Slow Cooker Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Tacos

These were such a hit!  They have just enough spice to make them interesting without being too spicy.  The sweetness of the corn balances the spice.  And they’ve got cream cheese.  What more can you ask for?

Bonus – they cook in the slow cooker!

Recently, I was asked to try out the new Philadelphia Spicy Jalapeño Cream Cheese as part of Kraft Foods and PHILADELPHIA Spicy Jalapeno blogger program.  Cream Cheese is one of my favorite ingredients and I knew we would love this one.  We did!  The jalapeño and cream cheese are a perfect pair of contrasting flavors.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This easy slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore is a crowd pleaser!  I created it on a Sunday morning.  It cooked while we were at church and was ready to eat when we got home.

I fully intended to show you a photo of the finished deal.  I took several, but they didn’t turn out at all.  I guess we were so hungry that I snapped too quickly.

This dish is full of chicken, bell peppers and onions in homemade tomato sauce.  Red wine brings more flavor to the sauce, but you can leave this out if you need to.  Serve the chicken and sauce over hot pasta.  I used bow tie pasta, but you can use any shape you like.

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Quick Ham and Pineapple over Couscous

You know I love a 15 minute meal.  This one may come in at even less time than that.

I’ve had the idea for this for a while, but I wasn’t confident about how the flavors would taste together.  But it was great!  Especially considering the super quick prep time.

This dish does have jalepeno, but if you’re careful to remove the seeds, they aren’t spicy.  It gives a nice addition to the flavors.

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Skillet Angel Chicken

As much as I love my slow cooker, sometimes I just forget to load it until it’s too late.  On days like that, a skillet can come in handy.  Skillets cook things quicker than baking them and much quicker than a crockpot, of course.

The other night I decided to make a skillet version of Angel Chicken.  This is altered a bit from the original Angel Chicken recipe.  Instead of the Italian Seasoning mix, I used Herbs de Provence.  You could use a favorite of herbs and spices in this dish, depending on what you have available and what you’re in the mood for.

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Cheesy Hamburger Soup

We love soup in our house.  This is a hearty soup, perfect for winter.

The recipe comes from an Amish Cookbook I have called Amish Friends Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter.  The original name for the soup was Cheeseburger Soup, but there’s something a little unappealing about that to me.  So, I changed the name.

If you’ve got someone in your family who likes meat with a meal, this is a good soup to make for them.  It’s full of ground beef and potatoes.

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Sweet Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce in the Slow Cooker

This hearty pasta sauce is full of flavor.  Slices of sweet Italian sausage links, combine with bell peppers, onions and garlic in thick tomato sauce.

I like for most slow cooker recipes to not need any kind of browning or cooking on the stove, but this one does require some pre-cooking.  Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to get everything into the crockpot.  I made this on a Sunday morning before church.  The hands-on prep only took about 15 minutes.

You could also continue cooking it on the stove, but I like the convenience of the crockpot.  No need to stir or tend the pot and you can leave the house while it’s cooking.

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta – 15 Minute Meal

I am a huge fan of the 15 minute meal.  Some days, there just isn’t any more time than that to pull dinner together.

I’ve even got an eBook full of 15 minute meals.  I frequently pull it out when I need something quick for dinner.  A quick scan of the book, matched up with the items in my pantry will always yield a dinner idea.

This meal idea came from my mom.  She had something similar when she ate out recently.  I’m not sure what restaurant and I don’t know exactly how she fixed hers.  There are many different ways you could take this, depending on what your family likes and what you’ve got in the pantry.

I happened to have a variety of bell peppers in the fridge, so I used them to add color and flavor.  Doesn’t this pan of cooking peppers and onions look good?

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Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker

I would very much like to shake the hand of the person who invented the slow cooker.  Said person should be lauded with chocolate and roses and decadent coffee concoctions.

I’m naturally suspicious of cooks who don’t make good use of the slow cooker.  Why avoid something that is such a time saver, such a miracle worker?

Take this dinner, for instance.  Into the crock go pork chops, apples, onions and a bit of honey and Dijon.  Several hours later, you only need to add a green veggie and bread or salad and dinner is ready.  It practically fixes itself, leaving me with time to get stuff done spend time on Pinterest.

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Hamburger Pasta Soup

I created this soup the other day when I needed something fast for dinner.  If you’ve got cooked hamburger in the freezer, this meal really comes together quick.  It’s a combination of Hamburger Vegetable Soup and Pasta Soup.

Feel free to vary the recipe according to what you like and what you have available in your pantry.  It’s a good one for using up small amounts of pasta.  You could also use rice or barley instead of the pasta.  And you might want to add more veggies.

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Smoked Sausage, Cabbage and Oat Soup

A while back I shared how excited I was to find Quaker Steel Cut Oats at the grocery store.  They are significantly less expensive than the other brand I’ve seen and I like to use them for oatmeal in the slow cooker.

I never imagined I would use them in soup.

But then The Sweets Life linked up a recipe for Scotch Oatmeal Soup for Ingredient Spotlight: Cabbage.  I knew I had to try it.  The oats are kind of like barley.  They add heartiness to the soup.

I modified The Sweets Life recipe a little bit.  Hers doesn’t have any meat in it and I knew I’d get much further serving a soup full of cabbage to my family if I included some meat.  I was right.  They all ate the soup and liked it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a pot:  [Read more…]

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