Daily Archives: May 1, 2009

Chipotle Pork Hominy Stew (Crockpot recipe, GFCF)

I made this up, earlier this week, and it was a huge hit.  Everyone scarfed it down, even the 3yo, for whom I thought it might be too spicy.  It wasn’t.  I made this for my family for an evening where I’d be away from home.  I got home late, did some puttering about, and thought, “I’ll have one bowl before I go to bed.”  Two and a half bowls later, I was restraining myself from having more.

All of the ingredients that I didn’t have on hand — pork, tomatoes, hominy, and zucchini — I bought on sale, so was able to make the whole meal for less than $10.00.  Ten bucks per meal is usually my roof, though I try to spend less, around $7-8 per meal.

One note:  This recipe uses chipotle-seasoned canned tomatoes.  I got the Food Club brand, which is a store brand for a local grocery store.  I know that Food Club brand is available in many more places across the States, but I’m not sure where.  If you can’t find chipotle-seasoned canned tomatoes, you may want to use unseasoned tomatoes, then add 1-2 tsp of a salt-free chipotle seasoning, like Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle.

For those of you unfamiliar, chipotle is made by smoking jalapeño peppers, and has a dreamy, unique flavor, not quite as hot as fresh jalapeños.  “chee-POTE-lay.”  And, hominy is corn that has no hull and has been specially soaked — it looks like really big corn kernels.  It imparts a unique, though subtle flavor.

Chipotle Pork Hominy Stew (Crockpot, GFCF)

  • 3 lbs boneless pork, cut into 3/4″ – 1″ cubes
  • 2 cans, 14.5 oz each, chipotle-seasoned petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 dried mild red chili pod, crumbled, without seeds (unless you like it really hot)  Alternately, add 1-2 tsp crushed red chile or ground chili powder.
  • 3 small zucchini (about 1.5 lbs total), quartered and chopped (or Mexican gray squash/calabacita)
  • 2 tsp Mexican oregano (whole or broken-leaf, not powdered)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2-4 cups water
  • 1 large can (30 oz.) white hominy, drained

Put the first seven ingredients into a Crockpot, and stir.  Pour chicken stock over the top, stir again, and cook, covered, on high for six hours, or until pork is fork-tender.

Mix the corn starch into two cups of water, and stir into stew.  Cover again and cook on high until simmering and thickened, about 30 minutes – 1 hr, depending on your Crockpot.

Stir in hominy.

If it is too thick and/or too spicy for your taste, add an additional 2 cups of water.  (My husband prefers stews THICK and spicy.)

Keep on low or warm until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

An exercise in having a good attitude

I thank you, Jesus, that though I woke up on Wednesday with a clogged milk duct, that it hasn’t turned into mastitis, and even though it really hurts, it’s not nearly as bad as last time.  And, I thank You that, since I’ve walked this road before, that, early on, I have been able to put into practice some tips I learned last time, which has held the infection at bay.

I thank you, Jesus, that though I threw my back out, also on Wednesday morning, that my husband was very willing to come home, even though he’d only been at work for one hour, and bring me to the chiropractor.  And, thank You that he has enough PTO time available that he’s stayed home the rest of this week, too.  And, thank you that we have a really good, really effective chiropractor, who was able to schedule me again, today, since I threw my back out again last night.

And, just thank You in general for my incomparable hubby who has been invaluable in wrangling kids, bringing them to doctor appointments, taking our dog to her vet appointment, doing dishes, helping with meals, just serving all of us, and all with a good attitude.

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Rainforest Jumparoo!

And, I thank you for the blessing of generous friends, because when I was bummed out that we haven’t been able to find the money for even a second-hand play “walker” for her, that she volunteered during a conversation about our kids, “Oh, Fiala likes toys?  I just sorted through Cavan’s stuff, and if you want, you can borrow his Rainforest Jumparoo as long as you’d like, since he’s grown out of it,” which made me start to cry because the Rainforest Jumparoo was exactly the thing I wanted for her, and You knew that — you saw me shopping at Target, you saw those Craigslist searches.  I’m amazed how You continually care for our needs and even our silly wants.  And, thank you that my friend just “happened” to be doing an errand within half a mile of our chiropractor’s office at the exact same time I was there, which saved us both a trip.  Wow.  And, thank you that Fiala LOVES her Jumparoo.

And, I thank You that none of my children are ill anymore.  That was awful, and I’m so glad, so thankful those weeks have passed.  And, I thank You that all of them were ill before the swine flu panic started, because if they were going through that NOW, I’d be going crazy in my gourd, worrying that they had swine flu.

And, I thank you that having to lay/sit on the couch nearly all day is happening during baseball season, because now I can watch a full game and not feel all that badly about not being productive.  Now… if You can just help the Diamondbacks’ bullpen and their offense a little…  😉

You’re a good God.  Thank you that when things go wrong, and though I may get knocked down, I so rarely get totally knocked out like I used to.  You’ve helped my roots to grow deep into You, and though I may sway, I’m still solid by the water’s edge

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