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Wild Rice Soup

God bless the crock-pot. October through March my crockpot has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter. Along-side the sleek stainless steel countertops and black granite; there she lies….

Do I care that it doesn’t blend in? That the warm cooked food typically takes hours to clean out? No. These are all sacrifices considering the warm awesomeness that she produces after six short hours on low. Heaven.
I digress. 

This weekend was no different. I started an amazing batch of chicken wild-rice soup and thought I’d share with all of you. Here you go!

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

– 1/2 cup raw wild rice
– 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
– 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
– 1 can Cream of Celery soup
– 1 can Cream of Potato soup
– 1 soup can water
– 2 soup cans milk
– 2-3 cooked, diced chicken breasts
**Not a chicken fan? Add 1/2 lb crumbled bacon or 1/2 lb diced ham to mix things up.

Add all ingredients together in crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Garnish with cheddar cheese to serve.

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I was really overwhelmed with the task of feeding 50 people. My mom reminded me of her sloppy joe recipe that she’s used at graduation parties before. It’s fantastic and can be made ahead of time. GREAT for a big event. Here you go! **Momma; hope your ok that I’m posting this!! It’s so easy I had to share 🙂

Mom’s Sloppy Joes for a Crowd
1 Batch-approx 25 sandwiches

– 1 onion (chopped)
– 2 Cups chopped celery
– 1/2 cup butter/margarine 1/8 tsp pepper
– 4 lbs. ground beef 1 tablespoon salt
– 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
– 24 oz. bottle of ketchup

Brown beef, celery and onions. Drain off grease. Add the rest of the ingredients.

Simmer 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

Freeze after cooled or eat right away.

**Note: I’m making this ahead of time for our party this weekend. Use these slight changes**
– Brown all of the hamburger ahead of time. Let it cool and then freeze (gallon freezer bags work great)
– The night before your event, switch the cooked beef into the fridge to thaw out.
– The morning of, add the cooked beef and all the other ingredients into a slow cooker or roasting pan. Stir well and simmer for 30-60 minutes.

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Last week I was craving a home-cooked meal. Those of you who have read this blog longer than 2 weeks will understand that this counts as anything I haven’t had delivered. I knew we had TONS of ground beef in the freezer, and also had some hamburger buns to use up. I figured we had 2 options; hamburgers (easy breezy, hubs does all the work on the grill) or attempt home-made sloppy joes. Low and behold, my favorite little red and plaid cookbook comes to the rescue. I found a super easy recipe, and had all the ingredients already at home. Better yet? The mister says he likes them better than Manwich. SUCCESS!!!

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes (From Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)

– 1 lb lean ground beef (or ground pork)
– 1/2 cup chopped onion
– 1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
– 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
– 2 tbsp water
– 1 to 1.5 tsp chili powder
– 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1/2 tsp garlic salt
– Dash bottled hot pepper sauce (I didn’t have this but used a little extra chili powder for some kick!)
– 6 Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, split & toasted (really? just take them out of the package)
1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and sweet pepper until meat is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat.
2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Serve on toasted rolls. 

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I’ve been dying to try and make some sweet and sour chicken, but all the recipes were really freaking me out. I don’t want to make my own sauce, and I don’t want to let something simmer for 30 minutes. I also wanted a somewhat healthier version than the battered/fried chicken you usually see. This week I combined about 5 different online recipes for a super easy, 1-pan way to whip up some sweet and sour chicken. I used a 10″ skillet for my meal and it was perfect. Use a large pan because once you add everything in it gets pretty crazy. Here is the info below!

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken (serves 6)
– 1 pound Chicken (cooked and diced) *I used 3 chicken breasts and had PLENTY leftover.
– 3 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables
– 1 8oz can diced pineapples
– 1/2 Cup Sweet and Sour Sauce (Kraft makes a good low-cal option)
– 2 cups uncooked rice
– 1 cup water

1. Dice and cook your chicken breasts. Stick them on the grill for 10 minutes, or in your pan with some cooking oil for a few minutes.
2. Add the diced pineapple (don’t drain it before-hand, add the juice and everything. This gives it lots of flavor)
3. Throw in the vegetables and sweet and sour sauce. Stir so everything is coated in the sauce. Heat until the sauce begins to boil (about 3-4 minutes only. You’re also getting the veggies cooked during this time)
4. Add in the uncooked rice and water. Stir well so the rice is covered in the sauce/veggie mixture. Cover and let it simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes. You may need a few more minutes here, but 5 is a good guess. Try out the rice and once it’s cooked; you’re good to go!


Linking here:

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Easy BBQ Ribs

This is super easy, and super yummy. Meets the requirements for being eaten in my house! I also usually have all the ingredients so it’s easy to get ready. Enjoy!

BBQ Ribs
3-4 lbs pork loin back ribs
3/4 cup catsup
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1 cup finely chopped onion

1. Place ribs (bone side down) in large, shallow roasting pan. Bake, covered in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Carefully drain off liquid in roasting pan.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine all other ingredients. Pour mixture over ribs. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes more or until ribs are tender.

FYI: WW points = 7

I’ll be sharing this a few other places as well:


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This is one of my favorite recipes; and it’s SUPER easy. I used it first for a bridal shower but now that us catholic’s are in the middle of Lent, I needed some more non-meat recipes. Thought it would be a good time to bring this one to your attention!

Cranberry-Apple Tuna Salad
– 2 small cans Albacore Tuna in water
– 1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries (Craisins)
– 2/3 cup chopped green apples (will probably only take 1 apple)
– 1 tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tbsp minced, fresh dill (double if you prefer)
– 1/2 cup mayonnaise

1. In medium bowl, mix apples and lemon juice. Add cranberries and dill.
2. Drain tuna in small bowl. Mash with a fork. Add tuna to fruit mix
3. Add mayo and mix with a spoon.

Serve as a sandwhich or on a bed of lettuce. Enjoy!

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One of my favorite lunch options is Chipotle. They’re a staple here in Minnesota, and have amazing mexican food. Once I realized how terribly unhealthy their burritos were, I switched to another menu option: The Burrito Bowl.

Imagine all the contents of a Burrito, but in a dish instead. You take away the actual tortilla shell and take about 2000 calories along with it. I usually order chicken, peppers and onions, lettuce, and cheese; all over some of their amazing rice. Seems easy enough right?

Last week I stumbled upon this recipe from another great blog. She has a great healthier version of their rice, topped with some pepper, cilantro and lime and you’ve got your base layer. The rice takes about 20 minutes to make, so I would start that first.

I simmered some diced chicken with onions for about 10 minutes on the stove. Hubby also likes pinto beans in his so we had a can of those going for a bit as well. The rest are fresh ingredients that you can add as you like. We used:

– salsa
– mozzarella cheese
– shredded lettuce
– sour cream
– guacamole

Pile it all on and you’ve got yourself a homemade burrito bowl. MUCH healthier than the Chipotle version and takes less than 30 minutes to put together.

I’ll also be linking up here:

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