Project Don't Starve Week 5: Cranberry Chicken

Is it Thanksgiving yet? No? You sure? Let’s pretend. Just a little. Ok?

I love these crockpot recipes that are a little different. Cranberry chicken recommended by Colleen? Well. That certainly sounds different enough for me. Here we go!

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Week 5: Cranberry Chicken

Equipment:
Crock pot

Base Food:
Cranberry Chicken


Recipe (inspired byColleen)

  • 4-6 chicken breasts, trimmed

  • 1 can cranberry sauce

  • 2 cups French dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine cranberry sauce, liquids, and spices in crock pot. Add chicken. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Shred and return to crock pot.


Meal 1: With Noodles

Cranberry Chicken
-Wide Egg Noodles
-Veggie steamer pack
-Bread

Meal 2: Sandwiches

Cranberry Chicken
-Sandwich rolls
-Swiss cheese
-Chips of choice

Meal 3: With Rice

Cranberry Chicken
-Rice
-Vegetable steamer


Shopping List (2 people)

5 lbs chicken breast
1 can cranberry sauce
French dressing
Balsamic vinegar
Sandwich rolls
Chips of choice
French bread
Veggie steamer packs
Egg noodles
Rice


What did we think?

I will edit this post after we make this with our final thoughts.


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Project Don't Starve Week 4: Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Is it just me, or do 90% of crock pot recipes yield some kind of Mexican chicken dish? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll slather sour cream, lime and cheese on just about anything. But I got SO excited when so many suggested recipes were meals I completely never would have considered for Project Don’t Starve.

This week, we have Italian Sausage Sandwiches! While the sandwiches are the prime meal, I figured there’s no reason we can’t treat this like red sauce and just run with the whole Italian situation.

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Week 4: Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Base Food:
Italian Sausage


Recipe (various sources)

  • 1 package hot Italian Sausages

  • 1 package mild Italian Sausages

  • 24 oz jar of marinara sauce

  • 1 bell pepper, diced

  • 1 small onion, diced

Combine sauce, peppers, and onions in crock pot. Add sausage. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.


Meal 1: Hoagie Sandwiches

Italian Sausage
- Hoagie rolls

Meal 2: Spaghetti

Italian Sausage
-spaghetti
-bread
-vegetable steamer

Meal 3: Italian Bake

Italian Sausage
-Left over spaghetti
-Mozzarella cheese
-bread
-vegetable steamer


Shopping List (2 people)

1 package hot Italian Sausage
1 package mild Italian Sausage
1 bell pepper
1 small onion
Hoagie rolls
Spaghetti
French bread
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Veggie steamers


What did we think?

I will edit this post after we make this with our final thoughts.


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Project Don't Starve Week 3: Shredded Buffalo Chicken

I love chicken. I love sweet potatoes. So when this recipe came through as shredded chicken ON sweet potatoes, Paige said “SIGN ME UP.” I am all for rice bowls and taco filling. But this recipe got me really excited because it was something different. Different flavors and a different food experience than I’m used to. Let’s get cookin’!

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Week 3: Shredded Buffalo Chicken

Equipment:
Crock pot

Base Food:
Buffalo Chicken


Recipe (from CountryConvert)

  • 4-6 pounds of any chicken (breast or thighs)

  • 1 cup of water or chicken broth

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

  • 2 Tbs canned chipotle pepper adobo sauce

  • 2 Tbs lime juice

  • 2 Tbs mayonnaise

Add chicken and water or broth to crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Remove from crock pot and shred. Save water for stock if desired.

Mix butter and hot sauce together and mix with chicken.

Combine chipotle pepper sauce, lime juice, and mayonnaise together. Drizzle over shredded chicken after serving.


Meal 1: On a Sweet Potato

Buffalo Chicken
-Sweet Potato, baked
-Avocado
-Veggie steamer pack

Meal 2: Open Face Sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken
-Bread
-Veggie steamer pack

Meal 3: With Noodles

Buffalo Chicken
-Wide Egg Noodles
-Vegetable steamer


Shopping List (2 people)

4-6 pounds of chicken
2 sweet potatoes
1 Avocado
Hot sauce
Butter
Lime juice
Mayonnaise
1 can chipotle peppers
Veggie steamer packs
Bread
Wide egg noodles


What did we think?

Eh. Ok this one fell a bit flat for us. It wasn’t bad by any means. It was just a bit strange. I think if you are a person who enjoys these flavors and has some very good bases to start with, this could be a really great recipe for you. The chicken and sauce was easy enough.

We have a question we ask when we make a new food. Instead of asking “Is it good?” which can often times leave the cook feeling like he or she failed, we ask “Should we make it again?” Many of the meals we make aren’t bad. We just wouldn’t make them again. This fell in to that category.


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Project Don't Starve Week 2: Mississippi Pot Roast

The weather is JUST barely starting to cool down. Barely. Like six degrees. But I DECLARE THAT TO BE A SIGN OF FALL. Which means I can dive fully in to this week’s crock pot meal of Mississippi Pot Roast.

Out of all the recipes sent in and recommended, this was by far the most popular. While I’m not typically a roast kind of girl, the directions could not be any easier. So let’s give it a try. I’ll be using the recipe given to me by Becky. Here we go!

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Week 2: Mississippi Pot Roast

Equipment:
Crock pot

Base Food:
Mississippi Pot Roast


Recipe (various sources)

  • 3 lb chuck roast

  • 4-5 pepperoncinis

  • 1 packet of ranch dressing mix

  • 1 packet of au jus mix

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1/4 cup pepperoncini juice (optional)

Place roast in crock pot and add the pepperoncini juice, if desired. Sprinkle the ranch dressing and au jus mix over the roast. Slice butter in to pats and place on top of roast. Place pepperoncinis over butter. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.


Meal 1: With Noodles

Mississippi Pot Roast
-Wide Egg Noodles
-Bread
-Veggie steamers

Meal 2: Baked Potato

Mississippi Pot Roast
-Crock pot baked potato
-Bacon bits
-Cheddar cheese
-Green onion
-Sour Cream

Meal 3: Chips and Sandwich

Mississippi Pot Roast
-French bread
-Provolone Cheese
-Chips of choice


Shopping List (2 people)

3 lb chuck roast
8 oz jar pepperoncini
1 oz package ranch dressing mix
1 oz package au jus mix
1 frozen veggie steamer of choice
Butter
Egg noodles
French bread
(2) baked potatoes
Bacon bits
Cheddar cheese
Green onion
Sour cream
Provolone
Chips


What did we think?

THIS. WAS. SO. GOOD. It is actually so good my brain almost couldn’t understand what I was eating or why it was so good. Brandon ate like a starving man and absolutely loved it. It’s definite hearty winter food but it his SO MUCH FLAVOR. If you wanted to reduce the sodium, try using a low sodium au jus packet or eliminated it all together.

Overall 10/10. This is now going in to regular rotation.


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Project Don't Starve Week 1: Cilantro Lime Chicken

Depending on what part of the world you are in, this may not be relevant. But here in Kentucky it is HOT. Still hot. Far too hot for my liking.

Which means while having a meal that cooks itself all day sounds amazing, I also have a severe aversion to eating piping hot food while it is also piping hot outside.

Yet…it’s Project Don’t Starve week 1! Out of all the fabulous recipes sent in, I decided to start with Cilantro Lime Chicken as recommended by Lady Jane. Because it seems like this might be good cold. Maybe?

To stretch this out a bit (and since it’s just two of us) I’m going to make three meals out of it for this week.

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Week 1: Cilantro Lime Chicken


Recipe (adapted from sidechef.com)

Combine the following in a crock pot:

  • Salsa

  • Juice of (1) lime

  • 1.25 oz taco seasoning packet

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

  • 2 finely chopped jalapeno peppers

  • Chicken breasts, trimmed

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Shred with fork when done. Add back to crock pot and mix well.

Makes three meals for (2) people.


Black beans - warm through on the stove

  • black beans, undrained

  • salt and pepper to tast

Corn Salsa - mix all ingredients well

  • Frozen corn, thawed

  • Diced red onion to taste

  • cilantro, chopped, to taste

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Meal 1: Burrito Bowls

Cilantro Lime Chicken
-Rice
-Black beans
-Corn Salsa
-Monterey Jack Cheese
-Sour Cream
-Cilantro

Meal 2: Wraps

Cilantro Lime Chicken
-Black beans
-Corn Salsa
-Monterey Jack Cheese
-Sour Cream
-Tomato
-Lettuce
-Flour tortillas

Meal 3: Nachos

Cilantro Lime Chicken
-Black beans
-Corn Salsa
-Tomato
-Monterey Jack Cheese
-Sour Cream
-Corn chips


Shopping List (2 people)

6 large chicken breasts
2 cans reduced sodium black beans
1 bags frozen corn, 12oz
2 bunches fresh cilantro
1 red onion
24 oz salsa
2 jalapeno peppers
1 tomato
3 limes
Lettuce
1 packet taco seasoning, 1.25 oz
Monterey jack cheese
Rice
Corn chips
Flour tortillas
Sour cream


What did we think?

We loved this!! It was super easy. I used the full two peppers and it really isn’t hot at all. We ate it over rice bowls the first night. I took the whole concoction to work with me for lunch cold the next day and it was just as good. It also made more than I thought it would. From this recipe we will get about four meals worth of food. It’s a really great crock pot chicken meal! And tastes great with a variety of dishes. Would recommend!!


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Announcing: Project Don't Starve

The time has come. That time. The special time. Which time you ask?

The time that we FINALLY get to start working on the kitchen. The time to begin transforming this horrible, torn apart, 1980s kitchen back in to an oasis worthy of a 1905 farmhouse. Isn’t that EXCITING?! Yes. Yes it is.

But.

It also means that I have to figure out what the heck we’re going to eat out of a crock pot for the next eight months and where the heck we are going to eat it. Fortunately I have the second part of that figured out.

After a Saturday spent grunting, shoving, heaving, and panting, I now have a temporary kitchen set up (more on that later). Is it glamorous? Nope. Is it styled? Definitely not. Am I excited about it? YOU BETCHA.

As for the first part? Welp. That’s the project. Project Don’t Starve, to be exact.

All in one guide to a well fed home renovation.

All in one guide to a well fed home renovation.

The big secret is that I don’t LOVE cooking. Well…I shouldn’t say that. I might enjoy cooking - when I’m not project managing a massive DIY home renovation. But for now it most definitely falls in to the category of hassle instead of hobby.

In a valiant attempt to make sure we remain reasonably well nourished over this kitchen renovation, I asked you to give me your favorite crock pot recipes of all time. EVER. Anything that can be made in a slow cooker or an electric fry pan, sign me up.

Disclaimer: no I will not get an Instant Pot. I don’t care how cool they are. Pressure cookers scare the life out of me, and I would most definitely be the 0.00001% of people whose Instant Pot explodes. Being highly risk averse by nature, hard pass.

To say you responded with gusto would be the most embarrassingly understated comment of the century. I have enough recipes to feed us for YEARS.

So. For the next…however long it takes us to finish this room…I am going to make one of these recipes a week. I will post about which ones we are making up here on the blog along with my thoughts and modifications. Then they’ll stay collected for you as a reference for doing your own kitchen renovation. Or if you just need a plan for good food.

All aboard the Project Don’t Starve train! We’re pulling out of the station. Do you have a favorite recipe? Let me at it! Let’s give it a go! And let’s NOT STARVE.

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