Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Good-Bye Blogger

I have decided that I am going to officially be closing out this blog. I have not written in it forever so I think that it is time begin a new blog and shoot for a fresh start. For any friends and family that read this check my facebook for the new blog address where news of Laiken and I will be posted.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos #2

With minimal preparation, you can make a delicious Mexican-style meal for your family or double the recipe and entertain a crowd. A bonus is that the leftover chicken is incredibly versatile and can be used for a number of dishes.

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • A chopped onion (optional)
  • A chopped green pepper (optional)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 16 ounces salsa (that's 2 cups if you're using a larger bottle).
  • Flour tortillas, corn tortillas, or taco shells
  • Toppings: your choice of lettuce, sour cream, grated cheese, tomatoes, salsa, diced purple onions, olives, guacamole, etc.
Two cups of any sort of salsa.
Two cups of any sort of salsa.

edit Steps

  1. 1
    Chicken and onions.
    Chicken and onions.
    Put the chicken in a Crockpot. Add the onion and pepper if you want.

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  2. 2
    Pour the other stuff over the chicken.
    Pour the other stuff over the chicken.
    Mix the seasoning with salsa and pour over chicken. You can add some more water if you think it needs more liquid, but the salsa and the chicken will produce ample liquid as it cooks.
  3. 3
    Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.
  4. 4
    Done cooking.
    Done cooking.
    The chicken is done when it can be shredded easily with a fork.
  5. 5
    Shred with a fork.
    Shred with a fork.
    Lift the chicken out and shred it with a fork.
  6. 6
    Tortillas and toppings.
    Tortillas and toppings.
    Serve with soft flour tortillas, a spoonful of the veggies if you used them (lift them with a slotted spoon to drain out excess liquid), and your favorite toppings. Try any combination of lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese, and tomatoes.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Slow-cooked Mexican Chicken

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This is a standard dish in our house because it is so easy and yummy. My kids even like it! The chicken is cooked slowly in the Crock-Pot, so it falls apart easily with a fork. You can use chicken breasts if you prefer white meat. Or, if you’re interested in saving a little money, you can use chicken thighs. I use boneless chicken so I don’t have to remove the bones later. Use the cooked chicken for a variety of Mexican dishes: tacos, enchiladas, burritos, rice bowls, nachos, etc. We typically have tacos the first night, and then use the leftover chicken for rice bowls or enchiladas later in the week.

Slow-cooked Mexican Chicken

1.5 – 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or boneless chicken thighs)
1 (1.5 oz.) pkg taco seasoning mix (Make sure it’s gluten-free. We use McCormick brand – mild for my kids.)
1 Cup chicken broth or water (Make sure it’s gluten-free. We use Pacific brand.)
1 Cup salsa or picante sauce
  1. Place chicken in a slow-cooker and sprinkle taco seasoning mix on top of chicken. Then, pour on chicken broth and picante sauce. No need to stir.
  2. Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, the chicken is so tender it usually falls apart with a fork. So, use forks to shred, or pull apart, the chicken. Stir it around and let it stay warm in the slow-cooker while you prepare the rest of dinner.
Additional notes:
  • In the picture above, we’ve made tacos with cooked corn tortillas, and filled it with the chicken, lettuce, shredded cheese, sliced black olives and diced avocado. Yum!
  • You can also use the meat for enchiladas, taquitos, salads, and more.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

This is one of three recipes that we will be trying at home over the next couple of weeks.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
  • 2-3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (can be frozen)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 jar salsa
  1. Place chicken in crockpot.
  2. Sprinkle taco seasoning on top  of chicken
  3. Pour salsa over top.
  4. Cover and cook on Low until the chicken shreds easily with a fork, about 6-8 hours.  When the chicken is cooked, remove from slow cooker, shred with two forks and return to salsa mixture.
  5. Serve with flour tortillas, cheese, lettuce, sour cream and black olives.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Okay so I want to find out if this will publish to the correct blog or not. You Can ignore this post!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Darkness of Life

Even surrounded by people, your darkest moment will usually be the one when you feel most alone. Most people are not going to care, and the ones that do will not understand what you are going through.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's Been A While

Okay so since it has been so long since the last time I wrote this is just going to be an overview. So much has happened that there is no way I can put it all down in one entry. So here we go one family member at a time.

Laiken is getting so big and he is such a little boy. He is a social little guy that absolutely loves to be around people. He is pretty much potty-trained during the day although we still have to get him to poop in the potty. He has friends in the neighborhood that he goes outside and plays with on a regular basis. Ryan and I finally got him a big boy bed because he was starting to mess up his crib by jumping on it so hard. Where last year he was totally and completely about Elmo now he is beginning to branch out a little bit. He now loves all the Sesame Street characters and two of his favorite movies that do not include these characters are Annie and Old Yeller. He is very much an outdoors kind of boy. He loves sports and his favorite one at the moment is football. He loves riding his trike and running behind all the older boys that live on our street.

I just began my third full semester at ASU and am taking 5 classes plus an internship. I am in what is call my Professional Teacher Preparation Program which is just basicaly a fancy way to say the teaching program in the college of ed. I am in my first of three semesters of field experience and then I have my student teaching. So with 4 semesters left I am feeling good and ready for this to be over. I still like to try to workout but it doesnt always work like I want it to. I have a workout program that I am trying to master at the moment it is called Insanity and the name is a perfect description of what it entails. I have tried it several times since I got it for Christmas but so far everytime I do I wind up stressing out my knee or my shoulder so it is slow going. Plus with this new class schedule that I have I am getting home later so most nights there isnt time to workout before bed. I will get there though.

Ryan, well what can I say about Ryan. He is doing well just working and doing his thing. I think that he and Laiken get closer everyday and now that Laiken is older he is like Daddy's little shadow. No matter what Ryan tells people I will testify that he is a wonderful dad. You can look at Laiken (his mannerisms) and he is so much like his daddy that it is hilarious sometimes and aggravating at others. Other than work and Laiken Ryan trys to stay home as much as possible although I am usually able to coerce him to go out when I want him to. I couldnt have asked for a better husband even if I wanted to.