Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Please add two packets of Ranch....

I'm not the type of person that needs to add ranch to everything, however I am the type of person, that when it is there I want to taste it.  If I don't there needs to be more!!  One day when I either make money from cooking or blogging (this will never happen :(..) I will write to all these people and tell them how their recipes could go from good to awesome!!  
Anyways...this is a crock pot recipe true and true.  I didn't do much to make dinner tonight!  I put this in the crock pot at 2:30 and by 7:45 I had a meal.  I boiled some pasta and did a steam bag of broccoli in the microwave!  This is really a simple recipe...it took me about 10 minutes to put in the crock pot...

So as always...you can find the recipe here: http://picky-palate.com/2012/09/20/pesto-ranch-crock-pot-chicken-thighs/

or here:

Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs

Crock Pot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs 1 textIngredients
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 6 ounce jar of pesto
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  1. Turn crock pot to high setting. Place chicken thighs, pesto, ranch dressing and chicken broth into crock pot. Stir gently to combine all seasonings. Close with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and a simple salad.
Makes 8 servings

And now what I would change or did change... I did four pieces of chicken, most of the time it is only hubby and I eating.  Next I would do packets of the ranch.  Hubby put ranch dressing on his and said it tasted a lot better!!!  I would also use veggie broth instead of chicken, it was just salty.  Well let me know what you do!!  <3

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Too much broth for chilli

What a week it has been...I am glad that it is over and tomorrow is Monday (whoever says that??).  This recipe was meant to be made on the stove top, but I am doing crock pot recipes so that is where it went.  Hubby liked the fact that every few bites you got a bite of cheese.  I was just happy that I didn't have to cook all day.  Even though I LOVE cooking, I don't always like standing over the stove.  

So there isn't much to this recipe, but the 4 cups of broth make it rather soupy.  I drained everything, beans, corn etc.  However there was a lot of broth.  My grandpa will love it.  He believes that a good broth makes a great soup.  I like my soup thick.  

You can find the recipe here: http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/3740/white-chicken-chili

or here:

White Chicken Chili

Cheese is the star of this favorite white chili recipe that comes together in a snap!
25 min.prep time 50 min.total time
8 servings
5 StarsRatings


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large (1 cup) onion, chopped
1 medium (3/4 cup) red bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
3 (15-ounce) cans cannellini or great Northern beans, drained
1 (11-ounce) can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers
24 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli White American Cheese, quartered


3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges

Heat oil in 6-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper Cook, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from pan; set aside.
Add onion, bell pepper and garlic to pan. Cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes or until softened. Return chicken to pan.
Stir in chicken broth, beans and corn. Cook until mixture comes to a boil. Cover; cook over low heat 15 minutes. Add cheese; stir until melted.
Garnish each serving with cilantro and lime wedge.

Calories: 500
Fat: 22g
Cholesterol: 90mg
Sodium: 2010mg
Carbohydrates: 38g
Dietary Fiber: 9g
Protein: 35g
Recipe #15787©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Too much take out....

To be honest with you...I really LOVE takeout food.  Especially, Tacos, and I have been eating a lot of it lately.  Hence why I have not made Icrock pot meals like I said I would.   I'm sorry that I have been MIA and I do promise to return to blogging and getting all the good stuff in, in this shortened month.  Sometimes, when you get home late, you just want to go to bed.  So, cooking stuff in a crock pot would be so much easier than what I have been doing.  

So, to whoever reads this...do you have a crock pot recipe that you are willing to share with me?  I would love to know what you like making in your crock pot.  I know that I LOVE mine, and since getting it in October, I have probably used it more times than I can count.  

I am trying to think of something to make in it right now.  I am enjoying this snowy weather that we have been having.  I'd love some more of it.  It really makes we want to move somewhere, where we get more snow!!  Any ways.  Happy blogging :D

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Well Crap...I've been a little busy!!

I want to say that I am really sorry for not blogging or making my crock pot recipes.  I have been busy.  I am making repeat #4 tonight!  Well right now!  It's from Rach!  So try it!!

Steak 'Em Up Pitas (Courtesy of Rachael Ray)

serves 4; prep 15 mins; Grill 15 mins
(The brazen kiss of horseradish wakes up a gorgeous filet Mignon draped in sweet grilled onions.)

1/4 cup 2% greek-style yogurt
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. prepared horseradish, drained
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
EVOO, for brushing
2 onions, cut into 1/3 inch thick slices, rings left intact
salt and pepper
1 1/2 lbs filet Mignon ( I didn't have that so i used flank steak), cut crosswise into 4 even pieces
4 plain pitas
1 bunch spinach-stemmed, thoroughly washed and dried (last time it did not taste good with spinach, so we skipped it this time).

1. preheat a grill to medium. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, mayonnaise, horseradish and garlic.
2. Lightly brush EVOO on the onions. Place them, rings intact on the grill (if you have a grill topper, use it here). Season with salt and pepper, cover the grill and cook, carefully turning once, until softened and lightly charred, about 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl.
3. Pat the beef dry and brush with EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before thinly slicing crosswise.
4. Grill the pitas, turning once, until just warmed through, but not crisp, about 1 minute. Slice off the top third of each pita and spread the insides with 2 generous tsp. of horseradish sauce, then stuff with the spinach, sliced meat and grilled onions. Finish with a dollop of remaining sauce and serve immediately.