Entree

Slow Cooker Smothered Chicken Burritos

I always up for trying a new slow cooker recipe and this one was really good. I especially liked the cheesy sauce that goes over the top. Perfect for a cold winter night. Recipe and photo courtesy of barefeetinthekitchen.com.

Chicken Filling:

  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Burrito Ingredients:

  • 6-8 flour tortillas or 12-16 corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted green chile or (1) 10-ounce can
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons light flavored olive oil

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose or brown rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Place chicken in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover with lid and cook on low for 3-4 hours. When the chicken can be easily pulled apart, shred it and toss it in the juices in the crockpot. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Transfer the chicken to a large bowl, add 1 cup of shredded cheese, and the green chile. Stir to combine. Scoop the chicken mixture into the tortillas, about 3/4 cup of filling fits nicely in each flour tortilla. (About 1/3 cup of filling fits easily in the smaller corn tortillas.) Roll them up and place them snugly into a baking pan. Brush with olive oil. Bake 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy. While the burritos are in the oven, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the chicken broth and whisk until smooth. Add the cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, whisking and simmering until thickened. Remove from the heat. Add the sour cream and the remaining cheese, whisking until smooth again. Pour the sauce over the crispy burritos.

30 minute meal, Entree

Taco Spaghetti

The best thing about this dish is that it can all be made in a single pot. It combines two of my favorite foods, tacos and spaghetti. My family is pretty sensitive to spice so next time I’ll use mild Rotel but other than that I loved how easy and delicious this dish is. Recipe and photo courtesy of damndelicious.net.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-ounce can) Rotel
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat. Stir in Rotel, tomato paste, spaghetti and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes. Remove from heat and top with cheeses. Cover until melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and cilantro, if desired.

 

30 minute meal, Entree

Crispy Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon

I’m making an effort to incorporate more fish into our dinners and this recipe was a huge success. My six year old even asked for seconds. It is my favorite kind of recipe, quick, delicious and a crowd pleaser. Recipe and photo courtesy of cafedelites.com

  • 2 pounds (1 kg) side wild salmon fillet
  • 2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Salt and pepper

Position the rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400.  Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the salmon fillet, skin side down, on the baking sheet. Set aside. Mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter; season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/3 teaspoon pepper (or to taste).  Mix the ingredients together until the breadcrumbs absorb the butter (about 40 seconds). Pour the mixture over the salmon, pressing it into the top until the fillet is completely covered. Lightly spray salmon with cooking oil spray for a golden crumb. Bake uncovered for 12-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fillet), until the crust is golden and the salmon is cooked and flakes easily with fork. Serve with your choice of vegetables.

30 minute meal, Entree, Gluten-Free

One-Pan Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Rice

This meal was so quick and easy and reminded me of what I always get at Chipotle. A great meal for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to prep but still want a healthy, home-cooked meal. Recipe and photo courtesy of cookingclassy.com

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespon canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped (keep lighter and darker portions separate)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 cups minute white rice (don’t use regular rice!)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and saute until cooked through, about 6 minutes, adding in lighter portions of the green onions and garlic at last 1 minute of cooking. Stir in broth, green onion greens, green chilies, lime zest, lime juice, black beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil, add rice, fully immerse rice in broth, and allow to boil 20 seconds, then remove from heat and immediately cover with a lid. Let rest 5 – 6 minutes. If needed, return pan to medium heat and cook and toss 1 minute to allow rice to absorb excess moisture. Remove from heat, toss in cilantro and let rest uncovered 3 minutes.

30 minute meal, Entree

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

The winter I decided to make Sundays soup night. There is nothing better on a cold night than soup, and it makes great leftovers for the week ahead. This soup comes together so quickly and tastes awesome. Recipe and photo courtesy of lilluna.com.

  • 4 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 12 oz. ham, cooked and cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • scallions

Combine potatoes, ham and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes (or when potatoes are tender). Add chicken bouillon cubes, salt and pepper. Mix. In another pan, melt butter on medium heat. Whisk in flour and stir constantly for about 1 minute. Slowly add milk and continue whisking until sauce thickens (about 3-4 minutes). Add the milk mixture to your pot and cook soup until heated through. Add cheese right before serving. Top with scallions. Serve immediately.

Entree

One Pot Lasagna Soup

This soup is so delicious and easy, it makes a perfect winter soup. The next time I make it though I will try tortellini noodles instead of lasagna because I think the extra cheese will make it extra yummy, and extra ground beef. Recipe and photo courtesy of carlsbadcravings.com.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef or half Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 24 oz. jar Prego Traditional Italian Sauce
  • 8-10 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 14 oz. can can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tsp EACH dried parsley, dried oregano, salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 10 uncooked lasagna noodles broken into approx. 1-2 inch pieces*
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream,optional**

Heat large Dutch oven/large soup pot over medium high heat. Add beef and onion and cook, stirring occasionally until beef is browned. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 30 seconds. Drain off any excess fat. Add Prego Sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, spices and lasagna noodles. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until lasagna noodles are tender, stirring occasionally (approximately 20-30 minutes). Discard bay leaf and stir in heavy cream (optional) and 2-4 cups chicken broth to reach desired consistency. Garnish individual servings with desired amount of cheeses.

Entree, Gluten-Free

Velvet Pork Chops (aka Gravy Delivery Device)

I’ve been trying to break out of my boring ground beef and chicken box and this pork chop recipe is right up my alley. Simple ingredients, simple preparation and it tasted really good to-boot. The gravy makes this recipe, hence the name at the top. Recipe and photo courtesy of southernplate.com.

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cream

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add pork chops and salt and pepper the tops of them. Cook until browned, then flip and salt and pepper again. Continue cooking until opposite side is brown. Pour in chicken broth, reduce heat to medium, and cook until broth is mostly evaporated, about ten minutes. Once broth has cooked down, remove chops from pan and turn off heat but leave pan on the stove eye.Have a wooden spoon handy and pour the cream into pan. Immediately start stirring and continue until the pan remnants are fully blended in with the cream and cream is warm and thick, just a few minutes. Serve chops with delicious cream sauce spooned over them.