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Loving a Law Student

I am sure some of my readers are sick of hearing about my AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge and I’m sure you are bored with my picture-less reports of food intake that I have been using as a sorry excuse for blog posts. Since I feel your pain, I thought I would write about something that is slightly more interesting and that has a great, easy dinner recipe as well. Some of you may know that my husband is in law school right now. I may have that on my about me page, but I’m not sure. Maybe that means I should update it!? Anyway, that is how we both got over to San Antonio in the first place, because he was accepted to school here and then we got engaged.

Law school is very interesting. I have no interest in most of the academic side of things, but I am interested in how to help and support my husband as he works very hard to do well in school. He studies 6 days a week for an average of 8 hours a day. In that 8 hours he is doing any of the following combination of school related activities: reading, going to class, researching and/or working to gain practical experience. Because he is very busy with school, it means I have a good amount of free time. It might not seem like it, since I am not writing blogs up the wazoo – but I have a lot more time on my hands to do my various activities – running, cooking, baking, working, blogging, napping and hanging out with friends.

Back to helping and supporting my law student. Over the past 5 semester of law school, I have learned that my husband now speaks a foreign language (law) which I do not want to learn. I listen but really do not understand anything until he gives me a practical application of what he is learning. So, I don’t help him study, ever. I do occasionally proofread papers for him, but he hasn’t had to write that many and again, I don’t understand most of the content anyway. So what do I do? I try to keep the house picked up, I try to keep the laundry done, and I try to cook food for him. The most important thing that I do is pray for him, but I’m not real consistent at that either. Basically, supporting and loving my law student husband has boiled down to feeding him and praying that God will help him do great in school. Oh yeah, I do buy a lot of chips and energy drinks for him and keep him supplied with baked goods – what better things to fuel a body than carbs, caffeine and sugar?

On the note of cooking for him, I tried out a new recipe today. I found it on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl. Of course, there is no way I could actually follow a recipe exactly, so I added a couple little twists. First of all, I have to show you what I bought at Costco:

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Like I really need a huge jar of Famous Dave’s Sweet & Spicy Pickles! So I snacked on these and other veggies while making the awesome new dinner for Ben.

Source: thecountrycook.net via E on Pinterest

 

And now for my version: Put half the 32 ounce bag of tator tots in the slow cooker. Top with some shredded cheese. Chop up garlic, onion and red pepper. De-skin and dice your chicken. I had to do this step because I bought a HUGE pack of chicken at Costco (only $10) but it was not boneless or skinless. You pay for someone else to do it, or you spend a little extra time cooking.

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Throw the chicken and chopped veggies in, top with more cheese.

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Add remaining tator tots, more cheese (I kind of ran out at this stage, oops!) and pour 3/4 cup of milk over the whole thing. Sprinkle with salt, pepper or preferably, Tony Chachere’s seasoning. Turn on the slow cooker to low and let cook for about 4 hours, or until your chicken is cooked through.

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It smells amazing, and Ben is so lucky that I don’t eat dairy or he would have never gotten one bite of this! Even though I ran out of cheese, he thought it was very good. Yay me for finding a good Pinterest recipe.  I can’t remember what the world was like when we didn’t have Google or Pinterest to find quick, easy dinner recipes. Goodness, people actually must have used cookbooks and talked to their neighbors and friends to come up with new ideas! Huh, what a revelation!

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Cooking

 

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Easiest New Dinner Ever

I have to share the easiest new recipe I made on Friday, Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork, thank you to Allrecipes.com and a Google search. Someone had mentioned how common it was to eat BBQ Pork Sandwiches at high school graduations back home, which sparked a craving and I decided I should try to make it. I picked up a 3.5lb Boneless Boston Pork Butt roast and followed the recipe.

Rustlin' Rob's Wild (BBQ Sauce, Hot)

For the BBQ sauce, I used Rustlin’ Rob’s Wild Barbecue Sauce, courtesy of our anniversary trip to Fredericksburg. 1 tablespoon of oil went in to the bottom of the crock pot and then the roast. I placed the brown sugar and chili powder directly on the roast. Half of the onions went on the side of the roast, and half went on the top. I mixed the apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce and mustard together in a small bowl before pouring them in over the roast in the crock pot. Last ingredient was a few sprinkles of thyme. Set it on low and let it cook all day.

When I arrived home at 5:30pm, the entry way of the house smelled amazing and our house smelled great too. The roast was falling apart, so I just used a couple forks to shred the meat and mixed it with all the juices. I had to take a picture of the left-over sandwich I had on Saturday because the first one was gone before I even though to take a picture. This was a quick, easy meal that made left-overs for the week. I was so excited the recipe turned out so well, I told Ben, “I can actually cook!”

What new recipes have you tried lately? What are your go-to easy dinner recipes?

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Cooking

 

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Apple Stuffed Porkloin Chops

In my search for Paleo recipes for different meats, stuffed pork chops came up and sounded great. I found several recipes and kind of combined them all together, because of course I can’t follow a recipe exactly. Also, when I went to the grocery store, pork loin was on sale and much cheaper than pork chops. Lastly, I wanted to make these in the slow cooker to ensure they were very tender and juicy. I started by peeling and coring two granny smith apples and one large sweet onion.

I put 3/4 of the apples and onions in the food processor and let it chop them up in to nice little pieces to create filling for the chops. The remaining apple and onion were layered in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Next came the porkloin, which I was attempting to turn into pork chops. I grabbed the biggest, sharpest knife I have and began slicing 1″ thick chops. After I finished this, I started cutting the pocket for the apple/onion filling. I learned the best way to do this is to lay the chop flat on cutting board and to insert your knife (parallel to the cutting board) in the in the chop until it is about 3/4″ away from the opposite edge. Then press your free hand across the chop while rotating the knife to create the pocket.

The next step is to stuff the chops with your filling and close up the edge with a toothpick, so the filling won’t all fall out. I then placed all the chops fat side up in the crock pot. I places some remaining apple and onion slices in between each chop and seasoned the mixture with thyme, sage, oregano, salt and pepper.

I placed the crock pot on “Low” (which I think it’s really “High” but I can’t ever tell) for about three hours. When we returned from church, it smelled amazing and the chops were at 130 degrees. So I turned it to “High” (thinking it’s “low”) and they were done in about 30-40 minutes, meaning it was probably high all along.

The end result was ok. Highlight for me was the cooked apples, which I LOVED. The pork chop was relatively tender, but not falling apart and the spices didn’t make their way all the way through the meat. When I do this again, I think I will make a marinade to tenderize the meat and put spices in the stuffing mix to ensure they get all the way through the chop. Maybe I’ll cook them in the oven on 200 or something for longer so they get good and falling apart tender. All in all, this turned out just fine because it fed Ben and I for 3 days, which is longer than anything else I’ve cooked during out Paleo Challenge.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Cooking

 

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