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Simple Dinners: Chili dogs for a Crowd

We are at the end of Baseball season at our house, and we are just getting really busy with Football. So i try to incorporate simple meals that will keep my family happy, and keep me from extra work (and DISHES since my dishwasher recently decided to DIE!) So I have been very careful to choose dishes that did not require a lot of extra work. This fun recipe is delicious, simple, and is always a crowd pleaser at our house.

Thank you to Valerie’s Kitchen for a delicious and simple way to cook Chili dogs for a Crowd. You can check out the full recipe now. Be sure to check out the other awesome food ideas when you’re there.

Now I can make a simple a delicious dinner without the added dishes. Valerie even suggests lining the pan with aluminum foil for less mess. That’s a dream come true for this broken dishwasher momma.  You never realize how important those modern conveniences are until they are gone. Its been nearly two weeks waiting for the broken part. Who knew that I would need to arrange meals around not wanting to do dishes? Well thank you Valerie for saving me time, frustrations, and dried out hands!

Be sure to see Valerie’s other amazing recipes when you visit her site. I am already compiling a list of recipes to try at home! Enjoy!

 

Fun Food: Chicken and Waffle Sliders

We are so busy with sports already that I have barely had time to breathe let alone fix a meal. My kids always want to run out and find something to eat. But I have decided to try and make dinner happen at least 6 days a week without running to a restaurant or fast food place. I try to keep things fairly simple, but sometimes you want something fun and out of the ordinary.

This month I wanted to try a few meals that seemed like they were from a restaurant but were indeed home made and much better for my busy family. I found some amazing ideas, including this fun twist on chicken and waffles. Now if you have not tried chicken and waffles you absolutely have to! You do not know what you are missing. It sounds odd, but it is delicious!

This fun and simple recipe from Six Sisters Stuff is perfect for busy nights. You can even make it a little healthier by substituting the waffles for whole wheat Eggo’s, by making them from scratch, or you can purchase Kodiak Protein Waffle mix (they even have a gluten-free version!) and simply make the waffles with a waffle iron (just add water!). You could also make your own fried chicken, but as I said — WE HAVE BEEN BUSY!!

It is definitely better than going to a restaurant, waiting for our order, paying for meals for 5-6 people, and having no control over the portions or if it is is gluten-free (since I now have to eat gluten-free for health issues). As I said, life is busy and complicated. I love that no matter what I can find small ways to make it a little bit easier. Be sure to check out the Six Sisters Stuff for the full tutorial and recipe. It will NOT disappoint!

Slow Cooker French Dip

Fall is the perfect time to bust out that crock pot and create tasty and simple slow-cooker meals. One of  my favorites is this French Dip recipe.

We make it often in our home on nights that I know soccer will run late. Its warm, filling, simple, and it makes the whole house smell delicious. It is almost completely fool proof, and for busy parents that is the BEST! It is also a fun meal that allows the kids to pick up their food, dip it, dunk it, and pick it apart. I love how it also seems to make my family feel like talking. Suddenly my normally tired and quiet kids want to spill their secrets about their school day, practice, and tell me all about their friends. Because of that this is one of my go-to meals in the fall and I hope it will be in your house too!

Slow cooker french dip

What You Will Need:
  • 3 lb beef chuck roast trimmed of excess fat*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 French rolls or hoagie buns
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup Coke NOT diet
  • 2 cans beef consommé 10.5 oz. cans**
  • 1/4 cup dry minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
What You Will Do:
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Using two forks or tongs to hold roast, sear the roast on all sides until lightly browned. Add to slow cooker and top with all remaining Slow Cooker ingredients.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours then remove roast to a cutting board and thinly slice roast across the grain. Place sliced meat back in slow cooker and continue to cook on low for 1-2 additional hours.
  3. When ready to serve, remove roast and strain fat from broth for dipping.
  4. Split rolls and line the bottoms on a baking tray. Top each half with beef followed by 2 slices cheese and bake at 350 degrees F or until cheese is melted. Serve with reserved au jus.

Don’t wait and try this slow cooker french dip recipe today! We are sure that you will love this recipe as much as we do and please don’t hesitate to comment below on how much your family enjoyed it. We would love to hear from you.