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Slow Cooker Enchilada Rice Bowl from guest blogger @OhSweetBasil on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Carrian Cheney of Oh, Sweet Basil is a blogger, wife and mother who believes in the power of home-cooked food and gathering at the dinner table to improve her family’s minds, bodies and spirits. Carrian is not only a fantastic cook and long-time fan of Hamilton Beach, but strives to inspire families to reconnect through food. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Rice Bowl from guest blogger @OhSweetBasil on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

Hi everyone! I’m Carrian and I am from the blog, Oh Sweet Basil. My family and I love to get into the kitchen and cook together. (In fact, I’ve got a bowl full of churro pretzels waiting to be photographed right now!) My husband Cade and I run the site together where we talk a lot about food, with a little health, fitness and lifestyle mixed in. Almost everything in our kitchen is from Hamilton Beach so we just knew we had to do a little recipe for our friends there.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Rice Bowl from guest blogger @OhSweetBasil on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

This particular recipe came out of sheer desperation. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that I was totally done with my kids and their whining at dinner, but we are all about real life, so I’m just going to give it to you straight.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Rice Bowl from guest blogger @OhSweetBasil on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

Both of our girls have been picky eaters. That’s not exactly the most fun thing for a food blogger, as I constantly want to try new things. Our oldest daughter is almost eight, so we buckled down and solved her picky eating issues years ago. Sometimes, I can still see a little disappointment in her face when I serve dinner (chicken is strangely not her favorite, yet she will eat bok choy and hummus all day long), but she knows the rule: we eat what’s prepared.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Rice Bowl from guest blogger @OhSweetBasil on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

The little one is three, and we had finally gotten her over the picky eating thing only for it to raise its ugly head again this past month. Ugh! Who knew meal time could be so exhausting! And you know what? I totally deserve it because I was the pickiest eater growing up. But, in an effort to help meal time be more successful, I’ve been using something she does enjoy as a constant ingredient, and then changing the meal around it. She loves pork, so I started thinking up easy dinners that would use pork and still introduce her to new foods and textures.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Rice Bowl from guest blogger @OhSweetBasil on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

That’s where the rice bowl came in. I knew I could keep the flavors pretty easy-going, but still allow us adults to add to the dish and make it a little more awesome. We added peppers, cheese, and pico de gallo while she kept hers the pork and rice. Then, she has to try a bite of the peppers, as that’s our rule. And that’s ok with me. The rice is a favorite recipe on my site, cilantro lime rice, and it’s helping her to slowly try new things. Anyone else singing Daniel Tiger? “Try new things ‘cause it might taste gooood.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Rice Bowl from guest blogger @OhSweetBasil on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 


Enchilada Rice Bowls

Ingredients
2-3 lb pork shoulder, boneless
1 roasted garlic enchilada sauce packet
1 ½ cups brown sugar
sautéed peppers
Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
pico de gallo
lime, for serving
Instructions
Place the pork in a slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce and brown sugar and pour over the meat.
Cook on LOW for 8 hours, shredding the meat after 7 hours, then allowing to continue cooking.
In a bowl, add the rice, pork, and peppers and top with cheese. Place under a broiler and melt the cheese, then top with pico de gallo.
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Text, photos and recipe by Carrian Cheney.



Center Stage: Caramel Apple Cider with Southern Plate (and a Cookbook Giveaway) with Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeachChristy Jordan is the south’s favorite foodie and owner and writer of SouthernPlate.com. She is the author of Come Home to Supper and Southern Plate. You can find the family at SouthernPlate.com, the Southern Plate Family Facebook Page, Front Porch Forums, on Twitter or you can subscribe by email.

I have two best friends when it comes to time in my kitchen: my Mama and my slow cooker! My mother, well, that is obvious. She taught me how to cook and is my main brainstorming partner when it comes to recipe development. My slow cooker is the one appliance that will actually do my cooking for me while I focus on other things. It’s like having my own private kitchen staff – maybe that’s why I own five of them!

I was honored to be invited to do a guest post for Hamilton Beach. They have been my go-to brand for appliances ever since I had my own kitchen. Hamilton Beach has earned my respect and patronage because they build innovative products made for the long haul and at prices families can afford. I own everything from food processors to hand mixers to indoor grills made by HB, but when it came time to share a recipe with you I had to go back to my faithful slow cooker!

I love to see my kid’s faces light up when they come home to wonderful smells filling the house. And slow cooked apple anything is sure to make your house smell as good as it gets this side of heaven. As my kids have gotten older they have come to love “custom” warm drinks, like the ones served in coffee houses and such.

This slow cooked apple cider is the perfect treat at the end of a school day or on a lazy Saturday afternoon. During the colder months, I make a batch on the weekend and store whatever we don’t finish in the fridge to quickly heat up after school or for weeknight treats. Don’t let the simplicity fool ya, though. This Caramel Apple Cider is definitely party worthy as well! I hope you get to make it soon and enjoy some slow sippin’ time with your loved ones this holiday season!

Center Stage: Caramel Apple Cider with Southern Plate (and a Cookbook Giveaway) with Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach


Caramel Apple Cider
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
64 ounces apple juice
12 ounce jar caramel
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Instructions
Place apple juice in 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.
Stir in spices and caramel and place heat on low. After one hour, stir well again.
Continue cooking on low 3 more hours.
Serve in mugs topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, if desired.
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