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Smushed Taters In The CrockPot

Oh my! I think I’ve finally recovered from my Thanksgiving food coma… have you? I’ve tried to hold off on posting too many new recipes lately because some of you may not even want to think about cooking so soon after Thanksgiving but I just had to share this one. These are so good I could probably eat a whole batch by myself!

A while back I posted our Smushed Taters recipe and that was a hit in our home. Well, at one of the Thanksgiving square dance dinners we attended there was a dish that reminded me of this recipe except that it had been made in the crockpot. Hmmmm…. what? Why had I never thought of this. I didn’t get a chance to get the recipe but here is how we made our version last night. Which was another smashing hit when served with Steamed Asparagus and Broiled Parmesan Tilapia!

I think I want to give this a try with red skin potatoes or cauliflower at some point.

Smushed Taters In The CrockPot

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 potatoes, peeled and washed well
  • 1/2 stick butter, cut into pats
  • non stick spray
  • Salt and pepper (We like Lawry’s Garlic Salt)
  • shredded cheese
  • chives, optional
  • bacon bits, optional

Directions:

Spray your crockpot well with nonstick spray.

Place the potatoes in the crockpot and cover. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-4 hours, just until tender. (I didn’t add any water but you may want to add a little if they seem like they are drying out.)

Take a potato masher or large fork and slightly mash the potatoes.

Place the pats of butter on top.

Season as desired.

Top with shredded cheese, chives, and bacon bits. Cover and cook an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve as is or with sour cream.

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April 9 -15, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Salmon PattiesMashed PotatoesCreamed Peas

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Crackers

** Pickled Eggs (to have them ready for Easter)


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot dogs, Mac n Cheese

Dinner:

45 minute spaghetti sauce, pasta, salad, Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Rice Pudding


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Pizzelles


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Eggs Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad, Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Tater Tot Casserole, Salad, 7 Up Biscuits

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bird Nests, fruit

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Broiled Parmesan TilapiaSteamed AsparagusSteamed Red Potatoes

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs

Steamed Asparagus

The kids can help with the rinsing and breaking off the ends. My kids think asparagus taste like green beans.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs asparagus
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • lemon pepper, if desired

Instructions:

Rinse the asparagus, break off and discard tough ends. (Just snap off the woody end where it breaks easily.) Cut each spear into 2 or 3 diagonal slices. Fill a medium saucepan half way with water and bring to a boil. Add asparagus and simmer for 2 minutes; drain and place in  a bowl. While hot, toss asparagus with remaining ingredients. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Side Dishes

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Baked Eggplant

Baked Potatoes 

Baked Potatoes in a Crockpot

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Black Eyed Peas

Cheese Potatoes

Cheesy Squash Casserole

Chinese Fried Rice with Veggies

Cole Slaw

Creamed Peas

Easy Chili Mac N Cheese

Easy Collard Greens

Easy Creamed Spinach

Easy Fried Noodles

Festive Holiday Greek Salad Recipe

Fried Cabbage

Fried Eggplant

Fried Cauliflower/Vegetables **new recipe, link will update soon.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Grandma’s Mac N Cheese

Grandpa’s Fried Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Mashed Potatoes

Nanny J’s Carrot Souffle

Nanny J’s Corn Pudding

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven Roasted Green Beans

Pickled Eggs

Potato Salad

Refried Beans

Salad

Sauteed Squash

Southern Fried Squash

Spanish Rice

Steamed Asparagus

Steamed Red Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole (I’ve misplaced my original recipe but this is the closest I’ve found.)

Oven Roasted Steak Fries

Vegetable Casserole