Hoping you and yours had a very Merry Christmas! We have had a house full for the past few days. It's been an adventure in cooking for me as my father in law is on a pretty strict menu... no flour, no sugar, no wheat. So, just for fun, here is the dinner menu (with recipe links) we've been eating.

Tuesday night, chicken in the crockpot with rotisserie flavors. Instead of a whole chicken, I used a package of chicken thighs and doubled the spices. It ended up being a bit peppery but very good!

Wednesday night, pot roast in the crockpot. We make this quite a bit.

1 chuck roast about 2 1/2 or 3 lbs
2 TBSP vegetable oil
10-15 small potatoes
pearl onions
baby carrots
bay leaf
1 TBSP beef boullion (or 1 cube)
1 cup water
1 tsp basil
a cup of chopped (bite sized) celery
(usually 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce - I omitted this for dietary reasons)

In a large skillet, heat oil and sear the roast on all sides. Place the carrots and potatoes in the bottom of large crock pot. Put meat on the top. Add onions to the sides. Put boullion, basil and bay leaf (and Worcestershire sauce) on the top. Add water and cook for 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Add celery during the last 2 hours of cooking.

Thursday Night - Merry Christmas - no need for a recipe here. We had prime rib (pre-cooked from Sam's Club), homemade mashed potatoes, salad, green beans, homemade apple sauce (made in the crockpot and frozen), dinner rolls, cottage cheese, and cranberries.

Friday night - My friend J suggested this recipe for Crock Pot Carnitas and it was really good. We made some long grain white rice and made tacos with it.

The in-laws left tonight for their journey home. We still have company but we can eat whatever we want now! Tomorrow we're having Korean Ribs (in the crock pot!) and Sunday (even though it will probably be just us), Porcupine Meatballs with spaghetti.
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