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12/10/09 11:56 A

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I have 5 crockpots in 3 different sizes and use at least one of them 3-4 times a week. My husband leaves for work early 4 nights a week before the kids get home from the club so I plan crockpot meals that everyone can eat at their convenience. Here's one of my kids' favorites. I totally stole it from Paula Deen and revamped it so that it didn't cause a cardiac accident! It makes 16 servings (even if you have teenage boys it makes for leftovers with a family of 6.0

Taco Soup

1 pound ground meat*
1 onion chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 can mild (or hot) diced green chilis
4 cans of beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato puree or sauce
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 packet ranch dressing mix

Wilt onions and peppers in a skillet with a small amount of oil. Add meat and brown. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds until you smell it. If there's any excess grease drain and transfer to crock pot. Add remaining ingredients, stir and turn the crockpot on low. It tastes best if you let it go several hours for the flavors to come together but you can eat it as soon as it gets hot.

Serve with: Shredded lettuce, diced tomato, pickled jalapenos, shedded 2% cheese, low fat sour cream or strips of tortilla.

* I used turkey breast with this but you can use any meat you want. It would be a great use for ground venison. Also, I have made it for vegan friends by subbing a couple of cups of diced zucchini and cooking it with the onion and peppers.

The original recipe called for a can of corn, a can of mexican corn and 2 cans of beans. My daughter is allergic to corn so we use all beans. I mix the colors of beans (black, pinto, red kidney, canellini, etc) for more color interest. Same with my bell peppers.

You could use hot green chilis or even chipotle in adobo but keep in mind that the longer it sits, the hotter it gets. The recipe as written is not hot because my husband won't eat spicy foods. Those of us who like it hot add Franks Redhot sauce to our bowl.


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12/6/09 11:45 P

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Are you good at this? I need to get some more meals in the freezer and use my crockpot more!

In case you missed this at the challenge:

"Your challenge is to plan meals ahead- either for the whole week, or one day at a time. The choice is yours.

This is the time of year when we start to get really busy. There's holiday shopping, party planning and more to do in addition to the demands of daily life. When you're busy, you might grab whatever is available to eat as you're running out the door, or stop at your local fast food drive-thru. Those behaviors can easily start to get us off track from eating healthy and sticking to our goals. Hopefully you'll find that by planning ahead, you can stick to your goals more easily and are less likely to give in to temptations. You can also plan for those days when you want to have an extra treat at the employee luncheon or holiday party.

Here are some related articles you might find helpful:

Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

Too Busy to Eat Healthy?

Lose Twice the Weight By Tracking Your Food

Have a great week!

Coach Jen"


"Life's a dance, you learn as you go... " Go ahead and dance!

Reading about Paleo and Raw Food diets is inspiring changes in My diet! Just enough to want to add lots of veggies!

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