The challenge this week is going to be getting my slowcooker scrubbed and clean enough to use for the next day! I'm going to wish I had two!
As the lovely Indian Summer we've been enjoying here in Oregon fades to dark, cool, and cozy, I've been inspired to try something I've never done before: An entire week's worth of Crock-Pot recipes!
Several years ago, my dear mother bought me a simple slow-cooker recipe book that's been indespensible! I hope dear Mabel Hoffman won't mind my sharing a few recipes that I'm going to try this week.
Since summer' s bounty is still being enjoyed from the farmer's market and CSA, including 13 lbs of plums I picked last week, I found inspiration in the chapter entitled "From the Garden to the Slow Cooker". I will post my favorite recipes (after we try them) here to share them.
Why Slow-Cooking? Simple. Easy to prepare. Do you have to ask?!?!?! I have found the perfect time in my day to prep my slow-cooker (after coming home from taking Kirsten to preschool, which thankfully is only a 2-minute walk from our house!). I can literally fix it and forget about it until the "natives" are clammouring for food!
This week I'm only posting dinner, since breakfast is always the same rotation of eggs with some sort of veggie and meat (bacon or sausage). Lunches are always leftovers, and I've learned to give Kirsten only fresh veggies and 1 "meaty" thing (whether leftovers, soup, or a hot dog) for the three days she takes her lunch to school.
This Week's Dinners:
Monday: Plum-glazed Asian Chicken (CP), sauteed spinach w/ garlic,ginger, and scallions
To do: Make Ginger-Nectarine Chutney
Tuesday: Ragout of Red Cabbage with Port (CP), Chicken Apple Sausages
To do: Make Marinara Sauce out of all my overripe tomatoes and basil!
Wednesday: Eggplant and butternut squash "fondue" (CP) with a variety of dippers (sugar snap peas, cucumber rounds, carrots, celery, and sunflower seed crackers)
To do: Defrost Ribs.
Thursday: Ribs w/ Ginger-Nectarine Chutney (CP), Sauteed Veggies
Friday: Spaghetti Squash w/ Marinara Sauce
For more ideas and inspiration, visit the Organizing Junkie!