November 21, 2016

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
4 cloves garlic
1 bunch cilantro
2 cans black beans
2 large cans stewed tomatoes
1 4 oz can green chilies
4 cups chicken broth
3 shredded chicken breasts (cooked)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp. cumin

Tortilla strips
Sour Cream

Saute onions, garlic, and cilantro for 8-10 minutes.  In a large crockpot put onion mixture, broth, tomatoes, carrots, green chilies, cooked chicken, black beans, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

May 18, 2016

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

These are super easy and taste super yummy!  This chicken was so good, my husband kept eating it plain after his 2 massive tacos!

Place 4 trimmed chicken breasts into your crock pot (because trimmed chicken makes better chewy yucky pieces!)

1 1/4 cups *organic chicken broth
1 can Rotel tomatoes (or make your own from scratch)
1-2 TB taco seasoning ( I used this *organic one, and I think the flavor is better and makes this even yummier!)

Pour mixture over chicken and cook on low about 6 hours.  About 30 min before serving, shred chicken in crock pot.  (You can drain liquid before serving, or use a slotted spoon or a fork.)

Serve with cheese, tomatoes, olives, guacamole, lettuce, etc.  And of course, *fresh tortillas are the best!

*organic, fresh ingredients optional.  Substitute as desired.

March 3, 2016

Chicken Fajita Pasta

2 TB Olive Oil
1 pound chicken breasts
Taco/Fajita seasoning
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cups diced bell peppers
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 can Rotel tomatoes
8 oz penne pasta (or similar sized pasta)
salt and pepper

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and season with taco seasoning.  Heat 1 TB oil in a large skillet and cook chicken.  Remove chicken and set aside.

Add remaining 1 TB oil to skillet.  Cook onions and bell peppers, toss with taco seasoning.    Remove veggies and set aside with chicken.

In the same skillet, add the broth, cream, diced tomatoes, uncooked pasta and salt and pepper.  Stir, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15 min until pasta is tender.  Add the chicken and veggies back into the skillet.  Stir, and heat through.

Picture credit and recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda's Recipes

Chicken and Broccoli Almost Alfredo

This sauce isn't really an alfredo sauce......but it is along the same lines!  It's healthier though!

2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
2 cups cooked broccoli
8 oz small pasta (rotini, shells, bowtie, etc.)
Onion and Garlic (I just use a small amount of both, can omit too)
2 TB flour
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup milk (regular or almond)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in skillet and cook garlic and onions for about 1 min.  Add in flour and whisk together.  Slowly whisk in chicken broth, then milk.  Turn heat to low and simmer until thickened, 3-5 min.  Stir in parmesan cheese until melted.  Turn off heat.  Add chicken to sauce.  Pour sauce mixture over cooked pasta.  Add cooked broccoli.  Can add water/milk if it's too thick.  Serves 4-5.

March 2, 2016

Chicken cashew lettuce wraps

Another Mel's Kitchen Cafe recipe! These lettuce wraps are amazing! Every time I make them we go crazy (well, maybe not the kids, but that's ok because there's more for us). They're so, so good!

1 T olive oil
1/2 c. chopped onion (or less, I always like less!)
1 c. chopped carrots
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
salt, pepper
1 lb. chicken, cut into small pieces or cubed
3 T soy sauce
2 T syrup
1/2 c. cashews
lettuce, washed and peeled to cups/wraps
chopped cucumbers & tomatoes
(the cucumbers make this dish!)

In a skillet, cook onion, carrots, and garlic in oil until they start to soften (couple minutes). Add chicken and cook all together until done (6 minutes or so), adding salt and pepper to your taste. Add soy sauce and syrup and simmer another 2-3 minutes until it's all soft and combined. Add cashews at the very end and cook until warm. Scoop mixture into lettuce cups and add chopped cucumbers and tomatoes.  

The best mac and cheese of your life!

This is from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, and it's the best mac and cheese I've ever made. My kids are obsessed, and it's super easy. After making it several times I've adjusted the water to what finally worked for me (the first time the noodles weren't cooked all the way because there wasn't enough liquid). Seriously, this stuff is divine. 

4 c. water
1 can evaporated milk
12 oz. (3 c) pasta (this is not a whole box)
*I've made this with macaroni noodles but we all prefer shells!
1 t. cornstarch
1/2 t. dry mustard
1 1/2 c. shredded monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 T. butter

In a skillet, combine water, 1 c. of the evaporated milk, and noodles. Bring to a boil and keep boiling, stirring often, for 9-12 minutes (until pasta is done and most of the liquid has thickened). While it's cooking, pour the rest of the evaporated milk in a bowl and add dry mustard and cornstarch. Stir it all together until combined (use a fork or small whisk). Once noodles are done, pour into skillet. Stir/boil for another minute until all combined and thickened. Turn off heat and add cheese and butter. Season with salt and pepper. 

February 25, 2016

Rice Krispie Treats

We LOVE these! 
The trick is to add extra marshmallows at the end- they turn out soft and gooey every time. 

5 T butter
8 c + 2 c mini marshmallows
6 c Rice Krispies

Spray a 9x13 pan and set aside. 
In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies and 2 c marshmallows. 
Melt butter in large pot. Add 8 c marshmallows and stir until melted. 
Pour over Rice Krispies and extra marshmallows and mix.
Press into pan and let set up. 

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