Thursday, December 16, 2010

M: Easy Go-To Dinners

Do you have those tried and true recipes you always go to when you can’t figure out anything new and exciting for dinners? I certainly do – they are super easy and even better, they are both from moms =) My two favorite moms, actually…My mom and my wonderful MIL.

When I say these dinners are easy, I mean they are easy…But, don’t we all need some simple dinners in our back pocket when life just gets crazy and you don’t have time to pull off a gourmet meal? I know these last couple of weeks have been like that for us, so out came my old recipe cards!

This is my favorite BBQ chicken recipe in the world. It’s my mom’s, and I’ve been eating it for years. It is sweet and tangy all at the same time and better yet, it’s a slow cooker recipe. I LOVE using my slow cooker! Ok, here goes:

32 oz. bottle of barbeque sauce

4 oz. Coke

4 bay leaves

1 large onion, chopped

4-6 chicken breasts

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

That’s it! I served this up with a baked potato and sautéed asparagus. Perfection!

Onto my second go-to dinner. And, this is so perfect for the colder weather too.

Bryan’s mom’s Easy Vegetable Soup. This soup takes no time, but tastes like it took ALL day =)

On a sidenote, as I’ve mentioned, I’m mildly allergic to beef, so here’s the original recipe and I’ll make notes where I modified it slightly to fit my diet.

Easy Vegetable Soup

2 (15 oz.) cans stewed tomatoes

10-12 oz. mixed frozen vegetables (I use the vegetable soup mix)

1 can beef broth (I use vegetable broth)

½ lb. ground beef (I use ground turkey)

1 small onion, chopped

(I usually chop up the stewed tomatoes a little so they’re not so big.)

Brown meat with the onion. Add tomatoes, vegetables, and broth. Simmer for as long or as little as you’d like. Of course, the longer the better =)

I served alongside some yummy pita chips. This soup is really so flavorful and hearty. Definitely a great dinner for these cold nights!



SheFit said...

That sounds really good. Never heard of putting soda on BBQ chicken, but I would definitely try it!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Love these ideas! I like just throwing random stuff in the slow cooker too..somehow it always turns out good! :-)

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Mmmm, I made a veggie soup like that quite often-- it's so quick and healthy!

Anonymous said...

I needed this recipe yesterday when I didn't know what to make for dinner! This looks great! I love using the crock pot as well!

erica said...

Loving the ideas. I have been looking for some easy dinners that I could make lately since I havent been home much. Definitely going to give that bbq chichen a try.


Renee Paj said...

I have heard so much about, but never tried that bbq sauce and chicken recipe for the crockpot. I might give it a go this week though, since yours looks so amazingly delicious. I have heard, I do think I would do it this way, to put boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot frozen, that way they don't dry out. :) do you do yours from frozen, or do you put them in defrosted and raw?

Anonymous said...

Yuuuum both of those looks sooo good!!!!! I might be making that soup in the near, near future!!!!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

yum, girl! i want that bbq chicken!!

Unknown said...

bbq sauce and coke?! how interesting. seriously unique :)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Both recipes sound so yummy and simple! I am all about simple meals. Times have definitely seemed a bit crazy right now.

fittingbackin said...

Awesome! Great go-to recipes that really so seem super easy (and yummy!). Thanks for sharing these great ideas from your moms! :)

Erica said...

I'm totally making this chicken for Josh sometime! You know how I feel about sweet baby rays...<3

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea!

my go to is anything crock pot related! So easy!

teresa said...

both look adn sound like wonderful quick meals!

Kerr said...

love the bbq chicken!

Pound said...

i need to try that soup recipe!! can't ever go wrong with coca cola bbq chicken :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I've always wanted to try coke bbq chicken. I'm inspired!

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

In the winter, believe it or not, my go-to recipe is chicken pot pie. I make a super simple version. I just boil some chicken. Meanwhile I put frozen mixed veggies in a little olive oil, toss it with flour and chicken stock or wine, and then pour cream of chicken soup over it. I bake that at 400 for 30 minutes. Then I put a Pillsbury Crescent Roll on top, bake that for 10 minutes and viola! It takes some cooking time, but the ingredients are easy to keep on hand.

Kris | said...

oh my goodness it has been probably 8 years since I had coke or any pop, but this looks freaking tasty!!

Great idea :)


Corey @ the runners cookie said...

Great ideas! I want to try the chicken - I can imagine the sweetness from the coke and bbq sauce tastes awesome :)

Julie said...

oh that veggie soup does sound AMAZING! sometimes mom's old time recipes are just the best! thanks for sharing these girl! have a great weekenddd

Holly said...

i've seen that Coca Cola chicken before and have always wanted to try it. the fact that you also used my fave BBQ sauce - sweet baby ray's - only solidifies the fact i NEED to make this!!!