Crockpot Chicken Bowls

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You know what I love most about slow cooking? The entire process of letting all of the ingredients sit together and having the flavors mesh over time. The end result is a balanced tasting meal. Not only that, but the crockpot does all of the work for you. You literally don’t have to do a thing while your meal is cooking.

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The process is similar to that of Fiji water. Their water starts out as a cloud, comes down as rain, is filtered by volcanic rock, collects, and then is bottled for you to enjoy. It’s a lengthy process, but the end result is worth it.

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There isn’t much for you to do in this recipe, you just have to wait. Patience is the key, my friends! Just like fine tasting water, the earth does most of the work for delicious tasting water. All you have to do is wait until the end and bottle it.

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I came up with this recipe because I wanted a delicious tasting Mexican meal without having to separately make all of the toppings. I didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen cooking the beans, making the beef, and chopping the tomatoes for the salsa. I wanted everything to be done at once and ready to eat at the same time. By choosing to serve the mixture over rice instead of wrapping it in a tortilla, that saved me from messy eating.

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You can find my recipe for these Crockpot Chicken Bowls on Fiji’s website here. You can also get many other Perfection Takes Time Recipes on fijiwater.com.

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Egg Noodles in Chicken Curry

IMG_2324 We all know that I’m a terrible cook. I’ve embraced it by now and have accepted the fact that I’m just not going to make gourmet meals anytime soon. Even when it comes to making simple Vietnamese dishes, it’s hard for me to grasp the ingredients and directions. That’s why I’ll take a thirty minute meal whenever I can. The less time you have to spend in the kitchen, the easier the recipe, right? IMG_2309 I decided to do a little twist on an Asian inspired recipe by using No Yolks noodles instead of rice with curry. They’re cholesterol free noodles that cook up firm, smooth, and delicious. There’s No Yolks and No Other. I thought that their wide and flat shape would be great for scooping up curry sauce. I was right!IMG_2334 It was almost like having mini lasagna noodles with curry sauce instead of spaghetti sauce. No Yolks also makes noodles in whole grain, if you want something a little healthier with your meal. IMG_2337 This dish was great as is, but adding a couple of vegetables to the sauce would make it even better. Potatoes, green beans, and bell peppers are just a couple of extras that you could add. I loved the idea of subbing No Yolks Noodles for rice and can see myself doing that a lot more in our household. After I made this dish, I had some extra noodles leftover. Instead of making more sauce for it to go with, I thought of one of my favorite children’s meals. Noodles with butter and cheese! I never ate that meal as a child since it’s pretty foreign growing up in an Asian household, but all of my nieces and nephew adore it. I simply tossed the leftover noodles with melted butter, parmesan cheese, and fresh ground pepper. As simple as it sounds, I honestly think it’s my favorite way to eat noodles. IMG_2352 For other great recipes and ideas, you can try one of these twelve family-favorite, No Yolks noodle recipes:
Beef Casserole
Beef Stroganoff
Chicken Casserole
Chicken Noodle Soup
Goulash Recipe
Kugel Recipe
Lamb Stew
Spanish-Style Noodles
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Cheesy Noodles
Noodles Romanoff
Asian Noodle RecipeYou can also get a coupon for $1 off 2 bags of No Yolks Noodles here.

This recipe was a bit spicy, so if you want it milder, decrease the amount of curry powder in your sauce. Recipe slightly adapted from The Kitchn.

Egg Noodles in Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 8 ounces No Yolks noodles

Directions

  1. Heat the garlic and oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the curry paste and curry powder and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, chicken breast, and sugar. Stir everything together, making sure to evenly mix in the curry paste. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions, timing it so that the noodles will be cooked when the curry is done simmering. Drain and divide between two bowls. Top with curry and the garnishes of your choice. Serve immediately.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/11/egg-noodles-chicken-curry.html

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Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza

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Surprise! It’s National Pizza Month. That gives you the perfect excuse for eating pizza every day this month. Thanks to the Cuisinart Alfrescamoré Outdoor Pizza Oven, you can have a freshly baked pizza any time you want. It gives the environment of a real brick oven, without taking up all of the space!

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Isn’t it cute? It’s perfect for your backyard BBQ’s. Since all we have in our place is a teeny tiny outside patio (I’m talking like 3 x 7 feet small), we don’t have a lot of room for cooking outside. This outdoor pizza oven solved our problems. It allowed us to enjoy the nice Los Angeles weather while making a delicious meal.

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Plus, it’s portable! Take it with you when you’re going over to someone’s house for a tailgating party. It weighs 35 pounds and assembles in less than ten minutes, so I’m not afraid to do it myself since I usually rely on my DH for of the grunt work. The pizza oven retails for $249.99 and you can find it online at BedBathBeyond.com, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and Cuisinart.com

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The caramelized onion, prosciutto, and goat cheese pizza came looking perfect. My pizza dough never gets those beautiful air bubbles in it like the ones at the restaurant. In this particular pizza, I had two!

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I chose to make a pizza with goat cheese since my DH started working today and I wanted to make him something that he loved… a little surprise to come home to. I knew he was a sucker for goat cheese, so it was the perfect opportunity to combine it with the pizza oven.

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It’s definitely a winner in my book. The pizza oven advertises to cooking pizzas in as little as five minutes, but mine took a little longer than that. Just make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!

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I’m doing a giveaway with Cuisinart, which includes a Cuisinart 12″ Pizza Peel and Pizza Cutter!  All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know the first pizza recipe you’d test in the Cuisinart Alfrescamoré Outdoor Pizza Oven! You can also gain entries by linking to this post on your social channels and tagging #Alfrescamore.

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe of pizza ball dough (store bought also works)
  • 1/2 onion, sliced, leaving rings whole
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 3 slices of prosciutto, torn into pieces
  • 1 tsp dried basil

Directions

  1. Roll out your pizza dough as far as it will stretch, approximately 12" round. Place on your pizza stone.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, cook the onion slices, 2 tsp olive oil, and brown sugar until evenly browned (about 7 minutes). Set aside.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil on the dough. Add the goat cheese, prosciutto, caramelized onions, and dried basil.
  4. Bake in pizza oven for 7-8 minutes, keeping an eye on it.
  5. Serve immediately.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/caramelized-onion-prosciutto-goat-cheese-pizza.html

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In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with Cuisinart Alfrescamoré and received a product demo and premium items as part of my participation. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own