Recipe: Slow Cooker Lentil Tacos

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This summer has been the busiest I’ve been all year! Softball, camps, shopping for vacation, vacation, and so on are just a few things keeping me on my toes! So having new slow cooker recipes will help me from stressing for that dreaded question, “What’s for Dinner? Check out the full recipe here at Project Domestication!

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Slow Cooker Recipe- Chicken & Dumplings

Each week during the Fall and Winter The Centsible Family will showcase a slow cooker (crock-pot) recipe that they have tried and tasted. By sharing we hope you will be able to save a little time during the week as we all know saving time is just as valuable as saving money. And you will be able to enjoy a hot meal at the end of your day.

This week’s recipe is for Chicken and Dumplings! I personally love chicken and dumplings so I was excited to find an easy recipe to try. One thing to note is I put more celery and potatoes in then called for so I had to add more water to the pot in order for it to not be a large mess. Good rule of thumb is to keep the water level at 2/3 of the pot if it’s a soup or stew.

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium white sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)**
  • 2 cups whole baby carrots
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano**
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 2/3 cup milk

Directions

  1. Place the chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery into a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Stir the soup, water, oregano and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours* or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Stir the baking mix and milk in a medium bowl. Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto the chicken mixture. Increase the heat to HIGH. Tilt the lid to vent and cook for 30 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked in the center.

*Or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.

Recipe Credit: Recipe.com
** Substituted White Sweet Potatoes for Yukon Gold Potatoes and Oregano for Thyme as these were what I had on hand.

Thanks The Centsible Family!

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Dream Dinner Book Review + Recipe- Slow-Cooked BBQ Short Ribs

I absolutely love cooking and baking! It was something that I did as a kid with my mom & grandpa and something that I love to do with my kiddos now. It bring a sense of calmness and joy! Although we don’t get to do it as often as I would like, it still is something we try and fit in at least once a week- together as a family. Having little ones sometimes makes an easy 1 hour recipe (start to finish) take several hours of preparing, cooking and cleaning up. Not something we can do very often. Finding a way to bypass some of these steps, but still allowing my family the joy of cooking together, would be a huge time saver! In comes Dream Dinners….

Dream Dinners is the nation’s leading meal assembly service that has more than 100 locations nationwide. They promote keeping the family together, saving time, eating better and saving money- of course my favorite part. Each month Dream Dinners prepare recipes and ingredients for you to assemble and take home meals to freeze! No clean-up, just prepare your meal and head out the door! With an average serving costing around $4.25, our family of five could have a great meal for around $20!

Founders of Dream Dinners, Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, feel that family time is important and wrote a book to help families make dinner time an important role in our everyday lives. The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal is a great new book full of healthy ideas, recipes and meal planning to help re-engage your families at dinner time. Helpful tips on how to start a conversation and connect with your family as well as tips to just have fun.

Numerous studies have shown the clear benefits of family eating together at the dinner table – everything from a lower risk of diabetes in children, to higher performance scores among school aged children, and deeper feelings of family bonds and satisfaction. Though dinnertime is truly the most logical hour in a day to be proactive in gathering the family together, the authors don’t exclude the options of breakfast or 8 o’clock cookies and milk. Whatever it takes! The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal will teach readers how to reclaim important time in order to build relationships, draw closer to one another, and restore connectedness and peace in your home simply through mealtimes together.

My favorite part of this book has to be the step by step – how to start a Fix & Freeze Club! I have had on my to do list for over a year now to have a bulk cooking day. If you are not familiar with this idea, basically you pick a few recipes and buy items in bulk (preferably from your stockpile) and spend a day cooking 10-15 meals and then freezing them. This is a great way to have dinners ready in a very minimal amount of time (basically time to re-heat) on busy nights or when you know the hubby will have the kids to himself for dinner. But I never seem to actually pick a date and just do it! Something always comes up and I just don’t get it done! The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal gives you steps to start a club. A night of good conversation with a few good friends while you each prepare and cook meals for each of your families to take home and freeze! Doesn’t that sound like so much fun!

Now that I have added a new to do item on my list, I thought I would share with you one of the recipes I found in the book that is now apart of our family meal plan. I love using the slow cooker, it is a set and forget kind of meal planning for me! Here is a great recipe straight from the The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal book that I know you are just gonna love!

Slow Cooked BBQ Short Ribs

Ingredients:

  • 3lbs Boneless Country Style Beef Short Ribs
  • 1/2 Chopped Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil

In a heavy skillet over high heat, add oil, onions and ribs, browning ribs by cooking 2-3 minutes per side.

Combine sauce ingredients in slow cooker:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce (any, your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Add browned ribs and onions to slow cooker. Cook 6-8 hours (depending on your slow cooker). If you are pinched for time and/or do not have all the sauce ingredients, you can combine raw short ribs and entire bottle of bbq sauce in a slow cooker and cook.

Taken from Hour that Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. Copyright © 2011 by Les and Leslie Parrott and Dream Dinners. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Through the book, discover:

·         How to overcome the time starved, working mom dilemma

·         The secrets of a healthy home

·         Ways to engage your family in meaningful conversation

·         How to start a fix and freeze club

·         The heart of great table talk and fun

·         And much more!

· The Hour That Matters Most launched September 6, 2011

· For more information visit, www.thehourthatmattersmost.com

· Available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Mealat $15.99 each

I was provided with the book about to conduct this review. No other compensation was received. My opinion is 100% my own.

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