yum Yum Yum is all I have to say about this recipe! The strawberry gives the beets and added sweetness with a slight fruitiness. We have really been enjoying beets in our salads and as a side dish of their own. These cook up very easily, and give you a fantastic strawberry balsamic dressing for your salad! We really enjoy eating them chopped up and topped with feta and a little fresh pepper.
heres what you need:
3 quart crockpot
6–9 beets depending on their size
1/4 c strawberry Preserve
1/4 c Olive oil
2 tbs balsamic vinaigrette
Salt and pepper to taste
After washing your beets, begin by cutting the top and base off and then peeling your beets. I highly recommend wearing a pair of food grade gloves as beets can easily stain the skin.
now you are ready to mix up your strawberry vinaigrette! Combine remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix well with a fork or spoon.
next you want to cut enough pieces of aluminum foil so each beet has one to be wrapped in.
place a beet in the center of a piece of aluminum foil and gently curl the foil halfway up the beet.
spoon dressing on top of the beet so it is evenly coated and then wrap beet up completely.
spray your crockpot with a vegetable base oil and place all of your wrapped beets inside. Cook on low 5–6 hours.
once done, remove the beats and gently unfold aluminum foil. Save the juice inside the foil as this makes a delicious salad dressing!
dice the beets up to use as a side dish or topping for a salad.
I am a big fan of simple, nutritious, crockpot cooking that gives you 2–3 different dishes from it. This is one of my favorites! This recipe creates wonderful side dishes and the grace from many dishes.
The three dishes this recipe makes are...
Smoked paprika whole chicken with onions.
White cheese chicken and onion quesadillas.
chicken stock quinoa/jasmine rice.
yummy! Let's get started. What you will need is
3 quart crockpot
smoked paprika whole chicken recipe
2–3 pound whole chicken
two cloves garlic
Half of a red onion and half of a white onion
1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Salt/pepper to taste
Gruyere chicken and onion quesadilla recipe
strained onions from above recipe
diced chicken from above recipe
flour tortillas x 8
chicken stock quinoa/jasmine rice recipe
One cup of jasmine rice rinsed and strained
1/2 cup red quinoa rinsed and strained
chicken stock from above recipe plus water to equal a total of 3 cups
let's get started...
we want to start with the smoked paprika whole chicken, as that is the base for the other recipes. After collecting your ingredients you will want to begin by rough chopping your onion halves.
Spray your crockpot and lay the onions in the bottom. Now measure out your Parmesan cheese and spices.
rinse and pat dry your chicken. Lay on top of the onions inside your crockpot. Poor liquids into crockpot on top of chicken.
Peel the garlic clothes and press garlic over check in. Then add your spices and rub into the skin.
Cook on low 6–8 hours. Once done, the meat should easily D bone. Save carcass if you are interested in making your own bone broth. Otherwise, keep the T-bones meat and using a slitted spoon remove the onions and set aside. Transfer liquid left over in crockpot to a bowl.
This chicken makes a great base for many dishes such as curry dishes, pulled chicken, salads, and sandwiches.
Gruyere cheese and onion quesadilla
quesadillas are a quick and delicious meal. We have become more interested in white cheese quesadillas lately and this one is fantastic! Reference the recipe above.
these are great with your basic salsa. First we want to begin with the tortillas.
begin by cooking your tortillas or pulling them out from the fridge. I highly recommend purchasing half baked tortillas from a local restaurant, as this will give you delicious fresh baked tortillas at home!
take about half of your chicken meat and dice it up. If you are working with block cheese, you want to great the cheese at this point as well.
begin by layering Gruyere cheese with your chicken, then onion, and lastly some feta with a thin layer of gruyere on top.
The best trick for cooking a quesadilla without burning the tortilla is to cover while cooking on a low heat. After 3–4 minutes use a large spatula to flip the quesadilla over. Cover again and cook 3–4 minutes.
chicken stock quinoa jasmine rice
The final recipe is a great base recipe for side dishes or two layer a protein on top of for a meal. Simply take the set aside juices from your crockpot and transfer into a rice cooker along with the other ingredients in the recipe above. This gives your quinoa and Jasmine the added nutrients and milk flavor from the chicken!
as always I am keeping it simple, healthy, and crockpot style! This pulled chicken recipe works great with either breast or thigh. Use this will add more fat to the sauce, which can be delicious for curry dishes that are easy to make from the broth. If you are wanting to keep it on the skinny, use chicken breast.
what you need
3 quart crockpot
3–4 chicken breasts or 6–9 chicken thighs depending on their size
13.5 ounces of coconut milk
One cup of either vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ground cumin
2 teaspoons curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste
optional – 2 tablespoons of sugar. This will cut the Zhang of the lime a bit and if making a curry sauce from the broth will open up all of the other flavors. If you choose to add sugar, add it to the broth when adding the spices.
for a vegetable curry sauce you will also need one bag of frozen mixed vegetables and some flour.
begin by adding the coconut milk to the crockpot. If your coconut milk was canned, you may need a small spatula to remove all of the thickened milk from the sides of the can.
Measure out your chicken or vegetable broth. In a small side dish measure out your spices and blend to gather before adding to the crockpot.
use your metal whisk to evenly dispersed the spices to the broth.
tenderized your limes by rolling them with a firm flat rest on the counter. Roll each lime for approximately 30 seconds back and forth vigorously. Squeeze your lines into your measuring cup. You need a 1/4 - 1/2 Cup of lime juice.
add your check into your crockpot and cook on low for 3–5 hours.
remove your chicken from your crockpot and set aside in a bowl. Using your fork, pull the chicken apart. If it does not shred easily, replace the chicken back into the crockpot and cook an additional hour.
now we will begin the base for a curry sauce.
transfer the broth from the crockpot into a large skillet over low heat on the stove.
sprinkle a small handful of flour on top of the broth. Using your metal whisk, work the flower into the broth slowly. The flour is a thickening agent, a little bit can go a long ways.
Remove some from the sauce pan and toss with your chicken.
emove your desired amount to keep as a pasta sauce. This sauce is delicious over arugula cheese ravioli with the shredded chicken on top!
this brings me to a few dish suggestions you can use this delicious pulled chicken with.
place some of the sauce on top of arugula cheese ravioli, top with fresh chopped arugula, tomatoes, and chicken!
this chicken is perfect for nachos. Get all your nacho fixings together and bake in the oven at 250° for 20–25 minutes.
The final – doesn't even make it out of the sauce pan before it is gobbled up in my home. To the remainder of your sauce base, add a package of frozen vegetables and about half of your pulled chicken. This Curry is delicious over rice, lentils, quinoa, or pasta.
A few other dish ideas...
tacos, enchiladas, subs or sandwiches, stuffing for your own homemade chicken ravioli... And I am sure many more! If you think of a dish, I would love to hear about it.
Crockpot oatmeal makes breakfast much easier. Start it right before bed, and you have breakfast waiting for you in the morning. The quantity is enough to give breakfast for a few mornings, or makes a delicious afternoon snack. This base oatmeal is delicious with many different toppings, some of my suggested are
roasted or sliced nuts such as almonds and walnuts
honey and fresh cream
cinnamon berry oatmeal recipe
what you need
1–3 quart crockpot
4 cup measuring cup
measuring cups and tablespoons
Half a tablespoon cinnamon
3 cups water
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons honey
12 ounce bag of frozen mixed berries
One cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Salt to taste
toppings of your choice
after collecting your ingredients, add 3 cups of water to a 4 cup measuring cup. Add 1 cup milk to the water to bring it up to a full four cups
pour the 4 cups of liquid into your crockpot and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Measure out a cup of oats and add a half a tablespoon of cinnamon into the oats, stirring to disperse the spice.
add the 12 ounces of frozen fruits to the crockpot. Stir the oats into the crockpot and add your level of desired salt.
Measure out two tablespoons of honey, if the honey is raw and thick, use a small spatula to scoop it out of your tablespoon into the crockpot.
stir all ingredients together, and let cook on low for 6–8 hours.
top with whatever goodies you desire and enjoy!
Bean chili and soup is a great way to get added protein to your diet. This recipe is technically a black bean soup, but the cooking and processing turn this into a thick chili base. Absolutely delicious to eat as is, or make up some of your own fresh tortilla chips with rocksalt in the oven as scoopers.
There are several toppings which are delicious on this. I suggest:
fresh-cut cilantro and salsa
chilled and cubed chicken, topped with shredded Monterey Jack cheese
sour cream or Greek yogurt
spinach kale dip
to make the bean chili, you will need...
3 quart crockpot
fine metal strainer
garlic press or knife
3 cups vegetable broth
four 16 ounce cans of black beans
four garlic cloves
1 medium sized white onion
two bell peppers – do not use green ones
1 tsp each of smoked paprika, Coumadin, and Turneric
Salt and pepper to taste
toppings of your choice
After collecting all of your ingredients, you want to begin by chopping the carrots, onion, and bell peppers into cube sized pieces.
add this to your crockpot, and begin preparing your black beans by rinsing each can prior to adding to the crockpot.
Peel your garlic cloves, and press the garlic into the crockpot along with the chopped vegetables and beans.
Measure out your spices, mix them together before adding them to your crockpot.
And whatever level of salt and pepper you like to taste into the crockpot and toss all ingredients to evenly disperse spices and garlic.
lastly, add your vegetable broth and cook on low for eight hours or high 3–4 hours.
once the carrots are completely cooked through, remove half of the beans and vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside.
add the remaining goodies and brought to your blender. Be sure your blender can take hot ingredients, and high volumes of liquid well before doing this. You can also use an immersion blender and whisk. To do that, you would remove all of the vegetables and beans from the crockpot, place them in a large bowl, use immersion blender to mix up and then replace back to crockpot and use a metal whisk to mix into vegetable broth.
after it is blended, transfer to a large bowl and add the ingredients you scooped out earlier.
top with goodies and Enjoy😊
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these delicious crimini mushrooms are so easy and make great add-ons two salads, pasta dishes, burgers, breakfast egg scramble's, and much more! They are wonderful as snack morsels as well.
what you need
3 quart crockpot
garlic press or mincing knife
measuring cups and tablespoons
24 ounces of crimini mushrooms
1-4 c half n half
1 boiuillon cube
2-4 garlic cloves
Half a tablespoon thyme
Half a tablespoon oregano
8-10 fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
begin by washing the mushrooms, pat dry to transfer into your crockpot. Combine your dried herbs with the level of salt and pepper you enjoy in a small dish.
add a bouillon cube and one cup of water to the crockpot, sprinkle your spice mix on top. Stir the mixture with your spoon, and then add the quarter cup of half-and-half.
prepare 2–4 cloves of garlic for pressing, press the garlic into the crockpot and event stir mixture again.
stir mixture occasionally, and cook on high 1–2 hours.
when complete, garnish with freshly chopped basil.
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there is a wonderful local food initiative here called produce on wheels. They purchased purchased left at the border of the United States and Mexico and sell it at very affordable costs. $10 for 60 pounds of produce, often organic! This is a wonderful way for large families to get the foods they need, and typically follows natural growing seasons. In the Southwest, winter and spring are wonderful squash seasons. This is a simple – that is delicious on its own, as a side dish, or the base for a squash baked lasagna. You can also purée this up as a baby food for your one-year-old, or after you have introduced milk product.
you will need
1/3 c. creamy Italian dressing
3–4 yellow squash
1/4 c. bitter
10-12 Ritz crackers or other crackers/breadcrumbs
One garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste
begin by washing the squash, and dice. Spray or butter the crockpot, and add squash to it.
Measure out your Italian dressing, and crush your garlic clove into it. The garlic sunk, so you cannot see it in the picture. I had this mixture to the crockpot.
Salt and pepper to taste, and toss all ingredients. I do not add salt, as we use salted butter in our home.
cube your butter and then add on top of squash.
top with your crumbled Ritz or breadcrumbs and bake for three hours on high or six hours on low. If intending it as a baby food purée, cook a little longer until squash is very soft. This will allow the skin to easily be broken up when puréeing.
we like to top ours off with grated Parmesan! Yum!
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crockpot cooking for moms saves time and dishes! Here is a simple meal that is nutritious and delicious!
you will need
1 pound pack of frozen vegetables
2 sweet potatoes
1/4 c. coconut oil
if you are chicken is not defrosted (what mom remembers to pull it out of the freezer?! ) begin by defrosting the chicken. You can do this in the microwave, I prefer to do a cool water bath. Remove the chicken from packaging, place in a large bowl, fill with cool water and keep a small stream of water going into the bowl. You want to keep the water circulating.
while your chicken is defrosting, prepare your other ingredients.
-spray or butter the sides of your crockpot.
- dice your sweet potatoes.
-empty half of your bag of frozen vegetables into the crockpot and place half of your diced sweet potatoes on top, season with salt and pepper.
- Repeat second layer with the remainder of your vegetables and then sweet potato, and season and again.
lastly, add the chicken top the top and the coconut oil on top the chicken. I keep my audio in the fridge for freshness, so in the image you are seeing the white tablespoon chunks. You want to add a 4th/half cup of oil.
Cook on high for 3–4 hours or low for eight hours and 6-8 hours on low.
When I was an art teacher, plastic Easter eggs would always be donated to my art room after Easter. So what can you do with all of these leftover plastic Easter eggs? Over the years I collected several easy and fun projects for different age groups. Here are a few simple ones for your infant and toddler.
shaker eggs, magnetic egg chain, aroma eggs, and puzzle toybox to store them in
you will need
plastic Easter eggs
noisemaking filler such as beans, rice, popcorn kernels, lentils, nuts and bolts.
Milk container washed out and dried or a medium sized cardboard box – you can pick up a flat rate priority box at your local post office for free.
A essential oils – must be safe scents for an infant or toddler so see my list below.
scissors or X-Acto blade
small round magnets
hor glue gun with glue
I had most of these items on hand, I know you can purchase most of these materials at a dollar store, the small magnets I purchased from target.
Egg storage toy puzzle box
you can use any recycle container or cardboard box to make your storage or puzzle toy with. I had a milk carton on hand, which worked great! I do recommend a recycled large drink container with a handle, as the handle proves very useful.
after it was washed out and dried I was able to begin.
start by placing the bottom of a plastic egg somewhere on the container and trace with a sharpie.
this forms the holes that just fit the egg when the egg is placed into the container correctly. I put two holes on my container, you can put as many as you would like.
use your scissors or X-Acto blade to cut out the circles.
add a back flap where you can easily remove the eggs after your little one has gotten them in the container. I cut three sides of a square, leaving the bottom edge intact. This worked out perfectly, as the plastic is rigid enough that it will stay closed when I push the flap in word.
magnetic egg chain
these are so much fun for your little one to assemble and pull apart. The magnets make it magical for them, and lend the self to creating many fun and simple games.
After your hot glue gun has warmed up, begin bye opening a plastic egg, place a large glob of glue on a magnet and place the magnet inside the top of the egg. Repeat this process of gluing to the inside bottom of the egg.
continue this until you have magnetized all the eggs do you want to. Make sure the hot glue completely dries before you put the eggs back together.
I double or triple magnets to some of the eggs to make them stronger.
Shut the egg. Begin your electrical tape so it over laps the Seaham evenly on the top and bottom.
hold the top and bottom of the egg with one hand as you guide the tape around the scene with the other hand. Go around the egg twice, cut tape with scissors and you were done!
repeat this process on as many eggs as you would like, and your egg chain is complete!
oh what fun musical shaker eggs can be, and how incredibly simple they are to make!
Find different feelings to make different noises. My four go-to's are corn kernels, lentils, small washers, and rice. These three items give you great tonal range. Place some of the filling in your eggs, and follow the tape directions above to seal the eggs shut.
these eggs are a fun way to have your little one practice sniffing. I have to admit, I enjoy these eggs myself!
when using a essential oils with little ones, it is very important to use a safe amount along with safe oils. Certain oils are not safe for children at different ages. Rule of thumb, the younger the child, the fewer oils are safe. Please reference the image of safe oil's for your one year old below for you proceed.
remember – never apply oils directly to your childs skin or food, and always used correct dilution ratio for their age.
place a single drop of one of the safe oils on a cotton ball. You can use different scents for different colored eggs. These oils can help calm, relax, assist with sleep, and smooth the nervous system of your one year old 🤗
do not place more than one drop on the cotton ball.
place the cotton ball with the oil facing the vent holes of the egg.
follow the tape directions above.
If you created any of these fun easy projects, I would love to hear your comments and see your pictures posted to the Facebook page ❤️
Making the switch over to A completely natural home, takes time and effort. Adapting to natural cleaning products and bodycare products is a large switch. However, I find this switch to be most beneficial in feeling good, wholesome, and safe. This brings me to the topic of deodorants/anti-perspirant's.
I remember back in high school, I did not mind wearing deodorant for my sports team activities, but when it came to prom, I reached for the anti-perspirant. I suppose this is my true girly girl side speaking. I had always known anti-perspirant is not a good choice, and found that the available deodorants for women 15 years ago were very slim. There were always the rock/salt deodorants available at the natural food stores, but these dried out my armpits and agitated my sensitive skin. I would use men's deodorant, in the most fruity sense I could find.
But let's talk about those fruity artificial fragrances and some misleading information on natural deodorants.
With many deodorant, as with natural sunscreen and sunblock, chemicals are added for dermal absorption. This means, the chemical allows the other active ingredients to be absorbed more easily into the skin. Furthermore, dermal absorption leads to absorption into The bloodstream. I will let you do the research on your own to learn more about chemicals for dermal absorption and the dangers around them. But let's look at some simple facts. Your armpits are where a huge section of lymph node's are collected in your body. One of the larger lymph ducks of your body is located on your chest across from your armpits. The Lymph system is a very important system for your body . It's is responsible for the illumination of interstitial fluid from tissues, absorbs and transports fatty acid from the digestive system, with its primary function being the transportation of lymph, which is infection – fighting white blood cells, through the body. Basically, it is one of your bodies main systems for protection against and elimination of toxins. Let's now realize what we are doing by applying a artificial, chemical full, product to our armpits every day. We are taxiing out our lymph system with unnecessary toxins and chemicals. This led my family to making the switch for a natural deodorant.
finding or making a natural deodorant recipe is not easy…
when conducting a natural deodorant search, you will find many similar deodorant recipes. Here is the tricky part, all of these recipes can be successful, natural, safe, and beneficial. However, it truly depends on your skin type. Many healthy and natural deodorants, or recipes, did not work for my sensitive skin. They would cause chafing and redness which would eventually give a burning sensation to anything somewhat skin irritating that I would apply.
I would like to share my recipes and tips on making your own natural deodorant, but please know this recipe may also need tweaking for your skin type.
gathering your materials, keeping it natural, affordable, and safe
recycling and reusing is a very popular theme in my home. Instead of purchasing empty deodorant roller bars, here is how you can clean out an old deodorant container, and sterilize it from any possible chemicals that it contained.
you will need
small paring knife
water – Distilled or tap is fine.
clean drying cloth
begin by rolling the deodorant stick all the way up, and cutting off any extra deodorant.
to remove deodorant from the grid, stick the tip of your pairing knife into the center of the square spaces, and you should be able to pull them out. Small bits of leftover deodorant are fine, as it will come off when being boiled.
remove the plastic grid section from the base by twisting it off.
place all of the pieces into your pot, cover with water, and Bring water to a boil. Here is a tricky part, you do not want to boil the plastic for too long, as it could melt. What do you need to do instead, is bring the water to a boil, let it cool, bring to a boil again, and let it cool. Do this for a duration of five minutes, and your deodorant container is cleaned and sterilized.
remove your container pieces using metal tongs.
lay the pieces on a clean cloth to completely dry. This point you can peel off any labeling from the outside and discard.
use your paper towel to remove any leftover adhesive from the outside of the container.
no water can be left in the container, as it can contaminate your deodorant. Make sure the container is completely dry before proceeding.
to reattach the grid, have the deodorant bottle twisted all the way up, hold the grid in place, and turn the deodorant bottle knob until you can feel it engage and begin to retract down.
twist the deodorant container until the grid is all the way at the bottom and now you are ready to make your own deodorant and use your recycled container!
DIY natural deodorant recipe
lets break those steps up a bit......😊
melt the beeswax, Shea, and coconut oil in that order. Once once ingredient is nearly melted, add the next.
while those are melting, combine dry ingredients in a small dish and mix well.
Remove from heat. This is important, because if the mixture steams at all, it is ruined and you will need to start over. After those are melted, begin adding the dry ingredients in small portions.
stir well. I first fold it in with a spatula and than attack it with a metal whisk.
the mixture should be getting stiff, now you are ready to add your essential oils.
Suggested oils: cypress, lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense just to mention a few possibilities.
transfer to container and your done!
suggestions for use: this is a softer deodorant, but it is dense. Remove the cap pushing on the end sides, not the middle of the wide sides. Be gentle when twisting the deodorant upwards. In applying, I put on a layer and than spread it with my fingers, you can also store this in a tin and use your fingers for application.
If if you have a deodorant recipe, or you make this one, I would love to see!
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