Buy Pampered Chef Online now until Jan 29th!

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Buy Pampered Chef Online now until Jan 29th!

A good friend of mine has become a consultant for Pampered Chef. I am -so- excited. I loved Pampered Chef shows when I was a child ( I went with my mother ). I’ve always loved cooking tools. The more you buy, the more your family rejoices!

Slow Cooker Recipe List

My plans are to do a Slow Cooker Monthly Challenge and prepare an entire month’s worth of meals in 1 day and freeze them for use in my dutch oven or crock pot.

I’m going to start off with a list of basic recipes I believe my household will enjoy. I’ll be adding to it as I find more recipes online or do my own experiments and come up with my own meals.

The idea is to make double or triple each recipe, prepare it all at once and then divide it up into freezer bags and then pull them out throughout the week to place in your slow cooker. Any kitchen duty is reduced to a minimum and you should have leftovers for lunch the next day!

So without further ado, let the list-making begin!

  1. Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken
  2. Paleo Beef Stew
  3. Paleo Crockpot Mongolian Beef
  4. Paleo Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
  5. Slow cooker Beef and Broccoli
  6. Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Rosemary
  7. Sloppy Tamale Pie
  8. Enchilada Wraps


2 months worth of cooking done in 1 day

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2 months worth of cooking done in 1 day

I can’t wait to try this. I just might throw out my January Meal Calendar and do a Crock Pot meal plan instead.

January Meal Calendar

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I like to sit down and plan a month’s worth of meals, that way when the day comes I don’t even feel like thinking about food, I can refer to my list. The decision’s already been made.

This also helps me build my grocery list. Breakfast and Lunch are usually simple and easy ( eggs, sandwich, soup, or oatmeal ) so I don’t plan those.

Blue marked meals mean its the week my stepson is with us, so I choose things I know he will eat ( or we can at least get him to try ).

I am attempting to move towards more healthy meals filled with veggies and more proteins and less creams and carbs. Big M wants to lose some weight, and the only way that’s going to happen is by changing our dinner menu.

I bought a 7 Qt. dutch oven and I plan on getting some good use of it this year!

Without further ado,

  1. I
  2. suck
  3. at
  4. planning
  5. ahead
  6. Spaghetti and meat sauce using veggie pasta
  7. Perfect chicken with asparagus and rice
  8. Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn
  9. Steak, sweet potatoes, roasted veggies
  10. Clam chowder/Potato Soup & grilled cheese sandwich
  11. Healthy fried chicken, sautéed veggies & baked potato slices
  12. Beef stew with potatoes and carrots
  13. Chicken Stir-fry with rice
  14. Tacos
  15. Perfect chicken & cheesy baked cauliflower
  16. Spinach artichoke shrimp pasta (using veggie pasta)
  17. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, smothered green beans
  18. Burgers and Fries
  19. The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. Ever. with roasted potatoes and veggies
  20. Steak, Crispy Potato Roast, Baked Broccoli and cheese
  21. Salmon Patties with pan-fried veggies
  22. Chicken Fajitas
  23. Braised Beef & Mushrooms (do)
  24. Soy-Glazed Salmon
  25. Honey Garlic Chicken
  26. Breakfast for Dinner
  27. -Chipotle Salmon with broccoli
  28. Crustless Broccoli-Cheddar Quiches
  29. Parmesan Crusted Chicken
  30. Dutch Oven Pizza
  31. Spinach Ravioli with Chicken

If you have a meal plan you would like to share, please leave it or a link to it in the comments. I would love some more ideas!



Taco Meat Loaf

Image courtesy of Taste of Home Recipes

So I haven’t been keeping up with this blog but I make sure to cook at least 75% of the time now. I still don’t like grocery shopping and I don’t think I ever will, but until Whole Foods and Chuck’s start their own delivery service, I am stuck!

I can’t even remember where I found the recipe that inspired me to make this – maybe pinterest. Modified it a bit to suit my own inspiration. Big M loved it, it was a little spicy for Little M, but that was my bad, mistakenly grabbed the “medium” salsa. (woops!) He liked it anyway, it was just a bit too spicy for him to fully enjoy it.

Definite Keeper


  • 1 cup crushed ritz crackers
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup your favorite salsa
  • handful of sliced crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Salsa, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and additional olives, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Press into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
  2. Add layer of salsa over meat.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160°.
  4. Add layer of shredded cheese on top and let melt before serving. Top with sour cream.

Recipe modified from:

Paleo Chicken Nuggets and Veggie Ravioli, Roasted Asparagus Spears


Image by Allie's.Dad via Flickr

I should’ve taken a picture, but everyone was starving so I’ll have to make it again and take a picture. But it was awesome, so going to share it!

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • 20 Asparagus Spears
  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • Onion
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Broccoli
  • Ravioli/Tortellini ( Follow package instructions )
  • Almond Meal
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Egg Whites
  • Butter / Cooking Oil
  • Basil Flakes, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt
  • Purchased Pesto Sauce
If you’re using pre-cooked chicken, start this first! Roast Asparagus Recipe

How to Prepare Paleo Chicken Nuggets

I pre-cooked my chicken and sliced it a few days ago, and used leftovers. I won’t cover in depth how to cook the chicken, but I boiled mine in water. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your meat gets to the safe consuming temperature!

  1. Heat cooking oil/butter in a large deep fry skillet.
  2. Mix Almond Meal, Parmesan, Basil, Garlic Salt, Pepper in a bowl.
  3. Place chicken slices/strips in a ziplock baggie and add egg whites. You want enough to cover the chicken so that the almond meal sticks to each piece.
  4. Drain excessive liquid from chicken baggie and then add dry mixture.
  5. Coat chicken thoroughly with mixture and then add to skillet. ( Watch for oil pops! )
  6. Cook chicken until brown on all sides, then set aside on a towel and cover.

How to Prepare Veggie Pesto Cream Sauce

  1. Heat over medium cooking oil/butter in a sautee pan.
  2. Add mushroom slices, onion ( sliced, diced, you choose ! ), pressed garlic to pan and cook on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli and cover for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. While veggies are sautee-steaming, mix 1/4 Cup Almond Meal, 2+ Tbsp Pesto Sauce, 1/4 Cup Milk or Heavy Cream ( if using Heavy Cream, add 1/4 Cup water ) in a bowl.
  5. Add cream sauce and cooked ravioli to pan, coating everything evenly. Heat over low-medium heat for a couple minutes and serve.