Mmm… Monday! Crockpot Chimichanga Recipe

It’s been a while since I did an Mmm… Monday recipe. This week I’ve decided to feature a recipe that has quickly become a favorite. There’s not really a hard-set recipe for this, so I’ll just explain what I did the last time-ish…. ish because it’s not measured.

Enchilada - Filling

Filling the tortilla

 

Crockpot Chimichanga

Ingredients

  • Frozen chicken breasts/strips.. about 2 pounds
  • Small amount of chicken broth (maybe 1/4 cup)
  • 8oz package of cream cheese
  • Your favorite salsa
  • Your favorite tortillas (large are best)

 

1. Put the chicken breasts in your crockpot.

2. Add a little bit of chicken broth… not too much as it’ll make it too soupy. If you don’t have chicken broth, you could probably skip it or just add a little bit of water.

3. Add a bit of salsa on top.

All finished! Mmmm... so much yum!

All finished! Mmmm… so much yum!

4. Cook on low for 10 or so hours.

5. When finished, add block of cream cheese and stir in until mixed together.

6. Spoon into tortillas and fold sides in and roll to seal closed.

7. Place enchiladas on a baking sheet, edges down, and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

8. Flip the enchilada and bake on opposite side for 7-10 minutes.

9. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

 

Note: These are great to freeze after baking so they can be easily used as quick meals later. 

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Mmm… Monday – Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

I love love LOVE Olive Garden’s Pasta Fagioli. I was so excited when I found this recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking (awesome site). It is one of the most delicious recipes ever. And it makes a lot. I mean… a lot. It fills up my 6 quart Crockpot nearly to the brim. So basically, it’s dinner for two, plus lunch for both of us for nearly the whole week. I generally make it on Sundays so we don’t have to worry about lunches for the majority of the week.

I pretty much do the recipe as-is, but I usually do slightly less Tabasco sauce because I’m not big on it being too spicy… even at the full amount, it’s not THAT spicy (and I’m a wimp), but I like it a little less. I also use ground turkey and add about three cups of fresh spinach to it, just to add in some more healthiness.

It’s actually pretty healthy and is only about 330 calories per serving, except it is quite high in sodium, unfortunately.

Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

Ingredients 

Nothing better than Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

Nothing better than Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

– 1 lb lean ground beef (I use ground turkey)
– 1/2 large red onion, chopped
– 1 cup carrots, chopped
– 2 celery stalks, chopped
– 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with with juice
– 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
– 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
– 4 cups beef broth (I use the low sodium to help combat the sodium in the recipe)
– 1 jar (26 oz) pasta (marinara) sauce
– 2 teaspoons oregano
– 1 tablespoon Tabasco
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
– 1/2 cup dry pasta TO ADD AT END OF COOKING TIME (I use ditalini pasta to make it more like Olive Garden’s)

Directions

1. Brown the meat on stovetop, and drain well. Set aside and let cool a bit.
2. Chop the carrots, celery, and onions and add to the Crockpot (remember to use a 6 quart or larger, or cut the recipe down).
3. Drain and rinse both cans of beans and add to Crockpot.
4. Add the whole cans of tomatoes and the jar of pasta sauce.
5. Add the beef broth.
6. Add the salt, pepper, oregano, and Tabasco sauce.
7. Stir Crockpot.
8. Add in the meat, and stir.
9. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4… it really tastes better doing it for 8 hours, but it is still ok with 4.
10. The original recipe says to add the pasta and cook on low for another hour… I generally add it at hour 7 when cooking on low, or do wait until after the 4th hour of it on high and then cook on low for another hour. Either way works.

Note: It doesn’t look like much pasta when you put it in, but it really does swell a lot and will be the perfect amount. 

Enjoy!

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Mmm… Monday #17: Jam Oatmeal Bars

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
~Author Unknown

I have no idea why I generally only make these cookies around Christmas time. I think I’m going to have to make these more often. Every year, I forget how incredibly awesome they are. Until I bite into one. Mmm.

I just want to gobble this up.

Now, I make these with my homemade raspberry jam, but any type of jam will work. However, I will have to admit that the homemade raspberry is the best jam in the world! Yeah, I’m a bit biased.

These are quite easy to make.

Jam Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups butter/margarine
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup thick jam

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients.
  3. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4. Press 2/3 of mixture into 11″x7″ glass baking dish.
  5. Spread jam and top with remaining crumbs.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Cool and cut into bars.

I hope you enjoy them!

Mmm… Monday #16: No Bake Cookies

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
~Author Unknown

I make anywhere between 17 and 23 dozen cookies each Christmas season. I also bake bread and make homemade jam. I generally give most of them away to family, friends and co-workers. This year, I have no family and no co-workers and just a smattering of new friends in my new home state.

One of the types cookies I make pretty much only at Christmas are No Bake Cookies. I have no idea why I don’t make them at other times during the year because they are SO easy and literally only take about 15 minutes from start to finish. Oh wait… probably because I don’t need to eat them year-round 😉

I thought No Bake Cookies were pretty much something everyone made  so I never put in my recipe section here, but some of my Twitter friends said they don’t have recipes for it. So here it is:

Mmmm... total chocolate and peanut butter yumminess!

No Bake Cookies

Cook and boil the following for 1-2 minutes and then take off the heat:
– 1/4 pound (4oz) of stick butter
– 2 cups of sugar
– 1/2 cup of milk
– 3 tablespoons of cocoa

After removing from heat, add the following:
– 1/2 cup peanut butter
– 1 teaspoon vanilla (but I generally add 2 teaspoons because I love vanilla so much)
–  3 cups of quick oats

Stir well and then drop from spoon onto waxed paper. Let cool and harden. Enjoy!

See? Now wasn’t that easy?

Mmm… Monday #15: Homemade Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.
~Jim Davis

Huzzy loves carrot cake. It’s his favorite dessert. So for his birthday (and just before he left on last deployment… not this one, but the one previous), I made a homemade carrot cake for him. Complete with homemade cream cheese frosting.

This recipe came from a lovely restaurant in my hometown that has since closed down (obviously not because of this awesome carrot cake!)

Carrot Cake  

Ingredients
1/4 cup oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Bake in a 9″ x 13″ greased and floured pan.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until done.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

8 ounces of cream cheese
1/4 cup of margarine
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of confectioners (powdered) sugar

Directions

  1. Melt margarine.
  2. Beat margarine in with cream cheese.
  3. Add powdered sugar as desired.
  4. Uh… don’t put the frosting on the cake until the cake is cooled 😉

Note: This frosting is awesome, but it is sweet and rich!

Enjoy!!

Mmm… Monday #13: Homemade Applesauce

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
-Proverb

I made this recipe the other day and it’s absolutely divine. I’m not exactly sure where I got it because I wrote it down a while ago.

Peel, cut and core the apples.

This is perfect for anyone… even toddlers. I gave a batch of it to my friend who has a toddler and they nearly fought over it!

And bonus… it makes your house smell a-mazing!

Crockpot Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 8 large apples (I used Gala and they were perfect… not too sweet, not too tart)
  • 5-6  tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of water

    Ready to cook!

  • 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  1. Skin the apples and cut into quarters (take the cores out, of course) and place into slow cooker.
  2. Add in the liquid ingredients and mix.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients.

    All done. Looks perfect!

  4. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. At about 4 1/2 hours, I mashed up the apples with a potato masher and let them cook for the rest of the six hours. The six hours to me was perfect… still some small chunks of apple, but the chunks were so soft that they melted in your mouth. Perfect for a little kid because they won’t choke… or an adult like me who likes stuff that actually tastes homemade and not totally processed.

This made somewhere around six to eight cups of applesauce. I froze some of it and it was still awesome (and was a great frozen treat as it was thawing!)

Enjoy… let me know how it works out for you!

Mmm.. Monday #12: Pumpkin Bread

Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.
~Jim Davis

My mom made an amazing pumpkin bread last year and this year I decided to try it. It is soooo yummy, so I thought I’d share it with all of you!

Ingredients

Combine ingredients one at a time.

4 eggs beaten
3c sugar
2c pumpkin
1c oil
½ c water
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 1/3 cups flour

Directions

Almost ready.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the ingredients in order, one at a time.
  3. Spray baking pans with cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter into baking pans approximately 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for approximately one hour.

    Mmmm

NOTE: This recipe makes 2 large loaves or approximately eight small ones. I filled my small loaf pans too full (I filled them to the top).