Wednesday, September 28, 2011

.bbq ribs. {husband's choice}

These are the most amazing ribs ever. I usually don't like to work for my food but since this recipe is slow cooked in the crockpot the meat literally falls off the bones. yum. I have always been afraid of cooking ribs but when I came across this recipe from Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box {if you have a sweet tooth you must check her out} I just knew I had to try it out for myself. I changed the recipe a bit by taking out the applesauce...mostly because I did not feel like making a trip to the store, and they still turned out great. Our new favorite meal by far and I love it because there is little to no work involved :) Try it out for yourself and enjoy!

1 medium yellow onion
1 rack (2.5 lbs) pork spare ribs
18 oz bbq sauce
1 c apple sauce (I omitted)
1/2 c water (I omitted)
salt and pepper to taste

Thinly slice the onion and place it in the bottom of the slow cooker. Cut the ribs into two rib portions. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange half of the ribs in on top of the onion in the slow cooker. Cover with half of the BBQ sauce. Place the rest of the ribs on top and cover with the rest of the BBQ sauce. Pour the apple sauce and water (or whatever liquid you are using) in around the edges of the ribs so it fills in the spaces between meat without washing off all of the BBQ sauce. Secure the lid tightly on the slow cooker, turn on low heat and let cook for 8 hours. When the ribs are done, carefully remove them from the pot. They will be very tender and can fall apart easily so lift gently. Fish out the onions and serve on top of the ribs. The left over liquid in the slow cooker can be simmered in a pot over medium low heat until reduced and thickened. The thickened sauce can then be served as a gravy over the ribs.

Monday, September 26, 2011

.grilled cheese with a twist.

This is my all-time favorite way to eat grilled cheese...besides the fact that I was raised thinking that this was actually how you made grilled cheese. I was sure surprised when ordered it in a restaurant and it did not come with sugar on top. Whoops. Anywho, try it out for yourself and see what you think. Kids would be sure to love it. Enjoy!

Ingredients {serves 4}
4 slices white or wheat bread
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 slices Cheddar cheese

Preheat skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.

Monday, September 19, 2011

.crockpot chicken.

This is one of the easiest recipes EVER. I have always wanted to make a whole chicken but was so intimidated by the thought of it. I decided it wouldn't be so overwhelming if I was able to toss it in the crockpot {love} and it worked out quite nicely if I do say so myself. The only part that was a bit traumatizing to me was the skinning of the chicken. Not the most attractive part of the recipe but I survived and so will you. The seasoning can also be easily altered to your individual preferences. I just opened up my spice cabinet and tossed stuff in :) This is the perfect meal when you are too lazy to cook but still want to eat something delicious and healthy. Enjoy.

1 whole chicken
1 yellow onion, sliced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
seasoning salt
chili powder

Skin and clean whole chicken. Turn crockpot on low and place onions on the bottom of crockpot. Place chicken on top of onions. Rub chicken with garlic inside and out. Season with spices of choice. Cook on low for 4-5 hours until done. Serve with rice and veggies and enjoy!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

.veggie medley.

This BEYOND amazing recipe was taught to me by my friend Valerie. For someone who I usually poke fun at for not cooking this was probably one of the best side dishes to a meal EVER. I seriously made it twice in one week and even ate it cold. Another perk to this recipe is that it can easily be adapted to your individual preferences by adding or omitting veggies. I added some feta on top the second time and it was also delicious. Try it out for yourself and enjoy!

Ingredients {add as much or as little of each ingredient that you prefer}
Chopped onion or pearl onions
Corn (I didn't have any so its not pictured)
Diced tomatoes (I used a can)
feta (optional)
Lemon Pepper
Vegetable seasoning (From costo, but you could use whatever seasoning you prefer)
Olive Oil

Chop all ingredients and add to a medium saucepan. Cook on medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes or until veggies are soft. Season with lemon pepper and vegetable seasoning. Top with feta if desired and enjoy!

Monday, September 12, 2011

.grilled burrito.

This meal takes it back to the basics. The hubby made this burrito for himself and I thought I would share it with others, especially great for kids. The best thing about burritos is that you can add whatever you do or do not have already stocked in your fridge..and when you grill it..omg. yum.

chopped chicken or beef (I like to season it with taco mix)
cheese of choice

Heat tortilla and add ingredients. (be careful not to fill burrito too much or it will not close nicely) Grill until golden brown and enjoy!