Friday, June 19, 2015

Pinterest Tested - Slow Cooker Edition.

Ever since our family expanded and we moved I've had to rely on our slow-cooker a lot more. I've found that if I don't use the slow cooker to get some dinner started in the morning, I struggle to get dinner on the table in the evening. 

The reasons being 1) i'm pretty tired by 5:00 p.m. and 2) both girls seem to be extra fussy around that time. So,... in order to avoid eating spaghetti  or cereal every night (which would be totally fine with me) I use my slow cooker. 

The problem is ... I usually just stick some chicken with spices in and let it go. It's very rare that I try anything new. Let's face it, I have a newborn and a toddler... If I know something works, why would I change it? 

However, I adore my husband and am thankful every single day for him. He works so hard to provide for our family and never complains about my cooking. He doesn't like to eat the same thing more than a couple of times, so I've committed to spending some time on pinterest to find a new recipe while I make my grocery list. 

This week I tried not one but TWO new recipes in my slow cooker! 

Recipe 1 - Cuban Ropa Vieja 

This recipe wasn't from pinterest, it was actually one a friend of mine uses all the time. Typically when I want Ropa Vieja, I go out to a local cuban restaurant and have some. However, since we moved ... I don't have access to it so I tried out this recipe and LOVED it. 

It was super easy to make, and tasted quite good. The only thing I did differently was I added some extra cumin, and used a smaller piece of meat than the recipe called for. Therefore, it had a little more sauce - but it was good! 

Served with red beans and white rice. 

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and thought "I actually have all of these ingredients" which is really rare for me. SO, my husband got a bonus this week by having not one but TWO new (to us) meals in our rotation. 

The thing I loved about this recipe was just how easy it was! I was able to take 3 chicken breasts from the freezer and put them straight into the slow cooker without even thawing them. SO crazy easy - everyone should try it!

With only three chicken breasts, I was able to serve 4 adults, and then have enough for two portions of leftovers! Not bad if you ask me! It's a great go too recipe if you are trying to make a meal stretch, or serve a lot of people without breaking the bank. 

With only 4 staple ingredients, it's one of those meals that you can toss together quickly. I served it with white rice, and I made some additional corn and beans to go with it - but it wasn't necessary. You could totally serve this with just white rice. 

Thanks Eating on a Dime, this was a real crowd pleaser! 

Question of the day: Do you like to try new recipes? 

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