Crock Pot Pork Tacos

1-2 pork tenderloins
1 jar salsa verde
1 can black beans (optional)
1 can corn, drained (or 1.5 c frozen corn)

Serve with:
Corn tortillas
Diced Tomatoes

Add all ingredients to the crock pot and cook until meat is falling apart. 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

This recipe came from some friends at Regent. Its so simple but so delicious! If you buy Trader Joe’s salsa verde, the black beans and corn are already in the salsa. Since they don’t have TJ’s up in Canada, I just add the black beans and corn separately. This meal also goes great with the Southwest Chopped Salad or Texas Caviar or Warm Black Bean & Corn Salsa.


Autumn Sweet Potato Hash

2 links Spicy Italian Sausage, casing removed
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into tiny cubes
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded, and diced
Black pepper
Pinch paprika
Pinch onion powder
Pinch garlic powder
Pinch Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 green onion, chopped
¼ cup grated asiago cheese

Crumble sausage into large skillet at medium-high heat and brown. Add onion, pepper, spices, and cook for a few more minutes. Add sweet potato, stirring to coat. Cook covered for about 10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft. Top with parlsey and/or green onion and cheese.

This is another great find from Molly Fogleman. While the original recipe from The Cozy Apron intends this as a breakfast dish, Molly served this over grits for a satisfying dinner meal. As always, visit the original recipe site for more detailed instructions and pictures!

Steak or Kabob Marinade

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 TBS garlic powder
3 TBS dried basil
1 1/2 TBS dried parsley
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic

Mix all ingredients in a ziplock bag or in a blender. Marinate meat in refrigerator for up to 8 hours.

I discovered this marinade when I was on vacation in Naples, FL visiting my sister-in-law. We made steak kabobs and used this marinade. It definitely lived up to its name – “Best Steak Marinade in Existence” – Allrecipes for the win once again.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

3 lb bottom round beef roast
2 (1 oz each) packages dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 cup water
1 (16 oz) jar pepperoncini peppers (can substitute milder, sweeter peppers if desired)
Hoagie rolls

Combine all ingredients (except rolls) in crockpot and cook high for 7 hours or low for 10-12 hours. Serve on rolls.

This recipe is from a website that shows you how to make 10 crock pot freezer meals in 90 minutes! This is one of our favorites from the bunch. Six Sister Stuff.

Shaw’s Chop Suey

2 onions
2 cups celery
2 cups diced meat (chicken, beef, pork — whatever you have!)
2 cups water
3 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. molasses
Bean sprouts
3 Tbs corn starch dissolved in cold water

Brown onions & celery in 1 Tbs oil. Add meat, water, soy sauce, and molasses and simmer 15 minutes. Add bean sprouts. Heat and stir in corn starch. Cook until thick. Serve over rice.

This recipe is one of only a few that was passed down from my Grandma Shaw. She passed away before I was born, but if the rest of her cooking was anything like this recipe, she was a good cook. This is just the basic recipe, but pretty much any vegetable can be added – mushrooms, water chestnuts, snow peas, carrots, broccoli – would all be delicious.

Beef and Broccoli

3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1/2 cup water, plus
2 tablespoons water, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lb boneless round steak or 1 lb charcoal chuck steak, cut into thin 3-inch strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 cups broccoli florets
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
hot cooked rice

In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth. Add beef and toss. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm. Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes. Return beef to pan. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and remaining cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Serve over rice.

Every now and then, I get an insatiable craving for Chinese food. This recipe is an at-home version so that you know exactly what you are eating. Its delicious!

Mrs. Haley’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs

1-2 lbs ground beef*
1 c. crushed saltines (or more for desired consistency)
1/2 c. milk
salt & pepper to taste
3/4 c. vinegar
9 T. sugar
1 1/2 c. ketchup
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped green pepper
4 1/2 T. worcestershire sauce

Mix ingredients for meatballs. Roll into small balls and place 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Pour sauce over meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Serve over rice or as an appetizer.

* 1 lb beef should make 20 -25 meatballs.

I haven’t made these meatballs in quite a long time, since we’ve stopped eating as much meat. But they are absolutely delicious! Also have not tried them with turkey but I’m sure you could. These are from my sister-in-law’s mom.