March 9, 2017

36 Easy Ways to Make Chicken in the Instant Pot

With almost 40 pounds of Zaycon chicken in my fridge and freezer I am always in search delicious recipe inspirations to use it up. Last week I rounded 36 simple crockpot chicken recipes for you. This roundup features 36 simple Instant Pot recipes.

The Instant Pot is a multi-functional cooker/pressure cooker. It is amazing! Because of the pressure cooking technology you can cook things much faster than in your oven or crockpot.  I love our Instant Pot and it’s amazing how quickly it can get dinner on the table! Learn more about the Instant Pot and read the thousands of reviews here.

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Side note – I get all my chicken from Zaycon Fresh at prices as low as $1.69 a pound and great quality – you can’t beat it! I first ordered from them more than five years ago, read my Zaycon review here, and I’m still a very happy customer. They have sales all over the country and I’ve referred hundreds of my readers to Zaycon – and they’ve all been equally as happy as I have been! I recommend creating an account here (it’s free) and you’ll be notified about local sales and coupon codes!

Now. . . on to the instant pot chicken recipes. . .

Looking for more recipes? Check out my full list of Queen Bee Coupons recipes, sorted by ingredient, here.

March 6, 2017

34 Easy and Delicious Sheet Pan Dinners

Sheet pan dinners are super hot right now (pun intended!) for several reasons – they are easy, simple to make, healthy, and delicious!

I’ve rounded up 34 sheet pan recipes – ranging from beef, to chicken, to fish (even one for lamb) – to make your dinner prep quicker.

Are you looking for more easy dinner ideas? Try my Greek Chicken and Orzo Skillet or Broccoli, Sausage, and Oregano Stir Fry – both easy, healthy meals that get to your dinner table in minutes!

Find more recipes from Queen Bee Coupons here.

March 1, 2017

36 Different Ways to Make Chicken in the Crockpot

Just last week I picked up two cases (40 pounds!) of Zaycon chicken and I was in desperate need of some chicken in the crockpot inspiration. So we’ve rounded up 36 simple crockpot chicken recipes that you can put in your slow cooker in the morning and have dinner ready to go after a long day! From sweet to savory, from spicy to creamy, I am sure you’ll find something you’ll love.

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Side note – I get all my chicken from Zaycon Fresh at prices as low as $1.69 a pound and great quality – you can’t beat it! I first ordered from them more than five years ago, read my Zaycon review here, and I’m still a very happy customer. They have sales all over the country and I’ve referred hundreds of my readers to Zaycon – and they’ve all been equally as happy as I have been! I recommend creating an account here (it’s free) and you’ll be notified about local sales and coupon codes!

Now. . . on to the crockpot chicken recipes. . . 

Looking for more? We’ve also posted recipes for Chicken and Dumpling SoupCreamy Chicken, and Slow Cooker Chicken Chili.

What is your favorite way of making chicken in your slow cooker? 

December 12, 2016

Holiday recipes ideas (and tips for saving time!) from Safeway and Lucerne Farms

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I don’t know about you, but this time of year I love to try new recipes – especially for holiday gatherings and meals. I’ve partnered with Lucerne® Dairy Farms, whose products are exclusively found at Safeway, to share some holiday recipes I think you’ll love.

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Did you know Lucerne makes a pumpkin cream cheese? Sound delicious. Pick up some Lucerne® Pumpkin Cream Cheese and you can make this recipe for Triple Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars! The prep time for this is just 15 minutes!

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December 10, 2016

Cream cheese spritz cookie recipe

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Pulled from the archives, I originally shared this cookie recipe in 2012. Hope you enjoy!

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

These Cream Cheese Spritz cookies are so delicious and as far as Christmas treats go – they are really frugal!

Cream cheese is on sale for $0.99 or less this time of year and you only need 1/3 of a block for one batch, the dough makes a lot of cookies and they don’t require a lot of extras – just some sprinkles and they look beautiful, thanks to the shapes you can make with the cookie press.

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This recipe does use a Cookie Press. I have a Pampered Chef cookie press but you can also buy a variety of cookie presses Amazon here. This one seems to have the BEST reviews – Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press with Decorating Tips and Storage Box on sale for around $20 right now. I like that it also has six decorating tips!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of butter (softened at room temperature)

3 oz of cream cheese (also softened)

1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.) Using mixer blend together butter and cream cheese until creamy

3.) Add sugar and mix well until light and fluffy

4.) Mix in eggs yolks, vanilla and almond extract

5.) Slowly add your flour and salt, mix well

6.) If you want to add food coloring, you can take a small part of the dough or all the dough and add food coloring for desired color.

7.) Shape dough into a small log and add it to your cookie press.

8.) Press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet (sometimes if you freeze your cookie sheets first the cookies will stick better)

9.) I recommend adding sprinkles before you bake – otherwise you’ll need to frost them to get the sprinkles to stick.

10.) Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they start turning a light brown around the edges.

11.) Let cool and eat!

Here are some photos from when we made them!

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November 22, 2016

My Family’s FAVORITE Thanksgiving recipes

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I love Thanksgiving recipes – good ole home cooking. . .so I thought I’d share my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that I’ve posted in the past.

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If you’re going to brine a turkey, here is my post on how to brine a turkey.

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And if you prefer ham (or have both!), this recipe for a Crockpot Spiral Ham could not get any easier!

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October 31, 2016

Crockpot Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with pineapple

Slow Cooker Crockpot Ham. This is an easy way to make ham - especially spiral ham!Pin it

Slow Cooker Crockpot Spiral Ham

You can’t really screw up a ham. And when you toss it into a crockpot, it really feels like cheating. I’ve been wanting to try cooking a Crockpot Spiral Ham for awhile and I’m glad I gave it a try. This Crockpot ham recipe calls for pineapple and brown sugar so it definitely comes out tasting sweet – perhaps like a Honey Baked ham? I’m only guessing since I’ve never had one.

INGREDIENTS

Spiral Ham with glaze packet
You would ideally want it to fit in your slow cooker. Mine was about 10 pounds in a 6 quart crockpot.

Pineapple bits in can, with juice, 20 oz

2 Cups brown sugar

1 Cup Ginger Ale

Crock pot Slow Cooker Ham

How to prepare

1.) Line the bottom of the crockpot with two cups of brown sugar. Some recipes call for three, that seems like an awful lot.

2.) Place ham, slices down (flush with the flat bottom of the crock)

3.) Sprinkle the ham glaze powder (comes with most spiral hams) over the ham

4.) Pour full can of pineapple bits into crockpot with juice. Pouring over the ham and glaze powder.

5.) Pour a cup of Ginger Ale over the ham

6.) Place lid on top of ham and cook on low for 4-6 hours until it’s heated through
If the ham is too big to fit in the crockpot, you can cover it with aluminum foil – for a makeshift lid. Or you can cut off the top part of the ham and shove it into the side of the crockpot. Whatever works – as long as it can be covered.

7.) Serve with some of the juice from the crockpot and it’ll be great!

Crockpot Spiral Ham Slow Cooker recipe

If you overcook this it will be dry. Basically you want to give it enough time to soak up some of the juice and heat up! Don’t even think about putting it on anything higher than low. And don’t go playing with it – the more you move it around the more it’s likely to shred and break apart.

Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe, with pineapple

I hope you like it! 

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It’s Amazon Black Friday! The All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player is on sale for $29.99 (reg. $39.99)

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And the Fire Tablet, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black is on sale for $33.33 (reg. $49.99). The BEST price it’s been!

October 17, 2016

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili Recipe

This Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili is easy, filling and delicious. It's a great gluten-free recipe and you can leave out the chicken if you want it to be vegetarian!Pin it here

I’m not sure whether I’d call this Quinoa Chicken Chili or Quinoa Taco Soup – either way, I’d call it  scrumptious. I’ve never made quinoa in a savory way – so I was excited to give it a try and it didn’t disappoint. Quinoa is very high in protein, so it goes great in this chicken chili to help give it some heft and substance.

I love that it was cooked in the Crock Pot – which means it only took me about 15 minutes to toss together this morning and the slow cooker did all the work.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

One (1) 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (you could use crushed)

One (1) 14 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel)

Two (2) 16 oz cans of black beans, rinsed, drained

One (1) 15 oz can of corn, drained

3 Cups chicken stock

2 large chicken breasts, frozen or thawed (cook longer if frozen)

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp crushed red pepper

2 tsp chili powder

This has a nice little kick to it, but I didn’t think it was too spicy. If you’re nervous about spice, reduce the red pepper and the chili powder by half.

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HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Toss everything into slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on low or 4-7 hours on high. I added frozen chicken breasts to mine and cooked on high for about six hours. As long as the chicken is cooked – it’s done!

2.) Remove chicken and shred it with two forks. Return to slow cooker.

3.) Top with cheese, sour cream, avocados – whatever sounds good to you! I’m thinking the next day it would probably thicken up enough to eat in a whole wheat tortilla.

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Have you made a quinoa dish in the slow cooker? I’d love to hear about it!

Did you know you can also cook quinoa in the rice cooker?  Here are some other Quinoa recipes:

This recipe was inspired by this recipe from Sweet Treats More.

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