Chicken Verde – Best dinner ever

Mom’s, do you want to have a “winner” of a dinner? Here you go! Your kids will love it! Seriously, my kids were thanking me while they were eating. It was like they’ve been eating 💩all their life until this came along. 😂 Not kidding, they fought over who was getting the leftovers the next day!

I was happy they liked it, but it was kinda hurting my feeling since all I did was throw it all in a crockpot instead of cooking over a hot stove for an hour like I normally do. 🤔Maybe I need to think about changing all my recipes to crock pots. LOL!

The recipe actually called for chicken thighs but I used chicken tenderloins since I already had it at home from my ButcherBox. Also, go for really good salsa verde, don’t buy the cheap stuff! I got mine in the all natural & organic section at Kroger, but can’t remember the brand. I’ll look for it next time I go. I have used the Trader Joe’s Brand in the past too.

I served this with black beans & rice for the family and I just ate it by itself. I always use brown rice & I toast the rice with evoo before adding the water. For the black beans, I use organic and canned and I drain & rinse before using. Mix those together once the rice is ready. I thrown in some cumin & salt and that’s it.

Oh, I also forgot to add the cilantro, so that can be omitted too. 🙂 We added sour cream (full fat people…stop getting fat free) and that’s it.

Try it and let me know how your family likes it. I promise you’ll feel loved at least for one night. 😊❤️

Easy and Fresh Pasta Sauce

I like to make a batch of pasta sauce to keep in the fridge for those crazy hectic weeknights when you need to make dinner in a hurry!  This is so much healthier than buying those store brands that usually have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut! Ah! Serve this with a simple side salad and favorite pasta and you have a perfect weeknight dinner. Oh, and your family won’t even know it has carrots in it…and trust me, they’ll love it! You can also make a double recipe and freeze.

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mild or sweet pork sausage or substitute with turkey or chicken.
½ medium yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped, about 4 cups
¼ cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium
4 Tablespoons organic tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons of oregano
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon black pepper

Prepare:

Heat a large, non-stick sauté pan over medium heat; add oil, and once hot, add meat and brown, about 3-4 minutes.

Add in onion and carrot. Stir to combine and sweat the vegetables until onions are translucent and soft, about 3 minutes.

Add in tomatoes, parsley, broth, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, vinegar, and salt & pepper, stir to combine. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Taste and adjust salt & pepper.

Serve warm over your favorite pasta and top with a little grated parmesan cheese.