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Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken is one of my family’s favorite dinners and it is very easy to make. It only has three ingredients Chicken, Salsa and Brown sugar. While I prefer to make it in the oven as that gives it the nice carmelization, it also works well in the crockpot. Generally I serve it over rice.

Salsa Chicken cooked

Salsa Chicken
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A quick and easy, 3 ingredient chicken dish that can be done in the oven or a slow cooker.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 6
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 2 cups Salsa
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  1. Put the chicken in a large Corningware or Pyrex dish.
  2. Mix the salsa and Brown sugar together in a bowl.
  3. Add to the chicken and stir.
  4. Bake at 350 for an hour or in the crockpot all day on low.
  5. I prefer the oven for the caramelization but it gets cooked in the crockpot more often.

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Bean Meatballs and Pineapple

One of my family’s favorite dinners is Beans, Meatballs and Pineapple. It is as simple as the title suggests. One of the things that I like about it is that you can easily reduce the amount of meat in it to make it stretch.

The recipe came from my wife’s family and has been modified to have more beans. This one is high on the meatballs but I have done it with less meat and bulked it out with more beans. The meatball recipe can also be altered to your standard meatballs. Everyone makes them different.

Beans Meatballs Pineapple

Bean Meatballs and Pineapple
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 5-8
  • 1½ lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion Chopped Fine
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c Quick Oats
  • Parsley Flakes
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • 1 28 Fl oz Can of Baked Beans (I use Molasses ones)
  • 1 14 Fl Oz Can of Pineapple Tidbits (NOT Drained)
  1. Mix together the Ground Beef, Onion, Eggs, Oats, Parsley Flakes and Garlic Powder. Form into 1 inch balls. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Drain the grease. Add the pineapple and beans. Mix together and bake another 30 minutes uncovered.

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Taco Bites

The day started out with a plan for dinner but by dinner time we were on to Plan B, Take 2. The original plan was for Teriyaki Chicken on Spinach Salad. On opening the defrosted chicken to put in the marinade it was clear it was bad. Not sure how but that’s not important, I’m not risking food poisoning. I defrosted in the microwave straight from the freezer so the only thing I can think of was that it was bad when I bought and froze it.

With Plan A gone we moved to Plan B which was Taco’s. As we were going out we picked up some ingredients on the way home. I had everything ready. The only real recipe part of this is that I make my own taco seasoning.

  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Cornstarch
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Garlic
  • 1 TSP Cumin

This made enough for 1lb of ground beef.

Brown up 1lb of ground beef with 1 small onion diced small. Drain the fat. Add the spice mix and 1/2 cup of water. Turn down and simmer until most of the water is gone. It will have a nice spicy gravy coating the meat. (Recipe originally posted as Taco Night)

The take 2 part was when we open the second pack of Taco shells that I had bought for a previous taco night. Rancid. Twice in one day. Ok time to roll with the punches. Down to the corner store for some Tortilla Chips. They had these mini bowl ones that I thought might work well. Everyone made theirs their own way. I left the lettuce off of mine and I forgot the salsa on the photo one. My preschooler ate the bowls with lettuce and sour cream.

It work out great. The kids found it fun. They were actually less messy. I can eat one in one bite although the rest of the family was taking two or three. I can see myself serving these at a Superbowl party and similar TV watching events.