School started this week and I have 4 classes this semester and I am working part time. I have to plan meals out for the week or we will be eating sandwiches everyday. I decided that it will be easier to use my crockpot at least once if not twice a week and then prep out and cook meals two nights and then have a leftover night. Here is what I planned for this week:
Monday: Baked ziti
Tuesday: Crock pot honey chicken with broccoli and rice
2 lbs chicken thighs (I removed the skin and cut into chunks)
1 cup honey
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp canola oil
3 minced garlic cloves
1/2 small onion minced
¼ cup ketchup
a pinch crushed red pepper (more if you can handle spice)
6 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp cornstarch
Green onions, sliced
Cut chicken into 1 to 1½ inch cubes and put into Crock Pot.
Mix together honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, oil, garlic, onion, ketchup and crushed red peppers in a small bowl.
Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.
Cook on low for 3½ to 4 hours.
Remove the chicken from the Crock Pot while reserving the sauce.
Mix together the cold water and cornstarch and stir into the sauce.
Heat the sauce, stirring constantly, until thickened. This only takes a couple of minutes.
Add chicken to sauce.
Serve over rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions. We had steamed broccoli as a side.
Wednesday: Cabbage and dumplings
Chop a head of cabbage into bite sized chunks. Add 4 Tbsp butter to a large skillet and heat on low till butter melts. Add cabbage and increase heat to medium high. Sprinkle salt on cabbage and stir frequently till cabbage is wilted and soft. Add sliced smoked sausage or kielbasa. For the dumplings: mix 2 eggs, 1/2 c. water, salt/pepper. Add 1 1/2 c. flour and mix till combined. If too dry add a little more water. Drop small spoonfuls (about a teaspoon) into salted boiling water and then give the water a stir once all teh dumplings are in. Dumplings are done when they come to the surface. Scoop out dumplings and add to the cabbage. Adjust seasoning (salt/pepper/onion powder) Serve.
Thursday: Au ju sandwiches
In crockpot place thinly sliced ribeye, 1 onion thinly sliced and 4 cups beef stock. Heat on low 4-6 hours. Serve on crusty rolls.