Sunday, January 27, 2013

Seasoned Pork Loin with Mango Salsa

I bought some awesome mango peach salsa from costco and wanted to find ways to use it. I found this awesome recipe! It is soooo good!!!!!!!!!!!

What you need:
  • 2 lbs pork loin
  • 1.5 T paprika
  • 1/2 T garlic powder
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t thyme
  • 3/8 t cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • mango salsa (you could make from scratch but I don't have a recipe I have tried for that)

What you do:
  1. Mix spices in bowl. 
  2. Rub pork loin with spices.
  3. Cover and put in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4.  Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours. (depending on size you may need to cook longer)
  5. Slice and serve with salsa.
My favorite part of this recipe is how quick it is! It takes a long time to cook but very little hands on time. It tastes amazing! My husband devoured it!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Great in the winter! 

What you need:
  • 3 T butter
  • 3 T flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • chopped onion seasoning
  •  salt and pepper
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips
What you do:
  1.  Melt butter in sauce pan and mix in flour. keep stirring until smooth. remove from heat.
  2. Add chicken broth and 1/2 cup milk. stir until smooth. return to heat.
  3. Bring to boil stirring until it thickens.
  4. In large bowl mix together mixture with enchilada sauce and remaining milk.
  5. Place beans, rotel, corn and handful of chopped onion in crockpot. Stir.
  6. place chicken on top
  7. pour sauce over top.
  8. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  9. when done shred chicken then stir together.
  10. Top with sour cream and cheese. Serve with chips!

Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops.

Great simple and quick dinner!
What you need:
  • 3-4 pork chops
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing seasoning
  • cream of chicken
  • 1 cup chicken broth
What you do:
  1.  place pork chops in crockpot
  2. mix broth, cream of chicken and ranch powder.
  3. pour mixture over pork chops.
  4. cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. serve over mashed potatoes
Make sure you check the liquid level if it gets too low add more broth. 
Tip: The sauce isn't super thick if you want to turn it into a gravy the easiest way is to mix some corn starch into cold water and then wisk into sauce. Boil and let thicken.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Crock Pot French Dip!

I absolutely love crock pot recipes. They make life so easy. This one we have already had a couple times. Its a great meal!

What you need:
  • olive oil
  • beef roast (2 1/2-3 lbs.)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 1 oz pkgs dry onion soup mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans beef broth
  • provolone cheese
  • hoagies

What you do:
  1. Heat 2 T olive oil in large pot on medium high-high heat
  2. Sprinkle all sides of roast with salt and pepper
  3. Sear roast on all sides until each side is browned {this makes it juicier}
  4.  Place roast in crock pot along with the onion soup mix, water, and broth.
  5. Cook on high until it begins to boil (took me around an hour)
  6. Turn to low for 8 hours.(you could skip step 5. I found it helps make the roast more tender though.)
  7. When done take roast out of juices and shred. 
  8. Save juices to use as au jus.
  9. Serve on hoagies with cheese.
If you want to go a step further you could toast the bun and melt the cheese under the broiler. 
Serves 6-8.

It is definitively a meal to impress!

Homemade Sparkling Apple Juice!

This is seriously the best Sparkling Cider I have ever had. And I try every new brand I come across. Its simple to make too.

What you need:
  • 1 can thawed apple juice concentrate. (just get any type doesn't need to be name brand)
  • 1 liter club soda
What you do:
  1. Mix together.
  2. Chill

That is it! No joke. It is soooo good! No need to buy expensive types anymore! 

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I got this recipe off a facebook group. It is so quick and easy I love it!!! I just added some hamburger and some cheese to make it a little more hearty. Its a thicker soup. 

What you need:
  • 2 cans of chili with beans
  • 2 cans of black beans
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of Rotel
  • 2 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla chips
 What you do:
  1. Putin the chili, beans, corn, Rotel, tomato sauce, taco seasoning, water, salt, and pepper. Stir. (make sure you dont drain anything you need the juice!)
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. 
  3. About 1 hour before its done brown the hamburger then mix it in.
  4. Let finish cooking.
  5. Right before serving stir in some cheese.
  6. Serve with Tortilla chips!
Such a great and quick meal!! Let me know what you think.