Dinner

Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

by GettingFreedom on September 9, 2013

Easy  meals are my favorite.  Which make crockpot meals rank pretty high on my list of go-to recipes.

One of my absolute favorites is a whole chicken in a crockpot.  During our busy sports seasons and the fall and winter months I make a whole chicken in a crockpot a couple of times a month.  It makes enough for our family to make multiple meals out of and my crockpot is the one doing all the work.

Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 whole chicken

Instructions

  1. Rinse your chicken and place into a large crockpot.
  2. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings. Our favorites are paprika, garlic, salt and onion powder. Although I often sprinkle it with a little bit of parsley, too.
  3. Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3-4.

Notes

Most of the time I just sprinkle my seasonings on top of the chicken, so the measurements are purely estimates.

Don't throw out the liquid that is left in the crockpot! After you've removed all of the chicken from the bones, throw the bones back in the crockpot with the reserved liquid and place on low overnight. When you wake up you'll have chicken broth.

http://www.gettingfreedom.net/whole-chicken-in-a-crockpot/

For this meal I made a homemade honey mustard sauce and drizzled it over our chicken, which I served on fresh spinach with a side of roasted vegetables.

So good!  And incredibly easy!

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Lemon Dill Mahi Mahi Recipe

by GettingFreedom on August 20, 2013

We’ve officially started our school year.  Leading up to this has been a bit nerve racking, as we’ve made the decision to no longer homeschool our oldest son–and instead send him back into public school.  In the 7th grade.  Am I crazy, or what?  More on all that later.

In an effort to make dinner time as easy as possible and to help my waistline after stress-eating {see above}–we’ve been looking out for light and easy dinners.

On a recent trip to Orlando with Savings.com I enjoyed Mahi Mahi, twice.  Typically I’m not much of a fish eater, but after falling in love with Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi at Roy’s Restaurant–I was all about it.  I knew that it was time for me to look back into serving more fish dishes at home.

I made sure to add “Fish” to my grocery list and came home with Tilapia and Mahi Mahi–but no clear cut plan.  After a quick question on Facebook, Lemon Dill Mahi Mahi was suggested and I bit.  Boy were we all pleased! 

Lemon Dill Mahi Mahi Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Lemon Dill Mahi Mahi Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 Mahi Mahi Fillets
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dill Weed
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Butter; divided
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Brush each filet with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with all five seasonings.
  2. Preheat a skillet on medium and add 1 Tbsp of butter.
  3. Sear your seasoned mahi mahi filets on one side and remove to a cookie sheet.
  4. Add chicken broth and lemon juice to hot skillet and scrape up any browned bits and seasonings.
  5. Once heated through, add in remaining tablespoon of butter.
  6. Stir until melted.
  7. Pour this mixture over the mahi mahi filets on your cookie sheet and place 6 inches under preheated broiler.
  8. Broil 8-10 minutes.
http://www.gettingfreedom.net/lemon-dill-mahi-mahi-recipe/

And although I croaked over the price of Mahi Mahi in the grocery store—it really wasn’t that bad after factored into a meal price.  For instance this Lemon Dill Mahi Mahi, which I served with vegetables and rice came to $2.86 a person.  While that per serving price is higher than my shoot-for-average of under a $1, it is far cheaper than if we were to eat that meal out.

To make fish fit into your budget simply prepare cheaper meals for the rest of the week, making great use of leftovers and sales–and you won’t break your grocery budget, or your dining out budget for that matter.

What is your favorite fish dish?

 

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