måndag 10 augusti 2009

what a CROCK! a little bit about crock-potting

I love my crock pot. I have NEVER had anything I put in there not turn out extremely good. Last night I threw chicken broth, brown rice, asparagus, kale and green beans in there quite haphazardly and the result was the most interesting and beautiful risotto-like creamy soup imaginable. I wish I had a picture of it. It was seasoned with the chicken broth and I also added a packet of chicken-rosemary soup mix to it.

1/4 cup rice
2 or so cups of water/broth
1 cup fresh chopped kale
10 asparagus spears
1 cup frozen green beans
vegetarian bacon (didnt really add so much flavor, but still OK. Id maybe use a ham hock if you are a meat-eater)

Cook on low for like 8 hours. Make after you eat dinner and turn on around 10.30 pm. When you wake up the next morning, you have lunch and dinner covered!

The rice absorbs the water and gets really thick and creamy, and the veggies stew together and become really delicious. Id bet if you added butter to this it would be super good, and even better for you than this version.

I just threw the following in my crock pot in the hopes of a hot breakfast:

1/3 cup brown rice
lots of cinnamon
2 cups vanilla unsweetened almondmilk
1/3 cup sugar
a generous squirt of vanilla extract

It will cook on low for about 8 hours and hopefully be ready for me to eat for breakfast. I am not in the mood for cereal tomorrow... it will be drizzly and its rare that I get to eat a hot breakfast. ITs good for the soul.

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