Yesterday with my dental appointment I figured it best to crock pot cook our dinner just in case I wasn’t up to cooking.
Well it came out perfect. Turkey Tenderloin is another one of those items I stock up on when the grocery store has a sale on them as they are fast and easy to cook. You can prepare them so many ways (Asian style, grilled, traditional turkey & stuffing, turkey soup, or as I did yesterday as a shredded meal over dumpling noodles).
You can see how I made our dinner on my Facebook page here: Turkey Tenderloin
My crockpots are probably one of the busiest pieces of equipment in our kitchen. I use them weekly. This morning I prepared a simple yet delicious dinner (the tween queen’s favorite meal actually) in the crockpot for tonight’s dinner.
This roast is tender and full of flavor.
You can find my recipe and the ingredients on my Facebook page today here: Sweet and Savory Pork Roast
Beef stew is one of the easiest meals to make in your crock pot. It is also a great way to cook chuck roast to use in soups (beef barley, vegetable beef soup etc).
Yesterday we had a silver tournament hockey game in the morning followed by the last football game of the season for cheerleading. I grabbed a chuck roast out of the freezer and put it in the crock pot with some onion, potatoes, more onion (the tween loves the cooked onions and gravy), 3 bouillon cubes, 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch, salt/pepper, 1 1/2 cups of water. Normally I would add carrots but I did not have any in the house and didn’t have time to go out and pull some up.
As you can see it came out wonderful and was perfect coming home after a LONG football game and having dinner. I served this with a side of homemade applesauce and there was plenty left over for tonight’s dinner 🙂
Crock Pot Beef Stew
1 chuck roast (any size)
4 large potatoes peeled and quartered
1 large sweet onion
3 beef bouillon cubes
2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups of water (doesn’t have to be precise you can use more for more gravy then adjust to 4 bouillon cubes and 3 Tablespoons cornstarch)
drizzle of garlic flavored oil
(you can add any other vegetables you like. Carrots and parsnips are a favorite of ours but I have used corn and peas also)
Place all in the crockpot and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. YUM!
Today was the day to make a few batches of crockpot applesauce. This is great for dinners, to put in kids lunches and for baking!!! There are a lot of recipes that cut down on fat and calories by replacing oil with applesauce. It’s great to have some ready for whenever you need it.
I freeze our applesauce but you can also place it in jars and can it. We always make a few different batches and today we made cinnamon, chunky, and plain.
You can find our family recipe on my facebook page here: Applesauce recipe
This is an inexpensive delicious crockpot meal!! See how I make ours here:
Remember my post wayyyy back on August 10 (Sunday Food and Fun) where I made meatballs and froze them?? Well yesterday was a busy day and the perfect time to pull them out of the freezer, throw them in the crockpot and heat them with sauce for dinner.
I freeze meatballs in batches of 15 so I always have a couple bags going in the freezer for busy nights and sometimes even for a quick meatball hoagie for lunch.
I think of this dish as the ultimate comfort food and luckily there was enough left over for tonight’s dinner 🙂
My Meatball recipe: (there are pictures in the link above to the Sunday post)
1 lb ground beef, 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk. Combine all and roll into balls. Brown in a frying pan and bake for about 25 minutes in the oven until cooked through. Let cool and freeze until ready to use.
This is probably the tween girls favorite dinner. She will eat pretty much a whole pork tenderloin herself. Each time it’s a tad bit different as I never measure anything but the results are always melt in your mouth pork.
This morning I put in the crock pot approximately:
2 lbs pork tenderloin
1/4 cup orange juice
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon rosemary chopped
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup of water
Let it slow cook for 6 hours. Remove the meat and pour the juice into a pot.
In a small cup mix 1 heaping Tablespoon cornstarch into 5 Tablespoons water and stir
Bring the juice in the pot to a boil and slowly stir the cornstarch mixture in stirring the whole time. This will thicken it and make a gravy
Cook your noodles
Make a vegetable (I made caramelized onions and zucchini) and we had our LAST container of homemade applesauce (gulp my son is in a panic!! He lives on that)
Serve the pork atop the noodles and drizzle with gravy. YUM!! I do not have a scrap left over 🙂