When you’ve got a busy day ahead, whose got time to think about dinner. Actually, taking a few minutes before you leave the house can save you tons of time when you get home. A little morning preparations can set you up for an easy Crock Pot dinner your entire family will enjoy!
Chicken Enchilada Quinoa
I love this recipe for a Mexican Night with he family! It serves 6-8 so if you have a smaller gang, the leftovers are great on a heated up quesadilla.
1 pound ground chicken
1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers
1 cup of water
1 can (10-ounces) enchilada sauce
2 tablespoons Mexican chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
various spices to personal preference
In a large skillet cook the ground chicken until no pink remains. Place in the Crock Pot.
Add in the uncooked quinoa, the black beans, frozen corn, diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, and jalapeno, water, enchilada sauce, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or until the liquid is all absorbed into the mixture.
Remove the lid and stir everything again. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Stir in the half the cheese and sprinkle the other half on top. Replace the lid and let the cheese melt.
Top with the chopped green onions and cilantro.
Mac and Cheese
This awesome twist on a family favorite will have your kids begging for more! Forget boxed mac and cheese and try out this recipe.
8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
Two 10-ounce bricks sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 5 cups)
Dash of paprika
Spray Crock Pot with cooking spray, mix the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese.
Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with paprika. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Turn off the slow cooker, stir the mixture and serve hot.
Honey Sesame Chicken
I bet you thought you had to go out for great asian food but this recipe is fun and easy to make at home!
2½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp olive oil
1½ tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp minced onion
1 cup honey
¼ cup barbecue sauce
¼ tsp crushed red peppers
6 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp cornstarch
Green onions, sliced
Cut chicken into 1 to 1½ inch cubes and put into Crock Pot.
Mix together honey, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, onion, barbecue sauce and crushed red peppers in a small bowl.
Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and stir to coat. Cook on low for 3½ to 4 hours.
Remove the chicken from the Crock Pot while reserving the sauce and pour into a saucepan over medium heat.
Mix together the cold water and cornstarch and stir into the sauce.
Cook sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. This only takes a couple of minutes.
Turn the heat down to low, add chicken to sauce and break any large pieces into smaller chunks. I used the end of my wooden spatula. Stir to coat while simmering.
Remove from heat and sauce will thicken more as it cools.
Serve over rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
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