Thursday, September 18, 2014

Crockpot Chicken Tacos



I've said it before, my family are big fans of tacos... They are usually on the menu a couple times a month, if not once a week. I wanted to shake it up a bit and use chicken instead of beef and I love the fact that I was able to make these in the crock pot. They were super delicious and a great way to mix it up!


Crockpot Chicken Tacos
(recipe found on pinterest via laaloosh.com)

12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 package dry ranch seasoning mix
1 package dry taco seasoning mix
2 cups fat free chicken broth
12 taco shells
1 cup lettuce, shredded
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream

Put chicken, broth, taco seasoning and ranch seasoning into a crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken with two forks. Divide chicken and taco fixings evenly among taco shells.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich



While my kids aren't huge fans of avocado, the hubs and I love it! I try to sneak it in a few different places when I can, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't! :) This wasn't a favorite of theirs, but I enjoyed a new take on an old favorite! Plus it was easy enough to throw together regular egg salad for the kids while I made this kind for me... It was yummy and simple!


Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
(recipe found on pinterest via twopeasandtheirpod.com)

2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 hard boiled egg whites, chopped
2 small avocados, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a medium bowl, combine the hard boiled eggs and egg whites, avocado, yogurt, lemon juice, green onion and mustard. Mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Root Beer BBQ Chicken



I tried this recipe with my kids and they couldn't stop eating it!! I had to buy smaller packages of chicken legs then I usually do and I was a little concerned about not having enough. I was right to be concerned! I had to stop them from eating more and more, seriously they would have had 4 or 5 if I would have let them... I can't blame them though, the crispiest of the skin from being seared on the grill and the sauce was fabulous!! My boys took a couple pieces with them to cub scout camp the next day and enjoyed them just as much! Just make sure that you have enough gas for your grill... Not so much fun to find out that you are out when you are in the middle of searing! No worries though - I just heated the oven up to 450 and finished cooking that way. It was a late supper, but the kids didn't seem to mind.


Root Beer BBQ Chicken
(recipe found in Family Fun)

BBQ Sauce
1 cup root beer
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Chicken
3 pounds bone in, skin on chicken pieces (I used chicken legs)
1 teaspoon steak seasoning

To make the sauce: combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil of medium heat, then lower the heat and simmer the sauce until it thickens and reduces by about a quarter, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside to cool. Place chicken on a sheet pan and rub with steak seasoning. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Prepare your grill so that the heat is concentrated on one side (direct heat). Sear the chicken over the direct heat, covered, turning it once or twice, for about 8 minutes. Move the chicken to the cooler side and cook it, covered, turning it once or twice, until almost cooked through, about 12 minutes. Baste the chicken with the sauce, close the lid, and cook for about 3 minutes. Repeat two or three times, until the sauce is thick and browned and the chicken is done, for 8-10 minutes.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pie Iron Tacos



We headed out on our first camping trip of the season and I decided that I wanted to try a new recipe... Since my kids are a little obsessed with tacos, I thought that these sounded right up their alley! They were a huge hit and I ended up making them on the next camping trip that we went on as well! I love cooking over the fire while we are camping - luckily our first weekend wasn't a huge bust since the rain stopped just in time for us to get the fire going to make these! They were super yummy and easy to prep at home before we left for the weekend!


Pie Iron Tacos
recipe found on pinterest via twomaidsamilking.com)

1 pound ground beef
1 ounce packet taco seasoning
12 (5") corn tortillas
1 cup cheese
1/2 cup onion, chopped
taco garnishes - lettuce, black olives, green olives, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, taco sauce

Prepare taco meat according to taco seasoning packet directions. Place tortilla shells on each side of a pie iron. Place meat on one shell.


Add cheese and onion, if desired.


Close pie irons and tear any extra tortilla shell off.



Place in fire and heat until tortillas are browned to desired amount.


Top with your favorite taco toppings!


Or just pick it up and go! :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekly Line Up - 9/12-9/18



The hubs is going to be gone a lot this week, so I'm making it easy on myself and going with a lot of easy meals! :) My baby is starting preschool this week as well, so I might have some extra time on my hands and an excited 4 year old that will love to do some baking with me while he is gone! So, I might be making more then just blueberry scones while I am baking!

Thursday - Pick Your Own
Friday - Eggs/Toast
Saturday - Lasagna Roll Ups
Sunday - Waffles
Monday - Zesty Corn Chowder
Tuesday - ECFE
Wednesday - *Pizzetti
Thursday - *BBQ Mac-N-Cheese

Extras - *Blueberry Scones, Breakfast Burritos

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Snickatella Pie



For my mom's birthday dessert she requested an ice cream dessert that included something chocolatey and peanutty... This was a recipe that I wanted to try for a while, so I decided to go for it! It was definitely a hit... I made up a double batch for our whole family at Sunday dinner and there was not a lot left. Everyone kept going back for a few more bites! :) While the dulce de leche took some time to cook it was worth the sweet taste.

Snickatella Pie
(recipe found on pinterest via cakestudent.com)

1 prepared pan of brownies (in a 9″ spring form pan)
1 half gallon vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup nutella
chocolate animal crackers, crushed (2 cups worth)
dulce de leche, as recipe states
sweetened condensed milk
2 snickers, chopped

Dulce de leche: Place sweetened condensed milk in a pie plate and cover with foil. Place in roasting pan and pour water into bottom of roasting pan until it is up the sides of the pie plate. Put in preheated oven (425) and cook for 1 hour, chickening occasionally to make sure the water level remains about halfway up pie plate. Cook until golden brown color and thickened. Let cool completely. Mix together nutella and crushed animal crackers, adding a small amount of milk to make spreadable. Spread a layer of nutella mixture onto the brownies. Freeze for 15 minutes while ice cream is softening. Spread a layer of ice cream. Top with the dulce de leche and then chopped snickers. Freeze.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ground Beef Totchos



I made this as a special supper for the kids one night and they were crazy about it! I had my niece and nephew the same night, so I doubled the recipe and threw some grapes on the side for a quick and easy "finger food" supper. I couldn't dish it up fast enough for them as they were eating it! :) I did add black olives to the totchos that we had and if it wasn't for having kids that might be a bit pickier, I would have thrown some onions in the mix as well. So tasty!! I definitely like to bake up my tater tots until they are nice and crispy so I added about 10 minutes extra onto the cooking time...


Ground Beef Totchos
(recipe found pillsbury.com)

2 bags (16 oz each) tater tots
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 cup salsa
Shredded lettuce
Sour cream and guacamole, if desired

Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheet with sides with foil or cooking parchment paper. Place frozen potatoes on cookie sheet. Bake as directed on bag. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Cook about 2 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle potatoes with beef mixture and cheese. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted. Top with remaining ingredients.