Gold Chicken Wings – Slow Cooked

These are the BEST! The very very BEST!

Gold Wings Ready to Eat

They are NOT fried. And are only baked at the end to crisp up …

Bring out the crock pot baby!

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I know I constantly talk about the temporary housing …

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THIS is what I have to work with … and then I have this thing staring at me as well:

creepy pig head on wall.jpgWhich is WHY you are seeing a few more crock pot / slow cooker recipes lately …

Ok, so these wings? I got the recipe over at MadeItAteItLovedIt … and you really need to go check her site out, ok?

2 pounds of chicken wings that have been split. I used some from my 10 pound bag I bought from Costco eons ago and are taking up a big chunk of that damn chest freezer

1 cup of mustard based bbq sauce. I used Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold … *mustard base is NOT sweet so it needs to be this type!

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1 tbs of hot sauce, give or take a few extra shakes depending on how hot you like it! I used the Tessemaes Buffalo Sauce because I can’t find my Aldi knock off of Franks (still unpacking folks)

Salt and pepper

Ready?

Toss the wings in the crockpot.  Measure out your bbq sauce and add the hot sauce to that. Mix it up.

Pour it over the chicken wings.

Put the lid on and set it to 6 hours on low.  Ok, so truth be told, I cooked mine for a few hours on high and then knocked it down to low because I got distracted that morning by a girlfriend who came by …

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Once cooked, lay the wings out on a baking tray, preferably lined with parchment paper to reduce your clean up headache and either bake at 400 degrees or broil til crispy and golden brown. *The oven we have here in the temporary house does NOT have a broiler. What? No freezer?? No broiler?? Hence, I baked for 5 minutes, flipped and baked again. Yummy results!

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Parchment Paper Saves The Day!

Serve up with some celery sticks and blue cheese or ranch dressing. Or just skip that fancy stuff and dig right in!

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Enjoy!

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BBQ Beef Crockpot Style

You know our temporary housing didn’t have a freezer? All we had was a mid-80s SubZero refrigerator. That worked at about 60% of it’s capacity. And that I was not impressed with. So I made Hubby take me to Best Buy and I got a small chest freezer.

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THIS was a huge transition for me! Coming from a 3 freezer home to a ZERO freezer home and THEN a small chest freezer. Whee things were challenging.

The number ONE challenge with a chest freezer is everything goes SOUTH and to the bottom in no time flat. Oh joy.

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So when I saw Mary shared this recipe on her site at Sweet Little Blue Bird, I was all about digging out these 2 lovely hunks of beef I knew were in the bottom of said chest freezer.

It was worth the frostbitten fingers and mosquito bites galore.  And I’m glad I opted to keep the LARGE crockpot out of storage!

4 pound beef roast

1 1/2 cup ketchup

2 tbs worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tbs grey poupon

1 tsp liquid smoke (I remember telling Hubby we had FOUR bottles of this stuff and I could not locate ONE! I finally opened another box and there they were!)

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

Mix all your sauce ingredients together. Toss the roast in a large crockpot, pour the sauce over the top and turn that bad boy on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours. I got a late start that Sunday morning so it was high for 5 hours which was PERFECT!

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You can either shred your beef or slice it. 9 times out of 10 you will need to shred it as it will be falling apart.

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Skim the fat stuff off the top of the juice. The juice will be super thin.I wanted a thicker gravy style so I sprinkled a little over a tablespoon of Wondra over the top, stirred it in and added the beef. Turn the setting to low for 30 minutes or so and let the beef warm up again and you will have a nice beefy gravy thing going on!

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When I can’t find the fluffy cat, I just need to look up. She’s discovered the ledges around this house now.

Originally, I was planning on serving as BBQ Sandwiches but instead, we had mashed potatoes (Mark) and riced cauliflower (me) with it. Healthier options are always available!

We were able to pack some for lunch for 3 days and we had it for dinner another night so this does make a lot!

#CrockPot #SlowCooking #Beef #BBQBeef

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Paleo Beef & Broccoli

It’s been a LONG time since I made this recipe … about 2 1/2 years I’d say so why not make it again!

I originally made this while I was under a Pantry/Freezer Challenge and even though I’m not really on one at this very moment, it’s perfect in that I’ve got everything on hand and we are trying to really reduce our spending lately.

Here’s how I made it … keeping it healthier my way …

2 – 2 1/2 pounds of boneless beef of any sort. I used some large sirloin steaks that were in the freezer from Costco

1 bag of broccoli (I used half a bag of the fresh stuff from Costco)

2 cups beef broth (pantry)

1 cup of coconut aminos (update, I opted 1/2 cup garlic sauce and 1/2 cup of coconut aminos)

2 tbs sesame oil (pantry)

scoop of diced garlic

Dash of red pepper flakes (depends on how spicy you like it!)

4 tbs arrowroot

8 tbs of the sauce when done cooking

Mix broth, garlic sauce, coconut aminos, sesame oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in the crock.

Slice the beef in thin strips and add to the sauce. Give a quick stir so that all the beef is covered.

Sorry for the large picture of raw beef, but I wanted to point out 

that you will need to trim some of 

the big chunks of fat off the beef when you are slicing!

Cover crock, turn on high and leave it alone for about 4 hours. After 4 hours, check the beef for doneness. It should be tender, but NOT shredded. If it’s still tough, you will want to let it cook a little longer (30 minutes or so) before you proceed to the next steps! Just remember that there is about another hour worth of cooking to be done 😉

Once the beef is cooked to desired taste/tenderness, measure out 8 or so tablespoons of the sauce into a small bowl and whisk in the arrowroot. Try to be quick as you want the sauce to be hot. Pour this back into the beef mixture and stir well. Cover the crock and allow to cook for another 30 minutes on high.

After 30 minutes, add the broccoli (fresh or frozen whichever), stir to coat, cover and allow to cook for another 30 minutes.

During the last 30 minutes, cook your rice, if you are serving so it’s hot and ready when the beef and broccoli are.

Serve up and enjoy! I think this is way better than the take out stuff … I’m sensitive to salt flavors and I can tell you this is so much yummier!

Go ahead, dig out the crock pot and give this a try! I think you will like it!

*I let mine cool off a little and then put in a glass Snapware dish, covered and put in the fridge for a premade dinner come Wednesday night! I’m so excited about being able to pull this out and reheat (on the stove in a pot) for dinner!

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#CrockPot    #SlowCooker    #Paleo

#DinnerAtHome     #SavingMoney

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Meal Preppin’

I’m off on President’s Day (wheee!) and figured, what the heck, let’s get some meal prep stuff out of the way since I have THREE days instead of just two to get stuff done … I’ve been pretty Hangry lately because there’s been a real lack of motivation to really cook anything up with Mark being iffy on what he can and cannot tolerate … certainly a learning curve, that’s for sure!

Hangry   

[hang-gree] adj.  

Anger fueled by hunger.

My goal/plan is to have some grab and go meals in the freezer. Only problem is the freezers … well, they are rather full AND unorganized.

Yeah, that was NOT an exaggeration, was it? Yes, we have THREE refrigerators with freezers. More than any household should have under normal circumstances and trust me, I’m going to have an adjustment period when we downsize to a smaller house (and kitchen!)…

So first thing I had to do was pull out some beef from the main freezer for the Broccoli and Beef dish to make …

sirloin steaks food saver

Chicken thighs for the Mississippi Chicken (and yes, I had to sing the song to type that out)

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It was a good thing that I had pulled out 2 steaks and box of spinach for Saturday night’s dinner … there’s some leftover creamed spinach that I’ll be incorporating somewhere …

I cooked up 3 large baked potatoes in the Instant Pot at 9:30am (they were done by 10am) …

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And then I grabbed a bag of the General Tso Chicken from Trader Joe’s and a bag of fried rice, also from Trader Joe’s (both from the guest kitchen freezer) with the rest of my fresh broccoli to make me a few Take Out Fake Out Bowls … because I’ve been craving chinese take out lately …

And at the last minute, I decided I want to make a quick Unrolled Egg Roll in a Bowl dish …

EGG ROLL COOKING

I realize that I have not been keeping up very well with transferring my recipes over to this site … I promise, I’m working on it!!

Anyone else using that extra day off for meal planning? It can be such a time, money AND life saver, trust me!

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#MealPrep    #MealPlan    #UsingWhatWeHave    #SavingMoney

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Naked Pulled Pork

I say “naked” because, it’s without any BBQ Sauce …

And surprise, the 2nd time I made this, Mark ate it and said it was pretty damn good. Yeah, he said that about the green beans too … maybe his back pain was just making him super complacent?

What surprises me more than anything is that this humble hunk of pork can be transformed into something so freakin’ simple with just a few ingredients …

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3 to 5 pound pork roast (I used a boneless pork butt this last time which makes me wonder, how is it boneless??)

1 tsp himalayian salt (the pink stuff)

half bottle of liquid smoke

1/2 cup water

Grab your crockpot.

Usually, I trim some of the fat, but this last time I didn’t. So I guess it works either way 😉 Trim or not, it’s up to you!

Grab a tsp or so of salt and sprinkle it all over everything and then massage the butt . Not a lot, you don’t want anyone to give you funny looks, you know?

Toss that bad boy in your crock pot, fat side up.

Add your half bottle of liquid smoke all around and over the top,

Pour in the 1/2 cup water around the sides.

Put the lid on the crockpot. Set on low for 10 hours or more.

Now. 10 hours could be fine. I’ve had times where it’s a big bone in hunk of meat and it takes 16 hours … you want the meat to basically fall apart when you stab it with a fork.

Once cooked, pull out of the crockpot and let it cool a little until you can touch. Once it’s cooled enough, pull it apart, making sure to pull the slimy fatty stuff and discard that.

Go ahead, take a taste. I think you will be surprised! If you feel it’s a little dry, add a little of the juice from the crockpot and add that to the meat.

Go ahead and serve this up with a side of green beans or whatever else you’d like … no need for a bun or bbq sauce which makes this a family friendly Whole30 meal!

Enjoy!

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