Monday, October 27, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Wraps - Menu Plan Monday 10/27/2014

Panini's- Yum.  
Hello out there!  Thanks for stopping by this week.  It's been a busy couple of weeks for me.  I am getting over an illness and have been working like crazy.  Unfortunately, that leaves no time for blogging or taking pictures.  
I was a bad girl last week and didn't plan my menu very well.  We had a lot of "fly by the seat of your pants" dinners as a result.  Not good.  I definitely prefer having things planned in advance.  It's loads cheaper than eating out or running up to the store for that one last ingredient you didn't have on hand... and then walking out of the store with a bag of candy bars, some soda and chips you didn't really need...
I don't know about you, but we've started having some cooler nights around here.  To me, that screams CROCKPOT!!!  So, forgive me if the weather down here doesn't quite jibe with yours... but I still think that the crockpot is the greatest thing EVER for a busy family.
My dinner plans this week include:
Buffalo Chicken Wraps (recipe included in this post)
Red Beans and Rice
Chicken Enchiladas
White Garlic and Sausage Pizza (recipe to follow later this week)
Chorizo Nachos
Alice Springs Chicken and Garlic Mashed potatoes (an Outback knock-off meal)
Since I plan on having extra Buffalo Chicken and pizza dough, I plan on making some calzones to put in the freezer. While I'm at it, a second tray of chicken enchiladas will go in to the freezer, too.
On to one of the easiest recipes of all time: Buffalo Chicken.  The basis for this recipe includes 3 ingredients and your crockpot.  When it's done, you have so many options of what to make with it, the only limit is your imagination. This is a hearty meal with lots of flavor that will suit both the kiddos and the bigger kiddos in the house.  It also makes great game day munchies.  You can adjust the spiciness to match your tolerance.  Diva likes it mild, so she leaves it as is.  DH pours more sauce on it. Meanwhile Pumpkin adds a splash of Franks Red Hot Sauce to spice it up.
Are you ready for this complicated recipe?
Here it goes.
Crockpot Buffalo Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 4 half breasts)
1 cup Buffalo Wing Sauce of your choice
1/2 envelope of dry ranch dressing mix
Spray the crockpot with cooking spray.  Add chicken to bottom of crockpot.  Sprinkle with ranch dressing mix.  Pour wing sauce over chicken.  Cook on low for 6 or high for 3.5 hours.  Open lid and shred chicken with two forks. Recover and let cook for another 30 minutes or longer.  
Shredded delectability.  Ready for how ever you want to serve it!
Didn't I tell you it was easy?!  Now, how do you serve this delectable concoction?  Any way you want.
  • Make wraps with tortillas, lettuce, caesar dressing and a bit of shredded parmesan. Serve cold or hot from a panini press. Panini.  It's a fancy word for grilled cheese.  
  • Serve it on hamburger rolls
  • Top baked potatoes with chicken and a bit of crumbled blue cheese
  • Speaking of potatoes, remember me saying this made a great game day snack?  Make potato skins and top with chicken, shredded carrots and a drizzle of ranch. Nom.  
I will be sharing this recipe and menu plan over at:
 I Am An Organizing Junkie

Monday, September 29, 2014

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup -Menu Plan Monday 9/29/14

Just look at that ooey, gooey, cheesy, potato-y goodness.  Nom.

It hasn't exactly gotten cold here yet, but it has been dipping in to the 50's at night.  Some of the leaves are starting to turn, too.  That can only mean that Fall must be around the corner. 
One of my favorite parts of Autumn is the abundance of days just made for a pot of homemade soup. Whether you are lucky enough to be able to stay at home and simmer one on the stove top all day, or have one brewing in the crockpot for your arrival home, soup just says "let's eat!"
The king of all soups, in my humble opinion is the potato soup.  This easy recipe is one of my family's favorite crockpot soup concoctions.  It's easy to tweak to make it fit your diet and your picky eaters.  Start with the same base and add browned Italian sausage and kale and you have a hearty Zopa Tuscano.  Ground beef, carrots,celery and even more cheese and it makes crowd pleasing Cheeseburger Soup fit for a tailgating party.
This recipe was given to me at a potluck.  I've seen variations on this same recipe floating around the blogosphere and on Pinterest , some crediting Paula Deen and other's their grandmother for the recipe.  I don't know where the recipe originated, I just know it's share-worthy.
Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup

2 pounds potatoes, peeled and shredded*
32 ounces Chicken Stock
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoons black pepper
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)
4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
Green onions or chives
*You can substitute one 30 ounce bag of frozen shredded hash browns
Place potatoes, Chicken stock, soup, onion, garlic and pepper in crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are cooked through. Raw potatoes will take slightly longer to cook than the frozen variety.  Remove 2 cups from crockpot, allow to cool slightly and puree.  Returned pureed potatoes to crockpot.  Cube the softened cream cheese and mix in to crockpot along with shredded cheddar cheese.  Stir thoroughly and resume cooking for approximately 1 hour.
Serve topped with extra cheese, crumbled bacon and chives.
To freeze, allow soup to cool completely. Ladle in to individual serving bowls or quart size bags. Freeze flat.  To thaw, leave overnight in fridge and rewarm over low heat.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe.
Now for the rest of the menu this week:
Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup
Falafel, Hummus and Pita Bread (recipes coming soon)
Red Beans and Rice
Cheese Enchiladas, rice and beans
Chicken and Dumplings
Chorizo and Eggs with homemade tortillas
Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad
Breakfasts will be Oatmeal, cold cereal and Vanilla Quinoa 
Lunches: PB&J, left overs.
I will be sharing this post over at:
I am an Organizing Junkie

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bad pun day...

A vulture boards an air plane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'

 Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

 Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.


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