Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What's for {Dinner}

Well, before I get into that, let me acknowledge the fact that yes, I realize it's been just shy of eternity since I last wrote. I {hope} to write an actual update soon, but we're moving so no promises. ;) But I will try. 

So why tease you with this one? Well, because I posted to my facebook and twitter that I was experimenting with my crock pot last night and had a few people ask for the {recipe} and this was the easiest way to post it. So without further ado...

As I mentioned before we're moving. And we all know, moving = packing. Packing = time consuming. And time consuming = little to no time for things like cooking dinner.  It's a very complex mathematical equation.  Clearly. 
So, I started scrounging around and found a few things on hand that I thought might work together.

{Meat}: stew meat to be exact.  
I won't mention how long it's been in my freezer...
{Veggies}: a bag of Normandy Blend frozen veggies.
cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and squash
{Cream of Mushroom Soup}: no explanation needed, just wanted to keep it uniform.
{Onion soup mix}: Lipton Recipe Secrets.
It had some great recipes right on the box. Must try the onion oven-roasted potatoes.
{Rice}: I used Minute brown rice, but I suppose any would do.
{Water}: You only need 3/4 a cup, but I added more.


Okay, so I was originally going to use potatoes instead of rice, but Scott forgot to get them at the store so I improvised. I think it would have been delicious with the potatoes, I {dare} say even better, but this was still yummy! 
Once I decided I would do rice instead, I thought it would have turned out more like Chinese. 
Not so much.  
I should have used meat and ingredients that lend themselves to Chinese flavors. Next time. This ended up tasting more like roast because of the type of meat I used...which is exactly why I think the potatoes would have tasted better. Another next time.


I threw {everything} into the crock pot at once except the rice.  I added that the last 30-45 minutes or so. I should have realized that throwing the veggies in for the entire 8 hours would turn them to mush, but alas, it didn't dawn on me until it was too late. 
But, I don't care.  
Let's be honest here, Kinnley hates vegetables and I don't love them. 
Okay, I don't like them either.  
{I tolerate them.}
So, I didn't mind one bit that I couldn't taste or feel the texture of the veggies.  You probably will though, so I suggest you put the veggies in either with the rice or just before
Not only will you {see} the vegetables your eating, but it will be prettier too. 
This was not an attractive meal. 
But again, I didn't care
Everybody liked it including Miss Picky herself, so I call it a hit. 


Eat it as is. Or not.
Tweak it by adding potatoes instead of rice.
Or change the meat and seasoning...chicken would work to...and make it more like Chinese.
{Enjoy.}


Oh and sorry I didn't post any pictures. I didn't take any. And that's probably for the best. 
It wasn't pretty. 
Hopefully yours will be better.