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Day 14 of Eating at Home… Turkey Burgers w/ Mango Chutney

I had a couple hiccups with this meal. The romaine lettuce I had planned to use got all yucky before I could make these and then I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Oops! LOL

Well, here is what you need.

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 8 tbsp mango chutney
  • romaine lettuce or whatever lettuce you choose
  • bun, rolls, or sliced baguette

Mix the mango chutney with the ground turkey and form into patties.

I like to use my indoor grill when I am cooking or hand these over to my husband to cook on the BBQ.

Cook these until they are well done. You don’t want any pink in them. Remember these are turkey not beef. ­čÖé

Toast your buns and spread some mango chutney on one side. Add some lettuce and if you want you can grill up some red onions to add as well. And there you go. That’s it. A different twist on the burger. I like to eat these with a side salad or like we did that night with some hummus and pita chips. Kids will love this too. ­čÖé


Day 10 of Eating at Home- Cilantro Lime Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

We are officially 1/3 of the way through out 30 days of eating at home and I am not missing eating out at all! Dinners have been delicious and I have been throwing in some tasty lunches for my self as well. I am also enjoying getting comments from people trying the recipes and loving them. Granted most of these recipes are not my own but they are my twist on them. These recipes come from all over. Books, blogs, passed from a friend…. I have been compiling recipes and putting them in what I like to call “Mom’s Cookbook.” It really is just a 3 ring binder with printed recipes so they are easy to access when I am cooking. A lot of them I know by heart now but I like to have them as reference. I cook like my mom did. I tend to change things according to what me and my family like, not measure unless necessary, and taste test and add as I go. I am trying to tell you exactly what I do so you can recreate these recipes and of course change them to suit you and your family. Thank you so much to everyone that is reading! I love reading your comment, seeing a new “like” or “follow” on my blog, and LOVE hearing how you liked a recipe I posted. As always I am looking for more things to try so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send me your recipes or links to recipes so I can try them and share them with the rest of you! Now on with the recipe!!

This is pretty easy too and can be served on rice, in enchiladas, or my fave way in TACOS!

Here is what you need

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1-2 jalape├▒os
  • 1/4 chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 limes
  • 24 oz jar of salsa
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning or 2 tbsp if you buy in bulk or make your self


Chop up your cilantro. I know it says 1/4 cup but cilantro has a really stung flavor and I only put in about half of that. If you love cilantro then add the full 1/4 cup.

Depending on how spicy you like it chop up 1-2 jalape├▒os. I did one but sometimes I do 2. Just depends on the mood.

Put the cilantro, jalape├▒os, salsa, taco seasoning, and juice of 1-2 limes (I did 1 1/2) in a bowl.

Mix it all up and then put enough to coat the bottom in the crock pot.

Put your chicken in.

Then cover with the mixture.

Cover and cook this on LOW for 6 hours.

When it is done take the chicken out and shred it with two forks. Put the chicken in a separate bowl of container.

Now you want to spoon the sauce over the chicken and stir. Keep adding sauce till the chicken is completely coated with sauce but not too runny.

You are now ready to eat. Just put the bowl of chicken on the table with all the taco fixings and let the family go to town making their tacos. I like to put minimal fixings on mine because I just love the flavor of this chicken. A little sour cream, some cheese, and a squeeze of lime is all it need. YUMMO!

We didn’t eat till after the game last night and ALL the boys were famished. I was surprised to barely have any chicken left over. This usually has enough left overs for a whole other meal. Maybe next time I will do 4 chicken breast instead of 3. Let me know if you try this and how you liked it.

Thanks for reading!


Day 9 of Eating at Home- Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

This dinner is really easy and only has a few ingredients so it is definitely budget friendly. I wish I would have had more time to enjoy it because it was pretty good. But we only had 30 min to eat AND get to the baseball field for my son’s game. Also, because we were so rushed I completely forgot to take pics of it completed but I do have pics of the prep. I hope you don’t mind. If you have been reading my blog you know I have to double just about everything to feed my growing boys. (we are in big trouble when they are teenagers!) So as usual for a smaller or less hungry group of people you can cut this in half. I am glad we had the extra because both big boys had an extra pork chop when we got home from the game. ­čÖé

Here is what you need.

  • 4-6 pork chops
  • 2 cans cream of chicken
  • 2 packets of Ranch dressing mix
  • a little bit of garlic powder…. maybe a teaspoon?? I don’t really know
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of water.


In a bowl mix your cream of chicken, ranch mix, and water. Add some garlic powder on top if you want. I added about 1 1/2 cups of water. You can do more or less depending on how long you are cooking it. This recipe calls for about 4-6 hours on LOW. If you go with 4 you could even omit the water all together. That’s all up to you.

Now pour about 1/4 of the mixture in the crock pot or just enough to coat the bottom.

I used 6 pork cops so I did it in layers. I added 4 chops.

Coated with some of the mixture.

Then added the other 2 chops and poured the rest of the mixture on top.

Now just cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. About 30 min before it’s ready make some rice or whatever your family prefers and then serve over rice. The chops come out super tender and you can cut them with a fork. Everyone in my family is different. Some like to eat the chop separate with sauce on the rice and some like the chop and sauce right on top. Personally I like to shred my pork chop and mix it with the rice and sauce. Oh and don’t forget the sprinkle of pepper on top!!

Thanks for reading!