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CrockPot Mexican Steak and Beans

We like meals where there is salsa and there is cheese. Give us those two things, throw in some chocolate beans (Allie’s term, black beans to the rest of us) and corn, and you have a meal that Joe and I are sure to gobble up. This recipe, because it is made in the CrockPot, is even better than the average salsa, cheese, bean, and corn concoction. Joe tossed it in the crock the night before, left it in the refrigerator overnight, and put it into the CrockPot in the morning. By suppertime, we had tender steak tips with a spicy … Read more

Cilantro Lime Rice with Beans

I have been curious about cooking with essential oils since I first got my Premium Starter Kit. Essential oils have such great health benefits, and they’re so much more potent than fruit juices or fresh herbs. If you are coming over from Pen of a Ready Writer, welcome! Here’s our first oily recipe experiment, Cilantro Lime Rice. It came out really well. Delicious, even! One tip about cooking with essential oils. Remember that essential oils are distilled at low temperatures, so if you heat them, they’re going to evaporate. It’s best to add the oils after the recipe is cooked, … Read more

Ham and Rice with Apples – Leftover Ham Recipe

leftover ham recipe

What’s the best thing about any big, family meal? Besides spending time with your nutty family, I mean. Don’t worry. We all have one. The best thing isn’t having a clean house (for five minutes) or having sleepy, worn out children after an afternoon of togetherness. They’re both nice, but not the best thing. It’s leftovers. I eat leftovers almost every single day for lunch; we intentionally make enough food for two meals each time we cook. But then after a really big meal, we’re still eating leftovers two or three days later. I get completely sick of those leftovers. … Read more

Broccoli, Chicken, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

The best broccoli, cheese & rice main dish casserole recipe - This simple and easy recipe uses Velveeta and shredded chicken to make a rich and creamy casserole. Use fresh or frozen broccoli and bake.

  Originally posted on March 21, 2009. I’ve changed the recipe a bit since then. I do not know where this recipe came from. I got it from a friend, who got it from a friend, who’d also gotten it from a friend. It’s like a chain letter, only you’ll love it. Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole is supposed to be a side dish. It’s delicious and flavorful. We never eat it as a side dish any more. When we make this, we open a can of shredded chicken and call it a meal. This is equally good with frozen … Read more

General Tso’s Stir Fry

Yesterday, there was a 30-second segment on Sesame Street in which the characters talked about tofu. Tofu? Grace asked me. What’s tofu? I explained that it’s a food that I really like. Can we have tofu for supper tonight? I agreed, and I told Grace that we’d have to pick some up on our way home. Unfortunately, we stayed at our friend’s house too long (oohing and aahing over some four-week-old puppies) and didn’t even walk into the grocery store until after 5. I needed a quick and easy supper solution. Featuring tofu. I grabbed a bag of pre-cut broccoli, … Read more

Polynesian Pork Chops

Joe loves pork chops; I can’t stand them. Since Joe does most of our day to day cooking, I encourage him to make them sometimes. You know, ’cause he loves them. I manage. I almost sorta like pork chops when they’re made using this recipe. As long as they’re not cooked into hockey puck toughness. Which is most of the time. I just don’t get it. Anyway, this is a nice recipe, and it would be great with chicken breasts or pulled pork. Joe thinks it’s awesome with pork chops. We normally add other veggies, using whatever we have on … Read more