This Week in My Kitchen: Dinner club!!!

Happy Friday!! It’s already 1:30 in the afternoon!!  I’m posting later than ususal today because I slept in a little.  And by a little I mean 6:30.  Yesterday was long and emotional and tiring and it started with a 5am wake up call to run so I could spend the day cleaning my house.  Aren’t you jealous?  You should be.  Scrubbing boy toilets is awesome.  Actually it’s disgusting and I gag every. single. time. I should really make the boys start cleaning their own toilets.  Anyway, way off topic.

I wanted to tell ya’ll about a new little venture.  We(myself and 3 other friends) have decided to start a dinner club.  This means I will still have a few recipes I’ve chosen for my families each week but three out of the 4 weeknights I’M NOT COOKING!! Very few dishes, no dinner prep and zero thinking required for 3 glorious nights a week.  Here’s how it works…
1. We each take one night of the week and cook a large meal for all 4 families
2.  Divide it up into foil containers
3.  Deliver it to the families
4.  Lay on the couch all day watching House Hunters and Real Housewives re-runs.  Not really but wouldn’t that be amazing?

We discuss a menu on Sundays so we have some flow to our meals but so far its working beautifully.  We have lots of kiddo’s between the 4 families.  Between sports, homework(kill me now 3rd grade) and other activities we are BUSY.  Our hope is that this little system will eliminate some stress and allow us all a few nights a week to focus on other things.  We placed some rules in there to keep our recipes healthy and family friendly.

So, I wanted to share a few of my faves from the past couple weeks.  First up my very favorite chicken tortilla soup recipe.  It’s amazing and is even better the second day.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

6 cups chicken stock(homemade if you have it, if not Kitchen Basics is my fave)
3 chicken breasts, cooked
1 cup water
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 cup diced celery
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small bag frozen corn
2 cans black beans, drained
2 cans mild rotel
1 pckg taco seasoning(I use this homemade taco seasoning)
2 pckg dry ranch seasoning(I use homemade ranch seasoning and ya’ll..I can not find the recipe I always use to save. my. life. But any homemade ranch mix will do, or go with the packets)
Cook chicken, shred and set aside.  Saute celery and onion in oil over med-low heat until tender.  Add chicken stock, water, taco seasoning and ranch seasoning.  Whisk until combined.  Add corn, black beans, and rotel.  Simmer on low for at least 1 hour but the longer you let it simmer, the better it gets.  Serve with white rice, shredded cheddar and cilantro lime cream sauce.  This sauce is the jams.  You can find that recipe here
So, that lasted for the one day it felt like fall.  It was awesome. 
 Moving on.  Another one of my favorites was this week for my diner club night.  It’s called Snappy Smothered Chicken.  Ya’ll, I have no clue where I got this recipe.  No clue.  So, I’m sharing this but it’s not my recipe. So thank you to whoever came up with family loves it.
Snappy Smothered Chicken

1(8oz) package wide egg noodles
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried thyme, crumbled
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 tsp. jarred minced garlic
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1/3 dry white wine
1 store bought Rotisserie chicken

Cook noodles according to package directions.  Stir together paprika, thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat; add onion and saute 8-10 min or until tender.  Stir in garlic and paprika mixture, saute 2 minutes.  Add soup, wine, and milk, whisk and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Add chicken in pieces and spoon sauce over top and cook, covered, with heat on low 10-15 minutes or until chicken is heated through.  Serve over noodles with a veggie on the side.  I forgot to take a pic.  Sorry!! 
Ok those are my two faves from the past two weeks.  Since these are both recipes with chicken I wanted you to know where to find THE WORLDS BEST whole chicken.  It’s a crock pot whole chicken and it is the best chicken ever.  I promise and I do not take this lightly ya’ll.  
ain’t she perdy
Ok so cook this bad boy and use the chicken in either of the recipes above.  It is easy and fast and the chicken falls off the bone.  Head on over to 100 Days of Real Food for the recipe by clicking here
What are some of your favorite fall dinner ideas?
Do you do dinner club?  If so we are open to any and all suggestions of how to make it work!!
Hope ya’ll have an awesome first weekend of Fall!!!  

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