One of 365 plus ways to cook chicken #MFRWauthor #popperchicken

Holy Cow!  It’s already week 49 of the 52-week MFRW blog challenge. This year is going by fast. But no worries a little elf tells me we will be back next year with more new topics! This weeks topic is a favorite recipe. I hate I can only do one!

At my house, we have the running joke that I can make chicken every day of the year and never make it the same twice.  My son would recite the line from The Movie Forrest Gump but change the Shrimp to Chicken.

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That brings me to my recipe. my newest addition to my repertoire… Low carb Jalapeno popper chicken. Its a new favorite of mine and i make it more than once a week. My son even likes it though e is glad he no longer lives here and only eats it on occasion.

I found the original recipe here. At Aunt Bee’s Recipes 

When My grandies, son, and wife are eating I double the recipe.  I season the chicken with creole seasoning before baking. and right now I have fresh jalapenos from the garden.I also substitute onion powder or minced onion for the onion and add some garlic to the cheese mixture.

Two of my family didn’t care for the skins so we use Ritz crackers crumbled with parmesan cheese and butter on theirs.  It’s not low carb but those are not following low carb diets.

If only needing two or three cut that recipe in half. ( I recommend making at least an extra for lunch!)

Now I want a batch! Guess what we are having for dinner tonight!
By the way with all the recipes I have, the internet and cookbooks I have I bet I could do chicken every night for about 5 years and not repeat! LOL

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This is a blog hop so let’s go see what recipes the other authors are sharing!

 

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Foodie Friday~~~Hobo packs

Hi, Y’all. This week I was all geared up to make a nice memorial day post with pictures of the family, my new grill, and some recipes.  Earlier this week I slipped off the porch and messed up the ligaments in my ankle and am unable to stand. I have a splint and crutches but its hard to do anything hopping on one foot holding the blasted things. I’m not sure if the kids are coming over and taking over the cooking or if it will just be hubby and I.  I don’t like being waited on so I think we may postpone for a few weeks.   I will probably also cook in the oven as well since I don’t see me hopping down the back porch steps to grill.

A great meal that is easy and quick as well are hobo packs. They are so many ways to make these, and you can also easily customize them for each family member.

A basic my husband makes the Hamburger, potato.

1 lb hamburger

1 medium potato per person ( peeled and cubed)

1 onion we like sweet or red (sliced or chopped)

1 bell pepper or a few colorful sweet peppers ( chopped)

fresh mushrooms(optional but I love them)(chopped)

Garlic (optional I love it he doesn’t)

Salt, pepper

Aluminum foil

The one pound will make four packs, or you can make one large one. We usually make two half pounders.

Cut the foil into the sizes you need

Put the meat down( you can make a patty or crumble it—we like the crumbles) Add the potatoes, vegetables, and season well. Fold the foil up and roll it making sure it’s tightly sealed, or you will have a mess.( it is best to use heavy duty)  If baking in the oven, use a sheet pan for easy removal and to keep spills t a minimum. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes open the bake about 10 to brown the potatoes a bit if desired. The kids like cheddar cheese added as well.

 

Another foil pack we like is done with chicken breast. It is the same, but I add some frozen or fresh green beans, broccoli or asparagus( fresh works best).

Pork chops are delicious cooked in foil too. You can substitute the potatoes for sweet potatoes and/ or add apples.

Pork loin makes a good fall choice with root veggies such as turnips, carrots, potatoes, and apples too.

My mom used this method a lot when we camped when I was young. She called them hobo pouches.  Now I call them easy since there is little cleanup. Cooke dump on the plate, toss foil. Voila!

Have you ever cooked in foil?   Do you have a favorite recipe you cook in foil?

Drunken Chicken Part Deaux

Hello everyone. If you didn’t read last week’s post about whole chicken cooked in wine, check it out because this week I am making not one more meal from the same chicken, but two. That’s right. I got three meals for two from one chicken actually four since the enchiladas fed dad and I twice. I even used the leftover au jus for gravy last night and it was the best I have made in a long time.

Last week dad and I had the leg quarters for dinner leaving the backbones and breast meat.

To make the enchiladas, I took and shredded the meat into a dish and took out a smaller bowl for chicken salad ,the other I made chicken enchiladas.

For the enchiladas I took about 2 cups of meat, cooked it in a skillet with diced onion and a packet of  taco seasoning with a cup of water. I cooked it down and let it sit about half an hour. I shredded some Monterey Jack cheese and some sharp cheddar about 4 ounces each .  I put about 1/4 cup salsa verde in bottom of a baking dish.

Six 10 inch flour tortillas and divide the chicken among each and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese in each. Roll burrito style and place in dish. Cover with salsa verde bake about 15 minutes until hot and bubbly add cheese  put back in oven for a few minutes to melt cheese.

Serve with diced tomatoes, pico de gallo quacame sour cream and any other condiments you like. If you have a bigger family you can serve with rice and retried beans to make it a meal .

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for the chicken salad I simply added diced celery, onion and a small amount of Mayo.  It was simple and yummy.

Do you have any recipes you like that you cook once and get two meals?

 

My masterchef in the making

Romance on the menu spring 2015

 This weekend my oldest stepdaughter had her visitation with her three kids my step grandies. Stepgrandie 2 loves to cook. whenever she comes, she likes to help me in the kitchen. Friday night we made simple brownies. She is only 9 but knew how to double the ingredients to make two boxes. she also knew to get all the powder in the brownies. They were delicious. the only problem was…. she had wanted to make them fancy.  The next time I will let her to a brownie Sunday or frost them. I have lots of nice dishes to plate them on.

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Saturday she announced she wanted to make dessert again and I wasn’t in the mood. on Facebook a friend showed me some cute snack ideas made from fruits and veggies.There were apples cut like owls, banana and strawberry race cars, kiwi and grape turtles and a bell pepper octopus in ranch dressing. Wen my kids were young they liked snow on trees ( broccoli and ranch and ants on a log cream cheese on celery with raisins or carrot sticks with peanut butter and raisins. She told me whe she grows up she wants to be a MasterChef. actually she said she wants to be on the children’s Masterchef show. She will make a fine one.

My friend sent  one of bananas  that look like dolphins in a sea of grapes with a ball(grape in its mouth) I figured this would be the perfect thing for Anna to make. She made a few adjustments adding kiwi and strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream to be them sea foam. they were simple enough she could make herself..

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I think she did a fine job. It was healthy, fun for her to make, and not too expensive since we used up fruit from the fruit bowl.

Do you have any simple, healthy snacks you like to make? Do you have a MasterChef in the making?

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