Friday, July 2, 2010
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook
With four children still at home and many activities on our calendar, using the crockpot is essential to our budget so good crockpot recipes are essential. I was excited to have the opportunity to review Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook which has 700 recipes including main dishes, soups/stews/chilis, veggies, desserts, breads, breakfasts, appetizers and beverages.
The first recipe I tried was Ruth's Slow-Cooker Chicken. I wasn't sure how much 6 boneless chicken breast halves was weight-wise but I used about 2 lbs since that feeds my family. I made a number of substitutions/changes: I used two cans of Campbell's Healthy Request cream of mushroom soup (instead of 1) since we like 'sauce' for our rice and I was trying to be healthier with less fat and sodium, I couldn't find dry mushroom soup mix so I used dry mushroom gravy mix instead, I used 1/2 lb fresh sliced mushrooms instead of a 4 oz can and low fat sour cream instead of full fat.
The recipe called for 6-8 hours on low; I cooked for only 5 hrs on low but still some of the chicken pieces were not tender. In addition, it was BLAND. I can't blame that on the recipe as I think much of the flavor probably comes from the soup that I changed. So I think the next time I make a recipe, I will not use Healthy Request soup unless there are other ingredients for added flavor.
Another busy night, another crockpot recipe. This time I tried Enchilada Casserole (which my family decided is mexican lasagna). I used a bit more ground beef than called for, I skipped the cream of onion soup (#1 - I couldn't find it and #2 - it sounded a bit strange) and used a few extra tortillas. Again I cooked for only 5 hrs instead of the recommended 6-8 hours. This recipe was a hit!!! All I need to do next time is make more.
You can try out Broccoli Corn Bread with this recipe
Thanks to Anna Suknov of FSB Media for providing me with a complimentary copy of Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook.