Foodie Friday: Parents of multiples must eat too!

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One of the continued challenges of having multiples is finding time in the day to do everything that needs to get done. Many of the moms of HDYDI have talked about the endless piles of laundry, the never-ending errands (how often do I have to go to BJ’s, really?), the dishes and all the other things that go into taking care of kids. Really, for such small people, there’s a lot of work involved! One of the things in our house that continually gets pushed to the side is dinner for adults. I feed the kids at 5:30m, do a quick bath, story and bed and then my husband and I look at each other around 7pm, as if maybe miraculously, the other has conjured up dinner for adults in the past 20 minutes. In between, of course, putting babies to bed, sweeping the floor, washing trays and putting away toys. Occasionally, this does happen, but more often we go scrounging in our fridge or freezer looking for inspiration. And let me tell you, inspiration does not come easily when you’ve spent the last 12 hours taking care of babies, working, or both. Here is one of our favorite solutions to the dinner-dilemma. And, it involves my new favorite appliance, the slow-cooker. Love it.

So here is the easiest recipe ever. And, as a bonus, it’s both tasty and reasonably good for you.

Slow cooker chicken tacos

4 frozen chicken breasts

16-24 oz jar of salsa

1 packet of taco seasoning

2 15 oz cans of beans, any type

1 Tablespoon sour cream (optional)


Put first four ingredients in the crock-pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Before serving shred the chicken inside the crockpot, the chicken is so tender it just falls apart.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of sour cream and voila… it’s done! Put in a bit of shredded cheese, some chopped tomato and lettuce and you have the tastiest meal ever.

Do others have favorite (quick) recipes? Share them with us!

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8 thoughts on “Foodie Friday: Parents of multiples must eat too!”

  1. I’m just glad it’s getting warm out, and I can use the grill without standing in the snow (not that I haven’t done it!). So our quick dinner usually involves something on the grill (added bonus – very little cleanup!). My favorites:
    -Bratwurst (boiled in beer first, per my midwestern roots – M laughs that I keep “cooking beer” aka Budweiser in the house, just for brats)
    -Chicken thighs (they don’t dry out like breasts do, and I usually baste them in BBQ sauce. Salt & pepper the thighs, and throw them on the grill. After a few minutes, flip and apply bbq sauce to the slightly-cooked side so sauce doesn’t interact with raw meat. Flip and repeat a few times, serve on a bun.)
    -Asparagus! Thicker stalks work well, just toss them in some olive oil and salt & pepper, and don’t over-cook. Oh, and be careful when putting them on the grill – PERPENDICULAR, or they’ll fall through!

    I also usually keep tortillas and a bag of shredded mexican cheese blend in the fridge, and we make quesadillas. Served with sour cream and spicy salsa verde. Mmm…

  2. That sounds YUMMY!
    My ace in the hole recipe (and you really cannot call it that..) is the Betty Crocker Chicken Fettucine Alfredo meal in a box (not as nasty salty as many pre-fabs are)! 😉 With a bagged salad, we all eat on the cheap, and quick!

  3. Oh WOW…That sounds DELICIOUS! I’m going to have to try it today! I LOVE my crockpot more than anything…throw some food in and let it sit for hours. One dish to clean after your done and voila! Thanks for this recipie…i can’t wait to try it!

  4. Thanks so much, I was craving a real supper, not just Cheerios and leftover baby scraps! I just put it all together and I’m so excited to have a nice meal ready for my husband and older daughter tonight. I’d love to get other REALLY EASY crockpot recipes.

  5. My aunt was recently singing praises for her 2nd generation pressure cooker. Apparantly it’s the opposite of a crockpot- you can whip up a hot meal in under 30 minutes. I don’t always remember to plan ahead for the crockpot, so this just might work for me. I’ll have to report back when I purchase one and try it out.

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