Super quick and easy weeknight meal. Serve this alone or with chips or tortillas.
1 cup Dried Pinto Beans, rinsed
1-1/2 cups Salsa
2 tablespoons Canned Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce, chopped
2 tablespoons Flour
1-1/2 pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 medium Red Onion, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper (ribs and seeds removed), chopped
1 cup Water
1/2 teaspoon Coarse Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper
In crock pot, stir together beans, salsa, chiles, flour and water. Season chicken with salt and pepper; arrange on top of bean mixture. Place onion and bell pepper on top of chicken.
Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
Remove chicken from stew; shred into large pieces and return to crock pot.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Total Fat 6.4g
Total Carbohydrates 29.7g
Dietary Fiber 7.2g
Nutrition Grade A
Megan went grocery shopping with me today. First stop, Costco. She really, really needs the $4000 massage chair that they have this month. Then on the way to Target, she let me know that she wants to broaden her shopping horizons. She’s getting tired of just shopping at Justice. She wants to shop the entire mall. THANK GOODNESS she can’t fit into the clothes in most of the mall stores yet. I have a few more years. But I have a feeling that her expectations are going to be through the roof tomorrow when she watches the Grammy’s she recorded and sees Carrie Underwood’s light up dress.
This stew is great alone, with chips or with tortillas. You can top with cheese or sour cream.
2 cups Dried Pinto Beans, rinsed
3 cups Salsa
1/4 cup Canned Chopped Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce
1/4 cup Flour
2 cups Water
3 pounds Chicken Breasts
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 medium Red Onion, sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced (ribs and seeds removed)
1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
Mix beans, salsa, chiles, flour and water in slow cooker. Season chicken with salt and pepper; arrange on top of beans. Place onion and bell pepper on top of chicken.
Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
Shred chicken into large pieces and return to stew. Serve topped cilantro.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Total Fat 9.0g
Total Carbohydrates 27.7g
Dietary Fiber 6.5g
Nutrition Grade A
Today’s Leopard Print Find: Mud Pie Leopard Soft Headband Mud Pie Leopard Soft Headband (White)
We had a crazy, busy day yesterday. Two road trips in one day. First we drove to see Johnny’s grandmother at her nursing home. Five hours round trip for that part and we get there and she is sound asleep. Next we had to drive the opposite direction for a belated Christmas party. The girls were troopers and didn’t complain at all. This time all they packed was their itouch, a pillow and a blanket. Usually they need 2 huge tote bags of stuff just to make it an hour in the car.
Super easy fajitas and I didn’t have to mess with grilling in the cold and the wind.
1-1/2 lbs Chicken Breasts
1 cup Onion, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
1 Jalapeño Pepper, seeded and sliced
1 Tbs Garlic, minced
2 tsp Mexican Seasoning
10 oz Rotel
6 (8-inch) Flour Tortillas
Place chicken in bottom of crock pot; top with onion, peppers, garlic, seasoning and Rotel.
Cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook for 7 hours.
Remove meat, and shred with a fork. Return meat to slow cooker and stir.
Serve in warm flour tortillas and top with cheese.
Adapted from Cooking Light
Total Fat 9.2g
Total Carbohydrates 16.3g
Dietary Fiber 2.7g
Nutrition Grade B+
Today’s Leopard Print Find: Coach Leopard Print Wristlet Clutch Wallet 7″ X 5″ X 1.5″ – Silver Black
Last year I had to get rid of the Pottery Barn Kids advent calendar that the girls had used for 9 years. I hated to get rid of it because that was the one they had grown up with, but it kept falling apart and I didn’t really like it anyway. So when I saw this one, I knew it would be more special to my animal crazy girls anyway. I probably should get a second one so they both have one for when they are grown. The same reason we adopted a second elf, so they both have their own. They’ll probably still have to work out visitations with each other’s elves when they get older though.
I couldn’t even get the girls to try this one, but it was soooo good! They hubby loved it too. It was really, really tender.
Sorry, but I was so hungry I didn’t have time to get a good picture of this.
It has been challenging trying to find time to cook lately. Megan is getting ready for her big Cheer Extravaganza and they are practicing like crazy. Today they have to get their cheers and dance approved by the judges. I had no idea she was so competitive. She wants to win!!! Until then, (just a few more weeks) thank goodness for crock pots!! (and for yummy Brisket Tacos) – Go Saints!!!
3 lb Brisket
2/3 cup Water
1.25 oz Taco Seasoning
2 – 10 oz cans Ro*Tel
8 Flour Tortillas
Combine water, taco seasoning and rotel in crock pot. Add brisket. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
The girls have been determined to make Halloween scary. They want me to get rid of all of my “cute Halloween stuff”. I’ve tried to sell it as scary, but they aren’t buying it. Yesterday they made it their mission to make our front yard scarier. They still think they need more skeletons, spiders and tombstones. (and they want my stuff to go away)
They don’t think my ghosts are scary enough.
Ghostly group yard decoration available here:
Princess was supervising through the window.
These were super easy and Taylor loved them. Great for a football watching party on a cold day. The spicy mustard in it warms ya up!
3 lbs Chicken Breasts, trimmed (boneless and skinless)
1/2 cup Spicy Mustard
18 oz Barbecue Sauce
18 Kings Honey Wheat Hawaiian Rolls
In crock pot, combine barbecue sauce and mustard. Add chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred and serve on heated Hawaiian Rolls.
The cheerleaders and football players had a meet and greet today so they could learn each other’s names. When I picked Megan up she said “I still don’t know any of their names because they all just sounded like (insert grunt here)”. They exchanged gifts….
The football players gave the girls custom flip flops. How cute are those??
After setting up book fair, 2 orthodontist appointments, cheer practice and meet & greet….thank you to the wonderful person that invented the crock pot!!! (It wasn’t invented until 1970??? OMG! What did people do before that???)
3 lb Chuck Roast
1 Garlic Clove, Minced
1 Onion, sliced
1 can Campbell’s Golden Mushroom Soup
1 pkg Lipton Onion Soup Mix
12 oz Coke
16 oz Sour Cream Place roast in crock pot
Mix soups, coke and garlic and pour over roast. Add onions. Cook on low for 6 hours.
Remove roast and slice. Add sour cream to crock pot and whisk until mixed. Place the roast back in the crock pot and cook on low for 2 more hours.
The week was going so well! And then I had to do my least favorite household chore. :/ It had only been 4 months since the last time. I don’t think I want to do that 3 times a year. Although this time wasn’t nearly as bad as the first time. But I survived. Now if I can just survive the next few weeks of running the Book Fair at the school while trying to get ready for my cruise and the ball!
I’m trying to come up with some really easy meals to make these next few weeks. Thank goodness for crock pots. The best invention besides heated seats and leopard print.
3 lbs Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
9 oz Buffalo Sauce
1 cup Ranch Dressing
1 cup Salsa
1 cup Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
8 Sun Dried Tomato Tortillas
Place chicken and buffalo sauce in crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken. Warm tortillas and top each with ranch dressing, chicken, cheese and salsa. Roll tightly.
Isn’t she cute?? Megan and I found her wandering around in front of our house when we were on the way to cheerleading practice. When I got back I found her making her way to the main road so the rest of us had to get a leash and go rescue her. Our good deed for the day. Apparently she’s not adjusting to her new home very well and keeps escaping. Luckily, she’s 11 so she doesn’t wander off too far.
Okay, so this probably doesn’t qualify as a recipe. More like an idea. But it was good, quick and easy. I’m going to have to come up with as many crock pot ideas as I can for cheerleading practice days.
2 lb chicken breast, boneless and skinless
18 oz barbecue sauce
1 onion, sliced
6 hamburger buns
Place chicken in crock pot. Add onions and pour barbecue sauce on top. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken with a fork. Serve on buns with or without the onions.
I am so excited!!! (WARNING: there will be a lot of exclamation points in this post!!!) I found out yesterday that I get to go to the Cattle Baron’s Ball!!! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to go to a ball. I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I researched this a little more and found out that the dress attire is more Texan than Cinderella. I sure hope they don’t look at me funny when I waltz in wearing my ball gown and tiara!!! (don’t worry, I’ll have my cowgirl boots on underneath) And due to this sudden (and I’m sure) life changing event, I now really, really, really need these!!!!
But sadly, those will have to wait.
3 lbs chicken breasts
1 package Italian dressing mix
2 Tbs melted butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (10 1/2 oz) can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup chicken broth
1 (14/5 oz) box Penne Pasta
In crock pot, stir together broth, cream cheese, soup, garlic, butter and dressing mix. Place chicken in crock pot and cover with the sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred chicken with fork. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add pasta to chicken mixture and mix until combined.