Slow Cooker Savvy: Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie

This dish got a thumbs up from Soul Daddy for flavor, K-Bear for easy eating, and me for ease of preparation (and flavor of course!). You do have to pay attention to the time though: 4 hours on low, followed by 1 hour on high after you add the crust. Feel free to substitute any vegetables you have on-hand. Use organic ingredients whenever possible. Continue reading

Spring into Gardening

I gotta be honest, these crutches are limiting and tiresome, but I do as much as I can. In fact, I have mastered the art of washing dishes, doing laundry, and even cleaning the bathroom on one leg.

You see, I have a hard time sitting still.

So, as much as I love spending eight hours a day in the Legasus, a.k.a. CPM machine, I need something more. When SoulDaddy and K-Bear went for a hike last Saturday morning, I did next best thing I could: yard-sale’ing!  Continue reading

Slow Cooker Savvy: Italian Vegetable Soup

 

This soup is easy to make and extremely versatile. Feel free to substitute any vegetables that you have on hand, though the tomatoes are a must. Packed with vitamins, full of flavor, and very filling, it’s the perfect meal on a cold day.I prefer to assemble this soup in the slow cooker either on a weekend morning or the night before a work day. However, it can be made just as easily on the stove top as a last-minute meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. organic green peas
  • 1 c. organic sweet corn
  • 1 c. organic celery, chopped
  • 1 c. organic carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch organic kale or chard, chopped
  • 1 small organic zucchini, chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can organic fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 15. oz can organic beans (garbanzo, kidney, or soy), drained and rinsed
  • 1 heaping tbls. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbls. garlic
  • 1 tbls. olive oil
  • 6 c. vegetable broth

Directions

Place all ingredients in 6 quart crock pot and stir well. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with your favorite crusty Italian bread and enjoy!

I shared this recipe at Whole Food WednesdaySunday Night Soup Night, It’s a Keeper, Hearth and Soul, and FitBlogger.