• Pollo Tropical Feast

    Chicken Ingredients:

    • 3 lbs. chicken breast
    • 3/4 c. pineapple juice
    • Juice from 1 orange
    • Juice from 2 limes
    • 2 packets Goya coriander and annatto seasoning
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/4 tsp. oregano

    Chicken Directions:

    1. In a large Ziploc bag add the pineapple juice through oregano and mix to combine; then add the chicken. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
    2. Grill.

    Black Beans and Rice Ingredients:

    • 2 15 oz. cans of black beans (do not drain or rinse)
    • Cumin
    • Oregano
    • Garlic powder
    • White Rice

    Black Beans and Rice Directions:

    1. In a saucepan, add the beans, cumin, oregano, and garlic powder, and simmer for a few minutes.
    2. Cook rice according to package.

    Balsamic Tomato Salad Ingredients:

    • Tomatoes
    • Red onion
    • Brown sugar
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • Olive oil
    • Salt
    • Pepper

    Balsamic Tomato Salad Directions:

    1. Add ingredients to bowl and toss to combine.

    Curry Sauce Ingredients:

    • Mayonnaise
    • Curry powder
    • Honey
    • Honey mustard
    • Milk, as necessary for thinning

    Curry Sauce Directions:

    1. In a bowl add mayonnaise, and then add curry powder, honey, and honey mustard to reach desired flavor. May thin the sauce with milk.

    Cilantro Garlic Sauce Ingredients:

    • 1 bunch cilantro
    • 4 oz. mayonnaise
    • 3 garlic gloves, peeled and chopped
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • Milk, as necessary to thin

    Cilantro Garlic Sauce Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until desired consistency. May thin the sauce with milk.

    Pollo Tropical Feast:

  • Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

    This recipe is so good! Filling and flavorful.

    Recipe adapted from Creme De La Crumb.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 15 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
    • 2 15 oz. cans of enchilada sauce
    • 1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles
    • 1 c. uncooked quinoa
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 4 oz. cream cheese
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 1 c. shredded cheese
    • Toppings: cilantro, diced tomatoes, avocado, sour cream, lime juice, tortilla chips

    Directions:

    1. Add the beans, corn, enchilada sauce, tomatoes with chiles, quinoa, water, cream cheese, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
    2. Cover and cook 4-5 hours on HIGH or 5-7 hours on LOW.
    3. In the last 30 minutes, take the lid off and stir; then add the cheese and replace lid and let cheese melt.
    4. Serve with desired toppings.

    Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole:

  • Lemon Pepper Cajun Chicken Pasta

    Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. linguine
    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 4-6 thin chicken cutlets
    • 2 TBSP Cajun seasoning
    • 1 1/2 c. fresh parmesan cheese + 2 TBSP fresh parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 4 TBSP butter, divided
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
    • 2 TBSP lemon juice
    • 1 c. heavy cream
    • 1 c. milk
    • 2 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain.
    2. In bowl, toss together the olive oil, chicken, Cajun seasoning, 2 TBSP parmesan, and a big pinch of pepper.
    3. Melt 2TBSP butter in a large pan set over medium-high heat, add the chicken and sear until deeply golden on both sides, 5 minutes per side. Turn the heat off and pour over the lemon juice. Transfer to a plate.
    4. To the same pan, add 2 TBSP butter, the garlic, and chili flakes. Cook 1 minute, until fragrant, then pour in the cream and milk. Whisk until smooth. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and cook 5 minutes, until slightly thickened. Stir in 1 1/2 c. parmesan cheese and taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Then toss in the pasta.
    5. Serve immediately topped with sliced chicken and parsley.

    Lemon Pepper Cajun Chicken Pasta:

  • Hibachi Fried Rice

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. jasmine rice, rinsed well and drained
    • 2 c. water
    • 2 TBSP sesame oil, divided, plus additional as necessary
    • 1 lb. chicken, diced (optional)
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 6 eggs, whisked
    • 1 TBSP butter
    • 4 TBSP soy sauce
    • 10 oz. bag frozen peas and carrots
    • 10 oz. bag frozen corn
    • 10 oz. bag broccoli
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Using a strainer, rinse the rice thoroughly for 90 seconds; then add the rinsed and drained rice to the Instant Pot and add 2 c. of water and give it a stir. Secure the lid, and cook on manual for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, allow natural release for 10 minutes, followed by quick release and fluffing the rice with fork (or leave lid on until ready to assemble fried rice).
    2. Cook the frozen vegetables in the microwave, but undercook them by about 1 minute as they will continue to cook in the fried rice.
    3. If adding chicken: In a large skillet heat sesame oil, and saute chicken until done and put cooked chicken in a bowl.
    4. In a large skillet, heat 1 TBSP sesame oil and then add the onion and saute for a couple of minutes. Remove onions from skillet and put in a bowl.
    5. In the skillet, heat remaining 1 TBSP sesame oil and scramble the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
    6. Fluff the rice in the instant pot and add the butter and stir until butter is melted; then add the soy sauce and stir to combine; then add the chicken, if using, and stir to combine; then add the cooked vegetables and stir to combine, and then add the eggs and stir to combine.
    7. Taste and adjust seasoning: add sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and/or butter.

    Hibachi Fried Rice:

  • Ranchero Sauce

    Perfect for Huevos Rancheros. Add 1 c. of Ranchero sauce to 2 cans of black beans that are drained and rinsed and serve with fried eggs.

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 TBSP chili powder
    • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
    • 2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/2 TBSP sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
    • 1 c. water

    Directions:

    1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat then add the onions and garlic and cook until fragrant.
    2. Then add the chili powder through salt. Stir and allow spices to toast, about 2 minutes.
    3. Add the tomato sauce and water and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until desired thickness.

    Ranchero Sauce:

  • Chicken Burrito Bowls

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 TBSP Olive oil
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. oregano
    • 1 tsp. chili powder
    • 3 tsp. cumin
    • 2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
    • 4 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 1 10 oz. can Rotel or fire roasted tomatoes
    • 1 14 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 12 oz. can corn, drained
    • Serve over rice
    • Toppings: Monterey jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, chipotle, salsa, olives, and/or green onions

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat; then add the chicken and onion and cook for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
    2. Once chicken is cooked add the salt through the smoked paprika; then add the tomatoes, beans, and corn, and cook until warm.
    3. Serve over rice with toppings of choice.

    Chicken Burrito Bowls:


  • Chili Mac

    Ingredients:

    • Olive oil
    • 2 lb. ground chicken or turkey
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 4-6 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2 Taco seasoning packs (about 1/2 c.)
    • 1 Chili seasoning pack
    • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes
    • 2 cans red, pinto, black, or kidney beans
    • 4 8oz. cans of tomato sauce
    • 3 c. water
    • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
    • Toppings: cheddar cheese, chipotle, avocado, and/or sour cream

    Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat and then add ground meat, onion, and garlic.
    2. When the meat is cooked add seasoning through water. Bring to a simmer and cover and simmer for at least 2 hours.
    3. Prepare pasta according to package and add desired toppings.

    Chili Mac:

  • German Chocolate Cookie Bars

    Adapted from Favorite Family Recipes.

    Crust:

    • 1 box devil’s food cake mix (not the kind with pudding added)
    • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 egg

    Filling:

    • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (fat free works great too)
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 1 c. pecans, chopped
    • 1 c. shredded coconut
    • 1 c. chocolate chips

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan (I used non-stick cooking spray).
    3. In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter and egg, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
    4. The crust should not come up the sides.
    5. Bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven. The crust will not look done.
    6. While the crust is baking, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, egg, pecans and coconut.
    7. Pour evenly over the warm crust.
    8. Sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips.
    9. Bake for 24-30 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown.
    10. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.

    German Chocolate Cookie Bars:

  • Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole

    Adapted from Real House Moms.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. cooked chicken shredded or diced
    • 2 c. Monterey jack cheese
    • 1/3 c. sour cream
    • 2 4 oz. cans diced green chilis 
    • 15 oz. canned green chili enchilada sauce
    • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
    • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Top with: Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and/or jalapenos

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, 1/3 cup enchilada sauce, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and diced green chilis. Mix until everything is combined.
    3. Pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of an 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan and spread it out until the bottom is covered. Use 3 tortillas to cover the bottom of the pan. I cut or tear them in half to fill gaps.
    4. Spread 1/3 of the chicken mixture over the tortillas. Cover chicken mixture with 1/3 cup enchilada sauce. Use 3 more tortillas to cover the first layer.
    5. Add another 1/3 of the chicken mixture and spread out over the tortillas. Add 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce and 1 cup shredded cheese over the chicken mixture. Using 3 more tortillas, cover the second layer.
    6. Add remaining chicken mixture and spread over tortillas. Add another 1/3 cup enchilada sauce over chicken mixture. Cover the third layer with remaining tortillas.
    7. Using remaining sauce, pour over the entire top of the casserole. Try to cover as much of the tortillas as possible to keep them from drying out while the casserole bakes. Spread the remaining cup of cheese over the top of the sauce.
    8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and casserole nice and bubbly.
    9. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving for easy to serve portions.

    Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole:

  • Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

    Ingredients:

    • 2 lbs. flank or sirloin steak, cut into 1/4 inch strips
    • Salt and pepper
    • Oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 c. soy sauce
    • 1 c. water
    • 2/3 c. brown sugar
    • 2 TBSP ginger, minced
    • 4 TBSP water
    • 4 TBSP cornstarch
    • Green onions, sliced

    Directions:

    1. Season beef with salt and pepper.
    2. Heat oil in a skillet, and when oil begins to sizzle, brown meat in batches until all meat is browned – do not crowd. Transfer meat to a plate when browned.
    3. In the Instant Pot, select saute and when it reaches HOT, add some oil; then add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and ginger. Stir to combine.
    4. Add browned beef and any accumulated juices. Select High Pressure. Set timer for 12 minutes.
    5. When beep sounds turn pressure cooker off and use a quick pressure release. When valve drops carefully remove the lid.
    6. Combine the cornstarch and water, whisking until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to the sauce in the pot stirring constantly. Select Simmer and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Stir in green onions.

    Instant Pot Mongolian Beef: