Evening all, hope your weekend has been a good one. It can never last long enough quite honestly, now with our new school year starting up tomorrow the weekends are going to be treasured even more!
While we’re a homeschooling family I still find myself running out of time to make dinner, especially on days when school has taken a little longer than expected. That’s when our crock pots get the most work out! With this being our first week of school I wanted to fix some things that wouldn’t need any extra planning or special attention from me. Here’s what I came up with so far and some tweaking of my own to help cut down the time in throwing it together!
Easy, Cheesy, Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan — This sounded so good I just couldn’t pass this up. I’m skipping the pan searing and going to add all the ingredients into the crockpot in the morning before starting our school day. I have some Dreamfield’s angel hair pasta that I can serve with it and some lower carb garlic bread options to make with it. This will be great with a fresh salad on the side!
Slow Cooker Carnitas — I plan to use a pork loin from the freezer, take it out the night before I intend to cook it and chop it into fourths the next morning per the directions. Cut back the cumin (we’re not huge fans of a lot of cumin), maybe add half a packet of taco seasoning for another layer of flavor and serve this up with lower carb high fiber tortillas. Would make a great Wednesday church night meal! I’m hoping this goes over well with the family, I limit my pork consumption to one meal a week. I do plan to make a chicken version for myself with the same seasonings and veggies. Looking forward to it!
Creamy Hash Browns with Sausage — This is a recipe my Mom has had in her recipe folder for a few years and to my knowledge we’ve never had it before. My substitution to the recipe is swapping out the bacon for sausage. Not everyone in my family likes turkey bacon and my Dad can’t tolerate regular bacon anymore. Solution:: sausage. I might even reduce the velveeta by half and make up the difference with 4 ounces of shredded cheese. Will help cut out the chemical flavor a bit.
Chicken Paprikash — This has become one of my favorite dishes to make and it can be done both on the stove top or in the crockpot! I love how easy it is to make, can be served over a large dark green salad, on buns or wraps. About the only thing I do differently is I use boneless/skinless chicken breasts and reduce the onions a bit. A great alkaline side dish to have with this is some sauteed kale.
Burgers, Brats, Turkey Bacon, Bacon & Fries — Alright, that does not sound like the best thing to have every Friday night but quite honestly it is the tastiest thing we’ve had all summer! I can no longer eat beef burgers so I tend to skip that, but I cannot go without having some grilled brats with onions and bell peppers, and turkey bacon on the side. We tend to keep Friday open for grilling and plenty of options for everyone to enjoy a little bit of whatever they like. Have to enjoy the grilled delights as long as possible (plus it’s the one night I don’t have to cook or do the dishes)!
Saturday and Sunday we like to leave open to possibilities, it really depends on what everyone wants. With a picky eater in the house I have to keep back up options on hand, he’s a kid after my own heart though…loves chicken! By next weekend I’m hoping I can get enough time to make up some homemade chicken patties to keep in the freezer for him. Makes it so much easier on the nights when the family is having a casserole. Hope you stay tuned for that 🙂
Have a blessed week!!
- turkey bacon chili (justanotherbloggernextdoor.com)
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Turkey Bacon and Apples (pearlsandpeas.com)
- slow cooker chicken stock (instructables.com)
- Slow-Cooked Sunday Chicken w/ Whole Grain Bread (beatcancer2010.wordpress.com)
- Cranberry & Clementine Salad with Quinoa & Grilled Chicken Breast (myworkoutdk.wordpress.com)