Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Melt in your mouth Pot Roast

1 (3- to 4-pound) beef chuck roast
1 (12-ounce) can Cola (not diet)
3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
3⁄4 cup Heinz chili sauce
3⁄4 cup ketchup
3⁄4 packet dry onion soup mix

Label: (12) Melt in Your Mouth Pot Roast
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, including the can of Coke. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours.
*Optional...Add 4 or 5 red potatoes and 2 cups of baby carrots. 3-15

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grilled Kielbasa and Pesto Penne

Grilled Kielbasa and Pesto Penne

  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb cooked Kielbasa
  • 1/2 cup Pesto sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • Dash of dried Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the grill or griddle on medium heat.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Be sure to season the boiling water with salt before adding in the pasta.
  3. Keep the Kielbasa whole if using an outdoor grill. Cut the Kielbasa into 1/2 inch slices if you're using a stovetop griddle. Grill the Kielbasa until slightly browned and marked with grill marks. 
  4. Return the drained pasta to the pot. Toss in the Kielbasa (if you keep the Kielbasa whole, be sure to cut it into slices before adding it to the pasta), Pesto sauce, dried basil, dried Oregano, and garlic powder. 
  5. Toss together the ingredients. 
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve warm.
Label (24) Grilled Kielbasa & Pesto Penne  Cook pasta & grill or brown sausage.  Add sausage, pasta & bag of sauce toss & serve.   

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

  • 1 pork shoulder/butt -3 lbs
  • 1 old el paso sauce packet (roasted garlic
  • 1 cup root beer (a&w)
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  1. place the pork in a slow cooker. mix the sauce, rootbeer and brown sugar in a bowl and pour all over the pork. cook on low for 6 hours, remove the meat and shred (it should be quite easy and tender). place the meat back in the sauce and cook on low for an additional 2 hours.
  2. serve immediately.
cilantro-lime rice
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 can (4oz) diced green chiles
  1. pour everything in a rice cooker and follow product instructions, or in a pot, heat to a boil and then add the lid and turn down to low for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  2. remove the lid, stir to combine everything and serve immediately.

label (12) : Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
Mix sauce, brown sugar, & 1 cup root beer. Pour on pork in slow cooker.  Cook low for 6 hrs. Shred & cook on low for 2 hrs.  Use for tacos, burritos, salads.
Rice: add contents of bag, green chilies and 4 cups of water to rice cooker (or cook in pot).

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

1 lb Hamburger
1 large onion
1/2 tsp salt

Brown and add the remaining ingredients and simmer 30 minutes.

1 1/2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 Tbsp catsup
2 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
1 can tomato soup
2 bay leaves

Label (12) Sloppy Joes  Thaw & brown meat.  Add sauce bag and simmer 30 mins.  Serve on Buns 1/15/15

Sweet, Sticky, & Spicy Chicken



1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root
(or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
halves - cut into 1/2 inch strips
(or 1&1/2-2lbs chicken strips)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1. Mix together brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot sauce in a small bowl.
2. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken strips and brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.   Great served over rice.
Label (12) Sweet, Sticky & Spicy Chicken
season 1.5-2lbs chicken cut into 1/2 inch strips. Heat oil in large skillet, add chicken strips and brown on both sides about 1 minute per side. Pour the sauce packet over the chicken. Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens (8-10 minutes).  1/15/15

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Baked Ziti

1 lb dried ziti
1 lb ground beef
1 T dried onion
1 jar Traditional Prego
1 jar Sausage Prego
6 oz. spliced provolone cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
8 oz mozzarella cheese
2 T grated parmesan cheese

Cook Ziti al dente. Brown meat with dried onion. Add sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Layer half of Ziti in sprayed baking dish. Layer provolone cheese on pasta. Spread sour cream over provolone. Spread half of sauce. Add remaining Ziti. Add mozzarella and remaining sauce. Top with parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.

Labels 12-  Baked Ziti- Thaw.  Bake covered for 30 minutes at 350.  Uncover for last 5 minutes.  1-15-15

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tasty Tuesday Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops

6 pork chops
1 packet of ranch
1 can of cream of chicken soup

Tasty Tuesday Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops  Place in crock pot on low for 6 hours.  1-15-15

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

3 to 4 boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
4 tbl ketchup
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbl soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt

Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken  Cut chicken in bite-sized pieces.  Cook and season with salt & pepper.  Next dip the chicken in eggs (not in bag, use own) and then in cornstarch.  Cook in hot oil for 3 to 4 minutes (brown sides).  Place chicken in 9x13 greased dish.  Pour sauce bag evenly over chicken.  Bake for one hour at 325 degrees, turning every 15 minutes.  1-15-15

Crock Pot Taco Chili

1 onion, chopped
1-16 oz can black beans
1- 16 oz can kidney beans
1- 8 oz can tomato sauce
10 oz package corn
1 - 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes with chilies
1 packet taco seasoning
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. chili powder
24 oz boneless, skinless chicken
1/4 cup cilantro

Combine all ingredients in crockpot.  Cook low 6-8 hours. Half hour before serving shred chicken and return to  crockpot.  Serve with fresh cilantro.

Label:  12
Crock Pot Taco Chili
Combine all ingredients in crockpot.  Cook low 6-8 hours. Half hour before serving shred chicken and return to  crockpot.  Serve with fresh cilantro.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Coconut Chicken Fingers

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
12 chicken tenders

Preheat oven to 450.  Chop coconut so it's the same size as the breadcrumbs.  Combine coconut, bread crumbs and spices in a shallow dish.  Place flour in a separate dish and whisked eggs in another separate dish.  Dredge chicken in flour, dip in the egg and roll in the bread crumb mixture.  Bake 20 minutes or until done and golden brown.

Label (12):  Preheat oven to 450.  Place bread crumb mixture in a shallow dish, flour in a separate shallow dish and 2 whisked eggs (not included) in another separate shallow dish.  Dredge chicken in flour, dip in the egg and roll in the bread crumb mixture.  Bake 20 minutes or until done and golden brown.

Baked Potato Soup

1 30 bag of diced hashbrowns
1 32 oz carton of chicken broth
1 10 oz cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz carton of cream cheese
1 3 oz bacon bits
1 c cheddar cheese

For labels:
Place everything EXCEPT 1/2 of the bacon bits, cream cheese and cheddar cheese into the crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours. 1 hour before serving, add the cream cheese. Serve with the rest of the bacon bits and cheddar cheese.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

1 1/2 lb. boneless chicken breasts, chopped into large bite-sized chunks
1/3 cup flour olive oil
1/2 Tbl. salt
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3 Tbl. ketchup
4 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (put in mixing bowl first, and let thaw as you add other ingredients)
4 Tbl. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 tsp red pepper flakes

In a bowl, combine and mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, ketchup, ginger and red pepper flakes. Pour the flour in a small bowl. Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess.
Cooking Directions: Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and brown the flour-covered chicken. The chicken doesn't need to be fully cooked since it's going in the crock pot. After the chicken is done cooking, pour the pieces into the crock pot. Then cover the chicken with your sauce mixture and give the pot a stir. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3. Serve over rice and even add veggies if you want a healthier meal.

Label (24): Orange Chicken Put 1 tbsp oil in skillet & brown chicken. Put chicken in crock pot & cover w/ sauce & stir. Cook low 5-6 or high 2-3 hrs. Serve over rice & w/ veggies. Detail instructions on blog. 1/17/15

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Crock Pot Italian Chicken

Ingredients 2 lbs of chicken breast, thighs, or combination 1, 12 oz jar of pepper rings 2, .7 ounce envelopes of Italian Salad Dressing and Spice Mix Instructions 1.Put chicken in the bottom of a crock pot. Pour pepper rings with juice over chicken. Sprinkle Italian mix over chicken. Cook on low for 8+ hours or on high for 4+ hours. 2.After chicken has cooked, remove any bones or skin and shred. Keep on low till ready to eat. Add chicken broth or water if chicken seems to be drying out. 3.Serve on buns.