Texas Style Southwest Chicken #foodbloggers4tx

This super easy to make Texas style southwestern chicken recipe is one of those really versatile recipes that makes dinner so easy.
Southwest Chicken with black beans and salsa

You can make this as a dump and go crock pot recipe as you dash out the door during the day, or you can bake it in the oven too.

I also like that you can turn this into a freezer meal and dump it straight into your crockpot to cook!

With just a few ingredients, it is a budget friendly meal that does not taste budget!
Just serve it with some rice on the side and dinner is ready!
I swap out Chicken thighs for breasts sometimes too!
Not a fan of black beans? Just grab some pinto beans instead!

Serve the chicken whole.. or, my familes fav.. dice/shred up the cooked chicken and mix it back into the pan. Serve it over cooked rice as a Tex Mex Bowl. SO GOOD!

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Texas Style Southwest Chicken
Chicken with Salsa ,Black beans, and Corn served over a bed of rice, is a restaurant worthy dish you can make in a slow cooker or bake in the oven!
  • 4-6 (1 per person) Chicken breasts
  • 1 (16 oz) can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16 oz) can Corn, drained
  • 12 oz jar Salsa or can of tomatoes w/ Green chiles,drained
Crock Pot Directions:

Place thawed or frozen chicken breasts in bottom of crock pot.
Dump drained beans and corn over chicken. Top with salsa or tomatoes.
Cook on High 3 4 hours or low 5-6 until chicken is cooked completely.

For Baking In Oven:
Layer all ingredients in a baking dish.
Bake 350° for 1 hour until chicken is cooked through

Now.. onto the reason we are actually here! To help with the Hurricane Harvey Victims!

It's Personal For Me:  I have a brother and his family living down there. They lost their home and farm in the floods about a year and half ago and were still trying to rebuild when the hurricane came through again. They are all safe sound and working hard to help their neighbors as well as continue to rebuild themselves. So I know how much work is ahead of everyone down there, when I say they had NOTHING, I mean it!

How You Can Help :
Sometimes you just want to DO something, I know I felt helpless being so far from my brother and family, and wanted to do more than just send money to help. Here are a few organizations that are asking for help , where you and your family can get involved in your own ways!

Here are a few places you can send supplies or order from amazon and have sent directly to people who need items: ( if they don't have an amazon wish list, just add their address to your amazon address book and ship the supplies to them!)

Disclaimer: Do your own researcher as always on charitable organizations and make sure you feel good about who your donating too and what they are doing with your donations! Donate wisely!

School Supplies: Dallas ISD is in need of school supplies for children who were supposed to start school yesterday in Houston. They need backpacks, pencils, notebooks, lunch boxes, notebook paper, crayons, and markers. Their address is: 3700 Ross Ave Dallas, TX 75204

Pet Supplies: Texas SPCA amazon Wish List:

Diapers /Wipes: The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, TX, 78238. 

Underclothes: "Undies for Everyone: is seeking new in packages" underwear of all sizes. They have an amazon wish list or you can mail too: Undies for Everyone, 1700 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005


#foodbloggers4tx Blog Hop: come join the party: Come link up your Favorite Texas Recipes: too! 
Any Texas / Southwest style food  is welcome! As many as you like!


Quick & Easy Fall Dinner Ideas

It's official, School is back in session so it is officially "unofficially" the start of fall! and with that comes the need for quick & easy dinner ideas!

I'm an empty nester now, with College age kids gone for long lengths of time and the suddenly crashing home with loads of laundry and loads of friends! So I'm either cooking for 2 or 200!

My days of juggling work, homework, afterr school sports and other activities with little ones have gone by the way side, but I still find myself exhausted at the end of  long days and needing quick dinner ideas!

So here is a collection of new ideas I've come across and can't wait to try and think you might enjoy too!

All of these ideas come from Houston area bloggers who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Not only were Homes destroyed, but loss of jobs and income as well. These are wonderful Blogs and I picked just one recipe from each, but was drooling over them all! Please go over to their blogs and check out their recipes! Just by visiting their site, you help put them back on their feet!
A comment or two let's them know they feel loved!

So go on over, grab your menu planner and a pen, and start planning some great easy and quick dinners!:

Pinto Beans and Sausage Quesadillas by Vianney over at Sweet Life!
Photo Credit: Vianney @ Sweet Life

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread For One! by Joanie over at One Dish Kitchen


Photo Credit: Joanie @ One Dish Kitchen

Pizza Sloppy Joes by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic
Photo Credit: Brenda @ Meal  Planning Magic


Barbecue, Bacon & Cheddar Stuffed Sweet Potatoes #InternationalBaconDay

 This dish is great for a lunch or a dinner, and you can easily make if from left over pork bbq or even from left rotisserie chicken. Bbq Cheddar & Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are so flexible!
 You can even put a few chicken breasts in a crockpot with bbq sauce all day and come home to put this dinner together. I love the flexibility!

Today I used leftover pork bbq for mine, and it is a family favorite way to use up bbq when there is a little bit left, and we are "sandwiched" out. no one complains when I put these on the table!
Sweet Potatoes

Feel free to just play around with the idea, both in ingredients and the baking, but I'll share with you how I put mine together. I often will do a combination of using the microwave and my oven to pull these together. But you can do all oven, or all microwave too.

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Barbecue Cheddar & Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes:
Serves 4


4 Sweet Potatoes
2 Cups Bbq pork, beef or chicken
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon cooked crisp and crumbled

Clean sweet potatoes under running water and pierce with a fork.
Bake potatoes in microwave till cooked through according to time recommended for your microwave.
Preheat Oven to 400°
In 9 x 13 baking dish place potatotes.
Cut open tops of each potato and lightly spread open each potato just a bit.
Place 1/2 cup bbq across top of each potato.
Top each bbq topped potato with 1/4 cheese.
Sprinkle with 1 slice crumbled bacon.
Bake potatoes 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Check out even more great  #InternationalBaconDay recipes from these great bloggers! 

  • Bacon Cheddar Horseradish Dip from Gate to Plate

  • Bacon Corn Pizza from Caroline’s Cooking

  • Bacon Wrapped Asparagus from A Day In The Life On The Farm

  • Barbecue, Bacon, & Cheddar Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Tip Garden

  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet from Amy’s Cooking Adventure

  • Green Beans with Bacon and Almonds from Feeding Big

  • Hot German Potato Salad with Bacon from Faith, Hope, Love,  Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

  • Pasta Carbonara Torte from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

  • Roast Beef, Ham and Bacon Club Sandwich from Family Around The Table

  • Surprise Biscuits from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

  • Warm Bacon Gruyere Dip with Caramelized Onion and Chive from Bear & Bug Eats

  • Wilted Lettuce Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing from Palatable Pastime
  • 8/30/17

    How to Turn Spaghetti Sauce Into Sloppy Joes

    Turning spaghetti sauce into sloppy joes is a quick and easy short cut! I have 2 ways to help you turn pasta sauce into scrumptious sloppy joe sandwich's your family will love!

    Sloppy Joe Recipe
    First up, will be turning leftover spaghetti and meat sauce into sloppy joes, then I'll share how to grab a jar of pasta sauce off the shelf and make it from scratch as a quick short cut with fresh hamburger. No need to buy a can of sloppy joe sauce! This will be delish!
    Sloppy Joe Recipe

    Recipe 1: Leftover Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Sloppy Joe's


    • 2 cups prepared spaghetti meat sauce
    • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 1/4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
    • Pepper to taste
    • 4 hamburger buns split open (toast under broiler optional)


    1. In saucepan over medium heat, reheat spaghetti sauce. If sauce is too "liquidy" let sauce reduce to desired thickness, stirring frequently, for a few minutes. 
    2. Stir in vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and pepper.
    3. Spoon mixture onto hamburger buns and serve.
    Sloppy Joe Recipe

    Recipe 2:  jar of pasta sauce and fresh ground hamburger Sloppy Joe's

    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 bell pepper, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 1/4 pound  ground beef
    • 2 cups prepared pasta sauce
    • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
    •  pepper to taste
    • 4 hamburger buns,split open ( toast under broiler optional)

    1. In large skillet over medium heat, add oil, onion and bell pepper. 
    2. Cook stirring occasionally 5 minutes till they begin to soften. Add garlic, stirring additional minute.
    3. Add ground beef and cook, crumbling till cooked though.  drain any drippings
    4. Add pasta sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and pepper. stir to combine
    5. Bring to a simmer, then lower temperature to low and cook till thickened, about 5 minutes. 
    6. Spoon onto hamburger buns.
    Sloppy Jeoe


    Peanut Butter Banana Protein Snack Dip

    This delicious dip made from yogurt, banana and peanut butter is the perfect  protein packed treat to pair with some whole grain pretzels or apple slices, or celery, for a fun after school snack, or even to pack into a lunch box!
    After School Snack Ideas

    I got the recipe from my local paper, and love that it takes just a minute to mix together, and tastes wonderful, yet is a more healthy dip compared to the sugar filled options sometimes surrounding us. I love that you can use this for a quick afternoon pick me up, or an easy and fun lunch option once in a while.
    Protein snack Ideas

    Here's how to whip a batch together:

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    Peanut Butter Banana Proten Snack

    • 1/2 ripe banana
    • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt-low fat
    • 3 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
    Peel banana, place in serving bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.
    Add in yogurt and peanut butter, and stir until well combined.
    Keep chilled till serving. Serve with Pretzels, Apple Slices, Celery sticks, or Graham Crackers.

    1 cup:  (4 quarter cup servings)

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