Monday, December 12, 2011

Quick & Easy Dinners

This time of year is crazy for everyone...not just moms!  Usually I love to make a good dinner but lately making dinner just seems like another "to do" on an already VERY long list.  On top of getting ready for the holidays and  my baby's first birthday, my little guy is sick for the first time.  This means mommy is getting very little sleep.

On days like today, crockpot dinners are the best!  Here are 2 of my favorite easy, quick recipes.

Spicy Potato Soup
1 lb. ground beef or sausage (we always use sausage that we take out of the casings), browned
4 cups cubed, peeled potatoes
1 small onion, chopped
3 8-oz cans tomato sauce
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1/2-1 tsp hot pepper sauce

1. Combine all ingredients except water in slow cooker.  Add enough water to cover ingredients. (I usually add a little extra.)
2. Cover and cook on Low 8-10 hours or High 5 hours, until potatoes are tender.

*Pick up some crusty bread to eat with it!

Crockpot Salsa Chicken
1 lb. Chicken breast
1 jar of salsa
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans

1. Combine all ingredients.
2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. 

*I shred the chicken and mix everything together.  We put this on a burrito wrap with some avocado, sour cream and cheddar cheese.  We love it so much it is now a staple in our house.  Quick and delicious.  I have also seen people throw in cream cheese but it is great without it and I know I don't need the extra calories!!

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