Recipes

Easy Oven Fajitas

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OVEN FAJITAS

1 bag frozen pepper strips (I used trader joes – you know, the bag with the weird name)

5 chicken tenderloins cut into chunks

1 red onion (sliced)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp olive oil

FOR THIS SUPER EASY DINNER, I TOOK THE BAG OF PEPPERS AND DUMPED THEM IN A BAKING DISH. I SLICED UP THE ONION AND ADDED IT TO THE DISH. CHOP UP YOUR CHICKEN, ADD TO DISH. SEASON EVERYTHING, POUR ON OIL AND TOSS TO COMBINE EVERYTHING. BAKE AT 400 FOR 40 MINUTES. DONE AND DONE. I ATE MINE STRAIGHT OFF THE PLATE. CALEB ATE HIS IN A TORTILLA. YOU CAN THROW ON SOME SOUR CREAM, OR ANYTHING YOU LIKE. ENJOY!

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Apple Sandwiches

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If you get bored with bread and meat sandwiches, this is a great alternative to switch things up. Core your apples (one apple makes two sandwiches, with a few small slices left over for eating). Next, slice your apple so that you at least end up with four even slices. Now you can spread your peanut butter (or any butter you may use) on each slice. Sprinkle your favorite granola on two of the apple slices until the peanut butter is evenly coated to your liking. Take your two remaining apple slices and place on top of the two with granola. The end. No more steps. An easy, healthy lunch or snack. We enjoyed it and will definitely be making it a staple in our lunch variations.

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An Easy Lunch

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This is a super easy, quick lunch that everyone can enjoy.

What you’ll need:

  • flour tortillas
  • shredded cheese (any variety – I used mozzarella & cheddar)
  • raw leaf spinach
  • hummus (I used roasted red pepper)

To make these I just spread hummus on a tortilla and top it with some cheese and spinach. Then place another tortilla on top and cook it in a pan until the cheese is melted. Once they’re done, slice them into wedges and you’re ready to eat! It’s simple, healthy and delicious!

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Bagel Bites/Hey I Got Glasses

So for lunch today, I wanted pizza, but didn’t want to make a big pizza. Ever have those days? So, I decided to make my own “bagel bites” although these are slightly larger than those little bagel bites you buy at the store. They tasted waaaaaaaaaay better too. Double points!

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This is a really easy quick lunch or snack idea. Basically you just take your bagels and half them. Lay them all out on a baking sheet. I used tomato sauce and just spread some over each bagel, then sprinkled each one with garlic powder and italian seasoning. Sprinkle some cheese on top of each one, and stick them in the oven under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Done and done! Eat those things up before your kids take them all. They’re yummy.

In other news, I got glasses yesterday. And it was weird. After 13 years of not wearing glasses, contacts, or going to the eye doctor** I went yesterday due to some pretty intense headaches I’ve been having daily, along with feeling a ton of straining in my eyes. Yep, farsighted issues for this mama *(I wore glasses from age 4-12 due to an entirely different eye issue).* In all honesty, I wasn’t happy about it. I didn’t like the idea of having to wear glasses again AT ALL. I tried on so many pairs, and just wasn’t liking any of them, until I finally came across a pair that were the closest I was going to get to liking anything. I am still getting used to them, and it’s still completely weird to me, but they’re growing on me slowly (I guess they kind of have to, right? haha). So I took a few pictures of me in my new eyes.

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Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Goodness

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I love an easy dinner, that takes me a whopping 10 minutes to prepare at the end of a very busy day. This recipe was easy and delicious – I mean, who doesn’t love a good sandwich? Am I right?

All I did to make these sandwiches was throw a few frozen chicken breast tenderloins in the crock-pot this morning and cover them with vegetable broth. I seasoned with some garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt & pepper. I let the chicken cook all day long. As in, we left the house at 9:45 and I didn’t make dinner until 5:45.

Once you’re ready to prepare the rest of dinner, fry up some bacon, then chop it up and put it in a bowl. Then take your chicken out of the crock-pot and shred it with two forks. Throw your chicken in the bowl with your bacon, then mix a little bit of ranch in with it (or a lot, whatever you like). Done, and done. Put your chicken mix on a bread of your choice (or it would be great in a wrap!) and serve with any side you like. I just cooked some fresh broccoli we had and made a quick salad to eat with it.

There’s an easy, laid back dinner that anyone can enjoy, as long as you love chicken and bacon, which we do. A lot. 🙂

Easy Tacos

Ok, so today I made what turned out to be one of the greatest recipes I have ever made. Not only was it quick and easy, but it was DELICIOUS! I’ve had this recipe floating around in my cookbook for a few weeks now, just waiting to be made. So this morning, I decided to pull out the old crock pot and test it out.

This is basically just a chicken taco recipe, but in my opinion this recipe tasted way better than any other way I have ever made our chicken tacos. All I did for this recipe is take 2 chicken breasts out of the freezer and put them in the crock pot. Then I poured 4 cups of chicken broth on top of the chicken, and poured a packet of taco seasoning in the pot. Mixed it all around a little bit, then cooked it on low all day (which was about 7 hours). Once the chicken was done, I took it out of the crock pot, put it on a plate and shredded it with two forks. And…..THAT’S IT. Can you believe it? Really? I know how simple that sounds, and you’re probably thinking, wow that sounds really dull, but let me tell you that it was some of the most delicious chicken I have ever eaten – perfect for a taco. Have I mentioned how much our family loves tacos? Burritos? Any kind of Mexican food, period? We do.

So after shredding the chicken, we just threw some rice in the rice cooker, cooked it, and mixed in some cilantro and the juice from 1 lime. We gathered our toppings, which included: the rice, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and salsa. Threw everything into a tortilla and ate it up, sighing of delicious enjoyment between bites. Even Olive, the lady who likes to pick at her meals, every.single.day, was taking bite after bite after bite. WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO TELL HER TO EAT LIKE 10 TIMES! It was a good meal. So good.

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Chewy Granola Bars

Our family loves granola bars. The crunchy kind, the chewy kind, even granola by itself. It’s delicious. So when I found this recipe for a no bake chocolate chip chewy granola bar, I knew it would be something easy I could make for us that would be a delicious snack. It’s a four step process that couldn’t be easier. Let me know if your family enjoys them as much as mine.

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Chewy Granola Bars

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup rice cereal
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

In a bowl stir together oats, cereal and chocolate chips. Set aside. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Then mix in honey and brown sugar. Reduce heat and cook 2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased baking dish and press down. Sprinkle with a few extra chocolate chips. Let cool for at least 2 hours, then cut into bars and wrap in wax paper. Store in an airtight container. *Tip* Sometimes when you cut the bars a few might crumble a little. No worries, I just pour the crumbled granola into a container and eat it by itself or pour on top of yogurt or cereal.

…….and a little girl who ate 4 once they were cut.

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