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Mexican-Style Pulled Pork

Mexican Pulled Pork

1 (3-pound boneless pork butt or shoulder or beef chuck

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 Tbsp dried Oregano

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 onions, sliced into thin rings

1 (10-oz) can Rotel tomatoes and green chiles

1 (15-oz) can corn

1 (15-oz) Goya Black Beans

1 C chicken broth

Directions

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Remove the meat from packaging and rinse it with cold water. Pat dry with a few paper towels and place it onto a cutting board or a sheet of wax paper. Set aside while you prepare the spice rub. To prepare the spice rub; grab a small bowl, stir together the tomato paste, cumin, oregano salt pepper. Smear this concoction all over the meat and place the meat into your slow cooker.

Next, add the onions, tomatoes and chiles, corn, and beans. Stir in the chicken broth. Cover., and cook on low for eight to ten hours, or until the pork pulls apart easily with a large fork. Serve as is with desired toppings, or serve over rice or wrapped in tortillas.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

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Tuna Fish Tacos 

Canned seafood is ready when you are. It’s a convenient option to fast food, and it’s usually lean, healthful and helpful. Many tins are also interchangeable, so you can change what you have on hand – something you can’t do with fresh seafood. And, the greatest part? You need to look no further than your kitchen cupboard for the beginnings of an excellent dish.

These tuna tacos are a great example! They are delicious and incredibly easy to fix. Oh, guess what? There is no cooking involved except for when you have to warm the tortillas in the oven or in the microwave.

Satisfy your taco cravings while eating healthy by fixing these yummoelicious fish tacos.
Tuna Fish Tacos

Ingredients:

(Dressing)

1/2 C Daisy sour cream
1/2 C Duke’s mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro leaves
1 Tbsp. minced Goya’s chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce
1/8 tsp. salt

(Salsa)

3 small tomatoes
1/3 C chopped sweet onion (such as Vidalia)
1/3 C loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped Optional
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

(Tacos)

12 small corn tortillas
1 1/2 C finely shredded green cabbage (I used shredded brussel sprouts)
2 cans Starkist tuna in water, drained, excess moisture removed and broken into flakes

Directions:

1. Dressing: In a medium bowl, mix together sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, chipotle pepper and salt to taste. You will have approximately one cup of dressing.

2. Salsa: In another bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. You will have about two cups of salsa.

3. Tacos: Divide tortillas into two batches and wrap each in foil. Place in preheated oven and heat for ten to twelve minutes, until warm.

4. Place warm tortillas on a clean surface. Spread each tortilla with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the dressing. Top with about two tablespoons of cabbage. Add approximately two tablespoons of tuna and using a slotted spoon add about two tablespoons of salsa.

Source Mommy living the life of Riley

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Slow Cooker Lemon Pork Chops

 

Do you need a simple slow cooker recipe that you can throw everything into your marvelous machine for those crazy busy weeknights and most importantly kid friendly? Well, let me just tell you that your whole family is going to love this zesty lemon pork chop dish. You are going to love it too as it requires little preparation and less than ten ingredients.

Lemon Pork Chops

1 Onion, sliced into thin rings

4 to 6 pork chops

2 lemons, juiced

1/4 C packed brown sugar

1/4 C ketchup

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Hot Mashed potatoes or cooked brown rice, optional

Directions

Use a 4-quart insert. Separate the onion rings and place into the insert. Place the meat on top. In a small bowl combine, the lemon juice, sugar ketchup, salt, and pepper. Pour this sauce evenly over the top. Cover, and cook on low for five to six hours, or on high for three to four hours. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

Vietnamese-Style Baked Chicken

Hello, fellow bloggers and cooks, Sorry that I haven’t been writing much on my blog within the past few days. Last Wednesday I went with my Grandma to Waco, Texas. We stayed there for a few days to visit with Family members and for my cousin’s birthday party. While I was there I got to do some baking and I cooked my favorite classic Million Dollar Spaghetti for my family. Everyone loved it! We all had an excellent time!

Now onto to the recipe!

When I got home from my trip I did not feel like cooking so chose to take the day off from my normal cooking day (Monday). I resumed it the next day to prepare this Vietnamese-style baked chicken; the Chicken thighs (or breasts) is marinated in a mixture of fish sauce, brown sugar, herbs and lime juice and then oven-baked to create a dish inspired with delicious flavors and browned to perfection. 

The side dish was: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

VIETNAMESE-STYLE BAKED CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS

2 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs or breasts
¼ C soy sauce or Bragg
¼ C Asian fish sauce
¼ C dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
2 tsp hot chili-garlic paste (I used Wasabi Sauce)
1½ Tbsp fresh juice from 1 lime
1 tsp finely grated zest from 1 lime
3 medium cloves garlic, minced or grated (about 2 tsp)
2 Tbsp fresh or dried cilantro
2 Tbsp Olive oil
Sliced limes and cilantro leaves, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Set your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking with foil and lightly grease it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Place chicken in a large zipper-lock bag. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, ginger, wasabi sauce, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, cilantro, and oil. Pour marinade into bag over chicken, seal bag, and toss to coat well. Let chicken marinate for at least thirty minutes or overnight.

2. Then remove the chicken from bag, allowing marinade to drip off, and set it on the previously prepared baking sheet making sure to leave space between thighs/breasts. Pour the leftover marinade over the chicken and place it in the oven. Bake until thighs register 155 to 160°F on an instant-read thermometer, about thirty five-forty minutes. (Be sure to measure temperature in the center of the thickest part of the thighs, but not directly against the bone.)

3. If chicken skin is not brown and crisp enough by the time the thighs are cooked through, turn on oven broiler and broil until browned and crisp, about one minute, being careful not to burn the skin. Transfer chicken to a platter and let rest for five minutes. Garnish with lime slices and cilantro, then serve.

Source Nerds with knives

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Slow Cooker Lemon Pork Tenderloin

I know that I have said this several times before but cooking is so relaxing and a therapeutic hobby. I love it how I can just go into the kitchen start preparing a recipe and practically forget everything for a short time. My most favorite thing about it is rubbing spice mixture in my meats and marinating them in the fridge for several hours. I don’t know why it is but for some odd, reason it’s like some sort of therapy.

This zesty pork tenderloin is incredibly juicy and savory. It completely knocked my socks off when I took my first bite. Marinating the pork tenderloin the evening before placing it into the slow cooker was the perfect charm to making it even more flavorful and tender. If you have leftovers it tastes even better the next day.

Lemon Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

1 2 lb pork tenderloin

2 lemons juiced

1/4 C Bragg or soy sauce

6 Garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Cornstarch Slurry: 1 teaspoon cornstarch whisked into two teaspoons of cold water (Optional)

Directions

Use a 6-quart crockpot insert. Place the pork tenderloin into the bottom of an airtight container, and add the lemon juice, Bragg, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and oil. Close tightly, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, dump the container contents into the crockpot, and cook on low for seven to nine hours. If you’d like to thicken the crock drippings before serving, you can whisk in the cornstarch slurry. slice the meat thinly and serve with rice.

 

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Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

 

Baked Western Omelet

Don’t you just love the taste and the health benefits of eggs, but you don’t like the chore of standing over the stove to flip, stir, or babysit them as they cook?

Here’s a perfect solution to your dilemma give yourself a rest and jazz up your family’s morning or evening with this Baked Western Omelet. It’s an easy, hands-off and nutritious way to feed a group for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Loaded with veggies and high in protein, this is a dish that will keep you lean, strong, and 100% satisfied!

BAKED WESTERN OMELET

INGREDIENTS

8 eggs (or use 4 eggs and 6 egg whites)
1 C milk
½ tsp seasoned salt
8 oz diced cooked ham
½ C shredded cheddar cheese
½ C finely chopped onion
½ C finely chopped green bell pepper
½ C finely chopped red bell pepper
Fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch-square baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine the eggs, milk, and seasoned salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the ham, cheese, onion, and bell peppers. Next, pour the egg mixture into the previously prepared baking dish. Bake for forty-five minutes to one hour, or until the eggs are cooked through and the omelet is set. Cut into squares and garnish with chives, if desired.

Source The Seasoned Mom

 

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

This is an uncomplicated recipe to prepare for your family on a busy weeknight, or it would make an excellent meal to take over to your friend(s) who is sick or for a mom who recently had a baby. It’s not overwhelmingly seasoned, but it has just enough flavor to satisfy your taste buds.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Ingredients

4 boneless, chicken breast cut into halves pounded thin

1/2 C Duke’s Mayonnaise

1/2 C grated parmesan cheese

1/2 C Progresso Italian seasoned or plain bread crumbs

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

Hot cooked pasta and salad for serving optional

Instructions

Use a four or six-quart slow cooker.

In a small bowl combine the Mayonnaise, cheese, bread crumbs and Italian seasoning. Set aside. Place the chicken onto a cutting board or parchment paper and spread the Mayonnaise mixture evenly over on top of the chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for five to six hours or on HIGH for about three hours. Serve warm with pasta and a salad.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

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Root Beer Pulled Pork

I hardly ever drink soda. I am serious about it too! The only time I have myself a thing of soda is during special occasions. Whenever I want some soda pop I go for my all-time favorite Root Beer, it’s so yummy! Ohh, you know what I love? Root Beer Floats. Those things are scrumptious! One of these days I will teach you how to make a fancy Root Beer float. Yum, yum!

 Okay, back today’s recipe!

When I noticed that root beer was the in the title of the recipe, I, of course, became excited. So I grabbed a can of root beer and my trusty crockpot to cook a pork shoulder for this juicy Root Beer Pulled Pork. The thought of cooking it in root beer probably sounds a little goofy, but it acts as a tenderizer, and it too adds a unique flavor. You totally have to give this one a try. I promise you won’t regret it!

Crockpot Root Beer Pulled Pork

Ingredients

3 lbs of pork butt or shoulder
1 can of A&W Root Beer
1 18oz bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce or your favorite

Directions

1. Place the pork in your crockpot and pour the can of root beer on top. Cover and cook on LOW for six-eight hours. You should be able to shred the meat easily with a fork when it’s finished cooking. After four-five hours check to see if your meat is browning to your taste and is tender enough to pull. You may need a little more or less than six hours depending on your crockpot and the cut of meat.

2. After the pork is finished cooking, drain the root beer and shred the pork with two forks on a large plate or chopping block. Place the shredded pork back into your slow cooker and add about eight teen ounces of your favorite BBQ sauce and stir to mix. Let warm for approximately fifteen minutes before serving. Serve by itself or on toasted hamburger buns or sandwich rolls. Add cheese and or coleslaw if you prefer.

Court’s Cooking notes:

To give the pork more flavor, in a small bowl combine one teaspoon salt, one teaspoon pepper, one teaspoon garlic powder and stir until mixed well. Then get a small handful of the mixture and rub it all over the meat, place it in an airtight container. Then pour  1/3 cup of Bragg’s all over the pork and seal the container tight. Place it in the fridge and leave it overnight. Also, you can cook this pork with a can of Dr. Pepper, Pepsi or Coke. But Root Beer is my favorite.

Source Listotic

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Famous Butter Chicken

Here’s a funny fact about me, on the days I don’t use my crockpot, I not only enjoy keeping my hands super active by making a main and side dish once a week (Usually either on Mondays or Thursdays) but too will do other little things, while I am cooking. Here are some of the extra stuff I do to keep my other senses busy; drinking coffee, occasionally eat a relatively healthy snack, cleaning the kitchen as I cook, listening to music or watching television. What extra things do you like to do while you are cooking?

The other night while I was drinking my coffee, watching television and eating some Ritz crackers I cooked this delicious Famous Butter Chicken. The side dish was Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Parmesan & Garlic. Moreover, to make the chicken cook a little faster as mine were huge, I cut mine into strips, and I probably should have used garlic powder instead of garlic salt as AllRecipes.com have garlic salt listed as one of the ingredients. Considering I am trying to make healthier eating choices. Although, it’s pretty complicated. Oh well, I will do a better job next time!

The preparation of this dish is so quick and easy. Here’s the basic lowdown: chicken is submerged in beaten eggs and cracker crumbs, then baked with butter. The chicken is so tender and juicy. Excellent flavor! There were absolutely no leftovers.

Famous Butter Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 eggs, beaten
1 C crushed Ritz crackers or similar butter crackers
1/2 C butter unsalted, cut into slices
1/2 tsp garlic powder
a dash of pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil or parchment paper and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Place crushed crackers and garlic powder in a medium-size shallow bowl. Place eggs (beaten) in another separate medium-size shallow bowl. Dip one chicken strip at a time in the eggs, and coat it well, then dip it into the cracker crumbs, coating well on all sides. Place chicken pieces side-by-side in baking dish.

2. Top chicken evenly with the pieces of butter. Bake in the oven for forty to forty-five minutes or until chicken is ready and internal temperature has reached a safe minimum of 165 degrees F internal temperature.

Source allrecipes.com

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 Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

 

Slow-Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

1 to 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or a blend
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1 C chicken stock, divided, plus more if required
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1 tsp cumin
1 C brown rice, not quick cooking rice
1 15-oz can Goya black beans, drained and rinsed
1 C frozen corn

Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, salsa, hot sauce, diced green onions, shredded lettuce

Directions

1. Add the chicken breasts, diced tomatoes, one and a half cup of chicken stock, chili powder, salt, and cumin in the dish of a 2 1/2- to 4-quart crockpot. Make certain the chicken is covered, and combine additional stock if required. Cover with the lid and cook on low for three to four hours.

2. Lift the lid and combine the rice, black beans, frozen corn, and the remaining chicken broth. Return the lid and continue cooking on high for another three to four hours. Examine the rice regularly in the last hour of cooking, stirring a few times to make certain the rice cooks evenly and adding more chicken broth if the mixture seems dry. Cooking is finished when the rice is tender — if the rice is finished while there is still liquid left in the slow cooker, remove the lid and continue to cook on high to let the liquid evaporate.

→ Total cooking time from start to finish is six to eight hours.

Use two forks to shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. You can do this in the slow cooker itself and then mix it into the rice, or you can carry the chicken to a cutting board if you prefer to keep it separate. Taste the burrito mix and stir in more salt or other seasonings to taste.

Serve burrito bowls with a variety of toppings. The burrito mixture will last for one week refrigerated or three months in the freezer. This recipe makes about seven total cups of burrito mix.

Source  The kitchn

Court’s Cooking notes to prepare the rice separately: If you are not going to be home to combine the rice to the slow cooker, you can skip this step and cook it separately on the stove just before serving (use these directions). To modify the recipe, combine the chicken, diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of stock, and spices in the slow cooker and cook for six to eight hours on low. Add the black beans and corn, and cook for another 1/2 hour, or until warmed through, while you’re cooking the rice (omit the remaining chicken stock)