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My Family Dinner Favorites: Slow Cooker Shredded Salsa Verde Chicken

Hey guys, today I’m sharing the easiest crock pot recipe you’ll ever need! It’s slow cooker Salsa Verde Chicken.

This recipe is simple with only two ingredients…that’s right! Two!

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  1. Start by adding 3 frozen chicken breast to your crock pot. *(This recipe is for a family of 4 and you can tailor it to your needs adding more chicken and sauce if need be.)

 

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2. Add seasonings of your choice. I used a little salt, black pepper, onion powder, and cumin.

 

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3. Pour about 1.5-2 cups of Salsa Verde over the top and let cook on high for about 4 hours, or on low for 8.

 

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4. After the cooking time, pull the chicken breast out and shred. Add the meat back to the sauce and your ready to eat.

Serve over steamed rice & black beans, then add shredded cheese, lettuce, and pico for a DIY burrito style bowl.

 

Hope you enjoy this recipe and thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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My Family Dinner Favorites: One Pan Cheesy Pasta Skillet

Friday is here and it’s a beautiful day! Today I’m sharing this one pan, cheesy pasta skillet recipe. It’s so quick and easy, and you only need a few ingredients. This is one of my quick, go-to meals on game nights.

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef (can sub lean turkey) *seasoning to taste

1 jar red pasta sauce of your choice (I used Classico four cheese red sauce)

1/2 box uncooked rotini pasta (about 2 cups dry) (can sub a similar shaped pasta) *I used garden vegetable rotini.

3/4 cup low moisture, part skim, shredded mozzarella cheese

 

To Make:

You’ll need to brown and season the meat to your liking. While browning the meat, boil the pasta according to the package directions. (I like to cook these at the same time so your pasta is ready to go as soon as the meat is done).

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After the meat is browned, set your cook temp to low and add your cooked, drained pasta.

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Now, add your pasta sauce and stir together to mix.

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After it’s all mixed up you can turn the burner off and sprinkle your cheese on top. Pop a lid on for a few minutes and let the cheese melt. Once it’s all melted, your ready to serve.

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To complete your meal, add a side of steamed veggies or a leafy green salad.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s a weeknight staple in our home.

 

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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The Best Banana Bread Ever

Hey guys…happy Wednesday! I always buy tons of bananas to snack on and we don’t always get to them fast enough. They start to ripen too quickly on the counter and then I’m over here searching for a recipe to get rid of them without having to trash them. I think I secretly do that just so I can make banana bread. lol!

Today I’m sharing this delicious Banana Bread recipe I found on cookinglight.com. I’ve tried quit a few recipes before and OMG, let me tell ya…this one is my fave! It’s so moist and full of flavor.

You’ll need a few staple ingredients from your pantry and one you may not use so much when baking…plain yogurt! That’s what makes this bread so moist.

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I followed this recipe exactly, with the addition of 1/4 cup of chopped pecans right before I poured the mix into my baking pan.

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If you have a few ripe bananas on your counter or just want to try this loaf, I would definitely recommend you try this recipe out. You won’t be disappointed!

Happy baking,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

Holidays · Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Rice Crispy Treats

20170317_102230Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing your green? I am!

I don’t really decorate for this holiday but I love to make a green dish or treat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This year I made green rice crispy treats! They’re super fun, easy to make, and a hit with the kids.

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What makes these so fun is the green color you get from adding food coloring to the mix! Here’s the classic “Rice Crispy Treat” recipe I used. After the marshmallows are melted, add a few drops of green food coloring to the mix (you can use the liquid or the gel coloring). Be sure to stir it well, then continue with the rest of the instructions. After I smoothed the mix out in my 13 x 9 , I sprinkled a little green colored sprinkles on the top for some sparkle!

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I hope you enjoy this simple, fun treat!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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Quick & Easy Weeknight Chicken Fajita Tacos

Last night I was totally stumped on what to cook for dinner. Does that ever happen to you? Well if it does, you should definitely try this recipe out! It comes together in about 10 minutes and tastes so good. It’s perfect for those late nights when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen or just needing a quick fix.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

1 green bell pepper (sliced in 1/4 strips)

1/2 white onion (sliced in 1/4 strips)

1 half bag of fully cooked, frozen diced chicken breast

8 tortillas

(seasonings of your choice)

*serves 4

 

 

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Cooking Directions:

  1. Place about half the bag of chicken and 1 tbsp. of water in a microwave safe dish. Cover and heat for 3-4 minutes.
  2. While the chicken is warming, slice your veggies and add to a large frying pan with 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil.
  3. Stir-fry the veggies on high heat until the onion is opaque, about 5 min.
  4. Now add your chicken right to the pan and season with what you like. ( I used a sprinkling of each: salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin)
  5. Stir-fry the chicken for just a few minutes to brown, about 2-3 min.

 

There you go…just warm your tortillas and serve! Add a side of rice for a complete meal.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Let me know if you decide to try it. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

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My Family Dinner Favorites: Turkey, White Bean, and Spinach Soup (photo: rachelcooks.com)

Oh my goodness! I just have to quickly share this turkey, white bean, and spinach soup from rachelcooks.com. It is safe to say this has become a family favorite and one that will be on repeat in our home. I made a big pot Sunday night thinking I would have leftovers and it is completely gone! It’s a 20 min. recipe and healthy too! Perfect for those nights when you need to put together something quickly.

For the soup I used 90% lean turkey and organic broth, tomatoes, beans and spinach. I only had Italian seasoning on hand so I used a sprinkling in place of the 1 tsp. oregano & 1/2 tsp. of basil. I seasoned the meat with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt & pepper while browning, and then again after I added my stock.

This is a great little recipe and I highly recommend you try it out. Head over to her site for more pics and other great recipes!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

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My Family Dinner Favorites: Double-Cheese Chili (photo: kraft.com)

I hope you’re staying warm where you are. Here in Texas it’s probably the coldest it’s been in a long time!

Today I’m sharing this double-cheese chili from kraft.com. It’s perfect for these cold winter nights. I tweaked a few things to our liking and it was really good.

I  used 90% lean ground beef and seasoned it to my liking. After adding the remaining ingredients, I added a quarter cup of pace mild picante sauce (for extra flavor and veggies), a dash of garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and hot sauce.

To serve, I added the cheese like so in the bottom and ladled a nice hot spoonful of chili on top. I also added a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped green onion. Add some Jiffy homemade cornbread and this meal is complete!

If you try this recipe let me know what worked for you!

Stay warm friends,

~The Dimestore Gypsy