Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Take 5 Recipes: Episode 1

I am so excited for a new menu planning series on this blog!  I am always struggling with what to do with leftovers since Little A is super picky about slow cooker meals and they are kind of my obsession :)  Out of the stacks of storage containers in the refrigerator, Take 5 Recipes was born!

 In this series I will start with a slow cooker recipe that can be stretched throughout the whole week.  Not only does this save time and money, it makes menu planning so easy!  If you can't stand the thought of eating the the same base meal 5 days in a row, this can definitely be frozen and reheated later in the month.

Catalina Chicken 5 Ways

Monday: Slow Cooker Catalina Chicken you make need to increase the amounts depending on the size of   your family and their appetites.

Tuesday: Catalina Chicken Tacos/Burritos Use the shredded chicken to make tacos or burritos.  Our favorite way to serve them is with mashed potatoes (instead of sour cream), shredded cabbage and a little bit of cheese yum!

Wednesday: Catalina Chicken Bake This one is modified from Mommy Hates Cooking.  I just sub the chicken for the ground beef and leave out the onion, green pepper and garlic due to our personal tastes (and it gets Little A to eat it!)

Thursday: Catalina Chicken Pizza I use pre-made pizza dough to save time, spread the chicken on the crust and top with your favorite pizza toppings (cheese, green peppers, mushrooms, etc...)

Friday:  Catalina Chicken Sandwiches  This is a definite favorite!  We use the mini-Hawaiian rolls (sweet bread) top the warm chicken and your favorite cheese.  I like to add pickle to mine, but pickle obsession is just a little quirk of mine :)

Well there you have it, Take 5 Recipes Issue #1!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Happy Eating! :)

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  1. I love slow cooker recipes! I can't wait to see what else you've got "cooked up" since I'm always looking for ways to use left overs in quick and creative dishes. I'm here from the No Ordinary Blog Hop. I'm following you via GFC and Pinterest. Hope you'll return the follow:

    1. Thanks for following! I am also a huge fan of my slow cooker, makes my life so much easier :) I will definitely follow back!

  2. Great idea this! I think I'd probably make and freeze some though! I don't think I'd manage the same base meal 5 days on the trot.

    Thanks for sharing it at the Ultimate Slow Cooker Recipe Collection at Yummy Mummy? Really. :-)

    1. Thanks! I also freeze and use later with these meals, it is tough to eat the same thing 5 nights in a row even if it is "reworked" :)

  3. Visiting from Not Your Ordinary Blog Hop. The only thing I would change is to use some of our Thrive ingedients.


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