Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

This weekend made me so happy. College football started and it’s starting to cool down. I also ordered my first batch of fall scented candles an soaps. It’s definitely my happy time!

With the kids back in school, crazy schedules, and cooler weather, the slow cooker always seems to find its way out of the cupboard more and more as the fall ticks on. This Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff is the perfect dinner to make when you don’t feel like putting much effort into cooking dinner. If you have a fancy programmable slow cooker, you can get it all ready in the morning and come to some seriously delicious chicken!

Chicken stroganoff is totally a comfort food for me. I remember my dad making some version of it a lot when I was a kid. I love the creamy and tangy gravy loaded with tender chicken and mushrooms and served over buttery egg noodles. It’s simple, but really flavorful! You may notice this version only has the small mushrooms from the soup in it, but if you want to saute up more to toss in, feel free. I also highly recommend adding some white wine into the sauce. It’s not very much, but adds a lot of flavor!

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

I know. Some of you guys are probably thinking it’s way too soon for pumpkin recipes. But, it’s September and us bloggers are always trying to work ahead of schedule so that when your pumpkin cravings finally hit, you’ll have this recipe ready to go!

And well, you know that I basically spend the entire year counting down to fall so I’m all in! I based these Pumpkin Banana Muffins off my easy pumpkin muffins which is a pretty popular recipe on this blog. I made just a few small changes to that recipe and added mashed ripe banana and the result was just heavenly!

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These muffins just filled my house with the most amazing scent of pumpkin, banana, and warm spices. We could barely wait for these guys to come of out the oven before digging right in! I know a lot of people hate this word, but I’m not sure how else to describe these other than to say they are unbelievably moist! They also freeze really well so you can make a double batch to pull out muffins as needed over the season. I left these plain since I planned to give them to my toddler, but you could add in nuts or even chocolate chips if desired! And best of all, one muffin will only cost you 186 calories!

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Easy Queso Dip

Easy Queso Dip

Guys, football starts this weekend! It’s almost officially the best time of the year! Football, fall, and Halloween! You know I’m way too excited about this as every year, I think I say the exact same thing.

Game day snacks are a must this time of year and I’m starting the season off with the easiest and creamiest queso dip. Queso dip is the perfect vehicle for chips and veggies, but it’s also great to drizzle on top of slow cooker tacos, pulled chicken sandwiches, or even a warm bowl of chili!

Easy Queso Dip

Now I’ve tried making queso a few times before this recipe and have always been unhappy with the results. It’s always been too grainy. I’ve learned that the key is to use white American cheese, half and half, and a bit of cornstarch. I know the thought of American cheese is not typically impressive, but trust me when I say it really makes a difference for queso. I recommend going to the deli counter to buy it and just ask them to leave it in a small block so you can grate it yourself. I have to admit this batch I made was a little too thick, so I’ve cut down the cornstarch in this recipe. Finally, I highly recommend having a dip warmer for serving your queso so it stays warm and melty for your guests!

Happy Fall!!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Now that we moved to a new house, I was hoping we would be able to finally find some new takeout places to order Chinese from. Unfortunately though, it’s looking like we are in the same situation as before where we barely have any options here either! We are actually having issues with a lot of places delivering to us as our house is new so it doesn’t exist on anybody’s map yet! I had a craving some good honey chicken last week and decided to just make it at home.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

I actually first made Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken years ago and then kind of forgot about it for a while and am so glad I remembered it because it’s so simple and tasty! You have to love any recipe you can just throw into your slow cooker and walk away. And let’s be honest, takeout isn’t typically very healthy. This honey sesame chicken isn’t fried and doesn’t have too much sweetness so I feel much better about eating this!

I made regular fried rice for my husband, but I made fried cauliflower rice for me and it was perfect! I also threw in some peas, but you can certainly kick up the veggies to serve with it. Either way, this chicken is a homerun and is the perfect recipe for when you want takeout, but without all the salt and calories!

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

20 Perfect Back-to-School Recipes

It’s Back-to-School time! Parents are rejoicing everywhere! The start of a new school year can be pretty chaotic and it’s not always easy to come up with meal ideas so I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorites that are really perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or dinner!

Breakfast/Snacks:

Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked Oatmeal Cups – Running behind schedule? Take your oatmeal on the-go! These are totally customizable too!

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal – This oatmeal is decadent and filling! A treat for the whole family!

PB&J Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins – These moist muffins are baked with peanut butter in the batter and stuffed with jelly of your choice!

Low-Carb Egg Muffins

One-Pot Chicken, Beans, and Rice

One-Pot Chicken Beans and Rice

Easy weeknight meals are a must this time of year when the kiddos are headed back to school. And before we know it, cooler weather will start to creep in and comfort food is back on the table! Work has been so crazy for me lately. Grant season just ended and I found myself getting home and not wanting to do anything except lay on the couch and zone out. One-pot meals are the perfect compromise for nights where you are too tired to cook a big meal, but also don’t want to go out or spend money on take-out.

This One-Pot Chicken, Beans, and Rice is the perfect weeknight meal to transition to Fall and back-to-school. It’s so easy! All you have to do is brown the chicken and then you literally just throw everything else in the pot and let it cook! The rice will get nice and tender from the diced tomato liquid and chicken broth. This is such an easy dinner, but it’s also comforting and filling.

You can also add a variety of toppings. Since the seasonings in this recipe lean towards Mexican, I like to add avocado, cilantro, and even a sprinkle of cheese. This is really the perfect family meal for when you want to put in as little effort as possible!

One-Pot Chicken Beans and Rice