Recipe Round Up

I’ve tried some new recipes lately. I wanted to share a few of them with you guys because they were good ones! If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe, this post is for you.

5 Ingredient Salsa Verde Beef Tacos

I am a sucker for “5 ingredients or less” recipes but often times they are disappointing. This one was not disappointing in any way. It was actually one of my favorite new recipes. It was simple, it was easy, it was fast AND it was delicious. The salsa verde made the beef flavorful in a subtle, different way. The best part? I go 4 servings out of this recipe and that made it around 260 calories.  Add 100 calories for a tortilla, throw in some raw spinach and avocado and you’ve got a fantastic dinner for less than 500 calories and it’s filling, too. This recipe will become a staple in our house I think.

 

Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops

I like that pork chops are low in calories. Sadly, they are also often very bland. If we make pork chops I prefer to try recipes that have some gravy or sauce to kind of freshen it up and make it a little more savory.

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This recipe was super easy and fairly quick. I had all the ingredients on hand and I am happy with how it turned out. While the pork chops were cooking I baked some sweet potatoes as a side and made a salad. The recipe was simple but I thought it tasted good. It made boring pork chops a little more interesting. I would definitely make this recipe again but I think I would add some fresh tarragon or rosemary to the cream of mushroom mixture. Other than that, I wouldn’t change anything!

Cranberry Chicken

I recently bought a cookbook of all crockpot recipes (recently meaning this summer). I’ve been dying to try some of them but just haven’t gotten around to it until now.  I had all the ingredients on hand for this one except for the quick-cooking tapioca. It’s something I’d never heard of before or used but looking into it I guess it’s used for thickening stews and sauces. When I didn’t have this I went to the handy-dandy Google and found that flour or cornstarch worked just as well. So I used flour instead. I WILL be buying some of the tapioca soon, though, because a lot of the recipes in this book call for it and I want to give it a try.

When the chicken was close to being done, I cooked some rice in my rice cooker that I got at Trader Joe’s. It was a basmati and wild rice mixture with herbs in it. I was excited to try it!

The chicken I used was boneless, skinless chicken breasts and it worked well, perhaps not as the recipe intended, but it still worked. The chicken breasts fell apart and I shredded the chicken a bit, then mixed it around in the sauce. I liked the chicken shredded like this. It soaked up all the saucy goodness. I had a few nibbles as it was finishing up and it was delicious!

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Dinner was finally ready and it was by far, one of my favorite crockpot recipes I’ve done in a long time. The chicken was perfect, not dried out at all, and the cranberry sauce was sweet but not too sweet. It was just perfect. I also loved the Trader Joe’s rice. this dinner was fantastic! Give this recipe a try.

Mulligan

That was my fortune at the Chinese Gardens. Maybe it is referring to my knees? I hope?

I supposed my most recent physical therapy appointment was a “good news/bad news” kind of session. The bad news was that no one activity irritates my knees. Sometimes it’s walking, sometimes it’s swimming, or pretty much any activity. It’s hit or miss and not consistent. My physical therapist said that makes it difficult to figure out why the pain flares up. The good news: he tested my quad strength and flexibility and it’s greatly improved since my first session with him! I’m happy there is some progress, even if it’s slow.

He tried a new taping method on my knees: Mulligan taping. I tried to find a good website to refer you guys to but all I really found were videos. Basically, the method is a little bit different than what the KT tape did and my physical therapist said it’s supposed to retrain the muscles around my knees so they are aligned properly. I’m supposed to wear the tape two days on, one day off.

Already I notice a difference. It felt weird at first, but then I got used to it and I felt like I could walk without worrying about pain. It could be a placebo effect, but it’s working so I’m not going to question it!

In other news, I made my first pot roast this week!

I made a few slight changes. I used 22 ounces of amber ale beer instead of 24 ounces. I added some more water and about 2 ounces of beef broth. I also used pearl onions instead of chopping onions. I cooked a 3 pound boneless chuck roast and I’m glad I did because I barely fit everything into my crockpot.

There are a few things that I would like to make someday. They are things that I consider to be “hard” but maybe not as hard as I think they might be? Pot roast is on that list, so are souffles and lasagna (which I recently attempted).

When I got home from work I could smell the crockpot from the garage! Don’t you just LOVE coming home to a cooked meal and the house smells delicious and homey?

The meat was melt-in-your-mouth soft and shredded easily with a fork. It was not dried out or tough.

Dinner was flavorful but a bit on the bitter side. Not in a bad way, but I think it could have used something to counter that. I’m not sure what. Maybe it was the beer I chose to use? The veggies were soft and cooked perfectly. The dinner was great and I have tons of leftovers for lunches.

Finally, I wanted to announce the winner from Monday’s giveaway. Random.org picked #1! Esther!

Congrats and thank you all for reading!

QUESTION: Have you ever made a pot roast?