This past weekend was pretty uneventful, as R and I decided to lay low and save our Halloween celebrating until later this week. Since I had nothing else to do, I decided to browse my favorite website (Pinterest) to find some new recipes to try.
Although we were pretty low on ingredients, I found two recipes that I was able to make on Saturday: Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower and Zesty BBQ Chicken. We didn’t have any parmesan cheese, so I used shredded cheddar with the cauliflower. That ended up giving it more of a sour flavor (R said it tasted like mustard), so make sure to use parmesan if you try this recipe!
As for the Zesty BBQ Chicken, I paired it with brown rice instead of using buns, and it turned out great! I even had some leftovers for lunch today 🙂
If you didn’t know already, I am a horrible, horrible cook — I can barely make Easy Mac! When I moved into my first apartment, I told myself that I would learn how to cook. However, my kitchen ended up being so small (we’re talking closet-sized with a mini oven!) that I wasn’t able to do very much. R and I moved into a new apartment in August with a HUGE kitchen, full-sized appliances and plenty of space for food prep, so now I have no excuses!
My favorite tool for cooking right now has to be the crock pot (or slow cooker, if you prefer). Take a little time to prepare all of your ingredients, throw them in the pot, wait a few hours and ta-da! There are so many recipes out there for a crock pot, too.
Here are some fairly simple crock pot recipes that I plan to try in the near future:
bacon ranch crockpot chicken
- bacon, cooked and shredded
- garlic powder
- 2 packages of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
- 2 – 10.75 oz cans of Cream of Chicken soup
- 16 oz of sour cream
- 1 bag of frozen chicken tenderloins
- 2 packages of pasta
View the full recipe from Oh Lordy!
potatoes in a crock pot
- 5 lbs Sierra Gold potatoes or red potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup butter, cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp salt
- 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 1/3 cup milk, warmed
Get the entire recipe from First A Dream!
crock pot orange chicken
- 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 1/3 cup flour
- olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed or microwaved for 45 seconds)
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
Check out the entire recipe from The Pursuit of Happiness!
crock pot apple cider
- 10-12 medium size apples
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (or to taste)
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 tbsp allspice
- 1 tbsp cloves
- 1 whole nutmeg
View the full recipe from Six in the Suburbs!
crock pot beer chicken
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 bottle or can of beer
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Get the entire recipe from LaaLoosh!
Do you have any favorite crock pot/slow cooker recipes you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!