I am sure some of my readers are sick of hearing about my AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge and I’m sure you are bored with my picture-less reports of food intake that I have been using as a sorry excuse for blog posts. Since I feel your pain, I thought I would write about something that is slightly more interesting and that has a great, easy dinner recipe as well. Some of you may know that my husband is in law school right now. I may have that on my about me page, but I’m not sure. Maybe that means I should update it!? Anyway, that is how we both got over to San Antonio in the first place, because he was accepted to school here and then we got engaged.
Law school is very interesting. I have no interest in most of the academic side of things, but I am interested in how to help and support my husband as he works very hard to do well in school. He studies 6 days a week for an average of 8 hours a day. In that 8 hours he is doing any of the following combination of school related activities: reading, going to class, researching and/or working to gain practical experience. Because he is very busy with school, it means I have a good amount of free time. It might not seem like it, since I am not writing blogs up the wazoo – but I have a lot more time on my hands to do my various activities – running, cooking, baking, working, blogging, napping and hanging out with friends.
Back to helping and supporting my law student. Over the past 5 semester of law school, I have learned that my husband now speaks a foreign language (law) which I do not want to learn. I listen but really do not understand anything until he gives me a practical application of what he is learning. So, I don’t help him study, ever. I do occasionally proofread papers for him, but he hasn’t had to write that many and again, I don’t understand most of the content anyway. So what do I do? I try to keep the house picked up, I try to keep the laundry done, and I try to cook food for him. The most important thing that I do is pray for him, but I’m not real consistent at that either. Basically, supporting and loving my law student husband has boiled down to feeding him and praying that God will help him do great in school. Oh yeah, I do buy a lot of chips and energy drinks for him and keep him supplied with baked goods – what better things to fuel a body than carbs, caffeine and sugar?
On the note of cooking for him, I tried out a new recipe today. I found it on Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl. Of course, there is no way I could actually follow a recipe exactly, so I added a couple little twists. First of all, I have to show you what I bought at Costco:
Like I really need a huge jar of Famous Dave’s Sweet & Spicy Pickles! So I snacked on these and other veggies while making the awesome new dinner for Ben.
And now for my version: Put half the 32 ounce bag of tator tots in the slow cooker. Top with some shredded cheese. Chop up garlic, onion and red pepper. De-skin and dice your chicken. I had to do this step because I bought a HUGE pack of chicken at Costco (only $10) but it was not boneless or skinless. You pay for someone else to do it, or you spend a little extra time cooking.
Throw the chicken and chopped veggies in, top with more cheese.
Add remaining tator tots, more cheese (I kind of ran out at this stage, oops!) and pour 3/4 cup of milk over the whole thing. Sprinkle with salt, pepper or preferably, Tony Chachere’s seasoning. Turn on the slow cooker to low and let cook for about 4 hours, or until your chicken is cooked through.
It smells amazing, and Ben is so lucky that I don’t eat dairy or he would have never gotten one bite of this! Even though I ran out of cheese, he thought it was very good. Yay me for finding a good Pinterest recipe. I can’t remember what the world was like when we didn’t have Google or Pinterest to find quick, easy dinner recipes. Goodness, people actually must have used cookbooks and talked to their neighbors and friends to come up with new ideas! Huh, what a revelation!