11 Crock Pot Recipes You Need for Easy Summer Dinners


11 Crockpot Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

It’s always nice to have some easy dinner recipes on hand for those days when you end up with less time at the end of the day and don’t want to spend the majority of it getting dinner on the table (and cleaning up afterwards).

Especially in the summer time — the kids are out of school, we’re trying to enjoy some slow summer days with fun activities together with friends or family — and we don’t want to stress about how everyone will get fed at dinner.

Additionally, who wants to heat up the kitchen (especially here in Texas) when it’s already difficult to keep the house cool enough to be comfortable?

Those long, refreshing summer days are perfect for planning ahead just a little and throwing ingredients in the crock pot for an easy dinner any day of the week. These recipes are also great ideas for taking to a potluck or your family reunion or to throw together at the lake for the day.

1. Crockpot Roast

Crockpot Roast with onions

A keto and paleo friendly recipe, dish up a savory roast with celery, onion and seasonings like Worcestershire sauce and garlic. (photo by PaleoTable)


2. Beef Stroganoff

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Beef tenderloin strips cooked up with mushrooms and seasonings, with a little sour cream stirred in towards the end for a creamy delicious meal perfect for serving over brown rice or your favorite cooked pasta.


3. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Crockpot Recipe

With all the flavor of cabbage rolls and none of the rolling-up mess, browned ground beef is cooked up with cabbage, Ro-Tel, onion, garlic, and tomato sauce for a comfort food dish full of flavor.


4. Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds and Apricots

Moroccan Chicken with Almonds and Apricots in Crockpot

Braised chicken thighs are simmered in the crock pot with apricots, baby carrots and seasonings, topped off with almonds before serving; wonderful at the end of a long day with family and friends.

5. Crockpot Pepper Steak

Crockpot Pepper Steak recipe

Dish up this tasty meal of round steak, cut into strips, simmered with bell peppers, beef broth, onions, and seasonings; great for serving over mashed potatoes or brown rice for a yummy meal.

6. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches recipe

The whole crew will enjoy these easy pulled chicken sandwiches; cook up the chicken breast pieces in the crockpot with buffalo wing sauce, ranch salad dressing mix, adding a little butter and cream cheese at the end for a rich delicious chicken filling for your favorite hoagie rolls.

7. Beef Tortilla Casserole

Crockpot Beef Tortilla Casserole recipe

This dish turns out best if you only cook it on low for about 3 hours (not a dish you can let sit all day or it gets too soggy). But when cooked just right, it’s a fabulous blend of flavors with enchilada sauce, ground beef, onion, poblano chilies, taco seasoning, corn tortillas, black beans and corn. Top off with a dollop of sour cream, chopped tomatoes and cilantro.


8. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole - Crockpot Recipe

Make this dish either for breakfast (set it up the night before to cook overnight) or have breakfast for dinner, if you prefer. With sliced chuck steak, turkey bacon, diced ham and potatoes, bell pepper and onion, along with the eggs and cheese, this hearty breakfast casserole has ingredients everyone will enjoy. Serve it up with a bowl of fresh fruit for a complete meal.

9. Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew recipe

Chicken breast pieces cooked up with potatoes, carrots, celery, frozen mixed vegetables and cream of chicken soup; a creamy, hearty mixture that is delicious served over your favorite buttermilk biscuits or bread.

10. Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna crockpot recipe

Don’t let the idea of layering lasagna stress you out! With this easy crockpot version, you can enjoy lasagna for dinner without all the intensive labor.

11. Peking Pork Chops

Peking Pork Chops Slow Cooker Recipe

Cook these delicious pork chops up nice and slow in the crock pot with brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic; serve over rice or Chinese noodles. (photo by Salu Salo)


What are your favorite summer-time dinners or crockpot meals? Leave us a comment below and share your ideas with us!


How Do You Like Your Ice? (Tips for Buying an Ice Maker)



Facts to Know Before Buying
an Ice Maker

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Learning about the utility and efficiency of an ice maker can greatly influence your purchasing decision. However, before making the purchase, it is important to learn a few things about an ice maker’s most prominent features. By taking into account a few factors, you will be closer to purchasing the perfect ice maker for your needs.

In a regular food service environment an ice maker machine can function well for about 5 to 8 years, but you could make yours last even longer. TopIceMakerReviews offers its readers advice to help them find the best ice makers on the market, in addition to sharing about similar tools, like the ice crusher. Be sure to read some ice maker reviews to find out which ones are the best on the market, and consider these tips and tricks before purchasing an ice making machine.

1. The Production Rate

This is a basic characteristic that any buyer should consider when shopping for an ice maker. Even if you use it only for summer parties, you do not want the device to produce too little ice and have to wait for a long time while guests are waiting impatiently for more ice. Thoroughly think about your ice requirements to know which device to choose. If buying such a machine for a family restaurant, then you need an ice maker with even higher production rates. However, for home use consider purchasing a device with medium production rate, depending on your particular use of the item.

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2. The Condenser

There are three types of condensers, namely remote air-cooled, water-cooled and air-cooled. An air-cooled condenser is likely to be more efficient than water-cooled. They become more susceptible to production loss, when the incoming water temperatures and surrounding air temperature increase. Generally, water-cooled condensers allow the device to produce ice more consistently regardless of the temperatures. However, these condensers also tend to use a lot of water. On the other hand, the remote air-cooled condenser is famous for being allowed to operate on the roof of your building or outdoors (for larger units like those needed for a family restaurant or small business).

3. Energy Star Qualification

It is very important to purchase an ice maker that is qualified by ENERGY STAR. This way, you make sure the device conserves electricity and water. When purchasing an ice maker be aware that ENERGY STAR qualified appliances are better choices not only for the environment but also for your small restaurant, business or home.

4. Technology

Depending on the brand you choose, the ice machine will provide various technology options. Instead of simply making ice as they are developed to do, there are some machines which have a variety of different functions. There are certain ice machines that allow users to program the ice production while also monitoring the entire activity. This way, users will know whether something goes wrong during the ice making process, allowing them to fix the problem before it turns into an unpleasant incident.

5. The Size of the Ice Machine

Before ordering a device, make sure you have enough space to store it in your desired location. You should place it on your kitchen counter if there is sufficient space to efficiently operate. If you buy an upright or low profile unit, you will be able most likely to fit it in any corner of your kitchen. However, do not forget that certain ice machines will need more clearance on the sides, rear, and top, to allow them to work properly.


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6. Ice Style

Did you know that some ice makers allow you to choose among various ice shapes? Users can make ice cubes, octagons, pearls, flakes, nuggets, gourmet ice and half cubes. Each type of ice may be more desirable for certain functions. Think about the utility of the ice to establish the ice style you need or prefer for each occasion. If you only purchase the device to cool the drinks at a family dinner or reunion with friends, then the ice style won’t really matter; however, for instance, if you use it to keep perishable food fresh, you would want to use ice flakes.

There are plenty of features and aspects to consider when purchasing an ice making machine. To make sure it is the right fit for your needs, pay attention to the size, ice production, filter, and condenser. This way you can be sure it will properly function, while improving your summer and allowing you to relax and enjoy your cool summer drinks, making you the best party organizer in the neighborhood.

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21 Refreshing Strawberry Recipes

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Strawberries – there is something about the bright red color, the anticipation of sweet, juicy goodness with that first bite, and the kid-like happiness of enjoying such a fruity delicious treat that leaves me wide-eyed and full of excitement about fresh strawberry season.

Strawberry Plants

When the kids were younger, we often spent time during the growing season visiting local berry farms to gather fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries – tossing them into salads, muffins, breakfast treats, smoothies, and desserts until we’d had our fill, and then tossing the rest of them into the freezer for enjoying later in the year.

As a young teenager, we lived next door to a family who had a large field of strawberry plants, and in exchange for helping them with weeding, mulching, harvesting, our family enjoyed taking home baskets of fresh strawberries when they were ripe and ready for picking. Oh my! Such a treat, especially after having put in the hard work of cultivating and watching them struggle and grow.

(Start growing your own strawberry plants!)

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Strawberry Nutrition

While strawberries are so delicious, juicy and sweet, they are also really good for your health — full of antioxidants, vitamin C , manganese as well as other vitamins and minerals! Because of their fiber content and relatively low carb and sugar content, they are beneficial for heart and brain health and controlling blood sugar levels (good news for diabetics), as well as helpful in protecting our bodies against cancer and sun-damaged skin.

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One cup of fresh strawberries contains less than 50 calories, 3 grams of fiber, just under 12 grams of carbs, about 7 grams of sugar, and strawberries have a low glycemic index value of 40. So, let’s make sure we enjoy some of those strawberries regularly! (Pick up a bag of frozen or freeze-dried strawberries to enjoy when fresh ones are out of season).

Strawberry Recipes

Now let’s get to those amazing 21 everyday refreshing strawberry recipes that your whole family is sure to gobble up and enjoy!


Strawberry Banana French Toast
Diced french bread pieces baked with strawberries, bananas, eggs and milk for a sweet breakfast treat.

Overnight Strawberry Fridge Oatmeal 
Mix ingredients and store in the fridge overnight for a healthy breakfast in the morning.

Whole Grain Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries



Oatmeal Strawberry Bread 
Quick oat bread made with applesauce and strawberries.

Strawberry Bread
Quick bread with strawberries (fresh or frozen) and chopped pecans.

Berry Cream Muffins 
Use strawberries or other favorite berries in these quick, easy muffins.



Strawberry Blast Smoothie
Full of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas, spinach, and carrots.

Breakfast Berry Smoothie 
Feel free to add other types of berries into this delicious smoothie any time of day.



Brandied Strawberry Freezer Jam 
Strawberries with a little lemon and brandy, frozen in glass jars (no heavy-duty canning skills needed).

Nutty Strawberry Chicken Drumsticks 
Braised chicken pieces baked with almond butter and strawberry preserves.

Cool Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips 
Cinnamon tortilla chips served with strawberry, kiwi, cucumber salsa.



Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Toasted Almonds 
Texas 4H recipe with tricolor quinoa, strawberries and homemade citrus dressing.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberries and Strawberry Vinaigrette 
Simple summer salad that’s refreshing and delicious.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad 
Strawberries, romaine, and red onion topped with homemade poppy seed dressing.



Strawberry Basil Soda 
Mocktail made with strawberries, basil, lemon juice and sparkling water.

Strawberry Agua Fresca
Jazz up your water with strawberries, mint, and a little lime.

Strawberry Lemonade Cooler 
Fresh lemon juice with fresh strawberries make a refreshing treat.



Strawberry Shortcake from Bonefish Grill 
Copycat recipe dessert of shortcake biscuits with strawberries and cream with a sprig of mint.

Easy Strawberry Pie (similar to Shoney’s)
Fill a pie shell with strawberries, strawberry jello, and cream for a cool treat.

Strawberry Balsamic Frozen Yogurt 
Strawberries, yogurt, honey and balsamic vinegar make a delicious frozen dish.

Strawberry Crisp 
Strawberries topped with oat crisp topping and baked to perfection.


Remember you can save and keep all your favorite recipes right here in your own digital recipe box and online cookbook at Dish Dish, so you can add ingredients to your grocery list, share recipes with friends and family, and always find the recipe when you need it! What are your favorite strawberry recipes or fun memories of picking strawberries as a family? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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The Importance of Morning Rituals


Importance of Morning Rituals | Dish Dish Recipe Box

We all have a morning routine.
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Whether you struggle to get up with your alarm, skip your shower, and end up eating a slice of toast on the way to work, or you’re always up with plenty of time to enjoy a balanced breakfast, it’s a routine. The only difference is that while the second option can leave you feeling motivated and energetic, the first is likely to drain your emotional and physical health.

There’s a reason why successful people spend so much time perfecting their morning routines. It’s not because they’re eccentric, or OCD. Successful people make sure they have the time to shower, browse through their emails, and enjoy a freshly-brewed cup of coffee each day, because it reduces the friction and stress in their lives.

The less you must panic about getting everything done on time, the more you can focus on what you do best. If it always feels as though there’s never enough time in your day, it might be time to set up your own morning ritual.

Why Bother with a Morning Ritual?

At a basic level, a morning ritual gives you a reason to get out of bed every morning. From the moment you wake up, you’ll know what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it. That means that you start your day as productively as possible.

Here are just some of the major benefits of a good morning ritual:

1.   It Sets the Tone for the Day

Remember the last time you snoozed your alarm and had to rush out of the door without breakfast? Your day started with a negative tone, defined by chaos and discomfort. The chances are, the lack of energy you felt from your missed breakfast stuck with you all the way through to lunch. On the other hand, when you wake up at the right time, and do the tasks that make you feel good each morning, you set up a positive tone for the rest of the day. A morning ritual is all about starting on the right foot.

2.   It Boosts your Productivity

A morning ritual doesn’t have to be a lengthy process. You might set aside 20 to 30 minutes each morning where you can read through your personal messages, enjoy a nice cup of coffee, and eat a few healthy snacks before work. The time you give yourself before you go to work helps you to accomplish positive things that will make you feel more focused and productive by the time you arrive at the office.

Completing your morning ritual can even make you feel successful and accomplished. When you feel that way first thing in the morning, it gives you the energy to get through the rest of your day happily too.

3.   It Protects your Mental and Spiritual Health

A good morning ritual simply helps you to become a better version of yourself. With a little deep breathing and meditation on a morning, you can banish stress and set yourself up for spiritual well-being. You might even use your extra time for a quick workout to improve your physical health, too.

Additionally, a study from the American Psychological Association found that following a morning routine reduces feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, while boosting feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

How to Start your Own Morning Ritual

If you want to tap into all the benefits of a morning ritual – the good news is that it doesn’t have to be tough. We all have things that we like to do first thing in the morning. The thing you should keep in mind with your morning ritual is that you’re trying to set yourself up for a positive day. To put your morning ritual in place:

•    Write a list of the things you’d like to accomplish each morning

•    Figure out how much time it will take to do everything on your list

•    Adjust your waking time to accommodate your ritual (without giving yourself less than 8 hours sleep)

•    Try your ritual and see how well it works

•    Adjust if necessary

Remember, you’ll need to give yourself some time to get used to a new morning routine. However, if yours doesn’t feel like it’s working for you, feel free to adjust until it does! With the right strategy, the days when you used to rush out of bed, forget breakfast, and struggle to concentrate at work can be a thing of the past.

With a good morning ritual, you can add extra joy and comfort to your day, by eliminating the panic of a rushed start, and ensuring you launch your mornings on the right foot.


Bio:  Cassie is a freelance blogger and wellness enthusiast who likes to spend her days finding new ways to bring a little joy to people’s lives. She’s a firm believer in the importance of self-care, and regularly practices yoga and meditation. When she’s not writing, she can be found practicing her yoga poses, reading up on the latest health trends, or enjoying a fresh cup of delicious coffee.


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Summer Fun Days Giveaway

Summer Fun Days Giveaway | Dish Dish | Digital Recipe Box

This month we have partnered with a few other local businesses to provide a fun summer days giveaway of items that will help you relax and enjoy your summer (and with the fruit slicer tools – the kids can pitch in and have fun helping in the kitchen prepping fruits and veggies for meals or guests).

First up is the Dreams Need Wings inspirational coloring book – filled with beautiful images, inspiring quotes, journaling pages, and tips for decluttering your mind and home, all in a bound book that will lay flat for easy coloring! So grab a few coloring pencils or markers and get ready to relax and color your world while being inspired by this fun gift.

Dreams Need Wings coloring book | Summer Days Giveaway Dish Dish


Next item in the giveaway package is a 5-Fruit Slicer gadget set provided by Dish Dish. This terrific gadget set includes a pineapple peeler / corer, strawberry huller, watermelon slicer, melon baller and v-tool, as well as an avocado tool for splitting, pitting, and slicing avocados. All gadgets are dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up, too!

5 Fruit Slicer Set | Summer Days Giveaway Dish Dish


Our friends over at SkinBasix have thrown in a skin care set that includes a fluffy body scrubber, an Osmosis lip balm to protect your lips for the summer, and an eye mask for calming and soothing those tired eyes, refreshing them for your next summer party. Can anyone say relax?!?

SkinBasix skin care set \ Summer Days Giveaway Dish Dish


Susan Jones with Premier Jewelry is sending our lucky winner a pair of these beautiful tassel earrings that can be worn either with the single gem stud or with the tassels added on for some fun flair this summer.

Tassel Earrings Premier Jewelry | Summer Days Giveaway Dish Dish


Last but not least, our giveaway winner will receive a Monat Super Moisture Masque! Does the summer time dry out your tresses? Super Moisture Masque treatment will rescue your hair and provide nourishing moisture replenishment to restore dry, dull, brittle hair to its soft, silky condition, helping you look and feel fabulous this summer.

Monat Super Moisture Masque | Dish Dish Summer Fun Days Giveaway

We hope you enjoy some time to yourself and with family and friends this summer season, whether traveling or enjoying a nice staycation – here’s to relaxing, having fun, playing games, enjoying each other, and making great memories this summer!


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Make Your Own Fun this Summer:

Dog Days of Summer Frozen Fruit Slush Punch

The Best Fresh Strawberry Recipes for Your Summer

Amazing Easy Recipes for Summer

7 Perfect Summer Peach Dishes

Watermelon Summer Salad



Easy Dinner Recipe for Quick Tilapia Tacos {Video}



Easy Tilapia Tacos Recipe and Video


Fish tacos are so simple and easy to make, as well as quick (even if your fish is frozen), so you can have a healthy meal on the table in no time even on a hectic weeknight with the whole family.

I love doing fish tacos with tilapia, because the fillets are thin enough that even if I haven’t thawed them out ahead of time, I can thaw them in the sink in some cold water, and still get dinner on the table pretty quickly, since they also don’t take long to cook.

If you need to thaw the fish fillets, set them to thawing, and then gather your tortillas and taco toppings or garnishes so you’re all ready to go.

I recommend serving them with some cabbage slaw or salad mix with shredded carrots (I just really like the crunch and color) as well as your favorite crumbled or grated cheese (queso fresco, pepper jack, or Mexican blend), sliced avocado, sour cream, some lemon or lime to squeeze over the fish after cooking, and your favorite salsa.


Tilapia Tacos Easy Dinner Recipe


Meantime, this is a great task for the kids to help with – prepping the toppings – or set them to work getting out the plates and silverware so the table is ready for dinner, too.

We will need a dab of butter for cooking the fish, some seasoning (I like to use Fajita or Blackening seasoning for more kick), and / or salt and pepper, to taste.



Once the fish is thawed, melt the butter in a hot skillet, season your fillets, and cook them about 3-4 minutes on each side (or a little more or less depending on the heat of your skillet) until cooked through and starting to lightly brown.

In another skillet over medium-high heat, heat up your tortillas one at a time, turning after a few seconds on each side, so they’re warm and soft for your dinner.



Then if you’re serving family style, heap the fish fillets on a large platter, squeeze a little lemon or lime juice over them, set out the hot tortillas and prepared toppings, and let everyone dig in!

Enjoy your quick, healthy, simple but enjoyable family dinner — and let everyone share a memory from their day.  (See Printable Recipe Here)


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Other Seafood Recipes You Might Enjoy

Oceanaire’s Seafood Room Style Maryland Crab Cakes

Honey Orange Marinated Salmon

Shrimp and Pasta Toss with Tomato Salsa Cruda

Crunchy Cod with Bacon

20 Favorite Chicken Recipes You Will Want to Try



20 Chicken Recipes You Want to Try


We eat lots of chicken at our house, and with these 20 amazing recipes, you and your  family can keep right on enjoying chicken, too, without getting bored eating the same types of dishes over and over again (which is often the challenge).

We have included options below that are not only delicious, but several that are also compatible with gluten-free, keto, paleo, and dairy-free diet restrictions. So there’s no excuse to save a couple of these that stand out to you and try them in the next week or so.

Chicken is a lean, protein-packed main ingredient that is quite versatile in so many different types of dishes and with a variety of seasonings and cooking methods. Let’s get started! (Click on recipe titles below to view full printable recipe.)

Chicken Recipe - Penne with Chicken and Broccoli1. Penne with Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Loaded with chicken and broccoli mixed with pasta, and topped with a little shredded cheese, this casserole comes together quickly for a delicious meal.



Jamaican Chicken Curry Recipe2. Jamaican Chicken Curry

Chicken pieces are cooked with carrots and peas in a curry seasoned coconut milk sauce in this spicy Jamaican chicken recipe. (dairy-free, gluten-free)



Oven Baked Chicken Teriyaki Recipe3. Oven Baked Chicken Teriyaki

Chicken breasts coated in a thickened teriyaki sauce made with soy sauce, mirin, ginger, garlic, and red pepper; baked until cooked, moist, and ready to dish up over your favorite rice, noodles or salad ingredients.



Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Recipe

4. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken breasts cooked in the crockpot with wing sauce and ranch seasoning, and a little butter and whipped cream cheese stirred in at the end before shredding and serving (as sandwiches or a topping for baked potatoes or salad).



Grilled Rosemary Chicken Recipe

5. Grilled Rosemary Chicken

Marinated in olive oil with garlic, mustard, rosemary, and lemon juice, tender chicken pieces are grilled to savory perfection. (keto, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free)



Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe

6. Chicken Enchilada Pasta Bake

Shell pasta baked with taco seasoned chicken, beans, peppers, onions, seasonings, and cheese in enchilada sauce; topped with sour cream and garnishes for serving.



Greek Style Chicken Paillard Recipe

7. Greek Style Chicken Paillard

Tenderized chicken pieces, flattened and braised, then served with Greek salad (greens, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, mint, parsley, feta, and pepperoncini) on top.



Chicken, Green Bean, Corn and Farro Salad Recipe

8. Chicken, Green Bean, Corn and Farro Salad with Goat Cheese

Sauteed chicken mixed with blanched green beans, fresh corn and cooked farro, topped with a simple homemade dressing and crumbled goat cheese.



one pan roasted balsamic chicken recipe9. One Pan Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Vegetables

Chicken pieces marinated in balsamic vinaigrette and seasonings, roasted with broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and onion with some cherry or grape tomatoes tossed in at the end. A yummy terrific blend of flavors all cooked in one pan for easy prep and clean up! (Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)


Chicken Biryani, Indian recipe, Dinner Idea

10. Easy Chicken Biryani

Chicken, basmati rice, and traditional Indian seasonings in a spicy, creamy yogurt sauce.



spinach tomato chicken recipe

11. One Skillet Spinach Tomato Chicken

Braised chicken served in a creamy sauce with fresh spinach and sundried tomatoes; serve over your favorite rice or pasta for a more filling meal.



sweet BBQ chicken kabobs | Chicken Recipes12. Sweet BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Chicken pieces are threaded onto skewers with pineapple and sweet bell peppers, coated with a BBQ and orange juice sauce, then grilled to perfection. (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)



waldorf chicken salad recipe13. Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries

Creamy chicken salad made with diced apples and dried cranberries for a crunchy sweet treat; serve with crackers, on crescents or buns, or on a bed of lettuce for lunch or dinner. Especially easy meal for a relaxing summer evening.



Waldorf Chicken Salad Bowl Recipe

14. Waldorf Chicken Salad Bowl

Cooked chicken with celery, wheat berries, apple, grapes, and pecans served over a bed of butter lettuce with a drizzling of homemade yogurt vinaigrette.



Southwest Chicken Soup Recipe15. Southwest Chicken Soup

With diced chicken, green chilies, navy beans, spinach, and seasonings, topped off with a scattering of shredded cheese, this quick, easy soup is a hearty twist on regular old chicken soup.



grilled chicken tacos with lime and salsa recipe16. Grilled Chicken Tacos

Grilled chicken served up on warmed corn tortillas with pepper jack cheese, onion, cilantro, lime and your favorite hot sauce or salsa.



Crockpot Chicken Stew Recipe17. Crockpot Chicken Stew

Diced chicken thighs cooked with celery, carrots, onions, and seasonings with fresh spinach and cream stirred in at the end for a creamy savory stew. (keto friendly)


spinach artichoke chicken recipe18. Spinach and Artichoke Chicken

Creamy casserole of chicken with artichoke, spinach, and cheeses; options for baking or making in the crock pot.




garlic lime skillet chicken recipe

19. Garlic Lime Skillet Chicken

This spicy chicken dish is cooked up with a creamy spicy jalapeno and cilantro sauce.




southwest chicken and black bean chili recipe

20. Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Spicy southwest chili made with chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, olives, and seasonings; serve topped with a dab of cheese and sour cream for a delicious evening meal.



What are your favorite chicken recipes, and which one of these looks like something you and your family will try soon? Leave us a comment with your thoughts and ideas; we love hearing from you!


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How to Make Jerky in an Electric Smoker


Best Smoked Beef Jerky Recipe

This type of recipe and post is a little bit off the beaten path for us. In a house full of boys, it was inevitable that we would one day have a smoker and play around with some recipes. However, being unsure of exactly how much we would use such a contraption, we opted for an electric smoker, hoping to keep the task a little easier than the old-fashioned smoker.

One of the biggest hits, though, of dishes that we’ve tried in the smoker is this Beef Jerky recipe! It really hits the spot for an easy snack, full of protein, and an abundance of homemade flavor (which you can easily adjust to your own tastes).

When I first tried doing this, I bought a chunk of beef and tried cutting it up into small, thin strips (no easy task for myself). Then I discovered the stir-fry beef strips already sliced nice and thin and available in the meat section at the grocery store. Yay for keeping things simple and easy!

Stir fry beef strips and marinade for beef jerky

The marinade for the beef is made up of everyday ingredients – soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix all those together and pour over the beef strips in a Zip-lock bag or container with a lid.

Then let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator so all that good flavor soaks in really well.

Next day, heat up the smoker to 165 degrees F and add your favorite wood chips. Do not add water to the water pan, though, especially if cooking a really large batch of jerky (filling up the smoker racks), as the water really keeps the jerky from drying out sufficiently and greatly prolongs the needed cooking time.


beef jerky on rack in smoker

I bring the smoker racks inside and set them on a large tray covered in aluminum foil so I can easily lay out the beef strips, with a little space between each strip, and prepare it for putting in the smoker. Once the smoker is heated up, I just carry the racks out to the smoker and put them in place.


It takes about 3 hours for one pound of jerky in my electric smoker, but it may be a little longer in yours, and it will definitely take longer if you double the recipe.

Once your cooking time is close to finished, check the jerky to see if it’s done by pulling out one strip and seeing if it’s limp and floppy when you hold it or if it’s fairly stiff. If it’s still limp and floppy, let the jerky cook a little longer and check it again.

Smoked beef jerky with seasonings

We usually eat this jerky up pretty quickly, so I just store it in an airtight bag or container for the few days until it’s gone. However, if you cook up a bunch and want to freeze it, it can last for about 3 months in the freezer.

Beef jerky in serving bowl

Is this something you would consider making at home now in your own smoker? Do you have another favorite way to make jerky or a favorite smoker recipe to share? Please take a moment and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Remember, you can keep all your favorite smoker, BBQ, grilling recipes and more right here in your own digital recipe box at Dish Dish!

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Easy Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder Pasta Recipe


Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder Recipe | Easy Pasta Recipes

When you need a quick pasta recipe to get dinner on the table and fill everyone up quickly, this Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder Pasta is a winner!

The ham, corn, and green beans with onions are sauteed in butter; then you add a little flour to make a bit of a roux before adding the chicken broth to bring it all together in a nice creamy sauce (with some half-and-half and Parmesan to round out the flavors).

A little chopped fresh parsley adds some color and a hint of flavor while also making a beautiful garnish (to make everyone feel special at the table).

Use up some leftover ham or dice up some ham from the deli, add in frozen or canned vegetables, and this dish doesn’t take long at all to be ready for your crew.

So, let’s get started with step-by-step directions (view and print the detailed recipe).

We’ll start by putting a pot of water on to boil and adding a little salt to it.

Next toss the diced onions into a skillet with some butter and let that cook for a few minutes until onion becomes translucent and softens a bit.

(Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions).

Stir in the diced ham, corn and green beans (either frozen or canned), and stir over medium-high heat until ingredients begin to lightly brown (add a little more butter, if needed).

ham and parsley for creamy chowder pasta recipe

Sprinkle some flour over the ingredients in the skillet and stir (lightly coating everything), then pour in the heated chicken broth and reduce heat to a simmer. Now, we’re going to let this simmer for just a few minutes until some of the broth has evaporated and sauce starts to thicken.

Then we add in the half-and-half along with some Parmesan cheese and stir well, reducing heat to low so the half-and-half doesn’t curdle. (You can add the chopped parsley and stir in at this point or save it to add as garnish just before serving – or use a little for both). Stir in the cooked pasta.

Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder Pasta | Easy Pasta Recipes

If you aren’t ready to eat right away, you could cover the dish and set in the oven to keep warm for a bit without continuing to cook; or pour it all into a baking dish and top with some breadcrumbs and bake for a few minutes if you prefer to serve it as a casserole dish.

I loved how this pasta recipe reminded me of the savory flavors of corn chowder, and it was great to have the entire meal in one skillet (or serve with your favorite salad and bread, as desired).

What do you think? Will you try this recipe soon? What kind of variations would you consider for your crew? (Meatless, gluten-free pasta, different vegetables or seasonings?)

We love hearing from you, so please leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Stress-Free Kitchen Living Tips


Stress Free Kitchen Living and Cooking Tips


Some people are relaxed and completely at home in the kitchen, comfortably curious and content to putter around experimenting with ingredients, textures, and processes until they find their favorite ones for dishing up simply fabulous food for friends and family. (Above Photo by Katherine Chase on Unsplash)

And then there are the rest of us – some completely stressed at the thought of having to get in the kitchen and pull together an edible (if not completely enjoyable) meal for themselves or their family on a regular basis (all while either dreading or listening to the cries of “What’s for Dinner?”)!

If you find yourself more closely aligned to the latter group, take heart! Here are a few simple tips that will reduce your stress in the kitchen, and help you move towards being more comfortable and relaxed while cooking and prepping meals (perhaps even having you dancing in the kitchen before you know it).

1. Have a Plan

Start small – if you are unaccustomed to meal planning, pick two or three dishes that you already know how to make (or feel comfortable that you could learn quickly) and plan to make those in the coming week. Add the ingredients to your shopping list for the week (so you’ll be prepared with everything you need), and see which days of the coming week will work best with the schedule for you to prepare those meals (not on the night when you’ll have 15 minutes between getting home from work and leaving to get the kids to sports practice).

We have lots of quick and easy recipes here on Dish Dish, or pick up a cookbook like Quick Six Fix by Stuart O’Keeffe that contains 100 recipes each requiring only six ingredients and six minutes of prep. No matter your plan, just having one is going to reduce the stress immensely!

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2. Clear your Work Area

This simple step should only take a few minutes and will make all the difference in how you “feel” as you start prepping and cooking in the kitchen. Clear off the counterspace you’ll be using (in the long-term, it’s best to have a place for things, so the clutter isn’t an issue); for now, it can be simply setting the things in a different part of the kitchen or adjacent area while you work.

Professor Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University in Chicago noted that a chaotic and disorderly living space can disturb your “sense of home and ability to bond with others.”

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3. Enjoy Stress-Reducing Ambience

I know, the word “ambience” makes you think this is going to be real work, but it isn’t! If you have an essential oils diffuser, turn it on and diffuse relaxing scents like lavender, citrus, or cinnamon. No oil diffuser? No problem! Set a saucepan on the stove and throw in a few cloves, a cinnamon stick, or some ginger slices and a lemon slice, with 2 cups of water and allow to simmer while you’re working. In no time at all, the familiar, soothing aromas will help clear your head and reduce the stress level. For an even easier route, light your favorite scented candles.

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4. Play Some Dancing Music

Having grown up in a family that was very musically-inclined, music was a large part of most of our activities and gatherings. Even if that is not a familiar custom for you, enjoying some of your favorite music (whether it’s upbeat dancing music or your favorite soothing instrumental music) will always make the task you’re doing be a little less tedious and a lot more enjoyable. If other family members are in the kitchen with you, let them help pick out something to listen to together while everyone pitches in on the prep tasks.

Dancing in the Kitchen; stress-free kitchen living tips

5. Remember to Be Kind (to Yourself)

Okay, this isn’t really so much of an action step as a frame of mind. In the end, remember if the meal doesn’t come out looking like a Pinterest recipe (and how many of us actually end up with that kind of result?!?) or tasting like a million bucks, cut yourself some slack. Accept a pat on the back for taking steps in the right direction; and if the meal turns out to be a complete fail, don’t cry if you have to order a pizza as a last resort.

All of us learn by trying different things until we find what works best for ourselves and our particular situation. A friend of mine used to say she had decided to just smile and say “Ta-da” even when things weren’t going well since it reminded her to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective – it’s not usually as bad as it seems in the moment.


We look forward to hearing how these tips inspired and reduced stress for you; please leave us a comment below with other ideas and suggestions you would like to share, too! We love hearing your stories and feedback.

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