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Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

I have made these before and this is my first attempt at cooking the chicken via slow cooker for this recipe. They have turned out succulent and full of fresh flavors. I hope you give these a try and please let me know what you think?! I would love to hear from you!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Chicken:

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2  tsp lemon juice

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. dill

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. coriander

salt & black pepper, to taste

6-8 flatbreads (I used store-bought)

Tzatziki sauce, homemade or store bought (recipe follows)

Feta Cheese crumbles

Cilantro

Diced:

  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup red onion
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • kalamata olives
  • romaine lettuce

Directions: 6-8 hours

Place chicken breasts along with minced garlic, thyme, oregano, coriander, lemon juice, and dill in bottom of slow cooker.

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Cover and turn on LOW. Let cook for 6-8 hours.

Shred the chicken and stir with the juices it made while cooking.

Tzatziki Sauce:

1 medium cucumber, chopped

1 tsp salt, plus more to taste

1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1 tsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 tsp dried dill

black pepper

Directions: Prep time 10 minutes

Place a diced cucumber in a mesh strainer or colander and sprinkle with salt, toss to evenly coat the cucumber then allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. (I peeled the cucumber, sliced it lengthwise, and used a spoon to clean out the seeds then proceeded with dicing).

Rinse cucumbers and place over several layers of paper towels. Squeeze some moisture as if you’re wringing out a cloth. You can place cucumber in a large mixing bowl, add Greek yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, and salt & pepper to taste. (If you want it more blended, you can always put these ingredients in the food processor).

This sauce can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Here comes the most anticipated part of this decadent and succulent meal…………

THE ASSEMBLY:

Layer chicken in a row in the middle of the flatbread, top with lettuce (optional), tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, red onion, feta cheese, Tzatziki sauce, and cilantro.

Shrimp Enchiladas w/ Jalapeno Cream Sauce

This is a fantastic recipe and it is definitely full of spice! I will just let you try it for yourself!

Makes: 10 enchiladas

Serves: 4-6

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 TBSP olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. pepper and onion stir fry veggies
  • 2 TBSP chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 10 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
  • 2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese (shredded)

Sauce:

  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp jalapeno sauce (or 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 TBSP cilantro leaves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil. Place thawed shrimp (peeled and deveined) onto the baking sheet. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste and gently toss to combine…

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Place into oven and roast shrimp just until pink, firm, and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before mincing…..

Oven-Roasted shrimp

Oven-Roasted shrimp

Reduce oven temp to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet, add minced garlic….

2 cloves of garlic

2 cloves of garlic

Onion and pepper blend….

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Cook…stirring occasionally, until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add cayenne pepper, and oregano….

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Add chipotle peppers….

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Add minced shrimp…..

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Toss gently to combine….

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Directions for the sauce:

To make the sauce, melt butter in large saucepan, whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in chicken stock and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Add jalapeno sauce and garlic powder and simmer until the cream sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro….

Jalapeno sauce...Organic

Jalapeno sauce…Organic

Jalapeno Cream Sauce

Jalapeno Cream Sauce

To assemble the enchiladas, lay tortillas on a flat surface and spoon 1/4 cup of the shrimp mixture in the center; sprinkle with cheese……

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Roll the tortilla and place seam side down onto prepared baking dish…. Repeat….

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Pour half of the Jalapeno Cream Sauce evenly over the top. Place into the oven and bake, covered, until lightly golden brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes….

Just before baking... Mmm!

Just before baking… Mmm!

Serve with Black Bean Salsa and the remaining cream sauce… Pure deliciousness (is that a word?)

Shrimp Enchiladas served with Black Bean Salsa

Shrimp Enchiladas served with Black Bean Salsa

 

Guacamole

This is such a simple recipe and avocados are such a healthy and tasteful way to get in some of those required nutrients. Now that spring and summer are on their way, why not get started with a great snack!? This is full of flavor and can be adjusted to your liking! Enjoy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Makes: approx. 1 1/2 cups

Here’s what you’ll need:

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2 ripe avocados

2 Tbsp – 1/4 cup minced onion

1 jalapeno, finely diced

1 Tbsp lime juice

2 Tbsp cilantro (I used dried cilantro)

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Dash of black pepper

1/2 ripe tomato, chopped

Directions:

Cut avocados in half….

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Remove seed (pit), and scoop out the avocados from the peel, put into a mixing bowl….

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Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado (don’t overdo it, this should be a little chunky!)….

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Add the diced onion, cilantro, lime juice, tomato, jalapeno, & salt and pepper…

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Be careful handling any kind of peppers when removing the seeds. I wear gloves and then thoroughly wash my hands after handling…

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Remember…DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYES OR FACE FOR SEVERAL HOURS  after handling peppers.

Cover guacamole with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole (helps to prevent oxidation)…

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Refrigerate until ready and you can change the spice level as needed!

Enjoy!!

Salsa

I love salsa and I saw this recipe and just had to try it. I have been wanting a salsa recipe that I could also use in the winter time when garden tomatoes are no longer available. I have used some great canned tomatoes and I found some that I prefer to use with this salsa recipe. I got this recipe from the ‘Pioneer Woman’ website and I changed it a little bit. Hope you enjoy it all year round! This recipe can make a huge batch but definitely well worth it. It freezes well.

Makes: 12 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (perfect to double and use the 28 oz can)

1 can (10 oz) Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles-Mexican flavor)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)

1 whole jalapeno, quartered and sliced thin (optional)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp homemade chili and taco seasoning (in the Spices, Rubs, and Marinades category)

1/4-1/2 cup cilantro (adjust according to taste)

1 tsp lime juice

Directions:

Combine tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno (optional), garlic, cilantro, sugar, salt, cumin, and lime juice in a large bowl, I like chunky salsa…..

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Stir until all items are combined thoroughly…..

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Add the taco and chili seasoning mix at the end…..

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Stir well again, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

ENJOY!!!

**You can also place all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you would like. Test seasonings with tortilla chips and adjust as needed.

 

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