Breaded Pork Chop Cutlets

I am generally not a fan of breaded anything, but these were awesome and very simple.  I brined the pork chops for a couple of hours before cooking, which really does make all the difference IMO, no matter what the cooking method (I’ve started doing it with chicken breast too, and get great results).  This is from this month’s Cooking Light, and we had it with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts – we both loved it.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Always on the lookout for new crockpot recipes to try, and this one was very good.  Easy and a good riff on the takeout classic.  I might add a hair more garlic and some Sriracha next time, but just being picky.  You could serve this over rice or noodles, but we actually just had it on its own and enjoyed it that way.

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Queso Dip

So I feel like I may be stretching it a bit if I call this a recipe.  But it is like crack dip and Velveeta for the win, of course!  This was great for a crowd, and you can really adapt it any way you like.  I made this for a fun girls’ night at the barn and we enjoyed it!

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Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Drumsticks

Summertime slow cooker recipe trial and error continues, and I have to say that we really enjoyed this one.  Next time, I might thicken the sauce for a bit longer afterwards to get a better coating, but this was pretty great even with a watery sauce.  The leftovers were awesome as well!  We had this with zucchini and summer squash, because we are pretty much drowning in both. 😉slowcookerdrummies

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Chicken Parm Meatballs

I found this somewhere in the expanse that is Pinterest, and it seemed like a good idea…although ground chicken is sometimes kind of weird.  But this was pretty good, and a generous portion as well.  It fit with the leaner proteins for the 21 Day Fix, and was a good use for a jar of my tomato sauce from our garden this past summer.

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Chicken, broccoli, and quinoa casserole

I’m not usually a big casserole person (aversion to cream of x, and I do try to stay low carb), but then I saw this – spurred on by this month’s Cooking Light with a similar casserole using brown rice, but we had some quinoa and it sounded good. I found this on Pinch of Yum, and modified it a bit with less liquid and no bacon (I know, I know). It was very good! Perfect for lunch.

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Italian-style Chicken Bake

It’s hard to argue with an easy weeknight chicken dish, especially one that is super cheesy, too!  I saw this on Pinterest (having good luck with ideas there lately) and modified it more to our seasoning tastes.  It was good!  I’m not the best with chicken breast, but this was not even a little bit dry, and this is a very versatile recipe – add any veggies you like.  We threw in spinach.  The only change I’d make is to add more tomatoes next time – maybe a second can.  We had this with some steamed broccoli on the side.  Yes, there IS chicken somewhere under that cheesy goodness!

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