Smothered Chicken

I started to make something else a few weekends ago but Mark asked that I NOT make it … that in itself was a little unusual! So I said fine, I’ll make something else.

I had chicken breast. Bacon. Cheese. And onions. I hadn’t been to the grocery store in a few days (actually, like 10 days!) and since we are trying to be more mindful of what we bring in to the #tinycondo, I decided to make this as a sort of spin off from another recipe I have …

Can I just tell you how AWESOME it was?! And to have it again for lunch the next day? Woohoo!

Sadly, in keeping with the #tinycondo stuff, we’ve also downsized our meals … so there isn’t that much leftovers for lunches. It’s ok, though. At least, I keep telling myself that! I will be making this a little more often just so I can have it more!

4 chicken breast

1/2 pound bacon

1/2 cup of shredded cheese of choice (I used Monterey Jack)

1 onion, sliced thin

Cook up your bacon in a skillet til crispy. Move that off to a plate and add those onions to the bacon fat.

Caramelize the onions. Ok, here’s the deal: when you want to caramelize the onions, lay them flat in the pan, turn pan to medium heat and do NOT touch them until you see them starting to turn golden brown. If you keep messing with them they will just get steamy and never caramelized! Yes, it takes a little while. Just be patient!

Once onions are caramelized, move those over to a bowl and NOW toss in your chicken breast. If the pan is a little dry, go ahead and add a little bit of olive oil. Season the chicken breast with your favorite all around seasoning (I used our garlic/onion power/salt/pepper blend) and cook til golden brown, flip and cook til no longer pink.

Scoot the chicken over to the middle of the pan, go ahead, crowd them! Top with the onions and then the bacon (I suggest you crumble the bacon instead of leaving the big slices) AND then add your cheese. Put a lid on the pan and let it cook for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melty.

If you are lucky enough to have some seasoned butter (or finishing butter!) go ahead and add a little dab to the pan! This really was a nice touch!

There you go! Serve it up and enjoy! *We had ours with steamed broccoli … not a big steamed broccoli fan but it’s what we had that night!

Enjoy!

#WinnerWinnerChickenDinner #CookAtHome #MakeDinnerAtHome

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Sweet Potato Fries

Back when I was attempting yet another Whole30, I was on DAY 3 and we made burgers on the grill … which meant …

BEER

Beer was ALWAYS the cause of my failure.

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See … back in the “old” days aka before #tinycondo life, when we grilled, we would sit outside where it’s like a sauna and NOT in a good way … between swatting the skeeters and dabbing at the back of your neck with a papertowel, it’s almost a given that you Get Yourself a Coozie and have a chilled beer (bonus point for the first person who can Name That Song!) … but that’s not very Whole30’ish like. Actually, it’s everything Whole30 isn’t …

But don’t you worry … I improvised on so many levels and was so proud of myself …

I did indeed grab a coozie and then a can of LaCroix Sparkling Water Lime … and you know what? That satisfied that habit/need/desire/whatever to roll the edge of the coozie around the table in a circular fashion, sip from the can and give it a little swish swish back and forth, set it back down … run my finger around the rim, play with the tab and so on. Yeah, I am a little fidgety.

So anyways … I had bought a gigantic bag of sweet potatoes from Costco and still had a small bag from Aldis so I wanted to use those up first. Yes, they were starting to show their age a little …

Grab yourself some sweet potatoes, wash them and peel them up. Lob off the ends of each one (actually, if you cut  off the pointy end BEFORE you peel you will avoid that annoying stop with the peeler when it hits the tough spot).

Turn on your oven to 425 degrees.

Cut them bad boys in half long ways and then cut in to fry size pieces. Uhm, I just sliced, cut and sliced the thicker ones again.

Toss them in a bowl and drizzle with some avocado oil and sprinkle with some oregano, salt and pepper. Ok, you can use olive oil if you want but I was so excited about the avocado oil ūüėČ  Make sure you salt them well. I totally under-salted mine!

Lay out the fries in a single layer, leaving a little room between so they don’t “steam” …

Throw the pan in the oven and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Pull out and turn over, the best you can, trying to keep them in a single layer and a spaced apart the best you can.

Allow to cook for another 10 minutes or so, checking for desired doneness.

Yup, they tasted just as good as they look!  I don’t think I’ll be buying the frozen bags anymore as they really didn’t take any longer to prepare than the frozen ones! 

Go ahead and give them a try!

#SweetPotatoFries #MakingDinnerAtHome #Whole30 #Paleo

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Balsamic Beef – Whole30/Paleo

Mark’s out of town and well, I went to Costco, again.

I have no idea what I was thinking … I wanted to pick up a few more boxes of the dishes, a few more boxes of hangers and some food … but not a lot.

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Bite Size Potato Skins

Ok, ok, I know that the holiday season is OVER and most of you (myself included!) are trying to eat “healthier” … hence, that is why I’ve been sharing some Whole30/Paleo recipes lately

BUT

These are really GOOD and they aren’t fried … and well, they are a vegetable so why not? Besides … it’s FRIDAY!¬† Oh and yeah, I bought a 15 pound bag of potatoes at Costco last weekend …

Bite Size Potato Skins

Hello little bites of yumminess!!

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Creamy Potato Soup – Crockpot Style!

Comfort food straight from the crockpot!

Soups on! It’s getting chilly and well, I just love comfort food!

Even though it’s the weekend before Christmas and we should all be rushing around to finish all that shopping/decorating/stressing, I’m opting to make soup! Is it Christmas-y? No, not really … but it does make me happy so it is what it is!

Now, THIS soup is yummy and I get really excited when I’m making it … its just a little bowl of pure comfort food to me … yummmy ….

The last time I made this, about a YEAR ago (!), I switched it up a little and used the refrigerated steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes …. and I highly recommend you do it this way as it’s really the BEST!

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Another thing I have to point out: toppings. I love toppings, but then again, I love a loaded baked potato … so that’s how you need to look at it. Do you like bacon, cheese, green onions on your baked potato? Then, by all means, add those to your cup of soup. Otherwise, eat it naked and make feel a little healthier for doing so ūüėČ

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So…enough with the ramble … lets get cooking!!

2 bags (20 oz each) of steakhouse seasoned diced potatoes (or you can use frozen potatoes)
2 cartons (32 oz) of chicken stock
1 can cream o’ chicken soup
1/2 onion, chopped fine OR a real generous shake of the dehydrated onions
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese … do not use fat free as it will not melt down

As with ALL crockpot meals, just dump everything in the crockpot except the cream cheese. Give a little stir, put the lid on and set it to high for 6 hours or 8 hours on low (your choice).

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After the time has gone by … take the lid off, cut up the cream cheese into cubes and toss those in the crock pot. Add the lid back on and walk away for an hour or so, til the cheese has melted.

Because I like my soup creamy, I grab the immersion blender and go to town making the soup nice and smooth. If you prefer, leave it chunky. It’s up to you and I won’t judge! ūüôā

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IF the soup is too thick, you can add a little water, chicken broth or milk to thin out a little.

Dish up, add your toppings if using, and dig in to this little bowl of comfort … enjoy!

#Soup  #EatDinnerAtHome  #ComfortFood  #Crockpot  #PotatoSoup

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New England Clam Chowder

It has been a while since we’ve made soup … especially this yummy, super easy New England Clam Chowder …¬†

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As you know, New England style is creamy … Manhattan is red and chunky. And if you’ve been reading for any length of time, you probably picked up that Mark HATES chunky tomatoes in cooked dishes. For someone who is a big fan of food, he certainly can be picky at times ūüėČ

Just for the record, I was set NOT to like this … I mean, all the ingredients were pretty much processed and well, I generally try to avoid that stuff … but, hell, it was ¬†a Saturday night, smelled good, he made some lovely ciabatta bread and it was to die for …

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Yes, it is a little indulgent and I would suggest you not make it every day. But please, whatever you do, give it at least ONE shot … I think you’ll be glad you did!

Here’s what you need:

7 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled (save the bacon grease in skillet)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cans of baby clams

5 to 7 potatoes, cubed *see note below*

1 1/2 cans of cream of celery soup

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk

1 tsp dry dill

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Make life a little easier and give it a whirl in the food processor

Cook onion in the bacon grease until translucent and soft.  Add the juice from the clams (set clams aside) and the potatoes to the pan and cook til the taters are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

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Add the balance of the ingredients, stir and let simmer 45 minutes or so until thick. Add the clams towards the end.

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Dish up into some pretty bowls, top with a little more bacon bits if you have … ENJOY!

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*We made a double batch as we had some friends coming over, so used a WHOLE pound of bacon and double the balance of the ingredients. I’m sure Mark did some other things to it to season it up as he does NOT follow recipes super well :-). We also used CANNED POTATOES that were in the pantry as I didn’t have any in the pantry or fridge. Mark said he’d do it that way again as it was a heck of a lot better than peeling and dicing!

#Soup   #NewEnglandClamChowder  #EatDinnerAtHome

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Easy Chicken Piccata

For the longest time, whenever I knew Randi was going to be home for dinner, I would make sure to have Chicken Piccata on the menu … it’s one of her FAVORITE meals that I can make for her.

Easy Chicken Piccata

With her 28th birthday coming up next week, her husband texted me and asked for the recipe … which made me thing that I so need to share it here!

EVERYONE NEEDS TO MAKE THIS!

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Black Bean Quesadillas

A quick meatless recipe that will satisfy your crowd!

Quesadillas

The world’s simplest recipe!¬† I mean think about it, you can make just about ANYTHING in a quesadilla!

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Right?

Right!

So today, I’m going to share one of our favorites … and to make it even better? It’s meat free which can equate to FRUGAL!

Wheee!

Oh. Sorry.¬† That didn’t make you excited? Would it be better if I said it was Vegetarian? You won’t find a whole lot of those kind of recipes here but this is one of the few!

NOTE: these are OLD pictures but you can bet your booty that as soon as we are in the condo I’ll be sharing NEW and IMPROVED photos! TWO WEEKS!!! They say we can start moving in ONE week but I say TWO!

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I first made these YEARS ago and I felt the need to bring them out again and introduce them to YOU!

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Let’s get cooking!

2 cans of black beans, drained

2 tsp cumin (I would lean towards 3 tsp aka 1 tbs)

1 bag of coleslaw mix

1 lime

2 tsp olive or avocado oil

1/4 cup of cheese of choice (I’ve used laughing cow Queso & Chipolte AND I’ve used jarred queso, cheddar, etc. whichever you prefer!)

8 tortillas (Mark does not like corn so we always use flour)

finely chopped cilantro

chopped tomatoes (totally optional and not used in these pics)

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Dump the drained beans in to a bowl with the cumin and lightly mash them. Eek, that’s an awful picture!

In another LARGE bowl juice the lime and zest a little bit and add the oil. Whisk to mix and then dump in the coleslaw mixture. Toss to coat well.

Grab a large skillet (or griddle if you have!) and put over medium high heat.

Lay your tortilla on the dry skillet and add your cheese to 1/2 of the tortilla and 1/4 c or so of the beans.

Fold tortilla in half and cook til brown on one side. Flip carefully to brown other side.

Move these to a cutting board while you cook the rest!

When done cooking and ready to serve, gently open the shells and add the cabbage mixture and garnish with the fresh cilantro and tomatoes (if using).

Serve up and enjoy!

#EatAtHome   #MeatlessDinner   #QuickDinner

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Cheesy Ham & Tater Casserole

Quick and Easy Casserole for any day or night!

Normally, I shy away from anything with the word CASSEROLE in the title.

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Sorry, it’s just me. Not YOU at all. I just have a hangup with that word.

Casserole: Type of food: A casserole is a large, deep pan used both in the oven and as a serving vessel. The word is also used for the food cooked and served in such a vessel, with the cookware itself called a casserole dish or…¬†en.wikipedia.org
Well, that just doesn’t do anything for me!
BUT
This dish? I had everything on hand. Only thing I picked up was the Creamy Potato Soup … and only because I knew if I never got around to making this recipe, at least Hubby would have another variety of soup to choose from on his off days … because, yes, even though I don’t talk about it much, there are still bad days from the cancer.
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Oven Baked Tacos

It’s been a long time since we’ve done the Taco Tuesday theme. I mean, heck, for a few years there, Taco Tuesday and Margaritas were an expectation on Tuesday …

That esophageal cancer certainly did change a lot of things in our life.

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So the other night, I was digging around in that chest freezer and found a lonely package of ground beef.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Aldi’s Grass Fed Beef even though it was only $3.99 … it’s got a chewy texture and that just wigs us out a little bit so I was glad to use it for tacos instead of burgers!

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I was also thankful that Publix had these taco kits on sale B1G1F when I ran in for something else. I normally do NOT buy the kits but this time I did!

I had a bag of frozen corn in the freezer so that’s what I used as well …

1 pound ground beef

1 onion chopped

12 taco shells (corn,  you know the crunchy ones!)

shredded cheese

taco seasoning packet

1/2 cup water

can of corn, drained

avocado sliced

hot sauce of choice

Ready to get your Taco Tuesday on? Let’s do this!

Cook your onion and ground beef in a large skillet til no longer pink. Drain the excess fat off. Might as well go make yourself a margarita while this is going on! I’ll take mine on the rocks with salt please!

Add your corn (drained!) and sprinkle the taco seasoning over all the meat/onion/corn mixture. Pour in your 1/2 cup of water and stir. Let simmer on low heat until the moisture has pretty much cooked out.

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Grab a large baking dish and turn the oven on to 350 degrees.

Stand up your shells, the best you can, and fill the base with cheese. As much or as little as you’d like because it’s cheese!

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Then top with the meat mixture, making sure to drain as much liquid as possible so the shells don’t get soft …

Top with MORE cheese, because … it’s cheese!

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Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and you are really ready to start the Taco Tuesday festivities … did I forget to tell you to make yourself a margarita while the meat was cooking??

Top with shredded lettuce and avocado and serve up! Yummy! And 2nd margarita is totally optional!

#TacoTuesday  #DinnerAtHome   #EatAtHome

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