Let Me Introduce the Improv-ers: Tara from Crock Pot Ladies

This week, I’d like to introduce you to Tara, one of the four gals that blog at Crock Pot Ladies.  Two of them, Tara and Heidi, have both joined the Improv Challenge group.  I love that they take up the challenge of cooking with the two assigned ingredients in the crock pot!!  Tara has given us such goodies as Strawberry Soup, Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Mashed Potatoes and Stuffed Green Peppers.  You wouldn’t believe the dishes you can cook in a crock pot!  So with out further ado, here is Tara:

Hi all! My name is Tara aka Lady Tara from Crock-Pot Ladies. I’m so glad to be able to share a little bit about myself and the Crock-Pot Ladies blog with you all. When Lady Heidi first said she wanted to make a blog for crock-pot recipes and was looking for some co-bloggers, I was totally on board as I have always loved cooking with a slow cooker. Many years back, my mother let me borrow her old Rival Crock-Pot and I never gave it back (though truth be told she didn’t notice, she rarely cooks!). One of my favorite things about crock-pot cooking is that you can cook a less expensive roast or cut of meat and it still comes out tender and juicy.

I’ve also found that in my last six years of being a “stay at home mom” of three kids ages 6, 15 and 18, I am home less than when I was working full-time outside the house. The crock-pot makes it easier to make a good dinner for your family even when you aren’t able to be home all day. Many a night we would have been picking up pizza or going through the McDonald’s drive-thru if it wasn’t for my slow cooker. I think a lot of us whether we work outside the home or not are faced with this same challenge which is why I love being able to share easy crock-pot recipes with our readers. And I never realized until blogging that crock-pots are popular with the college students! There seems to really be resurgence in popularity of slow cooking.

With four of us ladies blogging, we are able to bring you a new recipe pretty much every day and are always looking for our readers to share their crock-pot recipes with us as well! We even give away a crock-pot each month to one of our readers who submitted a recipe! The fact that we are all scattered across the country makes it interesting and I love seeing what the other ladies come up with each week. If you haven’t done so already check out recipes by Lady Katie, Lady Heidi and Lady Sarah on our blog. It’s been a really fun 8 months and I can’t wait for more.

If you haven’t checked out the Improv Challenge that Kristen hosts here on her blog, make sure you visit this month. It has been awesome to go outside my comfort zone with different types of foods in the crock-pot. This month will be a cherries and almond recipe and I’m still figuring out what to share but I can’t wait to see all the fantastic Improv-ers recipes!

Crock Pot Mashed Cauliflower

Thanks for taking time to get to know me a little. Now I have a wonderful recipe for a healthier version of mashed potatoes, “Crock-Pot Mashed Cauliflower”. Easy, good for you and delicious- check it out below.

Let Me Introduce the Improv-ers: Tara from Crock Pot Ladies
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Ingredients
  • 2½ Cups Cauliflower, Washed and Cut Up
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Light or Fat Free Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Butter or Margarine
  • 2 Tbsp Skim Milk
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Pepper
Instructions
  1. Place cauliflower and water in crock-pot and cover.
  2. Cook on high one hour.
  3. Add rest of the ingredients and turn to low.
  4. Cook for about 4 hours or until cauliflower is tender.
  5. Add to food processor (1/2 at a time if necessary) and puree for a few minutes to mash.
  6. Serve with additional butter if desired.
Notes
You can place the mashed cauliflower back in the crock-pot and use your "keep warm" setting after mashing if not ready to serve right away.

Crock Pot Mashed CauliflowerThanks, Tara!  I know that I don’t use my crock pot nearly enough.  You have inspired me to try to use it more.  Folks, those Crock Pot Ladies even make bread in their machines!!

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