Tuesday, January 29, 2019

My Crockpot Was Singing...

All day long, my crockpot was singing a sweet little tune about black-eyed peas.  The melody filled my senses as aromatic notes rose like steam.

Here is what my crockpot looked like before I added the chicken broth, water, and spices.


Even though I have heard raving reviews about the Instant Pot, I do not plan on ever buying one.  I am loyal to my little crockpot.

I am in no hurry to cook anything.  Slow cooking adds to the anticipation of a delicious meal.  I am old fashioned that way.

Eight to ten hours later, my ham and black-eyed peas were done. Dinner was delicious and I have leftovers to enjoy all week.

In yesterday's comments, a few people mentioned they'd enjoy a nice crusty piece of bread with their soup/stew.  That does sound amazing except one piece of bread or roll is close to 5 Weight Watcher points.  A bowl of ham and black-eyed peas is between 0 - 2 WW points depending on how much ham you eat.  (I set aside my ham for my husband.)

Don't get me wrong!  I love all kinds of breads.  I just know that when we are visiting up North, I won't be counting my points and I can only imagine what I will eat there.  But all is well.  I will return to my WW point counting when I return home.

What Is Your Favorite Type of Bread with Dinner?

Mine would be a sourdough roll or bread ~ warm out of the oven with butter on it!

18 comments:

  1. Looks very yummy! And good for you for setting aside your ham for your hubby. You are really doing great with the WW.

    My favorite bread would be a loaf of the Italian Herb bread that I make using my bread machine for the dough cycle. It always turns out so nice.

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    1. I didn't think I've ever had Italian herb bread, Dianna. I can imagine that it is delicious though!

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  2. Oh I love bread too Gina and I am trying to leave it off these days. I am also trying to get more exercise but it is hard in the cold days. I need to go to the mall and walk this week!!

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    1. Arlene, no mall nearby here and I hope to start walking more when it is warmer. Good for you on trying to stay away from bread (so sad too!).

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  3. I love my slow cooker / crock pot too! blessings on you and safe travels when you go! It's about to get cold here, esp on Thursday!

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    1. Elizabeth, we won't go until mid-February. I'm hoping it warms up before then!

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  4. Looks yummy!
    I too love my ol' crock pot. I have a crock pot casserole version, a small 3 qt. crock pot for smaller dishes and two large crock pot as well as an Instant Pot, and an electric pressure cooker that is not the Instant Pot brand, but works the same way, nevertheless.
    Each appliance has it's benefits and sure makes putting a meal together so nice and easy.
    Sourdough bread sounds yummy, or a slice of no~knead bread :)

    Best of luck with your goals; keep up the good job you are doing!

    ~K.

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    1. Kerin, you are ready for anything and everything! I don't think I've seen a casserole version crockpot. That sounds handy!

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  5. I love having something in the crockpot all day...makes the house smell so good! I like all kinds of bread but try not to eat very much. It I was having the chili I mentioned, I would want a cornbread muffin. My yeast rolls are very good too! Oh, now I'm hungry for carbs! heehee!

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    1. Diane, oh I love yeast rolls. I am looking forward to a carb full holiday in NJ. XO

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  6. They look delicious. I eat mine with one small piece of corn bread.

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    1. Sandy, do you like honey on your cornbread? Sometimes we eat ours with butter and honey.

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  7. No instant pot for me either. I'm not ever in that big of hurry. The crock pot works well for me too. I still have half a bag of black eye peas left over from New Year. I'm thinking I should make a pot like yours. It looks delicious.
    xx Beca

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    1. Thank you, Becca. Oh it was/is delicious. I had some more tonight! XX

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  8. There's something very comforting about having a meal burbling away in a slow cooker. I'm not hankering after an Instant Pot any time soon, either. I do love homemade sourdough bread, which I make every three to four weeks, slice, and freeze. I don't eat much bread, but my husband does. Lately I've been indulging in a slice of sourdough toast with my poached egg on Saturday mornings. Ahhh. Delicious!

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    1. Lorrie, a slice of sourdough toast with a poached egg sounds so delicious! Mmm

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  9. I ended up taking the plunge to get an instant pot because we have our "big" meal at lunch time and you have to eat crock pot meals at supper time. We don't have break with dinner only on holidays or if we eat out and they give you free bread to it, but a nice home made bread or rolls fresh from the oven is oh so good!

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    1. Connie, that makes a lot of sense! I'm with you on the bread or rolls fresh from the oven!

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