Crock Pot x 2

I cooked up a storm today! I only worked a half day. I skipped breakfast. Bad Emilee!!! And took leftover Chinese to work for lunch:

Then I stopped at the grocery store on my way home. I had two major meals planned for the week that just happened to work perfectly in crock pots. The first is tonight’s dinner: Easy Chicken Taco Salad. This recipe works just as well with tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, you get the picture.

Ingredients:

-2 chicken breasts
-2 cans Rotel tomatoes (drain most of the liquid)
– one packet of taco seasoning (I used lower sodium)
-one sliced onion
-one sliced red pepper
-one sliced green pepper

Put all ingredients in crock pot and let it do its thang. Mine was ready to shred the chicken after 3 hours on high. I topped a bed of romaine with fresh corn, tomato and avocado, and Mexican cheese.

And I have plenty leftover for about 3 more meals.

Next crock pot dish is a chicken sausage and veggie cassoulet. The ingredients are:

-5 carrots
-baby gold potatoes
-small head of cabbage
– a pound of chicken sausage
– 1/2 cup barley
-can of Great Northern beans
-low sodium V8
– Herbs de Provence

I chopped up the potatoes, carrots, and cabbage and put in crock pot with V8 juice, barley, sausage, beans,about 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence, and pepper. These crock pot comfort foods get me in the mood for fall.

Is it September yet?

Crock Pot Comfort

Okay,I’m loving my new George Foreman toy, but my all time favorite small appliance is the Crock Pot.  I love coming home after work and smelling the delicious aroma of Pot Roast before I even get inside.  Sooo comforting.

With a side of potatoes and carrots of course.

Breakfast was wonderful as well. Katie has shown me my new favorite way to have oatmeal: Baked oatmeal!

http://www.healthforthewholeself.com/2010/10/baked-oatmeal-with-apples/

Delish.  Then I went to the gym for some weight training and running.  I’m loving how much stronger I’m feeling.  After lunch, I showered and grabbed a great lunch before heading out the door:

Thanks to my meal prepping on Sunday, I had grilled chicken and brown rice in the fridge to form the base of my lunch.  I added some Cholula hot sauce and microwaved.  Then topped with leftover mango salsa and Greek yogurt and more hot sauce.  It hit the spot.  I had some great eats today!  And more to come tomorrow.  Manicures and lunching with my lady friend.  Can’t wait!!

I’m also looking forward to this spooky dessert that I’ve been enjoying all week:

Reeses Pieces and peanut butter filled chocolate eyeballs, yum.  Fun fact.  The man’s nickname for me is “Peepers”.  That’s why he brought me home these chocolate peepers.  The package says “Creepy Peepers”.  Is he trying to tell me something?