It’s been a rough few weeks in our household. Errands, appointments, construction on a new shed, forgotten meals in the fridge, and of course a low propane tank for the grill which threw a wrench in certain meals I had planned for the week. Needless too say all these changes, cause a bit of a flux in my choices for the recipes of the week over the last two weeks.
Finally, things have started to settle down a bit, and of course this week we’re faced with non-stop rainstorms, combined with high humidity, so a weeks worth of crock pot meals were in order. A few of these meals have been done in the past, while others are new to the list, so it should be interesting to see whether they make the cut into our keeper list.
Anyways, enough of my rambling. Here are this weeks chosen Pinterest Recipes, in no particular order.
Recipes for the Week of July 23rd, 2018:
Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff with Zucchini Noodles – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/496873771383844600/
It seems I apparently have two different versions of the Crockpot Chicken stroganoff. The one we had done in the past went over egg noodles, and this one is a Paleo version that uses zoodles or Zucchini noodles. This meal is currently cooking in the crock pot as I write, and I went a bit overboard with the number of mushrooms, by two heads, and added a bit extra garlic, since it’s one of our favorite ingredients. When I prep my mushrooms, I actually remove the stems, as I am still not a huge fan of mushrooms, but I know they’re healthy for the diet. I just slice the heads, which is why I was a bit over. Wasn’t worth putting two lonely mushrooms back in the fridge. I also use store bought Chicken stock, instead of the homemade version the recipe calls for. Should be interesting to see how this one turns out. Recipe courtesy of: paleogrubs.com
Crockpot Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/496873771383844692/
Long before my Cancer diagnosis, one of the common staples in our home was Hamburger Helper. You know, the all in one meal boxes you find at your local grocery store. After going Gluten Free, I no longer am, we made a conscious effort to try to clean up our eating, which meant eliminating as many processed foods as possible. Of course one of my all time favorite foods, since I was little, is pasta, although I now do my best to eat it in moderation, it still sneaks into the menu every once in a while. This recipe is a healthier twist on the Hamburger Helper. I swap out the ground beef for ground turkey, and since this meal covers a few meals for my husband and I, we have figured out a trick to not have mushy pasta on left overnight. Instead of putting the pasta in the crock pot as the recipe suggests, my husband splits the meal into bowls for the remaining week’s meals and then adds in one serving of pasta to the crock pot. Then on leftover nights, he cooks the pasta separately, reheats the meat mixture, and combines them. It ends up tasting as good as the first night, and no mushy pasta. Since most recipes are designed to feed 4 or more people, this hack has made life easier for us. We still get multiple meals, and no need to try to do the math to shrink the recipe to feed just two people. That’s a win in my book. Recipe courtesy of: www.slowcookerkitchen.com/
Crockpot Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/496873771383844815/
This recipe has been sitting in the binder for quite a while, and for the life of me, I can’t remember whether we had tried it yet. As I said previously, my husband and I love garlic, so what better way to get the most out of all the garlicky goodness than with a recipe that calls for 40 cloves of it! I am really hoping that this one is as good as it sounds. The recipe states 8 servings but should be interesting to see what we finally get out of it.
I had given this weeks choices to my husband to do a once over on, because I am not the best at remembering how many meals we got out of certain recipes. Thank you Chemo Brain. Hopefully these will be enough for the week, but part of me fears that I may have overestimated on meals, and there may be more carryovers into next weeks recipes of the week. One of these days I’ll get this meal planning thing figure out.
If you have tried any of these meals, I would love for you to post your thoughts below. Oh, and of course I am always looking for new recipes to add to our ever growing binder full, so if you have any you would like to share, please post them in the comments below. You never know, you may just end up seeing your favorites in my Instagram feed.
Till next time!