Recipe: Easy Vegetarian Crockpot Stir Fry

Well I guess posting a recipe yesterday got me all into it… cause here is another one!

Easy Vegetarian (Or With Chicken) Crockpot Stir Fry
This recipe worked really well for me to make half the crockpot with chicken for my husband and the other half without for me.

Ingredients:
• 2 bags of frozen “Harvest” Stir Fry veggies (ie baby corn, snap peas, carrots, onions, water chestnuts, broccoli, etc)
• Teriyaki Sauce or Marinade (soy sauce would probably work also)
• (optional) 1-2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into one-inch cubes
• 1 Tablespoon of vegetable or olive oil

Instructions:
1) Pour oil into crockpot and, holding onto the handles, tilt the crockpot back and forth until the oil has spread all over the bottom.

2) If making the stir fry with chicken, arrange the cubed chicken along the bottom of the crockpot. If making half-chicken, arrange the chicken only on one half.

3) Pour a bag of frozen vegetables on the non-chicken side, and then pour the other bag on top of the chicken.

4) Sprinkle teriyaki sauce to taste all over the top of the veggies.

5) Turn on the crockpot to High for 4 hours (this is what I did) or on Low for 8 hours (in theory).

6) After cooking is complete, allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and then serve over rice if desired (or just like it is without rice if you are not eating grains… this is how I had it tonight and it was still very yummy!)

Sorry… no photo… I was too hungry to wait!

Day Forty-Two: Skinny Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday since tomorrow starts the Lent season with Ash Wednesday. But since I am not really in a mindset to “gorge” then today is to be my “Skinny Tuesday”.

But having a Skinny Tuesday is not such a bad thing… I mean, we are having Crockpot Potatoes and Carrots with an onion sauce, an Apple Crumble of sorts, and my husband will have a chicken breast while I have a salad. Honestly, I think that I would rather have that than a cake… with a baby… baked inside.

Ewwwwwww.

Haha! I’m just teasing… cause, for real, them Mardi Gras peeps sure know how to make some good food for their Fat Tuesdays (as well as pretty much the rest of the year as well)!

Anyway, I’m rambling. I guess though that the more that I think about Fat Tuesday I sorta get a little insight into my “issues” of overeating. Fat Tuesday is pretty much all about getting to overindulge simply because lenting requires sacrifice. It’s almost as if we fatten up on this day because we feel like we deserve it since we will have to self-sacrifice the rest of the time. And that is kind of the mentality that I’m afraid of having.

For example, I have already been thinking and planning about what I’m going to do when my covenant diet is over. Last night I was thinking about what I would have on January 1, 2013… a ribeye steak from Roadhouse… my mom’s chocolate cake (you know, the one that I’m going to miss on my birthday)… a liberal glass of red Merlot…

But now that I get to thinking about this whole Fat Tuesday mentality, I’m kinda of wondering if maybe that’s not what would please God. I mean, my whole thing has been about Him changing my mind, my heart, my soul. Wouldn’t that be just like me turning my back on Him pretty much as soon as He has delivered me into the promised land? Which is so much of what the Israelites did when He dropped them off. After the generation that had been wandering in the desert died off, the people started worshiping other idols in no time. And God was NOT pleased with that scenario. I’m reading through Judges right now and it seems like any time one of the judges gets the people back in order, everything is good, then he or she dies, and everyone gets right back into their mess of looking somewhere other than God. And then He punishes them.

Yeah… I don’t want that.

I want for God to see my actions on January 1st and be pleased. I want for Him to look at me and think… Wow, she really did want to change. She really does want to please me. I really want to give her my blessing.

So maybe I won’t go all out on January 1st after all. Maybe I’ll even follow the same diet for that day. Not because I have to, but because I want to. Yep. That would be a pretty neat New Year’s gift to offer to God.

I’m not sure entirely if this verse means what it reads like, but oh well… it puts my heart in the right spirit!

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good. Psalm 54:6