Thursday, March 7, 2013

Crockpot Shredded Beef Tacos!

This recipe could not be simpler and is SO good! I actually surprised myself! It's perfect for a working mom, or any mom, who needs to just dump the ingredients in the crockpot and go. That's how I came up with it... I had a roast for the crockpot but didn't want stew again (and I know nobody else did either!), so I looked around to see how I could change things up but I only had so many minutes to do so between getting myself and my two boys ready, making breakfasts and lunches, and having to rush out to get to work. I'm sure you know what mornings are like!
I jazzed it up with some fresh ingredients at the end, but those were all just a bonus because I had a few extra minutes in the evening to slice a tomato. Let's be honest sometimes that can be too much to ask! This would also make a super base for something like a beef enchilada casserole or something like that. I'll definitely be browsing Pinterest for some ideas along those lines!

Crockpot Shredded Beef

1 onion, sliced
1 tip roast
1 packet taco seasoning (I used a low sodium one)
1 jar salsa or picante
1 bag frozen corn, optional
1 green pepper, optional
1 pack flour tortillas

the fixins...
fresh tomato
fresh cilantro
grated cheese

Slice the onion and put it on the bottom of the crockpot. Put the roast on top of the onions. Sprinkle the roast with the taco seasoning and then pour the salsa or picante over the top. Easy Peasy! I let mine cook on low for about 8 hours. At around the 6 hour mark, I opened up the crockpot and shredded the beef so it could simmer more and get all flavory throughout. This is also when I threw in the corn and pepper. I added the frozen corn and green pepper mostly because my husband likes veggies more than he likes meat. Feel free to leave them out if you don't have them or don't want them! When it's all done it will look like this....

Scoop it out into some tortillas, add whatever deliciousness you'd like, and chow down!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

So I've really been in the mood to eat something red velvet lately. Not in the mood for just a plain old typical red cake, I went straight to Pinterest for some ideas. I found a red velvet dip and it looked absolutely delicious but it also looked way bad for me. It had cake mix and cream cheese and butter and extra sugar (like there isn't enough in the cake mix already!) I've been trying to make better decisions lately, and let's be honest have a lot of baby way to lose, so I knew I'd feel awful if I made that and wound up eating it all myself. 
So what's a girl to do? Make my own of course and let me tell you it wound up being pretty tasty. It was super quick, super easy, and super yummy. It definitely scratched the itch and it also gave me a way to use the chocolate pita chips I had bought at the store on a whim.

Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

1/2 box red velvet cake mix (I used Dunkin Hines  Moist Deluxe)
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 container cool whip

Mix these all together until there are no more cake mix lumps. I did it by hand, but it would probably be way easier to use a hand mixer or something. 

For Dipping:
I had Stacy's Chocolate Pita Chips and Nilla Wafers. I think I liked the Nilla Wafers better. 

It would look really pretty if presented with some mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top. 

Oh, and it will fit back into the cool whip container if you happen to eat some right away.