Now that Katrina has unlocked the secrets to her menu planning and her grocery shopping she is back to give us some more tips! She has some great, easy, and busy-mom perfect recipes ready for us to give a try!
Mmmmm this zesty spagetti and pork sound like they are going to do well in our tummies.
Here are some easy meals that you can make from stuff in your pantry and freezer!
Lemon Chicken Spaghetti:
Chicken Breast, 4#, cubed
4-5 lemons, zest and juice
2-3 cups of chicken stock
1 stick of butter or margarine
garlic(if you like, we do!) Minced, smashed, diced or even powder.
salt/pepper to taste
Noodles of your choice. We usually use spaghetti but have tried penne, fusili, etc.
1)Saute your chicken in a pan with a drizzle of oil. Brown it and cook through.
2)At about 1/2 through cooking, add zest from lemons, salt and pepper and garlic.
3)When almost cooked, add juice from lemons. All of it!
4)Cover and simmer on low for 5 minutes. I usually start my noodle water now.
5)Add the chicken stock to the chicken, uncover and let reduce on low simmer. You want a slight bubble.
6)Cook noodles while reducing.
7)When noodles are almost done, add 1 stick of butter/margarine to chicken and sauce.
8)You can thicken with some cornstarch if it hasn’t reduced enough. I like it thinner, husband likes it thicker.
9)Serve over noodles.
10)Add some finely chopped parsley and Parmesan if you would like.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork:
Pork Roast 3-4# or a little more, we use Pork Shoulder. You want a cheap roast. It is cooking long and the fat in it gives it a flavor.
Seasonings, your choice. I use garlic powder and season salt.
Oil. I use olive.
1) Drizzle inside of slow cooker with a bit of olive oil. You want to have a base for roast to sit and not scorch.
2) Lay down roast or roasts.
3) Sprinkle with seasonings liberally. If using salt, hold back but I coat mine with the garlic powder and a dusting of salt.
4) Put 10-12 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce on top of the seasonings and roast. Doesn’t have to be accurate or pretty.
5) Cover and let cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10. You want it to fall apart when you touch it.
6) Then you can serve like that with a drizzle of sauce it created over it OR you can mix with favorite BBQ sauce and make pulled pork sandwiches or ?
Katrina calls herself a jill of all trades! She is a stay-at-home Mom, raising 2 teen sons. She homeschools both of them using Time4Learning high school. She is also an in-home childcare provider and has 5 preschoolers under her care. She loves her kids, her animals and gardening on her small urban farm in Portland, Oregon. You can read more about her on her blog, Preschoolers Day by Day.