Easy Creamy Italian Chicken for Weeknights in the Slow Cooker

2016 August 4
by Carissa

I promise… your family will love this easy, kid-friendly meal!

This is a family favorite of ours and it’s perfect for hot summer days when no one feels like cooking but you still need a real meal.

Super Easy Creamy Italian Chicken in the slow cooker perfect family meal for weeknights or hot august days

Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts (Our family of 5 uses four, but adding or subtracting wouldn’t make too much of a difference)
  • 1 can Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz. package Cream Cheese
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 packet Italian Dressing Mix (I usually use closer to a half packet, because the seasoning is very strong)
  • Cooked Rice (But you could serve it with quinoa or any pasta of preference)

Directions:

  1. Add four chicken breasts to a slow cooker on high with the can of chicken broth and leave it for one hour.
  2. After an hour, add the cream cheese, diced tomatoes, and 1/2 dressing mix packet, leave for two hours, stirring every half hour or so. At this stage it looks a little messy and chunky, that’s normal.
  3. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked all the way through. Usually 4 hours on high total and then turn down to low and leave until  ready to eat dinner.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts, shred, and place back in the slow cooker in the creamy sauce.

 

Easy creamy italian chicken for weeknights in the slow cooker

Here’s where the fun comes in! Dress it up any way you like!

Dish the shredded chicken and sauce over rice or pasta or quinoa or couscous, you choose. Feel free to go crazy with toppings as well, whatever your kids will eat and enjoy.

A few topping ideas to mix and match:

  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • red onions
  • shredded cheese
  • sliced olives
  • green onions

Serve with caramelized carrots and enjoy!

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Door Dash Food Delivery App Answering the Oldest Question in a Busy Mom’s Weeknight…

2016 March 23

This is a sponsored post by DoorDash.com.

What’s For Dinner Mom?

Spring months mean NOTHING is for dinner, because we’re never home in the evenings.

Track Practice. Games. Track Meets.
Little League baseball (Majors this year!).
Practices don’t start till 5:30 or 6PM.
Games get out as late as 9:30PM.
High School Track meets last hours and HOURS.
10Pm is about the average time my Freshman gets home from weeknight meets.

Door Dash Food Delivery App in Charlotte, NCWhen exactly am I supposed to cook dinner?
Maybe a crockpot 1-dish wonder? (I don’t even have time for that, working full time these days.) Maybe throw in a frozen pizza for the one hundredth time? Maybe a sad hotdog from the local gas station convenience store on our way home? Kill Me.

This is going to go on for 2 more months! I can NOT eat another pizza, people.

Door Dash to the Rescue

Week night dinner madness with chaotic family sport schedules is solved if you live in the Charlotte Area!

Door Dash is a simple mobile food delivery app. They are launching around the nation and it’s finally Charlotte’s turn. Simply download the app (both Android and IOS), sign in, locate a restaurant, order food, register your payment info and hit SEND.

For the month of March (2016) the delivery fee is only $1.

(Goes up to regular of $3.99 in April)

And right now you can use CODE: GOODNCRAZY2 for $5 off a $20+ order (in Charlotte only).
Pay attention as some restaurants will charge more per menu item in the app when using this service. And if you live within the Charlotte city limits there are 80+ restaurants to choose from! (I checked several zipcodes in South Charlotte and Ballantyne, all showed tons of restaurants.)

You pay a delivery fee for EACH order you make so if you choose a couple different restaurants you will pay separate delivery fees.

NOTE: Door Dash is not in Fort Mill…. YET. They tell me the whole area is expanding and Fort Mill is high on their list. (YAY!) Go to DoorDash.com and test your zipcode to see if there is delivery in your area?

Yesterday I tested the Door Dash food delivery app while at a blogger event in Uptown Charlotte. (Perfect if you work in uptown BTW!)

Door Dash Food Delivery App in Charlotte, NCSo far it looks to me like the wait time is around an hour for most joints. While you can’t choose a shorter time for delivery than it shows on the app, you can choose to delay and schedule later. I ordered my lunch meal before I left for the event around 10AM. The earliest delivery slot was Noon (since most restaurants don’t open till 11AM) that was perfect and my order showed up 20 minutes early. Which was fine as I had a wide window for my lunch.

But 20 minutes is a LOT early if you were expecting a noon delivery. Be prepared to be flexible on delivery times is my advice till they get all the kinks worked out.

I especially like that you can leave a short note with any special instructions. I ordered a salad and fried green tomatoes from Dish, Charlotte and the only option for dipping sauce with the appetizer was a horseradish dill sauce. I HATE all things dill (except pickles, but whatever) anyway, I asked them to please make sure the salad dressing came on the side and to add ranch instead of the dill dipping sauce.  — Everything was delivered exactly like I asked!

Like the ‘Uber’ of Food Delivery

Door Dash in Charlotte, NC Food Delivery appI received a text message when my order was first picked up at Dish, Charlotte telling me my driver was on the way. Then I received a phone call from my driver telling me the same thing, he let me know he checked my order & that everything was correct as well.

Later when he arrived my driver ‘Duane’ called to be let into the building (which I didn’t know was locked, so that was nice!). I asked him if I could take his picture and he proudly displayed his Door Dash T-shirt for me!

–If you get Duane as your driver say hi for me! —

Wait! I forgot about tipping!

It’s all in the app. WHICH I LOVE, I never have cash for that sort of thing. You have several options 15%, 20% and let it calculate the amount. So when the food is delivered just thank the driver and that’s it.

 

Wrapping Up My Thoughts about Door Dash

  • I love that there are fast food restaurants as well as gourmet 5 stars on the list to choose from. Chick-Fil-A craving? Good to go!
  • I love that you include the tip in the app.
  • I wish it had a bit easier way to choose a delivery time. 1 hour is a long time, so be prepared to order in advance.
  • I’ll let you know when the service comes to Fort Mill… till then if you work uptown this is a great option for you!
  • Overall thumbs up to the app and delivery. Once the service is up and running in more areas I’ll really cheer!

Disclosure: I was provided reimbursement for my Door Dash order. My opinions are my own.

Locate Door Dash on your app store, and on all socials as @DoorDash.

K’Nex K-FORCE Build and Blast! New Toy Idea for Tween Boys This Year

2015 November 3

Review: we were given a Mega Boom Blaster Kit at no charge as part of the Knexeprt Program via K’Nex.

K Force Build and Blast!

K'NEX K-Force Build and Blast review stop motion videoK’Nex Brand has created a new line of ‘Blasters’. Using sponge darts kids first create one of 3 different types of blasters: A Dual Cross, A Mega Boom (See Stop Motion Below) or a Double Draw. Plus each of the blasters (cost between $45-$50 depending where you shop) can be found in smaller version kits from around $15 each.

I JUST REALIZED!! The Mega Boom Kit is on MEGA sale today. #Afflink.)

Several other K’Nex K-Force Build and Blast kits are on sale today as well!

 

Watch this 2 Minute Stop Motion Video…

My kid building the Mega Boom K-Force Blaster. It took him a little over 90 minutes with a lot of stopping and

watching a family movie.

WARNING: The blasters REALLY do shoot 75 feet. And they are very fast. Getting hit with a dart isn’t very painful, but I would stay FAR away from shooting at anyone’s face, for sure be careful of eyes. Think goggles, m’kay? Either plan to head outside once your blaster is built or warn the whole house (including the dog!).

Be careful with dart guns around pets and people's eyes!

K’Nex rates these building kits at age 8 and older. In my opinion K’Nex sets can be built by an 8 year old but be prepared to HELP a lot. The instruction manuals are mandatory to create the intricate design and still function. However in our experience by the time my kid was about 9 and a half he magically had the patience to read through the manual, understand the instructions and build his kits piece by piece by himself.

K'NEX K-Force Build and Blast review stop motion video

{NOTE: The manual included only describes how to build the largest blaster. You will need to download instruction manuals from the website for the other blasters in the kit.}

We always start with several bowls to hold all the little pieces, because if any get lost you are kind of in trouble for completing the piece. There were exactly 3 pieces left over when he completed the Mega Boom—which is the largest blaster in the kit. The kit makes a total of 6 designs, however you can’t make all 6 at once.

Later he created a smaller blaster and the target set. And I think he had more fun with the target set and the smaller blaster than the full sized double blaster.

Are the large K’Nex Build and Blast sets worth the $45 price tag?
We think so! I’ve had a really hard time finding age appropriate gifts for my very science minded tween boy. He has run home from school for a week now to work on his blaster, alter the configuration and set up ‘target practice’.
The crazy sale price right now is DEF worth it. HALF OFF!

If you miss the sale and $45 is too steep, I suggest purchasing a smaller blaster with the target set: The K-20x Build and Blast (with a small target) is normally $25, but on sale today as well for only $12.50!

 

– K’NEX can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

We were not compensated for this product review. Our thoughts and opinions are our own. There are Amazon Affiliate links in this post. We are part of the KNexperts Program.

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