Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pork Chili



Here's a recipe for crockpot pork chili that includes Ro-tel and black beans. Very spicy, but very tasty. The recipe came from the website of a local grocery store chain, Hy-Vee. The original post includes nutritional information.
Ingredients:
2 tbsp Grand Selections olive oil, divided
1 pound pork loin chops, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp Hy-Vee dried oregano
2 (10 ounces each) cans Hy-Vee diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
1 (4 ounce) can Hy-Vee diced green chilies
1 (15 ounce) can Hy-Vee black beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. water
Preparation:
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add cubed pork and cook until browned, about 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from skillet and transfer to 3-1/2-quart slow cooker.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in same skillet and sauté chopped onions until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin and oregano and sauté 1 minute more. Add diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, diced green chilies, black beans and water. Transfer to pork mixture in slow-cooker. Cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
Daily nutritional values:
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Emerson Microwave Grill - Chicken Breast

I recently got a new microwave oven with a grill unit. Emerson, who made the unit, had info about microwaving various types of food, but no help at all on using the grill/microwave combo.

So tonight I decided to experiment with a couple of chicken breasts. I soaked them in salted water for several hours and added some McCormick Montreal 6% Chicken seasoning. Lemon pepper would work too.

I tried to warm the grill as some sources suggested, but it didn't work. When ready to cook, I took the chicken out of the water, dried it off, and salted and seasoned (again Montreal Chicken) both sides, and relayed each side with olive oil cooking spray. I put them on the grill and set the oven on combo cooking (combination 2 which is 64% grill, 35% microwave) for 7 minutes.

After the timer rang, I turned the chicken and used combination 1 (55% grill/45% microwave) for another 3 minutes. As soon as I took the chicken out, I wrapped them in foil for 5 minutes.

Result: Juicy, tasty chicken breast!


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