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Hello! Welcome to my blog! I'm Jennifer, but most people call me Jenny. I'm a small town Texas girl, born again Christian, mommy to 2 beautiful boys, wife to my high school sweetheart, scrapbook supply junkie, and occasional paper sniffer. :) Here you will find bits and pieces of my scrapbooking projects, daily thoughts, and just general randomness. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 17, 2010


One of the resolutions I made for this year was to try out at least 10 new recipes. Sounds easy enough...but I really don't enjoy cooking, so this is going to be a task for me. I like baking...but cooking is just....eh.

I've decided it's time to learn some new recipes....expand my menu, if you will.

So, I'm looking for GOOD, EASY recipes if any of you have any good ones to share. But let's get one thing straight: I want recipes with real ingredients, not ingredients that I've never heard of or have to travel to Italy to obtain. Something that even kids will like, and no...I repeat absolutely no....seafood/fish of any kind. Something easy, something delicious, preferably something that won't take hours.

Tonight, we tried Chicken Packets. Very simple to make, and I am happy to say that these were a total hit! Everyone loved it, and the boys even had seconds. Yay!

I served these with some Uncle Ben's Southwestern rice, but a side salad would have been a great choice to go with these. It made 8 packets, so we have plenty for leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Score.

But wait...it gets even better. The mixture for these can be made ahead of time and frozen for when you are ready to use it. Or, you could make these for a meal but double the recipe for the filling, and then freeze the filling for whenever you want to make them again. ;)

Here is the recipe if you'd like to try it out for yourself:

Recipe #1:
Chicken Packets -

Ingredients for Cooking Day:

* 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
* 1 -3 oz. packet cream cheese
* 1 Tbsp. chopped chives
* 2 Tbsp. milk
* salt to taste

Ingredients for Serving Day:

* 1/2 c. crushed seasoned croutons (I have substituted bread crumbs)
* 2 -8oz. package refrigerated crescent rolls.
* 1/4 cup melted margarine.

Directions for Cooking Day: Mix chicken, cream cheese, chives, milk and salt. Freeze in freezer bag.

Directions for Serving Day:
Thaw chicken mixture. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unroll rolls. Make rectangles instead of triangles by sealing the perforations. Place 1/4 c. filling on top of each piece of roll. Fold over and seal. Dip packet in melted butter and roll in crushed croutons. Bake 20 minutes until golden brown.

Easy peasy and will definitely be making these again! :)

If you have any EASY recipes you'd like to share, please leave a comment below!


Suzy said...

Thanks for sharing this! I am also trying to cook more in the new year. But it's hard to find easy recipes with "regular" ingredients. I'll try this one!

LaMaMaLa said...

hey there! check out my blog, Soups and Scraps! It's still new, but my two favorite things are cooking and scrapping. I post recipes on there, and they are all pretty easy. What kind of food do you like? Italian, Mexican, Thai, American?

Beth Gaddis said...

That really sounds yummy, I may have to try it (in small batches since I'm hitched to a vegetarian). Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Hey Jenny!! I have a few that I could share. I do some cooking starting this week thru the end of the tax season in April for a tax office with about a dozen employees. I will PM you later over at sb.com...