School Night Suppers 2015!

It’s back to school time, so we want to give you some school night supper ideas so you can get dinner on the table with as little fuss as possible!

Soft tacos with spicy chicken salad and sour cream.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos (From listener Laurie!)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, frozen
1 package taco seasoning (or homemade)
16 oz salsa
8 oz block cream cheese – regular or jalapeno

Place chicken in crock pot, sprinkle taco seasoning on top of chicken and pour salsa over all. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Shred chicken and serve in taco shells or tortillas with your favorite taco toppings!

Our Facebook friend, Erin, said her family makes this and likes to add a block of regular or jalapeno cream cheese to the slow cooker when it has about 1 hour left to cook!  YUM!

Pizza Night
Choose your pizza crust – pre-made, homemade, french bread, crescent rolls (fill them with toppings!) or English muffins!
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
your family’s fave toppings – pepperoni, olives, peppers, onions, mushrooms etc!

This is a guarantee that the kids will NOT fuss over what you’re fixing!  And it’s time spent together as a family in the kitchen :o)

Taco Tuesday – Taco Bake!
There are LOTS of ways to do a Taco Bake….like…you can use crescent rolls as the base, or crunched up taco shells, or even refrigerator biscuits. BUT – for School Night Suppers, I thought –let’s make this EASIER for Mom, and more like a party. Here is the basic recipe:

1lb of ground beef or pork (made with taco seasoning)
Fritos OR Multi Grain tortilla chips
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (about 1 ½ cups)

Spray the casserole dish and throw the chips on the bottom…covering bottom with a nice layer. Use plenty for a good crunch. Next, layer the taco meat (for this, it’s best for the meat to be juicy)
Next, sprinkle cheese to cover. Bake for 10 minutes at 300 or until the cheese is nice and melty.
The BEST part – are the toppings. Have that out, buffet style:
Salsa, avocado, sour cream, black olives, chopped green onions… get the idea.

3 Ingredient Teriyaki Beef with Pineapples
2 lbs. stew beef
15 – 20 oz jar Teriyaki sauce
20 oz pineapple tidbits, drained

Put the beef in the slow cooker. Pour sauce over the top. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.  Add pineapple during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking.  Serve with rice!  You could even get fancy and make the fried rice below.

Fried Rice
3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!)
3 Tablespoons sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
1 small onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3-4 Tablespoons soy sauce

On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok. Add the peas/carrots mix, onion and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour eggs on the other side of skillet. Stir fry until scrambled. Now add the rice and soy sauce and blend all together well. Stir fry until thoroughly heated!

One Pan Garlic Ranch Chicken and Veggies
8 teaspoons brown sugar, divided
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
16 ounces baby peeled carrots
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (1-ounce) package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
3 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray. Using your fingers, work the brown sugar, about 1 teaspoon per thigh, onto both sides of the chicken. Place chicken, potatoes and carrots in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Ranch Seasoning and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place into oven and roast until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.* Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized and slightly charred. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
*Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the potatoes and carrots.

This recipe is from HERE.


Chicken Pot Pie (From Jodi’s friend Tiffany)
1 can Crescent rolls
Chicken breast, cooked and diced
Cream of chicken soup
Can of Veg All
Shredded Cheese

Spray muffin pan with cooking spray. Press Cresent rolls into pan leaving points hanging over.  Cook chicken in light olive oil and seasoning until done. Mix soup and Veg All together with cooked chicken and spoon into muffin tin.  Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 until Crescent is golden brown.

School Night Suppers from 2014
Pull-Apart Pizza
2 (11 oz) packages refrigerated French bread dough
1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella
pizza toppings

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a round pizza pan or pizza stone. Place one loaf of refrigerated dough on cutting board. Cut dough in half lengthwise. Slice each dough half crosswise into 16 slices for a total of 32 bread dough slices. Repeat with remaining dough. You will have a total of 64 bread dough slices when you are done.
Arrange dough slices on pizza pan or pizza stone. Top with pizza sauce, mozzarella and pizza toppings. Bake 14–16 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

–I turned the oven down to 350 at some point and continued baking b/c I felt like the outside pieces were getting crispy, but the inside was too raw.  Then I let the pizza sit a good 10 mins to cool off and it seemed to help with the middle pieces getting cooked a bit more while resting!

This recipe is from Plain Chicken.

Easy Pork and Rice
1 cup uncooked rice (brown is best!)
4 boneless pork chops (seasoned as you like)
1 can of golden mushroom soup + 1 can of water
Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a glass 9×13 dish with non stick spray.  Pour rice out evenly into dish and lay pork chops on top of rice.  In a large measuring cup, mix can of golden mushroom soup and can of water together and add a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce.  Pour this mixture on top of the pork chops and rice.  Cover with foil and bake 45-50 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 15-30 mins (this depends on what kind of rice you used).  Taste it until you can tell the rice is cooked.  Then let it sit a minute, so the gravy can thicken.

Beef and Broccoli in the Slow Cooker
1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
2 cups beef broth/bouillon
1 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup brown sugar or honey
2 tablespoons sesame oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons cooled sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
1 can tiny corn
1 can oriental straw mushrooms
Hot cooked rice (brown or white!)

Place beef in a crock pot. In a small bowl, combine broth, soy sauce, brown sugar/honey, oil, and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce form the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine. (If your sauce is not thickening, try bringing your sauce to a boil on the stove top with the corn starch mixture. Boil until your desired consistency is reached). Add broccoli, corn and mushrooms to the crock pot. Stir to combine. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken). Serve over hot cooked rice.

Salsa Chicken
Makes 6 servings

2 cups salsa
1 cup nonfat sour cream
1 (1-ounce) package low-sodium taco seasoning
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
1/2 cup reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
Cilantro or green onion, chopped, optional

Preheat oven 350°F. Coat oblong glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In bowl, mix together salsa, sour cream, and taco seasoning. Place chicken into prepared dish. Pour sauce over chicken and bake 45 minutes or until chicken is tender. Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro or green onion, if desired.

School Night Suppers from 2013
Oven Toasted Meatball Subs
Meatballs – frozen or fresh
Bread – Italian, French, subs…whatever you like!
Red sauce – Jodi’s homemade or jar
Shredded cheese – your fave!

Heat up sauce and meatballs in a pot on your stove. Heat oven to 275-300.  Open bread and put the meatballs and sauce on it and toast it for a few minutes.  Take it back out and throw some cheese on and toast again!

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Sliders
Your favorite cut of beef roast
slider buns
onion soup mix or just season with your fave seasonings
Cheese (optional)

Cook on low in slow cooker all day.  No need to brown ahead of time, but DO NOT take the top off of the cooker at any point during the day! When you get home, shred the roast beef.  Keep as much of the juice as you can!  Place slider buns on a baking tray and open them up. Put the roast beef mixture on the bun and toast it – just enough so the bread is crispy.  You can add cheese, but the meat and juice is usually enough flavor.  Easy!  Roast beef sliders.  Handheld supper :O)

BBQ Chicken Bubble Up Pizza
2 cans (12 oz) Grands Jr. flaky biscuits
1 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
1/3 cup chopped bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
green onions to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Cut biscuits into quarters and place in medium bowl.  Toss biscuits with BBQ sauce.  Add chicken, bacon and half of the cheese.  Toss until well blended.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Pour biscuit mixture into pan and top with remaining cheese and green onions.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until biscuits are done.

This recipe is from Plain Chicken.

Taco Pizza
1 lb ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
2 (8 oz) cans crescent rolls
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced black olives
4 green onions, chopped
your fave taco toppings…jalapenos, chopped lettuce, dollop of sour cream on pieces of pizza

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Brown ground beef and drain.  Add taco seasoning to the ground beef according to the package directions.  Unroll crescent rolls into rectangles.  Place on ungreased 11 1/2 inch x 16 1/2 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.  Press dough over the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust.  Bake at 375 in oven for 11 to 13 minutes or just until golden brown.  Microwave beans in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute.  Carefully spread beans over warm crust creating a thin layer.  Top with cooked beef mixture, sprinkle with cheese followed by tomatoes, black olives and green onions (or whatever your toppings are!).  Return to oven for 3-6 more minutes until cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.

This recipe is from Real Mom Kitchen.

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kaye Givens
kaye Givens
6 years ago

listen to ya’ll every morning!!!!

Suzanne Fouche
Suzanne Fouche
6 years ago

Hello Murphy Sam and Jodi, Just wanted to say my son and I listen to you every morning on the way to work! We absolutely LOVE yall! My sons name is Clayton Lamb and he has mild autism so he goes to Easter Seals downtown to seek new employment. Previously he worked @ Publix on Furys Ferry rd. for 5 years. As for me Im an avid animal lover and love the fact that yall are too! Please never quit its an inspiration to us to listen to you every chance we get. My son is very quiet and doesn’t have many friends and yall highlight his morning! Thanks for being you…. Love to all, Suzanne and Clayton

Judy Buckley
Judy Buckley
6 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne Fouche

I heard y’all talking this morning about these recipes and could hardly wait to get home so I could look them up! They look delicious and very simple! I wish I had had these when my kids were growing up! Going to share them with my working children! Thank you very much. Love listening to all of you!

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