From the Kitchen of heygoodcookin

Crock-tober Contest Giveaway

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Woman with a slow cooker

Welcome to Crocktober!

Are you someone who loves to ‘fix it and forget it’? If so, you might be one lucky winner with us!

Slow cookers come in all sizes, now making it possible to prepare a meal for 2 or make a pot full of meals that can be divvied up into single-serve portions and frozen for times when it needs to be a no-cook night.  We offer a virtual way for you to store those favorite slow cooker recipes with us as well as save recipes from other members.

As part of our contest we are offering (4) Amazon gift cards to four randomly drawn winners.

It is really simple to enter:

1. Become a member of Hey Good Cookin’.  Signing up is easy and free!

2. Submit an original, family or adapted slow cooker recipe on heygoodcookin.com and add the tag: crocktober.

Anyone who is at least 18 years or old and a US resident can add unlimited slow cooker recipes throughout the contest period but must add the tag ‘crocktober‘ to have recipe(s) submitted into the drawing.

We will randomly draw 4 winners for a $25 Amazon gift card after noon PST on November 1, 2015. Our winner will be contacted via the email address used to sign up on Hey Good Cookin’ on or about November 1, 2015. See our official contest rules, and we hope you are a lucky winner!

Crockpot Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Crockpot Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Posted By: heygoodcookin

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From the Kitchen of barb0812

Make Your Next Party a Big Batch Bash

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Three Female Friends Making Food

I have always loved the fall…the crisp cool air, the changing colors of the leaves and the smells in the kitchen. For me, that means all the comfort foods I crave…soups, breads and anything pumpkin.  It also happens to be the time of year when I first got turned on to batch cooking, which I only experienced as making a big pot of anything and eating it until tired of leftovers. In reality though, it was often about forgetting about those soup containers at the back of the refrigerator only to discover a layer of white, fuzzy mold floating atop what was once a delicious lentil stew.

I am in awe of people who have the “Martha Stewart touch.”  I worked with a woman like this many years ago and was impressed at how much she cooked and gardened for herself.  She was a big fan of batch cooking and had several favorite meals she would cook up, package and freeze to enjoy for weeks.

One October day, she invited me and a few other co-workers over to her home to spend the day in kitchen mass production of twice baked potatoes.  Looking back, I think she took some pity on us since dinner (for me anyway) was usually whatever could be thrown on a tortilla and microwaved for 30 seconds. 

Twice Baked Potatoes

I actually found batch cooking with friends to be a blast and not at all the chore that had become my mother’s mantra in our house while growing up.  At the end of it all, we had loads of foil-wrapped potatoes to take home and freeze and a renewed inspiration to cook more for ourselves.  

Consider one of these ideas, portioned out and frozen in single servings:

If you haven’t tried hosting a batch cooking party with friends, grab a bottle of wine (or 2), a fun playlist and a couple of great recipes. Here’s how:

  1. Agree upon a couple of recipes everyone enjoys.
  2. Create a list of needed ingredients and divvy the shopping list amongst your friends.
  3. Provide plenty of freezer-friendly containers.
  4. Assign a recipe lead for each dish and divide the prep work.
  5. Assemble and cook or bake.
  6. Divvy the meals into single-sized portions for all to take home and freeze.
  7. Reheat on a night you just don’t feel like cooking.

Posted By: barb0812

My dogs consider me the "greatest chef of all time"...I am lover of all foods vegetarian and advocate for growing your own veggies--no matter the size! I am one of the Co-founders of Hey Good Cookin' and a believer in cooking for yourself because everyone deserves it!

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From the Kitchen of heygoodcookin

Table For One? It’s More Common Than You Think

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Woman taking a working lunch with a sandwich

I picked up a copy of Parade Magazine (What America Eats 8-9-15) recently and read an article on how America eats lunch.  There were a couple of ‘Ah ha’ moments but most of what I read I had already come to know: most American adults eat lunch solo.

We are busy, and taking a lunch break looks more like checking emails and social media or simply working through lunch while nibbling on food from home.  While fast food restaurants and food trucks are pretty popular, people still tend to brown bag leftovers or snacky type foods like fruit, crackers, nuts and veggie sticks. It’s affordable, convenient and it removes the time spent hunting down something to eat away from the office.

Snacky foods for lunch in a container

Snacky foods are a popular choice for something quick at lunch.

Lunch hour has been replaced with eating on the go

Whether it’s the healthiest choice or not, most people just tend to grab something when they are hungry and eat at their desk, in front of a computer or while on a mobile device.  The challenge is finding foods that are healthy choices and quick to grab ‘n’ go out the door. Surprisingly, peanut butter is still a popular food at lunch time. Here are a few of our favorite peanut butter “meals”:

Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwich

Peanut butter and banana on rice cakes or bread.

Organic apples slices with peanut butter

Apples and peanut butter are a favorite quick food for snacking or lunch.

Peanut butter and jelly wrap

Peanut butter and jelly wrap…why not?

Singling out quick and convenient

We don’t just choose to eat solo, we also want to eat better.  We want our food fast and suitably prepared for one. Food trucks and fast food establishments know this, so they have come up with apps for pre-ordering and with food prepped and ready to dish out within a few minutes.  However, eating out can get expensive and isn’t always easy on the calories, so many people will choose to eat leftovers or bring foods that are quickly constructed at work. Here are a few of our favorites:

Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

A Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap is easily assembled at work: one tortilla wrap + Caesar salad in a bag + chopped rotisserie chicken.

6 Ingredient Pasta Salad served cold

A quick and easy 6 Ingredient Cold Pasta Salad is a great choice for a grab ‘n’ go lunch.

Slow Cooker Lentil Stew

Soups are great choices for a quick meal on the run. This Lentil Stew is prepared in a slow cooker and can be heated and stored in a thermos for a convenient meal any time.

So, whether you are into leftovers or snack foods, there are all kinds of ways to grab ‘n’ go with healthy, tasty meals that are convenient and more cost effective than take out.  We offer many quick and simple recipes for one, or batch-cooked dishes that are fast to prep and provide the convenience of meals now or later.

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From the Kitchen of barb0812

How to Make a Quick and Simple Pasta Dish for Two

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Fettuccine with Sun-Dried Tomato and Avocado

Quite a few years ago, a friend gave me a cookbook titled InterCourses: an aphrodisiac cookbook.  It’s actually a beautiful cookbook with many suggestive but tastefully styled images all highlighting various sensual foods such as chocolate, honey and figs. This book is special to me because of all its fabulous recipes–not because it necessarily led to, ahem, ‘dessert’.

One recipe in particular, the Sun Dried Tomato and Avocado Fettuccine, is a quick and simple pasta dish that has everything going for it in the flavor department.  Needing a date night dish? Two can participate in the prep work (which goes really fast) leaving plenty of time to enjoy the meal over a glass of wine and a little Sade or over a marathon of Law and Order? That works, too.   What happens after…well, according to authors Hopkins and Lockridge, we can blame it on the avocado!

I have adapted this recipe from the original, and it nicely serves 2.  The original recipe includes bacon crumbles, but I actually find it is just as tasty without as a vegetarian meal. The key to this amazing recipe is the fresh ingredients.  Use fresh herbs and lime and you won’t be sorry.

I think it is easiest to prep all the ingredients you will need for the dish.  Here is what you will need to get started:

ingredients for fettuccine with sun-dried tomatoes and avocado

Prep all your ingredients and just 1/2 of the cubed avocado and mix together in a medium bowl.

Prepped ingredients for fettucine dish

Adding lime juice to all ingredients for fettuccine dish

Add 6 ounces of dry fettuccine noodles to a large salted pot of water and cook according to package instructions.

dry fettuccine noodles in a pot of boiling salted water

Add hot fettuccine to the avocado mix and gently combine.

Combining hot fettuccine noodles with avocado mix

Plate and top with remainder of avocado and a bit of finely chopped fresh parsley.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Fettucine with sun-dried tomatoes and avocado

fettuccine with sun-dried tomatoes and avocado

If you enjoyed this step by step recipe, check out our post on some great date night dishes.

Posted By: barb0812

My dogs consider me the "greatest chef of all time"...I am lover of all foods vegetarian and advocate for growing your own veggies--no matter the size! I am one of the Co-founders of Hey Good Cookin' and a believer in cooking for yourself because everyone deserves it!

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From the Kitchen of heygoodcookin

How to Make a Green Pea and Ricotta Pasta for One

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Green Pea and Ricotta Pasta

Ever wonder what you can do with those frozen green peas that just seem to sit in the freezer before finally getting freezer burnt and tossed out?  This great little recipe adapted from Sunset Magazine is just the perfect creamy indulgent pasta dish made to serve one. Ready to make this your meal tonight?  Here’s how:

Bring a medium pot filled 3/4 with water and 1/2 tsp. of salt to a boil. Add 1 cup of dry rigatoni pasta and cook according to directions. Set aside about 2-3 tablespoons of the pasta water.

Meantime, in a food processor or blender, add 1 garlic clove, 1 Tbsp. parsley and 2 tsp. of olive oil, then pulse to chop. Add 1/4 cup of the peas, 1/3 cup whole ricotta cheese, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice + a pinch of lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper, pulsing again to create a creamy puree.

adding lemon juice to ricotta cheese and pea puree

Green Pea and Ricotta Puree

When pasta has finished, set aside 2 Tbsp. of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and return it right away to the hot pot. Add the pea and ricotta cheese puree and mix until combined.

Green Pea and Ricotta Puree added to cooked pasta

Add the pasta water you set aside to break up the sauce if too thick. Mix in remaining 1/4 cup of peas.

adding a little pasta water to break up puree before plating
Dish up the pasta or enjoy from the pot after drizzling remaining 1 tsp. of olive oil, 1Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese and 1 tsp. pine nuts on top. Enjoy!

Green Pea and Ricotta Pasta plated

Green Pea and Ricotta Pasta

 

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Prep Ahead Pasta

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When life gets busy it’s easy to make poor choices. At the end of a long, stressful day, it’s tempting to pull into the nearest drive thru and order something you may regret.  Although pasta is fairly simple, even the small amount of time or energy needed to make a dish can sometimes seem overwhelming. This tip will help when you want a quick GRAB N’ Go lunch or dinner.

Get ready for your week by prepping macaroni for upcoming dinners and lunches. Prepare a bag of macaroni according to the package directions.  Make sure you don’t overcook it as mushy pasta doesn’t store well.

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While the macaroni is cooking, coat a cookie sheet with a generous portion of olive oil.

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Drain the macaroni and spread it in a thin, even later on the cookie sheet to cool.

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When it’s cooling give it a stir now and then to keep it from clumping.  If it starts to stick add a bit more olive oil.

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When the macaroni is completely cool, bag it and throw it in the fridge.  Later in the week, heat some up in the microwave for a minute or two and add your favorite sauce or make a cold pasta salad for a GRAB N’ GO lunch.

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Give this simple 6 Ingredient Pasta Dish a try!  Super simple–just dish up the pasta you want and add the ingredients.

Display of ingredients for a 6 Ingredient Pasta Salad

6 Ingredient Pasta Salad

6 Ingredient Pasta Salad

 

 

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From the Kitchen of oregonwingnut

Treat Yourself Tuesday

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Happy blonde lying and having breakfast in bed at home in the bedroom

For many busy people, breakfast during the work week means juggling a piece of toast in one hand and a cup of coffee and car keys in the other. It’s about finishing the last few bites of the most important meal of the day at a stoplight.

This is what makes the contrast of weekend breakfasts so special. It’s leisure time at its finest. There’s nothing like a slow start to the day. In fact, we encourage you to have breakfast in bed. Next time you have a day free from the hectic morning rush, paddle out to the kitchen in your old, comfortable pajamas, pour yourself a steaming cup of java, grab your favorite Hey Good Cookin’ breakfast foods and head back to bed.

Cinnamon Roll

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Take a handful of napkins to bed with you for these sticky cinnamon rolls!  The best part is this is a small-batch recipe, so you won’t have tempting leftovers around the house.

Microwave French Toast

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A traditional plate of French toast and syrup is challenging to navigate in bed. This microwave French toast in a mug contains the messiness without giving up on flavor.

Simple Overnight Oatmeal

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You had me at simple!  Plan ahead for your breakfast in bed with this simple overnight oatmeal.

Quinoa Squash Oatmeal

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Love your morning oatmeal, but craving something a little more exotic?  This quinoa squash oatmeal will hit the spot.