It’s that time of year…. time to cook like crazy. The weather is chilly, the house is decorated, people are coming and going. The best thing to do is put your kitchen to work with some meals to cozy up to.
Monday – Boursin Mac and Cheese with Chopped Kale (I’m making this one up as I go. I’ll post the recipe if it comes out OK.)
There is absolutely no way to make slow cooked meals look good in pictures so I’m sorry for the lack of good pictures. I tried. Really, I did.
This is a wonderful fall meal. It has all the flavors of the season. It has been kid tested and approved, too. My neighbors made it the other night and I got a thumbs up from the whole family. (Thanks, Bob and Melora!)
1 pkg. chicken thighs with skin
1 C apple juice
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/3 C packed brown sugar
1 onion, sliced
2 apples, cut into slices or chunks
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown them on both sides. Place in slow cooker with skin side up. Sprinkle each thigh with a little of the brown sugar.
Mix together the apple juice, cider vinegar and mustard. Pour around the chicken.
Arrange the onion and apples around the chicken. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar over the entire dish.
Cook on low for 6 hours.
I suggest serving over brown rice or quinoa just for a little nutty flavor. Also, a couple sprigs of thyme arranged on top of the whole mixture in the crockpot would add a hint of flavor. I didn’t do it this time but I will next time.
I am still being sneaky with my kiddos this week. Yummy foods but healthier and good for the whole family, not just the children. We are broadening our horizons and trying new things! Good bye, chicken nuggets! Good bye, hotdogs for dinner! I’m one happy momma!
Monday – Chicken Caesar Sandwiches – Ciabbata bread spread with Caesar dressing and topped with roasted chicken and lettuce.
Tuesday – Herbed Honey Chicken with garlicky green beans – a twist on this recipe.
Wednesday – Grilled Cheese with Spinach – I watched Giada make this one and thought that it was brilliant!! I will serve it with gazpacho.
Thursday – Slow Cooker Beef and Mashed Potatoes – while in Williams-Sonoma yesterday I saw their new braising sauces and had to pick one up. I grabbed the caramelized onion and balsamic sauce. Yum!!
Friday – Grilled Tuna with mango salsa – I’ll make it into a taco for the kiddos.