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    cream cheese chicken chili

    Ingredients:

    • 4 frozen chicken breasts
    • 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes (original)
    • 2 cans of corn, undrained
    • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 2 packages of Ranch dressing mix
    • 1 Tsp of chili powder
    • 1 Tsp of cumin
    • (Optional) 1 tsp of onion powder
    • 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese **if freezing, wait to add this until about 30min-1hour before serving**
    • Optional (but highly recommended): cilantro, sour cream, and avocado for topping

    What to Do:

    1. Throw chicken breasts, Rotel, corn, black beans, Ranch dressing mix, chili powder, and cumin into the crockpot and cook on high for about 4 hours (can also cook on low for about 6-7 hours).
    2. If you’re home, stir occasionally.  If not, carpe diem and don’t worry, it’ll be fine.
    3. 30 min. before you’re ready to eat, take the chicken out of the crockpot and shred it into bite-sized pieces with two forks.  Put chicken back in the crockpot.
    4. Then, put the cream cheese in and stir it for a few minutes, encouraging its break-down.
    5. Replace the lid and let hang out for the remaining half hour.
    6. Stir a little more to ensure the cream cheese has melted.
    7. Serve and enjoy!

    I made some corn bread waffles and served this over them. Talk about delicious!!!

    feeding a family of 3.5 on -23 hours

    now that i’m back to work, my time is SUPER limited.

    my first week back i still managed to cook every night–with the exception of one night where there was a mishap with the slow cooker meal courtesy of the husband. i’m getting pretty good at getting the slow cooker meals prepped during the weekend and on during the week so that when we get home, we have a nice, hot, home cooked meal waiting for us.

    a couple of people have been asking for recipes. some people have been asking how i do it. i’ll be posting the recipes in different posts but here’s my process:

    every 2 weeks i come up with a meal plan for dinners. it includes monday – saturday because sunday’s are normally spent at my inlaws house. based upon the meals that i come up with, i develop a grocery shopping list. i go grocery shopping on saturday–normally with abc strapped to me as she naps (today she’ll be at home with the hubs).

    after i do the shopping, i don’t put any groceries away that are for the meals. i sort my recipes based upon ingredients and then pull out my gallon freezer bags. **i used zipper bags this last go round and needless to say, they were not my favorite. i’ll be sticking with the standard ziplock bags from now on.** i write the meal that’s going in there.

    the first thing i do is get the meats together. i normally approximate the meats as it’s virtually impossible to get everything perfect. after the meats go in, then i cut up a bunch of onions. pretty much all my recipes call for onions and i love them. i buy the pre-minced garlic to keep things simple. after i put in the garlic and onions into each bag that requires them, then i start building meals 1 by 1 based on what else is needed. and then i pop them in the freezer!

    a couple of notes–i don’t freeze milk or dairy with the bags. i will add those once the bag is defrosted and ready to be cooked.

    it normally takes me about 1.5-2.5 hours to get all the meals prepped including interruptions from the kids. my grocery bill is normally about $125 for the 2 weeks. i don’t think that’s too bad since these meals include dinner with enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

    i’ll begin posting recipes and if you have any questions or recipes to share, please do!

    slow cooker recipe: chicken & dumplings

    this is one of my favorites…

    Cook Time: 6 hours Serving Size: 6 servings

    Ingredients

    6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

    2 (10.75 ounce) cans Cream of Chicken soup **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    1 cup water

    1 cup diced onion

    1/2 cup shredded carrots (i used baby carrots)

    4 T butter, cut into chunks **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    1/2 t ground pepper

    1 T dried Rosemary

    1 cup milk **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    1 (16 oz) can Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (do not cook) **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    Instructions

    1. Add one can of the Cream of Chicken soup to the bottom of your Crockpot, spread around.

    2. Sprinkle 1/2 of the diced onions and carrots on top of the soup.

    3. Now layer with chicken breasts & add water.

    4. Spread remaining can of soup over top of chicken breasts.

    5. Add butter, placing chunks all over top of soup.

    6. Add remaining onion and carrots. Sprinkle ground pepper and Rosemary over entire top of

    Crockpot.

    7. Place lid on and cook on high for 5 hours. (This time may vary according to your Crockpot).

    8. Shred chicken with 2 forks.

    9. Stir in milk.

    10. Cut uncooked biscuits into 4 pieces each, add all cut pieces into Crockpot, stir well.

    11. Replace lid & cook 1 more hour or until center of biscuits are not raw. Serves 6.

    13. ***If freezing as part of the Freezer Cooking meals, do not add milk or biscuits to freezer bags.

    Those ingredients go in towards the end of cook time***

    http://www.honeedsacape.com/2013/01/crockpot-chicken-dumplings/

    Copycat Arden’s Garden Yoga 1 Recipe

    The Arden's Garden Yoga 1 is one of my favorite fresh juices ever. I'm lucky that Arden's Garden is located local but I made this copycat recipe!

    When I was in college, my dad and I got into juicing before it became really popular. I remember picking out which juices we were going to make together and then falling in love with the standard carrot juice. But then I tried Arden’s Garden Yoga 1. Guys, this juice is seriously the best green juice I’ve ever tasted.

    Arden’s Garden Yoga 1

    This is organic energy waiting to be digested. Arden’s Garden is native to Atlanta and I’m so happy about that. They have a couple of juice bars where you can go and pick up one of their delicious juices, shots or smoothies. 

    The amount of money that I’ve spent on these juices is insane–but worth every penny spent on them. But in true DIY fashion, I figured that I could make my own at a fraction of the cost. I don’t know how true the fraction of the cost is but I do know that my version is sooooo good. 

    Copycat Arden’s Garden Yoga 1

    My version of the Arden’s Garden Yoga 1 juice. 

    Keyword Juice
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Juicing 5 minutes
    Servings 1 person

    Ingredients

    • 2 handfuls spinach
    • 3 whole apples cut and seeded
    • 1/4 in fresh ginger or more if you like!
    • 1/4 pineapple skinned

    Instructions

    1. Juice and enjoy!

    The Arden's Garden Yoga 1 is one of my favorite fresh juices ever. I'm lucky that Arden's Garden is located local but I made this copycat recipe!

    This is the first of many juices that I’ve come to love!!! We currently use the Breville Juice Fountain Juicer and love it. 

    The Breville Juicer we love!

    So do you juice? What are some of your favorite recipes?