Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Recipe Challenge - Week 6

This week, we cheated a little. I decided to start working on the kitchen cabinet to get them ready to paint. Our cabinets are original to the house and after filling in 60 years of damage and sanding, it was a CRAZY mess.

This is just one of the cabinet doors.....ugh....

So instead of making something from scratch, I decided to do pizza and break sticks. I went to ALDI and got one of the to-go pepperoni pizzas for $4.99 and then got some canned biscuits for like a $1.20. So for a little less than $6.50, we got an awesome pizza dinner!

I transformed the biscuits into breadsticks. I popped open the can and just took the biscuits out and pulled them into more of a breadstick shape. Once I got all of them done, I brushed on some butter and then sprinkled garlic powder on top. I did a little butter and a lot of garlic powder but you can do it to your taste. Then I baked them according to the directions on the packaging. Once they were nice and golden brown; I pulled them out of the over then brushed again with butter and put parmesan on top.

Jesse and I liked these breadsticks better than the ones from Pizza Hut. They were flaky and garlicky. I think the only thing I would change it to make more next time!

Next week we will back on track and making new recipes again! Although it was fun to transform an item I use all the time into something new.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 Recipe Challenge - Week 5

Sorry this post took me so long to get up. The last couple of weeks have been crazy.

For this week, I went to the kitchen to look to see what we had. I have been pinning a lot of Crock-Pot recipes and saw a very simple one for Salsa Chicken and had just got a great deal on chicken and we always have salsa so I thought why not!

Salsa Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 15 oz. can of black beans
1 pound bag frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes with chilis (like Rotel)
1 jar salsa
1 packet of taco seasoning

 Place all ingredients in bag and freeze. Thaw, then cook on low 8 hours. Serve with rice or on tortillas along with shredded cheddar and sour cream. We stacked corn tortillas, then chicken, then cheese, and repeat. Put a little guacamole on the very top.

How easy! Just dump everything into the Crock-Pot and go. This meal is done as a make a head meal, so that is why it says thaw.  I stirred it a few times throughout the day just to make sure the chicken was covered in the juice so it would cook.

This meal was one of the simplest one we have done and it was yummy. We shredded up the chicken in the Crock-Pot, because it was pretty much falling apart. We ended up making taco out of it which was really good but the mixture was runny so it was a little messy. 

We just topped it with cheese because neither of us likes sour cream.


We had TONS of leftovers! I actually think it was even better as leftovers. Jesse cooked up some rice, since we were out of tortillas and put the chicken over that. It wasn’t as runny and it had a little more heat to it from sitting a few days. Even after we had it for dinner, we still have enough for maybe 2 more meals.

I think this will go on the meals to make again!!