Leftover Hambone Soup

This is a soupwith zero beans.  It also has zero potatoes. Instead, the heartiness comes from cauliflower and butternut squash.  The bit of garlic powder adds flavor without overpowering it.

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Leftover Hambone Soup

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Ingredients
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1.5 c. diced butternut squash
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • water to fill crock pot
  • 2 c diced ham (optional if your ham bone was well picked over)
Method
  1. Place ham bone and vegetables in crock pot.
  2. Add seasonings and enough water to nearly fill the crock.
  3. Cover. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours.
  4. Remove bone and any shards that may have fallen off.
  5. Add diced ham and any usable ham that can be picked off the bone.
  6. Cover, cook 15 minutes longer.
  7. Remove bay leaves and serve.

Sweet Orange-Ginger Chicken

While the directions say to cook it in the crock pot, you can also bake it for one hour at 375 (after thawing overnight).  My youngest loves all things orange and this is tasty and tangy from the barbecue sauce as well as the ginger.

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Sweet Orange-Ginger Chicken

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 c barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 c orange marmalade
  • 1/4 c orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 6 boneless skinless thighs
Method

To Freeze

  1. Label gallon bag
  2. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces
  3. Put chicken in bag.
  4. Whisk other ingredients in bowl.
  5. Pour into bag with chicken.
  6. Seal, flatten, freeze flat.

To Cook

  1. Thaw in refrigerator overnight
  2. Place contents in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on LOW 6 hours.
  4. Serve with rice.

Slow Cooker “Steak” Tips

This is comfort food.  I actually prefer to make a cup of brown gravy from an envelope rather than use a jar of gravy because of the flavor.  You could also add mushrooms (if no one in your family objects — I have objectors).

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Slow Cooker “Steak” Tips

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Ingredients
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs stew meat
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 jar beef gravy
Method
  1. Place stew meat in crock pot.
  2. Drizzle with Worcestershire.
  3. Pour gravy over.
  4. Cook on LOW for 7-9 hours.

Zuppa Toscana

I don’t speak Italian, but the woman I got this recipe from (Annie, whose Italian name is Anna Maria and a maiden name I can’t spell) says this is Italian for “Tuscan Soup” and that it isn’t authentic but is patterned after the kind of soups they sometimes serve in Tuscany.  By which she means it has sausage, greens and cream.  This is a low carb version that I’m unclear if she originated or merely passed on.

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Zuppa Toscana

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb bacon, diced
  • 1 lb mild pork breakfast sausage
  • 1.5 c chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 qts chicken stock
  • 4 c loosely packed kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 3-4 c cauliflower, cut into small pieces
  • 1.5 c heavy cream
Method
  1. Fry bacon in medium/large skillet.
  2. Remove to paper towels.
  3. In same skillet, fry sausage, breaking up as it cooks; set aside.
  4. In large Dutch oven, cook onions in oil until clear and tender.
  5. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  6. Add stock.
  7. Add bacon, then sausage.
  8. Add cauliflower; cook until cauliflower is soft (about 15 minutes).
  9. add heavy cream.
  10. Add kale.
  11. Simmer 5-10 minutes.

Pollo in Potacchio

Pollo in Potacchio or braised chicken with tomatoes and rosemary, is an Italian dish that Gina at skinnytaste.com tells how to cook three ways.  I’m generally doing it in the slow cooker because I don’t have an instant pot or a lot of time, usually.  She suggests using imported tomatoes but if you can’t find them, don’t worry, the more important ingredient is fresh rosemary.

Cheeseburger Salad

Almost everything I love about a cheeseburger without the one thing I don’t like (the bun).  The only thing missing is the bacon and I add that. This Cheeseburger Salad from skinnytaste.com is seriously tasty. When I make it, I cook the patties in a skillet as I’m not a big griller.  As I said, I add bacon, too, I cook and crumble some and sprinkle it on the top.  It’s low-carb but not low-calorie so Gina at skinnytaste is probably not going to do that.