What’s Cookin’ Wednesday?

To broaden my personal culinary horizon I have been very diligent at trying out new recipes since the girls came home from the NICU. Everyone couldn’t imagine how I had the time to make all these new dishes for dinner when I’d post on Facebook about what we’d had for dinner each night but bringing twins home from the hospital actually gave us MORE time in our day. We weren’t spending time driving back and forth from home to the NICU anymore or exhausted from the late nights of trying to bond with the girls and early mornings of work and taking care of Tucker. At that point in our lives we were home and had the luxury of doing all the things we needed to whenever we wanted to rather than whenever we could find the time.

Another way I made it easier to make new and yummy dinners was by purchasing a great Crock Pot Cookbook. What better way to make dinner than buy ingredients, throw them in a huge pot, let it cook all day, and then enjoy that evening? I also am a huge fan of Pampered Chef and any 5 ingredient/20 minutes or less cookbooks.

To make making dinner each night a more likely occurrence I also try to grocery shop on Sunday and make a meal plan for the week. For some reason writing it down on paper makes it like a contract that I can’t break.

On to the meal and enough with the garb you are thinking I’m sure.

Sunday night I made Beef Taco Skillet out of Campbell’s 1-2-3 Dinners Cookbook

Recipe Type Category: 5 ingredients/20 minutes or less

Difficulty: (1 being easiest 10 being hardest) 2

Ingredients: 1pound ground beef, 1 can tomato soup *I used some spaghetti sauce because I forgot the tomato soup*, 1 cup chunky salsa, 1/2 cup water, 8 flour tortillas cute into 1 inch pieces, 1 cup shredded cheese

1. Brown beef in skillet. Pour off fat.
2. Add soup (or sauce!), salsa, water, tortillas, and half of the cheese. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook on low for five minutes or until hot.
3. Top with remaining cheese.


My Food Critics score (aka my husband!): (1 being worst 10 being best) 8

What I’d do differently: I was running short on time, threw this together last minute when husband was starting to rummage through the pantry due to starvation (even though I know I feed him). Had I planned this one out I would have added some chopped onions when I was browning the beef probably for a little more flavor. We also added some sour cream to top it off.

Would I make this again: Yes, it was easy to make in a pinch and used ingredients that are usually readily stocked in my fridge and pantry!

Monday night I made a really, really, really easy Crock Pot meal, Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing from Crock Pot:The Original Slow Cooker Recipe Book

Recipe Type Category: Crock Pot/5ish ingredients or less

Difficulty: 1

Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 4 slices swiss cheese, 14 oz chicken broth, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of celery soup, 3 cups packaged stuffing mix, 1 stick melted butter

1. Place chicken in slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
2. Top each chicken breast with cheese slice and add broth and soup to cover.
3. Sprinkle stuffing mix over top and pour melted butter over all. Cook on LOW 6-8 hours or HIGH 3-4 hours.

My Food Critics Score: 7 (even though I rate it a 10…he was still thinking of last night’s quick fix dinner for some reason tonight when eating this masterpiece!)

What I’d do differently: Not a darn thing! It was Y-U-M-M-O!

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