I revived the What's Cookin' Good Lookin' recipe game on the maintainers team this month. We pick a new recipe, make it, and blog about it. Here is the link to the discussion thread if you are interested.
I doubled this recipe and made it in my Ninja slow cooker. If you haven't heard of a Ninja slow cooker, the thing that makes it special is the metal insert and the stove top setting. You can sear your meat before you cook it. With this recipe, after it had cooked for six or seven hours, the sauce was still really thin. I took the lid off and turned it up to stove top high setting for a few minutes and the sauce thickened right up!
Kids and adults enjoyed this recipe. It had a really great flavor. I served it with uncle ben's long grain and wild rice and creamed spinach.
I was browsing through my Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook and came across this recipe. What caught my attention was the use of cream cheese. Very similar to Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe that is floating around the net, but way easier on the calories. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that someone had already entered it into the recipe calculator. Here is the link to the recipe here on spark.
This photo is from the taste of home website. I forgot to take a picture of mine.
I can't say enough about this easy, delicious, healthy meal! I made it in two 8x8 casseroles and froze one for later. The kids loved it. The husband loved it. I loved it. The cream cheese mixture tempted me to lick my plate. Yes, it's that good. I may sub jarred marinara for the tomato sauce next time for a little more flavor, but it is great as written.
This was really simple to put together and cooked nicely in my slow cooker. Per some of the other reviews, I sprinkled a little cinnamon and nutmeg over the top of the sweet potatoes (I used raw, not canned).
I think everyone in the family loved this but me :( I found the whole dish really bland. I'm certainly not ready to give up on it yet as it was healthy and easy. I may try just a tad brown sugar on the sweet potatoes next time or maybe two cans of cranberry sauce (they were the only thing that I really liked). I also might try browning the chops before putting them in.
This recipe got a ton of great reviews on sparkrecipes and I'm no food snob, so I'm really surprised. Like I said, I think it may just need a little tinkering.
I've been doing a great job following my plans the last couple weeks! Give it a try! You might just like it.
I'll plan my dinners and workouts. For breakfasts and lunches, I'll have a couple things planned that I can alternate between.
Breakfasts - either greek yogurt with fruit and sunflower kernels OR cottage cheese with tomatoes OR homemade breakfast burritos
Lunches - either leftovers from dinner OR carnita quesadillas with fruit (I batched cooked some of these last week and still have some in the freezer).
Sunday - Sausage and sweet potatoes (didn't eat this on Friday, I was too tired to cook)
Monday - Subway (it will be a super busy day and evening)
Tuesday - Fish, noodles, veggies
Wednesday - Pigs in a blanket, fruit salad
Thursday - White chicken chili
Friday - slow cooker chops w/sweet potatoes
Saturday - Steak, roasted broccoli
Sunday - Chicken tetrazzini