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Gluten Free Friday – Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp November 18, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 8:01 am
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Last week for Muffin Tin Monday, I showed you our Deconstructed Stir Fry.  Part of that meal was Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp.  It was utterly scrumpcious and utterly gluten free.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, tails off and thawed
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of gluten free teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 large orange (or a splash of orange juice)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil (or cooking oil of your choice)
  • Rice of your choice
  • Vegetables of your choice

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Directions:

Add oil to skillet or wok and warm up over medium/high heat.  Add chicken and brown.  If you are using pre-cooked shrimp, you can wait until chicken is almost completely browned before adding it in.  Then add the teriyaki sauce and the juice of 1/2 an orange.  Simmer covered until chicken is cooked through and the shrimp is warmed.

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You can add vegetables into this dish, or keep them on the side.  Serve over rice and enjoy.

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If you missed our post from yesterday, we did a special event called the Improv Cooking Challenge.  We made gluten free Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes, and they were amazing!!  I wanted to make sure to mention them for Gluten Free Friday, since the original post was required to be on a Thursday.  I hope you have a chance to check them out.  They are a perfect gluten free alternative to Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.  See it *here*

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Lizz

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Gluten Free Friday – GoPicnic November 11, 2011

Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!!

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I have a really awesome product to share today, but let me backstory for a second…

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Did you read my post about the awesome Celiac Center Fundraiser at Wildfire?  No?  Well, check it out *here* if you missed it.  I’ll wait…….Okay, so one of the best parts from that night was chit chatting with the other folks at our table.  There was lots of tips being traded, and I did promise you that I would share them with you as I tried them out. So…

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One of the lovely ladies I met was Charlotte, who’s been writing a cute little blog called A Gluten Free Journey Through Motherhood/Wifedom.  One of her recommendations was a product called GoPicnic, that she discovered while on a layover in the airport.  She described it as a lunchable for grownups.  I was intrigued enough to look it up as soon as I got home.

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GoPicnic meals are literally a meal in a box.  And just as Charlotte described, they are very similar to lunchables, but with a few major differences.  First of all, they are a healthier, more natural meal choice.  I also noticed that they did not need to be refrigerated, a huge bonus in my eyes.  While not all of their meals are gluten free, they do have 6 GF options.  They also have vegan, vegetarian, and kosher meals.  Awesome!

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Now, it’s a little hard to see in those small pictures, but the top left-hand corner of the box is where you will find those all important words, “Gluten Free”, if that particular meal is as such. (or vegan, or kosher, ect.)

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After getting all excited over the possibility of a quick on-the-go meal for Skylar, I checked the store locator to see where I might find them.  To my surprise…Target!!  I thought for sure it was going to be a hard to find, but nope. 

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And check out that price tag!!  $3.99!!  My biggest complaint about GF foods is how expensive they can be, and these puppies aren’t much more than a regular lunchable.  I stocked up, and brought them home to show Skylar.  She was so excited, and we even used one to eat in the car on our way to the circus.  (To be honest, it wasn’t her favorite, but she did choose the hummus one first, which I think requires a bit of an adult palate.  I am very confident that she will like the other two, as they are things she eats on a regular basis).

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I have really missed the ability to just run over to the nearest fast food joint to grab a quick bite.  These things are great to keep in the car for emergencies, since they don’t require refrigeration.  (Although, this is Chicago, and our winter temps will keep anything frozen in a car!!)

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So, have any of you found a great on-the-go meal option yet?  Care to share?  Leave a comment and let us know what you’ve found.  Let the recommendations flow!!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Roasted Dill Red Potatoes November 4, 2011

Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!

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I’m doing something a little different for GFF today.  I am re-posting something I made a while ago, because I think it deserves to be a part of this segment.  This is one of my favorite side dishes.  It’s really easy to prepare, and it’s always a hit.  Plus it now carries the added bonus of being gluten free.  Let’s get roasting!

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Ingredients:

  • Red Potatoes
  • Butter
  • Dill
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt

 

Directions:

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Start by cleaning and quartering your potatoes, leaving the skins on, and place them in a single layer in a baking dish.

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Melt some butter. When making a smaller batch like I did, 1/3 to 1/2 of a stick will do. If you’re doing this for a large group, use a 9 x 13 dish and a full stick. (hey, nobody said this was going to be healthy!)

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Pour the butter over your potatoes.

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Stir to make sure each potato is coated.  Now, cover with your spices. Since this is a throw together type of recipe, I don’t have exact measurements for you. I just make sure that each piece gets a little sprinkle of everything. Don’t be shy with the dill.

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Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for approx 50 minutes. Start checking for done-ness around 45 minutes. You should be able to pierce them with a fork easily.

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Voila! I keep mine on the light side; personal preference. If you like yours more well done, just leave them in a little longer until you get the browness you desire.

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I love making these because they take 5 minutes to prepare, and then I can just leave them until they are done. Plus, they make the whole place smell amazing!

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I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Stuffed Peppers October 28, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 12:27 pm
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Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!

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I’m sure some of you have been missing us…right?  Well, I was traveling, then followed that up by getting sick.  I’m finally feeling better, and finally ready to get back to some bloggin’!  I have a yummy meal to share with you, that will not only satisfy your GF eaters, but everyone else too!  Stuffed Peppers!

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(My apologies for a blurry picture. Bad Blogger!)

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I remember eating these when I was a kid, and I love them, but I will admit…I actually don’t like peppers.  Yeah I know that’s weird.  I just eat the insides, but it doesn’t taste the same if it’s not baked inside the pepper.  Plus it’s fun to dig your food out of a pepper bowl.  I guess it’s good to have a pepper lover with you that will eat yours.

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I made these with the awesome Mara.  Well, really she made them while I took pictures and offered up my daughter for help.

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(No, she doesn’t have some sort of weird disease…she still has face paint on from Superhero Club…which is an awesome idea by the way…)

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If you have ever read Mara’s blog, What’s for Dinner?, you probably know that with Mara, measuring is optional.  Yeah, she’s that good.  Me, I need some structure in order to cook well.  So without the benefit of an actual recipe to follow, I will be speaking in hypotheticals and -ishes a bit, and leaving the measurements up to your discretion.

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First, you will need to cook up some rice of your choice (we used brown rice).  Cook it just enough that it’s not hard, but don’t over cook it.  Then you will combine these things in a bowl:

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1 lb ground beef (uncooked)

Rice (cooked)

Diced onion

Garlic powder

Oregano

Salt

Tomato sauce

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It should look something like this:

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Next, cut the tops off 4-5 peppers, and remove all the seeds.  Fill each pepper with the meat mixture, and pack it tightly.  Top with a little more tomato sauce and some parmesan cheese.  Place into a baking dish where you can stand all of the peppers upright-ish.  I promise they will try to fall down.

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We baked ours at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

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(See? I told you they want to fall down!)

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And we chose to make a little corn too.  Add a little extra sauce to the plate, and voila!

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Yum Yum Yum!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Lizz

 

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Guest Post: Gluten-Free Friday: Apple Cider Fritters October 14, 2011

Filed under: Gluten Free Friday,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 7:00 am
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Hello readers of A Little Bit of This & That! I’m Mara, Lizz’s heterosexual life mate and BFF as well as the writer of the blog What’s for Dinner?. You may have heard of me before, or seen Lizz and my various shenanigans through the course of her blog, including the Twilight party, pizza night, making cupcake bites… the list goes on.

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So, when Lizz put out a call for guest posts, I of course volunteered. Then Lizz said “Hey, why don’t you do Gluten-Free Friday?!” And I was… apprehensive. I very rarely make gluten-free treats. Ok, that’s not completely true. I make gluten-free food all the time, just not for the sole reason of it being gluten-free. I don’t have any sort of gluten intolerance, nor do I toy with cutting out gluten for the sole reason that it’s “trendy.”

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However, as you know, Lizz’s daughter Skylar was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, and I love being able to help in any way that I can, being the “food nerd” that I am.

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Then, I asked my friend Mindy at work, whose 2-year-old daughter was also just diagnosed with Celiac disease, if there were any treats she’d like me to try to make since she’d get to bring the leftovers home.

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She said “Pie. Or cookies. Or really anything!” So I went with it.

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I couldn’t handle making pie crust on a Thursday night. My rolling pin had touched far too much gluten for me to roll out cookies. So I went the more “anything” route. These are reminiscent of Lizz and my trips to the apple orchard over the years, and really, the sole reason for visiting sometimes!

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First, I made sure to thoroughly clean my mixing bowl, dough hook, cutting surface, knife, and measuring cups as these fritter bites will be actually fed to someone with Celiac.

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I used a mixture of certified gluten-free oat flour and white rice flour to create the base of the batter, as well as some other key ingredients.

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Below you’ll see the step-by-step directions, and please keep in mind these can be altered to suit your kitchen. No mixer? Use a whisk and bowl! Don’t want to fry? Bake the batter in mini muffin tins!

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First, proof 1 packet of yeast in 1 cup of apple cider.

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Then, after it’s foamy, add in 2.5 cups of oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

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Add 3 eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 2 Tbsp. of canola oil.

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Then, add in one cup of white rice flour and mix well.

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Next, add 2 Tablespoons white sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons nutmeg

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Finally, stir in one large chopped apple.

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Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

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Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

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Stack artfully and admire your handiwork.

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Gluten-Free Apple Cider Fritters

Ingredients

Fritters

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • oil for frying

Cinnamon-sugar topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cinnamon

Directions

First, proof the packet of yeast in the apple cider.

Then, after it’s foamy, add in the oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

Add the eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in the unsweetened applesauce and canola oil.

Then, add in the white rice flour and mix well.

Next, add the white sugar,cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Finally, stir in the apple.

Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

If baking:

Drop the batter into prepared muffin tins and bake at 375*F until done, about 12-15 minutes. When done, brush the tops of the muffins with apple cider, then dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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Enjoy these gluten-free bites of fall!


 

Gluten Free Friday – Apple Cobbler Surprise September 30, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 7:29 am
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Welcome to Gluten Free Friday!!

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After our little apple picking adventure, I realized that we have a lot of apples now.  And one can only eat so many apples.  Time to get cooking.

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I called up my baking guru, Mara, and asked her to share with me her recipe for cobbler topping.  We had made this together once, and it was really good.  And easy.  My favorite combo.

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She calls this topping Cup Cup Stick:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter

Mix until crumbly

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See? I told you it was easy!!

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Now it’s time to create some cobbler!

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First, gather stuff.  You will need your Cup Cup Stick ingredients, and in our case, that meant grabbing some gluten free flour.  I decided to give Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix a shot here.  I’ve already made awesome pancakes, so it seems like a good choice for a pre-mixed GF flour.  You will also need whatever you want to go on the inside.  I needed apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and raspberries.

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First I peeled and chopped up the apples.  I mixed half with a brown sugar/cinnamon mix.  There’s no special measurements here.  Just go until it tastes good to you.

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I decided to use a large cup muffin tin (does it look familiar?  See I do use it to cook too!) so I could create 2 different kinds of individual cobblers.

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Since I knew this would be cooking for a long time, I re-thought putting those raspberries in right away, and removed them for the first bout of cooking time.

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I put those into the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

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in the meantime, I put together the Cup Cup Stick

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After the half hour was done, I added the raspberries back in, and covered each section with the crumbled topping.  Back into the oven for another half an hour.

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So, at this point you may be wondering what exactly is the “surprise” part of this recipe.  Here it is…

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SURPRISE!!!  It’s a disaster!!

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Just when the kitchen was starting to smell good, and I could hear some sizzling, I thought I would check on my creation.  What I found was a far cry from the lovely crumbly browned cobbler I was seeing in my head.  And that sizzling sound was coming from the bottom of my oven, which was now burning, smoking, and stinky.

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Cobbler Fail.

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So why would I show this to you?  Why would I dedicate a Gluten Free Friday to a mess of a dessert?  Well, there are 2 reasons.

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First…I have read in so many place that gluten free baking is very difficult.  I jumped into this dish thinking I was going to figure it out, no problem.  What I have failed to understand is that GF flour is not wheat flour.  It doesn’t act the same.  There has to be some trial and error.  I have made several batches of cookies that have bombed worse than this dish, and I get upset every time.  I’m finally realizing that I need to learn how to bake gluten free, and remember that it’s a whole different ball game.  I hope that by showing you my ah ha moment, you will not be hard on yourself if you come across the same problems.  But I hope you don’t =)

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The second reason for showing you this is that even though it looked all crazy and messy, this dessert tasted pretty darn good.  I’m not entirely sure what happened with my (non-)crumble, but it turned into something that tasted almost like caramel.  So even though it wasn’t really cobbler…or pretty…

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…when everyone says they love it, and gobble down their share, I call that a modified win!

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I guess when life throws you a destroyed cobbler, you should make a caramely/apple-cinnamony/raspberry-y treat!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Southwesty Crock Pot Chicken September 23, 2011

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 11:57 am
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Welcome to Gluten Free Friday! 

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And…Welcome to the first day of Fall!! Hurray!!

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Today I have another yummy crock pot meal to share with you that I found over at The Larson Lingo.  I stuck with the same ingredients, but since the lovely Mel mentioned that it was a little soupy, I made a few modifications.  Mainly, I thawed the chicken first.  This gave me the chance to trim it as well.  So anyways…let’s get to it!!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of chicken breast
  • 1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese
  • 1 can of corn (drained)
  • 1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can of rotel (optional: slightly drain)

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Put everything into the crock pot.  (You cannot see it, but the chicken is under all that yummyness)

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Cook on Low for 6-8 hours.  Stir halfway through.  About 45 minutes before you are ready to serve, shred the chicken and return it to the pot.

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We chose to serve it over brown rice, but I think this would be amazing on nacho chips too.  Season as you see fit.  If you like a spicy kick in your food, you could add a little hot sauce or chili powder.

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It does look a little beige because of the cream cheese, but don’t let that fool you.  This is bursting with flavor!

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I was expecting lots of leftovers, but we all went back for seconds so there was just one little container to put in our fridge.  Looks like this meal will grace our tables again in the near future!

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Have a wonderful Fall weekend everyone!!

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Lizz

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