Growing up in my house Sunday dinners usually meant Chinese takeout. I kept up the tradition in college when I found a great Chinese delivery restaurant that delivered, because lets be serious by Sunday I wasn't moving unless I had to (if you know what I mean). As much as I love this tradition there are two big downsides that I have encountered: 1. most Chinese take-out is not exactly the healthiest food choice and 2. I can never seem to be able to eat just one serving. So last weekend when I had a craving for some General Taos Chicken I decided that instead of ordering in that I would make it myself! I have not made this dish before so like most things that I need a recipe for I went searching on Pinterest. I found what looked like a great recipe to try from blogger Joy & Passion and to make it event better, everything was prepared in a crock-pot! Life couldn't get any easier!! Here is how you can make your own General Taos Chicken next time you get a craving for Chinese food:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 tsp minced garlic (I am not a huge garlic fan so I went a little on the light side)
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you like hot)
  • 1 16-oz package stir fry veggies

  1. Place your cutup chicken into the crock-pot. 
  2. Combine remaining ingredients (except the veggies), pour over the chicken and set the crock-pot to cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.  
  3. After the chicken has cooked all the way add your frozen veggies, recover and cook for another hour.
  4. Serve over rice, rice noodles or enjoy by itself.

Not only was this a great healthy alternative to what I normally have delivered (solved problem #1), I was able to add more veggies, and I only prepared one serving of rice noodles (thus solving problem #2). This dish was extremely filling and I had plenty of leftovers to enjoy 3 other times this past week. I would have to declare this recipe officially pinned to my recipe page!

Do you have a favorite take-out dish that you have learned to make yourself? Be sure to share your recipe in the comments section below! Have a wonderful weekend!!


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When the weather outside is frightful, which it very well has been this past week, I love being able to pull on a pair of sweats and snuggling up with something warm to sip on. Since I am not a coffee person, I enjoy making a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate on days when it is just too cold for me to tolerate. However, on really cold days I sometimes like to add a little "something extra" to my drinks. With tomorrow being National Hot Toddy day I thought I would share with you a great recipe on how you can celebrate and stay warm at the same time. For those who don't know what this is a hot toddy is a drink made with honey, lemon, hot water and liquor. Here is how you can make your own hot toddy in celebration (and to stay warm!)

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1 oz hot water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a twist of lemon

  1. Coat the bottom on your tumbler with the 1 tablespoon of honey.
  2. Pour in the liquor and top with the twist of lemon.
  3. Pour your hot water into the glass and stir with the cinnamon stick. 
  4. Enjoy!

As with most recipes, the hot toddy can be made many different ways depending on where you are from. Here are some great variations on this classic drink that you can try as well from Urbanspoon:
What is your favorite drink to warm-up with?


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