July 27, 2012

Summer | Photos and Favorites, Day 8

Photo: I love this picture taken in our living room...it looks like we were in a studio with black all around.  Cool pic Kim!

Favorite: "How Do You Create a Meal with What's on Hand?" I read through a lot of the comments on this blog post from Hip2Save, my favorite money saving blog.  There were some great ideas.  I think everyone has those nights when you haven't prepared a meal plan, or thawed your meat, or just tried to use up some of those soon-to-spoil veggies and pantry items.  I love having recipes on hand that  can help me pull together a meal in under 30 minutes with ingredients I can substitute with whatever I have on hand.  Read through some of those comments for some great ideas, and check out the Free AllRecipes.com Dinner Spinner App for easy recipes!  Here are a few of my favorites:

I love using my crock-pot, especially on Sundays when we are busy all day and too tired to cook by dinner time; or to have a large meal prepared for lunch guests!

Salsa Chicken:
I throw boneless, skinless chicken breast (frozen is fine too) into the crock-pot, cover with one jar of salsa and add a bag of corn.  I love serving this over rice, or as a soup (add a little water or chicken broth to the crock-pot) topped with plain greek yogurt (in place of sour cream) and tortilla strips.

BBQ Chicken:
Boneless, skinless Chicken breast, one bottle of (low sugar) BBQ sauce, sliced onion (optional).  Cook and serve over brown rice, in tortillas, or on whole wheat buns!  I love serving with sauteed green beans.

I love having frozen, steamable veggies on hand for easy sides.  I can easily throw some protein into mixed veggies and serve with thin spaghetti or rice for a super easy stir-fry.  

Check out my Easy Mexican Casserole Recipe here. Or for an even easier meal: prepare your meat and toppings for tacos and serve over some blue corn tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, or Catalina dressing.

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