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I know many of you work long hours, like I do, and when I get home I would love a nice hot home cooked meal fully prepared  … but ya right who am I kidding!

However, the next best thing is………………. THE CROCK POT!!!

I use to be so nervous to use it because I was always concerned with it catching fire, or burning down my kitchen while I was away… but once I started to use it, I fell in love with it! So much so I actually have 2!  Some of my favorite recipes come out of that bad boy!

When I make recipes in it, I usually get it all ready to go the night before, so that Josh can throw it on in the morning or at lunch. Mine has a ceramic  bowl that comes out so that’s what I put in the fridge.

But seriously, the possibilities are endless as to what you can cook in it.  So here is my latest, Josh is the one that actually threw it all together for me (ya, it’s that easy ;))  and he said it was a HOME- RUN!  So without further ado…

Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken
Original recipe at skinnytaste.com

Ingredients

  • 5-6 chicken breasts
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat-free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Directions
Combine all the ingredients (minus the chicken) together and put it in the crock pot, then top with chicken. Season the chicken with a little salt. Cook on low for about 10 hours or on high for 6. About half an hour before serving, take the chicken out and shred it using 2 forks. Put the shredded chicken back in the crock pot, give it a good mix, then it’s ready to eat when you are!

Servings: 8 servings, Size: 1 cup, Old Points: 3 pts, Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 190,  Fat: 1.5 g , Fiber: 5.6 g , Carbs: 23.1 g,  Protein: 21 g

See how easy that is!!And trust me, your belly will thank you!!

The even better part, it’s a WEIGHT WATCHERS dinner, of course you have to add points for the tortilla or rice or whatever you serve with it!!

We used it to make

  • tacos
  • quesadillas
  • taco salad 
  • what ever you want!!

So do your self a favor, throw these things together, and enjoy a nice warm cooked meal….courtesy of your crock pot 🙂

Enjoy

WEST OUT!

 

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I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

I know we did, there is nothing better than spending time with friends and blowing stuff up. Well OK, not the girls, but the guys had a field day with all their fireworks. For us girls, the key is to always STAY ON OUR TOES and apparently “don’t look up“… because of falling rockets (Sorry Jess, at least it wasn’t your eye 🙂 )

I’m just now getting to feel back to normal after my surgery a few weeks ago and man it feels good to be able to breath again! I was so blessed to have some many people to take care of me, especially my sweet husband (xoxo)!

Tuesday night me, Josh, Jess, Clay, Andrea, Nicole and Matt headed out to Roanoke to grab dinner at Brix Pizza (if you love thin crust, amazing pizza… you have to try this place. Even picky ol’ Clay liked it 😉 ) Then we pulled over on the side of the road (redneck style) , got out chairs and blanket, and watched some fire works . They were alright, I’ve seen better…

Then last night, we headed out to Haslet so the boys could shoot off fire works, and there were a lot of them!

(You can see why the wife’s were nervous we did however, brave some Roman Candles and sparklers 🙂 )

This is what we do to keep our mind off the guys shooting each other with fireworks… (thanks Clay for the picture)

I woke up yesterday morning looking for something to make so I could being over to the house… So there I was…in bed looking on Pinterest for inspiration… and lucky I came across a recipe for a Oreo truffle! I took a creative spin on what the recipe said and made it RED WHITE and BLUE (to be festive of course) If you know what a “dirt cup” is, this is basically that… minus the gummy worms, and as a kid it was one of my favorites! So In honor of Independence day… here is the recipe

Oreo Truffle

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Oreo, crushed
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 package french vanilla pudding
  • 1 package cheesecake pudding
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz cool whip, thawed

Directions

Cream together the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Then, in another bowl mix together milk, puddings, vanilla and cool whip. Add the cream cheese mixture to that bowl and mix until well combined. Then you get what ever bowl you are using and start layering with a Oreo , then pudding, then Oreo and continue until it’s all used, but try to top it off with Oreo. Chill at least an hour before serving.

If you want to add colors, I separated the pudding mixture into 3 bowls and picked the colors that I wanted to use. I actually doubled the recipe because my bowl was pretty big, so just gauge the size of your bowl to see if you will need more or not.  You can also get creative with the pudding choices!

I thought his was so yummy! But again, I love those dirt cups!

Anyway, I have several more yummy recipes to share with you coming up...so stay tuned!

Until next time,

WEST OUT