March 20, 2012

What's for Dinner? "Spicy" Chicken Stew

It's been awhile since I posted, mid-February through March is always a crazy time for me.  Hopefully things have settled down and I can get back to putting dinner on the table every night.  Last night we had this stew.  I liked it because it was hearty and filling, but not too heavy.  Though the title says it is spicy, I don't think it is too spicy.  I actually think next time I would dice the onions and double the cumin and chili powder.  I hope you enjoy!

"Spicy" Chicken Stew (from
Serves 6

--2 baking potatoes, peeled and cubed into chunks
--1 package frozen sweet corn
--2 stalks celery, chopped
--2 carrots peeled and cut into chunks
--1 onion, thickly sliced
--2 cloves of garlic, minced
--1 jar salsa
--2 teaspoons kosher salt
--1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
--1 teaspoon chile powder
--1/2 teaspoon black pepper
--4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
--2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1.  Place potatoes, corn, celery, carrots, onion and garlic in slow cooker.
2.  Stir in salsa, salt, cumin, chile powder and black pepper.
3.  Place chicken evenly on top of vegetables.
4.  Pour chicken broth over chicken.
5.  Cover slow cooker and cook for 8-10 hours on low.
6.  Transfer chicken to a plate and shred with two forks.
7.  Return chicken to slow cooker and serve warm.

Serving Suggestions
I suggest serving this with shredded cheese, sour cream, fresh chopped cilantro.  I also would suggest using some kind of "scoop" chip to add a little crunch.

March 8, 2012

What's for Dinner: Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders

I have been dying to try this recipe and was finally able to this week.  It did not disappoint!

Fire-Roasted Tomato and Italian Sausage Grinders (from Better Homes and Gardens)
Serves 10

--10 uncooked hot or sweet Italian sausage links
--2 cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained (14.5 ounces)
--1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
--1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
--6 cloves garlic, minced
--2 teaspoons dried basil
--1 teaspoon dried oregano
--1/2 teaspoon salt
--1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
--1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1.  Place sausage in slow cooker.
2.  Add undrained diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, red pepper and black pepper.
3.  Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Serving Suggestions
I served mine on toasted hoagie rolls with provolone cheese and sauteed green pepper and onions.