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Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

If there is one product I absolutely fell in love with while operating The Produce Gathering it was pecan soaked honey by Roark Acres. Oh. My. Goodness.

Roark Acres Honey

Immediately, I began to use it on all the things. If you do not have access to this awesomeness, I am truly sorry. My heart breaks. You can still make this recipe though, we’ll just have to improvise. First, pick up some acorn squash, it is in season right now so the price is great.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Next, let’s round up our ingredients.

INGREDIENTS:

Acorn squash

Pecans

Honey

A little bit of brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:

After you have your squash, cut in half with a sharp knife. These things are not easy to cut, they’re pretty hard. Then, simply scoop out the seeds.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Next, we’re going to fill the seeds with pecans and honey. The measurement here is totally up to you. Since I have pecan honey, I simply use one large spoonful. Just remember, honey liquifies in the heat so you don’t actually need much at all.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Next, sprinkle brown sugar on top of the squash. You can use as much or as little as you like, I love brown sugar so I’m all over this. Then, wrap tightly in foil and place in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

After you have the squash in the slow cooker, add a little bit of water at the bottom then cover the lid. I used right around 1/3 cups of water. Keep in the slow cooker for 3-4 hours on high. It might take closer to 4 hours for large squash. When they’re done, they will be very soft to the touch.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

You can vary this up anyway you’d like, add in a little cinnamon too! Some people like to use butter with this personally, I do not use a lot of butter so I didn’t here but if that’s your thing, go for it.

Slow Cooker Honey Pecan Acorn Squash

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

It’s officially fall here in Oklahoma and my favorite season, that means lots of outdoor activities, hoodies, and fall foods including delicious soup. I love a good bowl of soup paired with sweet cornbread.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

The fall always reminds me of my college days and this little restaurant near campus that served the best soup EVER. I would try to make it a point on cold days to stop in there for a little bowl of soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. It always seemed to make the day perfect. The campus itself was so beautiful in the fall too that it made those long walks across the campus so much more bearable.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

As I looked over my produce this past week from The Produce Gathering, I decided to make a delicious soup. This soup pairs the flavor of butternut squash with a little bit of onion, tomatoes, celery, and chicken. Now, just make sure you realize though this soup is not salty at all. My husband loves salty and I just don’t, so I like to leave the salt for last and salt to taste. That seems to be the best compromise for us, then I can enjoy it without the salt.

I think when this is paired with sweet cornbread the flavor is perfect because it isn’t overpowering, it’s very light. I also love how tender the butternut squash is when it has been slow cooking all day. This is a soup that I like to prepare the night before, then as I’m heading out in the morning I can turn on the slow cooker and let it cook all day.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Celery, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup White Onion, Diced
  • 2 Cups Butternut Squash, Cubed
  • 1 15oz Can of Diced Tomatoes, Drained
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup White Cooking Wine
  • 1 Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • Salt to Taste
  • Parsley to Garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients except salt and parsley into a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. When ready to serve add salt to taste along with parsley to garnish.

Perfect paired with Crackers or Sweet Cornbread.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to The Produce Gathering to join FREE with the code MHCMember. Once you join, browse the shop and see what types of produce and other locally grown products you can pick up. I’m certain you’ll be delighted with the offerings.

Then, be prepared to make this tasty soup with your produce.

Enjoy!

 

Slow Cooker Peach BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Oh. My. Word. This might just be the best BBQ chicken you’ve ever tasted. Yep, it’s that good. I decided to experiment this week and use some of our favorite Livesay Peach BBQ Sauce with a little chicken. I also brought out the slow cooker this week since it’s September now and that just seems like the thing to do.

The result? Amazing.

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs chicken breasts

1 cup Livesay Peach BBQ Sauce (Or sub with your favorite)

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

DIRECTIONS:

Place the chicken in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

In a separate bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken and cook about 4 hours or until chicken is done. Shred the chicken while inside the slow cooker with a fork, it should pull a part easily.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Serve on bread, hamburger buns, over a potato or alone. You will LOVE this!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili

Just in time to usher in Fall! I was thinking about some new meal packs to offer up in our next Produce Gathering sale and homemade chili sounded perfect to me.

I add a lot of veggies to our chili, if it were just me, I’d add twice as many as this but to please a whole house, I think this is the perfect amount. You can also adjust how much seasoning you want to add or if you want to add peppers, I absolutely do not like spicy foods so I omit the jalapeño all together.

INGREDIENTS:

1 diced white onion

1 diced sweet potato

1 diced red pepper

1 diced green pepper

2 diced roma tomatoes (you can sub with the canned version if you’d like)

1 jalapeno pepper (optional)

3 cloves minced garlic

2 pounds ground beef (or ground turkey)

2 tsp chili powder (or less if you’d like)

1 tsp dried oregano

1 TBS ground cumin

1 15 ounce can tomato sauce (confession: I forgot this and added pasta sauce at the last minute, it worked great)

DIRECTIONS:

Chop up all of your veggies and add to the slow cooker, cover with ground beef or turkey. Then, add in your seasonings and tomato sauce. Mix the ingredients up a bit and set to high for 4 hours. The smell of this chili is amazing and will make your entire house smell delicious!

Slow Cooker Chili

Our kiddos love cheese and sour cream on top of their chili, a healthy substitution option is to use greek yogurt instead of sour cream. It’s delicious and much healthier!

Slow Cooker Chili

 

 

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Applesauce

Right now, apples are in season and have been very popular in our sale. Our apples are from Livesay Orchards and the variety they offer is amazing. I recently discovered Jonathan apples which are sweet yet not too sweet and they’re great for putting a new spin on any applesauce recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium size apples
  • 1/2 white sugar OR light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

    Note: You can add cinnamon, I did not feel it was needed with this apple but it is entirely up to you.Directions:

    Peel and core the apples. You can slice them up smaller if you’d like but even the bigger cuts of apple will be softened over time and easy to blend.

    Add to the slow cooker and pour water on top.

    Then, add cinnamon (optional) and sugar. You can use white sugar or light brown depending on what you like. With a spoon, stir ingredients together in your slow cooker and cook on low for a few hours or until softened.

    Blend in the food processor or with a hand mixer and serve warm. Enjoy!