Colorado beef stew

This past weekend my mom, stepdad, and his mom took a trip up to pagosa springs Colorado where we have a little cabin. It was such a nice refresher to get out of town, have some fun, make some great memories, and spend quality time with the family. I was only missing a few pieces to the puzzle! Well of course it was cold and there was lots of snow on the ground so I wanted to make a yummy warm comfort food. What better to make than beef stew! It made the cabin smell of comfort and warmth and it tasted absolutely divine.

Ingredients all dumped into the crockpot set on low for 10 hrs or until done …could take longer or shorter depending on altitude and if your meat is frozen or thawed.

I put in 2 sweet potatoes cubed
Bag of baby carrots
4 stalks Celery chopped
2 28oz cans of muir glen fire roasted tomatoes
2 pounds beef stew meat
Garlic chopped
Onion chopped
1 teaspoon thyme and rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
One box of beef stock (enough to cover all your veggies)

Yum yum yum!

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Crockpot chicken cacciatore

Love the smell of cooking in the crock pot! Delicious! I spent most of my day cleaning and worked a half day so it was nice to have dinner ready and waiting on me at 615! I was starving!

Ingredients
3 cans muir glen tomatoes
1 can chopped green chiles
An onion chopped
Red and greed pepper chopped
Pack of sliced portobello mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 pound of chicken

I put everything in the crockpot with the olive oil and chicken on bottom ( my chicken was frozen) and turned her on low and let it do it’s thing! 5 hours later you have a delicious soup or put it on top of some spaghetti squash !

Happy Thursday!

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Cleaning and crock pot cookin

I love Saturdays!! Especially Saturdays where you get to sleep in, most of the time workout around 10:00, clean up the house, make a hearty crockpot meal that makes the house smell delicious, and then relax with those most important in life :)! Tonight for dinner I am making a delicious crockpot meal that can be made with either grass fed beef or with venison, I choose venison because that’s what we have on hand most of the time, as my amazing boyfriend kills axis and whitetails for me to have good lean healthy gluten free hormone free meat! I hope everyone has a safe, fun, productive yet relaxing weekend!!

Crockpot venison balsamic roast beef

Cut up one onion into moos and put in the bottom of the pot
I put a box of pacific organic beef broth
The venison of course
1 cup of traditional balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
8 garlic cloves
Cook on low 6-8 hours

For a side I decided to do a salad with an organic mix of superfood greens topped with avocado, peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and carrots

Then I roasted some white an green asparagus in the oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until your desired tenderness. Just sprinkle with your favorite seasonings (mine are pepper, salt, and garlic powder) and olive oil!

Enjoy!

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ITS FRIDAY!

It’s Friday!! Yay! That means the weekend! So, Tonight I did not cook anything new because it is one of my great friends late graduation/birthday parties. For dinner I just had some delicious leftovers, but I did not want to leave anyone without another delicious recipe to try or add to their menu! So, the night after my knee surgery I thought I would make a crockpot bbq pulled pork stuffed sweet potato. This would be a great hardy meal for me to eat while taking all those medicines and recovering. I do not do well with any type of medicine especially all those pain pills, they literally make me faint! Needless to say I only take things if I am absolutely dying, so I took 2 pain pills total and then I stuck to my ice, and natural healing. I hope everyone has a great, fun, and safe weekend! Enjoy some yummy food! Let me know what some of your favorite foods are and favorite things to cook are!

BBQ Pulled Pork in the Crockpot

get a 3-5 pound boston butt or pork shoulder (the size will depend on whats available at your market and how big of an appetite your family has)
put together this mix of dry rub in a bowl and then rub it all over!
2Tablespoons Garlic powder
2Tablespoons Onion powder
2Tablespoons Cumin
2 Tablespoons Coriander
2 Tablepoons dried oregano
2 Tablespoons Pepper
1 Tablespoon of salt
Then cut several slits into the meat and stuff them with fresh garlic cloves, I did about 4 garlic cloves in mine
next place the seasoned pork shoulder into your crockpot with the fatty side on top, then cover the prok with chicken broth
cook on slow for 6-8 hours

with about an hour left in the crockpot preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, wash your sweet potatoes (or regular russet potatoes if you eat those) take a little bit of olive oil and rub it on the outsides of the potatoes, next place them on a baking sheet to prevent drippings from burning on the bottom of your oven, and cook for 45 minutes to and hour judge by feel, the skins should be a little crispy and the insides squishy!

Take the Pork out of the crockpot or simply drain the broth, use a fork to shred the pork and then take your favorite BBQ sauce and mix it all together, using as much or as little as you want. Cut an opening into the potato and push the sides together creating a nice nest for the pork, stuff those babies full of meat!

As a side I just made a fresh salad with mixed supergreens, cherry tomatoes, avocado, celery, and tessemaes zesty ranch dressing (I will be putting a link to this website soon, it is amazing! if you can’t wait just put it into google, you can’t go wrong!!)

Yum! Yum! Yum!

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