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Shredded Barbecue Chicken

This is a really easy and very tasty recipe. It’s a great way to enjoy some barbecued meat on a summer weeknight since the crockpot will do the hard work for you. This recipe comes from our favorite Slow Cooker Book

Total cook time: 4-6 hours
Hands on time: 15 minutes pre slow cooker, 20 minutes after slow cooked

Ingredients:

2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, divided into 1/2 cup and 1 cup  (we like Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Brown Sugar)

Directions:

  • Mix Chili powder, Paprika, Cayenne, Salt, and Pepper together.
  • Rub the mixture over all the chicken. Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Pour 1/2 cup BBQ sauce over chicken, then toss the chicken to coat it evenly.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
  • Transfer the chicken to a large bowl then shred. Cover it to keep warm.
  • Skim the fat off the crock pot liquid.
  • In small saucepan, heat and reduce the barbecue sauce at a simmer for about twenty minutes.
  • Toss the shredded chicken with the reduced barbecue sauce and 1 cup of the crock pot liquid. Add more crock pot liquid as needed to keep moist.
  • Serve on a bun.

Reheating

  • Thoroughly mix some chicken broth with barbecue sauce. Pour over chicken and either microwave or bake.
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Skillet Cheeseburger casserole

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2.5 cups skim milk
  • 1.5 cups hot water
  • 150g elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • Dash cayenne
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Bacon

Method

  • Brown ground beef and drain.
  • Add pasta, milk, water and spices. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low.
  • Cook 10-12 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  • Stir in cheese. Serve immediately.

Lazy Weeknight Dinners

As much as we love cooking elaborate homemade dinners, there are some nights that we simply cannot do that because either we are too busy, too lazy, too tired, or simply just don’t feel like it. So, what do you do on those days? Here is a list of some of our easy, weeknight go-tos that are for the most part pretty easy and quick to cook. Most of these are just thrown together and need no recipe, but there are a few that have recipes scattered on the blog.

On the grill:

  • Marinated Hot Dogs: served with fries, chips, or any mac and cheese
  • Bratwurst: served with fries, chips, etc…
  • Hamburgers: any side dish will do
  • Grilled Chicken: any side dish will do
  • Steak Tips/ ribeyes: served with fries/ baked potatoes/ roasted potatoes 1 or 2mac and cheese/ rice-a-roni, and broccoli/ corn/ salad

On the stove:

  • Tacos
  • Pasta with meat sauce: serve with garlic bread
  • Pasta with sausage
  • Comfort pasta: Pasta with butter and cheese
  • Ravioli/ tortellini
  • Shredded turkey with gravy served over rice and corn
  • Comfort food – literally cooked ground beef added to rice-a-roni
  • Kielbasa: served with sauerkraut, pierogi or broccoli au gratin rice a roni
  • Homemade chicken fingers and salad
  • Adult grilled cheese
  • Quesadillas
  • Steak and Cheese sandwiches

In the oven:

  • Steak pinwheels (store bought): see steak tips for sides
  • Homemade pizza
  • Meatloaf: served with beef gravy, and potato/ mac and cheese/ rice-a-roni, and corn/ broccoli
  • Fish and chips
  • Corned beef casserole
  • Calzones
  • Frozen pizza

Weeknight Wagon Wheel Pasta

This is an awesome quick weeknight meal.

Ingredients:

1 TBSP EVOO
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz Hot Italian Turkey sausage, casing removed
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 tsp flour
20 oz Chicken broth
2 cups water
8 oz Wagon Wheel pasta
5 oz Baby spinach
2 oz Parmesan cheese, shredded fine

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat (6.5 on our stove)
  • Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  • Stir in sausage and cook until broken up and no longer pink, about 4 minutes
  • Stir in garlic, cook 30-60 seconds
  • Stir in flour, cook for 1 minute
  • Stir in broth, water, and pasta. Increase heat to medium- high (7.5).
  • Bring to a vigorous simmer, and stir often until pasta is tender and sauce is thickened, 15-18 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach a handful at a time until wilted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmesan.
  • Top with extra parmesan.