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Let's share some recipes!

I know a lot of us are having a hard time finding the energy to cook these days but hopefully this thread will inspire us to make some good homemade food!

Please share your favorite recipes!

Biggrin

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This is sooo good. Definitly try it out!

Risotto with sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus

What you need:

2 cups chicken stock
3 cups water
1/4 cup butter, divided
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
1/3 cup white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)
3/4 lb. asparagus, 1 inch slices ( I only used 1/2 lb. I felt 3/4 lb was a bit much last time)
1/2 cup julienne cut sun dried tomatoes (not packed in oil. I like the California Sun Dry brand, that's where I got this recipe. I also diced it up a bit)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan. (Try to use good quality! Really worth it!)
White pepper

What to do:

Heat the water and stock in a saucepan until boiling, reduce heat to simmer and keep warm. In a large saucepan (or non-stick 14 inch skillet), heat 2 tbsps. of butter over medium heat, add onions and cook until soft. Add rice and stir 2-3 minutes. Add wine and stir until absorbed.

Increase heat to medium high and add 1 cup of water-broth mix and stir until absorbed. Continue stirring and adding liquid 1 cup at a time, allowing each cup to be absorbed before adding more. Before adding last cup of broth, stir in asparagus and sun dried tomatoes, then broth. Stir until rice is tender and mixture is creamy.

Stir in cream, 1/4 cup of cheese, pepper and remaining butter. Serve with remaining cheese sprinkled on top.

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This is the best beef stew ever and so easy to make.

Classic Beef Stew

What you need:

4 pounds bottom round, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup olive oil (plus more if needed)
2 large onions, diced (2 cups)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
1 pound potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
1/2 pound baby carrots (about 2 cups) $
2 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
1 cup frozen peas, thawed

What to do:

Coat the beef in the flour. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a large (cast iron) skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, adding more oil as necessary. Transfer to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and coat the onions; transfer to the cooker. Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits; add to the cooker. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, thyme, and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low heat for 7 1/2 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Add the peas and heat through.

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Mmmmm, those both look really good. I'll have to try them

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Those sound awesome! I will make them soon!

So I don't know if these really qualify as recipes (since they are so freaking easy!), but they are yummy and we eat them all of the time (including last night). Maybe more like "meal ideas?" LOL

Taco Pork Chops -
4-6 pork chops
1 pkg taco seasoning

Spread taco seasoning on both sides of pork chops (I usually spoon a bit on, and then spread with a spoon). Grill pork chops on the grill until cooked through (5-7 minutes on each side)

Pesto Tomatoes

Roma tomatoes, halved
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Pre-made Pesto
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Panko Bread Crumbs

Pre-heat oven to 500. Cut Roma tomatoes in half, and place on a baking sheet with the cut side up. If you are having trouble getting them to stand up that way, cut a small slice out of the bottom to make a more flat surface. Brush lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, until tomatoes are starting to break down a bit. Take out, and add a spoonful of pesto to each one. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of panko bread crumbs. Bake for about 5 minutes, until the panko/parm starts to brown.

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Mmmm....that sounds really good! I'm going to have to try that soon. Thanks!!

BEST Pulled pork!!! Seriously, it's so easy and soooo yummy.

Pulled pork

What you need:

1 2-lb boneless pork loin roast
Season salt
Garlic powder
1/2 can Coca-cola
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

What to do:

Sprinkle the roast generously with season salt & garlic powder. Place it in the slow cooker on high for a 3-4 hours, then add the soda and BBQ sauce, turn the heat to low, and keep cooking for 4 hours, or until the pork falls apart easily when pulled with two forks.

Serve on soft white rolls/buns/flour tortilla with baked beans and corn or the cob. Reserve some of the juice to use as sauce. So good!

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California Shrimp Tacos

Season (to taste) and Saute or Grill whole shrimp (we like to grill on a skewer but sometimes it's easier to just pull out a skillet)
Flour or Corn Tortillias warmed
Mango/Corn Salsa - see below
Cabbage Slaw - homemade with or without dressing (your taste, we like the dressing)

Mango/Corn Salsa -

Grill 1 ear of corn so it is slightly charred, cut corn off stalk
Dice 1 fresh advocado
Dice 1 fresh Mango
If Desired - Dice red onion and/or jalapano
Salt to taste
Juice of 1 lime

Make Taco's to taste as needed
Sometimes we also make fresh Quac and use it as well in the mix

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Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love shrimp and fish tacos. I'm going to try these soon! Biggrin

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What's for dinner everyone?

I'm going to be making this. I'll let you guys know how it turns out. I'll try to remember to take a pic too! Biggrin

Green Bean and Chicken Casserole

What you need:

1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup milk
1 cup herb-seasoned stuffing crumbs
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb), cut into 1-inch-wide strips
2 cups Green Giant? frozen cut green beans, thawed (I'm using canned)

What to do:

Heat oven to 350F. Lightly spray 11x7-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix soup and milk until well blended. In another small bowl, mix stuffing crumbs and melted butter.

In baking dish, layer chicken, green beans, soup mixture and stuffing mixture.

Bake uncovered about 45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center and mixture is hot and bubbly.

*For a taste of Thanksgiving, add 1/2 teaspoon ground sage to the soup mixture.

A fruit salad with poppy seed dressing would complement this casserole.

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I'm trying to think of an easy quick dinner for tonight, but I am going to make this recipe tomorrow:

Chicken With Mushroom Gravy

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 can (12 oz) mushroom gravy
1 cup 2% milk
1 can 8 oz mushroom stems and peices, drained
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilis
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed

In your slow cooker, combine all ingredients except the cream cheese. Cook on low 4-4 1/2 hours.

Stir in cream cheese, cover and cook about 15 minutes longer until cheese is melted.

I will serve with rice, and steamed green beans and carrots.

Jina, your casserole looks YUM! DH HATES casserole, so I usually avoid it, but he is going to be working late 2 nights next week for Back to School activities, so I think I may try it out next week when we're on our own for dinner.

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Oh yum! That looks so good. I'm going to have to try that soon, probably the week after next. I already have my two chicken dishes for next week. lol I'm trying to limit cooking chicken to one or two nights a week. I used to love chicken but lately I've been into beef more. I'm craving smothered pork chops soooo bad. Anyone have a good recipe?

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Here is a super easy smothered pork chop "recipe" I sometimes make (I sort of feel bad calling some of these things a recipe since they are so simple, lol)

4 pork chops
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can of milk (that's a very technical and precise measurement, there. After you pour out the soup, pour fill up the soup can about half way with milk...:lol:)
1/2 pkg dry ranch dressing mix
salt
pepper
olive oil

Salt and pepper your pork chops on both sides.
Add a little olive oil to a large pan and warm on medium heat.
Once your oil is warm, add pork chops and fry on both sides until brown on each side (about 3-5 minutes per side)
In a seperate bowl, mix soup, milk, and ranch dressing mix until smooth. Add to the pan and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, and simmer about 20 minutes until pork chops are cooked through, stirring occassionally and scraping drippings off the bottom of the pan to mix with the gravy.

This is also good served over rice.

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Alissa, I find the simple "recipes" the most helpful. Smile

We are terrible about not keeping the pantry or fridge stocked...to the point you couldn't even scrape together a meal from what I have in the house. As a result we eat out way too much, which is not good for health or budget reasons.

I am really working on getting a bunch of recipes that my family likes together so I can have 4 or 5 weeks of meal plans that I can just rotate. Or maybe I'll just have a collection of recipes I can thumb through to quickly put together a week's meal plan and grocery list. If the recipe is not simple then I likely won't be able to use it on a regular basis and that isn't super helpful, IMHO. I like to see the more complicated stuff too for ideas for special occasions or to make on the weekend or something but I really need easy stuff that is good and that little ones will like too.

I really need to pull out some of mine and share too. I love this thread and would like to keep it going.

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Yes, on week nights I try to keep it as simple as possible too. Love any simple ideas anyone can share!

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Yes, I agree, I like simpler recipes too. I'm especially loving crockpot recipes lately!

This is a simple sauce I like to make and it's truly delicious and simple to make!

Mushroom Sherry Sauce for Pork Chops or Chicken Breasts

What you need:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
2 shallots, finely diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sherry
1 1/4 cup beef broth (for pork) or chicken broth (for chicken), divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

In a medium skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter.

Add the shallots and cook for about 1 minute.

Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft.

Add the sherry and cook for about 5 minutes, letting the alcohol cook off for a bit.

Add 1 cup of the beef or chicken broth.

Add the seasoning.

Simmer for about 5-7 minutes.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the cornstarch and the remaining ? cup broth. Mix until smooth.

Add the cornstarch mixture to the skillet, whisking constantly. Cook until sauce thickens (a few minutes).

Taste and add any additional seasoning to your taste.

Serve over the meat.

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Holy cr@p this soup is amazing!!

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
6 cups of water
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 head shredded cabbage or 1 bag coleslaw mix (I like the larger bag)
3-4 cups cooked rice

Cook ground beef in a Dutch oven medium-high heat until crumbled and done. Drain grease. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook until vegetables are soft. Add 6 cups of water and 6 bouillon cubes. (Or substitute 6 cups of chicken stock or broth.) Stir in the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Add bay leaves, paprika, dill weed, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cabbage and cook just until tender, but not too soft.

To serve, place a spoonful of rice in a bowl, then ladle hot soup over the top. Store rice and soup separately in fridge.

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I come across a lot of road blocks with DH. BBQ chicken, something I love to make (because all you do is cook it..lol) he doesn't like. Or for that matter BBQ anything. Then he tells me he doesn't like chicken. Pfft. I love chicken. I'm not a big pork fan. We both like beef, but I can't do beef every night (although, I think he can).

I made lemon pepper chicken breasts, corn and broccoli and cheese last night....and he had two helpings, so he must not hate chicken THAT much.

I'll be making Steak Um's tonight. mmm....actually I think I'm gonna go make them now! See ya!

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Ugh! Sorry your DH is such a picky eater. LOL@ him eating two helpings of chicken. I'm very lucky that DH loves everything I cook. He loves to try new things just as much as I do. What's steak ums? Please share the recipe! Biggrin

I just put the green bean and chicken casserole in the oven. It only took 15 minutes to prepare everything and get it in the oven. I also cleaned up the kitchen in that time as well. I added sage because I want it to taste like Thanksgiving! lol I'm going to make a side salad and bake some fresh bread. I'm also having Hubby stop and grab some cranberry jelly! LOL :rolleyes:

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So since I'm on bedrest as of today it seems my nesting has kicked in and all I want to do is cook.

I've made a quick quiche for dinner

Rollout pie crust - put in deep pie dish - poke with fork and bake 5 min on 425.

Layer 1 cup cheese, and if desired mushrooms and diced green onions.

Layer Quiche mixture -

Base 1 tbsp flour, 3 eggs, 1 cu sour cream or yogurt

Today I've cooked a bag of baby spinach with some diced bacon for teh DH and mixed in the quiche base

Bake 425 for 15 min, lower to 350 for 30 min.

Only thing I had to stand for was cooking down the bacon & fresh spinach and that took

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Jina, that cabbage soup sounds amazing! Sounds like stuffed cabbage (which I desperately love) only in soup form. Will definitely try that once it starts getting colder.

Danny, your quiche sounds awesome too. I'm hungry!!!

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Danielle, that quiche sounds really good and looks really easy to make as well. I'm going to save this recipe for later. For some odd reason I haven't been wanting to eat eggs at all. Which is really strange because I LOVE eating breakfast food for dinner. I think I've had eggs once since I got pregnant. lol

Alissa, the soup is really good. It so easy to make and my Hubby loves it and he's not really a soup person. I'm making the smothered porkchops next week! I can't wait! Thanks for the recipe. Biggrin

The green bean and chicken casserole turned out pretty good. It definitely wasn't gourmet food or anything, it was more like comfort food which I like and Hubby liked it too. I think little kids would really dig it. lol I think I need to add lots of black pepper next time. I will be making this again since it was so easy to make! Biggrin

Here are some pics.

Haha! I know the portion looks huge but it's actually on a small salad plate. :rolleyes:

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Jina, that looked so good my stomach growled! Definitely trying it next week. Smile

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Uh.. Steak Um's and pregnant belly do NOT go well together. Just so ya know.

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Anybody ever make hummus?

It's very common in some areas but I've actually only had it once that I can remember. Well, once that I liked it...I tried it at a tapas restaurant and it was sooo yum. So I tried some store bought and it was terrible.

I'm looking for some kid friendly things for lunches or snacks that are healthier and that they will actually eat so was going to try to make some. I googled it and came up with a recipe to try...of course I read it's better if you cook the beans from scratch but I think I'm going to try it with canned beans for ease of making. Like I said earlier if it's not easy enough I likely won't make it on a regular basis. I'm hoping it comes out good.

So I was wondering if any of you make it and do you have any tips or suggestions?

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Lynn, I've never made hummus, but my cousin did once for a party. She made two kinds, mediterranean and roasted red pepper. The red pepper one was AWESOME. We had it on crackers and celery. The mediterranean one was HORRIBLE. The consistency was off and it had a layer of...grease? or something at the top and the flavor was...off putting.

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Hmmm, yeah from what I am reading it seems the consistency is a big deal and it may take some practice to learn how to get that right or at least to your specific taste. I usually love anything labeled roasted red pepper...that does sound yum. Smile

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Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

Tried this recipe for the first time last night and it was yummy.

Only change I made was to use whole kernal corn in place of green peppers. I like green peppers but figured it would go over better with my littles using corn. Well, aside of not using the brand names called for...I used On The Border salsa, Taco Bell taco seasoning and Rosarita refried beans. Also used my favorite corn chips...tostitos blue corn chips.

Not the healthiest dinner ever, but tasted good. Wink

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Lynn, that casserole looks right up my alley!

I've never made hummus but my MIL makes it all of the time and it is super good. Let us know how it turns out!

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Lynn, I've only made hummus once or twice. I just used a recipe I found on-line. It was pretty good but then again I have nothing to compare it to because I just don't eat it very often.

Thanks for the recipe! That looks really good! I've been into tacos a lot lately. I have Torchy's two days in a row! Wink

What's for dinner everyone? I'm making balsamic chicken tonight. I went grocery shopping yesterday and bought stuff to make Alissa's smothered porkchops and saucy salsa chicken next week. I'm really looking forward to the porkchops!! Thanks again for the recipe, Alissa! Biggrin

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Dinner tonight for us is left over Pizza Hut. I went grocery shopping as well, but DH made me wait 'til he was almost home so he could carry everything in.. which is nice, but makes it too late to cook anything when I get home. Plus as soon as I hit the kitchen I was puking..haha

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Anybody making anything yummy?

I'm making saucy salsa chicken in the crock pot today.

I have flank steak fajitas, chicken and sun dried tomato paella, crock pot sesame chicken on the menu for next week. Yum!!! I'll share the recipes soon and maybe some pics. Biggrin

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I think I'm going to try this Yogurt Chicken recipe tonight. Maybe I will post pics. Smile

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Results of the Yogurt Chicken Recipe:

Made Yogurt Chicken, noodles, and pan-seared* squash, zucchini, and red peppers.

Pros of the chicken recipe:
Chicken stayed moist
Coating was extremely flavorful and yummy

Cons:
Breading is not crispy at all, even though I used panko - kind of mushy, and also slides off the chicken very easily.

I think maybe I used too much yogurt?

Overall, very tasty, I just need to figure out how to make it crispier.

*I feel silly calling vegetables "pan seared" because that seems like a meat thing, but I don't know what else to call them. I love to cut up a squash, a zucchini, and a red pepper into really thin slices, spray a pan with a little non-stick spray, toss the veggies with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then basically "fry" until they are browned. Sooooo good!

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Dang it! I totally forgot to take a pic of the salsa chicken last night! It was really good. I served it over white rice and a side of steamed broccoli. I have leftovers so I think I'll just make soft tacos tonight. Yum! The recipe was sooo freakin easy which means it's a keeper. I'm trying to really stock up on easy crock pot and freezer recipes. Biggrin

Alissa, the yogurt chicken looks really good. I love the website you got the recipe from. I'm making crock pot sesame chicken next week and I got the recipe from that website. It's too bad that the breading got soggy. Maybe you need to cook it at a higher temp? Mmmm...your sides look yummy too. I love pan seared/sauted squash. Biggrin

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Oooh, Jina, your salsa chicken recipe sounds YUM! I may have to make that this weekend....Chicken soft tacos sounds amazing!

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The chicken soft tacos were really good! You should totally try out the recipe!

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Jina, trying the saucy soft tacos tomorrow!!!

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Oh yay! I hope you like it!

I made chicken and sundried tomatoes paella tonight and it was delish! I've made it before but it was better tonight. I served it with a side salad with Pomme D'Amour Tomato Dressing. I would also recommend some crusty baguette and manchego cheese. Yum!

chicken and sundried tomatoes paella

What you need:

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
3/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
24 oz skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in to chunks
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 medium onion chopped fine
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
4 tbsp dry sherry
1 cup of rice (try to use bomba rice!!)
4 cups of chicken broth
1/4 tsp saffron
1 tsp dried basil

What to do:

Soak the chopped sundried tomatoes in 3/4 cup of sherry for 30 minutes, then drain when ready to use.

Heat the olive oil in a paella pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and fry until browned on all sides.

Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan over low heat, cook the mushrooms, onion and garlic in 4 tbsp of sherry until the mushrooms are tender. Add this mixture to the paella pan and stir well. Mix in the sun dried tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Pour in the rice and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the broth, saffron and basil and cook for about 25 minutes, or until the rice and chicken are tender and the broth has been absorbed. Serve at once.

Pomme D'Amour Tomato Dressing

2 medium tomatoes, slice into quarter wedges
1/4 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh cracked mixed pepper
1 teaspoon paprika, I like to use Hungarian paprika

Put all ingredients into the blender, except olive oil, and blend until mixed. While blender is still running slowly pour in olive oil, blend well. Serve immediately or store in a salad dressing bottle or container with a lid in the refrigerator. Keeps about 5 days. Shake or stir well before serving.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

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I made Crock Pot Sesame Chicken last night and it was pretty good. I'm definitely keeping this recipe but I'm going to tweak it a bit for next time. I found the meat to be really tender and flavorful but there was way too much sauce and it was a bit too sweet. My Hubby liked it and I think little kids would devour it! Biggrin

(my notes in red)

CROCK POT HONEY SESAME CHICKEN

What you need:

2.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thighs would be fine too) (I only used 2 lbs. maybe that was my problem with too much sauce?)
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey (I found the recipe to be way too sweet. Maybe cut the honey back to only 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons diced onion
4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

What to do:

Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 ? 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. (I cooked it on low for 4 hours but next time I'm going to cook on low for 3 and high for one to get the sauce to boil before I add the cornstarch mixture)
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce.

Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.

Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.

I was going to serve it with steamed broccoli on the side but since I had so much sauce I decided to add the broccoli directly to the crock pot about 15 minutes before serving and it helped soak up some of the sauce. It was also really GOOD. lol

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That sounds so good! Definitely trying that this weekend.

Here are two recipes I plan to try this upcoming week:

Peanut Squash Soup and Easy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Easy Jambalaya

I'm liking that website, because the lady who writes it is a big advocate of making things from scratch and avoiding processed foods, but she also seems to be mindful of cost and time to make, which is really really important to me (especially the time factor.) If it takes longer than about 30 minutes for me to get something prepped and then either in the oven to bake, or in a pot to simmer, or whatever, it's probably not happening on a work night.

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Yum! Those recipes look great! I'm definitely going to try out the Jambalaya the week after next. The Peanut squash soup looks really good too so I'm saving that for this fall! I'm going to have to check out the website some more. I like fast and easy recipes too. I don't mind cooking the more complicated recipes but most nights I just want to get something delicious and healthy on the table FAST! lol

On the menu for next week:

Capellini Pomodoro - Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

This looks so easy to make and I really like to eat Olive Garden once in a while but they just put soooo much salt in their food that I blow up like a balloon for days! Sad So, I just make my own at home. I have a recipe for their chicken scampi that I loooove but I can't seem to find it anymore. Boo!

Chicken Sriracha Stir Fry

We're big fans of Sriracha sauce so I'm really excited to make this. I'll probably add more veggies like baby bok choy just because I like lots of veggies in my stir fry.

White Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chili & Sour Cream Sauce Recipe

This looks really good too! Biggrin I bet you can get everything prepared the night before and store it in the fridge. It should be really simple to assemble everything the next day and bake it.

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Yum Jina! I definitely want to try the Chicken Enchiladas and the Sriracha Stir Fry soon. Maybe those go on the list for next week too. Our current deal is that I make dinners on M,W,F, and DH makes it on T, R, and then we are more flexible on the weekends (which means I usually still end up making it, or we get take out :lol:) I'm basically trying to plan on at least 3 yummy dinners a week.

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We sort of have the same schedule right now. I cook on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. M has class on Mondays and Wednesdays now so we just eat leftovers on those days. We eat out on Saturdays and sometimes on Fridays but trying to keep it once a week. So, yeah, I try to cook 3 different dishes a week. Biggrin I'm really liking this schedule especially since I've been using the crock pot more. I just don't have the energy like I used to to make fancy meals all the time. :rolleyes:

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Jina, I wanted to let you know that I'm cooking chicken enchiladas tonight! Biggrin It sounded so good, I just had to do it, and I actually pre-planned enough to cook the chicken last night, so I have cooked chicken to work with tonight. Haha, it always cracks me up when a recipe calls for cooked meat, but makes no mention of cooking the meat or includes that in the prep time. Like, am I the only one that doesn't usually have a store of pre-cooked meat just hanging out in her fridge? LOL I know that if I were smart, I would plan ahead, and make a double batch of chicken one night so I could use the leftovers the next night, but I'm not that smart or organized, so I always find myself going "Wait, I have to cook a chicken first, before I can even begin this recipe????" LOL But not today. Today I am set. Will try to remember to post pictures!

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Yay! I think you guys are going to really like the enchiladas! I made it last night and M said it was THE best homemade enchiladas he's ever had. He devoured his dinner last night. I must say that it WAS pretty darn good! lol

I know what you mean about having cooked meat around. It's like we're supposed to just have cooked shredded chicken laying around. lol

I'm pretty sure you can freeze this recipe so this is definitely going on my list of things to freeze when it gets closer to my due date.

I did make small little tweaks to the recipe. I added 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion, one seeded jalepeno finely chopped and some shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese to the chicken mixture. I also added some extra sharp cheddar on top before baking. We really like onions so I had to add them to the recipe. :rolleyes: Oh man...seriously good! Biggrin

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I made Sriracha stir fry the other day and it was delish! I added a lot more Sriracha than the recipe called for because we really like things spicy. I just wanted to share some pics!

I added TONS of veggies!

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Jina, that looks soooooooooo good! I am definitely making that soon! YUM!

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I tried this broccoli recipe last night. It was really good and I'm actually not a big fan of cooked broccoli. I love it raw with ranch dressing and it's fine in a casserole if it's smaller bites but just steamed broccoli....yuck! DS2 ate quite a few bites even...different story for DS1 but can't get him to eat a lot of things anyway.

I didn't measure anything out just seasoned to what looked good to me. FYI, I also left out the pine nuts and basil just because didn't have any.

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Yum, that sounds really good!!!! I will be making that very very soon. T loves broccoli anyway, so I'm sure he'll eat a ton of it. Smile

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Thanks for sharing Lynn! I love broccoli so I'll be making that soon! Though, I'll probably leave out the pine nuts because they leave a bitter after taste that lingers for a week or more! lol

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Yum Smile Loving all the food porn on this hehe Smile

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