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Taco Salad and Taco Meat

Taco Salad and Taco Meat

Seaside Bike Ride and Lunch Near Cinque Terra Italy

Seaside Bike Ride and Lunch Near Cinque Terra Italy

You hear about the 5 villages of Cinque Terra. They consist of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.  On our last trip to Italy, We decided to explore beyond these 5 villages. When planning our trip I discovered  a  6 mile round trip seaside promenade 

Vodka Chicken

Vodka Chicken

Vodka Chicken

All Gatherings
Vodka Chicken with mushrooms. Easy meal to make using jars of vodka sauce
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 10 0z sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cups cooked chicken shredded or diced
  • 2 24 oz jars of vodka sauce
  • 2 1 lb boxes penne pasta or pasta of your choice

Instructions
 

  • sauté diced onion and mushrooms in olive oil
  • add diced or shredded cooked chicken and sauté until warm
  • add vodka sauce to pan and heat until bubbly and cooked thru
  • serve over cooked noodles

Notes

this is an easy meal to prepare. You can cook a chicken in the instapot and shred/dice it or you can use a rotisserie chicken from the store.  This recipe uses jars of vodka sauce like Bertolli
Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwich

Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwich

My family loves this recipe. I know its an Italian beef sandwich but they like it with Lillies Smoky Barbeque Sauce and sliced pickles. You can also use the au jus in the crockpot to dip the sandwich

Crockpot Pork and Pinto Bean Chalupas

Crockpot Pork and Pinto Bean Chalupas

Crockpot Chalupas

Easy recipe to let simmer all day in the croc. Makes great leaftovers
Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound dry pinto beans rinsed
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz can of chopped mild green chilis
  • 3-4 lb pork loin roast or pork tenderloin
  • tortillas
  • toppings: sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, avocadoes, black olives

Instructions
 

  • Put first 8 ingredients in the crockpot cover with water and stir.
  • Place pork in croc pot, and make sure ingredients are still covered with water
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours. Make sure the water does not dry out. The dry beans will absorb some water, and you don't want the crockpot to go dry. You want the beans and pork to remain covered with water
  • Once the beans are tender and the pork is cooked and tender dice or shred the pork and add it back to the pot
  • With a slotted spoon place pork and beans on a tortilla and add toppings of your choice. Make sure to use a slotted spoon so you don't make the tortilla soggy with juice
Keyword easy entertaining
Ranch Vegetable Dip with Greek Yogurt

Ranch Vegetable Dip with Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt Ranch Vegetable Dip

A great dip to accompany fresh vegetables
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
  • 16 oz Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • assorted fresh vegetables (baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers) for dipping in

Instructions
 

  • Mix content of ranch dressing seasoning pack with Greek yogurt. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Notes

I love making this dip when entertaining. It is easy to prepare, and everyone likes it.  The vegetables when I prep them are far fresher than a premade vegetable tray
Keyword easy entertaining, fresh
Bacon, Kale and Swiss Cheese Breakfast Quiche

Bacon, Kale and Swiss Cheese Breakfast Quiche

Easy breakfast quiche the whole family will eat. Many Quiche recipes use cream but I substitute cream with milk.