Creole Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Creole jambalaya, also known as red jambalaya, is a dish that’s usually cooked and served with some type of seafood.  If I had my way I’d add the shrimp, but The Man and the kids would go to bed hungry rather than eat shrimp, so I omit the fish but still like to call this dish Creole. 

Creole jambalaya originates from the French Quarter of New Orleans, in the original European sector. It was an attempt by the Spanish to make paella in the New World, where saffron was not readily available due to import costs. Tomatoes became the substitute for saffron. As time went on, French influence became strong in New Orleans, and spices from the Caribbean changed this New World paella into a unique dish. In modern Louisiana, the dish has evolved along a variety of different lines. Creole jambalaya, or red jambalaya as it is called by Cajuns, is found primarily in and around New Orleans, where it is simply known as ‘jambalaya’. Creole jambalaya includes tomatoes, whereas Cajun jambalaya does not.

And now you know.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1.25 lbs. chicken tenderloins, cut into chunks
  • 1 T Cajun seasoning
  • 1 lb. Polska kielbasa
  • 28 oz. petite diced tomatoes, un-drained
  • 38 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice

Directions

  1. Place onions, peppers & celery in slow cooker.  Top with chicken then seasoning.  Top with sausage & tomatoes.
  2. Add rice and broth, then press all the rice down so it’s all covered with broth.
  3. Cover & cook on low 5-6 hours. Or on low for 2 hours and high for 2 hours.

*Facts found at Wikipedia

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Beef Stew 

Taken from All Recipes this is an instant go-to Sunday night dinner.  Served up in big bowls and rolls from the can, (because I’m classy like that) this couldn’t be simpler to pull together.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 potatoes, diced small
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
Directions
  1. Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.
  2. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

Beef Stew

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Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

Crustless Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food at it’s finest!

8 chicken tenders (frozen)

1 can Cream of Chicken soup

1 can Cream of  Mushroom with Roasted Garlic soup

28 oz. pkg frozen mixed vegetables

Place chicken, soups and vegetables into crock pot, cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

You could also add a can of chicken broth to make more soupy before cooking.

Stir and serve with biscuits. 

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin Crock Pot

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Taken and adapted slightly from A Year of Crock-Potting

3 pound pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon Italian Dressing (seasoning packet)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup apple juice – use a juice box or Capri Sun 100% juice if you have them lying around!
20 oz can crushed pineapple (I only used about 14 oz, & reserved the juices for the couscous – see below)

Directions.
Combine meat, sugar, spices, cornstarch and a little bit of the apple juice (just enough to make mixing easier) in a plastic zipper bag.  Seal and shake well to coat.  Pour contents of bag into crockpot.  Add garlic and peppers.  Pour in soy sauce, remaining apple juice, and pineapple.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-6.

I served this over couscous with buttered yams on the side.

Tips:

  • Since so many recipes call for Italian seasoning I just keep an Italian Dressing mix in a zipper baggy to use as I need it.
  • I used some of the reserved pineapple juices from the can to cook the couscous in to add a little extra flavor – just cook according to directions, replacing some of the water with juice.

Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup
I had two Ziploc bags in the freezer FULL of leftover ham from Christmas.  I had no idea what to use it for but hated to waste it.  After doing a little hunting on the Internet I managed to take from a few different recipes and throw this together.  Really simple, really fast & smells yummy all day!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked ham, cut to bite-sized
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots (or a handful of baby carrots), chopped
  • 5 potatoes, cut into bite-sized (I used Yukon Gold)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans creamed corn – splurge a little and get the ‘good’ brand
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • pepper


  • Directions 

    Place all ingredients in crock pot. Add pepper to taste.  I opted not to add salt because the ham offers so much!  Cook on low for 8 hours.  
    If a thicker soup is desired, add cornstarch (dissolve starch in water before adding to soup to eliminate lumping).

    Mushroom Pork Tenderloin

    Mushroom Pork Tenderloin 

    2 pork tenderloins (1 lb each) They come packed together

    1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed golden mushroom soup, undiluted

    1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

    1 can(10-1/2 oz) condensed French onion soup, undiluted

    Place both tenderloins in crockpot.

    In a bowl, combine the soups; stir until smooth. Pour over pork.  I must say, even though this looks pretty gross, the smell is great, but over powering.  Give it a chance.  It’s well worth it!!

    Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the meat is tender.

    The kids love to have mashed potatoes (the gravy left in the crock is excellent over the potatoes!) and a favorite veggie along with this!

    * This recipe makes enough meat for three separate dishes (for my family of 5).  After cooking the 2 lbs. I use 1 lb. of the tenderloin for this dish.  Then I shred and store the other 1 lb. & reserved ‘gravy’ in the fridge until I’m ready to use it again (probably within 3-4 days).  I like to make Pork Fajitas & Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

    Crockpot Italian Beef (Sandwiches)

    Italian Beef Sandwiches

    Ingredients for Beef

    1 5 lb. rump roast

    3 cups water

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1 teaspoon oregano

    1 teaspoon basil

    1 teaspoon onion salt

    1 teaspoon dried parsley

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1 bay leaf

    1 package dry Italian  salad dressing mix

    Directions

    1.  Place roast in slow cooker, and pour all other ingredients over roast.

    2.  Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours. When done, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork.

    For Sandwiches

    mushrooms

    red pepper

    green pepper

    onion

    mozzarella cheese

    Italian Rolls

    1.  Sauté mushrooms in generous amounts of butter (more or less depending on how many mushrooms you use – for a whole package I used 3 tablespoons then had a lot of sautéed mushrooms to eat on the side!)

    2.  While the mushrooms sauté, slice the rolls lengthwise and toss under the broiler face up to make them toasty – watch carefully so they don’t burn.  Thinly slice peppers and onions.

    3.  Remove mushrooms from pan and set aside.

    3.  Toss peppers and onions into pan you used for mushrooms with leftover butter and sauté till the onions are transparent.

    4.  Layer shredded roast, vegetables, mushrooms & cheese onto toasted rolls. 

    5.  Re-broil until cheese is bubbly and warm

    Enjoy!

    Try Leftover Roast Chili to use up the leftover roast!

    Crock Pot Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

    Crock Pot Turkey & Wild Rice Soup
    The kids loved this one and I thought it was a perfect mixture of texture and taste (yes, even with the spinach)!

    Ingredients
    2 cups of cooked turkey
    8 cups chicken broth
    2/3 cup uncooked wild rice
    1 yellow onion, chopped
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 cup chopped carrots
    1 tsp sage
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 T balsamic vinegar
    2 cups spinach leaves (from the bag works great!)
    Directions
    I used a 5 quart crockpot.
    Pour in broth, & add cooked chopped turkey.  Chop up the vegetables (not the spinach), and add to the pot.  Dump in the wild rice, sage, and balsamic vinegar.  Stir.

    Add two heaping handfuls of baby spinach to the pot. It will look like a lot, but will shrivel down nicely while cooking.

    Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-6. 
    The soup is done when the vegetables have reached desired tenderness. There is a lot of volume here; this is a good candidate for a day when you are out of the house for a long time. No need to worry about it over-cooking.
    For direction on how to use a turkey carcass, visit A Year of Crock Potting

    Creamy Crockpot Fettuccine

    Creamy Crockpot Fettucine

    8-10 chicken tenderloins

    1/4 c. green onions

    1 medium garlic clove, minced

    1 (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatoes

    1 T basil

    1 tsp. salt

    1/2 c. heavy cream

    2 egg yolks

    1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

    8 oz. fettuccine

    1 pkg fresh sliced mushrooms

    Directions

    1.  Toss tenders into crockpot – frozen is fine if you have the time to let them fully cook.

    2.  Add green onions, garlic, tomatoes, basil & salt.  Cover and cook on low 5 hours or until chicken is done.

    3.  Remove lid and break chicken up into pieces.  Stir in cream, egg yolks, and parmesan cheese.  Cover and cook on high 30 minutes to thicken.

    4.  While sauce is thickening, cook fettuccine according to package directions; drain

    5.  Add fettuccine and mushrooms to sauce.  Cover and cook on high 30-60 minutes.