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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Crockpot French Onion Soup
I followed this exactly and is was awesome.  Of course I was too busy licking the cheese from the side of the bowl and forgot to take a picture.  Captain and I loved this.
makes a giant pot, about 8-10 servings
4 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
8 ounces of beer (I used Sam Adams)
64 ounces of low-sodium beef stock (I used hole Foods organic)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
french bread
gruyere cheese, sliced (I used shredded gouda and swiss.  Gruyere was like $14 for one piece)
Set your crock pot on high, then add onions, garlic, brown sugar, butter, salt and balsamic and mix until combined. Cover and let cook for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are a bit caramely and brown on the edges. Add in flour, then stir thoroughly and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in beer, beef stock, thyme, and pepper, then turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 6-8 hours.
Before serving, cut french bread or baguette into slices. Fill soup bowls to the top, then cover with slice of bread and a slice of cheese. Set under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Be careful when serving as bowls will be hot!
Note: I used a very low-sodium beef stock, so depending on the stock you use, add additional salt for flavor if desired.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Italian Chicken

This was a great all in one dish! Everyone loved it and the flavor was fantastic. By using the fat free salad dressing it was a yummy low fat dish. A keeper for sure!
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
16 Ounce Bottle of Italian Dressing (I used non fat)
1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning
4-6 Potatoes scrubbed cut in half or wedges (you can peel if desired)
1/2 bag of mini carrots
Spray crock with Pam
Squirt a small amount of Italian dressing at bottom of crock-pot.
Place two chicken breasts in crock.
Pour some of the Italian dressing on the chicken.
Sprinkle half of cheese onto the chicken.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning onto the chicken.
Place next two chicken breasts into crock-pot, if possible not directly on top of the first breasts.
Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of chicken.
Pour carrots on top
Pour more of the Italian dressing on top of chicken and carrots.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning onto the chicken and carrots.
Place potatoes on top.
Pour the remaining Italian dressing on the potatoes.Sprinkle Italian seasoning on the potatoes.Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Creamy Chicken Enchilada

The picture does not do this dish justice. I am not a photographer but I am the self proclaimed crock pot queen. This was a great dish for the kids to help me make. Princess helped me mix the chicken mixture. Little man cut the tortilla strips. It was a fun morning with my two little helpers!

Both kids gobbled this up. Super yummy.
1 package corn tortillas
1 large can of chicken
16 oz. sour cream
2 cans green chilies, drained
1/2 cup onion
2 lbs. (about 4 cups) shredded cheddar
1/2 cup cream cheese
2 cans tomato sauce
Directions:Mix chicken, sour cream, chilies, onion & 3 C. cheese in bowl.Cut tortillas in strips. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.Layer 1/3 of the tortilla strips then chicken mixture and another layer of tortilla strips.Pour tomato sauce on top.Start again with chicken mixture then tortillas and tomato sauce until gone.Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese on top. Cook on low 5-6 hours.