I'm still not completely healed from round one of surgery, but I am getting a little stronger every day. I have started taking tiny walks around my neighborhood and this week, I went on a not so tiny expedition to my neighborhood grocery store. When I am healthy, the walk to the grocery store is easy--hilly, one mile give or take, and not terribly taxing. Boy did I underestimate how weak I have gotten since having surgery. Even with most of my heavier groceries in a rolling bag, I was absolutely exhausted by the time I got home and it took me nearly two whole days to recover from the exertion. I know that if I want to regain my strength I am going to have to keep pushing myself, but it might take longer to get back to my healthy place than I had thought.
As tiring as my grocery run was, it was worth it because I bought a new slow cooker. Okay, so I bought the mack daddy of slow cookers and I have been cooking the aforementioned groceries in it all week.
It's a Ninja Cooking System and before you ask, I don't have cable so I was not seduced by the infomercial. I just liked that it had stovetop, slow cooker, and oven settings and that it got good reviews on Amazon. And so far, it has been worth every penny.
I made shrimp with a sauce made from chicken broth, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and red pepper flakes.
There was also some couscous with peas because I was trying to use up some of the food in my freezer and cabinets.
It wasn't half bad since the shrimp and peas were frozen. Plus the whole meal was done in 30 minutes.
You can also "steam bake" things in the Ninja since it has an oven function. The steam keeps the baked goods moist and allows you to reduce the amount of fat in the recipe. I tested it by making some blueberry muffins. You don't get the nice brown top you would with an oven, but my muffins were moist and I thought they were good.
Finally, I used the ninja to bake some chicken. It cooked so fast on the oven setting that I almost burned it!
When I wasn't taking baby walks or cooking, I was trying fruit infused water. A relative mentioned that she sipped fruit infused water at work everyday and I decided to try it. I bought some pink oranges during my grocery run and promptly cut one up to make orange infused water. The verdict? I think I'm a fruit infused water convert.
What are some of your favorite slow cooker recipes? Do you like fruit infused water?