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Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

One of my new favorite things to do is buy a Rotisserie Chicken for a good price & see how many meals I can get out of it! These are the latest hits in our family that I did this week.

Barbeque Chicken Pizza

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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 Tbsp. yeast
3 1/2 cup flour

Directions:

Dissolve sugar in the lukewarm water. Dissolve yeast in the water mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Measure flour into a mixing bowl. Add water mixture to flour and stir until flour is moistened. Turn onto floured surface and knead until firm. Transfer to a greased glass bowl. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place. Let rise until doubled. Punch down after rising and spread dough on a greased cookie sheet or pizza stone. Add your favorite sauce and toppings. Bake in a 350 oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are brown.

I used BBQ sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, sliced Red Onion, the Chicken & Fresh Cilantro. YUMMY!

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
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This is what I did for the recipe:
2 cups Rotisserie Chicken, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ t crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
2 cups marinara/pasta sauce
1 ½ cups 2% reduced fat shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese, divided
2 oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided
3.5 oz garlic croutons, roughly crushed, leaving some larger pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread the cubed pieces of chicken across the bottom of the baking dish in a single layer. Sprinkle the minced garlic, red pepper flakes and basil evenly over the chicken. Spread the sauce evenly across the top. On top of the sauce layer, sprinkle ¾ cup of the Mozzarella and one ounce of the Parmesan evenly across the dish. Sprinkle the crushed croutons across the top and follow with the remaining cheese.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

20 Minute Teriyaki Chicken
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Pre-cooked Chicken
Rice
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp of Ketchup
1/4 cup water
Directions:
In a bowl, mix brown sugar, soy sauce, water and ketchup.  Stir until well blended.  Set aside.  Measure out enough rice to feed your family.  Pour it into a rice cooker.  If you don’t have a rice cooker, you can still do this on the stove, it just takes a little more watchful eye.  Measure out the correct amount of liquid for your rice.
“For example, I do 2 cups of dry rice.  This means I will need 4 cups of liquid.  I should have almost a cup of teriyaki sauce mixed in my bowl.  I will then need approximately 3 more cups of water.  If you want a stronger teriyaki flavor simply increase the amount of sauce you prepare and decrease the extra waterm accordingly.  Pour the teriyaki sauce in the rice cooker.  Add the extra water.  Dice the chicken and dump it in the cooker as well.  Set the cooker to cook and walk away.  Serve when the switch flips from “cook” to “warm”, at least that’s what mine does.  I usually serve it with steamed veggies (that I cook in my Pampered Chef steamer) or mix the veggies right in.  Super simple and prep time is like ten minutes max.”
Happy Cooking!
~Rachel
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Thank the Lord for Pick Me Ups

We’ve ALL have those days…

Maybe you were up all night with a little one, or two.  Maybe you were constantly running to the doctor for an ill child & there seemed to be no answers. Maybe you started the day with high hopes of accomplishing everything on your never-ending to do list & then the house became a disaster behind you one room at a time & you become discouraged & frustrated. Maybe a little one poured a whole container of glitter in the playroom & it was EVERYWHERE & you didn’t even begin to know where to start cleaning up (true story). Maybe you were taking care of sick kids all day. Maybe you actually had an attempt to cook dinner…and burnt it. Oopsie! Maybe you have little ones that cry all.day.long. The list could go on…

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I know for me, I’ve been at some exhausting, most discouraging days as a mother & feeling either all alone or that I can’t do one thing right. Praise the Lord for pick me ups from friends that show “I care.” “I’m here.” “I haven’t forgotten about you.” “You’re doing a great job.”

Recently, a friend knew that my little boy was so sick for a couple of weeks & to this day, she will NEVER know how much her text meant to me. She said “let me know what I can get you from Starbucks & I’ll swing it by.” IT MADE MY DAY & there was something that refreshed me from the encouragement that she cared. Bless her sweet heart, she dropped one of her girls off from school, ran to Starbucks with the other wee little ones & then brought it over in the pouring rain. She stopped at the door & listened to me & I just wanted to hug her. What a help she was to me that day.

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It doesn’t have to be anything big, it doesn’t even have to cost anything. A text or a quick email when God puts that friend on your heart can cheer up any day! Let them know you’re praying for them. Cards are great too & I know that has been something that has meant the world to me when I’ve gotten one in the mailbox from a friend. You may never, ever fully know what a help that can be to a tired, discouraged mother. Maybe the Lord will use you to encourage that dear Mother who’s hurting, or stressed, or tired.

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Let’s encourage one another in the new year!

 

Joyfully Serving Him,

Rachel


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Valentine Chalk Art

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I enjoy making this time special for my family that I love so much. This is a simple & fun idea I did last year. Just draw lots & lots of hearts with sidewalk chalk on your sidewalk leading to the front door. The boys LOVED this special decoration & were sad when it rained & washed it away. 😉

P.S. One warning – just have a rug at the front door so when the chalk is stepped on, you can wipe your shoes off right away so it doesn’t track into your home. 🙂 Not that we would know from experience or anything. 😉

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Joyfully serving Him,

Rachel Johnson