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Crock Pot Mexican Pork

Yesterday did not feel like spring!  It was right under the  freezing point most of the day and it snowed all afternoon.  

I decided that something warm and hearty would be a perfect dinner!!!

Plus, anytime I can make dinner at 8:00 am and not have to worry about it the rest of the day I’m happy!!!

I used my Ninja for this easy dinner.

favorite crock pot!
favorite crock pot!

pork roast (mine was right at 5 pounds)
2 packets taco seasoning (feel free to make your own – I went the easy route!)
1 can of green chilies
minced garlic (I used about a tablespoon)
chopped onion (I used 1/2 of a large onion)
1 c water
1 can diced tomatoes

Put pork in crock pot.  (I put it in frozen.)  Mix all of the other ingredients and pour over the pork.  Cook on low about 10 hours.  

Shred the meat the last hour or so of cooking –

shredded ready to go
shredded ready to go

I served this over rice.

dished up ready to eat
dished up ready to eat

You could also eat this in a tortilla with sour cream and cheese which is what Hunter and Chris chose to do.  Jordan enjoyed his over rice like me.  

Besides being a simple dish, this is nice because it makes PLENTY!!!  We love left-overs around here!!!


Chicken Spinach Bake

tasty stuff
tasty stuff

 I love all of the ingredients and mix  of flavors in this dish – just remember, don’t hold back on the seasoning!!!

not shown - salt, pepper, dried basil and oregano
not shown – salt, pepper, dried basil, oregano and garlic powder

1 bag of spinach
1/2 c chicken broth
chicken – I used 8 chicken tenders but you could use breast or even things if you like
salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano to taste
dried basil (next time I will use fresh)
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
green onions, chopped (I used 5)
Feta cheese


Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly spray pan with cooking spray.  

Put spinach in pan.

looks like a ton of spinach!
looks like a ton of spinach!

Pour chicken broth over spinach.  Top with chicken and season liberally!

seasoned and ready to go
seasoned and ready to go

Sprinkle tomatoes and green onions over chicken.

love all the color!
love all the color!

Cover tightly with foil and cook about 25 minutes.  Add cheese and cook 10-15 more minutes depending on the size of your chicken.

Love Feta with tomatoes!
Love Feta with tomatoes!

The boys liked this a lot – even with Chris gone we ate all but 1 piece of chicken!  (Teen age boys love food!)

I think this will be something we have again (it is rare for me to make the same thing more than once) – I think there are lots of ways you could change this up just a bit which I love to do when I cook.  

Greek Barley Salad

Sadly, even at my age (44) there are many foods that for one reason or another, I have never tried.  This is the year that I’m working on changing that!!

Hopefully when my boys are adults, they will have many less ingredients on their list of things they have never tried!!!

Barley  Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 7.20.32 PMis one of those things that I had never tried.

However, this week I changed that not only for myself but also for my husband and boys!!!

Greek Barley Salad

Greek Barley Salad

  • 1 t olive oil
  • 3 c chicken broth
  • 1 c uncooked pearl barley
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • 1 container (4 oz) Feta cheese
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 t grated lemon rind
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T minced fresh basil
  • 1 t minced fresh thyme
  • 1 t red wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • minced garlic (3 cloves or 1.5 t)

Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add barley.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer 35 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.  

Combine barley, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, olives and feta in a large bowl.

Combine oil, lemon rind and juice, basil, thyme, vinegar, salt and garlic; stir well.  Add to barley mixture and mix well.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.

this was so tasty!!
this was so tasty!!

And, if you wanted to turn this into a meal (especially in the summer), you could easily add some chicken!!

Caprese Chicken Wraps

Caprese might be one of my favorite combinations of flavors ever – mozzarella, tomatoes and basil!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 7.04.57 PMThe other night for dinner I took those flavors and turned them into a delicious meal!!!

This was actually the first time that I’ve ever used flatbreads but it won’t be the last time!!!

Caprese Chicken Wraps

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T white wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 head chopped Romaine lettuce
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped (I used less than a cup)
  • 1/2 c fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 container grape tomatoes, quartered
  • minced garlic (about a just over a teaspoon)
  • 4 flatbreads
  • 1 bag diced cooked chicken breast
this stuff is a lifesaver!
this stuff is a lifesaver!

Combine oil, vinegar, salt and pepper with a fork or whisk.  Add lettuce, chicken, cheese, tomatoes and basil – toss to coat.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Coat with cooking spray.  Place 1 flatbread at a time in skillet and cook about 1 minute per side to soften.

Put chicken mixture on flatbread – 

loaded up
loaded up

Fold and eat!!!

ready to eat
ready to eat

This was delicious!  I think that in the summer it will be a regular!!!


Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

I love chili – all types!!!  I really like white chicken chili!  And, if it can be made in the crock pot then it is a definite winner in my book!!!

This recipe is super easy and delicious!!  I’ve made it 2 different times and both times it has been a meal that we end up scraping all of it out of the crock pot!!!

White Chicken Chili

  • about 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 – 2  T vegetable oil
  • garlic – I did about a spoonful
  • chicken – I always used diced, cooked chicken breast

    this stuff is a lifesaver!
    this stuff is a lifesaver!
  • 1 can Great Northern beans
  • 1 can green chilies
  • jalapeño, if desired – I used some from a can – about 2 spoonfuls
  • 2.5-3 c chicken broth
  • Oregano – I just shook some in about 1-2 t
  • cumin – again I just shook some in
  • salt, to tast
  • sour cream or plain yogurt – about 3 spoonfuls (I always use fat-free of either of these but you can use whatever style you choose!!)
  • shredded cheese, 1.5-2 c
ingredients dry ingredients
 dry ingredients

Saute the onion in the oil until tender.  Because I used my Ninja crock pot, I just did this right in the crock pot (no extra dishes to wash!!).

White Chicken Chili

Add the garlic, chicken, beans, green chills, jalapeño, oregano, cumin, salt and chicken broth.

ready to cook
ready to cook

Cook on low 4-6 hours.  

30 minutes before serving add sour cream or yogurt and cheese.

with yogurt and cheese
with yogurt and cheese

Heat through (about 20-30 minutes).

Serve and enjoy!!


The creaminess of this chili and the tiny bit of heat from the peppers make it the perfect winter dish!!!