub as much on as you can get.

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Place pork in a bag, container, or saran wrap.  Then, place in fridge overnight.

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Place pork in crock pot/slow cooker insert.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then bake in the insert uncovered for 1 hour.

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Place crock pot/slow cooker insert back into the crock pot.  Add water and apple juice to the pork.  Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

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Finished pulled pork!

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Remove the pork from the crock pot.  It will fall apart as you remove it and place it on the cutting board.  You can use a fork or tongs to shred the pork…it is that tender!  We save some of the cooking liquid from the pork to drizzle on top of the meat and add to the container of leftovers.

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Enjoy!!!!  My husband likes to eat his pulled pork sandwiches with bbq sauce and coleslaw (it is a southern thing).