Chicken and Dumplings
I'm suppose to be writing up spring recipes at this time of year, however the weather isn't cooperating. While the sun is coming out at some point most days, the temperatures are staying cold. This means that comfort food is still in order. Chicken and dumplings is one of my favorite comfort foods, however this makes such a big batch it is hard for my husband and I to finish it over a couple of nights so I usually end of freeze some of it.
Pulled Chicken Tacos
If you often need a quick weeknight meal that your family will actually enjoy, pulled chicken is a great solution. It is something that you can cook a large batch of then just have on hand to use throughout the week with different things. These tacos are just one idea, but you can take the pulled chicken part and apply it to a number of recipes.
Baked Pork Chops with Maple Baked Apples
My sister was here a couple of weekends ago and I gave her a mini cooking lesson. She is not much of a cook, but she is getting more and more interested in it. She is trying to gain knowledge and skills everywhere she can. I thought this was a great recipe for her. It had multiple steps so she could learn a number of things, but it wasn't too diffiicult. She did a wonderful job (except for all of the food that she dropped on the floor)
Cost: $12 which is about $3 per serving to feed 4
Quick tip: You could also do this with a pork loin. It will just take longer to cook.
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili with Quinoa
I recently put this recipe together for Snikiddy as their monthly recipe. It goes great with their Eat Your Vegetables chips. I originally found this recipe on Sweettreatsandmore.com then adapted it from there. There are a lot of things that I like about this recipe. One being the simplicity of it with the crockpot. Another is the addition of the quinoa. It is a great source of protein, it adds some texture but it won't bother your family. Your kids will hardly know it is there and yet they will be getting so many benefits from it. Play with the spice level as you wish. We like spice in our house but the version below is not very spicy. If you don't have a slow cooker you could also do this in a dutch oven or on the stove top in a large pot.
This is a classic Italian dish and people always make it differently. Most people will use chicken with the bone in but I find the boneless easier to eat. This is a pretty simple dish, that you can choose to customize how you want. It is perfect served over pasta with a little parm served on top. Makes great leftovers too, so make a big batch and eat it twice this week.