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pot roast for two

Sep
2013
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pot roast searing

Pot roast reminds me of Sundays and Grandma H. Super simple to make, even in my two-person crock pot. I asked the butcher to cut a pot roast in half for me so it would fit in my little crock pot. Worked perfectly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chuck roast
  • 1 medium onion
  • baby carrots
  • Sea salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasonings
  • Olive oil
  1. Slice the onion into thick slices. Place in the bottom of your crock pot.
  2. Layer with the baby carrots giving the roast a place to sit.

    season both sides of the meat well! I know you're jealous of my hot plate!

    season both sides of the meat well! I know you’re jealous of my hot plate!

  3. Prep the roast by seasoning well, rubbing all the seasonings into the meat (both sides).
  4. Heat some olive oil into a pan and get it hot! Sear the roast for up to 5 minutes or until browned on both sides.
  5. Place the roast on top of the carrots, put the lid on, turn on ‘low’ and let cook all day (8-10 hours on low or 4-5 on high)
the finished pot roast and veggies

the finished pot roast and veggies

For those using a normal sized crock pot, throw in some halved potatoes with the carrots and onion .

Normally I do this, but with my smaller crock pot I didn’t have the room and wanted the flavors from the onion and carrots over making room for potatoes.

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Crock-Pot Chicken + Potatoes

If someone were to tell me that one day I’d be okay with not having a kitchen, I would have definitely called you crazy. These days I’m taking on just about everything as a challenge that I’m going to win.

So begins my journey with a hot plate, microwave, mini fridge and now a Crock-Pot®.

Crock-Pot

my new best friend – bought this 2 quart crock at Target for under 12 bucks

I began doing research. Lots of research. Google brought up a lot of recipes for crock pot cooking but I needed something that didn’t require a lot of food storage and recipes that would fit my 2 quart crock that’s perfect for two people.

My first recipe came from a Google search that brought up busycooks.about.com (not kidding). Let’s not forget this lady was promising deliciousness in three ingredients only.

Let’s just say, this dish was the most delicious home cooked meal that I’ve had in a really long time. Plus, all I had to do was throw the ingredients in, turn it on low and let it cook while I was at work all day.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

• 3 small/medium potatoes, cleaned + skin left on (halved if small, quartered if medium – I used Yukon Gold)
• 2 boneless + skinless chicken breasts
• Italian salad dressing (Zesty is best)
• salt + pepper

  1. Place the potatoes at the bottom of the crockpot (veggies will take more time to cook than the meat so meat should always go on top!)
  2. Drizzle with the Italian dressing (just enough to coat the potatoes – eyeball it)
  3. Pour a little bit of water (¼ cup was enough for my small crock) over the potatoes
  4. Place the chicken breasts on top of the potatoes, folding in the small end if needed.
  5. I seasoned first with some salt + pepper but it’s probably not needed.
  6. Drizzle some more Italian dressing on top of the chicken
  7. Put the lid on the crock and let it cook on low all day

I put this together in just a couple of minutes and started the crock at about 8 AM. When it was time to eat around 6 PM the potatoes were cooked and the chicken was falling apart (that’s a good thing in the crock world!)

I’ll definitely be making this one again and there will be a lot more crock recipes coming soon! In the meantime, you can follow what I find on my Crockpot Pinterest board.

If you’ve got easy crockpot recipes to share, send them my way or let me know if you’re interested in doing a guest post!

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cheesy shrimp and rice

I made this dish one night after work and surprisingly, it came together quickly. Just make sure to have your ingredients ready! This quick dish serves one but can easily be doubled, just adjust the ingredients to fit the serving size. || Read more

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black bean and mango salsa

This black bean + mango salad is a perfect side dish for a protein like chicken or fish or rolled into a burrito but could also be a quick snack on it’s own. I made this side dish with lime chicken. || Read more

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I am certain I’ve mentioned before that, believe it or not, my cupboards sometimes end up bare. I’m also sure I’ve brought up the fact that I always have frozen vegetables in my freezer for instances such as this AND at times can be too tired/lazy to cook.

Vegetarian friendly and satisfying sans meat, this isn’t really a recipe but more of an emergency “what can I use” type of situation.  Plus, it makes 3 very hearty servings and all ingredients can be switched out depending on what you have in your kitchen.

Don’t have rice? Try quinoa. Fresh vegetables can be used obviously but sometimes having frozen options works out better for me in cases of emergency such as this week.

Come up with an awesome combo? Let me know, leave a comment below! I would love to know what you guys use. Don’t forget to take pictures too!

Here’s what I had:

  • A cup of white rice in the fridge
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Frozen corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • Cumin
  • Dried parsley
  • Garlic powder (or use fresh!)
  • Salt and pepper
  • A half of a lemon in the fridge (probably from a bloody mary…)
  • A little bit of olive oil

Here’s what I did:

  1. Heat up a tiny bit of olive oil in a skillet. Throw in your frozen veggies (if you’re using fresh, they won’t take as much time to cook… you want them to be slightly tender).
  2. Put a lid on it and let them thaw out and cook a bit.
  3. Cook your rice (or quinoa) according to package.
  4. Throw in the black beans and your seasonings you like (a dash of cayenne would be good) and mix!
  5. Cover and let them cook another couple of minutes until they’re slightly tender (if you’re using fresh garlic I’d mix it in now). Throw a bit of rice/quinoa in a bowl and top with the veggie mix.

Seriously… the mix of cumin, sea salt and black pepper and the mix of textures with the veggies and rice was perfect! Not bad for a girl with “nothing” in her cupboards, right? YOUR TURN!

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I pinned this recipe to my food board on Pinterest this weekend. For the first time, I actually got up and started putting this recipe together shortly after I had saved it from Pinterest. It’s a little bit more work, but it’s the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have tried.

The brown butter, sea salt & good quality dark chocolate are what make these cookies a few steps above the norm. I only had a ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips left so I halved her original recipe and then halved the dough, freezing it for later.

The brown butter part is important. The original post has perfect how-to pictures. I have the worst patience when it comes to browning butter for baking, but trust me. It’s worth it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup + 1/8 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup white sugar (I just estimated this using my ¼ cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup + ¾ cup filled a little more than half way
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • Good quality dark chocolate chips
  1. Place the stick of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. I use a lid, but that’s up to you if you want to cover it or not. Slowly start to melt the butter and let it come to a boil. You are looking for a nice golden brown color and brown bits to form around the edge and at the bottom of the pan.
  2. Once it turns brown, pour the butter into a dish so it stops cooking and can cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, place both the brown and white sugars.
  4. Add the brown butter and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the egg & vanilla. Mix well.
  6. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda & sea salt together with a whisk.
  7. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix well.
  8. At this point, I halved the dough (since I only had a ¼ cup of chips) placing the rest in a freezer bag with baking instructions written on the outside.
  9. Add the chocolate chips to the dough and mix with your hands or a wooden spoon.
  10. Scoop out onto a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes. Check the cookies around 8 minutes, I flattened the cookies out a bit with a fork and let them bake for the last minute.

Makes about 8 cookies (this whole recipe will make 1.5 dozen approx.)

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I won’t say much about this recipe other than my version has a more complex flavor than the normal ground beef and cheddar cheese version that we’re all used to. Also, since I’m pre cooking all the ingredients, it spends less time in the oven, leaving the pepper tender yet crisp. Use what you have in the fridge and your cupboards, as this is a very versatile recipe to keep. If you’re vegetarian, skip the ground turkey.

Makes 3 peppers
What you’ll need

  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 can of diced tomatoes (no added salt)
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and slightly drained
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • crushed and finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • dried parsley
  • dried basil
  • parmesan cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • sea salt & pepper
  1. Clean and cut the tops of the peppers off. Using a paring knife, carefully remove the seeds and membrane from inside. Rinse again, sprinkle lightly with sea salt and pepper, place in a glass baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cook the cup of rice according to package and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the onions and turkey until the onions are soft and the turkey is cooked through.
  4. Add thawed spinach, tomatoes, garlic & seasonings. Mix well.
  5. Add the cooked rice and freshly shredded parm. Mix well.
  6. Stuff the peppers as full as you can. You should have enough mix for 3 medium-large sized peppers.
  7. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake in a 375 degree oven just until the cheese has melted (10-15 minutes).
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