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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 jalapeños
  • 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 jalapeños. I did one but sometimes I do 2. Just depends on the mood.

Put the cilantro, jalapeños, 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 8 of Eating at Home…. Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps.

Day 8 was absolutely SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS! (Yes I had to look that spelling up) 🙂 We had one of the family favorites. Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps. This recipe is slightly more time-consuming that the other recipes I have been posting only because you have to cut all the chicken up into small bite size pieces. I don’t even think I cut mine as small as you are supposed to but it still works. On days where we are not busy with baseball I like to make something other than crock pot meals. So here we go…. Oh wait….. My recipe is for double the meat and triple the sauce. The first time I made this there was not nearly enough chicken or sauce. You can follow my recipe as is for a bigger batch with leftovers for lunch or half everything.  Also this recipe calls for 2 cups onions and I leave that out and just add a tbsp of onion powder. Okay.. NOW we can start.

Here is what you need.

For the sauce:

  • 6 tbsp soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tsp sesame oil

For the chicken:

  • 4 chicken breasts (diced or cut into bite size pieces)
  • green leaf lettuce (1-2 head depending on how many eating. I usually have one for dinner and one for leftovers)
  • 6 tbsp canola oil (or oil of your choice)
  • tbsp onion powder (omit of you choose to add the 2 cups onions)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 two tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup cashews (I always add more since we leave out the onions)
  • salt and pepper to taste (I never add either of these just extra cayenne)

 

First mix all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside for later. Make sure all of the brown sugar dissolves.

Now heat up the canola oil in a pan over medium – medium high heat. Once it is hot add in the chicken and cook till browned. Take the chicken out of the oil and set aside. 

While the chicken is browning coarsely chop up you cashews.

Add the soy sauce to the pan with the minced garlic (and onions if you use them) and cook till nice and fragrant. Only about 30 seconds if you don’t use the onions. If you do you use the onions you want to cook till the are brown and tender.

Add the sauce you mixed earlier, the browned chicken, and cashews. Saute this for a few min and remove from heat. You may have a lot of liquid since the sauce is tripled. It can take some time to thicken up. What I like to do is take about a tbsp of cornstarch and mix it with a little cold water until it is smooth. Add this slowly, little by little, to the mixture until it thickens to a consistency you like. Make sure you do it slowly and stir in-between so it doesn’t get too thick. You want it a little runny but not soupy.

You are all done. Put chicken in a bowl and serve with a plate of green leaf lettuce and everyone can make their own wraps.

Sorry the pic turned out blurry  :/

You can make this as spicy as you want by adding or decreasing the amount of cayenne. We all like spicy around here so I always add more. You can also have some Sriracha or chili paste on hand for anyone that wants it extra spicy but I think it ruins the flavor.

Let me know if you try this and what you think. It really is yummy and is even great cold the next day!

Thanks for reading!

 

Day 4 of Eating at Home– Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

First I feel like I should say….. If you are on a diet or watching what you are eating or any of that, this is NOT the recipe for you. This is filled with butter and cheese and pasta. Big No No’s when trying to eat healthy. But, I have been wanting to try this for a while and the Hubs and the kids have been asking for it so it went on the menu this week.

This is a Paula Dean recipe that is floating around. I have seen it on several blogs and all over Pinterest. Every time I see it, it is slightly different so…. here is what I did.

You will need…. (PS.. this is doubled)

  • 4 cups uncooked elbow noodles (or whatever noodles you’d like)
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 2 cans condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard (you can use dry mustard too)
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

First you need to get your water boiling and cook the noodles for about 3 min or about 1/2 -2/3 the time is says to cook them on the package.

In a sauce pan you want to melt the butter and the sharp cheddar cheese together. Stir stir stir or it is going to burn.

Then add everything to the crockpot except the noodles.

Mix it all up really good. It’s going to look gross and be lumpy but that will go away once it starts heating up.

Once it’s all mixed up add the noodles and stir till they are all coated with the mixture.

Now you want to cover this and cook on LOW for 2 1/2-3 hours. I like to stir it every 30-45 min to make sure nothing burns.

When it’s all done this is what it will look like… With pepper sprinkled on top of course!

 

I doubled this recipe because I thought it would be great as left overs for lunch for my little one. But… only one of the 5 family members was actually crazy about this. I did not like it. For me it was too rich. It tasted less cheese and more like a spiced cream sauce on noodles. I mean it wasn’t horrible but I am sad to say I definitely prefer Kraft over this.  😦

You decide what you think and if you want to try it or not. Let me know if you make any changes that you think will make it better but for now I am going to stick with another stove top recipe I have for mac or just plain ole Kraft.

Thanks for reading!!

One month of no eating out!

I am convinced that we spend WAY too much money eating out. With 3 hungry boys and a hungry husband to feed, it was gotten expensive to eat out. Even fast food is about $30 a pop. My two oldest just aren’t satisfied with “Kid’s meals” any more and going to a sit down meal is $60+ dollars and doing even once or twice a week adds up.  Half the time we are eating out I am not really pleased with the meal. It is very rare that when I cook at home dinner is not delicious and satisfying. It’s really the mess and pure laziness that is the problem. Well, that and now that my kids’ baseball seasons have started we are busy with games and practices 3-5 days a week. Enough is enough though. It’s time to quit spending all this mula and cook at home. We are going to go 30 without eating out. Here I plan to blog the meals we are having. Now let me tell you now these will not all be healthy and there may be some repeats. I would like to try as many new things as possible so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE feel free to send me your recipes or favorite sites for recipes. I will be also looking for some lunch and breakfast recipes for the weekends with every one is home. I am also going to try to keep all recipes budget friendly. Lastly…. I can’t promise you that all recipes will be a hit. I am going to post the good and the bad. With all that being said here is what we had the last two nights.

Day 1 was just a boring old Shake-n-Bake pork chop and Rice-a-roni night. The kids and the hubby love this so I try to throw it in there ever couple of weeks or so.

Day 2 we tried a crock pot recipe off of Budget Savvy Diva’s website. Not So Sloppy Joes. This is a really simple take on sloppy joes that is a crown pleaser even for the pickiest kids. I did not add onions to mine since I hate them but I did add plenty of onion powder and spiced it up a little with some chili powder and cayenne pepper. My husband LOVED these.

Tonight I will do a more in-depth post on tonight’s dinner since I didn’t decide to blog about this till just now. I plan to post every night or the next morning on what we had for dinner and if we try a new recipe for lunch or breakfast. I will not promise to post every day because let’s face it, I probably won’t. I am not the great blogger in history. Oh well.

Remember to comment, share, and subscribe. Oh and again if you have a great recipe for me to try let me know.. Especially crock pot recipes (which a lot of mine will be)

Thanks for reading!