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RECIPE: Creamy Chicken Chilli

I am not a fan of chilli so I found a modified version using chicken and a creamy cheese sauce. Easy to make and a cheap eat! Perfect for a big family to serve along side tortilla chips! One of the best cozy comfort foods I have had on a cold fall/winter night. Slow cooker recipes truly are a lifesaver for those busy moms! I placed all the ingredients in the crock pot before I spent my day running errands and just in time for dinner the chilli was ready! The amount that the recipe calls for is a lot so be prepared for leftovers!

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What you need:

1 can corn, undrained
1 can Rotel, undrained
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 can of black beans
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 8 oz package light cream cheese
2 chicken breasts

Directions:

1.  Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot.

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2. Pour black beans( drained) , corn ( undrained), and rotel tomatoes over top the chicken.

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3. Now add in onion powder and chili powder. Then ranch dressing packet.

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4. Lastly, put cream cheese in the crockpot- To help the melting process I cut the cream cheese down into three sections.

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5. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir cream cheese into chili. Use 2 forks to shred chicken. Stir together and serve.

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Spicy Sausage Cheese Dip

Football season is right around the corner and this dip is a perfect snack for game day! Only four simple ingredients this dip cost me under $7 dollars to make! I paired this dip with whole grain Tortilla chips but any chip will do!

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What you need:

1 (16 oz.) package spicy/zesty sausage
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the crumbled sausage until browned.  Drain off any excess fat.  Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the tomatoes, cream cheese, and hot sauce.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is warmed through and the ingredients are well blended.  Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.  Serve warm.

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Asian Style Sloppy Joes

Sweet from the brown sugar, salty from the soy sauce and spicy from the hot sauce your taste buds will definitely be enjoying this meal! A spin on your typical sloppy joes!

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What you need:

One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon hot sauce
mini potato rolls – I used whole wheat to save on some cal’s
1 package of ground turkey
Directions:
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1. For the sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the tomato sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar,garlic, ginger and hot sauce until blended.
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2. In a saucepan, heat olive oil. Add onions and ground turkey. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
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3. After turkey is cooked, add sauce mixture.Bring to a simmer and cook until the pork mixture has thickened but is still a bit loose, about 15 minutes.
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Slow Cooker Enchilada Lasagna

This meal is perfect for a family – it cost under $10! And you literally throw it all in the crock pot and set it and forget it! Slow cooker meals are simple and easy to make for those busy working moms!

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What you need:

2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 pound ground turkey1 taco seasoning packet
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 cup of crushed taco shells
1 can of tomatoes with chilies (such as Rotel)
1 can black beans lightly drained
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Directions:

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1. In a medium saucepan, cook onion and garlic until onions are clear. Make sure you do not burn the garlic.

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2. Add ground turkey to pan, cook until no longer red and lightly brown. Ground turkey does not have as much fat in it therefore it becomes more dry in the pan so add a little  bit of water in it. Stir in beans.

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3. Add in taco seasoning. I did not use the whole packet- only about half. A little bit goes a long way.

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4. Pour in one can of Rotel tomatoes with chilies. Not a fan of spicy just get a can of crushed tomatoes or use a mild salsa.

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5. To assemble lasagna layer a third of the meat mixture down on the bottom of the a slow cooker pot, top with third of the cheese, then layer 3 corn tortillas on top. Repeat this layering method 2 more times, then place the lid on and cook, undisturbed, for 4 hours on high or 5 hours on low.

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Tip- for added crunch I sprinkled on a layer of taco shells. Or you can use corn chips!

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Peanut Butter Banana French Toast

We all love french toast and who doesn’t love peanut butter banana sandwiches …why not combine the two for a perfect Sunday brunch!

 

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What you need:

4 large eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

6-8 slices bread

6 tablespoons butter (for skillet)

1 cup pure maple syrup

3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy cream

2-3 cups sliced bananas

 

Directions:

 

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1. For egg wash- mix together eggs, cream brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. One at a time, dip each slice of bread, both sides into egg mixture. Add 1 tablespoon of butter into hot skillet to melt, swirling pan. Add egg dipped bread slice to skillet, cooking 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.

 

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2. For Topping Place maple syrup and peanut butter into a skillet over medium heat. Stir to melt peanut butter into syrup. Stir in vanilla then heavy cream. Let mixture bubble for about 5 minutes, stirring often to thicken. Add sliced bananas and cook for 1 minute. Pour over french toast. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you want.

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College Town Favorite

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  Conveniently located on one of the most popular streets in WC for college students, Riggtown Pizza is quite the hot spot for your unique pizza flavors, hot wraps, and baked loaded cheese fries. There are many pizza shops in West Chester but this particular one holds a special place in my heart. One night when I was craving a late night snack during finals, I decided to try Riggtown Oven because I heard such rave reviews on their “Honey Mustard Chicken Pizza”. As I walked in I saw a familiar face, it was my first grade teacher. I asked him if he was still teaching and he mentioned that he recently stopped because he wanted to follow his dream which was opening a pizza shop in the college town. So maybe teaching wasn’t for him , he knew in his heart what he wanted to do and he followed through with it without any regrets- something I try to strive for each day.

What I ordered: Postruki Wrap ( Chicken Fingers, fried onions, Bacon, Lettuce , Tomato, Cheddar, Homemade Garlic Mayo). No complaints here! Who doesn’t like melted cheese, garlic, and chicken fingers?! Of course I had to add on a side of fries- not your normal fries. Not frozen. Freshly cut russet potatoes sprinkled with sea salt!

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Check out the link below to see the history behind the word Riggtown and the importance it has to the town of West Chester PA!

How we got our name?

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