Friday, June 19, 2009

Creamy Vegetables?

Today, I'm posting two recipes and both are creamy. The reason for the ? in the title, is that I'm not sure if a potato is considered a vegetable...It is almost like the tomato...no one seems to know where it goes...

Wikipedia describes it as: The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family.

Dictionary.com:

pl.
po·ta·toes
  1. A South American plant (Solanum tuberosum) widely cultivated for its starchy edible tubers.
  2. A tuber of this plant.
  3. A sweet potato. See Regional Note at possum.
Huh? So is it a vegetable or not? For the purpose of this blog post, we are going to consider it a vegetable...

Creamy Corn

1 package frozen corn (20 oz)
1/2 cup butter
6 Tablespoon water
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz)

Mix first 4 ingredients in crock and cook on Low 2 hours. During the last half hour of cooking add the cream cheese.

Creamy Red Potatoes

2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
1 can cream of potato soup, undiluted
1 envelope Ranch Salad Dressing mix
1 Tablespoon milk
1 (8 0z) package cream cheese, softened

Place potatoes in crock. In mixing bowl beat next 3 ingredients. Pour over potatoes and stir. Make sure all potatoes are covered. Cover and cook on low for 6 - 8 hours. During the last half hour of cooking, add the cream cheese and stir.


Now for a little something extra...

On families.com they had an unique tip that I thought I would share with you:

After traveling and lodging, food is the biggest expense while traveling. But you can get in some great meals for $10, $5 or less when you cook them yourself. How can you cook while traveling? There are a few fun and inventive ways to be frugal here.

Bring the slow cooker

While many hotels don't allow cooking in the room unless you have a suite that includes a kitchen, you can still use your crockpot in your car! If you have a long trip, at least four hours, then you are all set for a great meal. Add a liner to your crockpot, fill it up with ingredients and plug it into your car using an inverter. You can help secure it in the car with a cake pan. When you get to your destination, a hot meal will be waiting. Remove the liner for a fast cleanup.

Enjoy and Happy Slow Cooking...Hugs...

2 comments:

Rena said...

I've always considered both potatoes and corn to be vegetables, but they count as a "starch" when it comes to the food pyramid. Is that correct?

We take our crock-pot when we're camping in our RV. If we have hook-ups, it's nice to put something in and have dinner ready when we come back after sightseeing or hiking.

Thanks for the recipes, Brenda!

Bish Denham said...

Yep, potatoes and corn are veggies. Tomatoes are fruit.

Today I'll be making a third batch of your slow cooked strawberry jam!