Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The Ingredients:
--4 chicken breast halves or 10-12 chicken breast tenders
--5 chopped cloves of garlic
--1/2 chopped onion
--1/4 cup soy sauce
--1/4 cup chicken broth
--1/2 t ginger
--2 T balsamic vinegar
The Directions:
--chop up chicken into teeny tiny chunks.
--chop up the onions and garlic, dump into Crockpot on top of the meat
--in a mixing bowl, mix the liquid and spices
--pour sauce on top of meatcover and cook for 4-6 hours on high, 6-8 on low. Stir this a few times to break up the chicken
--serve over lettuce leaves

Boo Cups

In honor of Halloween. Plus, they are just plain cute!


3-1/4 cups cold milk

2 pkg. (3.9 oz. each) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding

1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided

20 OREO Cookies, crushed, divided 30 miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips


BEAT milk and pudding mixes with whisk 2 min. Stir in 1/2 each COOL WHIP and cookie crumbs.

SPOON 1 Tbsp. of the remaining crumbs into each of 15 (6-oz.) plastic cups. Cover with layers of pudding mixture and remaining crumbs.

DROP remaining COOL WHIP by spoonfuls onto desserts to resemble ghosts. Add chocolate chips for the eyes.

The Healthier Version:

For a light version of this spooky treat, prepare with fat-free milk, JELL-O Chocolate Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding, COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping and SNACKWELL'S Reduced Fat Chocolate Sandwich Cookies - it has 80 fewer calories and 50% less fat per serving.


Instead of dropping spoonfuls of COOLWHIP, use a resealable plastic bag to make the ghosts. Fill bag with remaining COOL WHIP; seal bag. Use scissors to diagonally cut off corner from bottom of bag. Squeeze COOL WHIP from bag to resemble the ghosts.


Toddler Smoothie

I made this for my girls all the time when they were toddlers, they loved it and it is a good way to get in a lot of fruit and a veggie!

6 ounces apple juice
2 large frozen strawberries (or 4 small)
2 frozen peach slices
2 tablespoons frozen blueberries
1/4 cup Gerber rice cereal for baby
2 ounces pears/raspberries baby food (1/2 of a #2 jar)
1 1/4 ounces carrots baby food (1/2 of a #1 jar)

Combine apple juice and frozen fruit in blender; mix on high setting until the frozen fruit is blended. Add rice cereal and baby food; mix on low/stir setting until blended in.
Serve in a sippy cup without a non-spill valve.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

This is the yummy soup I made for Makaela's blessing, 4 years ago! It's a big hit at our house and soup never tastes better than in the fall.
4 cups chicken broth
1 can cream of celery soup
1 (10-ounce) pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (we use more)
1. Mix broth and soup in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli; return to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
2. Heat butter in a medium skillet over medium heat; add onion. Saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add flour. Cook for 1 minute longer.
3. Gradually stir milk into skillet. Cook, stirring continually, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper; mix well.
4. Stir milk mixture into broccoli mixture. Simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Top with cheddar.
Serves 6