Hi there! When this is going up, I will already be in Texas! I am so excited to go back home and James and I will be spending the weekend there. To go with that, what's more Texas than BBQ wings? Answer: nothing!
So I am seriously creeped out by chicken on the bone and I used to refuse to eat it. But, my husband has a recipe that he learned from his past deployment and it is so delicious! These are "Herat style Chicken legs" and they are so delicious. I sadly won't be sharing the recipe because he wants to keep it a secret for a few reasons, so you'll just have to enjoy the pictures and a recipe that is kind of similar!
If you are interested in the recipe for our asparagus, you can find it here!
Hi y’all! Today I have a food post that makes my mouth water just looking back on these pictures! We found some super yummy items from Sprouts for my husband and I’s lunch. Also, there is a fantastic sweepstakes that could not only benefit you, but your community as well! All the details are at the bottom of the post or here.
For me, packing my husband’s lunch can sometimes be a drag. I always prepare it the night before, and sometimes… Well, sometimes it is close to midnight when I do it! I’ve been super lazy before and will just grab frozen foods or prepackaged things and I always feel bad because I know that there is better food out there for him.
One of our favorite meals recently has been a salad with chicken. It is so easy to prepare, because I just make a ton of chicken at once and put it in the fridge to use throughout the week. Also, we recently realized how fatty ranch dressing is (I know, you are probably not shocked! Haha) and wanted to try out a new dressing. We went to Sprouts for the first time, so this recipe will be featuring super yummy Sprouts products because we were just blown away with all of their options! Both of these products are by the brand Small Planet Foods at a discount, because they are both included in their April Monthly Deals! Y’all, go check it out here to see what deals you can find on different foods, no coupon clipping required.
We love our family dinner times! But, sometimes we don't always eat the best. We are guilty of being lazy and ordering fast food a few too many times haha. My husband and I decided with it being a new year, we are going to make more of an effort to cook more from home. That brought up another resolution for us: not only should we be cooking at home more, but we want to strive towards eating better foods. What we love about Ragu pasta sauces is the fact that not only are they affordable, but they are filled with real ingredients (no artificial flavors here)!
Traditions are very important to us and now after being married for a year, we definitely want to make more of our own family traditions. We have made it a new tradition for us to cook together on Mondays. We are huge suckers for italian food and decided a good ol' spaghetti and meatballs would help start off the new year! My grandma has made this for our family for years and it feels so special to continue the family traditions into our own. We used our favorite Ragu pasta sauce for this recipe and if you haven't tried this flavor, I strongly suggest you do! We usually go for the Ragu traditional sauce, but after having the tomato, garlic, and onion we want to try all of the flavors now! (Can that be it's own new years resolution? Please? haha)
What you need:
-Ragu Pasta sauce (any flavor of your choice!)
And that's it! Let's get started!
1. Start by putting the stove on medium.
2. Put a separate pan, filled with however much water the pasta calls for, on the stove top and put it on medium high.
3. Pour your Ragu sauce in and let it warm up.
4. After about 2-3 minutes add in meatballs, lower the temperature to about low medium and cover! *Depending on what kind you buy though, just make sure you buy meatballs that are already fully cooked and can be cooked on the stove top!
5. When your water begins boiling in the second pan add in those spaghetti noodles.
6.Once your noodles are cooked strain them and pour in your meatball and Ragu sauce mixture. I like to do this rather than serve them separately because I really feel like the noodles soak up the delicious pasta sauce.
For other awesome recipes by way better cooks than me, click here and tell me if you try any out!
James and I have had one heck of a month! I had a family emergency and had to rush home to Texas, and then we had all the Christmas hullabaloo to worry about. So, here I am apologizing again for my absence!
With this month being so busy, we find it so necessary to take time to spend some quality time together. James has recently started AdvoCare, more specifically their 24 day challenge cleanse. He also joined CrossFit so with him doing all that, it's made me realize I need to step up my game and start cooking healthier! We decided on a nice chicken recipe, our signature asparagus (that everyone loves), scalloped potatoes, and some pineapple. Spending time together is so important to us and while we may not be the best cooks, it's fun to be in the kitchen and learn together.
Our Asparagus Recipe:
Preheat oven to 375
Place your asparagus on tinfoil and drizzle the oil all over. Don't go overboard, just make sure it all gets the oil on it. Sprinkle the cheese and garlic salt over it, be as generous or sparse as you would like! We then cover it in the tinfoil and get another sheet and wrap it up again. We cook it for about 20-30 minutes because we like them nice and soft. Just a tip from experience, cut the stem ends off because they are tougher and don't cook soft. And that is it! Everyone loves these and they are just so simple to make it's almost criminal! haha.
I encourage you all, if you don't already, to make more room for family time! It's hard to get caught up with life and get busy, but when you slow down and spend genuine time together; that is when you really value your family members! Have a great week y'all and I hope to get back in my blogging groove again!
"Strong Eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part"
If you are a lover of crockpots and chicken like I am, this is the recipe for you. My mom started making this a few years ago, and I have just loved it ever since! What's even better, is that so does my husband! He is such a picky eater (okay, I am too!) so when I finally find a meal we both love, it is a great day! I think crockpots are a godsend and this meal is great for the fall time when you just need something to warm you up! This is our salsa chicken recipe so I hope I explain everything well, and I hope you try it out for yourself!
Now you can cook it to different ways. You can put it on low and it will take 6-8 hours, which makes it great for if you are at work. If you are going to be home and just cannot wait, put it on high for 4-6 hours.
After it has cooked for whatever time span you chose, it is time to shred, shred, shred! Pull all the chicken out and use two forks to start pulling it apart.
When you are finished shredding you now can add in the sour cream. Again, we only use half of the tub.
Next, you will need to mix in the cornstarch. I do this in a separate little Tupperware cup. I get 2 tbs of cornstarch and 2 tbs of water and stir it together. This helps thicken up the liquids and I think it helps with keeping it fresh longer for your leftovers.
I like to give everything one last big stir and make sure all the sour cream is mixed in. I try to take the chicken out at the last second, just so everything cooks in well. Now, we usually eat these as chicken tacos, but I also like eating it just as is. So, if you want to make tacos, quickly heat up some tortillas on the stove with a touch of olive oil in the pan. Or, if you want to be lazy like me put them on a plate in the microwave and you can warm up about three or four for about 15-20 seconds.
We like to put cheese on top because it seriously brings this meal full circle.
And that is it! It is such an easy meal to make + oh my word it just tastes out of this world. The salsa chicken also does great as a leftover, I usually put it in for about a minute in the microwave and it is just delicious! I hope y'all enjoyed this recipe, I am not a super amazing cook so it is probably rare you'll get a recipe from me haha. Thanks for reading + God Bless!
Thank you for stopping by The Strattons blog! This is where I share snippets of my life as a new mom to be, beauty + fashion lover, and overall lover of life's tender mercies!