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Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken is the perfect blend of flavours to make an unforgettable pulled chicken sandwich
Sweet & smoky mustard pulled chicken

 

I was so organized yesterday. I made a grocery list, dropped off the kids at a playdate, made it to the grocery store with my littlest one, and got all my groceries. As I’m just about at the checkout I realize I forgot something.

This ALWAYS happens to me.

So I head back to the produce department, where I run into the boys’ piano teacher. We chat for a few minutes about how grocery shopping is such a pain sometimes. I tell her about this amazing grocery store in Minneapolis I went to that you can shop online from. You add items to your cart just like in the real life store. You checkout online and then you pull up to a drive thru to pick up your order!!!

A DRIVE THRU!!! (enter heavenly song)

We both talk about how amazing this concept is and how we’d love to have it in our town. We finish chatting and part ways. It’s at that moment that I realize my wish for this grocery store has only gotten stronger. I totally forgot what I needed, and I was done with zig zagging around the store so I left.

Point proven. If you bring a grocery store to my town where I can drive thru and pick up my order without going in, you’re my hero!

I want to grocery shop in my pyjamas on my couch. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. Why can’t I have a drive through grocery store near me?? 🙁

Anyhow, on to something that makes me happy. My house has been smelling divine all day long. These Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken sandwiches turned out better than I could have imagined and you’re going to love this recipe.

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All you have to do is place the chicken breasts in the crock pot…

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Make a batch of my Sweet & Smoky Mustard Barbecue Sauce…. (when I first tasted the sauce it had a kick to it, but that mellows out after its been cooking for a while)

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Pour about 3/4 of it over the chicken…..

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken

Let it cook on high 3-4 hours or low 8-10 hours…

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken

Shred the chicken up with a fork or two forks and add the rest of the sauce.

Sweet & smoky mustard pulled chicken

Enjoy!!

 

P.S I’m sure that using pork would work just as well. 🙂

Sweet & Smoky Mustard Pulled Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 6 chicken breasts
  2. 2/3 cup prepared mustard
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup white sugar
  5. 2 tbsp chili powder
  6. 1/8 tsp black pepper
  7. 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 tsp liquid smoke
  9. 1tsp soy sauce
  10. 2tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in a crockpot and turn on
  2. In a saucepan combine mustard, sugars, chili powder, black pepper, liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour 3/4 of the sauce over the chicken and cook on low 8-10 hrs or high 3-4 hrs
  4. Shred chicken using fork and add remaining sauce
  5. Serve on kaiser bun with cheddar cheese and crispy onions
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Chicken Roll Ups

Chicken roll ups are so super easy to make and are a favourite in our house for dinner

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Happy Sunday everyone! Yesterday was our 11th wedding anniversary so I got a nice little break from cooking. We visited a quaint little town only an hour and a half south from us called Grand Marais. I finally knocked off an item on my bucket list. We went Kayaking in Lake Superior. It was so beautiful. I’ll post a few pictures soon. But for now I’ve got a great recipe for you that I made the other night.

If you have chicken in the freezer, you’re going to want to pull that out. Right now.

Kids are funny. Actually adults are funny too. When I make a grilled chicken breast and serve it for dinner with the exact same side dishes you see in the picture above, dinner is “boring” only half gets eaten…yadda yadda. But you take that exact same chicken add two ingredients to it, roll it up and suddenly this is “the best ever”. I’m guilty of the same thing…haha. Sometimes it takes just one or two extra ingredients to take dinner from boring to exciting. That’s what we all want from our food right? some excitement. Anyhow, my kids love this recipe and I’m sure you guys will too.

 

Chicken roll ups

I defrosted the chicken in the microwave a wee bit too much. Oh well. It’s still fine.
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You can basically put as much or as little cream cheese inside as you want. I like a lot.

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These babies already look delish.

Chicken roll ups

Done and done. These will be gone before you know it. Give them a try. I promise they won’t disappoint.

 

Chicken Roll Ups
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Ingredients
  1. 6 chicken breasts
  2. 1 package of cream cheese (cold)
  3. 1 packet of Shake and Bake
  4. tooth picks
Instructions
  1. 1. Butterfly cut your chicken all the way through (so you have 2 identical but thinner pieces)
  2. 2. Place about a tablespoon or so of cream cheese in the middle
  3. 3. Roll the chicken up and secure with a toothpick
  4. 4. Toss them in the Shake and Bake baggie to coat them (you can use homemade shake and bake too)
  5. 5. Place them on a foil lined pan and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes
Notes
  1. If you have larger chicken breasts you may be able to but them into smaller pieces to get more rolls out of them.
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Easy Pizza Snack

 

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School is officially out for the summer and this Easy Pizza Snack mix recipe might be exactly what you need to keep in your fridge for a quick, easy, and healthy meal or snack.

I don’t know about you guys, but with four boys in the house, I am getting getting really sick of fetching snacks every two seconds. Especially in the summer, who feels like being stuck in the kitchen. Boys sure do eat A LOT, and we always seem to be on the go so snack time can be kind of stressful. This pizza snack recipe will cut down your time in the kitchen for when snack time rolls around and fill those hungry bellies. I have even used it for a quick lunch. It’s kind of like a mini pizza except much healthier being homemade.

You can store it in a jar or container in the fridge for up to two weeks. If it doesn’t get gobbled up before that. 

There are so many topping variations you guys could try. I have a few more for next time. I’m thinking artichoke, caramelized onion and asiago cheese…yum yum. You can never have too many snack recipes stashed away.

 

 

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Cut up all the ingredients you plan on using for the pizza mix. I made my own homemade pizza sauce as well. But you can use canned just as well.

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Easy pizza mix snack recipe

Mix it all up

easy pizza mix snack recipe

Don’t these jars look so easy? My kids are picky so I had to make a couple of batches minus onion and mushrooms. 

Easy pizza mix snack recipe

Pop these babies in the oven and snack time is ready. 

Easy Pizza Snack
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz tin tomato sauce
  2. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  3. dash of garlic salt, paprika, oregano, or pizza spice
  4. pepperoni
  5. 1/2 lb grated cheddar cheese
  6. 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  7. 1 small onion
  8. 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
  9. 1/2 can chopped mushrooms
  10. some olives and crumbled bacon
Instructions
  1. Mix well; store in fridge. Will keep for up to 2 weeks. Spread on french bread, rolls or hamburger buns. Broil for 4 to 6 minutes.
Notes
  1. You can make a couple of jars of this mix and separate according to what "toppings" you like on your pizza.
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Pumpkin Corn Chowder

 
 
It’s been so busy lately, but today I decided to clear my schedule so I could get some cooking and blogging done. I’ve got a few recipes up my sleeve that I want to share in the next few weeks. I know we’re getting right into the busy holiday season now, but it’s the best time to share new recipes with family and friends. This past weekend we were busy Christmas shopping and pulling out the decorations, which meant we ate out alot. I was so glad to make this homecooked meal today, I hate feeling all garbage-y from eating out too much. This dish really made my tummy feel cozy. I came up with the recipe last fall and it was an instant hit. I hope you like it too.
 
 
Pumpkin Corn Chowder
 
Ingredients
 
1 medium onion diced
6 slices of bacon chopped
10 fresh sage leaves (thinly sliced)
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
2 cups whole milk
1300 ml chicken stock
1 can cream-style corn
1 can pure pumpkin
1 tsp salt
4 small-medium potatos diced
cracked pepper to taste
 
 

The fresh sage smells wonderful!



Dice your onion and bacon

 Saute the onion and bacon in 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of oil

 
I like my bacon crispy, so I saute my onions so they are carmelized and the bacon is a bit crispy. At this point you can add your thinly sliced sage. It will crisp up with the onion and bacon. 


In a seperate saucepan melt your butter on medium heat. Once it is melted add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Then, slowly add the milk while continuously whisking.

Keep whisking until it starts gently bubbling. Then slowly add the broth while whisking. The key to a nice smooth chowder is to keep whisking! We don’t want any clumps!

Add the 1 tsp salt, onion and bacon, pumpkin, and corn to the broth mixture. Mix it up well. This is where the flavors start coming together. 

Toss in the potatos. I like to dice my potatos a bit smaller, so they are bit sized. Everything else in the chowder is quite small, so a big chunky potato would throw it off, but you can make it to your personal preference.



Simmer the chowder on low heat for 1 hour. Make sure to stir it occasionally. Garnish with fresh sage and serve with fresh bread or a cheesy grilled cheese sandwich. We had it with cheese toast….what can I say, I ran out of time. Off to hockey practice we went. 



 
Thanks to my adorable little man Emmett for cooperating while mommy made dinner and blogged about it!
 

p.s with your scrap sage twigs and wilted leaves you can make a wonderful all natural air freshener. In a small saucepan add 1/2 cup water, throw in sage pieces, a couple slices of lemon, a squeeze or two of lemon juice. Simmer on lowest setting for a fresh and clean scent.


Once again, please bear with me while I try and get the camera to do what I want it to. (Doesn’t always happen 😀 )


Happy cooking….enjoy!

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