Chicken Shwarma in the Slow Cooker

I ran across a recipe for Chicken Shwarma on the blog, Jersey Girl Cooks.  Lisa roasted her chicken in the oven and it looks fabulous.  But being the lazy cook that I am, I decided this would work in the slow cooker.

Hot dog!  I was right!  My family loved this meal and I know I’ll be making it again.

I only made minor alterations to Lisa’s recipe.  I changed the cooking method and more than doubled the recipe so it would feed my family.  I never could find tahini, so I served it with cucumber-yogurt sauce instead.  If I ever find tahini paste (Walmart, are you listening?) I’m going to try Lisa’s sauce.

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Citrus Chex Buddies or Citrus Puppy Chow – You Won’t Be Able to Stop Eating This

So, I was browsing around on Pinterest the other day and found this delicious twist on the original chocolate/peanut butter Chex snack.  The actual recipe on the Chex site is for Lemon Chex Buddies.

I decided to add some lime juice.  And because I’m much too lazy to zest an actual lemon, I needed to use dried zest and all I had was orange.  But the combo of orange, lemon and lime is fantastic.  Sweet, sunny and slightly addictive.

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Salmon Patties – Quick and Healthy

Salmon patties are healthy, inexpensive and a quick dinner to make.  I like to serve them with mac & cheese that’s kind of runny so I can dip the salmon patties in the cheese sauce. You all know my love for cheese, so this is probably no surprise.  My kids like to have ketchup with their salmon patties.

This recipe is adapted from Whole Foods for the Whole Family.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Peanut Chicken

This is a guest post by Crystal of the blog, Crystal and Co.  If you’d like to guest post on Eat at Home, contact me.

A few months ago I reached out to my Facebook readers and asked for a yummy Peanut Chicken recipe. One of my readers, Andrea, quickly responded! She is a military wife who loves to cook and entertain. And boy did she deliver with this recipe that she and her hubby have been using for years!

I knew I had to share it at Eat At Home. Simple ingredient list, doubles very easily for large families or planning ahead for leftovers, and is great for any busy family!

Don’t let the use of sriracha sauce scare you. The flavors blend beautifully. All five of my children enjoy this meal- it’s not hot at all. Want to kick up the spice? Increase the sriracha sauce.

Peanut allergies? Not worries. My {baby} Matthew is allergic to peanuts, too. The beauty in
this recipe is the sauce is made separately- it is your choice to dip or not to dip. Diversity, baby!


  • ¼ c peanut oil
  • 1 T fish sauce
  • 2 t sriracha sauce
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 16 thawed chicken tenders

Combine all ingredients above except the chicken tenders in a container or dish. Mix well. Toss the tenders in and coat well. Cover. Place in the fridge for at least one hour.

Meanwhile, soak your bamboo skewers in a dish filled with water.

When done marinating, thread your tenders onto the bamboo skewers. I like to fit two tenders per skewer.

Place the skewers on the grill for 10-15 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

(I like to cover my grill in foil when I cook things on skewers to prevent sticking and tearing of the meat which can then cause it to some rip off the skewer.)

While your meat is cooking on the grill, prepare your sauce on the stove top.

Peanut Sauce:

  • ½ c smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup cream of coconut or canned coconut milk
  • 2t lemon juice
  • 2t fish sauce

Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Whisk together. Cook on very low heat stirring regularly. If you cook it too high the peanut butter loses its smooth texture and starts to separate. Separation does not affect the taste, just the appearance. I cooked it on setting 3 and that was too high-simmer or setting 1 would be perfect.

Serve with steamed rice. (Tip: reserve the leftover coconut milk used to make the sauce and use it when preparing your side of rice. Gives it a yummy smooth flavor.)

Crystal is the author of the blog Crystal & Co.   She shares her journey while raising a houseful of hungry boys, with twins in the mix and piles of dirty laundry. Like
what you see here? She has tons of weekly meal planning ideas as well!

Homemade Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker

homemade apple sauce ingr

This may be one of the best things I’ve ever made.  Warm, sweet and cinnamon-y.  It made the house smell wonderful while it was cooking.

I altered the recipe on A Year of Slow Cooking.  I used more apples, more brown sugar, more cinnamon.  I also used apple juice instead of water.  I will be making this again, it was so delicious.

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Legs

chicken legs done

This recipe was a bit of an experiment.  I wanted something that was sweet, yet spicy.  Thus, the recipe name.  However, the recipe both succeeded and failed.

The successes:  Easy, moist chicken legs that browned up nicely in the oven.  They did have a slightly sweet flavor.

The fail:  There was no hint of spiciness.

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Chicken Gyros

chicken gyros done

There’s something about pita pockets that my kids love, so I had a feeling that this recipe would be a hit.  I was right.  A friend shared the recipe with me back in the winter when I was looking for meals to stock my freezer.  I decided this one would be great to take on vacation.  After marinating and cooking the chicken, it is frozen in Ziploc bags.  Reheating can be done in the microwave.  I served a quick cucumber and yogurt sauce with the sandwiches.

Update: This recipe comes from Cooking Among Friends, which is a freezer meal cooking club.  So cool!  They have a cookbook available and the Chicken Gyros is part of that.  I’m guessing this would be a great cookbook to own.  A friend had passed along the Chicken Gyros recipe and I just found out the original source.  Pop over and check out more from Cooking Among Friends!

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I love guacamole.  It’s dangerous for me to start eating it, because I have trouble stopping.  So yummy.  And it’s very easy to make homemade.  The only trick is having ripe avocados.  Anybody know how to have perfectly ripe avocados when you need them? [Read more…]

Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce


gingerbread with lemon sauce

This easy dessert is perfect for this time of year.  Serve it warm with the lemon sauce or with whipped cream.  The molasses and spices go well with either topping.

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