Vegetables Can Easily be Cooked in the Slow Cooker
Meat and veggies can be cooked at the same time in a slow cooker. But how do you cook vegetables in the slow cooker without them being mushy?
If you like mango, try this quick and easy bread pudding dessert in a slow cooker. Enjoy the richness of a southern sweetness without all the loaded calories and carbs. It’s a creamy delight and only takes two hours to cook.
People who are careful about eating healthy food but who like dessert might hesitate at making a bread pudding dessert because bread:
Some people on a strict diet refuse to eat any bread. Of course, too much of any food can cause weight gain. Eating moderately is the key. In case you are an individual who is looking for a light dessert and trying to be careful about the carbs, you might want to try this mango dessert out. Here’s why:
Years ago, a friend of mine, Kelly, worked for an elderly couple. The older lady would make her special bread pudding recipe for Kelly nearly every time she went over to the couple’s house. I had a taste of it and fell in love with the incredible flavor. It was different than the kind I was used to with raisins. It was made with peaches.
I never did get that recipe. The story is quite a sad one because my sweet friend passed away several years ago at a young age. However, I have wonderful memories of fun times we had. We both liked to cook and bake and would bring our favorite recipes to share on fun outings with our children. Of course, one of the best desserts was the peach bread pudding that she had learned to make.
Often, I’ve wanted to make that peach bread pudding dessert. Recently, however, I have gone crazy over the way mangoes taste. So juicy and tasty. I wondered how it would be to make that dessert but with mangoes instead. I tried it. It is amazing. Wait ’til you find out the secret to that southern sweetness I mentioned earlier.
Make this super easy and amazing mango bread pudding in the slow cooker.
Butter the bottom and sides of the slow cooker.
Slice each muffin into four slices, then cut the slices into bite-size chunks.
Peel the mango and slice.
Place the muffin pieces into the bottom of the slow cooker.
Place the mango slices on top of the muffin pieces.
Beat together the eggs, orange juice, evaporated milk, Splenda and cinnamon.
Pour the egg and milk mixture on top of the muffins and mangoes.
Cook for two hours on high.
Now, here's the secret: place the bread pudding into serving dishes and drizzle French Vanilla creamer on top. YUM GOOD!
Consider making the following substitutions to the recipe:
Try the recipe just like I did, make it with the substitutions above, or choose your own version by adding a different ingredient. Whichever way you decide to make it, will you do me a favor? Come back and comment about how you liked it. I’d love to hear from you.
The best kind of cooking on Easter weekend is with a slow cooker because there is very little food preparation to do. A slow-cooked ham is so easy. Buying a ham works well for two people because it goes a long way. You can make many meals out of a large ham.
On this Saturday before Easter, I am making breakfast with eggs, ham that I bought on sale at the grocery store this week, and Thomas Nooks and Crannies English muffins. These muffins are light, 100 calorie, multigrain, eight grams of fiber, less than 1 g sugar, 170 mg sodium, and 0 g saturated fat.
The ham I purchased is 7.72 pounds, a lot of ham for two people. However, some of this ham will be frozen for later. Part of it is being cooked in a slow cooker today with asparagus, lunch (and maybe dinner, too) for two, my husband and me.
What I like about this particular ham, other than that I just love the taste, is the price. It was on sale for $.88 a pound. I only paid $6.79. A big ham for two. A humdinger of a ham. It’s enough to make several meals for us and saves a lot of money on meat. It comes in handy to purchase meat when on sale.
I did splurge, however, on eggs. The farmers’ market had fresh organic eggs, not the least expensive for sure. Spending $6 or $7 (I saw eggs for sale at both of these prices there) on eggs definitely is expensive when you are trying to stick close to a budget. Nevertheless, I purchased the eggs because they are fresher than what is found at the grocery stores. Or are they?
Are farmers’ market eggs really that much better than what you find in the supermarkets? And are farmers’ market eggs worth paying $6 or $7 a dozen in 2017 when you can find them at a dollar store for less than two bucks? It was worth it to me, at least that day. Actually, I prefer organic food over chemically-sprayed farm and garden veggies and fruits. They are simply better for us.
Speaking of food prices, do you follow pattycakespantry.com? I just love the new feature Pattycakes has added to her blog. She now shows the cost of each recipe ingredient, a wonderful convenience for budget-conscious home chefs.
Pattycakes and I teamed up April 2016 for 30 days of slow cooker meals (kitchenhospitality.com) and 30 days of bean recipes (Pattycakespantry.com). We decided to do this again for this month, April 2017. Pattycakes is doing 30 days of canned meals, and I’m doing the meals for two.
The plan was to announce it by the first of the month. An unexpected dilemma, however, hindered me from accomplishing that task – technical computer and Internet difficulties. Finally, I figured out what the problem was and fixed it.
Kitchenhospitality.com is featuring meals for two during this month. If you have missed the previous fourteen days of recipes, be sure to look at what has already been posted this month. One day was skipped (due to that crazy WiFi/Internet/Computer problem) that I will make up by posting two recipes one day this month.
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Today’s meals, as previously mentioned, include ham. Beginning with breakfast, here are the menu plans:
In the following recipe, I’ve used a particular seasoning that my trucker husband purchases occasionally on one of his routes. It’s called Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings, and I love it. This seasoning is a blend of various herbs and spices. You may use whichever herb and spice seasonings you have on hand. Santa Fe Seasons also carries amazing salsas.
Lemon honey ham and asparagus meal for two cooked in a slow cooker
Cut 16 slices of the ham and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Dissolve/melt two tablespoons of lemon (or other flavor) honey in 1/2 cup hot water.
Pour honey water into the bottom of the slow cooker.
Cut off the hard ends of the asparagus.
Tear a sheet of foil (if it's thin, double it) big enough to shape into a bowl to place into the slow cooker.
Cover the slow cooker with its lid, plug it in, turn the dial to high, and cook four 3-1/2 hours.
If you like asparagus and have never cooked it in a slow cooker, you have to try this. It is so tender. This ham and veggie slow cooker meal is one of the easiest ones to make and perfect for Easter weekend – not a lot of meal prep or cooking required.
Thank you for visiting kitchenhospitality.com. I’d love to have you come back again to enjoy my southern flair of recipes.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Good Friday is a special occasion, a holiday for some – or a simple meal for two. Easter weekend has become famous for deviled eggs, dyed Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts – and if you grew up like I did from the South – vegetables and salads.
At this time of the year, fresh fruit stands fill up with the sweetest fruit and wonderful green herbs and veggies. Organic. Nutritious. Healthy. Fresh out of the garden.
Vegetables are filled with nutrients that you can easily combine into any meal. Green veggies may not tempt you the first thing when you wake up in the mornings. But they are so good for you and good with any meal.
Love vegetables? Go to your local farmers’ market. Stand near sweet strawberries and fresh cilantro. Take a deep breath, inhaling the aromatic scents. You can’t resist purchasing them.
Hmmm. Did you see what I saw in that last paragraph?
Yield: 2 servings
Calories per serving: 344
Fat per serving: 22.47
Begin the day with this protein-packed Egg, Turkey Sausage, and Swiss Chard Breakfast.
Want to add veggies to your breakfast? This egg and turkey sausage muffin includes Swiss chard. It’s so easy to make and doesn’t take long.
Consider adding vegetables to your breakfast such as:
Easy Steak & Potato Meal for Two
Inviting a friend over? Prepare a simple steak and potato slow cooker dinner.
One steak is all you need unless you and your friend are big eaters. My friend invited me over for a write-in.
We’re both writing books and working hard to meet deadlines. When I arrived, she surprised me with the announcement that she was cooking our dinner in the slow cooker.
I couldn’t resist peeking to see what was cooking. Four potatoes and a steak.
The nice thing about cooking four potatoes is that my friend has leftovers. We only ate one potato each. She saved half of her steak half (yep, that means I ate ALL of my half😉).
Steak leftovers can be made into sandwiches, chili, burritos – or just steak.
My friend seasoned the steak perfectly, and she has a great way to cook the potatoes. She cuts the end off and hits them hard three times with a sharp knife to break the skin. That way, the potatoes don’t explode. Pretty cool, huh?
Chuck steak and baked potatoes in the Slow Cooker
Seasonings used were:
Dinner was superb! My friend Barbara and I accomplished a good bit of work.
The day had started out for me with frustration due to Internet technicalities – not fun for a blogger.
In addition, I took photos with my phone camera. The pictures are sideways. That also adds more setbacks to a food blogger.
In spite of the technical Internet and phone problems, any stress was outweighed by the delicious steak dinner and team writing.
Cook pork ribs in the slow cooker for an easy dinner. Add vegetables on top, and you have a complete meal. It’s a one-pot meal and dinner for two that is cooked while you’re busy all day and ready for eating when you walk in the door.
Meat counts for a great source of necessary protein. However, yogurt is another good choice for daily protein intake. Top off dinner with Peanut Butter Yogurt Sweet Treat. Who doesn’t like that satisfying feeling that comes after indulging in a sweet treat?