Crock Pots are miracle workers for students, busy moms, professionals, anyone who is pressed for time but still wants a healthy, home-cooked meal at the end of the day. As a full-time graduate student writing her tesis with 2 other jobs and several PhD interviews to prepare for, I have been running a pretty hectic schedule lately. It goes something like this: 7am - wake up, go to lab, begin an experiment. 8 am - rec, run or elliptical. 9 am - home, shower, breakfast, maybe an hour of free time. 10/11 - meetings. 12-2 find time for lunch. Afternoon - classes and more experiments. 4 - 9: work or write, depending on the day.
So, in the one hour of free time I had the other morning, I realized I had 3 red bell peppers, minute rice and ground beef. Plus two old apples and baking supplies I hadn't used in ages. Therefore...
Crock pot stuffed peppers:
3 red bell peppers
1 pound ground beef
1 cup rice
Spices to taste (garlic, italian, black pepper)
Brown the ground beef and cook the rice. Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds. In a large bowl, mix the cooked rice and beef and 1 can tomato sauce, plus any spices. Stuff each pepper with mixture. Put in Crock Pot on LOW for 2-4 hours.
|Dinner and dessert, will be ready and waiting when I get home.|
Crock Pot Strawberry Apple Crisp:
|The pepper, exploded on my plate. =)|
2 apples, 1 red 1 green
1 packet strawberries & cream oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup butter/margerine
Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract
This went from plain apple crisp to strawberry apple crisp because I couldn't find any plain oatmeal! So I made do with what I had. And I'm glad I did!
Dice the apples and mix in a bowl with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix the sugars, oatmeal, flour, butter, 1 tbsp. vanilla and another sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Sprinkle a tbsp sugar over the spiced apples in the crock pot, and cover with crumble mixture. Cook on LOW for 2-4 hours. The sugars carmelize, the apples are soft and tangy, it tastes like heaven warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!!!
|This is so completely fabulous I can't even describe it!|
Labels: crock pot, dessert, easy, ground beef, red pepper