THM Menu for 6/22

Alrighty! Here is this weeks menu. I’ll admit, I had a few too many off plan foods this weekend, but today, I’ve stayed on track. I kept this weeks menu simple since we have a lot going on, like construction!!!! FINALLY!!! Our contractor will begin the repairs on our house! I mean it’s only been almost 2 months! (we are 5 days shy of 2 months, not that I’m counting…) I am beyond ready for this to all be done. Just the other morning the Chicks were collecting earthworms….off the kitchen floor….14 of them!!!! No telling what other critters have tried to squeeze in under the plywood that is covering the gaping hole that used to be my french doors. Yuck! But come Friday, we will have new doors there! YAY!!!!

So,Here is what we are eating this week!

Monday:

B: Breakfast burritos: two whole eggs scrambled with cheese and shredded zucchini in a low carb tortilla and an Iced coffee. (S)

L: Turkey Wrap: turkey lunch meat with a wedge of light swiss laughing cow cheese on a low carb tortilla (FP)

D: Egg Roll in a Bowl (S)

Tuesday

B: Big Boy Smoothie (Pg. 242) (S)

L: Tuna Melt: Tuna with shredded cheese on a low carb tortilla with a side salad (S)

D: Hasselback Chicken with Spinach and Pepper jack and a side salad (S)

Wednesday

B: THM Pancakes (pg. 223) (E)

L: Left overs from Tuesday’s dinner (S)

D: Pot luck at church (sorry, not sure what I am making yet.)

Thursday

B: Eggs and turkey bacon (S)

L: Turkey wraps, same as Monday (FP)

D: Pulled Pork with THM BBQ sauce served in Pitas and a salad (S)

Friday

B: Fat Stripping Frappa (pg. 240) (FP)

L: Left over Pulled Pork (S)

D: Cheese burger Pie and Salad (pg. 326) (S) (This freezes really well, so if you don’t have a large family, you can freeze half!

Saturday

B: Ezekiel Toast with Light swiss Laughing Cow cheese and Polaner All Fruit (E)

L: Lunch out

D: Southwest Chicken over Quinoa (E)

Don’t forget to add in some snacks, and THM Drinks this week! The Good Girl Moonshine is perfect in this Texas heat!

I’ve got a delicious E Baked Oatmeal in the works this week! Keep watching for that recipe!

Enjoy!

Crock Pot Cajun Red Beans and Rice

A lot of my family is in Louisiana and it’s critical that you have a recipe for Red Beans and Rice in your cookbook! I had tried several different ones and fell in love with this one. #1 because it’s so easy and #2 because it tastes AMAZING!!! The Chicks  even loved it and they aren’t too big on spicy foods.

Here’s what you need:

1lb of dried red beans

7 cups of water

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3 stalks of celery, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1/2lb andouille sausage, sliced (or your favorite kind of sausage)

3 tbls Creole Seasoning (We love Tony’s of course!)

What you do:

Place all the ingredients in a 4qt crockpot. Cook covered on HIGH for 7 hours or until beans are tender. Serve with cooked brown rice!  Garnish with cheese…of course!

How easy is that!!! It’s so yummy!

Happy eating!

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

Confession….I am sitting here typing this while eating from a heart-shaped box of Valentine’s candy. It has been one of THOSE days! Whew! It feels good to get that off my chest! Now on to the good stuff! 🙂 This recipe is so delicious and SO easy!!! I had tried several crock pot spaghetti sauce recipes, not because I wanted to find the best, but because I kept losing the recipes. 😦 Of course through that journey, I truly found what in my mind is the best one so far! I hope you like it as much as we do.

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What you need:

1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
5 garlic cloves, pressed
4 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons dried basil
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme

(You can also change out the types of meat you use. I have done sausage, ground turkey, etc)

What you do:

This fits perfectly in my 7 quart crock pot.

Brown meats and onion in a skillet and drain well.
Transfer to your crock pot.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.

I mean seriously…how easy was that?!? AND you just saved yourself from unnecessary preservatives and junk! Even better, you can freeze it! (I get about approx 4 jars worth of sauce out of this recipe. )Spaghetti is our “go to” meal when we have company or surprise guests. 🙂

Enjoy!!!

I found the recipe here!

Crock pot Brown Rice

When it comes to making rice on the stove, I am TERRIBLE at it! I either burn it or it is underdone. And minute rice is a no-no in my house! I love to cook and I like to say I am pretty good at it, but this “bad rice” was going to push me over the edge! I know  a rice cooker would have solved all my problems, but if I asked Rooster Brown to buy me yet ANOTHER appliance it would be bad! I knew there had to be an easier way. What’s easier that a crockpot right? And the fact that I now own several I had to make it work! I began to scour through my cook books and found just what I was looking for! Crock Pot Brown Rice! Genius!!! Here’s how it works:

Spray crockpot with a little olive oil or cooking spray.

Pour in 2 cups of rice

Add in 4 cups of water (or 5 cups if you like stickier rice)

Add Salt and butter to taste

Replace the lid and set crockpot to High for 3 hours.

DO NOT REMOVE THE LID UNTIL IT’S FINISHED COOKING!!!

You will have the BEST brown rice ever!!! Serve it up with your favorite dish! Or try one of our favorites Sweet & Sour Meat Balls or Beef Tips & Gravy!

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Enjoy!!

Whip it Up Weekend Recipe – Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

This is a favorite in our house and so easy to make!

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

2-3 Chicken breast

1-18oz bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce ( I like a honey hickory or a smoky bourbon)

Toss it all in the crock pot and cook on HI for 6 hours. The meat should just shred apart with a fork.

Serve on hamburger buns with any toppings you want!

So simple! I keep this already prepped in my freezer ready to pop in the crock pot at anytime!

 

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Meatballs

(this is prior to being cooked)

Ingredients

1 plastic slow cooker liner
1 (9- to 10-ounce) jar sweet and sour
sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 pounds frozen meatballs
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks,
drained

Directions
1. Place liner in a slow cooker bowl, fitting it snugly against bottom and sides of bowl; pull top
of liner over bowl rim.

2. Place all ingredients in slow cooker; stir gently then cover with lid. Cook on low setting for 7
to 8 hours, or on high setting for 4 to 5 hours, until done.

3. Carefully remove lid to allow steam to escape. Serve directly from slow cooker (see Note).

We like to eat these over some fried rice, or just plain brown rice. Or serve them up like they are as an appetizer! YUM!

Enjoy!