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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.

Weeknight Dinners: Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake

School is in full swing now and nights have begin to get crazy. Back-to-school nights, meet the teachers, orientation, all of these things are making their way towards us and interrupting our calm sweet summer night schedule. That means dinner is no longer a long slow fun event. It is a sprint. No more marathon dinners for us. It is back to the quick and easy for the next few months. Soon it will get worse with after-school activities, sports, practice, work meetings, and school meetings will make our nights even more hectic, then of course the holidays pop up too. I know, your begging me to stop adding to your to-do list. I don’t mean to scare you, but we all know the routine. Fall means busy, and busy means dinner sometimes gets left behind. But we don’t want you rushing off to grab some pizza or fast food just yet. We found a great recipe that everyone will love and won’t take long to make.

This great Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake is perfect for busy nights. It can be tossed together the night before the morning before, or even really quickly at night. This great recipe came from howsweeteats.com a fabulous little goody blog run by Jessica. Jessica knows how hard it is to please everyone, and quickly. But this recipe has some pretty great thumbs up, even from her 3 year old. So fear not moms and dads. This one should please the family.

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Cheesy Chicken and a Rice Bake

What You Will Need:

serves 4-6

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled and shredded

4 cups cooked brown rice

3/4 cup frozen corn

1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup plain greek yogurt (you can use sour cream)

1 4 ounce can green chilis

1/2 cup chunky salsa

1 cup grated cheddar & monterey jack cheese (low-fat cheese works too!) + more for topping if desired

cilantro for garnish

Now all you have to do is he ad on over to howsweeteats.com for the full recipe. The dish is sure to please with all the yummy cheese. Don’t forget to check out some of Jessica’s other great recipes while you are there, you won’t be disappointed!