Recipes

7
Aug

Easy Week Night Dinners for Busy Families

Don’t you love when you stumble on a Pinterest “Gem”; you know, a link that actually works and gives you not only what you were originally looking for, but so much more! Recently, we found one – Our Home Made Easy: Helping Working Moms Create Extraordinary Homes the Easy Way. We like the way Brittany, the blog’s creator, thinks. And, as an added bonus for us, she’s local to Phoenix, AZ; the birthplace of Food Tidings. It’s always nice to support “local”, when you can!

Our Home Made Easy created a pin for “20+ Super Easy Recipes for Dinner Time”. We invite you to check out her entire post and website, but here’s a sampling of dinners…all of which would be great options to easily double the recipe, package up the extra & deliver it as a Food Tiding to make someone else’s night, too. In fact, we bet you make their whole week, at least!


Thanks for Keeping It Simple, Brittany!


Tiding Tip

Easily double a recipe, package up the extra & deliver as a Food Tiding to make someone else’s night “easy”, too!


Easy Dinner Recipes:

Sharing them in FULL color, so you can practically taste them – enjoy!

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatball Subs

Source: Our Home Made Easy

Philly cheesesteak Crescent Ring

Source: I Wash You Dry

Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti

Source: Damn Delicious

20 Minute Healthy Chicken Burritos

Source: Redefined Mom

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Source: Life In the Lofthouse

Easy Fried Rice

Source: Good + Simple

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Source: Julia’s Album

Cheesy Party Burgers

Source: Kevin & Amanda

AND, since we can’t leave out dessert:

Gluten Free Monster Cookie Cheesecake

Source: The Recipe Rebel

Be the “Easy Dinner Night” for a family

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26
Jul

Easy Midwestern Cucumber Salad

Photo Credit: The Simple Pantry

I became a huge Cucumber Salad fan while visiting the family my husband lived with when he was a high school exchange-student in Germany. It’s a common tradition in many areas around the globe, with local variations that make it a home-town staple.

This “Easy Midwestern Cucumber Salad” recipe by Karly at The Simple Pantry is a great take on the traditional vinegar-based version. This would be a great appetizer or side dish. Give it a try and add a side of “COOL” to your Food Tidings meal. Be sure to make extra to have at home, too!

Cool Cucumber Goodness!
Photo Credit: The Simple Pantry

Easy Midwestern Cucumber Salad Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Total Servings 4

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh dill
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Cracked Pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup feta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Sour Cream and white wine vinegar. Add the dill, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and whisk gently. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  2. In a large bowl, add the cucumbers, red onion, chickpeas, and feta cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently to combine.
  3. Pack it up in your favorite go-to disposable dish, and it’s ready to compliment your Food Tidings meal! Or when serving at home – serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to intensify.
  4. Enjoy!

Source: “Easy Midwestern Cucumber Salad” by Karly at The Simple Pantry; Thanks Karly!

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Crystal Van Dyke

Food Tidings Contributor

I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to join the Food Tidings team in 2011 as Partners, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration/Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us.  Matt 5:16

10
May

Tangy Tomato Brisket

Tangy Tomato Brisket; a recipe from The Pioneer Woman is sure to please the any crowd!
Photo Credit: Van Dyke Family, Brisket Day

We love having “Brisket Day” at our house and this is one of our favorite recipes. Four ingredients make it simple, easy and quick to put together – my kind of recipe. Then, you just enjoy the aromatherapy as it cooks all day. Whether for your family, a new mom, as Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman suggestions in her cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier” (& we agree!), or for anyone who could use some comfort food — this is sure to please!

The Pioneer Woman said it, and we can vouch for it! Brisket is great to deliver to a new mama.

I was signed up to deliver a FoodTidings meal to a friend, so I just doubled the recipe and called it a day. Yes, that’s a LOT of meat – but, with my current crew of 5, including 3 growing teenagers, we barely had any leftovers. I’m glad I put my FoodTidings portion in its own pan, or it might not have made it out of the house!

Make this easy recipe for your family or a FoodTidings meal and be blessed by Brisket!

Tangy Tomato Brisket

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • One 5- to 8-pound beef brisket, trimmed of all fat (the butcher can do this for you!)
  • One 24-ounce bottle ketchup or chili sauce
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 cup water
  • Optional: Several dashes hot sauce, for spicier brisket

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Place the brisket in an oven-safe pan (see tip below!). Combine the ketchup and soup mix in a bowl, and then stir it around to mix. Pour in 1 cup water and stir to combine. (You can add more or less water as needed)
  3. Pour the sauce all over the brisket, and then flip the brisket over to coat the other side. Now just cover the pan with foil and roast in the oven for 6 to 7 hours.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and test the brisket to make sure it’s fork-tender. The brisket should fall apart if you look at it! Slice the brisket into thin strips, then return the beef to the sauce and keep it warm until you’re ready to serve.

Source: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, By Ree Drummond, p. 180-81

Watch The Pioneer Woman’s Brisket How to Video here!

Aluminum pans make it an easy clean up!

Tiding Tips:

1. A disposable aluminum pan works great, and is convenient for you and the Food Tidings Recipient.
2. Double the pan up to help avoid leaks during transport and when cutting the meat!!

Rolls, Baked Potatoes, Salad & Brownie Bites are great options to complete the FoodTidings meal.

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Crystal Van Dyke

Food Tidings Blog Contributor

I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to join the Food Tidings team in 2011 as Partners, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration/Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us.  Matt 5:16

2
May

Grocery Tidings to the Rescue

Tidings are meant to bring comfort and joy. Grocery Tidings can give that and more, trust me.

It was one of those weeks. One of our cars broke down. We discovered our hot water heater had kicked the bucket by walking onto soggy wet carpet in our master closet. We were in the middle of getting a rehab stay situated for a close relative. Our schedule was full with work and kid activities. Then, my sunglasses lost a screw. That little sucker would change my next few months.

My parents live with us in our guest-house-turned-grandparents’-home, which I’m very grateful for – makes visits and caregiving much easier. Since my Dad has always been the ‘fix it man”, I ran over to have him fix my sunglasses. He was tracking down a replacement screw and in the midst of it, tripped over a toolbox. Life came to a screeching halt in that moment as my 77 year old Dad broke his hip.

Needless to say, my caregiving went to the next level. Now that my Dad was out of commission for at least 12 weeks, I added full time caregiver for my Mom, who had suffered a mild stroke and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, to my schedule; in addition to my other wife, mom, work and life duties. I was grateful we were managing, but time was short and my to-do list was getting longer.

Then, my door bell rang. It was unexpected. I threw on a ball cap to cover my un-showered hair and ran to the door. I wasn’t in my PJs that day, so that was at least something. When I opened the door, it was like the heavens opened to bright blue sky, sweet music rang out and doves fluttered around. OK, there were no doves or music, but the sky was blue. More importantly, a dear sweet friend of mine was standing there holding bags filled with groceries.

I held it together as she handed me the bags and gave us get-well-wishes for my Dad and said she hoped I was hanging in there. I couldn’t speak, but our eye contact said enough. Being the understanding friend she is, she quickly said good bye and waved as she ran back to her car. I shut the door and, I’ll admit, a few tears hit my groceries as I walked to the kitchen.

I quickly blamed my misty eyes on my lack of sleep and the sweetness of generosity, as my kids looked at me weird. Then, after loading our pantry & refrigerator with the goodies she had brought and collecting myself, I immediately texted my friend a ton of emojis to express my thanks and appreciation of her, despite my lack of words.

Tiding Tip

Giving groceries to a family helps with food and extra margin to their schedule; time saved is always a welcomed gift!

My husband and kids were rallying to help and we had meal preparation covered. However, not having to run another errand gave us some needed margin. The gesture of gifting groceries, including actually doing the shopping & delivery so we were stocked with some snacks and prepared to make meals, was so thoughtful, useful and appreciated.

While I may forget what the actual grocery items were, I will always remember my friend showing up. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. Generosity and hope can take on so many forms and this time, groceries fit the bill.

Restocking the pantry is always a useful and appreciated gift.
Delivery makes it easy for everyone!

So, next time you know of a family or friend going through something – caring for a new baby, battling illness, fighting for their life, healing from a surgery, job change or anything else life throws at them – consider the many ways that you might be able to show up. Set up a Food Tidings schedule to help with meal support, make or send them a meal, get them groceries, have their house cleaned, write them a note or just let them know you’re praying for them. Big or small doesn’t matter. Showing up, does. 

FoodTidings is more than a website, it’s a community of people that show up. Our site will continue to add new features, services and products to help you help others; including things like grocery delivery, house cleaning gift certificates, lawn service gift certificates, thoughtful gifts for unique times in life and ways to collect funds so Recipients can use it as they see fit, and more. Stay tuned!

Our wish is that FoodTidings will help YOU spread encouragement, hope and generosity. Who can you show up for? 

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Crystal Van Dyke

FoodTidings Contributor

I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to join the Food Tidings team in 2011 as Partners, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration/Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us.  Matt 5:16

17
Apr

Empty Tomb Rolls

My mother-in-law first made these rolls with my kids several years ago and we’ve been stuck on them ever since. It’s an easy Easter tradition that is sweet and meaningful…a perfect mix.

The original paper print out that my MIL gave me was getting pretty messy, so I searched Pinterest for a digital update. I have to admit, I laughed out loud when I read the story from Christy Denney, The-Girl-Who-Ate-Everything:

New Baby Meals

“The generosity shown to me after I had my third son Wes was unbelievable. Not only did my church friends bring in meals for 5 days but my friends brought in 4 meals after that.

Usually I have food issues. I’m not sure where it stemmed from. Maybe it’s just that I have found one too many hairs in food. Anyway, unless I know you well…and know that you are a clean cook, I am wary of your food.

A bit snobbish, but it’s the truth. After I had the baby, however, I didn’t even think about any of that. I was humbled and truly grateful for everyone’s willingness to help make a meal.”

-Christy Denney, https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/empty-tomb-rolls/

I get her. I’ve been known to side with the germaphobes. However, it is truly amazing how a small gesture of care can melt away some of our silly notions. That, and how pure exhaustion will make you willing to eat anything! 😉

Honestly though, I find that people are usually MUCH more careful when they fix meals for other people than they even are for their own family. I know I am, and I’ve seen the efforts of many others who are the same way. No worrying needed, just enjoy the gift of generosity!

I love that Christy’s gift meal included these Empty Tomb Rolls – such a great idea and nice gesture.

Perfect for Easter, or any time.

Here’s a breakdown of the symbolism of Empty Tomb Rolls:

  • Large Marshmallows – body of Jesus
  • Melted Butter – oils of embalming
  • Cinnamon and Sugar Mix- spices used to anoint Christ’s body.
  • Crescent Roll – the wrapping of Jesus’ body or the tomb.
  • Oven – the tomb
  • Cavity in bun – the empty tomb or the empty cloths

Tiding Tip

Printing out the symbolism for the Empty Tomb Rolls or sharing it with the Recipient will be especially thoughtful and meaningful for those celebrating Easter!

Empty Tomb Rolls Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  •  1 8 ounce or (12 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls (the bigger size makes it a little easier to wrap around the marshmallow)
  •  1/4 cup sugar
  •  1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  •  8 large marshmallows
  •  1/4 cup butter , melted

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Separate rolls into eight triangles. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip each marshmallow into butter, roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on a triangle. Pinch dough around marshmallow, sealing all edges. Make sure to seal well or all the marshmallow will escape.
  2. Dip tops of dough into remaining butter and cinnamon-sugar. Place with sugar side up in greased muffin cups. It helps to use jumbo muffin tins so that the juice doesn’t overflow.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly then eat warm.
RECIPE NOTES:

Source: The-Girl-Who-Ate-Everything, Christy Denney

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Crystal Van Dyke

FoodTidings Contributor

I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to join the Food Tidings team in 2011 as Partners, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration/Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us.  Matt 5:16

21
Mar

Melt the Meal Idea Block

Sometimes I get “meal-idea-block”, unable to think of a “good” meal idea when I am asked to help a family with a dinner. Oh, the pressure. As though the meal needs to be amazing or they may think I’m a lousy cook! Sound familiar? Trust me, the struggle is real. So, let’s melt that “block”, together.

Here are a few ideas to keep up your sleeve (or anywhere handy that you’ll remember) for the next time you get asked to help with a Food Tidings schedule or a meal for a family.

I can assure you, these meal ideas are easy and travel well: 

  1. Breakfast for dinner: Scrambled eggs, or a quick egg casserole with onions, peppers, ham, and cheese; baked at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Add some pancakes or cinnamon rolls (from the tube at your local store), with fruit on the side.
  2. Taco night: Brown up some ground beef (seasoned to taste), and package up shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, jar of salsa and some tortillas and/or chips on the side. Feeling fancy? Throw in some guacamole!
  3. Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner: Roast a chicken with potatoes and broccoli, seasoned with butter and salt. A one-pan dinner! Or, in a hurry? Pick up a pre-cooked Rotisserie Chicken from Costco or local store, add your roasted veggies on the side.
  4. Casserole a la Easy: Make a chicken and rice casserole with mixed veggies: Add chicken (pre-cooked), rice, mixed veggies (frozen, works great!), can of cream of chicken soup, sour cream and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Add fruit on the side, and you gift “fresh-comfort” all in one.

While these recipes or ideas may not win fancy awards, but they are meals that most families can and will eat. When a family is in need, that’s the most appreciated thing about getting a meal; they can enjoy it without having to think about it. Also, these meals require no special ingredients and can be made in double batches so you can feed your family that night, too!

Tiding Tip

Once you’ve signed up to make a Food Tiding dinner, plan to make it in a double batch so you can feed your family that night, too.

Again, these are just a few general ideas to keep in mind. Go with it as they are, or use them as general themes to start the ideas flowing. If you’d like more specific recipe details, you can always use your favorite recipe(s) or find something on Pinterest or online.

In the end, I hope you’ve gained a few simple, quick, go-to dinner ideas to relieve the pressure the next time you are asked to serve another with a Food Tidings. Never be “meal-idea-blocked”, again. Be confident and, most importantly, know that anything will be appreciated!

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Put these easy meal ideas to work for someone you care about!

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Leanne Schinella

Food Tidings Blog Contributor

After being the recipient and participant in many meal schedules, my husband and I co-founded Food Tidings in 2007. We have 8 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 9 chickens, 1 hedgehog and 2 bunnies (yes, we are THAT fun) 🙂 When I’m not on wife or mom duty, I love photography and capturing family moments, for other families and my own, to treasure.

15
Mar

IRISH GUINNESS BEEF STEW (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

It was my lucky day. I was searching for a hearty, Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day a couple of years ago, and discovered this recipe from The Cookie Rookie. It was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a dinner-recipe-search rainbow!

I’ll have to admit, I’m personally not a beer drinker. However, I love Ireland and find the history of the Guinness family interesting. A few years ago, I got to tour the Guinness Storehouse/Brewery in Dublin, Ireland and managed to get down the traditional class of Guinness at the end. I still have the glass to prove it. It was a fun experience and I’d highly recommend the tour, with or without the ending taste “test”. This recipe flooded me with memories of that trip and I had to try it.

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland
Source: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en

Whether you are a beer fan or not, the aroma of this “Irish Stew” will fill your home with cooking-happiness and the flavor of this stew will leave a lasting impression. It’s hearty, comfort food at its best. Don’t miss out.

This recipe comes with our family’s “Van Dyke Seal of Approval”; which is among an elite few (it can be tough getting 6 people to agree, sometimes!). In fact, it immediately became one of our son’s favorite meals; so much so, he requested it as his “Birthday Meal” (over a restaurant choice). Since then, it’s been in the regular dinner rotation in our house; especially during the cooler months.

So, go ahead and add a little “Irish” to your dinner or someone else’s.


Ingredient prep is simple and goes quick.

Ready to cook! My trusty crock pot is still my friend; but on my busy days, my Instant Pot is my fast and fun BFF.


THE RECIPE:

(Adapted from Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie’s “Irish Guinness Beef Stew (Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew”)

PREP TIME: 15 min

COOK TIME: 8 hrs – Slow Cooker; 1 hr 20 min – Instant Pot

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can sliced carrots
  • 2 full stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 lbs stew meat, cubed (Note: You can make this stew “fancy” (eg. for a Birthday Meal) by using Sirloin Steak, which I use when it’s on sale; otherwise, general stew meat works great)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 10 ounces beef broth (about 1/3 of a large box)
  • 1 (13 g) envelope Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 12 ounces (1 bottle) Guinness Stout
    • Tip: Some grocery stores will sell individual bottles, so you can purchase only what you need. Even if you’re not a big-beer fan (don’t tell that to your Irish friends!), the flavor of this stew is worth the effort!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put potatoes, carrots, and celery chunks in the bottom of crock pot on low heat. Pour in beer, beef broth, garlic powder, salt and pepper, soup mix, and basil. Stir to combine.
  2. Season beef lightly with salt and pepper and then coat in the flour.
  3. Heat oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Cook the beef until almost browned, and then add in the onion. Continue turning and browning until the meat is fully browned and the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. (You might want to brown the meat in batches, so it doesn’t get too crowded.)
  4. Add meat and onions to the slow cooker.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce and cover, heating on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Low is best, but if you don’t have the time, high will work! (*Or in Instant Pot: You can use the “Meat/Stew” button. On busy days, I usually cook it through the cycle TWICE on this setting (1.2 hrs total), to get the meat to extra “fall-apart” goodness; then, let it “stew” or warm until we’re ready to eat.)
  6. Serve with lots of bread! Enjoy!

Tiding Tip

This stew is hearty enough as a full meal by itself. Package it up for your Food Tidings delivery in a disposable pan/dish and deliver it with a french or sourdough baguette. The Recipient will savor the taste for days; be grateful to you, forever.


Sitting down to this meal just soothes the soul, every time.

Tiding Tip

Adding an “Irish” dessert would make a fun meal addition near St. Patrick’s Day or add an “international” flare to an everyday meal (Unless your Irish, of course…then, it’s just a regular ol’ brilliant meal, anytime.)


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Crystal Van Dyke

Food Tidings Blog Contributor

I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to become a Food Tidings Partner in 2011, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration, emphasis in Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us.  Matt 5:16

12
Feb

Baked Chicken Tacos

TACO-TIDING-TO-GO!

Oven baked chicken tacos have lots of flavor and none of the stress, great for a Food Tidings delivery. 

Tacos to go would fit nicely in a disposable pan. (Photo Credit: TheCookieRookie.com)

This Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos Recipe is the most popular recipe on TCR, being pinned over 2 million times and viewed over 5 million times!

TheCookieRookie.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken shredded (pre-cooked Rotisserie chicken makes it easy! )
  • 1 ounce Taco Seasoning click for homemade recipe!
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomato 14.5 ounce, fully drained
  • 1 can Chopped Green Chiles 4.5 ounce, fully drained
  • 10 Stand and Stuff Taco Shells, Old El Paso or other
  • 8 ounces Refried Beans 1/2 can
  • 2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese shredded

Be ready to finish off with sliced jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, chopped cilantro, shredded lettuce or any of your favorite taco toppings!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet.
  3. Add onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  4. Stir in the chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes (FULLY DRAINED), and green chiles (FULLY  DRAINED) *see note. Stir to combine fully. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Place the taco shells in the baking dish (disposable pan, for a Food Tiding), standing up. Typically, you can fit 10+ taco shells in the dish by adding 2 on each side.
  6. Bake the taco shells for 5 minutes by themselves to allow them to crisp up. Remove from the oven.
  7. Spoon 1 tablespoon of beans into the bottom of each taco shell. Top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell.
  8. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese, the more the better!
  9. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned.
  10. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite items such as jalapenos, sour cream, cilantro, and salsa. Adding toppers on the side for a Food Tiding will be easy, colorful & much appreciated.
  11. Enjoy!

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE SHELLS FROM GETTING SOGGY ON THESE CHICKEN TACOS?

Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  1. Bake the shells for 5 minutes on their own before stuffing them with all the delicious toppings and cooking all the way. This way they have the chance to really crisp up on their own before you get started.
  2. Make sure refried beans are the bottom layer, creating a bit of a barrier between the chicken mixture and the shell. The shells are bound to be less crispy on the bottom than they are at the top, and that’s just part of what happens when you bake them, but they SHOULD NOT break or be soggy.
  3. The other truly important step is FULLY DRAINING the tomatoes and green chiles before adding into the chicken mixture. It’s recommended that you first drain, then letting sit over a bowl in a strainer for about 5 minutes to make sure they drain all the way. This will help to keep the shells crispy, so important!

Thank you, The Cookie Rookie  – one more yummy recipe for the books!

Pan perfect, easy to transport & serve. (Photo Credit: TheCookieRookie.com)

Then, be the first to sign up for Taco Tuesday, or Taco Any-Day!

You’ll get a smile, guaranteed.

8
Feb

Instant Pot Roast: Mississippi style

I wanted to share a recipe for a quick, easy, and delicious meal that my family and I have really been enjoying lately. It gets two thumbs up from all four of our kids; and let me tell you, that can be challenging. It’s “Mississippi Pot Roast”, a recipe adapted from simplyhappyfoodie.com. Made in the Instant Pot, it literally fell apart when I opened the lid (which is a good thing for roasts, in my book!), and it took quite a bit of willpower to wait to eat it until dinner time! The amazing smell seemed to lure each of the kids to the kitchen, and I had to tell them we’re “closed” until dinner so it wasn’t gone before then. HA!

This would definitely be an awesome meal to bring to a friend or family member who is going through a transitional time in their life: had a baby, sick, going through treatment for cancer, recovering from surgery, just moved, has a chronic illness, a caregiver for a family member who is sick, or those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. We suggest taking it in some kind of container that you don’t mind getting back or something that is disposable.

Tiding Tip:

Taking a meal to someone is one of the best ways to communicate that you care!

Photo Credit: Simply Happy Foodie

INSTANT POT MISSISSIPPI ROAST

Ingredients:

  • 5 pound beef chuck roast cut in 2 to 3 pieces to fit inside Instant Pot
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini juice
  • 8-10 pepperoncinis, whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or something of the like
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted or salted butter

Directions:

  1. Turn the pressure cooker on, press “Sauté”, and wait 2 minutes for the pot to heat up. Add the avocado oil and beef and cook until browned, about 3 to 5 minutes per side, flipping once. (Note: You may need to cook the beef in batches so the pot isn’t overcrowded.)
  2. Take beef out and place on plate, insert Instant Pot trivet. Pour in beef broth and pepperoncini juice. Then place beef back into Instant Pot, add salt, pepper and ranch seasoning packet. Cut the butter into chunks and place the butter on top of the seared beef. Then, place the pepperoncinis on top, as well.
  3. Turn the pot on Manual, High Pressure for 90 minutes and then let the pressure naturally release release. Once it’s released fully, open the lid and enjoy the amazing smell that comes from the pot, but don’t put your face too close or you’ll get a steam facial you didn’t bargain for. 🙂 The meat should shred quite nicely. ENJOY!

Tiding Tip:

Stock up on disposable containers from the Dollar Store or when they are on sale; then you’ll have containers on hand when it’s time to take a meal to someone you love and care about.

Photo Credit: Simply Happy Foodie

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Hello to our amazing Food Tidings community! My husband and I co-founded Food Tidings in 2007. It’s been amazing to watch it grow the way it has, and be such a wonderful tool for SO many people all over the world!

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Super Bowl Snack Stadium

Wow. What a gameday win! You’ll be the talk of the town if you do this for your super bowl party. While it looks like it’ll take you days to construct, it’s actually pretty doable in a short time since drinks make up most of the structure.

Know someone that’ll be staying in for the Super Bowl? Think how a mini-stadium…or well, maybe a gift basket of snacks might pump up their game. There’s always a good time for a Food Tiding!

Let us know if you attempt the stadium or a simple gift. Post your pics on our Food Tidings FB page, we’d love to see them and be inspired!

Here’s the blueprint on how to make it!

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Here’s how’s it’s done:

Thanks AllCreated.com and DELISH!