I hope all is well with everyone! I have a lot of good things to share today and I hope my long post won't scare people away. But I promise you, it'll be worth it to go through!
Good thing #1: Cooking Essentials
A friend of a friend suggested I do a post about basic cooking essentials, which I thought was brilliant! He's a bachelor living a solo life out in DC and wants to learn how to cook, but gets intimidated by recipes because of the supplies and ingredients needed. Like anything in life, you gotta learn the basics in order to build on a skill, so I sincerely hope the following helps anyone who is lost in the kitchen and wants to learn the basics of cooking.
- Set of measuring cups and measuring spoons
- Non-stick skillet
- Set of accessories (wooden spoon, spatula, serving spoon, whisk)
- Sharp, solid knife
- Good-sized medium-large pot and 1 small pot
- Set of glass baking pans
- Large mixing bowl
- Pantry and refrigerator essentials
Good Thing #2: Green Smoothie Delicious-ness
Please don't run away, I assure you this is so good and so good for you! Win, win. I used to shy away from any healthy green smoothies because of the incorporation of spinach and it being green, but lately I have been having hair issues. If you don't already know, I am very vain when it comes to my hair and I have learned that spinach is very good for hair, nails, and skin. So why not give spinach a chance in my smoothie? If it means better hair, I will try it!
Although this smoothie is full of spinach, I promise you do not taste it! It's the other goodies that go into this smoothie that make it taste more like a sweet shake. This smoothie is great after a workout, which is usually when I have it since it also counts as my breakfast.
3 cups baby spinach
1 frozen banana (cut-up before freezing)
1/2 cup of greek 0% yogurt (I prefer vanilla or honey vanilla in mine)
1 tbs natural peanut butter (I have used the natural peanut butter with honey, and it's even better)
1 cup milk (almond, soy, low fat, skim, whatever you like)
Throw all this into the blender (I love my magic bullet), and blend until completely smooth. Enjoy!
Good Thing #3: Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Mashed Red Potatoes
This recipe is considered Luby's night in my house because pot roast is my husband's favorite meal there (my husband and I are old souls, don't judge). This meal is great because the roast slow cooks all day, while you are out doing the whole work or staying busy thing.
2 lb roast, frozen or thawed (I used frozen this time)
3 cups beef broth
3 peeled carrots cut in large chunks
1 large onion cut into quarter chunks
2 tbs minced garlic
1 tbs sea salt
1 tbs ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into the slow cooker and let it cook on low for about 10 hours (frozen)/ 8 hours (thawed) until tender and then place on warm while making your sides.
Mashed Red Potatoes:
5-7 red potatoes, cut in half
1 cup warm milk
3 tbs butter
Boil potatoes in a large pot of water over high heat until tender. Drain and put potatoes back into the hot pot. Smash them with a fork or smashing gadget. Add half of the milk and mash some more. Add the butter and smash more. If you like your potatoes creamier, add more milk. I ended up using my whole cup of milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.
1 cup pot roast juices
1 tbs flour
2 tbs butter
Melt butter in a sauce pan, add flour and whisk until brown-ish in color. Slowly pour in the pot roast liquid and whisk, whisk, whisk to get rid of any clumps. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until desired thickness.
Enjoy this comforting dinner!