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Easy Weeknight Meals: Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders

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Crockpot meals are the best, especially on a weeknight when you are super busy and may not be able to make a great meal for your family. This month we want to share a great recipe we found that can be made all at once, or cooked in crockpot of low during the day while you are at work. It’s a delicious meal with some incredibly healthy elements that will surely impress you and your family.

This month the wonderful recipe comes from Mom-on-the-go Roni. A busy working Mom, Roni makes sure her family eats right. After changing her lifestyle a few years ago and losing 70 pounds she set out to help others stay healthy. She began blogging all her fantastic recipes on greenlitebites.com. Now she shares her incredible healthy, and tasty, recipes for other moms-on-the-go! We were so impressed by this incredible meal we had to make it ourselves, and it was a hit! Even the two year old ate it!

As I said, we chose to crock it and therefore added the kale after returning home so it wouldn’t be too soggy. We did everything else as Roni prescribes, and it was a huge hit!

What You Will Need:

1 Batch of Homemade Tomato Sauce
2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
1 cup chopped Kale
2 cups of the tomato sauce listed above
10 Small Whole Wheat buns
5 oz of fancy shredded mozzarella or Mexican Cheese Blend

We were so impressed with this fantastic recipe that we have even gone through some of Roni’s other recipes and planned to test them out here at our house! Feel free to do the same while you are checking out all of Roni’s incredible step-by-step instructions for the Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders. Enjoy!!

Easy Weeknight Meals: Crockpot Beef Ribs

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Ribs are a huge hit in our house. It doesn’t matter if they are pork or beef, they are great! But they tend to be too involved of a meal to make on a weeknight. Especially during baseball season when we can come home way after 8 looking for something to eat quick and send all the kiddos to bed. But we just can’t help but crave them! So when we found this incredible Crockpot recipe for Beef Ribs we just had to try it out during our week. We thought for sure it would be a difficult meal, bit it was easy-peasy-lemon squeezy!

Don’t worry about having to feed that family of yours on a weeknight, with this new recipe you can have one of your favorite meals without the hassle. You can even leave it on all day while you are out and about doing your errands, at work, and running carpool. Just follow the recipe, pop it in huge crockpot, and get busy with your day.

What You Will Need:

1 package of 8 thick cut ribs (beef or pork work well!)
1 large onion, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
2 1/3 cup BBQ sauce (homemade or good quality bottled sauce of your choice)
Refrigerator (marinating overnight makes this recipe taste even better!)
Crockpot

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs
Family Recipe
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 hours

What You Will Do:

1. Begin by roughly chopping your onion and set aside.
2. Season your ribs with salt and pepper. Then spread 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce over the bottom of your crock pot. Lay a single layer of ribs to cover the bottom of your crock pot. Sprinkle with half of your chopped onions and spread 1 cup of BBQ sauce, making sure to evenly coat the ribs.
3. Repeat these steps with a second layer.
4. Then cover your crock pot and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

Now when you arrive home you will have a great and tasty meal waiting for you! Yummy!

Healthy Weeknight Meals: Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

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Weeknights are hard. We know. This week we have had dance, a parent-teacher meeting, two late work nights, and a sick kid. So finding something yummy, simple, and healthy for dinner was harder than usual. I hope your week wasn’t as hard, but if it was we are here to take some oft eh weight off of you. We have a great meal for you to try, sorry I can’t run errands or pick up kids, but I can help you find a great meal for those busy week nights! Luckily I stumbled upon a great recipe a while back that my family loves. I really hope yours does too!

Recently when searching for fun and easy recipes for weeknight meals I stumbled upon the website Inspired Dreamer. They feature a ton of yummy recipes in their food section that can be easily copied for dinner at home. They also feature DIY Crafts for kids, but their recipes are to-die-for, and usually really, really simple. We fell in love with this spectacular dish, Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake. It is full of yummy things kids love, and hides a few not all kids love. But at the end you have a delicious dish that will wow at the table.

What You Will Need:

10 ounces dry pasta (Think rotini, farfalle and penne. Any similar size would work.)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces chive and onion cream cheese
1 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 cup whole milk, heavy cream or half-and-half (You can try half-and-half)
1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 cups cooked chicken (cubed or shredded)
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, cut into large chunks (grape or cherry tomatoes work great!)
Fresh basil or parsley, for garnish

Simply head over to Inspired Dreamer for the 411 on how to make this beautiful and delicious dish come together. You and your family will love the fresh yet hearty and creamy taste! Enjoy, and remember just because it tastes good doesn’t mean it isn’t good for you!!