Crock-pot cooking Nights 6, 7 & 8

Our crock-pot cooking week is done and I was going to keep going with it, but I forgot my hubby won't be eating dinner with us this week!  So, I've already got my menu planned for when he is.   I thought about trying to find kid-friendly crock-pot recipes, but eh, we'll see!  Here is the rest of this past week's menu.

Friday night was night 6 of Crock-pot cooking week and we had "Big Meatball" Meat Loaf on page 154 from The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone.  

I am not associated with the author or cookbook.  If you purchase the book from amazon.com, I would make a small commission.
This recipe was a huuuuuuge hit!  The kids even asked for more!  I asked my husband which recipe was his favorite of the whole week and he said this one.  I don't list recipes from cookbooks on my blog because of copyright laws or I would give you all of the info!  I will tell you that the recipe called for Pecorino Romano and it was NOT in my budget (I just cannot pay $8 for a small wedge of cheese!).  So, I used Parmesan instead. 
Night 7 we had Copacabana Chicken on page 196 of Sandra Lee's semi-homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking.
This recipe was pretty good also.  It used lime juice, orange juice concentrate and cumin, along with other latin-inspired ingredients.  I substituted some fresh tomatoes that I didn't end up canning instead of the canned tomatoes that it calls for.  If you've seen her show, you know she uses pre-packaged stuff and fresh stuff for her recipes.  That's why it's called semi-homemade.  The kids did eventually eat all of theirs and my husband finished up all of the leftovers today.  I used Chicken thighs instead of chicken leg quarters because that's all I could find on my shopping trip.  I left the skin on and broiled them before putting them in the crock-pot per her "skin on" directions.  I just didn't have time to take the skin off and didn't want to get my hands and kitchen dirty since I was canning tomatoes at the same time!  Next time, I'll definitely take the skin off.  It just got too greasy even though I broiled it before-hand.  I believe that really is my only complaint with this recipe.
Night 8 was tonight and we had Chicken Broccoli Mac 'N Cheese from Sandra Lee's semi-homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking.  I did not like this recipe as well as the other ones we've tried this week.  I just thought it tasted too much like the "processed" ingredients that went into it.  It uses Cream of broccoli soup.  I think I used Broccoli Cheese soup because I couldn't find the cream of broccoli.  And it uses a cheese sauce packet.  I have plenty of these lying around from my Betty Crocker potatoes.  Because of the saltiness of the cheese sauce, we usually use 2 boxes of potatoes and only one seasoning packet.  They're way too salty for us otherwise.  So, I save the packets for other uses.  I don't think I'll be making this again as is.  Even the kids wouldn't touch it! 
If you missed days 1-5, here they are in descending order:
Night 2--French Vegetable Casserole  (My husband's second favorite)



post signature

No comments:

Post a Comment

Share your thoughts, "Quirky" or not, with us. Do you have anything to add?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
We participate in the Amazon and Target affiliate programs. Several of our posts may contain links to products that you might find useful. If you shop through those links, we will make a small commission.