Easy Slow Cooker Meal: Teriyaki Beef Strips with Mushrooms and Onions

Here’s a simple but tasty meal that is easy to prepare and even easier to cook. It only uses three main ingredients and a few sauces and spices that you probably already have in the cupboard.

What Do You Need:-

Beef – I used 1½ lbs of top round beef strips. Add a small amount of olive oil to a large frying pan. Lightly brown the beef over a medium heat.

Add 8 large teaspoons of Teriyaki sauce, 4 large teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and cracked black pepper to the pan. After a minute turn the beef over until coated in the sauce. Cook for a few more minutes then remove from heat and set aside keeping the pan covered.

Cut Mushrooms in half once to keep them chunky.
Cut Mushrooms in half to keep them chunky.

The Veggies

Wash and chop the following

Easy Slow Cooker Meal: Chicken and Vegetable Soup

We had a leftover whole cooked BBQ chicken which still had half the breast meat, one leg and one wing left to eat. We could have had it cold with some potato salad or popped it in a sandwich but I decided to make an easy slow cooker meal combining all the leftover chicken and some vegetables.

What Do You Need:-

Easy Slow Cooker Meal
Soup is so easy to make in the slow cooker.

Chicken(any leftover cooked chicken) Remove all the chicken from the bone and discard any skin and bones. Set aside whilst you prepare the veggies.

The Veggies

Wash and chop the following:-

4 large stalks of fresh celery
1 large white onion
5 large white mushrooms
A large handful of baby carrots (leave whole)

Add the onions to a pan and lightly cook in a small amount of olive oil until soft. Add the mushrooms, stir and cover for a few minutes on a medium heat.

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Easy Slow Cooker Meal: Sausage

Today I decided to whip up a quick and easy slow cooker meal using some sausages that were in the fridge and a whole heap of veggies.

What Do You Need:-

One pack of your favorite sausages. I decided to use Johnsonville Brats

You can throw them on the BBQ but I thought it would be fun how they would turn out in the slow cooker.
You can throw them on the BBQ but I thought it would be fun to see how they would turn out in the slow cooker.

Take the Brats and brown them in the pan. If you use the same sausages you don’t need to add any extra oil, they will take care of that for you. Be careful they make smoke and it’s best to reduce the heat once they get going. Set aside and leave to cool so you can chop them up later.

Top Tip: save that oil in the pan after they have browned. You can use it to sauté the onions and mushrooms and get even more sausage flavor into the meal.

While the sausages are cooking you can prepare the vegetables whilst keeping a close on the sausages so that they don’t burn up too much.

Pick your favorite veggies. Wash thoroughly and chop.
Pick your favorite veggies. Wash thoroughly and chop.

The Veggies

Wash and chop the following:-

4 stalks of fresh celery
4 small red potatoes
6 medium white mushrooms
1 medium white onion
Large handful of baby carrots
Large handful of green beans
½ a large apple

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Pancake Day 2015: What Will You Give Up For Lent?

Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras – whichever way you say it – signifies the last day of feasting before Lent. This year it falls on Tuesday February 17th 2015. Some people see this as the perfect opportunity to give something up for Lent such as no sweet things, but it is also a chance to challenge yourself to stop a habit for 40 days and potentially beyond.


 

Can you stop eating chocolate for Lent?
Can you stop eating chocolate for Lent?

Chocolate sits high on the list as one of the major food items to be cast aside for lent as well as cakes, cookies, biscuits, potato chips, crisps, crisps or french fries. In the past I have tried to abstain from eating chocolate and it is easy to accomplish as long as there are not too many temptations put in front of you on a daily basis.

I used to work in an office that would constantly have cakes and chocolates, sweets and savory delights brought in “just because” or they were trying to remove the temptation from home and share them with colleagues. Extremely nice, but if your will-power is zero this can be a tricky obstacle to overcome and not forget once the waistline starts expanding. If you are trying to abstain from something like this, share what you are doing with your colleagues or maybe suggest an office challenge so you can try to stick to it together.

How can you ease your way into a successful Lent?

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