Slow Cooker Moroccan Short Ribs With Couscous

So I have this weird thing about fruit being cooked with meat.  I think it’s…well, weird.  I don’t mean lemons or tomatoes, I mean like fruity fruits (apples, nectarines, grapes, pears, etc.).  And despite being proven wrong each and every time I finally try a dish that is both fruit and meat (check out one of my absolute favorite dishes here), I still feel funny about it!

I kept putting off trying this Moroccan dish, but we loved it so much when we made this that we’ve probably made it about 3 or 4 more times since!  The rib meat just simply falls off the bone and all of the flavors that have cooked together for over 6 hours are just heavenly.  The weirdo fruit aspect comes in with…TA-DAAAAA…APRICOTS!  The dried apricots taste so, so good in this dish that I find myself seeking them out to make sure I have an apricot piece with each bite I take.  Another win for Team Fruit-n-Meat.

*Also, I should note…this is one of the most easiest dishes to make in the morning before you leave for work!  Not only do you barely have to do anything when you come home, but your house smells like a lovely Moroccan festival when you walk in the door.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Short Ribs With Couscous
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Slow Cooker Moroccan Short Ribs With Couscous from UnrulyBliss.com

Slow Cooker Moroccan Short Ribs With Couscous from UnrulyBliss.com

Slow Cooker Moroccan Short Ribs With Couscous from UnrulyBliss.com

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Slow Cooker Pork and Hominy Stew

Well, the month of May decided to look and act more like the month of March, except instead of snow, we got a LOT of rain.  We’ve made some amazing spring dishes but after 5 straight days of rain, rain…and then some more rain, we decided that a more hearty fall-like stew was in order!  I’ve had this recipe taped in my recipe binder for about two years now and it finally got its turn.  It’s chock full of pork and hominy…something that Justin hasn’t ever had much experience with before.  He’s from Wyoming so he didn’t grow up eating southern foods the way I did {I was born and raised in south Florida and my dad is from Georgia/Tennessee} and I’m proud to say that he loves it!  Hominy was a staple for me when I was growing up so I’m always a little surprised when people have never heard of it.  {Are you questioning it right now??  Check out this article called, “What the Hell is Hominy Anyway?“}  This stew absolutely hit the spot and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for something warm and hearty!  The avocado on top adds a great extra texture and flavor and the lime wedges add that final something special.  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Pork and Hominy Stew
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Pork and Hominy Stew from UnrulyBliss.com

Pork and Hominy Stew from UnrulyBliss.com

 

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Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Soup

Early this past summer, two of my amazing girlfriends, Katie and Lindsay, came to stay with us for a weekend.  We had a fantastic time eating, drinking, and shopping at the “World’s Largest Garage Sale” {it really is called that}.  One night we decided to stay in for dinner because Katie suggested a delicious slow cooker recipe that we could start in the early afternoon and come home to 6 hours later.  I’ve never been huge on soups {aside from my four favorites that I’ve posted on this site} so I was a tiny bit skeptical.  Well never underestimate a woman who works full time at a college, takes care of a family, and owns a CrossFit gym.  We loved this soup and have made it several times since.  I usually take a recipe and adapt it to be more of my own, but this one I never alter.  It’s perfectly delicious as is.  {Incredibly simple too!}

Chicken Enchilada Slow Cooker Soup
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Katie {left} and Lindsay {right}

 

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Slow Cooker Beef and Tomato Stew

Chilly weather and warm stew, need I say more?  This version is lighter than most but tastes all the more delicious for it!

Slow Cooker Beef and Tomato Stew
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White Chicken Chili in the Crock-Pot

Do you own a Crock-Pot?  My mother got one for Justin and I way back when we first moved in together.  We were just starting to cook together in the kitchen and my mom was wonderful, constantly supplying us with new kitchen gear and gadgets – a frying wok, a food processor {from the 80s}, a beautiful red dutch oven…and a Crock-Pot!  I remember getting it and thinking, What am I going to do with that?  Crock-Pots are for moms.  No they’re not.  Crock-Pots are for geniuses!  These little cookers are amazing and I love everything that has ever come out of it {well almost}.

One of the first meals I made when we moved to our new home was this White Chicken Chili.  We had both sets of our parents visiting and I served it over rice and topped the bowls with sour cream.  I put out a bowl of chips for scooping and it was amazing.  I have altered the recipe a lot now and I don’t serve it over rice anymore but it is still a major hit every time I make it.  {Might even enter into the company chili cook-off this year!}  This chili makes your house smell amazing and your mouth incredibly happy.  Enjoy!  {Visit Crock-Pot.com for some great slow cooker recipes.}

White Chili Chicken in the Crock-Pot
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This recipe was featured on Foodgawker HERE.

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