Jan 292022

Crockpot Chicken And Rice

4 medium boneless chicken breasts
16 ounce family size package Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice mix
5 cups chicken broth
1 medium onion
2 large bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Place the chicken, onion, bay leaves and pepper in a 6 quart crock pot
Pour 4 cups chicken broth over the chicken
Cook for 3-4 hours on high or until the chicken is cooked through
Remove chicken from crock pot and break apart into large chunks
Remove the onion and bay leaves from the crock pot and discard
Return the chicken to the crock pot
Add the yellow rice to the crock pot and stir
Cook for an additional hour or until the rice is tender

I love Chicken And Yellow Rice and so does my family. I think I’ve only made it in a Crockpot once before, and in the oven once. Both are ways to make it when you are too busy to spend much time on the chicken. It was good but not as good as the way I’ve made it since I started cooking.

My family and I think the recipe that tastes the best is the one I’ve been making for over 40 years, using bone in/skin on whole chicken leg quarters.  It’s more steps and time but tastes so much better and definitely worth the extra time if you have it.

Weekend Cooking

 Posted by at 5:50 AM
Jan 212022

Weekend Cooking


Easy Taco Mac

1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 (10 ounce) can Ro-Tel, undrained
1 cup broth (chicken or beef broth)
1 cup milk
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning
1 1/2 cup elbow noodles
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey or ground beef over medium heat, drain off grease
Add the undrained can of Ro-Tel, broth, milk, tomato sauce and taco seasoning
Increase heat to medium high until the mixture begins to simmer
Stir in noodles and reduce heat to low, cover and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes
When noodles are tender, stir in shredded cheddar cheese

This was very quick and easy and I had the ingredients already so it was a win win. I used ground beef because although I love whole baked turkey  but I’m not a fan of turkey lunch meat or ground turkey. Besides, the ground turkey I have is for making my dog Kaiyo’s food.

This was very good.  I’ll be making it again!

 Posted by at 12:49 PM
Jan 152022

Weekend Cooking

Souper Sunday


Brunswick Stew

2 (15-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
2 (15-ounce) cans creamed corn
2 (13-ounce) cans chicken
2 (10-ounce) cans BBQ pork
1 (14-ounce) bottle ketchup
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for two to three hour. Serve with Jiffy cornbread or Ritz crackers

I had both Jiffy cornbread and Ritz crackers so decided to have use the crackers and save the cornbread for beans.

I ordered the ingredients online and the canned BBQ pork was out of stock so I bought a container of Jack Daniel’s Pulled Pork, hoping it would turn out ok. It was very good.  I’ve made this before and forgot to use less ketchup, it was still good, but hopefully next time I’ll remember to use 3 or 4 oz. and see how that tastes.

This is a very quick and easy recipe and I love it any time of year.

Weekend Cooking

 Posted by at 12:26 PM
Oct 092021

Frito Pie Casserole

1 lb ground beef
2 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
2 (15-oz) cans Ranch Style Beans
2 (10-oz) cans enchilada sauce
1 (9.75-oz) bag Fritos
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray, set aside
In a large skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink
Drain fat & return meat to pan
Stir in onion flakes, beans and enchilada sauce
Pour half of Fritos into prepared pan
Top with meat mixture
Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture
Top with remaining chips

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes
Sprinkle with chopped green onions

This was good, easy and quick to make. I had some green onions but decided not to add them to the top. I want to make it again and will add them. It made too much for two people so the next time I’ll leave the corn chips out and freeze the leftovers. I can add the corn chips to the top when I reheat it or just eat them on the side if I want.

This is a good recipe when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. It took me a little under 40 minutes.

Weekend Cooking

 Posted by at 7:10 AM
May 222021

Chicken and Veggies Ramen Noodles Skillet

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion , diced
2 garlic cloves , minced
4 carrots , cut in long ribbons (use a vegetable peeler)
salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
1 bag (8 ounces) fresh sugar snap peas
2 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts (rotisserie chicken works great)
2 packages (3 ounces each) any flavor ramen noodles, broken (discard flavor-package)
2 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
2 green onions diced , green parts only, for garnish

Heat olive oil in a large skillet
Add onions, garlic, and carrots; season with salt and pepper and sautee for 3 minutes
Stir in snap peas and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sugar snap peas are crisp tender
If mixture is dry, add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
Add cooked chicken, broken noodles and chicken broth; bring to a boil
Cook and stir about 3 minutes, or until noodles are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed
Remove from heat
Garnish with green onions

We thought this was very good. I decided to use rotisserie chicken instead of breasts. When I tasted it before serving it, it was a bit bland so I stirred in the chicken flavor packets (I LOVE the flavor) from the Ramen noodles and let it cook a little longer. I also added and mixed in the cut up green onions instead of using them for garnish, and used matchstick carrots because I had some and they needed to be used.

So quick, easy, and good. I’ll be making it again.

 Posted by at 6:26 AM
Feb 132021

Chicken Stuffing Bake

1 (6 ounce) package chicken flavor stuffing mix
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1⁄3 cup sour cream
1⁄8 cup milk
1⁄8 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1⁄8 teaspoon paprika
1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper
1 2⁄3 cups water
2 tablespoons butter

Mix contents of stuffing mix pouch and the 1-2/3 cups water, set aside
Place washed & dried chicken in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish
Sprinkle chicken w/ poultry seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, salt & pepper
Mix soup, sour cream and milk
Pour mixture evenly over chicken
Spoon stuffing mixture over the top, evenly
Dot the top with little pieces of butter
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 min., until chicken is 165°

This was very good. It didn’t cost a lot and was quick and easy to make. The chicken (I used boneless skinless thighs) was so tender and the stuffing was crispy. The only thing I did different besides the chicken was that I used Campbell’s Healthy Request Cream of Chicken in place of the regular Cream of Chicken.


 Posted by at 11:43 AM
Feb 052021

Skyline Chili Recipe

2 lbs ground beef
2 cups chopped onions
4 cups beef stock
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 -3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1⁄2 ounce grated unsweetened chocolate or 2 3/4 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons instant minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bay leaves or 1/8 teaspoon bay leaf powder

chopped onion (optional)
finely shredded cheddar cheese (certainly NOT optional)
kidney bean (optional)

Brown ground beef and onion
Add beef stock to beef mixture and simmer 10 minutes
Add remaining 13 ingredients, simmer uncovered 1 hour
Remove bay leaf, skim off extra fat
Serve over hot spaghetti, or hot dogs in buns for chili dogs
Top with plenty of cheese and other optional toppings

Sorry the picture is a mess, it was late and I was tired and didn’t want to stand in the kitchen until I got the lighting etc. just right.

My son and I went to Skyline Chili a few years ago and he loved it, me not so much. The other day he asked me to find a recipe and make it so I did. I didn’t think I’d like it but to my surprise I loved it. He said it tasted like what the restaurant had but I thought it was a lot better. I’m thinking it was all the shredded cheese I put in mine, they don’t give you very much.

You can add beans to the chili (my personal recipe has beans in it) but they don’t add beans at the restaurant so I didn’t. You can also serve it over spaghetti or hotdogs.

This is a quick and easy recipe and since we both liked it I plan on making it again sometime.

 Posted by at 9:31 PM
Oct 172020

Chili Hash

1 pound medium potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup water
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (15-1/2 ounces) chili starter
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sour cream, optional

Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish
Cover and microwave on high for 7 minutes or until tender
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain
Drain potatoes and add to the skillet
Stir in the chili starter, peas, parsley and salt.
Bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes
Serve with sour cream if desired

I adapted this by adding a can of stewed tomatoes (I LOVE tomatoes), I used frozen cubed potatoes and frozen diced onions.

This was so good! The only thing I’ll do different next time is add a little chili powder.

This recipe is quick and easy, not expensive at all, and it tastes very good. I will definitely be adding it to my list of favorites.

Weekend Cooking

 Posted by at 5:59 AM
Sep 182020

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

3 Pounds Chicken thighs, About 6-8
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup and set aside

Remove the chicken thighs from their packaging and pat them dry with paper towels

Arrange the chicken thighs on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil rubbing the oil into the chicken to coat

In a small bowl mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika

Sprinkle the spices over the chicken evenly

Bake chicken in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes

I only had 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs so I cut all the spices in half and baked them in my Instant Omni Plus Air Fryer Toaster Oven using this air fryer calculator and did them at 370 for 28 min.

These chicken thighs were so moist and tender and the seasoning was very good. I also made Vigo Yellow Rice and fried green beans. The thigh recipe was so quick to put together. This was a very good meal, I’ll be making it again!

Weekend Cooking

 Posted by at 6:32 PM
Sep 112020

Excuse the messy bowl, it was round two

8 Can Slow Cooker Soup

1 lb ground beef
1 can ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can veg-all brand vegetables
1 can chili without beans
1 can chili with beans
1 can diced tomato
1 can campbell tomato soup
1 can campbell vegetable soup

Brown and drain ground beef
Add to large slow cooker

Ro-Tel tomatoes
both chili’s
diced tomatoes
both soups


Turn Slow Cooker to low; may simmer all day if desired

Notes: I didn’t have any hamburger so I used Uncle John’s Pride Mild Country Sausage

I love soup and vegetables so I knew I’d love this. My son doesn’t like soup or vegetables but he said he’d try it. And he shocked me when he went back to get more! That’s why the bowl is so messy. He said it was really good.

This is so cheap, easy and quick to put together that I’ll definitely be making it again, especially since Anthony liked it so much.

Weekend Cooking

Souper Sundays

 Posted by at 7:57 PM