You should know that I’m a big fan of cooking. I love to make things from scratch for my family and friends.
But you should also know, that sometimes, I’m just too busy or it’s just too much.
Last holiday season, cooking a huge dinner in my kitchen took multiple days and a lot of coordination and help. This year, we want to make it a little easier on everyone.
When Fresh and Easy asked me if I wanted to try their Holiday Box and share it with my readers, I jumped at the chance! Their food is always good and of course it’s Fresh and Easy!!
For the holiday box, customers can choose between a turkey breast, ham, or prime rib. I went for the prime rib.
It was super easy to cook and was ready in just one hour using my oven. And since most of it was cooked in the trays they came in, less mess to clean up!
The timing was perfect because my in-laws came to town for Marco’s birthday. It was a resounding hit! Everyone loved the food. Even the kids. And it was more than enough for all 10 of us even though the box serves 6-8. It includes side dishes of your choice and a free pumpkin pie! You can order yours at http://freshandeasy.com/holidaymeals for under $65.
Fresh and Easy also gave me a $50 to share with one lucky reader. Just post a comment with your favorite Thanksgiving dish and I’ll randomly choose one winner. You have until 11:59pm on Tuesday, Nov 19. (the gift card can be used in store only)
Fresh and Easy provided me with the holiday box to try out and share. All opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!
I don’t remember exactly when or how it started. I mean I kind of remember.
The babies were itty bitty. And my friends, Briya and Miss wanted to come over to visit the cutest twins ever born. And there happened to be an award show on? The Oscars maybe? I don’t remember. Mama Brain.
And then they came over again the next award show. Because hey, we like an excuse for a party!
And now it’s a thing. And we moved to a bigger place. And the babies are not itty bitty anymore. And more people come.
But for me, not only is it an excuse to have fun visiting with my friends.
But it’s an excuse to show my friends love through my cooking. And trying new recipes.
Oh and there’s some wine. Or margaritas. Or something.
This is how we did the Emmys.
Appetizers – chips, salsa from Fresh & Easy, and my homemade guacamole; figs with honey goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto; salami, white cheddar cheese and sea salt crackers.
Dinner – Tostadas made with my slow cooked Mexican roast and all the fixings
Dessert – chocolate cupcakes with caramel cream cheese frosting
I love the tradition we created!
Once upon a time, I went to my friend Julie’s house for some kind of party/gathering. Julie is the hostess I aspire to be. But, who am I kidding? I will never have the OCD needed to host a party the way she does. She’s a pro. From the menu to the decorations to the favor you take home, she’s the best. And this was before Pinterest was a thing, so you know she’s the real thing.
Anyhow, she made a meal that I never forgot and was soon serving at my own less fancy gatherings.
Crockpot Taco Soup.
First, you brown the ground beef along with chopped onion.
Drain and pour it all into your friend, the crockpot.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Give it all a good stir. And then, you just set the slowcooker to High for 4 hours or on Low for 8-10 hours, and it’s ready!
Serve it in your favorite bowls or shoot, grab any bowl. Top with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream., some chives (if you remember; in this instance, I forgot). Add some corn chips to garnish. And enjoy!
I’ve seen this recipe all over the place in different variations. Julie said she first got it from Paula Deen.
Here are the ingredients I use:
- 1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained.
- 1 chopped onion, cooked with the ground beef until translucent
- 2 cans pinto beans
- 2 cans Kidney beans (rinsed)
- 2 cans corn (and juice)
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 1 package ranch dressing mix
- Shredded cheese, sour cream, and corn chips.
- (chives, fresh jalapeños, olives are all good optional garnishes)
Let me know if you try it. It’s a favorite around here. Plus, it feeds about 8-10 people, so thumbs up for that.
There are many times, when I get home from work, I wonder, what the heck am I going to make for dinner???
I could make This… but oh no, we are out of That. Or This… nope, we used the last of That the other day. Man, didn’t I just go grocery shopping?
That’s when Marco will tell me, come on, babe, work your magic.
And I use whatever we have and come up with something good.
- 4-5 Boneless Chicken Breasts
- Large Can of Stewed Tomatoes (I got mine at Fresh and Easy. Actually, most of these ingredients came from there. I love that place)
- Taco Seasoning*
- 2 cups Chicken broth (or water & chicken bouillon)
In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons of oil on medium heat, just enough to coat the pan. Sprinkle taco spices on one side of the chicken and place spices side down in the pan.
Sprinkle the other side of the chicken pieces with the taco spices. When you see the pieces have turned white at the bottom, turn over. They should be slightly browned after you have flipped them over.
Meanwhile, in a separate pot, heat another 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add 1 cup of white rice and stir until it begins to change color (white and almost browning).
Add 1/2 of the can of stewed tomatoes to the rice and the other half to the chicken.
Cover the chicken.
Continue to stir the rice for a minute or two. Add 2 cups of broth. And cover the rice.
Lower the heat of both the chicken and the rice to low.
After about 20 minutes, the rice should be done and the chicken should be cooked through.
It was easy! The kids ate it up! A win!
Let me know if you try it. I hope you like it!
*You can use a packet of taco seasoning. But I like to make my own using chili powder, chili flakes, paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Using the measurements in this recipe.