Shredded Rio Chicken
2 lbs chicken breasts
½ of small bottle of zesty Italian dressing
½ TBSP minced garlic
1 pkt dry ranch dressing (mix with ½ cup water)
½ TBSP chili powder
½ TBSP ground cumin
Put all in crockpot…cook on high for 5-6 hours
Chicken should shred easily with a fork at end of cooking.
You could put this on tortillas, chips with sour cream, cheese, etc.
Also good on a salad!
*this freezes well if you want to double or triple the recipe!
Egg noodles (I use wheat) – about 8 oz uncooked
Onion powder (just a few shakes), or 1 onion chopped if you like onion
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced (keep skin on)
1 lb ground turkey
2 cups tomoato sauce
2 TBSP fresh basil, chopped
(optional) 2 TBSP red wine
cook noodles according to directions
sauté bell pepper and zucchini (and onion if you use it, or sprinkle with powder) in a skillet with cooking spray. (medium heat)
Remove veggies from skillet and set aside.
Cook ground turkey in skillet.
Return veggies to skillet when meat is done.
Add tomato sauce, basil, and wine.
Cook and stir for about 5 minutes until heated through.
Place a portion of noodles on each plate and top with the turkey mixture.
Serve with a small salad and garlic bead!
Steak with Zucchini
2 lbs round steak (cut into 6 pieces…I just get 2 3-piece packages at walmart)
2 TBSP Olive Oil
2 (7 oz) cans sliced mushrooms, drained
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp rosemary
1 TBSP dried minced onion
1 TBSP minced garlic
2 TBSP red wine
2 lbs zucchini (about 3-4), but into ¼ in slices
1 pint grape tomatoes (about 10 oz)
(sour cream and parsley optional for garnishing)
Grease crockpot with olive oil and leave the excess in the pot.
Add all ingredients except the beef, tomatoes and zucchini,
Add beef, tomatoes and zucchini, toss with the mixture
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours
Can garnish each portion with sour cream and parsley.
1 lb ground beef (lean)
½ cup chopped onion (I use onion powder instead)
1 cup chopped celery
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 can tomato soup
½ tsp chili powder (I use about 1 tsp!)
salt and pepper
wheat hamburger buns
brown the beef, along with the celery and onion, drain often
add the tomato sauce and soup
add chili powder and salt and pepper
let simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
We scoop it on top of the buns and eat them open-faced!
You can also add a little grated cheese on top!
Spicy Honey Chicken
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (and I cut off any skin or fat left on there to make them really lean)
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp ground red pepper
6 Tbsp honey
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
preheat broiler (mine is on the ‘high” setting)
combine the honey and cider vinegar in a small bowl, stir well
combine all the spices in large bowl
coat each piece of chicken in spices
place chicken in broiler pan (I just use a dark baking pan bc I don’t have one)
broil chicken for 5 minutes on each side
take chicken out and brush one side with honey mixture
return and broil for 1 minute
take it out, flip the chicke, brush that side with honey, and return
broil 1 more minute
*this is pretty spicy, so beware if you don’t like that! Abigail actually loves this but it is too hot for me. Parker LOVES this!!
*serves well with just a simple green salad!
Whole wheat pizza crust
Fresh mozzarella, sliced as thin or thick as you like
any toppings, but we use:
(And sometimes grilled chicken pieces if we have it)
You know how to make a pizza…
And just follow the baking directions for the crust.
This is fun to set out as a “Pizza Bar” and just let everyone get their own toppings on their own pizza or on their half!
we usually do this on Sunday afternoons, esp right now while the weather is great!
(and I don’t know if you ladies grill or just your hubbies do, but if you don’t…you should! I LOVE grilling…its super easy, quick, and the kids can run around outside while you grill)
and if you don’t have an outdoor grill (maybe this is just a Texas thing?) you could just use a George Forman!
Things we usually grill:
Chicken, lean beef (just burger patties), shrimp, zucchini, carrots, asparagus
Meats: just do a little Worcestershire, seasoned salt, and pepper
(shrimp: some lemon juice and parsley)
Zucchini: kosher salt and pepper
Asparagus: a little olive oil, kosher salt, and cracked pepper
*you could grill whatever you want, and just have a ton of stuff to choose from…this also makes us several meals for lunch (or a day I don't want to cook) for the coming week!