What’s For Dinner?

It’s kinda sad, but I feel so accomplished when I use the slow cooker and am not scrambling to figure out dinner at 5 o’clock when everyone is hungry and needs to be somewhere. Tonight we’re going with pulled pork (couldn’t get any easier) which I will turn into sliders or tacos depending on what everyone wants.

I’m blending a Betty Crocker recipe I found online with a different recipe I found on 100 Days of Real Food. Here is the spice rub I put on the pork shoulder. It was pretty simple: paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme.

It looks like this when you rub it into the meat.

It sits on top of cut onion and I’m going to add a half-cup of water, set the cooker on high and let it go. Fingers crossed!

Mexican style soup

I’ve been feeling a little bored in the kitchen lately. The minions kids are being a little bit more fussy at dinner and the husband is also nixing some of my dinner ideas.  So, in my attempt to spice things up in the kitchen and make meals more interesting, I decided to throw some things together in my trusty crockpot.  I had Mexican food on the mind.

All good recipes start with onions and garlic, so I quickly sautéed those up and threw them in the bottom of the cooker. To that I added the following:

  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1/2 cup of rice (any kind)
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

It was so easy and really, how could you go wrong with those ingredients!?


When serving the soup, I added toppings; shredded cheese, sour cream and guacamole and served it with tortilla chips and a cold cerveza.

My husband and I thought it was delicious!  I would love to tell you that the minions kids also loved it, but they didn’t.  Surprisingly, they actually do like most of these ingredients, but separately.  I did manage to get them to dip their chips into the soup, but my efforts were pretty futile and they ran out of chips way before they made a dent in their soup bowls.

Oh well, I tried.  You can’t please everyone all of the time, but at least I wasn’t hungry!


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