Crockpot Marinated Chipotle Chicken

2nd recipe in the Christmas day (which also turned into New Years Eve) burrito fiesta.  Today: Marinated Chipotle Chicken

This will make approximately 8-10 servings.   Whatever isn’t used, you can just freeze the chicken (in freezer bags) and use again.  This is a great way to prepare multiple dinners at once.

Ingredients:
2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 ounces of dried ancho chiles
7 ounce can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons oregano
6 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preparation:
You want to soak your ancho chiles in water until they are soft.  You can do soak them overnight, or to speed things up, put them in boiling water for about 10 minutes.
You want to marinade your chicken in the sauce we’re going to make.  Your best bet is to marinade overnight, but sometimes your time is limited, so you can also marinade a few hours before if you have to.

Directions:
Remove seeds from your soft ancho chiles.
Drain your chipotle peppers – you only want to keep the adobo sauce – you can toss the actual peppers.
Add all your ingredients (except your chicken) in a food processor.  Puree under smooth.
Marinade your chicken overnight – stab the chicken and then pour/spread your puree over it.  Put it in the refrigerator for the night.
Turn your handy crockpot on high.  Add chicken/puree mixture and cook for 5 hours.  You can also do low for 10 hours.  Add 3/4 cup of water so it stays moist.
Relax, let the crockpot do all the work.
Once time is up, the chicken will almost fall apart.  So just shred it up on a cutting board.  If there is water left in the pot, just drain it out.
Make a delicious burrito with pinto beans, cilantro/lime rice and some salsa verde.

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I’m so crazy about the rice I also have it on the side!

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Orange + Kumquats Juice

My grocery store got some kumquats in so I thought “They would be fun to juice!”.  So juicing we go.. (I’m hooked!).

6 oranges
3/4 pint of kumquats

Peel the oranges.  I don’t peel the kumquats or it would take me forever.  Juice all.  How simple is this?

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This was my breakfast.. mmm, turkey bacon is always a favorite.

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This is my newest favorite pitcher in the world too.  Our friends William and Lia brought this up for Thanksgiving dinner and I fell in love with it so decided to buy it last week.  It’s actually a iced tea maker but the infuser can be easily removed to just use it as a pitcher.   Takeya makes lots of kitchen things that I want…

Sweets

This is the time of the year when it’s non stop sweets – isn’t it amazing?
Every year we wait in anticipation for that moment.. when a mother makes cookies and sends them our way.  Matthew’s mama (hi Kimberly!) is one amazing cookie maker.  She always sends us a big ol box of peanut blossoms, m&m cookies, oatmeal and snowballs… we wait for this box, and when it arrives we can smell the heavens through the box.  Then we surround the box and attack it with a swiss army knife to open (she’s a good shipper too), and as soon as the box is opened – AHHHHHHHHHHH – magic.  There’s something always better about a mama’s cookies.

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Also a few days ago we stopped by Dekalb Market for the first time – it’s an amazing place! Sadly it’s closing tomorrow, but will be back open in Spring time.  When we first arrived there was a sign for “Fresh, Hot Donuts”.  OK YES PLEASE.  So before we left we stopped and got some.  It was $5 for 24 mini donuts! I almost only bought 6 but I was like whatever, 24 it is!  These are powdered cinnamon donuts, deep fried when you order them, so when you open that box up the steam will escape and the smell will make you giggle.  So so so so so good.  I even went back to the place and was like “OMG, SO GOOD, OMG, I LOVE YOU”.  The man was nice, but I probably frightened him a little bit.  Cuzin’s Duzin = EPIC.  Would it be acceptable for us to cater our shoots, just with donuts?

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Apple/Spinach Juice

I know, the title sounds frightening, especially for those less adventurous (me!). But take it from a girl who eats cinnamon rolls for dinner, this is real good.  The apples are so tart the spinach is just a added nutrient bonus.

Recipe:
2 granny smith apples
4 large leaves of spinach

Take stem out of apple and cut apples in half.  I put 1 apple through juicer, spinach, and then the last apple.  This will make 1 serving.

 

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This is me taking the first sip, I’m worried, but then I am happy!

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Cilantro + Lime Basmati Rice

This is going to knock your socks off.  You can have it on burritos, as a side dish, or if you’re like me and obsessed.. just for lunch. 

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup basmati rice (white)
2 cups water

1. Sautee rice in vegetable oil for 2 minutes.  Add water, bring to a boil.
2.  When water begins to boil, turn the heat to simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
3. Turn heat off completely, leave lid on, let sit on burner for 30 minutes.
4. Mix together salt and lime juice, you want the salt to dissolve.
5. Pour salt/lime over rice, mix around.  Add cilantro and toss.
6. Enjoy!

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Even cats love it!

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Christmas Dinner

What did you have for dinner on Christmas this year?  We decided to mix it up and not do the regular ham that we have every year.  Boy, am I glad we did this as we got a new favorite  meal out of it! What we made:

Cilantro/Lime Basmati rice
Pinto Beans
Salsa
Slow Cooked Chipotle Chicken
Corn Tomalito

All wrapped up in delicious burritos, with the corn on the side.  And boy was that corn heavenly! Seriously, I can’t believe this was created in our kitchen.  This is something I have been trying to perfect for years but on Christmas it happened – I did it.  We slow cooked the chicken for 6 hours, but marinated it the night  before  in dried ancho chiles, chipotle peppers in adobe sauce.  Just thinking about has me wanting more, which is totally possible as this chicken easily created 4 meals for us!  All recipes will follow in the next few weeks.. I will be making it again and again and again.  In fact I’m making a new batch of cilantro rice right now (recipe coming later today!).

 

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Juicing

I got a Juicer for Christmas.. how exciting! It was #1 on my list so I must have been a good gal this year. :)   I already  juiced oranges to  make some orange juice, and last night I juiced pineapple + blackberries. SUPER YUM.  Today I’m going for something more vegetable based as I’m obsessed with V-8……. Any suggestions? Lots more juicing recipes to come soon.

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Herbs All Done

Well after having a complete entrance way of hanging herbs (that smelled beautiful and had people complimenting how they looked) for the past month +, now we have jars full of dried herbs, waiting to season any meal.  I found some colorful jars at a local store, and I hope to find them in other colors.. love how they look.  I simply put the herbs into jars and just wrote the name in marker on the front.  Marker works great as it comes off easily with nail polish remover so they can be reused per season.  Herbs make a lovely gift too, I gave some herbs out this year for Christmas and wrapped them up in tin baking cups. 

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Watermelon Sorbet

I have alot of extra watermelon from my failed fruit/vegetable/soup diet.  So today I decided to let’s make some watermelon sorbet.. without a ice cream maker.

4 cups chopped up watermelon
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Boil water and sugar until sugar dissolves.  Take off burner and let cool completely.
Put your watermelon in a food processor and puree until smooth.  This smells so good.
Put your watermelon in a bowl and mix in lemon juice.  Then put your syrup sugar/water mixture in the bowl too.
Put in 9×13 pan and put in freezer for a few hours.  Then break up watermelon and mix around.  Repeat this every few hours. 
Puree again, this time put the frozen chunks in the food processor.
Eventually transfer this into a freezer safe container to enjoy for the next week.

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Dinner

Last night’s dinner was delicious and super easy. I just put some ham steaks on top of the stove and fried for a few minutes, the key here is brushing apple butter on both of their sides.  It makes such a nice glaze.  Super yum.  On the side we had roasted rosemary potatoes – you just cut up potatoes (from the garden!) into 8ths (or smaller if you want), toss with some olive oil, rosemary, minced garlic and garlic salt and then bake at 425 for 30 minutes.  :)

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Fail

Update: I lasted 36 hours and then I ate a chocolate chip cookie and I’m going to have pizza for dinner tonight.

The soup makes me sick to look at.

I failed.  Maybe you are stronger? Too many temptations right now, makes me sad.

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Cleansing Soup

Who’s idea was it to do a soup cleanse the week  before Christmas? I see positives and negatives.  Positives: No 8 cookies a day.  Negatives: No 8 cookies a day.  I will be finishing this up on Christmas day which I think works best as then I can enjoy the delights of the day and there after.   Everyone has had a pretty fair response with this 7 day diet, the only negative is if you don’t like the soup then you will suffer, but I just had my first bowl and the soup is actually quite good.  As the week goes on I will need to add some water or broth, but definitely enjoyable.

This is how the diet works:

You make a big batch of soup to last you 1 week, and you are allowed to eat this soup whenever you want and as much as you want.   It really is just vegetables so it’s filling and super healthy.  During these days you can have some fruits, vegetables too depending on the day.

Day 1: Eat soup and any fruit (except bananas).
Day 2: Eat soup and any vegetables.  Have a big baked potato with butter at dinner too. No fruit.
Day 3: Eat soup, fruit, vegetables.  No potatoes.
Day 4: Eat soup and bananas (at least 3) today. You can have some skim milk too.
Day 5: Eat soup, tomatoes and beef today.  You can have up to 20 ounces of beef and 6  tomatoes today.
Day 6: Eat soup, beef and vegetables.  You can eat all the beef and vegetables you want, but no potatoes.
Day 7: Eat soup, brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice and vegetables. 

The recipe for the soup is here.

If you follow these rules, you should feel a ton better, not to mention knock off a few pounds.  I will let you know how my progress goes.. I’m about 10 hours in. :)

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Get used to looking at this soup.  It’s very thick with tomato paste, pasta sauce and crushed tomatoes.. but it also has a kick to it with paprika, chili powder, etc.  It’s pretty good.

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This is a big bowl of carrots and celery.  All will go in the soup.

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The fresh green beans will go in too.

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For the next few days….. NOMS.

Winter Garden Harvest

Our garden has done so good this year.. even producing into the end of December.  What a great job it’s done – I give you a big hug for so many smiles you created this year.
Sadly the broccoli is done, it just can’t keep up with the below freezing temperatures every single night.. they were such monster broccoli plants too.. weep weep.  WE LOVE YOU BROCCOLI PLANTS.
Here’s 2 harvests in the last few days.

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