Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken part 1 – tacos

Two tacos filled with pulled chicken, cheese, lettuce, peppers, onions, sour cream and salsa.Hubby and I enjoy tacos and fajitas at home. With instant taco kits out there, it makes it very easy to whip this family favourite up in no time. But this weekend, I wanted something different.

Inspired by a friend’s pulled pork dinner at their place a few weekends ago, along with seeing something on the Food Network about pulled brisket tacos, I decided to do something similar — only, with chicken. Here’s how I did it. Continue reading

Sunday Sammy: Grilled Basalmic Chicken Panini

A plate with a messy but yummy chicken paniniIt seems that I’m on a panini kick this weekend. I made another one today — well, I made two: one for myself and one for my hubby. Here’s what I did… Continue reading

Friday Sammy: Easy Grilled Panini-Style Chicken Sammy

A finished chicken and red pepper panini, cut in half.I was so tempted to order in tonight. I even had something picked out, a list written up and my hand on the phone. But then something clicked and I thought, “Save your money, girl! Surely you can whip something up quickly that’s tasty and better for you than that fast food crap!”

So I looked in the fridge and came across the following items: chicken, red bell pepper, white onion, barbecue sauce, mayo and cheddar cheese. Looking in my lunch bag that I brought home from work, I found a roll I never used for my dinner (a really large, soft roll). The wheels started turning.

Still looking for inspiration, I found myself staring at the tv as one of my favourite Food Network shows played (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives). One  of the restaurants was making panini-style sandwiches with focaccia bread. It looked amazing. Hey, wait… I don’t have focaccia, but I have that football-shaped roll. SWEET! Here’s what I did… Continue reading

Cheater Chicken Cacciatore

A plate displays "cheaters chicken cacciatore" and sauteed vegetablesWhat to do when you have leftover chicken, a bunch of veggies which need to be cooked up and a few jars of pasta sauce? Make cheater’s chicken cacciatore!

Traditionally, chicken cacciatore essentially means it’s some kind of ‘hunter-style’ dish. It involves a lot of herbs and spices, tomatoes, wine and such, and of course, chicken. Well, I just wanted to make something quick and easy. Originally, I had baked a bunch of chicken breasts in pasta sauce from jars in a glass lasagna pan (350F for 1 hour) the day before, so I had leftover sauce and chicken today, as well as pasta. To spruce up the leftovers today, here’s what I did: Continue reading

Quick & Easy Ground Beef Fajitas

Two flour tortillas hold seasoned ground beef, bell peppers, onions, lettuce, salsa, cheese and sour cream.Hubby and I enjoy fajitas and tacos. I’ve made chicken fajitas from scratch a few times and we always enjoy it.

But I’ll fess up right now: if I only have ground beef, I use a mix every single time. Why? It’s quick and easy and I find that ground beef needs a lot of TLC when working with it — the mixes do the trick nicely. Chicken, you can marinade and infuse all kinds of flavour into it fairly easily, but ground beef always seems to need a lot of work. And tonight, I just didn’t have it in me to do all that work! Haha.

However, I have friends who only put seasoned meat and cheese in their fajitas or tacos. I can’t do that. I need a variety of colour, textures, temperatures and tastes in that little bundle of goodness!

So here’s what I do:

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Honey garlic chicken breasts with hasselback garlic baked potatoes

A chicken breast coated in a honey garlic sauce next to a hasselback (accordian-cut) baked potato and two slices of fresh tomatoI was looking for something different to make for dinner tonight and I didn’t want to just have the same old, same old baked chicken breasts and pasta dinner. I had some nice potatoes and wanted to do something interesting with them other than mashed potatoes or fries.

After stumbling across a recipe for Hasselback Potatoes by Sea Salt with Food, I decided I just had to try this fancy way to bake potatoes. And then I bumped into a great little recipe called Cookbook Recipe of the Month – Honey Garlic Chicken by Taste and Tell and thought, “Crockpot chicken! What a great idea!”

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Chicken, veggies & rice foil-bundle dinners

The finished product: chicken, veggies, rice and gravy cooked in a foil packetA few nights ago, I was in the mood for a ‘one dish meal’. I didn’t want a lot of clean-up for my poor hubby (yes, I cook, he cleans) and yet I didn’t want a traditional casserole. Poking around the internet, I found quite a few recipe sites that had great suggestions for the ingredients that I had, but it was a series of sites suggesting an old campfire method of cooking food that intrigued me the  most.

These sites suggested “meal bundles” wrapped in foil packs. Continue reading