Friday, October 14, 2011

A Recipe All My Own

 There I was, so happy I was going to have a easy meal-barbecue chicken in the crock pot, two ingredients (barbecue sauce and chicken;-) ). I put my chicken in and then realized, somehow I had opened up the barbecue sauce awhile ago,and it was already past its expiration date(I have a fear of mold) so I tossed it out and started thinking of what I was going to do. I knew of a recipe that used Italian dressing so i threw some of that on, but i did not have the cream cheese so I improvised and tried mozzarella. Then I decided I was not in the mood for pasta, and that i had left over rice.

When ever I make rice, I always, always, always make far too much. Does that happen to anyone else?

 I decided to incorporated that by serving it under the chicken and sauce. Then I remembered I had diced tomatoes for a recipe I could no longer remember-so why not add that in,maybe it would go with the Italian dressing. I decided to add my favorite seasoning-crazy salt (Jane's crazy mixed up seasonings).

As i grab that out i noticed my breadcrumbs that are rarely used, why not add that on top?
Then I prayed that I would be able to eat the meal I had thrown together ingredient by ingredient, and you know what? It was pretty tasty, and very flavorful! Ok, maybe it is not Rachel Ray amazing-but it was easy to prepare, very little work, yummy, and contained quite a bit of the food groups.

It is very rainy here today so I could not get the best pictures, but it is good enough for you to get an idea.

Alright you lazy readers- yes I mean You! If you are like me you would read through this once, say " oh looks easy and sounds yummy, I should make that" and then never make it because it includes too many times of reading through to make sure you had the ingredients and it is not in list form- for YOU my friend, I have created a list.

3 skinless chicken breasts( right from the freezer)
1 1/2 cup Italian dressing
1 (approx.10 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
1 large handful of mozzarella cheese (or skip the cheese and make it dairy free- i tried it, tastes fine)
4 shakes of crazy salt(sorry I rarely measure this kind of thing)
2 handfuls of breadcrumbs
Rice, as much as your little heart desires...or what you have left over from last nights dinner ;-).

Combine chicken, dressing, diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, crazy salt, and ONE of the handfuls of breadcrumbs. Turn crock pot on high for 3- 3 1/2 hours (depending on how much you want your chicken falling apart). After 3 hours shake last handful of bread crumbs on and serve over rice.

Now for a added laugh. I made this dinner last week and as I was making it decided to blog it, however I took a picture of everything but somehow my final picture (a nice one with perfect lighting) was deleted. Now I think a little boy got hold of my camera, no names mentioned of course;-). So I then had to make this meal again, and I just so happened to get dinner guests tonight, and they loved it so much- I think all of them had second helpings.

Optional ideas/alternatives:
Left over hamburger rolls? Skip the rice and put it on a roll(that's what I did for my toddler)
Left over steak or hoagie rolls? Why not make some garlic bread (put butter and garlic on and toast) that would go well for dipping in extra sauce.

Feel free to comment if you have any extra ideas.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I had 3 servings:P It was Delish!