I think winter is actually over. Heat is where it’s at now. I like to use my slow cooker a lot when the temperatures soar, it doesn’t heat up the house as much as having the oven on, plus it is oh so nice to not be cooking over the hot stove top come dinner time. I still like eating hot dinners though, so that leaves slow cooker or BBQ. Another thing that has come back with the heat is swimming lessons, which I booked exactly at supper time. This means that we have to have a really early supper or a really late one. I don’t want to send starving children into the pool so early it is, makes slow cooker even a bit more enticing. And so I made this delicious chili recipe, that actually contains not one speck of chili powder in the whole thing, oh well, it was yummy anyways.
Ah the crock pot. Truly a great thing. One of my “busy” days is definitely Thursdays. A lot of running around, shuttling kids around to activities so it makes it extra nice to have dinner ready when we get home. Last night was a quick and easy family favorite. Although my family is still partial to Campbell’s, this soup was pretty good too. I would describe it as tangy, and was delicious accompanied by grilled cheese for a quick kid friendly meal.
Recipe slightly modified from Fix-It and Forget-It Kids Cookbook
1 sprig celery leaves
46 ounce can tomato juice
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp bouillon granules
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 Tbsp sugar
1 bay leaf
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1. Rip up celery leaves with hands. Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Mix well. Set on low and cook for 5-8 hours.
I took a small 4 day hiatus from blog land. We were all just chilling and hanging out, eating at some of our favorite restaurants, making some of our favorite meals. Alas, blog posts these do not create! So last night back to our usual fare, something new. I already have 2 other orange chicken recipes on the blog but what can I say I like orange chicken. This recipe was both the easiest (as it cooks in the crock pot all day) and the tastiest. Yay, orange chicken!
Yummy, this recipe was so good! I served it with the Pineapple Enchiladas last Thursday and they complemented each other perfectly! This summer I have started a little love affair with my slow cooker, the ease it makes at supper time just can’t be beat! Now that we are back into home school mode I think I will just let this little love affair continue.