Sunday, October 04, 2009

Menu Sunday and a note about laundry. Now with stew recipe!


White chicken chili in the crock pot
Corn bread
Cooked carrots

Grille chicken salads
Baked potatoes
Green vegetable TBA

Chicken and sweet potato stew in the crock pot
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (we used lemon garlic ones b/c our butcher was running a sale on marinated chicken)
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed (we used a harvest medley from TJ's of squash, yams, and turnips instead)
2 Medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 can (28 oz) whole stewed tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp celery seed
1 cup nonfat chicken broth
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
Throw everything but the basil in the crock pot and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high; sprinkle basil on top right before serving

Apple spice bread
Green vegetable TBA

Pork chops
Green vegetable TBA

TJ's frozen Mexican
Chips and veggies and salsa

I don't know why I was so angsty about laundry in this post. Doing laundry everyday really works for us. We enter the house through the garage, and the laundry room is the room off the garage (where we also cram our crawls pace with crap and make everybody leave their shoes), so it's easy to throw laundry in and change it over as we enter and leave the house. And we only spend 15 minutes a day folding it and putting it away. I really can't imagine only doing it once a week-- we'd have like 10 loads. Same with the bathrooms and other maintenance-- doing it a lot makes cleaning a cinch. I'm just tired, I guess, and a little crabby.

What are you eating this fall? Any warm comfort food recipes to share?

Oh! And Jack looooves to wear Harry's underpants outside his clothes.


  1. For me, fall cooking = crock pot! Your chicken and sweet potato stew sounds yummy! What is in it? I love sweet potatoes. A lot.

    So far this year I've only made jambalaya twice in the crock pot, but I usually made a split pea soup or maybe some kind of meat (like swiss steak or chipotle pork).

    Last night we had fondue for dinner -- I "found" our fondue pot when moving back home!

  2. Anonymous2:50 PM

    I use about 4 McCormick seasoning packets for slow cookers, you add all the ingredients and then the envelope of seasonings and water...we like the pot roast, italian chicken and pulled pork ( I used beef), they also have a stew seasoning envelope...think you might like all of them also...Bomma

  3. Tripod3:31 PM

    I LOVE the picture of Jack! I notice his bangs look really good!

  4. I totally understand about trying to do a little cleaning/laundry everyday- it does make it so much easier to keep up with everything. But it also makes it seem like that is all you do - cleaning all day every day when will it end, aaaagh! So no wonder you got a little angsty! Menu counds good for this week

  5. Kim S8:11 AM

    I would love that chicken & sweet potato slow cooker recipe!

    We have said that we will use cash for stuff like groceries & entertainment, but it has never left the realm of talk for us. Let me know and maybe you can motivate us to actually do it!

  6. I whipped out the crock pot this weekend and it was an epic FAIL--first dish of the season always is for me.

    Because of the move, I haven't done laundry in two weeks, which is really a testament to exactly how many pairs of underwear we have in our lives and the fact that I shop way too often (have totally been buying stuff at Target to wear b/c now I'm terrified of the pile of laundry---oh, think I found my next blog post topic. LOL)

  7. Sarah, too funny!! When Ben was in grad school, he used the office in his town house as a laundry pile and spent the whole semester throwing his dirty clothes in there and shutting the door. Then he hauled it all home to his parents' house on break. He bought new underwear at target every week.