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Easy Crock Pot Pasta Sauce

Easy Crock Pot Pasta Sauce

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Having dinner ready when I get home, reaches a whole new level on the happiness scale. This crock pot pasta sauce adapted from The Fast Metabolism Cookbook is a meaty sauce with lots of flavor and plenty of vegetables to boot. Read the rest of this entry

Salsa Verde Rice and Chicken Casserole

Salsa Verde Rice and Chicken Casserole

Salsa Verde Chicken Rice Casserole
Could this time of year be any busier? Need a good casserole recipe that has lots of leftovers for lunch? If you like rice and chicken with a little salsa added, you will love this recipe that I adapted from Iowa Girl Eats! She has some great recipes on her website! Read the rest of this entry

Chicken Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

Chicken Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

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When I look for recipes, I look for one that is easy to assemble, tastes good, and is reasonably healthy. If there are leftovers for lunch the next day, even better!

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Start with 12 corn tortillas and cut them into strips.

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Next, mix 1 can of Rotel tomatoes, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, and 1/2 cup milk. Stir together.

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Earlier, I cooked 4 chicken breasts and chopped them into bite-sized pieces. Open 1 can of black or pinto beans, drain and rinse.

In greased 9 X 13 pan, layer half of the tortillas, half of the chicken, half of the beans. Then repeat. Next, pour soup mixture over the ingredients. Top with 1 cup of grated cheese, I have used mild or pepper jack. Cover with foil and cook at 350 for 40 minutes.

Ingredient List: 1 can of rotel tomatoes, 1 can black beans drained, 4 cooked chicken breasts, 12 corn tortillas, 1 cup grated cheese, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup milk.

Enjoy!

Blessings….Lucy!

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http://beingfrugalbychoice.com/2014/09/homemade-mondays-week-99.html

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http://www.kathewithane.com/2014/09/youre-gonna-love-it-tuesday.html


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Mexican Quinoa One Skillet Meal in 30 Minutes!

Mexican Quinoa One Skillet Meal in 30 Minutes!

Mexican Quinoa

Mexican quinoa came across my Pinterest feed the other day and the photo looked delicious. One pan and a 30 minute cook time convinced me that I needed to try this for dinner!

Afraid of quinoa? Don’t be, it is easy and delicious! The HH says it tastes good but reminds him of fish eggs…he hasn’t let that stop him from eating it though.

The number one thing to remember about quinoa is to rinse it well! There is a bitter coating on the tiny seeds that needs to be rinsed away. You must use a fine-mesh strainer so that those tiny seeds don’t disappear down the drain!

Here are the ingredients. The original recipe called for black beans but all I had were pinto beans and they tasted fine. I chopped up the avocado rather than mixing it into the skillet as the recipe called for because I was hoping for leftovers and I didn’t think the avocado would survive.


 

Mexican Quinoa One Skillet Meal
Serves 6
One pan meal in 30 minutes
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 small jalapenos, minced
  4. 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  5. 1 cup vegetable broth
  6. 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  7. 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  8. 1 cup corn kernels
  9. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  13. Juice of 1 lime
  14. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in lime juice and cilantro.
  5. The original recipe said to stir in the avocado but I opted not to put it in the pan in case there were leftovers. I wasn't sure if the avocado would hold up the next day.
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Enjoy!
Blessings….Lucy!

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Gnocchi with Basil Pesto…Quick and Easy Dinner

Gnocchi with Basil Pesto…Quick and Easy Dinner

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One of our favorite quick meals is Gnocchi with Basil Pesto sauce. Throw in a salad and you have a very fast dinner. Gnocchi is a potato “dumpling” that can be served with a red sauce or as we prefer it with basil pesto.

In order for this to be a quick meal, I try to keep all the ingredients on hand. Basil pesto keeps in the fridge for quite a while so it is easy to have on hand. My local grocery carries one brand of gnocchi but I didn’t care for it. Amazon carries gnocchi in a six-pack and I really like the Don Bruno brand. Six containers cost $19.06 and one container will feed our family but I sometimes cook two if I want leftovers for lunches.

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Enjoy!

Blessings….Lucy!

Crock Pot Chicken and Dressing + Cranberry Orange Relish

Crock Pot Chicken and Dressing + Cranberry Orange Relish
Chicken and Dressing

Chicken and Dressing

What is on your Thanksgiving menu? We are not huge turkey fans around here so a few years ago I started making crock-pot chicken and dressing from my Aunt June’s recipe (No, not the honey boo boo June!) This recipe makes a big batch and there are usually leftovers. 

If you want people to think you are a culinary rock star, make the cranberry orange relish too.  This recipe is so easy and it tastes AMAZING, especially with the  crock pot chicken and dressing. Great for Christmas meals also! For the best flavor, make the night before.  But, you know, I have made it last-minute too and it works!

This year my three girls are making 2 dishes each to help with the Thanksgiving meal. Three times two equals six….YIPEE!!  I hope this catches on and becomes our new tradition!  After our meal, we will hopefully make our Christmas card photo!  Then, the madness of the shopping season begins!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Blessings….Lucy!

 

Crock Pot Chicken and Dressing
Yields 16
Great recipe for a big crowd. Always a hit!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr 30 min
Total Time
5 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr 30 min
Total Time
5 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  2. 1 (9x9 inch) pan cornbread, cooled and crumbled. I use Jiffy. (See note below)
  3. 8 slices day-old bread, torn into small pieces
  4. 4 eggs, beaten
  5. 1 onion, chopped
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. 2 teaspoons dried sage (or more if desired)
  9. 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  10. 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  11. 2 tablespoons margarine
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a pot with water to cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Boil 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. Cool, and cut into pieces.
  4. In a slow cooker, stir together chicken, cornbread, bread, eggs, onion, salt, pepper, sage, chicken broth, and chicken soup.
  5. Stir until well blended.
  6. Dot with butter
  7. Cover, and cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours.
  8. Remove lid, and fluff with fork.
  9. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. When I cook the cornbread, I add the sage and onion to the cornbread mix. I think it gives it a good flavor.This is optional!
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Cranberry Orange Relish
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  2. 1 medium orange, washed,quartered (Remove seeds and do use the peels, too!)
  3. 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Wash and drain cranberries.
  2. Wash and quarter one orange and remove any seeds.
  3. Place everything in a food processor and chop.
  4. Add sugar.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
Notes
  1. Make the night before for the best flavor...or last minute works too.
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Easy Chili!

Easy Chili!
Easy Chili

Easy Chili

We are experiencing some cold weather in Tennessee these days! Nothing is better on cold nights than chili. This is a recipe that I found on Pinterest and everyone at my house loved it, including the handsome husband who is not a chili fan.  I changed it up by adding beans into the recipe but if you do not like them, don’t add them.  You cannot beat a recipe that only has 3-steps to make it either!

 

Enjoy!

Blessings….Lucy!

Easy 3-step Chili
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium Onion {minced}
  2. 3-5 Garlic Cloves {minced}
  3. 1 – 1 1/2 pound of lean ground beef
  4. 1-2 cans of black or pinto beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  5. 2 cans of diced tomatoes {Onion, Garlic, & Oregano flavor)
  6. 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  7. 1 can tomato sauce
  8. 2 TBSP Chili Powder
  9. 1 TBSP Ground Cumin
  10. 2 TBSP White Sugar
  11. 1 TBSP Salt
  12. 1 TBSP Tabasco Sauce
  13. 1 TSP Pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Brown the beef with onion and garlic. {Drain fat when finished and return meat to pot.}
  2. 2. Add cans of tomatoes, sauce, beans, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, Tabasco, and pepper.
  3. 3. Simmer for at least 30-45 minutes or longer if you have the time!
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Old Time Beef Stew

Old Time Beef Stew

Beef Stew

We had friends over Sunday night to watch football and I made beef stew. This recipe for beef stew has been slightly adapted from the Betty Crocker cookbook I received a LONG time ago as a wedding present. Everyone need a “go to” cookbook for basic recipes and this has been it for me.  The book includes information on cooking basics, canning and freezing, grilling, along with tons of recipes. If you are just learning to cook or need some new recipes,  this is the cookbook for you! 

This beef stew is very easy to make but it does take some time.  The stew is well worth the time you spend making it, and I usually double the recipe for lunch leftovers. You could definitely adapted it for crock pot cooking by browning your meat and putting all the ingredients in crock pot at low for 6-8 hours. Yummy!!

Enjoy!
Blessings….Lucy!

Old Time Beef Stew
The stew takes a while to cook but is well worth it! Could be adapted for crock pot.
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds beef stew meat
  2. 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  3. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. 1 medium onion, diced
  6. 1-2 bay leaves
  7. 1/2 tablespoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon sugar
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  11. 6 carrots, peeled and quartered
  12. 4 potatoes, quartered (I use red potatoes and leave the skin on)
  13. 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly brown meat in oil.
  2. Add 2 cups hot water and next nine ingredients.
  3. Cover and simmer for 1.5 hours stirring occasionally.
  4. Add vegetables and cook 30-45 minutes longer.
  5. Slowly stir flour into 1/3 cup of cold water and slowly pour into stew mixture.
  6. Cook and stir until bubbly.
  7. Makes 6-8 servings.
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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