March 27, 2013

Creamy Crockpot Chicken

Ready for the easiest meal prep ever that still produces an amazing dinner? Here ya go.

Creamy Crockpot Chicken

3-4 Chicken breasts
Italian dressing
1 block cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup

Put chicken in bottom of crock pot.

Pour Italian dressing over the top to your satisfactory. I usually use between 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

Mix cream cheese and soup in bowl until smooth, then pour over the top of chicken.

That's it! If the chicken is frozen and you cook it on high plan on 4-5 hours. I usually cut my chicken into smaller pieces to help it cook faster. On low will take 6 or 7 hours. Defrosted chicken cooks much faster.

Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

This is an awesome foundation recipe that you can mess with. Sometimes I add garlic for more of an Italian feel or I've also added sour cream to give it more of a zing. You can try all kinds of different things since it would take a lot to mess this recipe up.

Microwave score: 4.0 This microwaves pretty well. The sauce keeps the chicken from drying up but sometimes the cream cheese will separate over time a bit which can make the texture a little goofy.

Freezer score: 4.5 I have frozen this to use later and it does really well! I usually reheat it over the stove to make sure it all gets mixed well again
Rob score: 4.5 This is one of our staple meals that we do pretty often because of the convenience and he has yet to complain.

Overall score. 4.5 This is a great recipe. By itself it can get kind of old if you do it alot, but have fun with it and try new things to keep it new and exciting!

Maquel's Critique: Ok I just tried it this weekend (3/19/16). We were at my sister-in-laws house for dinner, and it is SO good. Jake really liked it as well and asked me to make it this week.

March 26, 2013

Creamy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Alright, So since I've been pregnant, I have become more of a Mexican food lover than ever before...and I really liked Mexican food before. But now I just cannot seem to get enough of it. I found this recipe, and not only is it pretty simple, holy deliciousness :)

Creamy Cheesey Chicken Enchiladas

1 block of cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken
1 cup shredded cheese (or more if you're a cheese lover like us)
1 can enchilada sauce
8-10 tortillas

Preheat over to 400 degrees.
Stir together softened cream cheese and butter until smooth
Add chicken and half the cheese to the cream cheese mixture.
Dip each tortilla into enchilada sauce until completely covered. Spoon some of chicken mixture into tortilla. Roll up and place in a greased 9x13. Repeat until mixture is gone.
Top with remaining enchilada sauce, and then cheese.
Bake for 20 Minutes.

Microwave Score: 4.0 This actually microwaves REALLY well. The extra enchilada sauce keeps it saucy and doesn't allow it to dry out.
Freezer Score: TBD
Rob Score: 4.5 He really likes this meal.
Overall Score: 4.0 This is a delicious recipe, and I have no complaints...I just know there is a little something that can be added to give it that something extra that I haven't figured out yet....

March 25, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

This is possibly the best breakfast recipe I have ever found. I woke up early with the squirt this last weekend and decided I wanted to surprise my hubby and make some new and amazing for breakfast. This DEFINITELY did the trick. This recipe makes 4 moderately sized pancakes. When I realized that half way through I panicked thinking there was no way Rob would get full off only 2 pancakes...that being said I couldn't even finish my 2 because it is SO filling. He was stuffed :)

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

1 cup flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg

Cinnamon filling:
1/2 butter almost completely melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

4 Tbsp butter
2 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine pancake batter together until well mixed. A few lumps are ok.

In bowl, combine cinnamon filling ingredients. Spoon into a baggie, snip a corner, and set aside. The thicker the filling is, the better.

In separate bowl, microwave butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth, add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Heat skillet over low-medium heat. Scoop 1/2-3/4 cup pancake mix onto greased skillet. Squeeze cinnamon filling in a spiral design over pancake. Cook pancake like normal and keep on warm plate until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, pour topping on top of pancakes. ENJOY!!!

Microwave Score: We SO didn't have any leftovers to even try
Freezer Score: N/A
Rob Score: 5.0 This is his new favorite breakfast :)
Overall Score: 5.0 You find something wrong with this and let me know. Good luck!