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A Rotel Wrap!

20 Mar

This is for that moment when you are sick of the usual foods you are eating, just a plain chicken wrap is driving you insane, and you don’t mind a little bit of kick. And by kick I mean, you don’t mind a little green pepper bite!

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Marinate Time (if preferred): about 3-4 hours

Makes: Two – Three Wraps

Ingredients:

1 large piece of boneless chicken breast

Tortilla Shells

2-3 cups of Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing (Kraft)

1/2 of a small can of Rotel (I used diced tomatoes with green peppers but there’s a ton of choices!)

Chopped Lettuce

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

To Marinate -

Put chicken in a zip lock bag with the vinaigrette dressing, seal, and lay in the refrigerator to marinate for 3-4 hours or longer.

Cooking -

Defrost chicken if not thawed completely.

Put a skillet on medium heat and spray Pam or dab a little oil in the skillet.

Dice chicken into cube size pieces.

Throw the chicken in the pan and let it cook for about ten minutes making sure it’s cooked all the way through.

Turn the skillet down to low or warm and add 1/2 small can of Rotel in the skillet.

While it’s simmering chop lettuce and put in a small container with a lid.

Add shredded cheese to the container.

Add Ranch dressing to the container (your preference on how much).

Close the container and shake it up really good so it’s all mixed up and there is a little ranch on every piece!

Pull out your tortilla shell, add chicken & tomatoes, add lettuce mixture, wrap it up & eat!!

If you are anything like me this is what you’re wrap will look like in seconds! <3 I love a nice change of pace when it comes to food!

This is the kind of meal I always look forward to during lunch. I’ll marinate the chicken in the morning and know it won’t take that long to make – which when you have a toddler is a must! It’s also fantastic for when you are really hungry but don’t want something that heavy to eat. If you aren’t a green pepper fan, you can always do just diced tomatoes or any of the other rotel’s if you are feeling brave!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Check out these great finds I found on Pinterest! My food interest are right in the middle of summer and winter foods – so I decided to mix it up with a little of both!

I’ve grown up in a house where sausage gravy is a weekend ritual! Pairing that with a cheese & egg roll sounds pretty interesting to me!

Now that the weather is getting warmer (after that huge snowstorm we had to finale winter) All I can think about is some summer pasta – this one looks delicious!

Mmmmm. A new way to celebrate the banana split by turning it into a pie! YES PLEASE!

A margarita to finish off the day? Sounds good to me!

Anything you’d like to try?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Some Pinteresting Recipes I found – going to see if I can try one out and post it for you soon ;)

 

Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip – we eat apples in this house like most people eat chips. I LOVE finding new dips :)

 

Eggplant Panini with Pesto – eggplant has become a new favorite in this house and I loooooove panini’s!

 

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Loaf – whoever was the brilliant person who put lemon and blueberry together deserves an award. YUM!

 

Dirty Shirley: cherry vodka, grenadine, sprite – now I am not a big drinker. In fact one of these tiny glasses would get me drunk – but this drink is delicious :D

 

Which recipe should I try?! Do you have a great recipe to share with us?

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Love Always,

Jennifer

Traveling With Child

15 Feb

Traveling with a child is not always as easy as it sounds!! When we first had Emma we just assumed she would sleep the entire time.

How wrong we were!! Now a days we always travel prepared, so here’s a few tips to keep your little one travel friendly:

1) Always keep the things he/she loves the most easy to get to!

Emma loves her taggie and pacifier and I don’t know what we would do without them!

2) Snacks and Drinks! The more the merrier!

I always have a bag full of every kind of snack that’s easy to travel with ready to go in a moments notice. We keep in stock to go juice boxes for those tough times when the hick ups just won’t go away!

3) A toy that’s entertaining but can also be updated! We bought Emma the Leap Pad when she started getting bored in the car.

The best thing about this toy is that I can plug it up to my computer and buy her a cheap new game (from $2.99 and up) to give her something new to do while sitting in the car, or she can just play with all other old games, TV shows, and books!

4) Plan to make stops on the way. Sometimes we all just need to move our feet and change the scenery.

I like to take Emma to restaurants and give her a whole booth to herself. She knows she is contained to that area but it gives her enough space to spread her legs and move around. We also like to dance and jump around right after we get out of the car!

5) When all else fails sing your way out of it ;) This is my go to when Emma can’t handle it anymore – we sing ABC’s, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and more until she finds something else or takes a nap!

Gotta love traveling with children ;)

Do you have any tricks or tips for traveling with kids? We’d love to hear them!!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

11 Feb

Chicken Cacciatore is a staple in this house because we have probably once every two weeks and all the ingredients are constantly in the house so I don’t have to wonder if we are missing anything ;)

Ingredients:

Chicken (I buy pre-cooked frozen grilled chicken)

Two cans of tomato sauce

One can of tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Two cups of Rice

Two cups of Water

Makes enough for four people!

My mother used to make this meal all the time and I remember thinking it was weird when I was growing up but now I understand why she made it, and love eating it as much as she does too!!

Directions:

Heat up a pan and throw in the chicken, let it cook for 3-5 minutes.

I take the chicken out and cut it into bite size pieces, this is completely optional it just makes my life and Emma’s life easier so we can eat faster ;)

I throw it back in the pot to let it warm up while I open up the cans of tomato sauce and paste

Add two cans of tomato sauce and one can of tomato paste and mix it well!

Add the garlic and pepper. I gave you measurements above but I tend to not measure. I shake the pepper and garlic around in a circle once or twice! Stir it all up and let it cook on low.

Then put two cups of water in a pot and let it sit until it starts boiling.

Once the water is boiling add two cups of rice and mix well. Immediately take it off the stove!

Put a cover on the top and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the rice is almost completely dry!

Then it’s ready to serve! This meal has a little bit of a bite but it’s delicious!! If you’d like it with a little less or more bite just adjust the pepper and garlic more or less until you are satisfied!

I hope you enjoy! Does your have a family meal that’s always in the house and easy to make?

Love Always,

Jennifer

A Little Help Never Hurts!

6 Feb

For those of you with little ones around the house – you know how difficult it is to cook and keep a child entertained! Lately Emma has been wanting to be by my side while I’m cooking. I love the idea but it terrifies me that she might get hurt in the process so this week we have been playing around with different ideas on how to let her do a little cooking of her own (more like prepping ;) but that’s okay!)

One of my favorite lazy meals is to make chicken cacciatore because the prepping is so easy. I thought this would be a good meal for Emma to help out. I let her put the chicken strips (pre-cooked & frozen) into the pan (cold – before I put it on the stove).

 

She had a blast picking out which pieces fit where in the pan and loved finding the big pieces! This was a good 10 minutes of entertainment and since it didn’t matter how long it took to make it I just let her have fun with it.

While I was cooking the chicken and making the sauce (since that’s not so child friendly) I let her scoop the rice into a measuring cup. Laying down a paper towel or napkin is a great idea in order to not have a mess of extra rice pieces to clean up!

Letting her pick out the scoop was exciting for her and I think she was pretty proud of herself when she finished!

Waiting for the food to be ready is the time when Emma is wanting my attention the most. In order to keep us both sane I found an easy project she could do since she wanted to keep helping Mommy!

 

I let her put the spoons and forks away. She loves helping me unload the dishwasher – which really means handing me the clean things and saying, “I DID IT!!” so instead of her handing me each utensil I let her do it all by herself. Not only did the time fly by but dinner was ready as soon as she finished :D

Do you have fun ideas to keep your kids entertained while your cooking? I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Emma and I make Pumpkin French Toast about once a week! It’s one of the things Emma loves to help me with the most!

Ingredients:

4 Pieces of Bread

3 Eggs

2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Put all of these items in a bowl and mix, after it looks fairly mixed in pour onto a plate for dipping bread in! Turn on a burner to medium/high and get the skillet hot and ready.

Lay a piece of bread flat for 30 seconds to a minute, turn it over a do it again.

I like to spray a little pam on the skillet before reach piece of bread. Place the french toast on the skillet and let it cook until it’s toasty brown.

Flip and do the same on the other side & repeat!

Add whatever toppings you’d like! Syrup is a staple in this house ;)

If you are using a can of pumpkin and want to save some for later, use an ice tray and fill each section with pumpkin. Let it freeze for a few hours then pop them out and put them in a container in the freezer. We use about two cubes of pumpkin (almost two tablespoons) each time. It’s a money saver!!

I hope you enjoy! Do you have weekly breakfast treat like we do?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Check out these feel good recipes I found on Pinterest!

Emma and I eat pumpkin french toast like once a week! A great idea to keep the can of pumpkin from spoiling is to divide up in an ice tray. Let it freeze and then pop each section out and put it in a container or freezer bag. We use two cubes of frozen pumpkin to make ours!

Mmmmm. Pretzel bites are must have at my families events. You can bet these are gone in minutes ;)

Soup is my weakness when it’s cold outside. Soup I can make in a crock pot is EVEN BETTER!

Anything with baked apples is a winner for me! This looks so easy to make!

Hope you enjoyed my recipe finds today and if you try any of these out please let us know and comment below! We’d love to hear about it :)

Love Always,

Jennifer

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Shredded BBQ Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

Chicken

Chicken Broth

Italian Dressing

BBQ Sauce

Rolls

Turn the crock pot on low and add frozen chicken

Add enough chicken broth to cover the bottom of the crock pot

Add a quarter to a half container of italian dressing

Cook on low for 4 hours

Add bbq sauce to your liking! I use about 2 cups

Let it cook on low for one hour

Dump the bbq into a strainer to get rid of the loose juices.

Put it on a roll with your favorite toppings!

Enjoy your juicy tangy spicy shredded bbq sandwich :)

What’s your favorite BBQ recipe?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Easy Chicken Crockpot Recipe

3 Jan

Nothing is easier than easy chicken!

Ingredients:

Two Frozen Chicken Breasts

Two Cups Chicken Broth

One Can of Cheddar Cheese

One Can of Cream of Chicken

One Scoop of Sour Cream (optional)

1/2 packet of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix

Egg Noodles

Instructions:

Pull out your crockpot, plug it in, and set it on low! Start out by adding your frozen chicken breasts:

Then I like to add enough chicken broth to cover the bottom of the crockpot.

Add in one can of cheddar cheese

Add in one can of cream of chicken

Add in one half of a packet of onion soup mix

Add a scoop of sour cream, I like to use one large spoonful! (This is optional)

Let your chicken slow cook on low for 4 hours then take a wooden spoon and break up the chicken so that it’s shredded!

I like to add a little shredded cheese to top and let it cook on low for another hour and it’s ready.

While the cheese is melting I boil the egg noodles – wait until you are ready to eat to do this!

One the noodles are ready, drain them, and serve them on the a plate with the easy chicken on top!

This meal is a favorite at our house!

Don’t you just love meals that are this easy!?

Love Always,

Jennifer

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