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A Year of Slow Cooking

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cold Weather Meal Plan for the Slow Cooker



I feel like a fraud pointing out that it's been cold lately because I am right outside of San Francisco and our cold is NOTHING compared to real cold.

I know. I stink. But I do have CNN and twitter so I am very very aware at how REALLY cold it can be. And I hate it if you are cold and I wish I could make global warming happen even quicker so you are no longer cold (KIDDING. that is a joke  .....  save your (frozen) tomatoes!!)

If I could send everybody heating blankets and fluffy slippers, I would. Most definitely.

Instead, I've got a cold-weather meal plan for you that is easy on the wallet (I'm in denial over my credit card bill from Christmas) and is filling without being heavy and bogged down with cheese and grease in case you (like me) are trying to figure out why the super cute corduroy pants that fit in October no longer fit.

ahem.

Monday: Sausage and Vegetable Medley
Tuesday: Clean out the Pantry Chili
Wednesday: Honey Garlic Chicken
Thursday: Parmesan Tilapia
Friday: Carnitas

Grocery List:
[to print out just the list, use the PRINT button below and make sure to delete all extraneous text and photos before clicking print.]

PRODUCE
- 1 package of fresh stir-fry vegetables -- you need 4 cups of fresh vegetables --(broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, mushrooms, carrots, etc.)
- potatoes (red or brown, will need 2 cups worth, cubed -- about 2 Russet or 5 baby red)
- 2 lemons
- 1 orange
- 1 lime
- 2 heads garlic
- 1 onion
- baby spinach (will need about 2 cups -- 1 large handful)
- avocado (sliced for carnitas)

DAIRY
- Parmesan cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)
- shredded cheese for carnitas
- sour cream for carnitas

MEAT
- 2-3 pounds boneless chicken thighs
- 4 fillets of tilapia (or 1 per family member)
- 2 to 3 pounds pork shoulder roast
- smoked chicken sausage (Aidell's brand or similar)

CANNED GOODS
- 3 cans of your favorite beans
- 2 cans tomato paste (6-ounce cans)
- chicken broth (4 cups)
- beef broth (2 cups)

CONDIMENTS
- honey (1/3 cup)
- ketchup (1/2 cup)
- mayonnaise (1/4 cup)
- soy sauce (La Choy is gluten free) (1/2 cup)
- sliced jalapeƱo peppers (in jar)
- salsa (garnish for carnitas, optional)

OTHER
- corn tortillas
- aluminum foil

SPICES
- Italian seasoning ( 1 tablespoon)
- basil (1 teaspoon)
- cumin (1 tablespoon)


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I hope you have a wonderful week and stay warm and cozy! And wash your hands a lot; it's flu season.




12 comments:

Rebecca said...

I absolutely love it when you do my weekly meal planning and my shopping list for me. Thanks.

Quinn said...

I've been looking for a reason to buy sausage the next time I go to the local butcher shop...thanks for providing one! After four days of Whatever's In The Cupboard Vegetable Soup, I am really ready for some big chunks of flavor :)

Love This Space said...

This was the best idea ever. I totally abdicated my weekly meal planning over to you. It was fun and I loved trying a few things I wouldn't have thought to try before.

Thank you!

Sarah said...

Wow! What a great meal plan!

Leilani Schumacher said...

I thought it was cold this morning while waiting for the train to the office in Silicon Valley. It's to be in the 70s in a few days. Thank you for the menu!

M said...

I often look at weekly meals plans on blogs, but have never put them into action. There's always too many days that I can't make work or way too many ingredients to be able to afford. This - yours - is perfect. And is the first weekly meal plan I've put into action. I've started a new job this week and having dinners planned out for me - and perfectly - has saved me. Really. Thank you so much.

Laurie Leahey said...

This sounds delicious. Thanks for the grocery list.

Mama Squirrel said...

Not sure if this worked the first time--trying again. Hi Stephanie, I'm hosting this week's Festival of Frugality blog carnival, and wondered if you would allow this post to be included. If not, I certainly understand--just thought I'd ask! I will check back before Tuesday (carnival day).

Stephanie O'Dea said...

HI Mama Squirrel, certainly!! thank you! Is there something special I should do?

Mama Squirrel said...

No, I'll just include the link in the carnival post, and let you know when it's up. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Very cool, thanks!

Em said...

Hi Stephanie, I recently purchased one of your cookbooks and am loving it! Thank you for the delicious recipes!

Emily at http://whateverfloatsyouroats.blogspot.com/

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