Enchilada Sauce for Canning
Please note that most recipes for Enchilada sauce call for a thickening agent, and are meant to be used "fresh" and not preserved. It's recommended that you do not include flour, butter, or milk in anything that you're canning. This recipe can be used for preserving or used right away.
Simmer and Blend it Up!
Toss it all in a pot and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use your immersion blender (or work in small batches in your food processor/blender) until the mixture is smooth, and there are no chunks left. Spend the time to do a good job now, it will save you time and energy later.
Spaghetti Sauce. What kid (and admittedly adult!) doesn't like a big, giant bowl of saucy spaghetti? Despite the fact that Lucas has now entered the "I will not eat vegetables" stage, he loves this sauce. He even helps cut up the tomatoes (using a butter knife), measure the ingredients, and set the timer.
The most important thing here is to only use ingredients and spices that your family likes. If you're not huge on basil, omit it. If you love garlic, add more. Use my recipe as a guide to make your sauce, well, YOUR sauce.
He's my start-from-scratch version of sweet spaghetti sauce, have fun customizing it into one your family will love.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Lucas likes this soup a lot, but always picks around the beans. He eats most of the corn, and chicken, but he mostly likes to soak up the broth with oyster crackers.
Chicken and Dumplings
I'm a HUGE fan of from-scratch, homemade things, but I'm a busy lady and don't always have time for that. Especially during Robotics Season, my life consists mainly of "dump-a-bunch-of-stuff-in-the-Crock-Pot-and-go" recipes. This is one of my go-to Classics, and Lucas eats it up like I'll never make it again.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT uncover the Crock Pot for at least 30 minutes after you've added the biscuits. It will add a lot of cooking time!
Clinton's Favorite Chinchillas
No, it's not really Chinchillas, it's Enchiladas (haven't you people ever seen Super Troopers!?). Even though this is Clinton's favorite dish I make, Lucas really likes them, too. They take a while to make, but the great thing is the versatility and simple ingredients! Plus, leftovers heat up FANTASTIC! Serves 4 to 6 adults.
NOTE: Can also be prepared in the Crock Pot! Instead of placing ingredients into a baking dish, put it in the crock pot. Cook for 2 to 3 hours on low.
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Breasts
Lucas LOVED this chicken, and really enjoyed the sauce (especially the dipping part! Dip makes everything better!). I served it with cheesy mashed potatoes and green beans from our local Farmer's Market.
Note: This recipe should be started the night before you plan on eating oats for breakfast. It's a great way to start your day with a healthy meal, with all of the prep-work done the night before!