Tag: 100 Days of Real Food

a gluten-free dinner? yes!

fresh scratch, gluten free, asian short ribs

fresh scratch, gluten-free, dinner, asian ribs

We have dear, dear friends who can’t have gluten, so I am always on the look out for a really good {and I mean really good as in it shatters the misconception that g-f means grody and blah} gluten-free recipe to turn into a dinner for them the next time we have them over {which is never often enough!}.

Since Matt gives music lessons in our living room every Wednesday until just about dinner time, the crock pot has become my best friend on Wednesdays. I’m busy, he’s busy, and the crock pot allows me the option of taking the girls and getting the heck out of my house until dinner time. I mean, have you ever heard the same chords played week in and week out? Remember when Journey said lovin’ a music man ain’t always what it’s supposed to be?

They had no idea how right they were.

I have an entire Pinterest board related to crock pot things, and I’ve been slowly working my way through it, one week at a time. I’m not even going to try to say I’ve adapted this recipe for Asian Short Ribs by 100 Days of Real Food, because it’s practically perfect in every way. The Chinese 5-spice powder is becoming one of my pantry staples – don’t skip it in the recipe! Also, the prep before you turn the crock pot on is incredibly minimal.

fresh scratch, gluten free, asian short ribs

About 45 minutes before dinner time, I rinse some rice (brown or white), using my trusty-stove-top method to cook it. It makes a perfect bed for the ribs. I also set a pot of water to boil and steam some broccoli. Other firm veggies would be nice, or even a batch of fried rice.  

The secret to what makes this amazing is the soy sauce glaze. Soy sauce can be purchased g-f, so holla’! Double the batch. Trust me. You will want to bathe your broccoli in this, too.

Whip up a cocktail, throw it all on the table, and wow your guests. Let them think it was a lot harder than it was ;).

You’re welcome!

PS: Need some more crock pot ideas? Here’s a post where I rounded up some of my favorites.



monday meal madness.

Monday Meal Madness, fresh scratch

Monday is the day when I share what we’ve been rustlin’ up for dinner around the homestead during the past week.

Our kitchen has been hopping lately as we snuggle into these early, dark evenings. I kind of love it. Our weather has been clear and bracingly cold, and somehow that makes me want to fill our house with good smells from the kitchen. The cold weather invites a lot of nesting, I suppose.

Here’s what’s been cooking:

roast chicken with sweet potatoes, fresh scratch, monday meal madness, amy penningtonI love how hands-off a roasted chicken is.

We went on an adventure to Snoqualmie Falls in the Cascade Mountains for most of the day on Veteran’s Day last week, but arrived home in time to roast up this beauty. After I threw it in the oven, I had time to catch up on the little tasks that didn’t happen earlier since we were gone, and also to prepare us for heading back to school the next day. Love that!

You can find my recipe for the roast chicken here. It’s inspired by Amy Pennington’s from her first cookbook, Fresh Pantry: Eat Seasonally, Cook Smart, & Learn to Love Your Vegetables. Amy helped me become more fearless in the kitchen by teaching me how to make jam, so I think she’s pretty dang awesome.

I split sweet potatoes into quarters length-wise, salted them, and nestled them around the chicken before roasting it. After I pulled the chicken out to carve it, I tossed the sweet potatoes with the juices in the pan before serving.

Oh em goodness.

burritoes, fresh scratch, monday meal madnessMr. Fresh Scratch used some refried beans we pulled out of the freezer in these delicious burritos. These Americanized little gems are pretty much my favorite meal.

Click here for the recipe I use for refried beans – so easy!

black bean enchiladasA little blurry, but still delicious: black bean enchiladas. I took pictures of the whole process this time so that I can finally share the recipe with you in a later post, don’t worry!

My recipe for beans in the slow cooker is right here. I made a big batch last week, and now my freezer is stocked with a few portions of them. Love that!

I also switched enchilada sauce. The one from Trader Joe’s was just too spicy for my girls. I found a nice, mild, organic one at my co-op that made them better than ever. My kids not only ate them that night, but also as leftovers for lunch the next day. Plus, I was much happier about the list of ingredients. Love it when that happens!

pulled pork Jack fries, slow cooker pulled pork, The Pioneer Woman, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my Frontier, Monday Meal Madness, Fresh ScratchOn Sunday I got up before the sun and struck out on an adventure {or was it a misadventure?} with my friend Emily out in the wilderness in the very, very cold air. It was so lovely to come home from our crazy morning spent hunting for an abandoned train trestle in the middle of a forest {more on that soon!} to the smell of pulled pork in the slow cooker.

The Mister used Ree’s recipe from her first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, and then put it on top of homemade fries. He topped it with Jack cheese and barbecue sauce. Wow!

**not pictured: Matt also made his go-to macaroni and cheese one night :).

Is your slow-cooker getting a work-out these days? What’s your favorite trick to use it for? Do tell.