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Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Recipe

Hey there everyone! How was your Monday?? Mine has been long and productive! I’m thankful to have tonight off from teaching so I could be home to get some things on my to-do list knocked out!

Yesterday was a beautiful and sunny day here in Springfield, but I still decided to break out my Crock Pot! I love my free time on the weekends too much to worry about cooking a big evening meal on Sundays. So ‘set it and forget it’ cooking is a must!

On Sunday morning I hopped on Pinterest to find a recipe for some Crock Pot chicken that used ingredients I had on hand. I pieced a few things together and came up with a great combo that Nick loved!

crockpotchicken2This recipe is just about as simple as can be!

Ingredients:

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  • 4-6 frozen chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce
  • 1 large can of sliced pineapple in juice
  • 2 tbsp minced onions
  • 2 tsps garlic salt

IMG_2345Layer your frozen chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. Then pour about half the bottle of BBQ sauce evenly over the chicken.

IMG_2346Sprinkle the minced onions and garlic salt on top of the BBQ sauce, and then layer the pineapple slices on top.

IMG_2347Pour any remaining pineapple juice over the top of the pineapple. Lastly, pour the remaining BBQ sauce over the top of the pineapple layer and cover it.

IMG_2350Set that baby on low…

IMG_2348And let it cook for 4-6 hours. It should start looking like this!

About 4 hours in!
About 4 hours in!

I gave it a good stir around the 4 hour mark, and then let it continue cooking for 2 more hours.

IMG_2362It’ll be nice and dark when it’s all ready to go! It’s amazing how well the pineapple slices hold up and actually soak up a lot of the BBQ sauce. They ended up being Nick’s favorite part! I served the chicken in whole breast pieces with a pineapple slice or two on top with some extra sauce as well.

photo 5Lots of chicken and pineapple chunks on my plate! Along with a few veggies…

photo 2The chicken turned out extra tender and was a big hit! I made a large batch so we would have leftovers to eat on this week.

photo(85)Yum yum yum!! This recipe was wayyy too easy. I think next time I make it, I’ll use crushed pineapple and shred the chicken at the 4 hour mark. Then I can serve the meat on some sweet Hawaiian rolls for a tasty meal that could feed a crowd!IMG_2362Whip up this easy and tasty meal the next time you’re in a bind for something different and quick!

I hope you enjoy slow-cooker cooking as much as I do. It’s a big staple around my house, especially during this time of year!

Have a great evening everyone. Comment and let me know how your Crock Pot recipes are turning out! Nighty night!

Ground Turkey Meatloaf

Friday night, I put some meat from the freezer into the fridge to thaw so I would have something to cook this weekend (and not have an excuse to not cook and go out instead!). I had a 2.5 lb package of ground turkey breast that I knew I would be able to use…I just didn’t know how or when. 🙂 Sunday late morning rolled around, and I was craving meatloaf!

I haven’t made a meatloaf since before I moved out of my old apartment in April, so this recipe was long-overdue. Like any smart lady, I jumped on Pinterest to find the easiest recipe possible for ground turkey meatloaf! Not surprisingly, recipes from the Six Sisters’ Stuff popped up first in my search. I immediately found this meatloaf recipe and knew I would be able to make it fit the ingredients I actually had on hand!

After baking for an hour, I had 3 slices of the meatloaf with a spinach mix salad for my Sunday lunch. It was filling and super healthy. Win-win!

photo(74)Don’t you like how I dotted the ketchup all over? Makes it look extremely appetizing, I know. 😛  Here’s how I put it all together…

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 TB Ketchup
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TB minced onions
  • 1.25 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt/pepper to taste

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a loaf baking pan to reduce sticking. (I use Pam Olive Oil spray and love it!)

Mix together the ground turkey, minced onion, breadcrumbs, egg, 1/4 cup ketchup, garlic salt, onion powder, and salt/pepper. Once this is well combined, spread it into the loaf pan.

Mix together the extra 2 tbsp ketchup with the Worcestershire sauce in a separate bowl. Add a few more minced onions to this mix if you want! Spread this sauce evenly on top of the meatloaf.

Bake uncovered for around 1 hour/60 minutes. The meat should brown up nicely and start to pull away from the edges of the pan slightly. Let it cool a little before slicing!

photo(74)meatI failed to take anymore pictures of the finished product because Nick actually took this out of the oven for me while I was grocery shopping on Sunday. So by the time I got to it, half of the meatloaf was demolished. 🙂

This loaf was fairly small which is great for the 2 of us. I hate having days and days of leftover meat. It made about 3-4 adult portions – if I had to guess! It also only took around 5 minutes to put together and get into the oven. It would be a great mid-week dinner for busy moms!

I followed the original recipe fairly closely and only altered because I didn’t have a few things on hand. It still turned out great! I’m going to try it again soon with BBQ sauce in place of the ketchup. This is how my mom always makes her meatloaves, so it should bring back some memories!

Happy baking!

10K Official

Well, it’s official folks. On October 12th, I’ll be running 6.2 miles!

photoOh man, oh man. I’m not sure if I should be excited or extremely scared! My longest outdoor run thus far has only been 4 miles. And it has left my hurt slightly sore this entire week. Training over the next month should be fun! 😛

I had actually shared with Nick that I was wanting to run a 10K, but I hadn’t found a local one to sign up for. Yesterday, his boss sent out information about this run benefiting a local hospital and several other organizations. We took it as a sign that this was the race where we should attempt the 10K! Nick and I both signed up today. And yes, we are both already nervous 🙂  But, in hindsight, it makes my 5K tomorrow evening seem like an easy practice run!

After work today, I quickly drove to downtown Springfield to pick up my race day packet for the Glow Run 5K! I picked up my glow gear and my hot pink neon glow run shirt and headed over to Salon Moda for a quick haircut.

photo(67)Whadaya think?? She cut off around 2 inches and lightened up my layers a little. I love my long hair and just needed a little refreshing! She also finished me off with some soft curls. I’m always amazed at how hairdressers make curling hair with a flat iron seem so easy! I cannot make my Chi straightener curl my hair the way Amanda can! I guess she’s just a miracle worker.

Dinner

Dinner was pretty easy tonight! We had some aging green peppers in the fridge that needed to be cooked or thrown out asap. So I chopped up those babies with a turkey sausage to saute for a bit with some simple seasonings (mostly salt, pepper, and minced onions). I also threw in some chopped celery and sugar snap peas for extra veggie power.

photo(66)I added a little water to keep the mixture from sticking and getting too dry. After around 10-12 on medium heat, the veggies and meat were perfectly tender and ready to go!

photo(65)Looks delicious, right?! It was super simple. I chose to have mine by itself, while Nick had a small baked potato on the side. He liked it a lot! And his potato helped cut down the salty kick…I may or may not have added a tad too much salt!

By the time we were done eating, it was already pitch black outside! And close to 65 degrees!! This meant I could put on my fleece pullover and still be cool for our evening walk. Nick, Mac, and I set out for a 30-minute walk to help settle our full tummies. All in all, it’s been a great and cozy Friday evening.

Hope you all are having a great start to the weekend. Tomorrow will include teaching Jazzercise at 8:15, then a few hours of rest before my race at 8 PM. Nighty night!