6 Reasons Why Tasty Baked Chicken Recipes will Save You Time and Money and Improve Your Family’s Health

I’ve recently been looking for new recipes for our family to eat, instead of expensive, unhealthy convenience food.

My goal was to find meals that are inexpensive, nutritious and healthy, quick and easy to make, tasty and full of flavor, and (most importantly) meals that the kids will eat without complaining!

We’ve had wonderful success with chicken recipes, especially baked chicken recipes as part of our drive for quick, healthy meals.

Why have baked chicken recipes been such a hit with our family?

1. Nutritious and healthy.

Chicken is a low cholesterol, lean meat that’s high in protein. Particularly, the process of baking the chicken, rather than frying it, makes baked chicken recipes such a healthy option.

We’ve also found that eating baked chicken dishes is really helping us all eat a balanced diet. Chicken goes so well with so many different fresh ingredients that we’re eating lots more nutritious vegetables too!

2. Save time

All the baked chicken recipes we’ve found have been really quick to make, which is perfect after a long, hard day at the office. The ingredients are simply baked together, which means we can usually throw everything together in a slow cooker or crockpot in minutes and then leave it to bake to perfection.

Lazy AND time-saving!

3. Tasty and versatile

Our youngest daughter is quite a fussy eater so we have to be careful when preparing meals for her. However, we don’t want to be making separate meals for her if we can help it.

Baked chicken recipes are perfect for us. All the recipes we’ve tried have been really tasty and full of flavor, but best of all, the mild taste of chicken means we can please all the family all at the same time!

4. Easy to make

The baked chicken recipes we’ve made so far have been very simple to make, even for novice chefs like us. I’ve been really surprised at just how easy in fact!

Part of that is down to the wide availability of chicken which you can easily find already pre-packed and prepared in just the way you need it. But also, baked chicken recipes by their very nature are just so easy to throw together.

No fancy techniques, no complicated procedures. Just quick, easy, delicious meals.

5. Cheap and inexpensive

As a family we’re most definitely on a pretty strict budget these days so it’s important to keep our food bills right down.

Unlike the convenience meals we’ve been buying, baked chicken recipes are really very inexpensive. The chicken itself is very cheap compared to a lot of meat or fish, and the other ingredients are usually everyday vegetables which help us to economize even further.

6. Kids love them!

We’ve been amazed at how much the kids have enjoyed the baked chicken meals we’ve been making. Our eldest keeps nagging at us to make certain dishes again and gets upset when we tell him we can’t have the same meals every single night of the week!

The fact we can cook quick, healthy meals that everyone in the house will eat without complaint is miraculous!

I’ll be posting the best baked chicken recipes we’ve tried here on this blog.…

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Five Reasons to Make Your Own Dog Food

Why to buy from outside if we can make our own dog food?

Below are the five major reason

5 reasons to make own dog food

1. As I am sure, you can remember back in 2007 when many of pets became severely ill and others died even though a mass recall of pet food was done. The problem was because of pet food that was produced in China being contaminated with melamine. This led to many owners becoming more aware of such problems. The solution is to follow homemade dog food recipes.

2. Another reason to consider homemade dog food recipes is to ensure your pet is as healthy as possible. Commercial dog foods can contain preservatives that are altered by chemical processes, which can be unhealthy for dogs. The main problem with most commercial kibble food is that they contain too much low quality protein that contains a high quantity of ammonia producing agents. Homemade dog food can be healthier than the store-bought variety when it is made correctly, but make sure to consult a veterinarian’s supervision as you go forward and make your own dog food.

3. These days most of us are interested in saving money anyway we can do so. The cost of dog food is ridiculous. If you own several pets or one with a huge appetite, it can be a strain to feed them quality foods due to the cost. When you make homemade dog food though you can be sure they get the quality nutrition that they need. For the quality, you can do so at a much lower cost. You will find it also does not take that much time for you to make enough to feed them all week long.

4. There is some evidence that when you create you make your own dog food, because it is free from preservatives and other chemicals that your dog will live longer. This is especially true if your dog has allergies or other ailments. While I couldn’t find any specific evidence to this fact, it makes sense to me that by preventing your dog from eating preservatives and other chemicals that your dog will live a longer and more enjoyable life.

5. I think that this one is such a great reason to make your own dog food and that your dog will be happier. Don’t you feel better when you’re eating healthy, and doesn’t that in turn make you feel happier? I know it does for me. I think that it translates directly to your dog too. When your dog is eating food that you made, knowing that only good quality ingredients are in the recipe, your dog is going to be healthy and therefore happier. You’ll see it on your dog’s demeanor and in their actions towards you and the rest of your family. Yes using homemade dog food recipes can definitely make your dog happier.

These are just some reasons that I believe that making your own dog food will pay huge dividends over your dog’s life when you make your own dog food.…

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Best way to make Hungarian Chicken Crockpot

Preparation: 30mins | Cooking time: 90 mins

This is one of our favorite crockpot chicken recipes. Really easy to put together, and then you simply sit back and let the crockpot or slow cooker do its thing. We’ve made this as a family meal and we’ve made it to entertain friends – it’s suitable for any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 1.5kg roasting chicken, jointed (ask your butcher to do this for you if you like)
  • 1 tablespoon of oil (vegetable or sunflower would be ideal)
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 4 streaky bacon rashers, rind removed and quartered
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 225g green beans, cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
  • 300ml chicken stock (chicken stock cubes in boiling water will be fine)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 225g smoked sausage, sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, then add the bacon and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the paprika and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Put the chicken joints into the pan, coat them with the paprika and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the chicken stock, season with salt and pepper, and add the basil.
  4. Transfer all this to the crockpot or slow cooker. Cook this slowly for around 5 hours or so. The chicken joints will slowly start to fall apart and take on the delicious flavors.
  5. Stir in the sausage, green pepper, beans and tomato ketchup. Let it all cook for about another hour. To save time and messing about you can put these ingredients into the crockpot together with the chicken, the pepper and beans just may become a little too mushy. But that’s ok!
  6. Serve! We like to eat this with some plain rice, easy. This is one of our favorite crockpot chicken recipes, it comes out perfect every time.
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