The Meal Plan (I over planned...again...)
Sun - leftovers from family gathering
Wed - leftovers
Thurs (Christmas with my Folks) Pork and Butternut Tagine
Fri - leftovers
Sat - leftover soup for lunch, out for supper
Lentil Soup (Slow Cooker Revolution) vegetarian, gluten free
This was not my favorite lentil soup and I can't quite put my finger on why. It's got lentils and they aren't over cooked. It has my favorite veggies of celery, carrots and a bit of potato. It has seasoning. It has vegetable broth. But it's lacking...something. Not sure what. I think I might try adding various seasonings (but not all at once!) such as: fish sauce, soy sauce, chili paste, etc, and see if it bolsters anything.
1 2/3 cup lentils
1 onion, chopped
1 cup celery
1 cup carrots
2 qts vegetable broth
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried sage
4 small baby red potatoes, cut into small bite-sized pieces
Combine in slow cooker. Cook 4 hours on low or 6-8 hours on high.
**I added some Sambal Oleek and really liked the touch of heat it added.
[Pork] Tagine with Butternut Squash (Slow Cooker Revolution) gluten free
I made this dish for Christmas dinner with my Folks. Everyone agreed this was outstanding! I did substitute boneless country pork ribs for the beef, and the pork nuggets were fall-apart tender. The spice combination rather tickled the tastebuds, and there was a gentle amount of heat from the red pepper flakes. We served this with crusty bread and a selection of cheeses, but a bowl of rice and naan would also go very well. Recommended!
1 1/2 tbsp sweet paprika
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 lbs [boneless country pork ribs] or stew meat, cut into 1/2" cubes
1 1/2 butternut squash, cut into 1/2" cubes
8 shallots, quartered (I used 4 and it was plenty)
1 lb tomatoes, diced (keep seeds and juices!)
1 cup chicken stock (not beef or pork! too flavor heavy.)
Combine pork or beef with spices in slow cooker. Add rest of ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with cilantro.