A cook? Who me? Some tips and tricks for the kitchen <3


November 15, 2018


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Obviously ya’ll know I am a wife, a mom and a business owner and life is BUSY! I think we can all agree that life is sometimes too busy for our own good. I posted on my instagram the other day if you guys would love to see some killer (EASY!) recipes for you to make tonight! 

A few prefaces… I am not a fantastic cook… I find super easy food recipes and make them… ALOT haha. Also, we love to eat glutten free and love to eat healthy BUT easy food sometimes isn’t the healthiest. Another thing, I literally never make “Betty Crocker” blog posts like this because usually a) I don’t have time and b) I don’t think people are interested in these silly blog posts, so if you love this PLEASE drop a comment and maybe share it? Is that a hard thing to ask? maybe too much 🙂 

First I’m going to give a little bit of kitchen hacks that may help get the ball rolling at the beginning of the month that seriously helps so much come dinner time!

  1. Our grocery budget goes monthly. This means Tyler says I have xxx amount this month for groceries. I usually go and purchase like 10 pounds of chicken and about the same in ground beef and if i’m feeling a little *extra* than I’ll get a pork shoulder. When I get home that day instead of freezing this all individually I throw them all into their own crockpots and cook every bit of meat i’ve gotten.                      – 6 pounds of chicken on high in the crockpot with some chicken bullion for about 3 or 4 hours just check to see when its all cooked and easy to pull apart.                                                                                            _ — For the ground beef I just put it all in a crockpot and cook on high and drain any fat out every time I see it in the crockpot.                        – – – For the pork I put in a small crockpot on low for 10 hours with salt and pepper on it do not touch until after 8 hours to check on it. 
  2. Make an actual meal plan before you purchase meat. I have a family of three and we eat left overs so In our mail plan I plan to just eat leftovers somedays. 
  3. I would 100% recommend finding a killer recipe book! My super good friend bought me one and its the only one I use! its called, “Don’t panic Dinner’s in the freezer!” You can get them on Amazon for $2ish and its the best investment ever! 

Today i’m just going to share one of my favorite recipes, so that i’ll have others to share later 🙂 If you try it, you’ll definitely have to let me know what you think of it!! <3 

Chicken Enchiladas 

So to preface, my husband loves beef, but I love chicken! Thankfully, when you make all your meat in advance you could technically do half and half, which is what we do most of the time! This is probably one of my FAVORITE meals, and my sister in law showed it to me, and its to die for! It is a little spicy, not too much, but if your kids don’t like spice I do recommend not doing the sauce for the kids portion. 

What you will need: 

  • 1 pound of chicken (the shredded chicken does the best! If you don’t make your chicken in bulk before, i’d recommend sticking chicken in the crockpot (2-3 chicken breasts) and then you can put some ranch dressing and taco seasoning it this! SO GOOD. I usually just don’t measure and do a packet of taco seasoning and a good amount of ranch. 
  • One can of Aldi Red Enchilada Sauce ($1.19 or something like that, SO GOOD!) 
  • 2 cans of Black beans (this is our favorite part!) 
  • Cheese (as much as you want to use)
  • tortilla shells (the larger burrito style ones work best!)

So pretty simple, you start stuffing the Tortillas with chicken, beans, and cheese. This will be able to make around 6-8 enchiladas!

Then you pour the red sauce allllllll over the enchiladas! Then place aluminum foil over the pan and bake for 30 minutes. Take off the foil, top with cheese and cook another 10 minutes… and ENJOY!

I hope your family loves these as much as my family does! We usually make some Mexican rice from scratch too in our rice cooker! There are so many recipes but I love to do this if I have time 🙂 

Please let me know if you try this and what you think if you do make it!! <3 

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