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  • Crock Pot Beef Tacos

    One of my favorite bloggers is Jenna from Eat, Live, Run.  Although she's a trained chef with a new book, she comes across very personable and I just love her style.  Her recipes are easy to follow which is a plus for busy moms like me!  While searching her website I found this recipe for Crock Pot Beef Carnitas Tacos and after checking the ingredient list I knew this would be a hit for the family.

    Start with one red pepper, one green pepper two small onions and optional jalapenos.  Follow by rubbing the flank steak with cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, cayenne pepper and chili powder.  All goes in the crock pot set on low for 8 hours.

    Before leaving the market, I ran across the street to the Mexican Store to grab tostadas and queso fresco.  Tostadas are just like tacos except they are not folded.  Queso Fresco or Fresh Farmers Cheese has a very mild taste, almost like a fresh mozzarella.

    Coming home to a crock pot meal after working all day it's so rewarding.  It always makes me feel like Super Woman!   The flank steak was juicy, tender and flavorful.  I think this crock pot recipe will definitively get some use at our household.  Thanks Jenna for helping busy moms like me keep a healthy lifestyle!

    Have you ever tried Queso Fresco?

    Is Taco Night part of your weekly meal plan?

  • Crock Pot Asian Pork and Asparagus

    How many times have you come home wishing dinner was ready?  Using the crock pot is a great way to have an awesome meal waiting for you when you get home.  I’ll have to say that we joke about cooking meals in the crock pot.  I have about a 50% chance of having a meal turn out great or not so great.  Luckily, even when it has turned not so great it was still edible.  My biggest problem was either the meat was too dry or not flavorful enough.

    I came across this Asian Pork crockpot recipe while browsing "Holly Would If She Could" blog.  Right away I knew I had to try it. The recipe had two of my favorite ingredients: pork and soy sauce.  The recipe itself was pretty easy.  I followed her suggestions for alternative ingredients.  I used peanut butter instead of almond butter.  I used tamari sauce instead of soy sauce.  I was skeptical at the amount of liquid in the crockpot, but decided to follow the instructions.  Good thing too, because it turned out perfect.  I would not change a thing.  The pork came out very juicy and perfectly seasoned.

    For a side dish, I pan seared asparagus with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh garlic and salt and pepper.  After cutting about an inch off the bottom of each stalk, I put them in the pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.  Sprinkle salt and pepper, add the minced garlic and squeeze half of a lemon.  Place the other half of the lemon face down in the pan while the asparagus cooks.  I like my asparagus crispy, so I keep an eye on it until it turns bright green.  If you like yours tender, then leave it in the pan longer.  Just remember that asparagus will continue to cook for a few minutes after it has been removed from the heat.

     

    Was your favorite way to prepare pork?

    Is asparagus allowed in your house?

    How often do you use your crockpot?

     

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