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11.10.2014

Easy Cassoulet: A NaBloPoMo How-to

I had it written all down in my little blog planner.  Do a how-to post on visiting Maine like a real Mainer.  But then I played video games with the husband.  Next thing I know it's 5pm on Sunday night and while I have Veteran's Day off, I feel like I'm falling behind on blogging.  After more video games and grocery shopping today, I decided to make a cassoulet from one of my Publix recipes.
I screen shot this straight from Publix- they have bunches of free recipes here

I pretty much followed the directions, with a few edits, which is where the "how-to" comes in.  The biggest difference is that I used my Ninja 3-in-1* instead of a stock pot on the stove.
I've used this thing for just about anything imaginable.  Turkey breasts.  Baked beans. Soups.
It's soooo much easier to clean than bunches of pots and pans.

Anyway; I gathered the ingredients...
See this whole bag of chicken breast tenderloins? I used it. ALL.
 It's only 2.5 pounds and the recipe calls for 2 lbs, so it's only a little extra.
 But, the first time I made this, I found that I was picking through the other stuff trying to find the chicken.

Instead of canola oil, I used more than a tablespoon of this to cook the bacon (which isn't included in the photo above) in:

I have never been able to find this in the South.
We stock up on it when we go to Maine.

That's really the only thing I did different.  I didn't use any more of any of the other ingredients just because I used more chicken.  It got an "it's edible" from Scott, which is his highest form of praise.
Just after throwing the rest of the ingredients in the pot.
Not just let it simmer for 1 1/2 hours or so!

Last is clean up!  If you don't have a sweet bear like I do, that followed behind me the entire time I was preparing... Well you may have to sweep your floors.  I, however, learned that Hunter will eat onions and the top green parts of carrots...
Don't worry... he sampled some as soon as it was done!

I made so much, that I should have PLENTY for work every day this week!

The best part of this meal?  I spent a total of $22.89 for everything.  For a WEEK's worth of meals.  This could easily feed a family of 5 for a night, and probably still have left overs.  I also found that Target has small boxes of chicken broth- it's almost exactly 2 cups, which is what the recipe calls for.  Broth is one of those things that I use every now and then, but it's generally expired before I have a need for the rest of a carton!

*Ninja nor Publix sponsored this post.  

9 comments:

  1. Japolina8:29:00 AM

    Looks delicious. I think that I need a ninja,whatever that is!

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  2. Haha I love it- It's a slow cooker, but it has a stove top function and an oven function. It also has a "warmer" deal!

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  3. Isn't the Ninja the best thing ever? It was our first wedding gift and we use it almost every day!

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  4. I freaking love it! Roasting a turkey breast in there is my favorite, but I need to find more uses for it!

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  5. We love using it to make chili and slow cook all kinds of meals. My husband looks for whole chickens on sale and then slow cooks them for our lunch meat for the week. We also steam our veggies and sometimes lobster in it too.

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  6. Mmmm this looks amazing! And anything I can throw together and walk away from is a bonus in my book!

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  7. Yes! anything that requires constant attention after I've worked all day is pretty much... not gonna be made!

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  8. I need to try this, it looks good!

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  9. It's very hearty and was quite tasty! I ate on it for about 4 days!

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