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Whether you’re busy or just efficient, hacks are EVERYTHING. I love learning new ways to make hard boiled eggs easier to peel, how to core strawberries with a plastic straw and how to shred chicken with an electric hand mixer. Have you ever had one of those insanely busy weekends when you weren’t able to make dinner for your family? That was totally me last weekend, as I was attending a blogger conference. Luckily, I made a stress-free slow cooker creamy chicken chili that was easy and delicious. I left a few hack ideas for my husband to turn the chili into two new meals on the nights I was away. #WinningAtLife #HesAKeeper
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Chili
DIRECTIONS:Spray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.Place beans, corn, tomatoes, ranch, chili powder and cumin in slow cooker; stir to combine. Add chicken and cover with tomato mixture.
Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 hours, until chicken shreds easily with a fork, or the shred it using a hand mixer.Stir cream cheese into soup until melted and combined. Sprinkle each serving with chopped cilantro and avocado, if desired.This recipe was so simple, but it is so comforting and filling on a cold night.
And now the part I know you’ve been waiting for, the recipe hacks.
Mexican Style Baked Potato
Oh. My. Goodness. These are one of the best baked potatoes I’ve ever had.
- Baked Potatoes
- Prepared white chicken chili recipe
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Fresh green onions
- Salt and pepper to taste
Open the baked potato, add salt and pepper. Add the desired amount of hot creamy chicken chili. Add shredded cheese, sour cream and top with fresh green onion. Enjoy!
White chicken chili mini pot pie
To make these adorable and very easy pot pies, add cold creamy chicken chili and fill a small ramekin. Using a glass cup as a cookie-cutter, cut out the puff pastry dough and place on top of each of the chili-filled ramekins. Press the dough down to the edges and add a hole in the top with a knife. Bake for 40 minutes at 350°. Remove from oven and enjoy!
Under the sink organization
One of the most frustrating things about storage under the sink is how awkward it is, not to mention knocking over 15 other things to grab the one bottle in the back. By putting a turn table underneath the sink, easily rotate things from front to back with a simple turn, so easy!How to maximize space in your pantry.
One of the best ways to maximize space in your pantry is to use as much vertical space is possible. Sometimes the best way to do that is using stackable bins, they will allow you to reach in and easily grab what you need and also refill as needed. I found these bins at the hardware store for two dollars a piece and added labels to make them more organized.
Clean your microwave with citrus and water
Have you tried cleaning your microwave with chemicals and couldn’t stop thinking about it being too close to your food? There’s so many things about that that’s just don’t sit well with me. Which is why I was really excited when this hack actually worked. Simply cut up you favorite citrus fruit i.e. lemon, lime, oranges and place in a microwave safe bowl, submerged in water. Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes until there is lots of perspiration on the door and you’re able to simply open the door and a wipe out all of the splatters with a dry microfiber cloth. That way you can feel good about only having the natural oils from the fruit in your weekly and not a ton of chemicals.
I was able to find all of the ConAgra products and other ingredients like fresh produce I needed for my recipe and hacks at Walmart. And if you want even more recipes that are perfect during the cold winter months, visit Yes You Can Recipes for some fresh ideas!
What are your favorite slow cooker meals to prepare for a comforting family dinner?