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Salmon Avocado Rice Bowls

Salmon Avocado rice bowls a perfect addition to your summer menu and is part of our summer series recipes. Salmon is light, healthy and quick so you’ll have more time to spend with your family rather than cooking in the kitchen. This is also a great way to introduce kids to fish since this recipe has lots of sweet flavors to mask the any fishy taste. Its definitely a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 4 cup jasmine rice (1 cup per person)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt
  • 1 cup lime, juice only
  • 4 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp chicken or vegatable stock
  • 1 lb salmon fillets, skin off
  • 1 ripe avocado

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Cook rice per package instructions.
  3. Heat a cooking pan on medium-high heat. Add stock, 1 tbsp of honey, 1/2 cup lime juice and 2 tbsp cilantro to pan. (Save remaining ingredients for next steps).
  4. Simmer the mixture for about a minute, remove from heat and mix with rice. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Line a backing sheet with aluminum foil.
  6. Mix remaining lime juice, honey, and together in a bowl then rub mixture onto salmon fillets. Sprinkle salt on salmon as desired. NOTE: Glaze will run down salmon onto baking sheet and will burn. This is ok, the fish is not burning.
  7. Bake salmon 12-15 minutes.
  8. Divide rice among bowls and top with salmon fillet. Top with sliced avocado, lime juice, and salt to taste. Enjoy!

Surviving Chaos

  • Rice: Pre-cook rice the day before to speed of cook time.
  • Chili Powder: Add a 1/4 tsp of chili powder to add a little spice!
  • Noodles: Substitute thin noodles for rice to change up the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Slow cooker lemon garlic chicken works not matter the season and is a super easy recipe to make. Its easy to customize and you can make a little or a lot. Add some rice or pasta and you’ve got a weeknight meal the whole family will love. Enjoy!!

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp Chicken bouillon granules
  • 3 tsp lemon juice

Let’s Make It!

  1. In a bowl mix oregano, salt and pepper then rub mixture all over chicken.
  2. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat and brown chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  3. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  4. In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic and bouillon and bring mixture to a boil. Pour over chicken in slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 hours. Add parsley to slow cooker 15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.

Surviving Chaos

  • Chicken Broth: Substitute chicken broth for the water to enhance the flavor.
  • Slow Cooker Liner: Use a slow cooker liner for easy clean up.
  • Cornstarch: Use cornstarch to thicken the sauce
  • Leftovers: Leftovers last 2-3 days in the refrigerator, perfect for quick weeknight dinners.

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Hearty Beef Stew

Beef Stew

For all those cold winter days, how about a beef stew to keep you warm. This recipe is easy to make, savory, hearty and easy to customize. Its super healthy because it is packed with lots of vegetables and its a family favorite all winter long. Bon Appetite!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of beef for stewing (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Carrots
  • 1/2 cup of Onion
  • 1/2 cup of chopped Celery
  • 1 cup of quartered Red Potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 & 1/3 cup of water

Let’s Make It!

  1. Place meat and vegetables into Crock-pot
  2. Combine spices together in separate bowl then add to Crock-pot mixture
  3. Add 1 and 1/3 cup of water to Crock-pot
  4. Mix ingredients together and cover with lid
  5. Cook on LOW for 7 hours or HIGH for 4 hours

Surviving Chaos

  • Freeze It: Divide up your beef stew for easy freezing and you’ll have quick weeknight meals or lunch options
    • Beef stew can be stored for up to 3 months in the freezer
  • Use slow cooker liners in your Crock-Pot for easy clean up

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Slow Cooker Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Tuesdays are for tacos or so the saying goes. But how about a twist….Taco Soup! If your looking to change up your Tuesday dinner routine, put some soup on!!! This slow cooker recipe is a perfect addition to your fall or winter Taco Tuesdays; the longer it cooks, the deeper the flavor. And don’t forget to pair it with some avocado and tortilla strips. Buen Provecho!!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 14.5 oz canned low sodium pinto beans, drained
  • 14.5 oz canned low sodium black beans, drained
  • 14.5 oz canned diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 14.5 oz canned corn, drained
  • 2 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth
  • 1.25 oz taco seasoning

Let’s Make It!

  • Add all ingredients to Crock-Pot
  • Cook on LOW 4 hours (up to 8 is fine)
    • The longer the soup cooks, the deeper the flavor
  • Remove chicken and shred/chop
  • Return chicken to soup. Enjoy!!!

Surviving Chaos

  • Vegetarian option: Leave the meat out entirely and add more of you favorite beans.
  • Don’t forget to freeze: This soup freezes really well for up to 2 months.
    • Freeze in small portions for quick and easy lunches.
  • Customize it: Switch out the chicken for ground beef or ground turkey.
    • Be sure to brown the ground beef or turkey first.
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Slow Cooker Crock-Pot Chicken

Looking for a meal that can feed the family all week but only takes a day to cook? Check out this Crock-Pot recipe for a whole chicken. Yes, you can put a whole chicken in the Crock-Pot!!! This meal really comes in handy when I know we have a busy week of gymnastics, piano, work events, etc coming up. Make it on Sunday and you can use the leftover chicken for lunches or dinner the rest of the week. With all my recipes, this one is easy to customize, healthy and only takes a couple of ingredients. Bon Appetit!!

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pounds whole chicken
  • 6 stalks of celery, cut in half
  • 2 carrots cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces of red potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil

Let’s Make it!

  1. Arrange celery, carrots, garlic, rosemary and thyme into a 6 quart slow cooker bowl. The chicken will rest on top of the vegetables.
  2. Combine salt, paprika, black pepper, and olive oil in a bowl to make a seasoning paste.
  3. Remove giblets and neck from chicken (this items may have been removed before the chicken was packaged). Dry the chicken with a paper towel.
  4. Spread the seasoning paste evenly over the chicken.
  5. Place the chicken breast side up on top of the vegetables inside the Crock-Pot.
  6. Cover and cook on High for 4-5 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.

Surviving Chaos

  • Use the leftover chicken to make chicken salad for lunch.
  • Add barbeque sauce to the leftover chicken and broil in the oven for 10 minutes for a quick weeknight dinner.
  • Make a gravy with the juices from the slow cooker by adding butter and flour.

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