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What is your favorite kitchen gadget that you own? What is something you don't own, but wish you did?

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My coffee maker is by far my favorite! I just wish it made coffee all on it's own.

I wouldn't mind a Kitchen Aid standing mixer. I never really had a need for one prior to kids, but I find that my baking increases as the kids get older.

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I love my toaster oven. It comes in handy all through the week. I use it to toast sandwiches, bake fish, make mini pizzas, cheese toast, etc. It's nice that it heats up quickly and is great for lunches.

My first thought for something I would like was a Kitchen Aid standing mixer as well.

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I am not much of a cook, so there really isn't a gadget that gets me all excited. I do love our Kitchen Aid standing mixer. Isaiah has a blast making cookies and cakes with me because he can put in the ingredients and run the mixer all by himself. I highly recommend it.

I don't think there is anything that I really want for the kitchen. I am sure if I actually liked cooking I would have a wish list a mile long. Biggrin

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My stand mixer. LOVE that thing, especially with kids Smile

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"melnzai" wrote:

I am not much of a cook, so there really isn't a gadget that gets me all excited. I do love our Kitchen Aid standing mixer. Isaiah has a blast making cookies and cakes with me because he can put in the ingredients and run the mixer all by himself. I highly recommend it.

I don't think there is anything that I really want for the kitchen. I am sure if I actually liked cooking I would have a wish list a mile long. Biggrin

Melanie- I'm not a huge fan of cooking either. My first thought for something that I needed for the kitchen was a personal chef! Wink Food is kinda stressful for me. I'd like someone to just come in and tell me when and what to eat, then make it for me.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Melanie- I'm not a huge fan of cooking either. My first thought for something that I needed for the kitchen was a personal chef! Wink Food is kinda stressful for me. I'd like someone to just come in and tell me when and what to eat, then make it for me.

Yes, please! Sign me up for one of those!

I have the most difficult time deciding what to cook, let alone finding the time to cook.... I look for simple recipes that I can do one handed if necessary. lol.

As far as my favorite gadget.... I honestly don't think that I have one. I have and use all of the essentials, but there isn't really one that I get excited over Wink

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Melanie- I'm not a huge fan of cooking either. My first thought for something that I needed for the kitchen was a personal chef! Wink Food is kinda stressful for me. I'd like someone to just come in and tell me when and what to eat, then make it for me.

I totally need a personal chef. I am just not very inventive and I struggle with long lists of ingredients for recipes. I don't want that. Keep it simple, easy, and healthy. I have a few recipe books, but I find that I rarely have time to just sit and look through them to meal plan. If I had a personal chef, they would just do all of that for me. Score! Lol

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I have the most difficult time deciding what to cook, let alone finding the time to cook.... I look for simple recipes that I can do one handed if necessary. lol.

As far as my favorite gadget.... I honestly don't think that I have one. I have and use all of the essentials, but there isn't really one that I get excited over Wink

It only gets worse as the kids get older. We have a few days a week where I literally have one hour to get the kids fed and get to a destination, like the gym or Isaiah's gymnastics class. It is crazy. I want to help my kids eat healthier, yet I find that I am constantly making grilled cheese, quesadillas, Pb and J, soup, or pancakes with scrambled eggs and fruit for dinner. I am horrible with a crock pot. I need to find easy and yummy crock pot recipes.

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"melnzai" wrote:

It only gets worse as the kids get older. We have a few days a week where I literally have one hour to get the kids fed and get to a destination, like the gym or Isaiah's gymnastics class. It is crazy. I want to help my kids eat healthier, yet I find that I am constantly making grilled cheese, quesadillas, Pb and J, soup, or pancakes with scrambled eggs and fruit for dinner. I am horrible with a crock pot. I need to find easy and yummy crock pot recipes.

Lately, I've felt as though I'm also serving the same things... although a lot of that is finding foods that J will actually eat. I have been using my crock pot 1-2 times per week and I have also been trying different casserole type dinners that can be made ahead of time. I now devote an hour or two on the afternoon before I go back to work making lunches for the week, preparing snacks for the week and pre-making whatever dinners I can. I've been on this routine for a few weeks now and I find that I am much less stressed on my work days. So much easier to come home and have dinner already made and lunches already prepared for the next day!!

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Have you tried Joy's Green chili chicken tacos? they are amazing and could not be easier!

2 Chicken breast (I use frozen)
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Mrs. Dash
1 can of mild green chilis (I use the larger can because I LOVE green chilis.)
1 bunch of cilantro (I leave this out, which Joy thinks is a big mistake Wink )

Throw it all in the crock pot and cook. A few minutes before serving, shred chicken with 2 forks and mix back in with every thing else. I serve with grape tomatos, red onion, avacado, salsa (for DH) and good quality tortillas.

Granted, Ava won't touch this, but overall it's a crowd pleaser. And I like that I get a healthy, easy low cal meal. The leftovers are awesome on a salad, with the same fixings too.

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"Cali26" wrote:

Lately, I've felt as though I'm also serving the same things... although a lot of that is finding foods that J will actually eat. I have been using my crock pot 1-2 times per week and I have also been trying different casserole type dinners that can be made ahead of time. I now devote an hour or two on the afternoon before I go back to work making lunches for the week, preparing snacks for the week and pre-making whatever dinners I can. I've been on this routine for a few weeks now and I find that I am much less stressed on my work days. So much easier to come home and have dinner already made and lunches already prepared for the next day!!

I need to try this. Sometimes, I am so exhausted by Sunday that I struggle to do anything other than laundry. If I make it a habit, it will make life a lot easier.

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Have you tried Joy's Green chili chicken tacos? they are amazing and could not be easier!

2 Chicken breast (I use frozen)
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Mrs. Dash
1 can of mild green chilis (I use the larger can because I LOVE green chilis.)
1 bunch of cilantro (I leave this out, which Joy thinks is a big mistake Wink )

Throw it all in the crock pot and cook. A few minutes before serving, shred chicken with 2 forks and mix back in with every thing else. I serve with grape tomatos, red onion, avacado, salsa (for DH) and good quality tortillas.

Granted, Ava won't touch this, but overall it's a crowd pleaser. And I like that I get a healthy, easy low cal meal. The leftovers are awesome on a salad, with the same fixings too.

Yum! And you can cook it in the crock pot. Do you cook it on low if you leave it all day? My assumption is yes, but I wanted to check.

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Yep, just leave it on low and cook all day. Smile

My crockpot cooks weird, so I'm not sure on the exact times. But hopefully Joy or Kayla will jump in and let you know exact time if you want them. I would assume 8 hours on low for thawed chicken and maybe closer to 10 hours on low for frozen chicken.

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I love my Kitchen Aide Mixer. I use it for everything.

I have a coffee maker, but I want a new one! Does that count? HA!

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Have you tried Joy's Green chili chicken tacos? they are amazing and could not be easier!

2 Chicken breast (I use frozen)
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Mrs. Dash
1 can of mild green chilis (I use the larger can because I LOVE green chilis.)
1 bunch of cilantro (I leave this out, which Joy thinks is a big mistake Wink )

Throw it all in the crock pot and cook. A few minutes before serving, shred chicken with 2 forks and mix back in with every thing else. I serve with grape tomatos, red onion, avacado, salsa (for DH) and good quality tortillas.

Granted, Ava won't touch this, but overall it's a crowd pleaser. And I like that I get a healthy, easy low cal meal. The leftovers are awesome on a salad, with the same fixings too.

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Yep, just leave it on low and cook all day. Smile

My crockpot cooks weird, so I'm not sure on the exact times. But hopefully Joy or Kayla will jump in and let you know exact time if you want them. I would assume 8 hours on low for thawed chicken and maybe closer to 10 hours on low for frozen chicken.

T

Thanks for the recipe! I will have to try it. We make an Ortega Chili Rice that is just delicious....I never realized I liked green chili's until I tried this recipe.

Do you typically use frozen chicken in the crock pot? I've always thawed it, but some mornings, it would be so much easier to throw in it in frozen!

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I almost always use frozen, because I am l.a.z.y! Blum 3 I just add 1 1/2-2 hours to the cook time when I do.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

I almost always use frozen, because I am l.a.z.y! Blum 3 I just add 1 1/2-2 hours to the cook time when I do.

Good to know! Thx! My mom bought me a new crock pot with a built in timer...makes it so much easier just to a push a button before leaving for work... I look forward to trying this new recipe Smile

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I have read that you should not put frozen chicken in the crock pot. Unfortunately, it might be an unsafe temperature for too long and run the risk of making you sick. I'm notorious for forgetting to put meat in the fridge the night before to thaw. Or sometimes it seems like chicken will stay frozen in our fridge for forever, so there are times that I have to thaw it in the microwave before I put it in the crock pot. I hate thawing in the microwave because I prefer to have raw chicken in as few places as possible and I hate touching it but I just make sure to clean up after I'm done.

One more thing, you should always fill your crock pot at least half way to two-thirds full. More or less can cause problems with over cooking or under cooking. I used to make BBQ chicken in the crock pot by putting the chicken and BBQ in and leaving it. Last time I filled the crock pot half way with water and let the chicken cook until it was falling apart. I added the BBQ last and it was just as good! I have two crock pots now so that I can accommodate for different recipes.

Your also not supposed to lift the lid since, like an oven, the temperature will drop. Who knew there were so many rules?

Adding a link that has some of these facts I mentioned and some others. I love using the crock pot!
http://busycooks.about.com/od/slowcookerrecipes/a/crockpot101.htm

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Yikes! I break all those rules. Often. I always use frozen chicken. And, unless I'm making soup, I rarely have my crockpot 1/2 full. I do not open the lid though! Whew! 1 out of 3 at least gives me a chance. Wink

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My favorite gadget is by far my kitchen aid stand mixer! I even insisted that we bring it with us on this 2.5 month adventure we've been on. DH thought I was nuts, but it's used several times a week. I use it to make dough for pizza and breads, to mix up desserts, to make smashed potatoes, and more! What I *really* want is the pasta roller attachment for it so I can start making homemade pasta more. :mrgreen:

Kayla, I've heard that you're never supposed to put frozen chicken in the crockpot but I totally do it anyway. I'm the worst about remembering to take stuff out early enough to defrost completely. And definitely correct to not take the lid off because it drops the temperature and it takes the crockpot quite a while to get itself back up to where it was. I like using the crockpot, but don't use it all that often. Mine is really old from the 70s and it makes me nervous.

What's really helped us out as life has gotten busier is when I am able to cook, I double up the recipe and stick the other half in the freezer. Or best yet, if it's a recipe that makes a lot, just throw the part we can't eat in the freezer. Even with us only being at this location for not very long, I've done this with lasagna rolls, sausage dressing, southwest "egg rolls," mini meatloaves, cookie dough, quiche, and I know I'm forgetting some more.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Yikes! I break all those rules. Often. I always use frozen chicken. And, unless I'm making soup, I rarely have my crockpot 1/2 full. I do not open the lid though! Whew! 1 out of 3 at least gives me a chance. Wink

I think over filling is more of a concern that under filling. As far as I understand, your food may cook faster that way but I don't think it's a safety issue.

As far as using frozen, I used to and I know a lot of people do. It's one of those things where you can probably get away with it if they are not huge chicken breasts that will take forever to thaw all the way though (or whatever meat you are using) but it's not recommended, just in case. I'm so incredibly paranoid about food poisoning, especially while pregnant. I am constantly asking my husband if meat looks pink. I have a meat thermometer so that does help me feel some reassurance but I'm still paranoid.

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I was extra cautious while pg too, Kayla. And, if the kids actually ate anything I made in a crockpot, I would be cautious with them too.