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Weekend Update: 3/22/15

Another Monday? Oh well, at least it was a pretty great weekend around here, so I can’t complain. Smile 

After work on Friday, I hit the road for MN. Thankfully, it is a fairly quick 2 1/2 hour drive back home.

Nothing too exciting Friday night.

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Dinner. Snuggles. The Blacklist. Cupcakes. Bed.

Saturday morning started with BODYPUMP. It was a great group for 7am on a weekend.

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And Caribou afterwards. Caramel latte ftw.

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My secret for a successful trip to the grocery store with an almost 3 year old. Bribery with cookies. Works every time. Winking smile 

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New recipe for protein energy balls. Super yum. Coming your way this week!

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Sunday morning = family pancake breakfast.

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Sunday was a low key day. Snow outside. Snuggles inside.

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Finished off the weekend with one of my favorite crockpot meals –> cream cheese chicken chili.

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And cornbread perfection. Drizzled with honey = awesomesauce.

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How was your weekend?? What was the best part?

And because it was pretty marvelous, I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Crockpot!

It’s that time of year, right? The days are shorter, it’s dark at 4:30pm. It’s getting colder and snowing! Time to put on more layers. And time to come home to a house smelling delicious after the crockpot has been cooking away all day long.

I love the crockpot. I even did a crockpot challenge with Julie.

In the spirit of the crockpot season, I thought I would share a few of my absolute all time favorite crockpot recipes that I make multiple times each year.

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Crockpot Chicken Cream Cheese Chili

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Crockpot Pot Roast

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What’s your favorite crockpot meal??

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday this week!!

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Crockpot Pinterest Meals

If you are anything like me, you have your favorite meals that you make again and again, but you are always looking for that new family favorite. And I tend to look at Pinterest for inspiration. With the weather cooling down and life not getting any less crazy. .. I am always looking for a new crockpot favorite. Triple bonus points if it is super easy.

Here are a few from my crockpot Pinterest page that I am super excited to try out this fall. . .

Crockpot shredded beef enchiladas

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Enchiladas are absolutely succulent! Skip the restaurant and make these mouthwatering enchiladas at home. | iowagirleats.com

Grilled pineapple pork sandwiches

Grilled Pineapple Pork Sandwiches - juicy shredded slow cooker pork with golden brown pineapple pieces. SO good! | pinchofyum.com

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken - Damn Delicious

Crockpot Thai peanut chicken

Crockpot Thai Peanut Chicken @Matt Valk Chuah Trendy Trainer

Crockpot beef carnitas tacos

Crock Pot Beef Carnitas Tacos from www.eatliverun.com

Chicken cacciatore

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How to make your own Rotisserie chicken

How To Make Your Own Rotisserie Chicken{No Rotisserie Required}

Do you have any family favorite crockpot recipes??

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TYT #11–Freezer Meals Update

So remember how Laura and I got together a few months ago and made a bunch of freezer meals?

I promised that I would report back about how they survived freezing, thawing and cooking. ..

I did one update for cheesy chicken chalupas and pizza casserole. Now, I am back with 2 more meals. Both of these are Advocare challenge friendly too!

Meal #1 – crockpot chicken fajitas.

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I thawed this one in the fridge and then threw it in the crockpot. To keep it advocare friendly, I served it over lettuce and topped with avocado and mango salsa. The original directions say to serve with tortillas, cheese and sour cream.

Overall, super easy to prepare – you can’t beat dumping dinner into the crockpot.

It wasn’t the most flavorful dish ever. I would think if I made it again, I would probably add more spice and maybe some jalapenos.

Overall grade for freezer meal = B+. It was a good (not great) meal, easy to prepare, and made dinner a breeze.

Meal #2 – crockpot chicken cacciatore

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This is another crockpot meal, so same process – thaw overnight in fridge and then put in the crockpot. This recipe uses chicken thighs – which Scott loves and I do not. So this wasn’t my favorite dish ever. It was also a bit bland. I have made much better chicken cacciatore recipes before. BUT, Scott liked it and ate it for leftovers.

Overall grade for freezer meal = B-. It was an ok meal for me and it was easy to prepare.

I would totally make chicken cacciatore as a freezer meal again, I would just use my own recipe and chicken breast instead of thighs.

Linking up with Becky for TYT because freezer meals are always great for treating your future weeknight self! Smile

Have you had any freezer (or crockpot) meal successes lately?

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Crockpot Pot Roast

Crockpot Pot Roast

All this spring snow made me crave some slow cooked all day long, cheesy, melt in your mouth comfort food. Inspiration came again from Pinterest. And from the crockpot challenge!

 

Original recipe is from You’re Too Crafty…

And here is my version:

Ingredients:
McCormicks slower cooker Savory Pot Roast season packet
An Au Jus packet
1 can diet coke
Boneless Cross Rib Roast

Directions:
1. Put meat in the crock pot.
2. Mix the slow cooker seasoning with 1 cup of water
3. Pour over meat
4. Add diet coke 
5. Cover with your lid for 8 Low or 4 hours on high (try to not lift the lid!)
6. Right before you are ready to eat, sprinkle dry au jus packet over the top and mix
7. Shred meat and enjoy!

I made my pot roast into sandwiches. Good ciabatta rolls, toasted in the oven. Topped with provolone cheese and melted under the broiler for a minute. Topped with meat and sauce. Delicious! Melty cheese, crunchy bread, rich sauce and melt in your mouth meat from cooking all day long. Perfect for our cold, snowy winter spring Minnesota nights. Winking smile 

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Ok, now I am ready for 70 degrees this weekend! Smile Happy Spring.

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Crockpot Chicken Cream Cheese Chili

Crockpot Chicken Cream Cheese Chili

So I made this recipe during the crockpot challenge, but never had a chance to tell you about it. It is so delicious and in typical crockpot meal fashion – super easy! It has been a long time since I have made something, that after I made it, I thought “When can I go to the store to buy more ingredients to make it again?” It was that good!

It is thick and hearty, perfect for a god MN winter night. Eaten with a spoon or some thick tortilla chips. I served mine with a thick slice of cornbread with honey butter.

I got the original recipe is from Six Sister’s Stuff and you can find it here. But I made some of my own tweaks. . . and thought it turned out pretty flippin’ fantastic! Smile The Rotel can be pretty spicy so if you want to tone down the spice, just sub in a can of regular diced tomatoes.

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Ingredients
1 can corn, undrained
2 cans Rotel (tomatoes & gr. chiles), undrained
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbl. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 lb chicken breasts

Directions
1. Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
2. Combine corn, Rotel, ranch seasoning, cumin, chili powder and onion powder and pour over chicken.
3. Place stick of cream cheese on top.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
5. Stir cream cheese into chili.
6. Use 2 forks and shred the chicken.
7. Stir together and serve.

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Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Check out this super easy crock pot recipe. . .perfect for a weeknight dinner! And ridiculously delicious!

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The recipe:

1 lb boneless chicken breasts
1 sprinkle cumin (~1 t)
Salt and Pepper
1 jar salsa (12 ounces)
1 can corn
1 can chopped green chiles

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Put chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot

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Sprinkle with cumin, salt and pepper.

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Top with salsa, corn and chiles.

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Mix together

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Cook on low for 4 hours. (use extra time to do something important)

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Marvel at how awesome cooking with the crockpot is when you pull out beautifully moist chicken

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and the awesome sauce that has come together. . .

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Shred chicken and return to crockpot.

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***Pay no attention to the side of the crockpot – nothing a quick soak in the sink can’t take care of!

Mix all together and serve. In a tortilla as a taco, with chips as nachos, over rice, or by itself. You can also skip shredding the chicken and serve the chicken breasts with the sauce over the top!

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I like to put the mix in a tortilla with sour cream and cheese.

Start with good tortillas – my current favorite: Mission Multi-Grain

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Put a good smear of sour cream down the middle

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Top with crockpot salsa chicken and sauce

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Finish with a good sprinkle of cheese

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And serve with extra salsa. Smile 

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Enjoy! And accept compliments. Winking smile

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He went back for seconds. . . Balsamic (crockpot) Chicken

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My husband never almost never goes back for seconds. He eats dinner. Thanks me for making said dinner. Then, waits 2 seconds, and asks what  is for dessert (his real love and the reason he runs – see why we are totally made for each other?). But the other night, I made a new recipe – balsamic chicken. And he wasn’t even done with his first serving before he was back in the kitchen for more. He told me three (three!) times what a good dinner this was. . . And then waited 2 seconds and asked what was for dessert – cause hey, some things never change! lol. Smile 

And even more support of how wonderful this recipe was – the next night – he asked if he could have it as leftovers. . . as much as he doesn’t eat seconds… I usually have to trick him into eating leftovers!

The recipe is from SkinnyCrockPot.

And for me – soooo easy to make. Throw all ingredients into the crockpot and cook for 4 hours. Serve over cooked pasta. Sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Done.

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Chunks of tomatoes, balsamic softened onions, chicken so tender from cooking in the tomato/balsamic liquid you can shred it with a fork along with a beautiful sauce that goes perfectly with pasta.

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Next time: must serve with garlic bread to soak up that awesome sauce!

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Make this! Smile 

Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t each dried oregano, basil, rosemary
  • 1/2 t thyme
  • ground black pepper and salt to taste

Directions

1. Pour olive oil on bottom of slow cocker
2. Add chicken breasts and salt and pepper each breast
3. Put sliced onion on top of chicken
4. Add dried herbs and garlic cloves
5. Pour in vinegar
6. Top with tomatoes
7. Cook on high 4 hours
8. Serve over pasta and top with cheese

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