Sunday Food Prep – what went down in my kitchen (7)

Hello, hello!

Happy Monday!

Do you have the day off today? Do you have any fun plans?

We might go see a movie.

2 movies in 2 weeks! Watch out! 🙂

So, let’s talk food prep.

I approached the food prep a little differently this week.

You see, tomorrow, Thing 2 gets her wisdom teeth extracted.

So, she’s not going to be eating too much food that requires chewing for a few days.

My sailor and I are going to tag-team the “staying home with her” responsibilities to make sure she’s okay – she’s never been on pain medication before so we don’t know how she’s going to do with it – and that she gets some fluids/nutrition in her.

Plus, we’ll need easy things to eat while we’re home. 🙂

My sailor is more of a “grab and go” kind of person while I don’t mind a little more assembly time with my meals. Plus, he can be a little more snack-y than me.

So, I made some homemade granola bars!

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I found the recipe over at Amanda’s blog, Running with Spoons, and went with it because of the addition of protein powder.

My sailor and Thing 2 are funny about their granola bars – not me, I’ll eat a raw bar any day of the week! – and this seemed the closest to a Quaker chewy bar without all the extra added crap. Seriously, have you ever read the ingredients list?! It’s a mile long!!

I have organic whey protein powder that’s pretty delicious so I have no problems tossing it into a recipe.

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I usually get this at Harris Teeter but I have found it at TJ Maxx before.

And guess what? The granola bars are almost the exact as a Quaker chewy. Only better.

So. Much. Better.

Then, per my norm, I roasted a chicken in the crockpot.

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Thing 2 really, really wants Chicken Curry as her “last meal” so I needed some chicken for that.

*side note – there were 2 recipes my mom made when I was growing up that have become staples in my own house. One was chicken adobo and the other was chicken curry. And I just realized I’ve never shared that recipe with you!

The rest of the chicken will be perfect for lunches throughout the week – for those of us who will be able to chew. 😉

I had something else in mind when I roasted that chicken.

Homemade chicken broth.

I’ve never made it before and 1. it was high time I did! and 2. Thing 2 likes chicken broth and it doesn’t require chewing! This way, she’ll be able to get some protein and great nutrients into her while she’s limited with what she can eat.

So, after the chicken finished roasting and I got it all shredded, I threw the carcass and skin back into the crockpot, tossed in a coarsely chopped onion, roughly chopped celery stalk, some chunked up baby carrots, some garlic cloves, a couple of bay leaves, some dried (because I didn’t have fresh) rosemary, basil, and thyme, salt, and filled the crockpot almost to the brim with water.

Cooked it overnight on low – about 10 hours – and when I woke up, I had lovely, and DELICIOUS (what? you know I had to taste it.) chicken broth!

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I loosely followed this recipe as a guide because I needed an idea of how to cook it in the crockpot. All my cookbook recipes were in pots on the stove and I didn’t feel like babysitting stock all night long.

This made 8 cups which I separated into 1 cup portions in mason jars.  4 are in the fridge and 4 are in the freezer for later. #winning

For dinner (and leftovers!) I made a big ole pot of Boston Baked Beans

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and some cornbread.

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Now, let’s talk about those beans.

Holy. Yum.

I’ve made baked beans before and these have got to be, hands down, the very best I have ever made.

The beans were perfectly cooked and the flavor was amazing.

Even Thing 2’s bf, who “doesn’t like baked beans,” liked them.

Of course, he’s only ever eaten them out of a can. There’s a big difference between homemade and from a can!

He’s eaten, and liked!, a lot of things I’ve made that he “doesn’t like” or “doesn’t eat.”

I think that’s probably the biggest compliment I could ever receive. 🙂

Talk to me: Did you food prep yesterday? Have you ever made homemade chicken broth/stock? Do you think food prep means I’m on my feet in the kitchen all day? 😉

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– jennifer

Home. And our first dinner – BBQ Baked Beans with Sausage

Good morning!

It’s so early.

so early

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I would really prefer to still be sleeping.

But, I woke up.

We officially became homeowners yesterday!!!

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Of course, we don’t have our furniture yet so we’re living off the stuff we have in our little camper.

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Which includes air mattresses.

That, of course, deflate slowly as the night goes on.

The house has hardwood floors.

Fun.

BUT! I love my house!!

It was so nice to cook in a real kitchen last night!

OH! So, yesterday, I caught a glimpse inside one of the hotel rooms near ours when the maid was cleaning and we were getting all of our crap out of our room. That room had a full on (okay, so it was miniature but still) stove with 4 burners (4!) and AN OVEN!!!  That is so unfair!!!  All we had was that 2 burner stove and a microwave.  They had an oven!!! Yes, it’s water under the bridge at this point but … still.  An oven would have made those 11 days a whole lot tastier! 🙂

Anywho, I got to cook in MY kitchen last night!

I pulled the pots, pans and utensils from my camper and got down to business.

It was awesome.

I made BBQ Baked Beans & Sausage from Eating Well.

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It was delicious!

I couldn’t find plain chicken sausage so I used Johnsonville Chipotle Monterey Jack Cheese sausage.

OM. NOM. NOM.

Interestingly enough, this was the first time I’ve ever cooked with collard greens.

Seriously.

Note: if you are not sure how your family will like the collards, use less than the recipe calls for. Trust me.

Or, you could also use kale, if you prefer.

Whatever.

We had leftovers because we’re not football players.

And, we all chowed down on the corn muffins I made.

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I only have small plastic containers from the camper.

So, I have 3 containers of leftovers.

Sigh.

Question: Would you believe I haven’t even had a cup of coffee yet?!?!

– jennifer

An Easter-themed WOD and (better than Bush’s) Baked Beans

I got a sneak peek last night of this morning’s CrossFit WOD – the workouts are usually posted on the box’s blog around 5pm the night before. I’ll admit, I was a bit intimidated but I was game! So, of course, I had to rock an awesome headband to help put me in the right frame of mind. Who let the dogs out?!

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And, then, this morning, the WOD was on the whiteboard. Oof.

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In honor of Easter, Gil went with the biblical reference. Golgotha was the site outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus was crucified. It was a place of great suffering and each move in this WOD was symbolic of the crucifixion. And, while our suffering was minor compared to that day, suffer we did this morning. Through 14 rounds. What’s a TGU? That’s a fun thing called a “Turkish Get-Up.” Looks like this. Thank goodness we only did that for 3 out of the 14 rounds! Anyway, I finished it in 53:07. Worked my butt off and have matching “battle scars” on my thumbs to show for it. 🙂
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Food time!

So, I made the best baked beans for dinner last night. Seriously. Better. Than. Bush’s. Not kidding. This shall be my go-to baked bean recipe – especially for potlucks. I promise, if you make these and take to a potluck, bbq, party, or whatever, you absolutely, positively will NOT be bringing any leftovers home.

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Carla’s Baked Beans
Makes 10 servings

1/2 pound ground beef (I used 93/7)
1/2 pound bacon, chopped (I used center cut)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
16-ounce can pork and beans, drained
15-ounce can butter, or green lima, beans
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
2 tablespoons molasses

1. Brown meats and onion in skillet; drain.

2. Add salt, pepper, and beans. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour into slow cooker.

3. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10 hours.

Here’s the nutritional breakdown according to myfitnesspal:
Calories 232; Fat 3.1g; Cholesterol 14.5mg; Sodium 618mg; Carbs 41.2g (fiber 3.4g, sugar 20.6g); Protein 13.4g

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