You know all too well how busy life can get, and how it can wreak havoc on your diet. It can be very easy to get caught up in the chaos of impossible to-do lists and lose sight of what we should be doing. Like eating — and healthily, too.
Maybe you’re too busy to cook and you end up ordering food. And maybe things are so frantic that you end up with leftovers because all you could do was graze. Or maybe your week exploded immediately after you stocked up your fridge with produce, which is now wilting and waiting for you to get a free moment to actually prepare it. Isn’t that always the way?
Whatever the case, if you have a fridge full of food that is about to feed your garbage can instead of yourself, and you’re also short on time, then the Crock-Pot may be the answer which you seek. The Crock-Pot is not for everyone (or is it), but even those who are hesitant to give it a try may be surprised not only by how helpful it can be but also the types of awesome meals that it can yield — yes, even with a hodgepodge of leftovers — while you sleep. How’s that for time management and multi-tasking?
This particular Crock-Pot recipe, submitted by Amanda Boling, puts some leftover chorizo and leftover brisket to good use. Just check out these results. Nom, nom!
You can add to it or change it. Just make sure you use up those veggies you totally intended to prepare. But you just didn’t get the chance. Because you had to work late, got home later and vegged out instead.
12 ounces 16-bean blend, pre-soaked
1 pound smoked brisket
6 ounces chorizo
1/2 red onion, diced
1 jalapeño, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon oregano
3 chipotle Knorr Mini Cubes
Throw the sliced brisket, chorizo and 16-bean blend in to Crock-Pot.
Add garlic, onion, jalapeño, cumin, turmeric, oregano and chipotle.
Let everything cook over low heat in the pot overnight.
Wake up to yummy goodness in the morning, and rest easy that you didn't throw food and money out like a wasteful thing that wastes things.
Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe that is all yours? Let us know what it is!
Amanda Boling is a legal assistant and pub trivia maven from Houston. She loves one-pot recipes that can simmer while she captions pictures of dogs, crashes parades and acts out scenes from "Game of Thrones." Her spirit animal is a poodle.