Crockpot Sausage and Cabbage

Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage 

I’ve posted similar recipe already but there’s so many…with variations; meaning it’s really flexible…to your family’s preference or what’s at hand.  I always use kielbasa. Also, I didn’t use potatoes & i did add carrots.  I also use Better Than Bouillon (that varies with what I have also; ham base, chicken…VEGETABLES 😀 ) & a little sprinkle of brown sugar. ♡ The broth tastes SO good…I don’t need any mustard or vinegar, apple juice, etc.. Although that sounds good too (Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar)…even some apple slices. For this time though,  I kept it simple & quick prep. Sharing the following recipe from “Simplify Live Love” ~

Oh…btw, I do have the “Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker” AND “Crockpot”, like them both.

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cabbage, coarsely shredded
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds organic kielbasa
  • 1 cup apple juice or water works just as well, honestly
  • 1 TBS dijon mustard
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 large potatoes, diced
  • 2-3 large carrots, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Layer the cabbage, onion, potatoes, carrots, and sausage in a 5 or 6 qt. crockpot.
  2. Whisk together the juice, mustard, vinegar and pour over crockpot ingredients.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. (My crockpot cooks it faster than that – it’s usually ready after only 4-6 hours instead so prepare to adjust the time depending on your crock pot.)
  4. I’ve also cooked it on high for 1 hour and then on low for 3-4 hours when I forget to get it ready earlier in the day.

I love this recipe because it is quick, frugal and delicious. My crockpot is my work horse! If you’re looking for a good slow cooker, I highly recommend this  Hamilton Beach 6 qt version. I’ve had this slow cooker for a number of years now and have been very, very happy with it.

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.It’s not TOO warm for this meal, well…to us ever, but for anyone…it’s a beautiful day!

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Caldo de Pollo (Chicken and Vegetable Soup)

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Caldo de Pollo (Chicken and Vegetable Soup)
from the Hispanic Kitchen

There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm soup on a cool night. Heat up some corn tortillas and you have a complete Mexican meal! The chicken and vegetable variation pictured in this post has to be my all-time favorite of my mom’s soup recipes. So whether you go with all vegetables or with both chicken mixed with vegetables, it will satisfy your soup cravings!

Ingredients:

Olive oil
6 to 9 chicken thigh pieces, bone in (if adding chicken)
1 medium white onion, diced
1 serrano pepper, minced (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
4 small white potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and fresh cracked pepper
Handful of chopped cilantro
½ head green cabbage, roughly chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Juice of 1 large lime
8 cups of chicken or veggie broth
2 bay leaves
4 ears of corn, cut in half (can use frozen niblets)

Garnishes:
1 cup sliced radishes
Lime wedges
Cilantro
Avocado
Serrano pepper, minced

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There is nothing like preparing homemade chicken stock for your favorite recipes.

     

Caldo de Pollo (Chicken and Vegetable Soup)

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There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm soup on a cool night. Heat up some corn tortillas and you have a complete Mexican meal! The chicken and vegetable variation pictured in this post has to be my all-time favorite of my mom’s soup recipes. So whether you go with all vegetables or with both chicken mixed with vegetables, it will satisfy your soup cravings!

Yields up to 8 servings

Ingredients:

Olive oil
6 to 9 chicken thigh pieces, bone in (if adding chicken)
1 medium white onion, diced
1 serrano pepper, minced (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
4 small white potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and fresh cracked pepper
Handful of chopped cilantro
½ head green cabbage, roughly chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Juice of 1 large lime
8 cups of chicken or veggie broth
2 bay leaves
4 ears of corn, cut in half (can use frozen niblets)

Garnishes:
1 cup sliced radishes
Lime wedges
Cilantro
Avocado
Serrano pepper, minced

There is nothing like preparing homemade chicken stock for your favorite recipes.

Directions:

1. If preparing the soup with chicken:Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat, add the chicken pieces skin side down and brown for 4 to 5 minutes. Turn over and brown for 3 more minutes. Add the onions, serrano peppers and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, season with a little salt and pepper, and cook for another 3 minutes.
2. Add the remaining ingredients, cilantro, cabbage, tomatoes, lime juice, chicken or vegetable broth (if using), stir well to combine. When it comes to a boil, taste for salt and pepper, add as needed. Skim off the foam that biulds up as soup cooks. After about 40 minutes, carefully drop in the corn and continue cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Serve soup and garnish with your favorite toppings. Serve with warm corn tortillas.

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CARROT CAKE!

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Yummy MOIST #CarrotCake!

🍴#CarrotCake recipe from
CHOWHOUND!  ⤵

 http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/moist-carrot-cake-recipe-21792 

This is my favorite Carrot Cake Recipe. It is full of flavor and moist without being mushy. Grate the carrots in the largest setting of the grater. Pair this cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe and you will find it hard not to have another slice.
 
Ingredients  ⤵

Carrot Cake: 2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups oil
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts) optional
1 cup raisins (optional

Cream Cheese Frosting:  ⤵
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare two 9” pans or one 12” cake pan or one 9”x 13” sheet pan by lining with parchment or wax paper.
2. Mix together in a bowl together flour,baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. In a bigger bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, sugars, and vanilla for about minute or so.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix for about 2 minutes more.
5. Add the grated carrots. Then add nuts and raisins if desired.
6. Pour batter in prepared cake pans and bake for approx. 45 to 50 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a skewer, it should be dry when taken out. Cool then fill and frost with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with more nuts.
7. To make the cream cheese frosting: a bowl beat together cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add in icing sugar and beat for a minute. Add vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for another minute

Or!!!!!!!  ⤵
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http://danideejkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/04/carrot-cake.html?m=1
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carrot cake

Ugh, I wish this wasn’t the best carrot cake ever. Even people who don’t normally like carrot cake like this stuff……

It’s an old family recipe so you should basically be worshipping me for throwing this out on the internet.

Cake:  ⤵

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

3 cups grated carrots

1 1/2 cups oil

4 eggs

Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add oil, mix, add carrots. Mix and add eggs one at a time-beat. Bake at 350 in greased layered pans35-45 min. or sheet pan 45 min.

Icing:  ⤵

8 oz. cream cheese

1 stick of butter

1 cup chopped pecans

1 lb. box conf. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and cream cheese-add sugar, vanilla and nuts. Spread on cooled cake.

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Or one layer style….it’s all good!

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YUMMO!

Cabbage Beef Soup

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Vegetable Soup with Cabbage and Beef ?

Unstuffed Cabbage ? Naaa…I think that one would be with “ground” beef. Yeah, that would be more like Albondigas Soup w/Cabbage.

I never really knew what I should title this soup. I made it up when my kids were little, on the farm. Is it cabbage and beef soup? Vegetable beef soup? with cabbage?  Call it what you want, it turned out good to us. A hit with my family.

As close as I can get from my non-measuring and tImIng self…
Always taste. .and keep tasting and seasoning to taste thru-out cooking! You can always add salt and pepper but you can’t take it back out.

Ingredients:

1-1/4 lb. lean beef stew meat (trimmed of fat), cut in 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1-1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon sugar
1 small head cabbage
Couple carrots…
1 pkg of Knorr’s Vegetable Soup Mix
Dash of crushed red pepper , optional
– other vegetables to preference or what’s at hand (I usually add green beans. Short/cut corn still on cob is real good too.)

Directions
1. Season and sear meat in oil in a stock pot . Remove meat and sauté onion in remaining oil until golden. Return meat (okay #confession: I just add onions on top of seared meat & sauté a couple/few minutes more). Add water, salt & peppe. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 1-1/4 hours.
2. Add carrots, Knorr’s soup mix, tomatoes (via paste, diced, stewed…another time where use what’s at hand), pinch of crushed red pepper and sugar; Add cabbage on top of meat. Add water to cover. Bring back to a boil, turn to simmer. Cover and simmer 45 minutes more.

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I got to use my mandoline 😀
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