*EASY* White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Cool or rainy days are perfect opportunities to make this EASY White Chicken Chili Recipe.  If you’re looking for a good and healthy dinner option –  here it is!  It’s nothing fancy or difficult (which is why I love it) – but it does require a McCormick White Chicken Chili seasoning packet.    This is one of my Top 10 Favorite recipes because it’s cheap, easy, filling, and the whole family loves it.

NOTE: Chicken can be substituted with ground turkey for another healthy option. See the pic above!

White Chicken Chili:

  • McCormick White Chicken Chili Packet
  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Can of Great Northern Beans
  • Can of Corn, drained (Optional)
  • Can of Ro-tel or salsa(Optional)
  • Toppings: Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, cilantro, other fancy stuff
  • Water Note: If you add the rotel/salsa, you won’t need a full cup of water – because of the extra liquid.  Just start with a 1/2 cup!

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in BIG skillet just until no longer pink.  (Make sure you start with a BIG skillet, because this meal is really going to get a lot larger)  Stir in seasoning packet, water and beans.   If you want to add the rotel and corn option, now’s the time to do that too!

Bring to a boil, then cover.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or longer, stirring occasionally – let it thicken up the way you want it.

Total Cooking Time: About 15 – 20 Minutes.  Serves 4, or 6 if you add in the extra ingredients.

BIG FAMILY OPTION:

My family of 6 eats this stuff like it’s going out of style.  Adjustments I make to it go further:  I use (2) cans of beans, 1 1/2 packets of seasoning and a little more chicken.  I also serve ours with tortillas and shredded cheese and other taco fixings, to help fill everyone up even more. Keep in mind that you’ll need even LESS liquid if you plan to spoon onto tortillas.

If I serve this in a bowl, like traditional chili, I make sure to buy Ritz crackers, as they add some nice sweetness to an otherwise spicy dish.

My husband likes it as leftovers with tortilla chips while he watches football – so you might just want to make enough to have extras for the weekend!

Do you have a White Chicken Chili recipe you like?  Please share it with us in the comments!

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

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These healthy instant pot recipes will make you so glad you have an instant pot to help you out on busy days.  Anything that makes healthy eating a little more manageable is pretty worthwhile in my book!

Just in case you’ve been wondering “what the heck is an instant pot??” – it’s a modernized pressure cooker that takes the work (and time) out of cooking without the difficulty factor that scared many away from old fashioned pressure cookers.  For those of you considering it, here’s how to choose the right instant pot.

Ready to try out some new recipes in YOUR instant pot?  Check these out!

1. Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

2. Tortilla Soup

3. Pressure Cooker Applesauce

4. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

5. Quick Pressure Cooker Bone Broth

6. Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash

7. Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker

8. Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef

9. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

10. Simple Veggie Soup in the Instant Pot

Need more ideas?

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And check out our Instant Pot BEST Recipes Pinterest Board  - now with over 80 Instant Pot Recipes you’ll want to try!

More about the Instant Pot:

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer
  • Large, easy to use control panel with 14 built-in Smart Programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • Include 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French

If you struggle to get dinner on the table because of your hectic schedule – the Instant Pot might be a lifesaver for you! 

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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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.

See more recipes from our Recipe Box HERE!

 

Lemon Bars with Saltine Crackers

 

Jamie here!! Looking to change up your dessert routine?  You’re going to love the cool, creamy sweetness of lemon filling mixed with the crumbly, salty crust in these best-of-both worlds Lemon Bars with Saltine Crackers.  This is the PERFECT treat for Spring – an unexpected punch of flavor and all KINDS of texture!

But first, a quick word about treats…  My husband is one of the weird ones who doesn’t care for dessert.  He never wants a cake on his birthday or (gasp!) ice cream on a hot summer night.  So it wasn’t until the 3rd year of our marriage that I stumbled upon a treat that he actually asked me to make again – and it was these Lemon Bars.  Now I usually trade off between these and my easy Derby Pie recipe for his birthday dessert – and it’s always such a nice change to have these refreshing bars again!

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Lemons
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Stick of Softened Butter
  • 1 Sleeve of Saltine Crackers
  • Lemon Cake Mix (Try to get the kind with Pudding in the mix)

 

Directions:

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Before you begin, get the butter nice and soft.  I like to set it on the stove while the oven is preheating, turning it to the other side every minute or so.

 

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Crush the sleeve of saltines in a large ziploc bag with either a rolling pin or by rolling a glass over them.  Make the crumbs as small as possible!

In a large bowl, mix the lemon cake mix, 1 egg and softened butter together with an electric beater.  Stir in the saltine crumbs.  You may need to cut some of the dry ingredients into the butter with a fork. Work it together until you have coarse crumbs.  Measure out two cups of crumb mixture and set aside for later, press the rest of the mixture into a pre-greased 13 x 9″ pan.

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Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until edges of crust are golden brown.

In a medium bowl, mix together condensed milk, juice of 2 lemons and 3 egg yolks.  Really get as much juice as you can out of the lemons by rolling them on a flat surface to break down the inner membranes, and allowing them to get to room temp first (or microwave them for 10 seconds!)

Pour the filling onto the crust and spread evenly.  Top with the remaining crumb mixture and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until edge of topping is golden brown.

Cut into squares and refrigerate.  Makes 1 dozen large bars, or 2 dozen small ones.  *These are RICH, so you might want to go for the small squares!

Variations:

Try using vanilla wafers or graham crackers instead of saltines.  Don’t have fresh lemons?  Use lemon juice (about 1/2 cup) or even LIME juice would be yummy, I bet!

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Dessert
2 Dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Lemons
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Stick of Softened Butter
  • 1 Sleeve of Saltine Crackers
  • Lemon Cake Mix (Try to get the kind with Pudding in the mix)
Instructions
  1. Before you begin, get the butter nice and soft. I like to set it on the stove while the oven is preheating, turning it to the other side every minute or so.
  2. Crush the sleeve of saltines in a large ziploc bag with either a rolling pin or by rolling a glass over them. Make the crumbs as small as possible!
  3. In a large bowl, mix the lemon cake mix, 1 egg and softened butter together with an electric beater. Stir in the saltine crumbs. You may need to cut some of the dry ingredients into the butter with a fork. Work it together until you have coarse crumbs. Measure out two cups of crumb mixture and set aside for later, press the rest of the mixture into a pre-greased 13 x 9" pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until edges of crust are golden brown.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together condensed milk, juice of 2 lemons and 3 egg yolks. Really get as much juice as you can out of the lemons by rolling them on a flat surface to break down the inner membranes, and allowing them to get to room temp first (or microwave them for 10 seconds!)
  6. Pour the filling onto the crust and spread evenly. Top with the remaining crumb mixture and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until edge of topping is golden brown.
  7. Cut into squares and refrigerate. Makes 1 dozen large bars, or 2 dozen small ones. *These are RICH, so you might want to go for the small squares!

 

 

 

 

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

This homemade granola bars recipe is chock full of fruit and nuts and will keep you energized and satisfied well into the day!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/Fruit & Nuts

Jamie here! This past week my husband not-so-casually hinted that he was tired of our eating the exact same trail-mix granola bars every day on his way to work – and would I be up to the challenge of making some homemade granola bars just for him.  I’ve been wanting to make my own granola bars forever, so I was happy to try!
In fact, he’s also been trying to lower his cholesterol, and oats, nuts and blueberries are all very good for that.  After researching several recipes and reader comments, this is the homemade granola bars recipe I ended up using.  These turned out SOOO good, and they’re super filling.  You can customize it to include your favorite dried fruits, and use coconut oil in place of butter.  It’s perfect as an on-the-go breakfast, but I enjoy slowly nibbling one while I sip my coffee as well.

I went to Aldi to pick up all my ingredients, and the ONLY thing I couldn’t find there was the wheat germ (which I located at Publix). I love wheat germ – my mom used to keep it in the fridge at all times, and we’d toss it on everything, even our ice cream! It just adds a great little extra crunch :)  While my I made my batch with half dried apricots, and half dried blueberries – you can use any fruit that floats your boat.  I bet dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries/rasberries would be heavenly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.

Grease a 9×13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.

While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved.  Make sure not to overcook this (aka – boil it until it’s foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.

While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.

Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.

Stir in the dried fruit and mix well.  Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat.  (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too – but remember that stuff is a little hot!)

Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

IMPORTANT: Make SURE you let it cool for a couple hours before cutting, or it will crumble apart when you try!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.
  2. Grease a 9x13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
  3. While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved. Make sure not to overcook this (aka - boil it until it's foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.
  4. While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.
  5. Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit and mix well. Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat. (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too - but remember that stuff is a little hot!)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
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This recipe was adapted from this granola bars recipe from Alton Brown.

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