Monday, August 13, 2012

Mississippi Roast

Recently I have been trying to use my slow cooker more. It's so nice to be able to throw dinner together in the morning so that at night I can just relax and enjoy a nice meal with Josh. As a child I despised roast, which I am sure was more an act of defiance than an actual taste preference. After giving the lovely inexpensive and easy to cook cut of meat a second chance, I have become a fan (much to my mom's surprise).

I found a recipe for something called a "Mississippi Roast" on Pinterest, and based on the fact that it looked super easy to make and the fact that my older brother lives in Mississippi, I figured I'd give it a whirl, and it was a success (although I am still uncertain about what makes it a "Mississippi" roast). This was so easy to make, just throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker, no prep needed, and it was so flavorful! It is great on it's own for dinner, and I used the leftovers to make grilled sandwiches for lunch. You can find the recipe here. The ingredients are things you could keep on hand in your pantry and you'll always be ready to make this. The first time I made this I didn't plan any sides to go with it, so I grabbed slices of sourdough I had around, brushed them with olive oil and baked them at 350 degrees until they were nice and toasted (you could also just stick them in the toaster). Then I cut a garlic clove in half and rubbed it on the toasted bread. The next time I made it I served it with grits, and that worked well too. And of course, a vegetable would always be a good option...  

Friday, August 10, 2012

Easy Breakfast

The other day I was trying to decide what I wanted for breakfast and saw hummus in our fridge. So, I decided to toast some sourdough bread, spread hummus over it, and top it with a fried egg. I also sprinkled pepper and paprika over it. It was SO good! The hummus gives it such great flavor you don't need much else!

I know the picture isn't great, but trust me on this one, it's delicious (and easy)!

Easy Salad

This is one of my go-to salads. It's easy, delicious, and most of the ingredients I keep on hand. It's also great for taking to people who need a meal because you can put all the ingredients in separate containers and let them assemble it how they like.

Top spring mix with the following:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Walnuts
  • Crumbled goat cheese (or feta)
  • Sliced pears or green apples (not in this picture, I didn't have any that day)
  • Pepper
  • Dressing-I like either a raspberry-walnut vinaigrette, a balsamic vinaigrette, or my new favorite, Trader Joe's Cranberry, Walnut, & Gorgonzola (below).