Sunday, October 10, 2010

Crocktober continues

After my successful chicken meal I thought heck why not experiment some more. So I did another chicken experiment. I am trying to empty my pantry so that I can make everything from scratch so this was a chicken alfredo experiment. I put 3 chicken breasts in the 4qt crock and dumped in a jar of alfredo sauce. Then I let it cook on high for about 4 hours. When I got home I turned it off and then cooked some spaghetti noodles, drained those and then put the noodles into bowls and then topped with the chicken alfredo. I warned hubs I wasn't sure how it would turn out or taste. He took a bite and said it was yummy!!! YAY! I thought the alfredo would get all weird cooking all that time, but it did not and it turned out quite nicely.Oh and my toddler ate it so that is another YAY!!!

My second experiment was with moose meat. I used moose stew meat (could use beef or any other similar game meat), let it cook with 2c veggie broth, 2c beef broth (both broths were some that I had previously made) and the moose meat all day on low then about an hour before it would be done I added mixed veggies and a couple of chopped potatoes. This way they wouldn't be too mushy when it came time to eat them. It turned out well and the moose is nice and tender. Hubs always likes moose meat so I knew this would be an easy success.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The chicken experiement was a....

success!!! Well I thought so, my husband thinks everything should be spicy so after adding some hot sauce he liked it. He did comment on how tender the chicken was. I thought it was good. I think I would add some more dressing next time or maybe a packet of dry mix to the dish, it could have had a bit more flavor. The biggest test was my daughter, she ate it! She is going through a picky stage and so I was shocked she ate it. She did need a little coaxing as she usually does but there was no gagging or spitting out so I consider that a success. Horray!

It is Crocktober!!! Tonight a chicken experiement!!

Ok so hubs has to (wants to) eat light the next couple days before he has his PT test. So tonight I am trying experiment number 1.

About 1.5 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast
8 oz bottle wishbone (cuz it is gluten free) Italian dressing
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water (put the water in the dressing bottle to get the rest of the yummy dressing out)

I have it set on high and will let you know how it turns out later tonight....

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cream of mushroom soup

Today the house smells of cream of mushroom soup! Yummy, it smells so good and I cant wait until it is finished so I can try it out. My daughter helped me was the mushrooms and even tried a piece. She said she liked them but didn't want to eat anymore. I cant ask any more of that from a 2.5 year old. The thing I love most about making all these dishes from scratch is that there are a lot of things my daughter can help with and it is really fun for her and I. The second thing I like is how healthy all these foods are!!!

What is in my soup:
32oz quartered mushrooms
2 cups vegetable broth (yes I used my own)
2 cups water
1 tbs Italian seasoning
1 small onion finely chopped

cook on low for 8 hours
add 1 quart milk (can use any % milk you want even heavy cream. I am using 1% so mine will be a bit thinner than if I used heavy cream)
blend with an immersion blender (you can blend in a regular blender if you dont have an immersion blender)
freeze in 2 cup portions makes 10-12 cups.

Friday, October 1, 2010

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

...more about broth and tonights dinner

The veggie broth made 14 cups of broth. I ended up blending some of the veggies, so my chicken and veggie broths are not clear but smell delicious and I think they are packed full of flavor, I cant wait to taste a meal using them.

I found beef bones for the broth. They carry them at most stores in the meat section. Mine were wrapped up just like any other piece of meat. So I bought them and took them home and they are now cooking away along with some veggies. The recipe says to let cool then strain the fat off after it congeals and pick the veggies and bones out. I wonder if it will be easier to get the fat out with the bones already I may strain it before I let it cool. Ill keep ya posted on how that turns out tomorrow.

Dinner tonight was my own creation. Using my 4quart crock, I cooked enough rice for 4 people, I used a spanish rice. I also added about a half a cup of salsa. After the rice was mostly cooked (took about an hour on high, in the crock pot) I added a can of drained black beans and the chicken.I took the chicken from carcass I used for the chicken broth. Then I let it sit on low until we were ready to eat, about 3 hours. It was a big hit...I dont think my husband even really enjoyed the flavor as he inhaled them. Our dinner guests really liked the tacos. (you can use corn tortillas or rice tortillas over wheat to make the meal Gluten free) The filling can be eaten by itself with a little sour cream and cheese, YUM!!! The chicken was already tender from the first cooking, and was so tender and flavorful after sitting in the spanish rice, black bean combo for hours. This made a lot and I will freeze some and we will be enjoying it this week for lunches.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On to Veggie broth

So I finished the Chicken broth. It looks way different than the kind you make from those little cubes. It smells amazing and I cant wait to taste it in a meal! It made 7 cups and I could have added water to probably make up to 10 cups but want to try it as is, it may be too rich or just right, we will see. I will post a picture soon. I should have taken pics through the whole process but didnt think of it till I got to the freezer with the bags. I would put the bones in a bag, like cheese cloth next time to make it easy to take out next time. The recipe I used asked you to blend all the veggies when you were done and add it to the broth. Well you have to pick the bones some of those chicken bones are tiny. I think one or two cheese cloth bags would do just fine to hold the bones in. Ill try it the next time I make chicken broth.
One of the chicken broth baggies

Here are the veggies before. Note my lack of counter space!
All in the pot
As for the veggie broth that has been fun. I got a little carried away with the amount I put in the pot and lucky for me as it has cooked down it has fit nicely. I used carrots, celery, onion, green onion, cabbage, and leeks. I think mushrooms would fit nice but didnt think of it till now so that ill try next time. I also used basil, thyme, bay leaves and parsley. That recipe says to drain the veggies and compost them but I am thinking of blending them like I did for the chicken broth. I will see what it looks like when I am done, I may try a small batch with the blended veggies added and one without to see what I like.

My Ulu
One other thing I used was an Ulu. It is a knife I got in Alaska. It is an amazing chopper and has saved me a lot of time. I still need to find some beef bones for the beef broth, I think Ill go ask a couple butchers tomorrow. If you have any tips for bases and broths please pass them on. After my broths are done I will make some cream of mushroom soup. I use it a lot and think that making it from scratch will help us to eat healthier. The thing I love most about these broths is that I know what is in them and know they are healthy. I think all this fresh food is going to raise our energy levels and drop the pounds. I am hoping my running will get a boost from all this healthy food!