Saturday, May 11, 2013

"Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding!"

I got this recipe from a friend of a friend and it is always a big hit! It's pretty easy to make and tastes so yummy! Enjoy!!

"Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding!"
  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies
  • 6-8 bananas sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1  5oz. box instant Vanilla/French Vanilla Pudding
  • 1  8oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 1  14oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz. frozen whipped topping
  1. Line bottom of a 9x13 pan with one bag of cookies. 
  2. Layer sliced bananas on top.
  3. Combine milk and pudding packet with mixer. 
  4. In a separate bowl, combine cream cheese and condensed milk, and mix until smooth.
  5. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the pudding mixture and stir until blended. 
  6. Pour over cookies and bananas. Cover with last bag of cookies. Cover and let "set" in fridge for 24 hours. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Crock Pot Beef Stew
Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 8 hrs   Serves: 7-8 persons 

I created my own version of beef stew…part of this recipe comes from:
35 Delicious Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes For Busy Families (Kindle Locations 318-330).Kindle Edition.

   1 ½ lbs. of beef stew meat, 1 inch cubed
   Sweet potatoes (3 medium sized, chopped)
   Carrots (6 medium sized)
   Onions (2 medium sized chopped coarsely)
note: I used 1 red and 1 white since that is what we had
   Celery ribs (3 coarsely chopped)
   Tomato (diced 1 can)
   Mustard ground (1 tsp)
   Salt (1 tsp)
   Black pepper ground (1 tsp)
   Dried thyme (1 tsp)
   Garlic, minced (3 tsp)
   Browning sauce (1 tsp) – note: didn’t have this so I used 2 tsp of brown sugar, a little bit of liquid aminos (similar to taste of soy sauce).
   ¼ cup of almond meal flour (you can omit this if you don’t have it)
   I threw in a bunch of spices too:
Cumin ground
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Chili powder
Italian seasoning
   Beef Stock (2 cups)
   Red Wine Vinegar (1/4 cup)
   ½ cup or less of water

1.  In a container/bowl, combine tomato, ground mustard, salt, black pepper, thyme, and browning sauce if you have it. Pour it over the stew meat and marinate for 20 minutes.
2.  Meanwhile, peel and chop up your sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, celery ribs, and any other veggies you want to put in the stew.
3.  I used a 6 qt slow cooker/crock pot. Cook the meat mixture on high for 1 ½ hours and then mix in your veggies and the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Then enjoy!

You could also add in mushrooms, butternut squash, or whatever you’d like! I saw a lot of different ingredients in the different recipes I looked at.