Monday, October 10, 2011

Cream Cheese Chicken

My old Crock Pot started boiling my food, so I got a new one! After many hours (and I mean many) of reading reviews and ratings I finally decided on a new one. It was a really hard decision because all of them had good and bad reviews, but the bad ones were all common things and they were really bad. I decided to go with this one because it had pretty good reviews and it didn't seem to have a common problem (like some shut off randomly while cooking, eek!). I got this one from Amazon. I have used it twice and so far so good!

Today I made a recipe that I found on my newest obsession, Pinterest! I am totally addicted! I also got this great idea of actually taking pictures of the food. I guess I did think of that before, but was too lazy. Now I am really grateful to those people who take the time, because it makes it so much better to make something when you know what it should look like.

Cream Cheese Chicken

2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
1 can Corn-drained
1 can Rotel
1 can Pinto Beans- drained (the original called for black beans)
1 8 oz black of Cream Cheese (I used 1/3 less fat, but with most recipes this is the lowest fat you want to use.)

Put chicken in crock pot then other ingredients.  Cook on low 6-7 hours.  The recipe I read this is what hers looked like and then she stirred it every 2 hours.  I did the same and it turned out perfect.  This was a huge hit with my family.  We had ours with rice and tortillas.  I ate mine over rice and the boys ate their rice and chicken in a tortilla like a burrito.  Enjoy!

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Scalloped Chicken

This recipe is super easy and one that my family really enjoys, even with the peas! This is what we are having for dinner tonight with Hawaiian rolls and probably baked apples.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 box scalloped potatoes
10 oz frozen peas
2 cups water

Put chicken, potatoes, seasoning pack from potatoes, and peas in crockpot.  Then pour water over top and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4 hours.

I got this recipe from the Fix It and Forget It cookbook and it is always a hit!  I think next time I may use broccoli.  I think you can probably substitute the peas for whatever veggie your family likes.  What doesn't taste good in cheese?!

Millionaire Pie

1 cup crushed pineapple, well drained
1 -14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
5 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut (which I am omitting because no one will eat, but me!)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (also omitting for same reason!)
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
1- 6oz prepared graham cracker pie crust

Combine coconut, pineapple, pecans, lemon juice, and condensed milk in bowl, mix well.  Then fold in whipped topping.  Pour into pie crust.  Cover and chill 3 hours or overnight.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chicken Taco Soup

I love taco soup!  I am always trying new taco soup recipes or combining several to make it fit with the ingredients that I have on hand.  Today I had frozen chicken to use and no time to thaw hamburger, so it is chicken taco soup tonight!  I also used a new recipe that was for something else, but I made it work with the tomatoes I had and the chicken.  Looks yummy and I sure hope it tastes yummy!

3 -large boneless, skinless chicken breasts--mine were frozen
2- 15 oz cans light red kidney beans-undrained
1- 14oz can diced tomatoes
1-10oz can tomatoes with chilies-I used HT brand mild, but it is like Rotel
1-14oz can tomato sauce
1-15oz can of corn
1-pkg ranch dip
1-pkg taco seasoning

I put my chicken in the crockpot then dumped all other ingredients in and then stirred.  Covered and cook on low 7 hours.

I usually serve mine with corn chips or tortillas, sour cream, and cheese.  Tonight I feel like cornbread, so I may do that with or instead of the chips.

The meal was a huge success! I was shocked since no one likes ranch and I was worried it might have a ranch flavor, but it didn't.  It did have a sweeter taste.  My kids ate so much!!  They love kidney beans!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Easy Dinner Surprise

This is a new meal for us.  Can you tell why I chose it...Easy!!!  This was super easy to prepare.  I am not sure if my guys will like it since it has mushrooms and onions in it, but I thought it sounded yummy.

Easy Dinner Surprise

1-1 1/2 lbs stew meat, cubed
10 3/4 oz can cream of mushroom soup
10 3/4 oz can cream of celery (I used another can of mushroom because I didn't have cream of celery)
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
4 oz can mushroom pieces

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on Low 8-10 hours. (I am cooking on low for 8 hours)
Serve over rice or baked potatoes.  (I plan to use rice, since I know my kids love that)

This was definitely a keeper in my house!  Everyone loved it!  My husband loved it except for what he called the "surprise" which was the can of mushrooms (he doesn't really care for those).  The gravy turned out wonderful.

This recipe came from the Fix It and Forget It cookbook.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chicken Curry

I haven't done any major crockpot meals in a while and the ones I have been doing were the same old ones.  Well I am getting back into now with school getting ready to start back and other activities going on.  Here is one that was my favorite as a kid, but my mom would make it in the oven.  Last night I decided to make it in the crockpot instead!  It turned out just as yummy!

Chicken Currry

16 oz sour cream
2 cans cream of chicken soup
3 1/2 TBS of Curry powder
1 onion, diced
1 apple, peeled and diced
2-4 lbs of chicken

Place chicken in bottom of crockpot.  Mix all other ingredients together and then pour over top.  Cook on Low 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

*If you would like a smaller amount, just cut all the ingredients in Half.  I have 3 boys, so I have to make a large amount!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Creamy Italian Chicken

Just when I thought I had already failed at cooking and keeping this blog going I found the inspiration to cook tonight!  I found some cream cheese in the fridge and decided to make this meal.  It is one I really enjoy.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts(can be frozen)
1/4 cup water
1 pkg of Italian dressing mix
10 3/4 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 can of mushrooms (optional)

Put chicken in crockpot.  Mix water and Italian dressing mix.  Pour over chicken.  Cook on Low 3 hours.  Mix soup and cream cheese and mushrooms if you choose.  Cook one more hour on Low or until juices run clear.  Serve over noodles or rice.  

Variation--You can use cream of chicken soup instead of the mushroom.

We just had dinner and this meal was a huge success!!  All the kids loved it and there are no leftovers!!  Do you remember the Chicken Tonight commercials?  Well, my mom use to buy the French Country Chicken Tonight when I was growing up and I totally forgot that this was the meal that tastes just like it!  I just love having foods that remind me of my childhood.  


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pulled Pork

We are so thankful for a friend that introduced this recipe to us!  We love BBQ and it so nice to make it ourselves!  This recipe is of course easy and can easily be frozen for a future meal.

Boston Butt--I usually get about 7 or 8 lbs

Put your pork in the crockpot, fat side on top to keep it more moist.  Then we drizzle some olive oil on top.  sometimes we sprinkle some seasonings on top, like taco seasonings.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low.  When it is done shred the pork with two forks.  Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce vinegar, tomato based or mustard based!

This makes plenty, so if you are having company it is good or leftovers or to freeze just put in freezer bags and label.  So easy!