Category: Dinner

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

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Slow-Cooker Mexican Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Yummmmy, filling and messy. Loved by all.

WWSpoints: Approximately 23 points*

Makes: 4

Active: 35 min.

Total: 6 hr 35 min.

6 Large skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 lbs.)

Kosher salt

2 tsp. Ground cumin

1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped, plus 3 Tbsp. sauce from the can

1 cup canned crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

½ medium onion, graded

2/3 cup ketchup

3 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. packed light brown sugar

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup vegetable oil

2 cups shredded red cabbage

2 radishes, thinly sliced

3 scallions, thinly sliced

1 avocado

4 sesame hamburger buns

8 thin slices Monterey jack cheese (about 4 ounces)

  1. Season the chicken with salt and the cumin; transfer to a 6-to 8-quart slow cooker. Add the chipotle and adobo sauce, tomatoes and onion; toss to coat. Cover and cook on low, six hours.
  2. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside. Transfer the cooking liquid to a fat separator. Poor the liquid into a small saucepan, leaving any fat in the cup. (alternatively, skim off the fat from the cooking liquid with a spoon.) Add the ketchup, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. Cider vinegar, and the Worcestershire sauce to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and gently simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, with 2 Tbsp. Vegetable oil and the remaining 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar and 1 tsp. brown sugar in a large bowl. Add the cabbage, radishes, scallions, and half tsp. salt; toss. Set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally and pulling it apart with tongs or a fork, until browned and crisp in spots, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in all but half cup of the sauce; season with salt.
  5. Pre-heat the broiler. Slice the avocado. Put the roll bottoms on a baking sheet; top with the chicken and cheese. Broil until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes top with the slaw, avocado, and roll tops. Serve with the remaining sauce.

Now Let’s Dish- This was really good. I was not really sure if the kiddos would like it or not but it turned out they loved it. It was very filling. I could have had half of it with a salad or maybe a nice corn on the cob and been fine but instead I ate the whole darn thing.

Reference: Food Network Magazine September 2016

*The WW points are figured out by adding all of the ingredients and dividing them by slowcookermexicanbbqchickensandwichsaucefinalserving sizes.

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Bobby Flay’s Rib-Eye

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This steak was so, so good. They grilled quickly and can be marinated up to 8 hours out, which I appreciated. The marinade had a wonderful flavor to it. If it wasn’t sitting with raw beef I would have fried it up and topped the steak with it. I served it with Garlic Potatoes & what I call Babe salad (similar to a wedge salad). Huge hit for the whole family.

WWSPoints: 22 points approximately 

Serves: 4

Active: 30 mins

Total: 1 hr 20 min (plus 4-hr marinating)

8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 Anaheim chile peppers, stems removed, roughly chopped

3 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh oregano leaves

½ cup canola oil

3 1-in.-thick bone-in rib-eye steaks (about 1 pound each)

Kosher salt & coarsely ground pepper

1. Stir together the garlic, chiles, oregano and canola oil in a large baking dish. Add the steaks and turn to coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hrs and up to 8 hours.

2. Preheat a grill to high. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling to take the chill off. Remove from the marinade and season liberally on both sides with salt and pepper.

3. Grill the steaks until slightly charred and an instant-read thermometer registers 130 for medium rare, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill to a cutting board and let rest, loosely tented with foil, for 10 minutes. Cut off the bone and cut into ½-inch-thick slices.

Now Lets Dish- I followed this direction to a tee and it was awesome. Well done Bobby Flay, well done. Oh right, speaking of well done we did add 2 mins to each side because I like to mine that way and prefer the kiddos not to eat red, red meat. I was really happy with the potatoes and salad as sides.

On a side note, I had a genius moment after prepping the marinade. I rubbed my itchy eyes after chopping the garlic and then the peppers…hard. It was quite the ordeal but I would still say the steak was worth it!

Reference: Food Network Magazine

 

Beef ‘n’ Rice Enchiladas

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Beef ‘n’ Rice Enchiladas

This was pretty easy and was really fun to make with our youngest, you may be able to tell by the slight inconsistency of the enchiladas. There is no way that it is necessary to fill the tortilla with 2/3 cup a filling and 1/3 cup of cheese as you can tell by the very, very large enchiladas. I mean seriously they might as well be burritos. see below recipe for more notes

WWSPoints: N/A

Serves: 10 enchiladas (not if you fill them with 2/3 mixture)

Prep: 30 minutes (I made the meat and rice while I was making dinner last night.)

Bake: 10 minutes

1 package (6.8 ou) Spanish rice and pasta mix

1 lb. ground beef

2 cans (10 ou. each) enchilada sauce, divided

10 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed

4 cups (16 ou) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Prepare rice mix according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in Spanish rice and 1-1/4 cups enchilada sauce. Spoon about 2/3 cup beef mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top beef mixture each with 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese; roll up.

Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9 –in. baking dish. Top with the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Now Let’s Dish– Because the dinner I made last night had a good amount of oven time I cooked the ground beef and the rice then and stored in the fridge together. I added the sauce right before making it, stirred it well and reheated the mixture together in the microwave before topping the tortilla with it.

I would really recommend making your own enchilada sauce. My family was not too impressed with the sauce. The Spanish Rice in them makes the boldness of the sauce unnecessary. Another option is halving the enchilada sauce with tomato sauce for the topping at least.

I used a Mexican 4 cheese blend instead of cheddar which was a much needed balance.

WW tips– I had half of an enchilada and considered it 7 points because the additional cheese that I do not usually experience at a restaurant with meat enchiladas. Obviously that’s not enough food but I had a nice huge salad with romaine lettuce (0), sunflower seeds (1), crumbled cotija cheese (1), avocado (2), tortilla strips (1) and Avocado Cilantro Bolthouse Dressing (2).

Recipe from Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes- Quick and Easy

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Chicken Potpie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

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Chicken Potpie with Cheddar Biscuit Topping

This is a warm and delicious comfort meal. Our youngest did try to eat around the broccoli and peas but alas the vegetables prevailed! I did step 1 in advance which really helped it to be an easy prep meal once I was home from work. Gotta love easy and yummy. See below for more details

Special Equipment: Dutch Oven (not necessary)

WWSPoints: N/A

Makes: 9 Servings

Prep: 20 MIN

Bake: 45 MIN

4 cups cubed cooked chicken

1 pkg. (12 oz.) frozen broccoli and cheese sauce

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken and mushroom soup, undiluted

1 can (10 ¾ oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

2 medium potatoes, cubed

¾ cup chicken broth

2/3 cup sour cream

½ cup frozen peas

¼ tsp. pepper

TOPPING

1 ½ cups biscuit/baking mix

¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

¾ cup 2% milk

3 Tbsp. butter, melted

  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients; spoon over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and topping is golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Now Let’s Dish- I prepared step 1 in the morning and put in the refrigerator once it slightly cooled. I used a large pot instead of a Dutch Oven. It took a sec for the broccoli to soften out of the block shape but nothing a wooden spoon could not fix.

I used Red Lobster Biscuit Mix. As you can imagine, it was a delicious crust for the dish. I used medium cheddar as well because I have found the kiddos do not like, well the sharpness, of sharp cheese.

Recipe from Taste of Home-Casseroles

Baked Spaghetti

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Baked Spaghetti

I am just going to tell you this right now. Although the recipe is quite yummy, do not get it twisted, it is in no way Italian. You might gather that based on that ingredient they call cheddar cheese but “spaghetti” can be misleading. It is not a creamy casserole but it was filled with flavor. Even though the recipe gives ground beef as an option, I would not make it optional but necessary. Keep in mind that this recipes timeline does not include ground beef or pasta cooking time. If you are a good multi-tasker you can cook these at the same time as the vegetable mixture. see below recipe for more notes

W.W.S. Points- N/A

Serves 12

Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 30 minutes

1 cup chopped onion (I buy prechopped)

1 cup chopped green peppers

1 Tbsp. butter

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained

1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

2 tsp. dried oregano

1 lb. ground beef, browned & drained, optional (I think the ground beef is necessary)

12 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

¼ cup water

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, sauté onion and green pepper in butter until tender. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and oregano. Add ground beef if desired. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Place half of the spaghetti in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with half of the vegetables mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Mix the soup and water until smooth; pour over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until heated through.

Now Let’s Dish- I know this is silly but I wouldn’t make this on a hot day. Having an oven and 3 burners at the same time going was slightly uncomfortable in summer heat. We served it with Greek salad because that is what the hubby requested. I feel like if would have made the soup/water mixture a little more liquidy it would have been slightly creamier instead of sitting on top.

WW tips- I did not eat this dish. I had a few bites but I had a huge Greek salad -romaine, feta (1), Greek olives (1), crumbled croutons (1), avocado (2), and dressing (2) and Amy Black Bean Enchiladas. I wanted some extra room for dessert.

Recipe from Taste of Home Most Requested 

Chicken, Broccoli Mac & Cheese

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Chicken, Broccoli Mac & Cheese

What can I say, this does not look as yummy as it tastes. I may have slightly overcooked the broccoli so it was not as solid as it could be which also contributed to the overall ugliness of the dish. Super easy, and the “hidden broccoli” was too hard to avoid for the little ones. see below recipe for more notes & WW tips

WWS Points- 20 no sugar facts available

Servings: 4

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

8 ounces dried rigatoni
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
1  2 to 2 1/4- pound whole roasted chicken
1  5.2-ounce package semi soft cheese with garlic and fine herbs
3/4 cup to cup milk
1/4 cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and snipped
1/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
Snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

1. In a large saucepan cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Meanwhile, remove chicken from bones; discard bones. Coarsely chop chicken. Drain pasta and broccoli; set aside.

2. In the same saucepan combine cheese, 3/4 cup of the milk, the tomatoes, and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add pasta mixture and chicken. Heat through. If necessary, thin with some of the remaining milk. Sprinkle with parsley.

Now Let’s Dish: My hubby is not a big sundried tomato fan so I went very light on them, very light. It is definitely filling and yummy.

WW Tips: I do seem to struggle every time I have to cook with rotisserie chicken. I want to eat it all up so I make sure to have veggies and dip available. I served myself 1/8th so 10 points and had a large “Italian Salad” that included shredded parmesan, pepperoncini, black olives, romaine and Olive Garden light dressing (5 pts).

Recipe from Shortcut Cooking Magazine