October 24, 2011

Weekly Menu: 10/24/11 - 10/30/11

The goal of this blog is to help you feed your family without the stress of planning a menu and putting together a shopping list.  Chicken was on sale last week at Giant ($1.99/lb) so I bought 15 lbs and that is why we are having so much chicken this week.  But honestly, we just eat a lot of chicken.  It's cheap and it is good for you.  What I don't use for the recipes below, I will marinade and freeze...but that is a separate post.  So, here is what we are having for dinner this week (shopping list to follow).

Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken BBQ (from allrecipes.com)
-2 lbs chicken breasts
-1 bottle BBQ sauce
-1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
-1 onion (cut into rings)
-2 teaspoons minced garlic

-Mix BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic in slow cooker.
-Add chicken breasts and coat.
-Place onions on top of chicken breasts.
-Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serving Suggestions
-Serve on hamburger buns with baked potatoes, corn and corn bread.

*Note: The leftovers will be good for lunch during the week.  Add to a salad or use as a baked potato topper.

*Hubby has a night meeting, so I'll be having a grilled cheese sandwich with a side of soup!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings - Serves 4 (adapted from allrecipes.com)
-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-1 tablespoon butter
-1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
-1/2 onion (finely diced)
-1 cans mixed veggies (drained)
-1 can chicken broth
-1 (10 oz) package of refrigerated biscuits
-Dried parsley
-Poultry seasoning
-Seasoned salt

-Place chicken in slow cooker and season with parsley, poultry seasoning, seasoned salt, paprika and pepper.
-Add butter, cream of chicken soup, onion, mixed veggies and just enough chicken broth to cover.
-Flatten biscuits and cut into strips.  Add to the slow cooker, making sure they are covered by liquid.
-Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Cajun Chicken (from Crock Pot girls)
-2 lbs chicken breasts
-Creole seasoning
-1 Corona
-1 onion
-2 tsps lime juice

-Place chicken breast in slow cooker.
-Sprinkle chicken with enough creole seasoning to cover.
-Add Corona, lime juice and onion.
-Cook on low 8-10 hours.

Serving Suggestions
-Serve with roasted potatoes and corn.

Pot Roast (from Weight Watchers Best Eats cookbook)
-2.5 lbs boneless bottom round roast
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 large onions (sliced)
-1 3/4 cups water or beef broth
-1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic or red-wine vinegar
-1 envelope dry onion soup mix
-1 tsp dried thyme
-1 3/4 lbs red potatoes (quartered)
-1 pound baby carrots

-Sprinkle the roast with pepper and salt; add to the slow cooker.
-Add the onions, carrots and potatoes.
-Mix together the remaining ingredients and add to the slow cooker.
-Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serving Suggestions
-Serve with your favorite dinner roll.

*We have a Halloween party on Saturday, so no need to cook dinner!

Pumpkin Chili (from allrecipes.com)
-2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey
-1 large onion (diced)
-1 green pepper (diced)
-2 (15 oz) cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
-1 (46 oz) can tomato juice
-1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
-1 can pumpkin puree
-1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
-1/4 cup chili powder
-2 teaspoons cumin
-1/4 cup white sugar

-Cook ground beef/turkey until brown; drain.
-Add all ingredients to slow cooker.
-Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serving Suggestions
-Shredded cheese and sour cream.
-Corn bread, Fritos, saltines or oyster crackers.

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