I swear, I take one look at this photo and I instantly start to salivate. Jalapenos, cheddar, and cream cheese coming together in the perfect combination. Add in some flavor packed shredded chicken on big warm bun and you will have a super tasty sandwich. Not only do I love this recipe because it tastes amazing but I also love it because it takes no more than 3 minutes to prepare and maybe 5 minutes to finish. Just throw together some greens for a salad or some fries in the oven and you have a meal ready to go. Perfect for us working folks who never seem to have enough time at the end of the day.
2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 small onion, diced
2 tbsp garlic, minced
2 (10 oz) cans original Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 c heavy cream
2 oz cream cheese
1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 c canned jalapeños, chopped
extra canned jalapeños for topping
- Place the chicken, onion, garlic, and Rotel in the crock-pot.
- In a small bowl mix together the chili powder, cumin, and salt and sprinkle over all the items in the crock-pot.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
- Remove the cooked breasts from the pot and transfer to a cutting board.
- Using two forks shred the chicken and place back into the crock-pot.
- Cover the crock-pot and keep on low.
- While the chicken is soaking up all those tasty flavors start the cheese sauce by heating the heavy cream over medium-high heat.
- Allow the cream to come to a boil stirring constantly.
- Whisk in the cream cheese until melted.
- Add in the cheddar and chopped jalapeños and stir until smooth.
- Assemble the sandwiches by placing a scoop of the shredded chicken onto the bottom of the bun (I use tongs to try and squeeze out the excess juice), then add a spoonful of the cheese sauce, add additional sliced jalapeños if desired, and top with the other half of the bun.
- Chow down!
Recipe adapted from Food Fanatic.
Over the weekend we had a holiday cookie decorating party for my son and his little buddies from school. It was wonderful! All the kiddos huddled around the table eating the cookie toppings quicker than they were putting them on the actual frosted cookies getting all hopped up on sugar. I love this time of year!
I wanted to have a little hot cocoa bar where all the kids (and grown ups) could make themselves a fancy cup of cocoa. I’m not talking little envelopes of dry god knows what. I’m talking thick and creamy REAL hot cocoa. The kind that fills you up and warms your belly, the kind that leaves a thick creamy mustache on your upper lip with every sip. I made this a couple of hours before the party and it was perfect! Along with a big crock pot full of pure joy I had bowls of marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, chocolate sprinkles, whip cream, and then of course some grown up mixers (Kahlua, Disaronno, Baily’s, Frangelico, and peppermint schnapps). Hey if you know me, you know I don’t half ass anything. 😉
This hot cocoa was by far the best I ever had! If you are having a few people and want to make something very special this holiday season then I recommend you make this hot cocoa. It will take every grown up back to their childhood days and will be memorable for all the kiddos.
Note: Makes 8–12 servings.
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
12 oz bag chocolate chips (dark, milk, or white chocolate will all work)
2 c heavy whipping cream
6 c milk (2% or whole)
1 tsp vanilla
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large crock-pot.
- Turn on low.
- Cook for 2 hours stirring occasionally using a whisk.
- Ladle into a mug, add in your mixer (optional), and top with your favorite treats or leave as is.
Is your mouth watering just looking at this picture. Okay good. That means you are still alive. I am a sucker for beef with any kind of blue cheese. A filet with a blue cheese crust, I’m all over it. A burger with blue cheese crumbles, yes please. Just something about those flavors together is so perfect. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. This sandwich is beyond decadent. The little bit or horseradish mixed in with mayo gives it a nice little bite and all the cheese melted over the tender beef. OMG! So good! And guess what? It is easy to boot! You cook the meat in a crock-pot allowing all those flavors to soak in and then all you have to do when you are ready to get your grub on is assemble them. Perfect lunch or dinner for these Sunday football games.
Note: I made these as meal sized sandwiches but they were super rich. If you are someone who really just wants rich food in a smaller quantity or want to feed more than four people, then consider making these as sliders. This recipe will make about a dozen sliders if you use small dinner rolls.
2 lb beef chuck roast
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp celery seed
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 bay leaf
1/4 c soy sauce
4 large sandwich rolls
1 c mozzarella cheese, shredded
4 oz blue cheese crumbles
1/4 c mayonnaise
2 tsp prepared horseradish
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 c butter
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
2 tsp dehydrated onion
- Place your roast in a crock-pot that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray. (This helps with cleanup.)
- Sprinkle with the sugar, thyme, celery seed, and garlic.
- Add the bay leaf and soy sauce to the crock-pot.
- Cook for 4–5 hours on high of 7–8 hours on low.
- Remove the meat from the crock-pot and shred using 2 forks making sure to pull out any fatty bits.
- Add the prepared meat back to the crock-pot and keep on low heat.
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- Cut your dinner rolls in half and lay the bottoms on a baking sheet.
- Using tongs grab a heap of the shredded meat and squeeze out all the excess juices and place on each bun bottom.
- Sprinkle each meat pile with a bit of the shredded mozzarella and blue cheese crumbles.
- Combine the mayonnaise with the horseradish and spread on the underside of each bun top.
- Place the lids on the sandwiches.
- Melt the butter in a small bowl and mix in the Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and onion.
- Brush the butter mixture evenly over the tops of the sandwiches.
- Cover the baking sheet with foil and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Chow down!
Recipe adapted from Heather Likes Food.
One of my favorite Mexican restaurants when I need a quick fix has got to be Chipotle. You can get quality flavor packed food in a jiffy. My go to is their carnitas and my husband can’t resist their barbacoa. It is kind of funny, Chipotle’s barabcoa meat literally makes him sweat when he eats it. But he still loves it! I can’t help but laugh as soon as the sweat starts to bead up on his forehead. Does anyone else do this when they eat something with a little kick? I swear it reminds me of something from a cartoon. I love that guy.
I made this recipe and it is without a doubt a near perfect match of Chipotle’s barbacoa meat. It is a tender, juicy, flavor packed meat perfect for burritos, tacos, or even nachos. I personally love it with a side of my Cilantro Lime Rice. Muy bien!
Note: This meat definitely has a bit of heat in it from the chiles in adobo sauce so if you have a member of your household that doesn’t like heat I would either cut back the chiles or leave them out completely.
3–4 lb beef chuck roast
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 yellow onion
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp, garlic, minced
4 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2–3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
3/4 c beef stock
SOME FABULOUS GARNISHES
chopped green lettuce
guacamole or sliced avocado
pico de gallo
- Trim excess fat off of the roast.
- Spray your crock-pot with cooking spray (this helps a good deal with cleanup).
- Place roast in crock-pot.
- Place all of the ingredients, except for the chuck roast, in the blender and puree.
- Pour the pureed sauce over the roast.
- Cook on low for 8–10 hours, or high heat for 5–7.
- When the roast is done cooking, transfer it to a large cutting board.
- Using a large fork shred the meat and place it back in the crock-pot to soak up some of the tasty sauce.
- Serve in a warm tortilla with your favorite taco toppings.
Recipe adapted from Unsophpisticook.
Happy new year! How is 2014 treating you all so far? Hopefully absolutely fabulously!
First off I want to apologize for my absence over the past few months. Life has been super busy! I started a new job back in September managing one of the most awesome design studios and it has taken some time to find the right balance in life. My resolution for 2014 is to get back to some regular blogging so I have lots of great things coming for you. I have still been cookin’ up a storm while away so I have plenty of tasty new recipes to share. Now the question is, where to start!
Since it’s winter and we are all still recovering from the holiday madness how about one of my all time favorite soup recipes? It is a quick and easy crock-pot recipe that will be sure to warm you up.
When I was in high school I used to work in a little mom and pop owned coffee shop called Full O’ Beans. (People actually came in thinking it was a Mexican restaurant.) This coffee shop had the best soups and sandwiches! One of my all time favorite soups they served on occasion was the chicken and wild rice. It was delicious! I would have a big bowl at work and then fill up a big styrofoam cup to take home for later. It was one of those comfort soups that I just couldn’t get enough of. Well I finally put together this recipe that is out of this world good and reminds me of the coffee shop’s homemade chicken soup. This soup is easy, delicious, “souper” filling, and best of all it is made in the crock-pot. What more can a girl ask for? Now go make a big pot of this soup and snuggle up under a blanket on the couch while you wait for it to cook. Or do like I do, and just go to work. 😉
4 c chicken broth
2 c water
1 box Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 c carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, sliced
1/2 c butter
1/3 c flour
2 c half and half
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
- In your crock-pot mix together broth, water, and rice (including seasoning pack).
- Add in the chicken breasts, carrots, and celery.
- Cook on low for 6–8 hours or on high for 3–4 hours.
- Remove the chicken breasts from the crock-pot and break it up into pieces using a fork. Return the chicken to the crock-pot.
- In a medium saucepan melt your butter over medium heat.
- Gradually mix in the flour until well combined.
- Whisk in the half and half and season with the salt and pepper.
- Add the creamy base mixture to the crock-pot and stir until well combined.
- Allow the soup to cook on low for another 15 minutes.
- Try the soup and season to taste. If it is too thick you can add a little water to thin it out.
I don’t care if you are retired, a stay at home mom, a working individual, or even unemployed; everyone needs a quick, cheap, and easy dinner from time to time. When I find myself in this situation I go to my favorite kitchen appliance, my crock-pot. My crock-pot is freaking amazing. I toss in a couple simple ingredients before I go to work, I come home, and dinner is done. You rock my socks crock-pot! These pork chops come out super tender (practically falling apart) and the sauce is creamy and flavorful. If you are wondering what to serve them with I recommend some mashed potatoes or even white rice. Unfortunately the crock-pot isn’t much a multitasker so with this recipe you are on your own when it comes to side dishes.
Note: I make the sauce the night before and just keep it in the fridge. Then I have one less thing to do when I’m rushing around in the morning.
4 thick cut boneless pork chops
fresh ground pepper
10.75 oz can cream of chicken soup
1 oz envelope dry ranch dressing mix
2 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 c water or chicken broth
- Season the pork chops with fresh ground pepper.
- Place the pork chops in the bottom of a greased crock-pot.
- In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the soup, ranch mix, garlic, and water.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the top of the pork chops.
- Cook on high for 4–5 hours or low for 6–7.
- Transfer the pork chops to a serving dish or plate and using a whisk, stir the sauce in the crock-pot.
- Ladle a small amount of the sauce over each pork chop.
Super Sunday is right around the corner! The Super Bowl is the biggest football game in America. It’s when we get together with family and friends to watch two rival teams have it out on the field (and of course over indulge in delicious food).
Whenever we have a Super Bowl party we typically serve one dish per quarter. Appetizers during the first two, a main course for the third, and of course a super ice cream sundae during the fourth.
I have put together some of my favorite recipes that are perfect for your big bash. Enjoy the game!
Western Bacon Jalapeño Poppers
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms Wrapped in Bacon
Shrimp Taco Cups with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce
Chili (The Classic Kind)
Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup
Crock-Pot French Dips
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Crock-Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
Hot Ham and Swiss Sammies
Crock-Pot Pale Ale BBQ Chicken Sandos
Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese
It’s been a chilly couple of weeks where I live and I just can’t seem to warm up. One of the only things that really seem to take the bite off is a big bowl of hearty soup. Well this loaded baked potato soup truly is comfort in a bowl and hits the spot on these cold winter days. This is one of those recipes that people of all ages will love. It’s creamy and cheesy just the way baked potato soup should be. It is amazing the amount of flavor you get from a few simple ingredients. Since this does require a little prep before it goes in the crock-pot it may not be the best thing to try and do on a workday. However, it is the perfect crock-pot meal to whip up on the weekend. Perfect for a cozy Sunday lunch or dinner while watching some football. Hope you love this favorite soup of mine as much as I do!
Note: You can certainly use fresh potatoes for this soup. I just use a bag of the frozen ones to save a few extra minutes, after all, that’s the whole reason I use my crock-pot. If you want to use fresh potatoes I recommend using 5–6 cups of russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces.
8 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
2 tbsp flour
salt and pepper
4 c chicken broth, divided
32 oz bag of frozen diced potatoes (I use Ora Ida Hash Browns, not the shredded ones but the little cubes.)
3 c cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
2/3 c heavy cream
2/3 c sour cream
4 tbsp chives, minced
- In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium high heat until crispy.
- Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate and place in the fridge until ready to serve the soup.
- Pour out most of the bacon drippings leaving about 2 tbsp in the skillet.
- Add the onion to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until soft and lightly browned.
- Add the garlic and thyme to the skillet and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper and cook for a minute stirring constantly.
- Whisk in 1 cup of the chicken broth.
- Cook until the mixture starts to thicken and then pour into your crock-pot.
- Add the remaining 3 cups of broth, potatoes, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper to the crock-pot.
- Cover and cook for 5–6 hours on low heat.
- Using a hand masher, mash the potatoes in the crock-pot leaving some chunks in there.
- Stir in the heavy cream, sour cream, and 2 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Cook soup for another 20–30 minutes.
- Right before serving heat the plate of cooked bacon in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Ladle the soup into bowl and top with remaining cheddar, bacon pieces, and chives.