I’ve never been that big on crockpots — planning ahead? raw meat in the morning? — but when we feed our local missionaries each month, it’s for lunch (the biggest meal of the day for Chileans) and it’s almost always on Sunday, which means something delicious needs to be ready basically right after church. So now I’m looking for great crockpot recipes besides pot roast (which always works for me) or chicken (which never works for me — you?). This one is fabulous, so I thought I’d pass it along — Shredded Steak Sandwiches. The meat I bought was more like a pot roast than a steak (why waste steak in the crock pot?) and I left out the celery. We served them on regular hamburger buns. (The grocery stores here have bakery fresh hamburger buns — they are cheap and delicious.) One of the missionaries ate four.
Since the meal needs to be ready right after church, and I need to get five kids ready before leaving for church at 9:30 (Matt is usually at church early for meetings), most of the prep work needs to be done the night before, which is sometimes tricky on a Saturday night. Last Saturday, I started dessert at 10 PM. I tried these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars, which were basically just like those gloppy, tasty-but-ugly no-bake cookies, but with the chocolate and oats in separate layers so they were much better looking. Fast, easy, and delicious. My kids were fighting over the last couple, which was so silly, because of course I ate them myself.
In other cooking and eating news, I’ve been trying to make breakfast every morning lately. Cold cereal is more expensive here in Chile (none of those big cheap bags) and my big boys can polish off a box in one morning. Also, a homemade breakfast is less processed, and best of all, it helps motivate everyone (including me) to get up in the morning. The kids leave the house at 7:00, and getting everyone up is one of the hardest things I do each day.
Here are some fun ideas to try (all things we’ve eaten the last week or so):
Yeasted Waffles. I didn’t make the apple topping, but we’ll try it sometime. These are really good if you like things that taste, well, yeasty, and also good for a school mornings because you make the batter ahead of time. I always make extras and freeze them for another day.
Soft-boiled eggs. If you click that link, you’ll read Anne’s description of these childhood favorites, and an explanation of how to make them. I hadn’t made them for my kids forever, and they’re not really hard. Use a timer to get them cooked just the right amount — three minutes or a tiny bit longer.
Banana chocolate-chip muffins. I always substitute half the butter with applesauce these days, and I think the texture is actually better that way (for 1/2 cup of butter, substitute 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup of applesauce). Half wheat flour, too. (See, they’re healthy!) I make these the night before. If you would get up at 5:00 to make muffins, I’m not sure we can be friends.
Swiss Muesli. I just tried this for the first time and it’s a winner:
1/3 c. oatmeal
1 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbsp. wheat germ
1 Tbsp. honey or sugar (I used brown sugar)
1 Tbsp. chopped almonds
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 apple, cored and grated with peel
1 cup fresh fruit (I used bananas and strawberries — almost anything would work)
Mix together and let stand 10 minutes (longer is ok) before serving.
Only a couple of my kids really liked this, but I LOVED it. Really healthy and delicious.
What’s for breakfast at your house? Something delicious that I should know about?