It’s a very busy week at our house, so I plan to use the crock pot a lot. While looking for a way to cook sweet potatoes in the crock pot, I came across this recipe from About.com for a cranberry apple combination. I decided to change it up a little, with fresh apple rather than apple sauce, and dried cranberries. I also added some cinnamon and nutmeg, since those spices went well with all of the other ingredients.
I generally get home from work pretty early, but have several hours of paperwork to complete at the end of the day. One of my goals is to start using my crock pot more, so I can work right up until the time my husband gets home. I’m on a stew kick right now, and this one was a winner for sure! It is loosely based on a Guinness Stew camping recipe a friend shared with me. We aren’t big dark beer drinkers, so I used some Sam Adams for this recipe. I wouldn’t use light beer; there just isn’t enough flavor there.
My friend, Terri, runs an organization called Community Health Advance here in Albuquerque. Through health education classes, their goal is to improve the health of the citizens of our city. She shared this recipe for Enchilada Casserole in the Crock Pot with me earlier this year. I adjusted the recipe a little to suite our family’s taste.
How much “heat” you have in this recipe is directly related to the salsa. Our niece gave us some really hot Hatch salsa, which made this really spicy. The last time, I used a milder brand and it was much less spicy.
Last fall, I took a class on an eating plan called the Full Plate Diet. The concept of the plan is to eat more fiber, feel full, and therefore eat less. It has actually worked pretty well for me.
Several members of the group were big on steel cut oats. I was initially hesitant, because they take a long time to cook. I’m a “fix it quick” person at breakfast time, so that was a big problem. Then, I found this recipe from Meals Matter for cooking them in the crock pot. Since sugar and butter didn’t seem like diet food, I’ve modified the recipe to be higher in fiber and lower in unnecessary calories.
I make up a pot of this and freeze it in 1 cup portions. When I heat it up for breakfast, I often add some ground flax seed (for extra fiber) and almond milk.