Sunday, October 25, 2009

Recipe Analysis

My friend Jenn gave me this link for a Recipe Analyzer. No more typing in the ingredients, getting the nutrition info, adding it up, and figuring out the servings myself. I've been a little bit of a slacker on updating this blog ever since I started working again (especially since I added a full time job to the mix). I've been ready with recipes, but have not posted them. Hopefully this tool will get me posting more often. Go there, check it out, and use it on your own meals. It is great! I've also added it to the sidebar for your convenience - and mine!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Red Potatoes with Ham

Start to Finish: 8 hours

2 pounds red potatoes, quartered or halved
2 cups cooked ham, chopped or diced
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) cream of potato soup, condensed
1/2 to 1 envelope dry Ranch salad dressing mix
8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1) Place the potatoes and ham in a greased 3-1/2 to 5-quart slow cooker. Beat together soup and salad dressing mix. Stir into potatoes and ham. Cover and cook on low heat 8 hours. Add the cream cheese during the last hour of cooking. Stir before serving.

Servings: 2-4

Notes: Red potatoes were really good. It had a lot of ham in it though so next time I think I'll use one cup ham instead of two.

Estimated Price: $8.50

Source: 101 Things To Do With a Slow Cooker
Nutrition Facts per serving: 678 cal., 36.3 g total fat (20.3 g sat. fat), 139 mg chol., 2169 mg sodium, 62.2 g carbo., 6.7 g fiber, 27.7 g pro. Daily Values: 22% vit. A, 49% vit. C, 13% calcium, 24% iron

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Shepherd's Pie

Start to Finish: 6 hours

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) tomato soup, condensed
1 can (15 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (15 ounces) French cut green beans, drained
2 cups instant mashed potatoes, prepared
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1) In a separate bowl, combine beef, tomato soup, corn, beans, and basil. Pour mixture in the bottom of a greased 3-1/2 to 5-quart slow cooker. Spread mashed potatoes on top. Cover and cook on low heat 5-6 hours. The last hour of cooking, sprinkle cheese on top of potatoes.

Servings: 4-6

Notes: Pretty good. Shepherd Pie is something I enjoy, and my husband will eat even though he does not like green beans that much. The basil was a good addition and this was easy in the slow cooker.

Estimated Price: $6.50

Source: 101 Things To Do With a Slow Cooker
Nutrition Facts per serving: 382 cal., 22.1 g total fat (12 g sat. fat), 128 mg chol., 691 mg sodium, 46 g carbo., 7.1 g fiber, 45.6 g pro. Daily Values: 29% vit. A, 71% vit. C, 38% calcium, 31% iron