Easy Summer BBQ & Grilling Recipes Your Family will Love

When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!

BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings

For the Surf Lovers…

And the Turf Lovers…

And we can’t forget Chicken …

  • A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
  • For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
  • These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!

  • If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!

And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …

  • The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.

No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?

  • For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
  • My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
  • Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
  • Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these

 And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness

Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!

  • And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
  • Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.

Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!

Happy grilling!

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Chicken and Vegetable Foil Packets {Grill or Oven}

You’re going to love this recipe from Eat at Home writer, Kim!  She makes use of the grill, but this will work in the oven too.

I know many of us are caught up in back-to-school and starting to have a little Fall fever (is that a thing?) If the pumpkin posts that have started popping up everywhere are any indication, then yes, Fall fever definitely exists. However, in my neck of the woods, it’s still 90 degrees, and I’m still grilling every chance I get. With the craziness of 3 kids, school, sports, etc., I have been looking for easy recipes that do not require a lot of prep or cleanup. These chicken and foil packets fit the bill.

Foil Packet Collage EAH

I love that I can cook the meat and vegetables at the same time, and just add some fruit as a side to have a complete meal. Also, when everything is bundled up in a neat little foil packet, clean up is breeze!

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Start by prepping your meat and veggies (which can be done ahead of time). I used chicken, potatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, grape tomatoes, and zucchini. This recipe is versatile, and you can add just about anything you like. Just remember to slice potatoes thin and cut your meat into bite size pieces so that it cooks fast, and veggies that cook quickly can be left in bigger chunks (like zucchini…I do not like it to get too mushy, so I sliced it into thick rounds), this way, everything is done at the same time.

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Place your veggies on a sprayed piece of foil, add your chicken and any spices you like. I like to add a little bit of butter on top as well.

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Gather your foil up around the meat and vegetables, pinch to seal at the top, and throw them on the grill (or in the oven on a baking sheet!) for about 25 minutes….and boom! Dinner is basically done!

finished foil packet EAH

Be careful when opening the packets, since everything inside is hot and steamy. I say plates are entirely optional, since everything is neatly contained in the foil! (These would be good when camping.)

Chicken and Vegetable Foil Packets {Grill or Oven}
Chicken and vegetables cooked together in a neat and tidy foil packet!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 3 medium Russet potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 large pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into thick rounds
  • 1-2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 cup grape tomotoes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • herbs de provence (optional), to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce (optional), to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon butter for each packet (optional)
  • *aluminum foil
  • *non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. (Light grill to medium-high heat or preheat oven to 400 degrees)
  2. Place all vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Stir gently to coat.
  3. Spray 12-18 inch pieces of aluminum foil with cooking spray (depends on desired portion size, I made 5 large packets)
  4. Evenly divide veggies among the foil pieces, placing them in center of packet. Add desired spices.
  5. Top with chicken chunks, additional spices and Worcestershire (if using). Place butter on top of chicken.
  6. Seal foil around the chicken and vegetables, pinching at seams to seal.
  7. Place on grill, or in oven on a baking sheet, for approximately 25 minutes or until chicken has reached 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.

 

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many, many more desserts!

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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – June 16 – Looking for your ideas and opinions

This past week has been a whirl wind of getting ready for vacation and tying up some lose ends on several projects.  The main goal with our meals this week has been clear out the fridge.

In other news, I’m thinking it’s time to revamp these weekly posts on the meal plans.  I have a few ideas in mind, but I’d love to know what you’d like to see.

Do you like seeing the sneak peek of the main dishes on the plans each week?

Do you like hearing a little about how my family gets dinner done?

Do you have other ideas for these posts or do you tend to just skip these altogether?

Leave a comment or drop me an email to let me know your thoughts!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1. Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes
  2. Chicken Tetrazini
  3. Pineapple Chicken
  4. Enchiladas
  5. Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops
  6. Tony’s Fish
  7. Cherry Cobbler

Traditional Menu

Slow Cooker Menu

  1. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  2. Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos
  3. Easy Meatball Subs
  4. Crockpot Honey Mustard Chicken
  5. Tamale Sandwiches 
  6.  Beef Teriyaki
  7. Banana Split Dessert
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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – June 9

This past week was all about recovering from the wedding (which was awesome!).  We ate leftover chicken salad, veggies and donuts.  After three or four meals of that, we were craving some comfort food.  After all of our company had gone, Sunday night we splurged on creamy pasta from Carinos.  Yum!

On Monday I hit the grocery with the Whole Foods meal plan. (I used the plan for June 23. They can be used in any order and that one sounded especially good to me.)  I love having that list and knowing what I’m going to be fixing for dinner!

Our strawberry patch has been doing really well this year.  We’ve been picking about a quart of berries every night.  Of course, that meant strawberry shortcake for dessert!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

Traditional Menu

  1. East Meets West Burgers
  2. Stromboli 
  3. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  4. Grilled Fish Sandwich
  5. Tamale Beef over Cornbread
  6. Vietname Fried Rice
  7. Chocolate Cobbler

Slow Cooker Menu

  1. Honey Hoisin Pork 
  2. Pierogies 
  3. Chicken Cacciatore
  4. Chicken Broccoli Divan
  5. Cube Steaks and Gravy
  6. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches 
  7. Chocolate Cheesecake 
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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – May 26

It’s the week before Meredith and Stephen’s wedding!  Every day gets a little bit busier than the day before.  Each time we check one thing off the list, two or three more items crop up.  Crazy fun!

Last week Jim was out of town for four days.  I’m proud to say that we didn’t have pancakes for dinner even once.  That’s one of my fall back, easy meals when he is gone.  Instead I shopped with one of the Traditional Plan grocery lists and I followed the recipes from it.  No new recipe creation last week.  It was so easy and we ate really well too.

I’m off to cross out a few more things from the wedding to-do list!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1. Pineapple Chili
  2. Chicken, Broccoli & Red Pepper Stir-Fry
  3. Shrimp Scampi
  4. Crock-Pot Honey Mustard Chicken
  5. Grilled Fish Sandwich
  6. Sticky Coconut Chickenli
  7. Slow Cooker Blueberry Crisp

Traditional Menu

  1. Skillet Chicken
  2. Grilled Pizza
  3. Bowtie Pasta with Feta and Lemon Pepper Chicken
  4. Bramble Beans
  5. Chicken Salad
  6. Grilled Brats and Onions
  7. Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Slow Cooker Menu

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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – May 19

I just realized that I never wrote and scheduled this post.  I was browsing some blogs I like to read and realized that my post should have gone up. Had it on my list for Friday’s work and never checked it off!

What can I say? We’ve been crazy with wedding plans and ironing tablecloths for the reception and helping Meredith and Stephen get some things moved into their apartment.  It’s not quite ready for them to move in yet, but it will be by the time the wedding rolls around.

Yesterday after carrying boxes to their third floor walk-up unit, I hit the grocery.  I printed off the Traditional list for one of the weeks in June.  Last week I shopped with a Traditional plan as well.  I love being able to skip the planning.  I just check the menu and decide which meal we’ll have that night.  So easy.

My brain is pretty well fried on details right now.  I told the kids I need a sign over my head that says “bandwidth exceeded”!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1. Ham Carribbean
  2. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  3. Honey Pork Chops
  4. Red Beans & Rice with Ham
  5.  Cantonese Sweet & Sour Chicken
  6. Shredded Slow Cooker Taco Beef
  7. Brownies with Chocolate Glaze

Traditional Menu

  1. Garden Fritatta
  2. Tuna Noodle Casserole
  3. Pepper Patch Pasta
  4. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
  5. Chicken Smothered with Summer Veggies
  6. Mediterranean Pork Chops
  7. Gooey Turtle Bars

Slow Cooker Menu

2.  Ravioli 
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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – May 12

I hope you’ve had a great Mother’s Day weekend!

Isaac was in the chorus of Guys and Dolls, put on by our high school homeschool group.  All the kids did such a great job!  We had Jim’s parents come down on Thursday night and my parent were here Friday and Saturday.

Mia spent last week sewing a lot of bags.  Four bags in four days.  I’m so proud of her sewing skills!  I think she does great, especially since she’s just 11 years old.  I can barely sew on a button.  It’s good that I’ve got her around!

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Last week we mostly ate the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals I made the week before.  I love having those easy meals ready to go!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1. Sweet Chili Linguine
  2. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  3. Lentil Tacos
  4. Olive Oil and Italian Herb Roasted Chicken
  5. Peanut Chicken
  6. Chicken Enchiladas
  7. Salted Caramel Cobbler

Traditional Menu

  1. Hamburgers
  2. Complete BBQ Chicken Meal in Crock Pot
  3. Hashbrown Casserole 
  4. Marinated Mojo Pork Chops
  5. Mexican Rice and Beans
  6. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich
  7. Slow Cooker Banana Foster Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Menu

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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – May 5

Last week was not the most inspired eating we’ve ever done.  I had a terrible cold all week.  You know the kind where you aren’t sick enough to go to bed, but you aren’t very on top of things either?  I actually made dinner every night, which sounds a lot more ambitious than the reality.  The fact that I didn’t go to the grocery store last weekend due to feeling bad, didn’t help with our dinner situation.

This is one of those weeks where I say to myself,  “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was someone on the internet who had meal plans I could buy that came with the grocery list already done for me?”.  Oh yeah.  That would be me.  And as soon as I was feeling better on Thursday afternoon, I hit the grocery with color-coded list in hand!

Monday – I decided to turn some frozen rotisserie chicken into Thai Chicken Curry Soup.  It was a simple, comforting meal that I ate on for the next few days.

Tuesday – Jim was out of town.  We had pancakes, which we usually do at some point when he is gone.  The boys always want some meat with their meals.  I didn’t have any bacon and wasn’t thinking clearly enough to remember the breakfast sausage in the freezer.  But I did have two packages of smoked sausage.  I wasn’t too sure how that would be with pancakes, but it turns out that it’s pretty good.  My motto: Use what you’ve got!

Wednesday – Still not feeling great.  Still hadn’t been to the grocery.  I decided to slice the second pack of smoked sausage into a can of baked beans.  Fancy, I know.  I did make homemade cornbread to go with it.

Thursday – I shopped for groceries finally!  I used the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals list for May.  Members have access to this now, but it’s scheduled for later this month.  It was late when I got done shopping, so I picked up ham for sandwiches and made a quick Hawaiian Cole Slaw to go with them.

Friday – I made another video to show how to assemble the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals.  And we had one of those meals for our dinner.  I’ll share the video with you this week.  My oldest daughter makes an appearance in this one!

This week, I’m hoping to do some recipe creating.  Fingers crossed that I’ll have some successes to share with you soon!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans Sneak Peek

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1. Freezer Burritos
  2. Oven Baked Chicken Tacos
  3. Loaded Baked Potatoes
  4. Toasted Apple & Brie Sandwiches
  5. Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken & Potatoes in Slow Cooker
  6. Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon
  7. Strawberry Shortcake

Traditional Menu

  1. 15 Minute Chicken and Dressing Skillet
  2. Ranch Meatballs with Pasta
  3. Sloppy Cubanos
  4. Bacon, Tomato, Basil Pasta
  5. Beef Quesadillas
  6. Sweet and Spicy Chicken Legs
  7. Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slow Cooker Menu

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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – April 28

Easter weekend threw me a little off schedule.  We went out of town to be with family.  Meredith’s cousins threw her a lovely bridal shower.

It was a great weekend, but when we got back in town I really needed to hit the grocery.  I did that on Monday and tested the Traditional list for an upcoming week in May.

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You can see from the photo which meals were planned for the week.  I knew that I would be making some of those meals, but I also knew that I had recipes to create this week.  No worries, since all the meals use common pantry ingredients I knew I would have what I need by sticking to the list.

Here’s how it all worked out this week:

Monday – I decided to buy ground pork instead of beef for hamburgers.  It was a lovely evening, so we fired up the grill.  Instead of detox salad, I served sweet potato fries and cucumbers and tomatoes.

Tuesday – I was looking forward to trying the Mojo pork chops, but the store didn’t have that type of marinade.  I bought Caribbean Jerk instead.  It was great!  We had Pressure Cooker Mac & Cheese and broccoli with it.

Wednesday – I did another spin on Basic Chicken Skillet, this time giving it a Mexican flair.  The resulting recipe combines elements of Mexican Beans and Rice with the Basic Chicken Skillet.  Easy, quick and family friendly.

Thursday – I created yet another spin on Basic Chicken Skillet.  This time I went with a stir fry.  The homemade sauce turned out great.  I used Napa cabbage in the dish.  That was easy to swap out for the kale that the grocery list called for.

Friday – I’m writing this post on Friday afternoon.  Jim and I decided we’ll have a date night tonight.  I’m not sure what the kids will be eating, but it may be the grilled cheese and tomato sandwich that was on the menu.  Everybody needs a simple dinner sometimes!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

This is a great time to become a member of our Weekly Meal Plans.  You get access to a whole month at a time.  Since this is the end of the month, that means that you’ll be getting all of April and all of May when it posts next week.  A whole extra month!

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu (these are edited on our plans to make them Whole Food compatible)

  1. Whole Chicken in Slow Cooker
  2. Black Bean Tacos
  3. Skillet Chicken, Peppers & Tomatoes
  4. Penne Gorgonzola Grilled Chicken
  5.  Spaghetti
  6.  Lemon Tilapia with Veggies
  7. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Traditional Menu

  1. Chicken Enchiladas
  2. Hamburger Stroganoff
  3. Corn Chowder
  4. Pork Tenderloin
  5. Turkey Italian Sausage and Tortellini Salad
  6. Baked Pasta with Cauliflower and Cheese
  7. Peanut Butter Cookie Pudding

Slow Cooker Menu

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Real Life and Simple Weekly Meal Plans – September 16

If you want a sneak peek at this week’s simple Weekly Meal Plans (we’re focusing on filling the freezer this month!), just keep scrolling.  Or you can take your time and read through the chit chat.

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I knew Jim wouldn’t be home for dinner several nights this week.  For some reason, if he’s not home I don’t feel like I need to make dinner.  Which is crazy, because those of us who are home (whether that happens to be 2 or 5 or more, if the kids have friends over) still need to eat.

I also hoped to create some new recipes this week.  One of the ways I do that is to stock the kitchen with basic ingredients and then put myself under the same pressure we all face when it comes to dinner – either the pressure of needing to fill the crockpot with something in the morning or the pressure of standing in the kitchen at 5:30 trying to come up with something to eat.

Now you know why most of the meals and recipes I post are so easy!

These two things didn’t work together for me well this week.  Since I knew Jim wouldn’t be home, I didn’t have motivation to cook or create.

We did eat though:

  • French Toast and Ham
  • Pesto Tortellini with grilled chicken and tomatoes
  • Tilapia, veggies and pasta with cheese
  • Taco Soup – my very last slow cooker freezer meal!

I am highly motivated to create a new slow cooker freezer meal plan for the Weekly Meal Plans.  Those meals have been wonderful to have on hand.  And only having to spend 1 hour to get them in the freezer is definitely time well spent.#

#DinnerDilemma Twitter Party and Slow Cooker Giveaway

hamilton beach 6 quart slow cooker

 

I love this slow cooker!  Actually, I’ve never used it, I just wanted one for a long time.  I’ll be giving away 2 of them, along with an assortment of Libby’s products to two participants in the #DinnerDilemma Twitter party.

I’d love for you to join us on Monday 9/16 at 3pm EST.  We’re going to be talking about all kinds of things to help get dinner on the table each night, from recipes, to bulk cooking, to side dishes and more.

Be sure to follow @LibbysTable and me, @TiffanyAKing on Twitter.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Traditional Plan

  1. Hoisin Chicken use marinade here
  2. Stuffed Shells
  3. White enchiladas (using leftover chicken from # 5) 
  4. Pulled Pork
  5. Whole Chicken in the Crockpot
  6. Black Bean and Rice Burritos
  7. Monster Cookies

Slow Cooker Plan

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