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Recipe Review- Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Last night we had the Crockpot Barbeque Chicken from our meal plan I posted on Monday.  Sorry I don’t have any pics but I have lost the battery charger to my camera and am waiting for my new one to arrive.  We really enjoyed this chicken.  I had read some of the comments on the recipe post and did thicken the sauce with cornstarch.  While we served the breasts as our main dish, I can see where it would be great shredded and served on buns.  The boneless, skinless chicken breasts can get dry in the slow cooker so next time I am hoping to try with either some bone-in breasts or with some legs and thighs.  I can say for sure though that we will be making this one again.

Thanks to the sweet men and women at my church, FBC-Abbeville, I will not have to cook tonight but can sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of beef stew with a side of cornbread.  It is great to have a church that offers a Wednesday night meal because it gives me one night that I for sure don’t have to plan or cook.

Menu plan + recipe review

I am working on my menu plan for this week. Since we are adjusting to some new routines, it is not carved in stone yet. I will give you my working plan for the week though-

Monday- Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Tuesday- Crockpot BBQ Chicken and veggies
Wednesday- beef stew and cornbread (at church- I don’t have to cook this one)
Thursday- Hamburger Casserole
Friday- leftover buffet

The weekend is still a work in progress however, but I think my husband has volunteered to defrost some steaks and grill. Also, I promised my 6 year old that we would have chicken Alfredo at some point as well.

Over the Christmas holiday, I made an easy and delicious Pizza Dip. I got the recipe from my sister and am happy to share it with you here:
Pizza Dip

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

3/4 -1 cup pizza sauce
1/2 c pepperonis, finely chopped
1/4 c scallions
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
Tortilla chips

Soften cream cheese: preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend with mixer first 5 ingredients. Lightly grease 9 in pie plate and spread mixture.
Sprinkle pizza sauce evenly on top, then toss pepperonis and scallions on top.
Bake for 10 minutes – remove and sprinkle mozzarella cheese – bake additional 10 minutes.

Can be mixed ahead and refrigerated before baking.

I usually double it to take to parties. Also, you can play with the seasonings a bit when blending the cream cheese and sour cream. I never measure, I just add until it tastes good to me. It has been a big hit every time I have made it.

Enchilada Casserole

This casserole comes from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, the one our church put together. I have great luck with all of the recipes I have made from it. This enchilada casserole was no exception. We had it Sunday night with a side of Mexican rice.

Enchilada Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 can ranch style beans
4 sm. flour tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Brown ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning mix. Spread in a 9×13 baking dish. Layer in the following order: beef, beans, tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, and soup. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

All four of us voted this a thumbs up. I believe everyone had a second helping. Sorry about the lack of pics but I have lost the charger to my camera battery and will have to order a new one.

Menu Plan Monday-Aug. 16th

I am very excited about this weeks menu plan. All of our activities are in full swing so this week will be a good test of how successful I will be at staying with what I have planned. Scouts, soccer practice, dance and a PTO meeting will all try to throw me off my game, but I am determined to stay the course.

Monday- Mediterranean chicken over angel hair pasta and a side of green beans
Tuesday- Shrimp Tacos and a side of black bean and corn salsa
Wednesday- eat at church
Thursday- pepper steak over rice
Friday- pork scallopini with some sort of vegetable to be determined by what is in the freezer
Saturday- leftover buffet

Need menu ideas? Want to share your menu plan? Visit Laura’s blog.

Awesome and easy potatoes

As I have mentioned before, our Sunday School class eats lunch together once a month. For July I made an easy potato recipe that was a sure hit. In fact, I was not able to get a picture because they went so fast.

Maggie B’s Potatoes

10-12 red potatoes, boiled

Drain. You may leave the skin on or peel it off.

1/2-1 stick oleo or butter
1 pt. ranch dressing
6-8 green onions, chopped
1 lb cooked bacon, crumbled
8-12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and pour over diced (chunky) potatoes. Reheat at 350 degrees until the cheese melts and the Ranch dressing is warm. I used a 9×13 pan.

Everyone agreed that these were the perfect potatoes for a church potluck (or any potluck for that matter). I definitely will be making them again!

Back to school week


It’s back to school week at the Insanity Cooks household. My 8 year old will be starting third grade on Thursday and my baby girl (who just turned 5) will be starting Kindergarten on Friday. Time to get back in the swing of things and that means back to full time meal planning and all the ins and outs that go with trying to fit home cooked meals into our busy and hectic schedule. Combine the excitement preparing for school with the fact that it is going to be 100 degrees every day this week, and I am trying my best to get organized. My goals for the week are 1) to cook every night we are going to be home this week and 2) not have to turn on the oven.

My menu plan for the week looks something like this:
Monday- Hamburger stroganoff and veggies
Tuesday- something with chicken- looking for suggestions
Wednesday- dinner at church
Thursday- roast in the crockpot, rolls, veggies
Friday- penne pasta skillet

The weekend will have to take care of itself as I am still waiting to see what our plans are going to end up being. As hot as it is, we will probably just want to sit in the house and eat ice cream all day!!

For more great menu ideas check out Menu Plan Monday at Laura’s blog!

Garlic Cheddar Chicken

I apologize in advance for the lack of photos in this post. I didn’t have my camera handy and before I could go track it down, the hoard had already descended and were serving up their share. This recipe for Garlic Cheddar Chicken has quickly become a family favorite. It is super easy to make and the flavor is fantastic. We had no activities on the calendar for last night, so I decided a home cooked meal was definitely in order. A good friend of mine has also made this recipe several times and she serves hers with a side of pasta with pesto. I decided to do that last night and I really feel that the flavors do compliment each other. I also added a salad and we were good to go. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

One of those go-to recipes

Our Sunday School class takes turns bringing breakfast every week. Due to our class size, I only end up having to take a turn every 2 1/2 to 3 months. I always envision myself making a new and exciting breakfast that will impress all my classmates and be the envy of those less skilled in the kitchen. But let’s get real here- I usually end up getting busy on Saturday, practically forgetting that tomorrow is my turn, and what do I do? I go to the stand-by- Easy Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole from Southern Living Busy Moms Weeknight Favorites. It is easy and quick and has been a real crowd pleaser every time I have made it. I am not sure if I should post the recipe here or not due to the evil Copyright Police (you know what I mean, Mary), so if you are interested in the recipe, I will be happy to email it to you. I do have to say that I recommend this cookbook because I have made several recipes from it and they all have passed the test so far.

Coming soon- Upside Down Pizza Casserole (also from the same SL cookbook) and Fish Tacos so please check back for more recipe reviews and menu ideas!

When you fail to plan

Boy, I have really let things get out of control around our house. The ole schedule has been pretty hectic and I have let that take control of the meal planning. Big mistake- huge!!!! Over the past week, I have worked very hard to get things back into some sort of normalcy. Now that the end of the school year is almost here, I am diligently going to try and use the summer to get back into planning mode.

I do have a few recipes that I want to share with you though. I hate that I don’t have any pictures, but I am bad to forget that because photographing food is not always something I think about.

TACO CUPS

These were a great Friday night supper at our house a couple of weeks ago. My kids love tacos, and this was a new twist on that old stand by- the taco kit. We topped our with cheese and taco sauce and also had some tortilla chips and cheese dip.

TACO PASTA

Yes, we love tacos and taco flavored dishes around here. This was pretty good. My kids liked it and my husband liked it, so it will probably be something I fix again. It was cheap and easy which is always fine by me. It was good for a night when I needed something quick and most of the ingredients are things I always have on hand.

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN IN THE SLOW COOKER

This was a big hit with all four of us. I put this in the crock pot yesterday after church so it would be ready when we got home from our afternoon activities and our evening church service. I made some garlic toast to go along with it and everyone in the house asked for a second helping. We are having the leftovers tonight for supper.

Hopefully this week, there will be much more cooking and much more planning!!!!

Squash Casserole

Monday night I was feeling particularly domestic, so I had no problems with the meal plan. I had set a rather lofty goal for myself and luckily my mood fit the food. This was my pre-determined dinner:

grilled chicken breasts
mashed potatoes
purple-hull peas
squash casserole
cornbread

First the confession. These were pre-seasoned, boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came from Angel Food. I may or may not have used instant mashed potatoes (I will never tell). The peas were straight from the freezer section at Kroger. They usually run good sales on frozen veggies and I always try to keep plenty on hand. I did put some salt and a couple pieces of bacon in the peas while they cooked to add some flavor. Cornbread is easy at my house. Cornmeal, one egg, and enough buttermilk to get it all mixed up. I never measure when making cornbread. For me, that takes the fun out of it. I always make my cornbread in a cast iron skillet, and I have one that is just for making cornbread. All I really had to do was mix up and bake the squash casserole, so here is what I did.

I bought some great looking squash at a local produce stand over the weekend. I found an easy recipe for squash casserole that was not too ingredient intensive and got to work.

EASY SQUASH CASSEROLE

2 c. yellow squash, chopped
1 c. grated cheese
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. melted butter
1 med. onion, chopped
14 Ritz crackers
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook onion and squash until tender and drain. Add milk and beaten egg to squash and onion mixture. Mix cheese, butter, and 7 crushed Ritz crackers and add to mixture. Add salt and pepper. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle other 7 crushed Ritz crackers on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

MY COMMENTS
This casserole was super easy to make and was a big hit even with the kids. I feel that mine needed a bit more salt but that could be because I eye-balled the amount instead of measuring it out. I have a fear of adding too much salt which often leads me to under-salt things. Big Daddy said he would like to see a bit more cheese and more crackers next time. I love the quickness of this recipe though. It was not too stressful to come home and fix after a full day of work. This recipe gets an A+. I am going to continue searching recipes however for what I feel may be the ingredient that really makes this casserole sing.