I want to tell you to buy my new Blaze. So buy my new Blaze. Okay, that’s done. Moving on. I have crazy hours and I’m betting some of you do, as well. So I thought maybe we could help each other out. I’m going to post some of my easiest recipes below and I hope that you will share. I’m trying to keep things simple with just a few ingredients. And if you post a recipe in the comments I’ll put you in a drawing for a free copy of that book I was talking about. 🙂

Easy Stew: In a crockpot dump in: 2 lbs stew meat, package of baby carrots, 3 potatoes, 2 onions, 2 cartons beef broth, 1 tsp pepper, cumin, salt (you may need more taste when it’s done), and tbsp of minced garlic. Cook for about 4 hours on high or 6-8 on low and it’s good stuff.

Vodka Chicken: In a crockpot dump in: Four to six boneless chicken breasts, pour a jar or two of vodka sauce (a pinkish marinara, very tasty). That second jar depends on how much extra sauce you want. Cook for six hours on low. (Remember crockpot temps can vary, just make sure the chicken is cooked through). Toss it over the pasta of your choice (you might need to cook the pasta first, or it will be very crunchy).

Banana Pancakes: Okay, technically, my son’s girlfriend makes me these. I can’t eat bread, so it’s awesome to have pancakes I can eat. In a blender or mixing bowl mix 1 large banana, 2 eggs and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon (you can also add a 1/4 tsp of vanilla) mix it up and then cook it in a frying pan or on a griddle like regular pancakes.

So share some of your easy recipes and have a wonderful month!


8 Responses to “Food is Good!”
  1. David7118 says:

    Here’s a very easy beer bread recipe that makes fantastic sandwich bread. Sorry you can’t have bread Candy but maybe others will enjoy it.

    1 12 oz bottle beer (any kind)
    3 tablespoons white sugar
    3 cups self-rising flour

    Mix all three together, pour into a 9×5 loaf pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and bake at 350 for an hour. About three minutes before it should be done brush the top with melted butter.

  2. David7118 says:

    Here’s another that you can put on at night and have for breakfast the next morning.

    Crockpot Barbacoa

    1-2 cups water
    juice from half a regular sized orange
    2 Tb. apple cider vinegar
    3-4lbs beef cheek meat
    garlic powder
    onion powder
    fresh, roughly chopped onion & garlic if you have it on hand

    Combine water, juice and apple cider vinegar and pour into bottom of crockpot. Liberally season meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and add meat to crockpot. Cook on low heat for 12 hours. Remove from liquid, shred with forks. Serve with warm tortillas and any condiment or toppings desired, such as salsa, chopped cilantro, diced onion.

  3. This sounds so GOOD!

  4. I asked for an electric pressure cooker for Christmas an Instant Pot 7-in-1. Being gluten intolerant I eat quite a bit of rice and luckily the rest of the household does too. I’m using this appliance quite a bit. Saves time and one pot clean up.
    Here’s a link if you’d like to see the specs: http://instantpot.com/benefits/specifications-and-manuals/instant-pot-ip-duo-series-specifications/

    I’m submitting an oven recipe since a lot of you don’t have an Instant Pot.

    Southwestern Lasagna
    1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
    10 corn tortillas ( I like Mission brand)
    1 package Taco Spice and Seasonings (Celiac and gluten intolerant need the gluten free brand)
    2 cans (8 oz each of tomato sauce)
    12 oz. Picante sauce
    8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
    2 eggs, beaten
    2 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    1 can sliced olives, optional as garnish

    In a large skillet, brown ground beef until crumbly; drain fat. Add Taco spices and seasoning, tomato sauce, picante sauce, mix well. This is supposed to a little saucy (but not runny). If you think it needs a bit more, add in more picante sauce or some diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook uncovered 5 minutes.
    In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese and the beaten eggs. In the bottom of a 13x9x2 baking dish, spread 1/2 of the meat mixture. Top with 1/2 of the tortillas spread with 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture, ending with the Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat mixture once more, ending with the Jack cheese. Sprinkle olives (if using) over the top to garnish.
    Bake uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
    *This does well for leftovers, too!

  5. Hi Candace,
    It occurred to me that in the recipe I just posted you could alter it pretty easily since you can’t have bread. If you can have rice use that instead, skip the ricotta and egg, and use shredded mozzerella in place of it.

    One more recipe (I hope you can eat it).

    Lemon Rosemary Chicken

    1/4 cup olive oil
    4 chicken breasts
    1 1/2 sweet potatoes, cubed
    1 large lemon, squeezed
    1 large lemon, sliced
    2 Tablespoons rosemary
    5 garlic cloves, crushed
    salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Add olive oil to a large cast iron skillet or to a roasting pan, and heat over medium high heat. If using a roasting pan, you might need to use it over two burners.
    Sprinkle desired amount of salt and pepper over chicken breasts, then place them breast side down in the pan. Add the cubed sweet potato to the pan and cook 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is browned.
    Turn the chicken over and pour the lemon, rosemary and garlic over the chicken and potatoes. Top with sliced lemons.
    Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is done.

  6. Mary Preston says:

    I’m the queen of one pot wonders. A family favourite is my Beef Curry.
    – Blade steak, cube it to whatever size suits (I remove ALL visible fat)
    – Curry powder & salt to taste
    – whatever veg you want to get rid of (they all end up tasting like curry)
    – Splash of whatever stock you have (ends up tasting of curry anyway)
    – If you want to give it a fancy name like Sun Island Curry just add sultanas, apple and some coconut.
    Cook up some rice to go with. If I can’t be bothered I cube some potato & throw it in the pot.
    Tastes even better the next day(try it with scrambled eggs), so I make extra – two meals done.

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