Posts Tagged ‘easy dinner’

I give the husband a lot of crap about being a nightmare when it comes to food. But when it comes to chili, I really have no room to talk.

For years, I refused to eat any chili that wasn’t my mom’s or my grandma’s (it was the same). The recipe is: ground beef (or turkey), a can of chili beans, a can of water, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 2 cans of water, and elbow noodles. As you can imagine, this creates more of a soup than a chili. And despite being told by several people that I could call it “goulash” or “chili soup” but under no circumstances was it “chili”, I maintained it was in fact chili. I also refused to eat the beans because ew.

Now, however, I’ve branched out in the chili I’ll consume. It started last Christmasish when my mom forced her new chili recipe on us. I was hungry, so I relented (but you better believe I set a stellar example for the nieces by picking out the beans). Turns out her new chili was even better than her old chili (hearsay!), and it was kind of easier to make since you just browned some meat, threw everything in the Crock Pot, and called it a day.

That experience was what some would call life altering – it led to me collecting chili recipes. But it was really only slightly life altering since I never actually took the plunge and tried a new recipe. Until now.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Verdict

Nailed it. Remember how easy I said my mom’s new chili recipe is? This one’s even easier. There’s no browning of anything – just throw it all in the Crock Pot and 6 hours later dinner is served. And yes, I was a grown up and ate the beans.

Alterations

I halved the quinoa and chicken broth since my Crock Pot was getting a little full. But I think next time I’ll do the full cup of quinoa and leave the broth halved – it was a little soupy. I also used frozen corn instead of canned.

 

 

Original recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

This coming Monday is my first dentist appointment since 2006. I’m not proud. I’m not completely ashamed, but I’m not proud. See, I’m one of those people who gets anxiety about going to the dentist, the doctor, and the eye doctor. It was fine when I was a kid because my mom would force me to go, but once I hit adulthood and was on my own? Hell no.

So what made me act like a grown up and make an appointment? The husband. He’s been giving me crap about it foreeeevvvvvvvverrrrr, and I finally got tired of it. So I’m now dreading this coming Monday more than any other Monday in the history of Mondays. Especially after the husband’s dentist experience yesterday. He had 3 fillings and couldn’t feel half his face for half the day. Obviously soft food was in order.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Mexican Quinoa

Verdict

Nailed it. You guys, this may be the easiest thing I’ve ever made (other than microwaving a hotdog). Add in that it was tasty and filling, and we have ourselves a keeper.

Alterations

I skipped the peppers and used chicken broth instead of vegetable broth.

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Runs With Spatulas

The amount of tacos consumed in my house is ridiculous. We should probably feel mass amounts of shame over it, but we don’t. Ground turkey, chicken, crock pot – we don’t really care how they’re made as long as we can feast upon them at least once a week. So when I stumbled upon this taco skillet, there was no question it would become a part of our lives. The only question was, could I make this for dinner when we just had Qdoba for lunch? (The answer is yes by the way. Seriously. No shame.)

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Easy Taco Skillet

Verdict

Nailed it. And since this is a taco skillet, I’m pretty sure that means we can have this and tacos all in the same week. No? Too much? Whatever. You don’t know my life.

Alterations

None other than I obviously got a little carried away on the cheese.

 

 

 

Original recipe from My Food and Fitness Diaries.