Monday - I made bbq pulled pork in the slow cooker.
The recipe is:
2 1/2-3 lb pork roast
1 can diet Dr. Pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dry ground mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
whole wheat hamburger buns
Night before prep: I pretty much prepare everything the night before. I trim the pork, chop the onions, and throw the onions, garlic, and pork seasoned with the ground mustard into the slow cooker and place in the fridge. The next morning I add the soda, vinegar and worcestershire sauce to the cooker and cook on low all day. When I get home, I shred the pork with a fork and pour bbq sauce on top (we really like Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet 'n Spicy). Put onto buns and serve - delicious! We had this with green beans. Barrett did not eat this.
Tuesday - The pork makes plenty of meat so there's enough for several meals - score! Tim had pulled pork sandwiches again but I decided to mix it up and make a salad. I pulled some greens from the garden, chopped up red pepper, sliced red onion and hard boiled egg and poured bbq chicken on top with some lite ranch dressing. Barrett ate a hardboiled egg with some ranch dressing on it but refused the bbq pork again.
Wednesday - Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes.
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Thursday - Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken. I had bought a whole chicken a few months ago when it was on super-sale at the grocery store and it's been taking up space in my freezer for far too long. So I decided to get that bird out of the freezer and into our bellies!
I did as much prep as I could the night before - preparing the seasoning and cutting the fat and skin off the bird. I suppose that part isn't necessary but I prefer a skinless bird and would rather take the time to trim it. This did take a while and was pretty disgusting.
Total fail too, in that the bird wasn't completely frozen so I had to thaw it overnight in the fridge to finish thawing the inside and had to clean it out, stuff it with some onion and garlic chunks on Thursday morning. I hate dealing with dinner in the mornings so I wish I could have avoided this with better planning. But it'll hopefully be worth it to have dinner ready when we get home tonight. I'll serve it up with a side of veggies.
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Friday - I am sure we'll have a lot of chicken leftover from Thursday so will be able to make something with this for Friday night's dinner - maybe some pasta with chicken or something. And then I possibly can make chicken salad for Saturday's lunch as well, if there's still enough left.
As a sidenote - Sunday I made sweet potatoes in the slow cooker (boy, I could really be an ad for the slow cooker this week apparently!) I just poked them with a fork and threw them in with a splash of water and cooked on low for about 5 hours, turned up to high for the final hour to finish them off. We ended up eating them like this and then I pureed the rest for Audrey. (And believe it or not, she is actually eating them!) This was my first time making these in the slow cooker and I plan to do it a lot more! They were delicious and simple. I haven't used the programmable option on my slow cooker yet but will definitely use it for these.