Monday, August 18, 2008

crockpot pot roast

So I decided to try pot roast in the crockpot and I wanted to have big fatty sandwiches for dinner :)

I pretty much followed a fellow nesties recipe

Crockpot Pot Roast
1 pot roast (chuck, arm, shoulder, bottom round or similar cut)
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. red wine vinegar
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
3 medium cloves garlic, minced
7-10 dashes of hot sauce

Trim excess fat from roast and cut to fit into crock pot. Combine all other ingredients and pour over the roast. Cover and cook for 6-8 hours.

I bought sour dough, lettuce, and cheese, plus we have banana peppers, hot peppers, and a lot of condiments. It should be the dinner I was dreaming of :) The roast smells amazing. I did attempt to make gravy but I dont know if its right. I'll see if anyone actually wants to be brave and eat it on their sandwich

Monday, August 11, 2008

Stuffed Peppers

I threw together stuffed peppers. I think I saw them in someones blog and got a craving for them :)

6 green peppers
2 packages taco rice
about a pound of ground meat
1 package of shredded cheddar
1 jar of pasta sauce
half of a white onion
minced garlic
olive oil

Wash the green peppers and using a sharp knife cut the tops off. Use a spoon and scrape out the insides of the peppers.

Cook rice as directed on package.

Coat a large pan with olive oil and add minced garlic, chopped onion, and ground meat. Cook the meat until it's no longer pink and drain off the liquid.

Add rice, a few handfuls of cheddar cheese, and some of the pasta sauce to the meat and stir together. I eyeball the amount of rice and pasta, just make sure there is more meat than other stuff :)

Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture

Stand the peppers upright in a baking dish

If you have extra rice sprinkle it around the peppers and it'll help hold them up in the dish. Add a little extra pasta sauce over top of everything. Finish with more cheddar cheese.

I had the oven at 450 degrees. I covered my peppers with tin foil so the cheese wouldn't burn. I would bake them for 20 minutes with the foil and take the foil off for another 10 minutes of baking.

On the side we had hot sauce and sour cream. We like it spicy! However I didn't add hot sauce to my meat mixture because intern Stephanie isn't a hot head


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Grilling at 10pm

We saw the new Batman movie Dark Knight last night. We went to a 6:50 show and got home really late and we hadn't eaten yet. We already had meat marinading all day so we went ahead with our grill plan. We grilled some steak and chicken. I made a cold orzo salad to go with it. We also had a green salad with our variety of salad dressings. I think we have almost 10 different dressings in our fridge :(

Orzo Salad

half a box of orzo
1 cucumber peeled and sliced thinly
crumbled feta cheese
pine nuts, toasted
vinaigrette dressing

Boil the pasta and drain the water
Toss pasta into a large bowl

Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet on top of the stove, then add to bowl

Peel and slice the cucumber into thin slices. I then cut my round slices in half and tossed them into the bowl.

Sprinkle in feta cheese as much as you prefer.

Add your vinaigrette and chill the salad for a few hours.

Stir the ingredients together well and taste

Add more dressing if needed. The pasta tends to soak up a lot of dressing while it sits in the fridge.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ooey Gooey Chicken

Ooey Gooey Chicken Pasta by Kelly


* 1 package chicken tenders
* 1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
* 1 box whole wheat pasta
* 3/4 cup of ff ricotta cheese
* 1-2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook chicken via your preferred method; I boiled mine. Let it cool and then pull apart with fingers or finely chop.
Cook pasta as directed. In a sauce pan, add shredded chicken and spaghetti sauce and whatever spices you like. Simmer on low-med until warmed through.

Drain and pour pasta into your baking dish. Add ricotta cheese and about half of the mozzarella and mix into hot noodles. Pour spaghetti sauce mixture over pasta and mix in. Top with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

I love Balduccis

I bought some hamburger patties that were so fat and juicy and delicious.
YUM. They were almost too big and fabulous to eat the whole thing. I had to force myself ;)