Question: what has 1 pot, 1 lid and can maybe make almost anything taste good with little effort?
So friends, after work today I couldn’t hold out ANY LONGER and stopped at Best Buy on the way home and bought myself a present 🙂 I also did my consumer reports research like a good girl and found this to be the best choice within my price range. Can we just talk about how excited I am about this purchase gahhh!!!
I know I have the slow cooker already, which we all learned here is not the same as the crockpot… so it was time for an upgrade! The Man’s mom gave me an old school crockpot cookbook that I plan on reading through tonight, I can’t freaking wait to use this thing ohemgee happy lady.
Speaking of (?), earlier today my sister and I were discussing recipes to make when she returns home in 3 weeks & she suggested this Curried Vegetable Soup that I came across the other day. This of course got me to thinking about my true love spicy pumpkin soup and how insanely deelish the addition of coconut milk in place of half and half could be in this dish!!
So needlesss to say, while I was out I decided to hop over to World Market and pick up yet some more spicy pumpkin soup mix (shocking? I have problems, I know)… imagine the horror (drama queen?) when I approached the shelf to this sight!
Nooooooooooo it can’t be true?!?! The VERY LAST pack of spicy pumpkin soup mix 😦 and yes friends, it’s a seasonal item so I don’t know if they will get more… can we just say that good thing I got the crockpot to compensate for this sad moment haha!
So obvi I bought the last sad pack of mix there was *sigh* and also decided to venture out and try the harvest vegetable as well.
All in all – a pretty good post work adventure 🙂
Oh and I almost forgot to fill you friends in on my afternoon snack!
So what’s the verdict? I thought it was pretty good, I think I will put them in the fridge to firm up a bit next time around to improve my liking of the texture. Taste wise they were great, and nutrition wise just phenomenal 🙂
Dinner time! Tonight’s meal was based on a modification of a meal we had a few weeks back, pumpkin gnocchi with balsamic cream sauce.
Tonight’s plan was for chicken & mushrooms w/ balsamic cream sauce served over pasta 🙂 since last time around this sauce was amazing!
Here were the key players, I made some modifications per usual (if you want to see the basis for this recipe idea check it out here 🙂 )
- 1 huge chicken breast (could easily be omitted veggie friends 🙂 )
- 1 package sliced mushrooms
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
- pinch nutmeg
- black pepper/salt
- grated parm to serve
I love doing recipes that use up ingredients from earlier in the week – I try to plan this way. The chicken stock was from Saturday’s dinner and the half and half from last night – nothing to waste (do I gots to do the Frugal Gourmet joke again 😉 )!
First up I did a quick saute in EVOO of the chicken (season with salt/pepper) until cooked on the outside.
Then I removed from the pan and added the garlic, onion, mushrooms & a splash of wine and let cook down til mushrooms were tender (don’t forget to season with salt/pepper too!)
Then I removed these from the pan and started on the sauce, combining the half and half, chicken stock, balsamic, nutmeg & pepper – stirred together and let cook over medium until the sauce thickened up (5-10 minutes).
Then it was time to throw it all back together and let the chicken finish cooking! The best part of “staging” the dish in layers is that each step picks up the flavor of the last… so it all melds together so beautifully!
Boiled some linguine & combined with the pasta and sauce.
Plated (bowled?) up 🙂
Prepped up a quick salad to go with
- oregano/black pepper
And dinner was served!! 🙂
Don’t forget the grated Parm 😉
This dinner? SO GOOD! I loved this sauce mixture over the pasta – creamy & indulgent in disguise! (no butter or cream, just some half and half + 1tblsp EVOO was really all the fat this dish had friends :))
So now the rest of the night is going to be devoted to my new fascination, the crockpot haha! I can’t wait to check this thing out, feels like Christmas in October 😉
See you friends tomorrow, have a great night!