Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

I found this on I have seen many of these types of recipes, but I think this one is the best!

Wheat berries in Waldorf Salad is a match made in heaven; the texture is delightful. You don’t need to mention to your family or guests that it is nourishing; just let them enjoy the texture and flavors.

1 c. fully cooked wheat berries
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. sweetener
1 1/2 c. crunchy salad apple; chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 c. celery (optional)
1/4 c. raisins (optional)
1/3 c. yogurt or mayonnaise
2 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
1/2 c. walnut or pecans pieces
Bring wheat berries to boil in 3 ½ cups of water, then simmer for about 60 – 75 minutes. If necessary, add more water. Cool berries and mix with the remaining ingredients.

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Peanut Butter Popcorn

This is an all time favorite of our family
10-12 c. popped popcorn
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 c. light corn syrup
In a saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Stir constantly and bring to a boil over med. heat for 3-4 min. remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and stir well. ( This is so good when its still warm and chewy!)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Nacho" Everyday Cheese Potatoes

"Nacho" Everyday Cheese Potatoes

1 can (10 1/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 container (8 oz) sour cream

1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chilies

6 oz (1 1/2 cups) shredded colby-Monterey jack cheese blend

1 pkg (32 oz) frozen cubed hash-brown potatoes

3 green onions, sliced

1/2 cup finely crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos (or similiar flavor corn chips of your choice)

Spray 3 1/2 to 4 quart crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. In medium bowl combine soup, sour cream, chilies and cheese. Mix well. Arrange half of potatoes in bottom of sprayed crockpot. Top with half of soup mixture, spreading evenly. Repeat layers.
Cover and cook on high heat for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Sprinkle with crushed chips and onions, and serve as a side dish with chicken or pork chops. Recipe makes about 10 servings.

Cheesy Potato Casserole- Crock pot

Cheesy Potato Casserole

2 lb. pkg. frozen hash brown potatoes (partially thawed)

2 cans (10 oz.) cheddar cheese soup

1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk

1 can French fried onion rings

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine above recipe ingredients and pour into greased crockpot. Add salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or high for 4 hours. Sprinkle other 1/2 onion rings of top before serving. Makes a perfect side dish with meatloaf, or a barbecue chicken breast.

Mama's Italian Chicken

Mama's Italian Chicken
(from 101 Things to do with a Slow Cooker pg. 72)

4 frozen chicken breast halves
1 envelope dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 can (14 ounces) chicken broth

Place chicken in greased 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with salad dressing mix. Pour chicken broth over the top. Cover and cook on high heat 4-5 hours or on low heat 8-10 hours. Makes 4 servings. Serve with buttered noodles of creamy risotto.

And finally, one of our family favorites, and named by my children, since we always seem to have it on Sunday!

Fruit cobblers in the Crock-pot!

I found this on, its a great site about crockpot cooking. These are great recipes using 3 months supply foodstorage, most ing. you probably already have in your pantry!

Crock Pot Recipes for easy Fruit Cobblers
Using your crockpot (slow cooker) for making delicious dessert recipes like fruit cobblers doesn't really cross many people's minds. Most people are thinking about dinner or appetizers, but your crockpot can be perfect for dessert recipes too!

Cherry Biscuit Cobbler

2 packages (8 ounces each) refrigerator biscuits (seperated and cut into quarters)

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling*

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup melted butter or margarine

*your choice of fruit filling can be used for cobbler

Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a small bowl. Mixture will be lumpy. Grease a 3 1/2 to 5 quart crockpot, then layer 1 package biscuits, half the cinnamon mixture, and then half the pie filling. Add the second package of the biscuits: cover with the remaining half of the cinnamon mixture, and top with the remaining half of the pie filling. Cover and cook on high heat 2 1/2 - 3 hours, or until biscuits are done in the center. Recipe makes 6-8 servings.

This fruit cobbler tastes fabulous with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream!

As tasty as the above cobbler recipe is, maybe you don't have the time for preparing it. Not to worry! Here is another recipe for a crockpot cobbler that you can fix in a flash! Again, the main ingredients are going to something you probably have in the kitchen pantry.

Peach Crockpot Cobbler

2 cans (21 ounces each) peach pie filling (or your favorite fruit)

1 package (18 ounces) yellow or white cake mix

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

Spread pie filling in the bottom of greased 4 1/2 to 6 quart crockpot. Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top. Pour melted butter over the top of cake mix, trying to coat evenly. Cover and cook cobbler on high heat 2 hours, or on low heat 4 hours.
Recipe makes 10-12 servings. Serve cobbler with vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping.

Or, for a slightly more "crisp" cobbler.....

Easy Granola Apple Crisp
(from page 120 of 101 Things to do with a Slow Cooker)

2 cans (21 ounces each) apple pie filling

2 1/2 cups granola cereal

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup melted butter or margarine

Place pie filling in bottom of greased 3 to 4 1/2 quart crockpot. In the order listed above, sprinkle the remaining ingredients over the pie filling. Cover and cook on low heat 3 hours. Recipe makes 6-8 servings. Serve cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Sweet Pork

1 (3-5 lb.) sirloin or boneless pork loin roast
1 cup medium or hot salsa (don't use mild--not enough flavor)
1 cup packed brown sugar

Place ingredients in a greased 3 ½ - 5 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat 8-10 hours. Shred pork with a fork before serving. Use meat in salads, burritos, or tacos.
Haven't tryed this with chicken yet. Has Anyone?

Freezer Bag Method-
Add salsa and brown sugar together, pour over pork roast in freezer bag. Press out air, and freeze!

Salsa Snack Roll-ups

Salsa Snack Roll-Ups
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp. salsa
4 flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 tsp. chili powder
Fresh Cilantro, optional

In a bowl, combine cream cheese and salsa; spread onto tortillas. Top with remaining ingredients. Roll up tortillas tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Cut each crosswise into 5 slices. Serve as an appetizer.(You can add black beans too)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fiber Snacks

Fiber Snacks: These are some quick healthly snacks that I always try to have on hand in the freezer and cupboard in my 3 month supply

Air popped popcorn

Apples and almond butter or PB

Baked tortilla chips and salsa

Granola Bars- low sugar, high fiber

bean dip and baked tortilla chips

Rice cakes with almond butter

Veggies dipped in hummus- (costco has hummus in little ind. servings, you get 16 for 5 dollars!)

Frozen berries with whip cream

Cottage cheese and rasberries

Low fat/low sugar yogurt with granola

wheat crackers-(kashi) and Almond/peanut butter

Homemade guacamole and baked tortilla chips

Smoothies made with yogurt and fruit

Lemon Squares

If you havent seen this recipe yet on Everyday food storage, here it is. I wanted to add it to the collection, because these are so easy, and delicious!

Lemon Squares
1 lemon cake mix
2 eggs (2 T. dry egg powder + 1/4 C. water)
1/3 cup vegetable, canola, or olive oil (anyone brave enough to try beans instead of the oil ?
Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil. Mixture will be stiff. Spread mixture evenly into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake 13-15 minutes until slightly golden on top. Cool, then sprinkle powdered sugar over the squares

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Southwest fritata!

Southwest Fritata:

I love fritata's I just put whatever I have in the fridge that needs to be used up. They always taste great and you can use canned potatoes!

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1 diced clove garlic
1/2 cup black beans
1 can diced potatoes
6 eggs
chili powder, garlic salt, pepper to taste
*any herbs you may have on hand- I used cilantro

Saute onion, pepper and garlic in olive oil/butter mixture in not stick fry pan till soft. Add beans and potatoes. Add herbs and seasonings.
Beat eggs with fork, add alittle milk to thin.
Once ing are cooked through pour eggs over the top. Sprinkle with cheese. Put into 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or untill egg is cooked and puffed up and cheese melted.

Sandra Lee's Eggy Potato Salad

Sandra Lee's Eggy Potato Salad:

1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
2 hard-boiled eggs (from refrigerated or deli section), chopped
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can sliced new potatoes, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper

Stir green onions, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, and relish in a medium bowl to blend. Stir in eggs. Fold in potatoes. Cover tightly and refrigerate salad 30 minutes or up to 1 day. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper before serving.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Freezer Jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam!

This is super easy and great to do this time of year with all the fresh fruits coming out. If you can- find local organic strawberries and peaches and other fruits to make the jam with. It really  makes the difference. But, you can totally do this with fruit right from the grocery store. 
You can freeze all your years worth of jam in less than and hour!
This is all you need:
Fresh Fruit- Sugar-no cook fruit jell-mason jars-funnel-potato masher
Follow the directions on the fruit jell packets, you will use one packet per 4 cups of mashed fruit. and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. This will give you three large jars or 5-6 small jars. stick in the freezer and you can have it on your bread in a couple hours!

Mckenna is mashing!

This is a great gift, make homemade bread and wow- someone bring me some:)