Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Looking for something to toss in the crock pot this weekend? This recipe for slow cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili is out of this world delicious. And it’s filling too.

I made it for the HH the other night and he liked it so much, I’m making another batch so he can bring some to work for lunch. This recipe rocks!

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Ingredients

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts {I use Zaycon chicken}
2 {14.5 ounce} cans of diced tomatoes
1 {15 ounce} can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce} can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn
3 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

Instructions

Place all your ingredients in a slow cooker, stir and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Right before you serve, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, and shred it with two forks. Place it back in the slow cooker for a few minutes before serving.

Top with sour cream, guacamole or shredded cheese. Yum-O!

Looking for more easy crock pot meals? Check out my Crock Pot Meals recipe index.

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Freezer Meals – Teriyaki Chicken

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Freezer Meals - Teriyaki Chicken
You know how I’m always raving about freezer meals and how they make my life so easy and yadayadayada? Well I’ve combined two of my favorite things with this meal: freezer meals and crock pot meals. Pretty sure I hit the jackpot of genius ideas with this one. Freezer meals just got even easier {if that’s even possible}.

Freezer Meals - Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients

3 large chicken breasts {I used Zaycon chicken}
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1 cup water
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 garlic cloves
3 slices of ginger {optional}

Freezer Meals - Teriyaki ChickenDirections

Load all the ingredients into a gallon sized Ziplock bag, lay it flat, label and freeze.

Crock Pot Cooking Method: Cook from frozen on low for 6 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked, or thaw overnight in the refrigerator overnight and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Oven Cooking Method: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cook at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Here are a few more of my Freezer Meal Recipes:

Roadside Sliders Recipe

Easy Freezer Meal Meatballs

Peach Crisp Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping

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Crock Pot Ground Beef w/ Taco Seasoning

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Crock Pot Ground Beef w Taco Seasoning

Since I started cooking my ground beef in the Crock Pot back when I got my 40lbs of Zaycon ground beef, I just can’t stop. It makes dinner time a snap. Now I’m experimenting with different seasonings so I can freeze seasoned ground beef for even easier dinners! Here’s how I combine my DIY Taco Seasoning Mix with the Crock Pot cooking method. Easy peasy!

First, go whip yourself up a big batch of my DIY Taco Seasoning Mix & then head back here and get started:

Crock Pot Ground Beef w Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

4 pounds of ground beef {I used Zaycon ground beef of course}
8 tablespoons of DIY Taco Seasoning Mix

Crock Pot Ground Beef w Taco Seasoning

Directions

Place four pounds of meat in crock pot. Completely break up meat if you plan to walk away from your crock pot & leave it. The meat will cook exactly as you left it. Sprinkle seasonings on top of meat and mix in thoroughly {a lot of the seasoning cooks off, so feel free to add more than you normally would}.

Cook on low for about 5 hours or high for 2.5 hours. Once meat is completely cooked through, drain all of the fat off {You can throw frozen meat in the crock pot too, just cook for 2 hours on high and then break it up in the crock pot. Then follow the cooking instructions above}. Ignore the fact that it looks like you just cooked a bunch of brown worms, let it cool and then transfer to Ziploc bags or Gladware containers. If you’re looking to freeze 1 lb bags for taco recipes, about 2.5 cups of cooked meat is equivalent to 1 lb {give or take}.

6 Quart crock potI own 2 Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cookers and LOVE them!!

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White Chicken Chili with Poblano Peppers

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White Chicken Chili with Poblano Peppers

Chili is one of my favorite fall recipes to make because it’s so simple and such a warm fall-ish meal. It’s another recipe that’s perfect when life gets crazy around here with fall sports! But sometimes we get a little bored with regular chili, so I’m spicing things up with this recipe. Literally.

Ingredients

2 {14.5-ounce} cans white beans
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 medium poblano peppers, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups chicken broth {I get mine from Vitacost}
2 limes, juiced
1 lb {3 cups} shredded chicken {I use Zaycon chicken}
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

shredded chicken

Directions

Drain and rinse the beans. In a medium bowl, mash about half of the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Set the beans aside.

Add the canola oil to a large Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, garlic and salt/pepper to taste. Saute until soft {approx. 5 minutes}. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder. Saute for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken broth and lime juice and bring just to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.

Stir in the shredded chicken and cilantro, and simmer about 5 more minutes. Serve hot. We like to top ours with sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and lime wedges.

Loved this chili recipe? Check out this cookbook:

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Chili Madness: A Passionate Cookbook

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Easy Freezer Meals: Simple Meat Loaf Recipe

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Easy Freezer Meal  Simple Meat LoafWith fall sports season in full swing, our evenings are sometimes always hectic. Back in July when I picked up my 40 pounds of Zaycon ground beef, one of the recipes I made and froze was a simple meat loaf. It makes dinner time on crazy nights a piece of cake. I just throw the meatloaf in when we walk in the door and by the time we’ve fed Lucy and tackled homework, there’s a piping hot meal waiting with virtually no work on my part. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Easy Freezer Meals Simple Meat Loaf RecipeIngredients

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef {I used Zaycon ground beef of course!}
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves {I’ve made this without the sage & it turned out great!}
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 small onion, diced {I used a fresh onion so I included the green tops}

Easy Freezer Meals Simple Meat Loaf Recipe

Directions

Combine all ingredients. Shape into a large loaf and place in an ungreased 13x9x2 inch pan. Wrap in saran wrap, then foil, date and then store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

When you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 350°F.  Bake uncovered at 350º for about an hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160°F. Let cool to room temperature and serve.

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Why I Love Zaycon Foods: High Quality Meat/Fruits at Wholesale Prices!

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I’ve decided bulk is seriously the only way to go! I just placed my order for the next Zaycon chicken event, and I’m getting excited. But while I was on their website, I noticed they have so much more than just chicken and ground beef. They sell fruit, seafood, pork, and even raw honey. And you guessed it, they’re all at wholesale prices. Zaycon is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to save money by spending money. I know it sounds weird, but when I buy in bulk I not only get a good price, but I make all sorts of meals & cook a bunch of meat in advance. So I’m not only saving money on the meat, but time. And since time is money, well, you get my point.

Speaking of saving time. I knew today was going to be a crazy day around here, so I took some of my Zaycon chicken I had in my freezer and threw this crock pot meal together so I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking at dinner time.

Easy Crock Pot Meals – Honey Chicken and Rice Recipe. Hands down one of my favorite, favorite crock pot meals EVER. You should go order yourself some Zaycon chicken and then make this. You just might love me forever for suggesting it {or at least until you finish off this meal, then you might become an angry elf}.

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Easy Freezer Meals – Roadside Sliders Recipe

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Easy Freezer Meals - Roadside Sliders

I don’t know about you, but we LOVE roadside sliders around here. So when the HH and I processed 40 pounds of Zaycon ground beef recently, one of the many freezer meals we made was, you guessed it, roadside sliders.

Weather your’e making roadside sliders for a crowd or just trying to fill up the freezer for a day when you don’t feel like doing any prep work, this recipe is about as simple as it gets.

Mc Cormick Seasoning

Ingredients

10 pounds ground beef {Zaycon beef 97% lean is what I used}
1 {3.4 ounce} jar  Mc Cormick Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 {2.75 ounce} jar Mc Cormick Hamburger Seasoning

Easy Freezer Meals - Roadside Sliders

Directions

We broke out the roasting pan for this recipe! ;)

Place 10 pounds ground beef in a large roasting pan, add seasonings and mix the spices and ground beef together thoroughly {about 5 minutes by hand}. Once combined, use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop  and scoop equal portions onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten beef with the palm of your hand.

Place cookie sheets in the freezer for a couple of hours until the meat is firm, then transfer roadside slider patties to freezer zip baggies {I used quart sized zip baggies} label, and freeze until ready to use. {We placed 8 patties in each quart sized bag and placed a small square of parchment paper between the layers.}

Yield: 80 roadside sliders {10 bags of 8 roadside sliders each}.

Easy Freezer Meals - Roadside Sliders Recipe

When you are ready to cook your sliders, fire up the bbq and cook from frozen over medium heat until patties are cooked thoroughly.

Now that’s what I call an easy recipe! ;)

~Mavis

See More Easy Freezer Meal Recipes

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Ordering Chicken in Bulk: Why I Buy Zaycon Chicken

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about the meat I feed my family. How do I get cheap meat? Where do I purchase my meat? Am I picky about the quality? In the past I’ve often bartered with neighbors for high quality meat, purchased meat in bulk on sale or was lucky enough to get some meat from the HH’s work. But lately I’ve been pretty loyal to Zaycon Foods.

Zaycon is a company based out of Washington that has kinda taken the country by storm. They bring meat direct from the farm in refrigerated trucks to their customers at wholesale prices. The products are as fresh as if you had your own farm, but without all the chores! And the quality of meat is amazing. I was a little hesitant at first because, with prices that low, I suspected I’d get bottom of the barrel meat. Nope. It was so good! So what’s the catch? Well you have to buy in bulk. As in 40lbs at a time!

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That took a little getting used to, but I’ve actually really liked that. I can devote an entire afternoon to bagging, cooking and freezing all that meat, and just get it out of the way. I also make a ton of freezer meals out of it, so it really saves me so much time in the long run. Plus I love having a freezer stocked full of high quality meat!

Zaycon has upcoming chicken events all over the country. Check out if you live near one HERE. Trust me you won’t regret it!
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I used my last order of Zaycon chicken to make these delicious Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs. Soo good!

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Mornings with Mavis – Jewelry Deals, Food Should Taste Good Coupons, Dixie Paper Plates, $10 Denim + More

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Good morning everyone! I’ll give my caffeine report as soon AS I WAKE UP. ;) Yikes, this is harder than I thought it would be. The forecast is calling for rain today here in Western Washington, which means instead of watering, I get to hop back in bed. Wahoooo!

Here are a few deals I spotted for you this morning. Have a great day everyone.

~Mavis

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Vintage Owl Necklace $0.63 shipped
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Retro Colorful Crystal Owl Pendant and Chain $0.82 shipped
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Print a coupon good for $0.75 off 1 bag of Food Should Taste Good Chips.

Dixie Heavy Duty Paper Plates, 48 Count, 6.875 Inch

Back in stock!

Looking for a deal on paper plates? Get Dixie Heavy Duty Paper Plates, {48 Count, 6.875 Inch} for only $2.34 shipped when you use the subscribe and save option at checkout. PLUS… if you buy 3 you’ll get a 4th free with Amazon’s Back to School Essentials: Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale.

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Holy Cannoli Groupon has some sweet deals today! Here are my favorites:

Escali Arti Digital Glass Kitchen Scale  $22.99
Mobi DualScan Digital Thermometer for the Ear and Forehead $13.99 {Hot Deal!!}
Memory-Foam Mattress Topper $79.00 and up
Lil’ Rider FX 3-Wheeled Battery-Powered Bike

New to Groupon? Join Groupon Here!

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The Children’s Place has $10 Jeans and Free Shipping on Denim and Jeggings through Sunday, August 4th and 30% off backpacks.

Dr. Martens deals

6pm has Dr. Martens on sale today for up to 60% off and they ship for free too!

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Zulily has glass drink containers and canister sets available today in their Jay Import sale.

Already a Zulily Member? Go HERE to Get This Deal

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Zaycon Foods is offering boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.84/lb and it’s great way to stock up on chicken when this deal comes around. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $73.60. I know 40 pounds sounds like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but this is a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor {I’ve done that before with my neighbor Girly Girl}.

Zaycon chicken is 100% natural with no hormones, no antibiotics, and no additives or fillers whatsoever. This deal typically sells out quick so Head on Over HERE and sign up for this event.

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You can also get Brawny Giant Roll Paper Towels 16 pack {like 20 regular rolls} for as low as $17.44 shipped when you click the $1.50 coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout. Ahhh, I love shopping from home.

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Discount Mags has some great deals available, here are my favorites:

Family Handyman Magazine for only $5.99 per year when you use code MAVIS at checkout.
Parents Magazine for only $4.50 per year when you use code MAVIS at checkout.
Vanity Fair Magazine for only $4.99 per year when you use code MAVIS at checkout.

* These deals will expire tonight 8/1/2013 at midnight EST.

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Have an extra pint of strawberries on hand? Try my Strawberry Salsa Recipe, it’s yummy!

This week you can expect to find 3 coupon inserts  in your Sunday paper. 1 Smart Source and 2 Red Plum. See all the coupons that should be in the inserts HERE.

Don’t get the Sunday paper? Check this site for great deals for newspapers in your area. In many areas you will be able to subscribe to only the Sunday paper if you’d prefer.

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Amazon Local is offering $20 to Spend on Beauty, Health, and Household Essentials from Soap.com for only $10.

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

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Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

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Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

With a massive amount of Zaycon ground beef in my kitchen, I had to have a plan. There’s only so much hamburger you can brown before you feel glued to your stove. So bring on my best friend Mr. Crock Pot. Seriously not sure how it took me this long to figure out this little time-saver trick. It’s so easy. Sure your hamburger will look a little different, so brace yourself for that. But it tastes the same and just saved me hours in the kitchen. Awesome possum.

Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

Ingredients

4 lbs hamburger {Zaycon is the best!}
Garlic salt
Pepper
Onions {you can use fresh or dried}
Any other spices/seasoning your little heart desires

Directions

Place four pounds of meat in crock pot. Completely break up meat if you plan to walk away from your crock pot & leave it. The meat will cook exactly as you left it. Sprinkle seasonings on top of meat {a lot of the seasoning cooks off, so I added more than I normally would}.

Cook on low for about 5 hours or high for 2.5 hours. While waiting, go water your garden or catch up on Facebook and think to yourself how cool it is that you’ve saved yourself so much time. Once meat is completely cooked through, drain all of the fat off {You can throw frozen meat in the crock pot too, just cook for 2 hours on high and then break it up in the crock pot. Then follow the cooking instructions above}. Ignore the fact that it looks like you just cooked a bunch of brown worms, let it cool and then transfer to Ziploc bags. If you’re looking to freeze 1 lb bags, about 2.5 cups of cooked meat is equivalent to 1 lb {give or take}.

That’s it. So. Flippin. Easy.

6 Quart crock potI own 2 Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Portable Slow Cookers and LOVE them!!

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