After checking our calendar over the next month, I realized that we'll be spending almost every night at the ball park. (WOOHOO! Well, not really, but I'm trying to get myself excited . . . think it's working yet?) My two older children play soccer or baseball or basketball pretty much year round, so I'm not new to hanging out at the ball fields, but this is the first season that we've had one playing baseball while the other is playing softball (and poor old Baby Reagan . . . well, she just hangs on for the ride!)
So, I decided to come up with a few “make and take” dinners. Most nights I hand my kiddos PB&J with a few grapes as they walk out the door, and while they're really fine with that (actually, I'm pretty sure they love it . . . ), I often find my hubby on the couch at 9PM eating ice cream, or potato chips, or even a bowl of cereal because he never ate a real dinner to begin with. (He's so sweet about it, but I feel horrible!) So, today we're focusing on a few recipes that will just about cook themselves for you, so you can serve up something slightly more nutritious than a Happy Meal on those busy weeknights! Do you have any favorite menu plans for busy weeknights on the run?
If you like Frank's Buffalo Chicken dip, you ‘re going to love this recipe! I was completely scared off when I read through the ingredients, however since I had almost six bottles of free Frank's Hot Sauce in my pantry (because my hubby really does love that Buffalo Chicken Dip), I decided it was worth a try (and I'm so glad I did!) Here's a quick warning though: this recipe is just a wee bit on the spicy side (obviously!), so if you tend to shy away from spicy foods try out these yummy-slow-cooker-not-spicy-at-all barbecue sandwiches.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- 1 1/2 – 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast Hopefully you still have some from last week's Publix sale, if not Kroger has boneless skinless chicken breast for $1.99/lb. this week. Mine were frozen, so I just grabbed them from the freezer and dumped them in the crockpot!
- 10 oz. Frank's Hot Sauce, (usually priced around $1.09 for the small bottles) $.50/1 Frank's REDHOT Sauce 3/13/2011 SS, $0.75/1 Frank's Red Hot Sauce, $0.50/1 Frank's Red Hot Sauce
- 1 dry ranch dressing packet I didn't have any in the pantry so I just mixed up this homemade dry ranch dressing recipe (so easy & cheap!)
- 1 package dinner rolls try the dinner rolls in the bakery at Publix . . . they're sooooooooo good and made these sliders extra yummy!
- ranch dressing for topping
- Place chicken in crockpot. Mix together ranch seasoning and hot sauce, pour over the meat.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours.
- Shred chicken, and slice buns in half.
- Add chicken to buns, drizzle with ranch dressing.
- Wrap up in foil, and head on out the door!
Serve with . . .
- Kraft Velveeta Shells & Cheese BOGO $2.08 if you're not in too big a hurry! or . . .
- $1/1 Lay's Potato Chips Publix Yellow Advntage Buy Flier (exp 4/15/2011), $0.55/1 Lay's Potato Chips 3/13/2011 SS or $1/2 Lay's Potato Chips 3/13/2011 SS regional coupon and . . .
- Celery Sticks – $0.99
Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals. If you need a little more menu inspiration, check out the Recipe Index.
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