Dinners Week 6: Embracing Cooler Temperatures

Chicken Stromboli:
(previously referred to as Chicken Calzone...see this article)
2 large chicken breasts
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp seasoning salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 ball pizza dough
1 egg (for egg wash)
pizza sauce of your choosing

Boil the chicken breasts for about 20 minutes until cooked through.  (You can also cook them in the crockpot on low for 4 to 6 hours.)  Let chicken cool slightly then grind the chicken in a food processor.  Place the chicken in a large bowl and add cheese, seasoning salt, and garlic salt.  Mix thoroughly.  Roll pizza dough out into about 12" round.  Place the chicken mixture in the middle of the dough and shape like you would meatloaf. Wrap dough around chicken mixture forming a long rectangular shaped Stromboli.  Turn the Stromboli over so that the seams are down and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Whisk the egg in a small bowl forming an egg wash.  Paint egg onto dough. Cook at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.  Slice into 1/2 " slices and serve with pizza sauce on the side.

SERVE WITH:  Whatever fruit you have on hand!  This is a very kid friendly meal, so why not keep it kid friendly ;)

NOTES:  This is a very full Stromboli, and easily feeds our family with leftovers to spare.  The inspiration for this came from Elizabeth's Pizza where we used to frequent in college.  I always loved their chicken Stromboli and thought I'd try and replicate it.  This is the end result, and it's different, but just as yummy!



Crock Pot Taco Soup: (recipe from Food for the Body and Soul, FBC, Augusta, GA)
1 large onion, chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 can Rotel tomatoes (MILD if you're serving to kids or you don't like spicy food)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 can shoe peg corn, drained
2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 package dry ranch dressing
1 package taco seasoning

Brown meat with onions.  Add meat mixture and all other ingredients to crockpot.  Cook on low for approximately 4 hours.


SERVE WITH:  all you need to complete this meal are toppings for the soup: tortilla chips, shredded cheese, sour cream

NOTES: This was my first time making this soup.  What is there really to say?  This is about as easy as it gets!!  But, seriously, use the mild Rotel.  The boys ate it but downed about as much milk as they did soup :/

Happy Cooking!

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