Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Cookouts!)

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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Mexican Chicken and Quinoa Recipe

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My family absolutely loves Mexican food, but often times Mexican food can be pretty unhealthy so I’m always looking for a healthy alternative. As I was meal planning this week I remembered this recipe video that I saw on Facebook for Mexican Quinoa however, my husband does not enjoy vegetarian meals so I knew he’d be less than happy if I made it for dinner. To keep my man happy, I made several adaptions to the recipe to better suit my family’s taste and I must say that it turned out amazing! An added bonus, as a one pot meal it was so easy to make and clean up was a snap! [Read more...]

Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos (+ How to Start with Grilled Chicken)

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 Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Jamie here!  I realized the other day that although I make this dish EVERY WEEK (no kidding – we just don’t tire of it) - I’ve never taken the time to give it it’s own recipe post.  Maybe it just seems so simple to me that it doesn’t deserve any fuss – but it’s so vitally important to my weekly menu-plan that I finally had to write about it!

I hope you’ll like it, and after adjusting it to your taste, it becomes a handy staple to fall back on as well :)  Nothing like just walking over and scooping something out of your crock pot right when your whole crew starts complaining of being hungry….

 

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Jamie here, if you’ve been looking for yummy crockpot recipes to make tonight easy – here’s one of my family’s favorites!

This Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is so darn good – warm, filling, bursting with flavor and textures – with great chunks of chicken.  PLUS – any soup that’s leftover can do double-duty as the filling for this Easy Cheesy Enchiladas recipe here!  (Just skip all the steps involving the filling, instead using this plus cheese to fill them)

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Homemade Taco Seasoning in Bulk! (+ Organic Option)

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Jamie here!  Between my husband and four boys, we really know how to shovel in some food at suppertime.  One of the cheapest and most-loved dinners I can make is Taco Night.  Or Enchilada Night.  Or Quesadilla Night.  Or Chicken Fajita Night… you get the picture. (See all our Mexican Recipes here!)

But I can’t tell you how many times I’ve got my meat browning and I reach up to the spice cabinet for taco seasoning, only to realize I’m out.  “ARRGGHH!!” (so frustrating).

 

Here’s the “bulk taco seasoning” I bought at the store – but no more of that!

Also, paying $1 per package is not cost-effective, not when you can make your own taco seasoning in bulk!  So today, I’m sharing a recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning.  I used this one and this one as the basis for mine, one has been rated 5 Stars 2300 times, and one is from the Taste of Home Test Kitchens.  It has to be good, right?

Basic Recipe: (2-3 Tbsp = 1 Package)

  • 1/2 Cup chili powder
  • 1/4 Cup ground cumin
  • 2 Tsp of Onion Powder or 2 Tbsp of Dried Minced Onion
  • 2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Pepper (If you like it spicy, sub out part of the black pepper with cayenne)
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 Tsp Cornstarch  (This will give it that little bit of thickening agent that most packages have)

Put it all in a jar or storage container and shake it like a polaroid picture.  2-3 Tablespoons of this is equivalent to one packet of seasoning.  This will make enough to last about 8-10 dinners, depending on how much you use each time.

The best part is that you’ll know EXACTLY what is in it -and what’s not in it (MSG, maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate, silicon dioxide, theoxyquin and BHT, partially hydrogenated soybean oil)

Great Deal on Organic Bulk Spices:

Interested in making it organic, and getting a really good deal on bulk spices?  Amazon is having an AWESOME sale on Frontier Certified Organic Spices in bulk bags – they are marked down as low as 60% OFF!  Go in with a few friends to buy these and divide them up amongst yourselves for less out of pocket expense.

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