Chop broccoli, place in container and drizzle with olive oil, red pepper flake, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Mix beef with ketchup,
Prep can only be 1 -2 days prior to cooking.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread broccoli on a cookie sheet and roast for 10 – 15 minutes.
Place beef in microwave for 8 minutes. While beef is in microwave, clean and pierce potatoes and put broccoli in oven.
Heat half and half on stove in a pot.
Place pierced potatoes in microwave for 7 minutes. Mix glaze and pour over beef. When the potatoes are done put the beef back in the microwave for 3 – 5 minutes and scoop out the potatoes into the half and half.
Sometimes I’m in the mood for a meaty, creamy soup and this fits the bill. It is a little time consuming for a crockpot meal, but worth the effort! N and I cook up the bacon and sausage and get everything ready to go the night before. I use scissors to cut the bacon, which I find a lot quicker than trying to cut it with a knife.
This is another been-making-it-since-college meal and it goes great with a panini or some crusty bread.
Crockpot Zuppa Toscana Recipe
1 lb. sausage
2 large baking potatoes
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 c bacon (or more…)
2 garlic cloves, minced
16 oz chicken broth
1 qt water
2 c kale (or spinach)
1 c heavy whipping cream
Brown the sausage and cook the bacon. Add everything except the kale and whipping cream to the crockpot. Cook on high for 3 – 4 hours. Add kale and whipping cream for last 5 minutes of cooking.
Mommy Update: I went maternity clothes shopping over the weekend with my mom and it seems like I am getting closer to needing them! Some days I feel bigger than others, and today was a bigger day! I am getting my energy back and am not feeling winded when I go up a big flight of stairs, which is fabulous. Cravings are strong, but starting to slow for Jimmy John’s veggie subs and the berry booster smoothie from the-place-we-will-always-refer-to-as-Alterra-even-though-now-it-is-Colectivo.
Daddy Update: N is being a huge help and finished the chalkboard for me to start taking pictures with! He also just finished updating the upstairs bathroom. Finally telling people was “nice” and “a relief” and I couldn’t agree more!
Baby Update: Nothing new – it’s going to be a few weeks before I can start to feel anything but we have another doctor’s appointment next week. Baby is the size of a lemon (!) and now has it’s own hormones. I haven’t been too hormonal – except for the SUPER sappy Olympic mom commercials. Seriously. Enough already. If anything N says I’m getting sassier. If this is coming from the bug, we are in trouble 🙂
Missing & Looking Forward: sleeping through the night & coffee tasting good/ getting the office organized so I can move my scrapbooking stuff out of the spare bedroom/future nursery