Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crockpot Challenge: Day 10 and what good books have you read lately?

"Did I just eat a piece of pineapple?" These words came out of John's mouth during dinner last night.

"Ummmm, yeah..."

"It's good."

And that is all I needed to hear. I don't know if John will ever admit it but I think he secretly likes my little crockpot adventure.

Today's recipe, "Stuffed Peppers", comes from my friend Jessica. Hey Jessica! I met Jessica 8 years ago when I started working nights at a new hospital in Denver. Well, not a new hospital altogether, just new to me:) Anywho, she sent me a message with this recipe and it sounded like nothing I've ever made before so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did.

*These aren't your average stuffed peppers. In the past I've tried the peppers with rice and some type of red sauce and hamburger meat and they were okay but these peppers are delicious. Seriously.

You will need:

4 or 5 bell peppers (I used 3 green and 1 yellow and 1 orange)
2 cans of chicken (or the equivalent in prepared chicken breasts)
1 package of sliced mushrooms
1 jar pineapple salsa (I used Peach Pinapple Chipotle - it's all I could find!)
1 can pineapple tidbits with juice (I used 3 snack ones - I had them in the fridge)
2 packages of grated cheese
2 packages frozen rice (I cooked 4 servings of Minute Rice)

Now Jessica's recipe calls for cutting up the peppers and mixing everything together (except 1 package of cheese) in the crockpot and cook on low all day.Then place a some cheese over the top before serving.

I like how pretty bell peppers look when they are actually stuffed. So I cut up 1 green bell pepper, mixed everything together and cooked on low all day. About 30 minutes before dinner I washed and "gutted" 2 green peppers and 1 orange/ 1 yellow and put the mixture inside, topped with cheese and baked on 350 for about 30 minutes. I bought some tortilla chips and served the mixture on them for the boys and called them nachos! Win - win!

This is honestly different from anything I've ever attempted before but I'm glad I tried it because I feel a little fancier for it. Oh, and Jessica made this recipe up by the way so kudos to the creative people of the world.


Have you read any good books lately? I've been told that the Hunger Games are good and also The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A few weeks ago I read Kisses from Katie and it was absolutely wonderful. Like a three hour read wonderful. And I've been told Beautiful Outlaw is also worth reading.

What books do you recommend?

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" Colossians 3:23


Lacy Schlenker said...

Okay, first of all...I love reading your blog...except that it makes me miss you and I can't believe it's already been 5 months since we brought Scarlett home and had to say goodbye to one of the best NICU nurses ever!
Second of all, I love stuffed peppers and I am definitely going to try this recipe. But being the completely incompetent cook that I am (I mean seriously, I have bought cabbage because I thought it was lettuce...on more than one occasion) I have to ask why you put all the ingredients in a bag in the crock pot? I've only ever made like 2 things in a crock pot so for all I know that's just the way you're supposed to do it!
And lastly...as far as books go, I don't get much reading in these days but I did read the first in the series of the girl with the dragon tattoo and I liked it. I love mystery books though. I have a list of books I want to read, like Water for Elephants, A Call Away, the other two of the dragon tattoo series, and anything by Jody Picoult is good.
Happy Thanksgiving!

LydClouse said...

Okay, so I am using your recipes and making them also!!! I LOVE to read and highly recommend the Dragon Tattoo series (there is language so be warned) and Water for Elephants. I have heard the Hunger Games are great, so hoping to start those soon! Happy Thanksgiving!

Crazy Family said...

Lacy: I miss you guys too! I think about Scarlett all the time and show your facebook pictures to everyone:) Reynolds brand, the same folks who make foil and wax paper, have a line of slow-cooker liners to place in your crockpot while cooking so there is less clean-up. It doesn't really pay to cook in the crockpot if you have to scrub it afterwards for 2 hours... Lydia: Hey girl!!! It's been a looooong time. I'm so glad you're liking the recipes;) I'm definitely going to have to read the Dragon Tattoo series now. I loved Water for Elephants...

East Fair Lane said...

I just finished Widow of the South. Loved it. Also, Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs, Murder at the Brown Palace, and Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier. Oh, and of course just finished (your copy) of The Help which I need to return.

I'm getting reading to start Mary Called Magdalene, by Margaret George.

Thanks for sharing food samplings with your favorite neighbor.....