October 31, 2011

Weekly Menu: 10/31/11-11/6/11

I'm happy to share with you the menu for this week.  Today we are having Pumpkin Chili at our neighbor's house (yummo!) and Thursday we are going to see Jay-Z and Kanye West (fun!) so that's two days this week I don't have to cook (yippee!)  I will tell you though that the Chicken Taco Soup will change your life, it will become a staple in your household just like it has for me and my officemates.  So...here's what's cookin'!

Happy Halloween ya'll!  Our neighbor is making Pumpkin Chili for trick-or-treating tonight...we cannot wait to eat.

Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker (adapted from allrecipes.com)
3 pork chops
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

--Mix brown sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, ground ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in the slow cooker.
--Add pork chops and stir to cover.
--Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serving Suggestions
--White or brown rice
--Steamed broccoli, snap peas or green beans sauteed in olive oil and garlic.

Chicken Taco Soup (from allrecipes.com)
1 onion (chopped)
1 can chili beans, undrained (16 ounces)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (15 ounces)
1 can whole kernel corn, drained (15 ounces)
1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
1 bottle of beer
2 cans diced tomates with green chilies, undrained (10 ounces)
3 skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/4 teaspoon onion powder 
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 
1/2 teaspoon paprika 
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 
1 teaspoon sea salt 
1 teaspoon black pepper

--Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. 
--Add seasonings and stir to blend. 
--Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. 
--Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 8-10 hours.
-Before serving, remove chicken breasts from the soup, and shred.  

Serving Suggestions
--Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.
--Or, instead of a spoon, eat with Tostito Scoops (my personal favorite)!

No need to cook dinner!  Date night at the Verizon Center...

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches (from allrecipes.com)
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 bottle buffalo wing sauce (17.5 ounces)
2 tablespoons blue cheese or ranch dressing
2 tablespoons butter

--Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.
--Pour buffalo wing sauce over chicken.
--Add dressing and butter.
--Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
--Shred chicken with two forks before serving.

Serving Suggestion
--Serve on top of hoagie rolls with a few celery sticks and your favorite potato chips.

Slow Cooker Pulled -Pork Taco (from Real Simple)
2 1/2 pound pork roast
1 jar of salsa (16 ounces)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt

--In slow cooker, combine the salsa, chili powder, oregano, cocoa, and 1 teaspoon salt. 
--Add the pork and turn to coat.
--Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
--Just before serving, shred the pork and stir into the cooking liquid.

Serving Suggestions
--Serve with the tortillas, shredded monterey jack cheese, sour cream and extra salsa.
--A black bean and corn salsa would be delicious on the side!

Slow Cooker Chicken with Garlic
1 whole chicken
20 unpeeled garlic cloves
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

--Rub the chicken with olive.
--Sprinkle with rosemary, thyme, sage, salt and pepper.
--Add chicken to slow cooker
--Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serving Suggestions
--Serve with roasted red potatoes and your favorite roasted vegetables.
--The garlic cloves will soften and sweeten as they cook.  Squeeze the garlic and spread it on crusty French Bread for fantastic flavor! 

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