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reaching out for recipes

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Hi everyone! I am working full time now and I'm reaching out for support. I am struggling with how to get everything done. I have always been fortunate to work part time but recently upgraded to full time status.... I have been putting in 40 hrs plus a week and I am praying that as I get the hang of the job, the requirement will be less. I miss you all bunches.... I miss time at home taking care of things and I hate delegating .
I really am looking to you all for your go to recipes. I love my crockpot. Do you all have anything that you love and make every week? all suggestions appreciated. Sending you much Love. Tricia emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 3/9/2014 7:03AM

    I'm not a big crock pot user Tricia, so I can't help you out there. I know if you do some research on some of the cooking sites like cooking light or skinny kitchen or even some of the cooking sites like, you'll find loads of recipes that your family would love. I think just about anything type of food does well in a crockpot. I've made corned beef & cabbage recently in the crockpot & it was delish! I also have a baby back rib recipe that I made in the pot & it is yummy! Oh wait, I have a chicken one that's delish! I'll hunt it down & pass it along to you in sparkmail! Hang in there w/work my can be a bit much changing from PT to FT. You'll catch on! Good luck!

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BIGMAMAT 2/15/2014 8:09PM

    Thanks soooo much everyone! Trying to adsorb everything and making a list. :) xoxoxo

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COOKWITHME65 2/11/2014 9:24PM

    Still thinking here :

Make a schedule of meals on Sunday and post it on the fridge where everybody sees it. No calls of What's for dinner etc....

You can make of list of items needed fresh to pick up at the store

Delegate a certain night for soup and sandwiches.... I still love a good BLT, pastrami and cheese, or grilled cheese sandwich. Make it a little special with a slice of ham and tomato etc.... Avocado on a blt is good also.

Breakfast for dinner ...... Eggs Benedict with ham and Spinach, Blueberry pancakes, potato pancakes (I buy the box kind that you just add water and an egg)with breakfast sausage, applesauce and a dollop of sour cream. (My Dad'd favorite with a side of english muffin)

Taco night - You can brown the meat on Sunday for the week ahead and reheat.

Break out the grill - hamburgers, a side salad and french fries or potato salad from the deli.

Make your own pizza night...... Go ahead and use a boboli or refrigerated dough. You have worked all day!!!

~ K

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COOKWITHME65 2/11/2014 9:03PM

    Hey Tricia,

The crockpot will become your best friend. I always buy my meat on sale then freeze it for later use. Some of the local stores up here in the Boston area have 5 for $20 or $25 meat package deals. You can mix and match. I almost always grab the marinated porktenderloins by Hormel usually. Lots of different flavors. Italian, Terriyakki, honey mustard. I buy the biggest ones I can. Normally marked at $12 to $14 but pay only $5.00 for each. Depending on the flavor I throw these in the crockpot, sometimes 2 at a time, with mushrooms, baby carrots, quartered carrots, red potatoes. The terriyakki one I add sliced pineapple and onion etc... or the easiest is to throw in just as is and shred it when you get home and add your fav barbecue sauce for sandwiches. If I do that I place large rings of onion on top of the tenderloin so they cook down and can be used as a topping on your sandwich if you want it. All these can cook on low 8 to 9 hrs etc.. or high 3 to 4.

I have a huge collection of crockpot recipes on my computer. Many are WW so let me know if your looking for something in particular.

~ Kristan

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DAISY443 2/10/2014 1:59PM

    Chili beef roast with carrots, onions, potatos and canned tomatoes, ham and beans! Now, you did it! You made me hungry for all those things! Don't forget to make double batches and freeze half for a quick meal another time. Hugs!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 2/10/2014 10:29AM

    Our favorite is cilantro lime chicken for tacos... Did I share that with you yet?
It's really simple
Just chicken breast or thighs, can of rotel, at least 1/4 C. of lime juice (we usually juice about 3 limes), about 1 Tbsp dried cilantro or you can use a bunch of fresh, season with salt, pepper, cumin and garlic, just cover with chicken broth, cook on med/lo for all day. Shred chicken and serve on tortillas. emoticon

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CODEMAULER 2/10/2014 3:18AM>
Tons of recipes to enjoy!!

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/10/2014 12:35AM

    Parchment-Baked Fish and Tomatoes
Aluminum foil can be subbed for parchment to make the packets.
Serves :4
Takes 10 min. to prep and 15-20 to cook and NO cleanup.

1 (8-oz.) package green beans (haricots verts)
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp. capers, drained omit to reduce sodium
1/3 cup green olives, quartered
4 (4- to 5-oz.) white fish fillets
salt & pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon, wedged
1/4 cup fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400.
Divide first 6 ingredients among 4 (17-inch) squares of parchment paper or foil. Top each with 1 fish fillet.
Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil.
Squeeze juice from lemon over fish.
Bring parchment paper or foil sides up over mixture; double fold top and sides to seal, making packets.
Place packets on a baking sheet.
Bake at 400 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Place each packet on a plate, and cut open.
Sprinkle fish with basil.
Serve with brown rice or pasta because the packet juices are delicious.

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AVIDWISHER 2/9/2014 10:49PM

    Chicken breast and Rotel in the crockpot while you are gone. When it's done you can use it for tacos, to top rice, or even a salad.

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SHALOMFROMWOO 2/9/2014 10:33PM

  I love buying a bag of frozen meatballs and cooking them in the crock pot with Mids Sauce. They can be served so many ways.....plain - right out of the crock pot - over hoagie buns - over couscous......delicious - and filling.

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