Meals at "home"

MichaelColey

Real Name: Charcoal Grills
FWIW, we've tried two of these crock pot recipes reposted here and are doing a third tonight.

DUMP STICKY CHICKY - The kids didn't care for it. I thought it was okay, but wasn't overly impressed. DW liked it.

DUMP SWEET AND SPICY CHICKEN - We all loved this one. It's definitely going to be a regular for us.

DUMP HONEY CHICKEN - That's what we're trying tonight, and I think it'll be a hit as well.

The ones we've done DEFINITELY have enough liquid.

I think we'll be doing the DUMP RUSSIAN CHICKEN or DUMP TERIYAKI CHICKEN next. We definitely want to try most of these before our next trip and use them extensively on our timeshare stays.
 

DopeyRunr

the jeweled acrobats only perform amazing stunts f
Awesome, thanks for the update. I'm surprised at the Sticky Chicky response - the ingredients sound so good, but between you and your kids it sounds like a "meh."
 

MichaelColey

Real Name: Charcoal Grills
It tasted okay to me, but I'm a huge fan of Thai Chicken Satay, and I think I expected it to be a little more like that. Cooking in the crock pot, it's basically soaking in liquid and not at all crispy (but very tender and juicy). I thought about finishing them in the oven, but we didn't have time.
 

loribell

New member
Glad you are liking some of them. I haven't had a chance to try any yet but plan to get to the store this weekend and see how some of them are. Really glad you have found some to use on your trips!!
 

MichaelColey

Real Name: Charcoal Grills
I found five others that I'm adding to our list to try. I've simplified the recipes somewhat and they haven't been tested out yet, so keep that in mind if you want to try any. (For instance, one called for chili powder, salt and cumin - instead, I'm going to use a packet of chili spices, which is essentially has all of those things.)

Here are the five (with 1-1.5 pounds of chicken assumed on most), plus our favorite pot roast receipe:

BACON RANCH CHICKEN
6 slices bacon, cut up
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream

CHEESY CHICKEN
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 small can evaporated milk

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU

4 chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 slices of ham
8 slices of swiss cheese

CHILI MAPLE GLAZED DUMP CHICKEN
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 packet chili seasoning

CRANBERRY CHICKEN
1 (16 ounce) can cranberry sauce
1 packet onion soup mix

TO DIE FOR POT ROAST
4-5 pound roast
1 packet brown gravy mix
1 packet Italian dressing mix
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup water
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
Just catching up with this thread. Re: Liquid in slow-cooker recipes. Michael is right. You wouldn't believe how much water is in meat. The slow-cooker process draws this water out during the cooking process, and the end result is a right-balance sauce. It may look like it needs more liquid at the beginning, but patience and faith is rewarded.
 

Kent285

New member
Wow, I may actually have to cancel some ADRs to slow cook instead. And did you see how many "likes" there are for Crock Pot Girls?! Crazy!!
 

ke_page

New member
It tasted okay to me, but I'm a huge fan of Thai Chicken Satay, and I think I expected it to be a little more like that. Cooking in the crock pot, it's basically soaking in liquid and not at all crispy (but very tender and juicy). I thought about finishing them in the oven, but we didn't have time.
Ok I made this this week too... but mine was not juicy at all... it dried up ALOT. Did I leave it on too long do you think? Or did you add some more liquid? The flavor I thought was good but it needed more juiciness to it...... was trying to figure out what to add....
 

MichaelColey

Real Name: Charcoal Grills
I used boneless skinless thighs, so there was probably a lot more fat and moisture in them than with breasts. I think I used about 3 pounds of chicken and doubled or tripled the sauce recipe. I cooked mine on low for 10 hours or so.

I bought ingredients for a couple more of the recipes this evening.
 

daleNchip

New member
Never did any follow up after our recent OKW stay, but I meant to.

Eight nights, 3 ADRs, 5 full dinners and breakfast every day in the villa. All in all, we spent less than 2 hours in prep (not including cooking) for all of the meals plus another 10 minutes/meal in clean-up. Understand that this wasn't just *me* working, but also DH and DS10. It's vacation for mama, too. :RpS_tongue:

1. Chicken pot pie. Frozen plus refrigerated pie crusts, rotisserie chicken, a can of cream of chicken soup, a half can of chicken broth, bag of frozen veggies. Used one frozen pie crust for bottom, one refrigerated pie crust for top. Used the other two crusts for quiches. 70 minutes in the oven.
2. No peek chicken. Wild rice mix, cream of mushroom and cream of celery soups, chicken breasts, package of onion soup mix. 2 hours in the oven.
3. Shepherd's pie. Ground beef, brown gravy packet, frozen veggies, pre-made mashed potatoes. Brown ground beef, mix in gravy, top with veggies and potatoes. Bake 30 minutes.
4. Meatloaf. Brought all the dry ingredients to mix in, add milk and ground beef, bake 1 hour.
5. Frozen stuffed chicken breasts from the freezer section of the grocery store. Bake 45 minutes.

Quiche was made with some chopped tomatoes, fresh parsley and scallions. Found some really awesome vacation perfect bacon: RefrigMW%u002520Bacon0608_Web.jpg
This stuff is AWESOME! It comes pre-packed in four slice packages, with paper towels already in the package--you just throw the plastic package in the microwave and cook for 2.5 minutes. Wouldn't buy it for everyday use, but it's perfect for vacation. Quick, easy and--very important--mess free!

Family of 3, all the above mentioned meals, plus beer, wine and dessert was about $250 in groceries. Compare that to our $120 + tax and gratuity for our Chef Mickey's dinner. . . :RpS_ohmy:

mk
 

Brandie

Will work for Dole Whips.
mk, thanks for sharing! I love the price savings. Is that how you usually eat on your Disney vacation?
 

loribell

New member
Never did any follow up after our recent OKW stay, but I meant to.

Eight nights, 3 ADRs, 5 full dinners and breakfast every day in the villa. All in all, we spent less than 2 hours in prep (not including cooking) for all of the meals plus another 10 minutes/meal in clean-up. Understand that this wasn't just *me* working, but also DH and DS10. It's vacation for mama, too. :RpS_tongue:

1. Chicken pot pie. Frozen plus refrigerated pie crusts, rotisserie chicken, a can of cream of chicken soup, a half can of chicken broth, bag of frozen veggies. Used one frozen pie crust for bottom, one refrigerated pie crust for top. Used the other two crusts for quiches. 70 minutes in the oven.
2. No peek chicken. Wild rice mix, cream of mushroom and cream of celery soups, chicken breasts, package of onion soup mix. 2 hours in the oven.
3. Shepherd's pie. Ground beef, brown gravy packet, frozen veggies, pre-made mashed potatoes. Brown ground beef, mix in gravy, top with veggies and potatoes. Bake 30 minutes.
4. Meatloaf. Brought all the dry ingredients to mix in, add milk and ground beef, bake 1 hour.
5. Frozen stuffed chicken breasts from the freezer section of the grocery store. Bake 45 minutes.

Quiche was made with some chopped tomatoes, fresh parsley and scallions. Found some really awesome vacation perfect bacon: View attachment 572
This stuff is AWESOME! It comes pre-packed in four slice packages, with paper towels already in the package--you just throw the plastic package in the microwave and cook for 2.5 minutes. Wouldn't buy it for everyday use, but it's perfect for vacation. Quick, easy and--very important--mess free!

Family of 3, all the above mentioned meals, plus beer, wine and dessert was about $250 in groceries. Compare that to our $120 + tax and gratuity for our Chef Mickey's dinner. . . :RpS_ohmy:

mk
That is great! And you probably actually saved time too over waiting to eat or transportation to eat. I really need to convince myself that this is the way to go. Did you eat CS lunches in the park every day or did you have lunch in your room too?
 

daleNchip

New member
mk, thanks for sharing! I love the price savings. Is that how you usually eat on your Disney vacation?
It hasn't always been. But we both used to have really nice jobs and now there's only one paying job. :RpS_unsure: At first, it was all about saving money. But now it's really more about having a relaxing vacation while also saving money. I love putting dinner in the oven, putting the oven on a timer (all hail the person who created this feature!!), going for a swim or a nap, and waking up to the smell of dinner almost done. Love not having to be anywhere at a particular time. Want to swim a little longer? OK, I'll just leave the oven on warm and we'll eat when we get hungry.

Lori, lunch was CS in the parks. We are always hungry by 11 or so at WDW (all that walking? maybe we are just conditioned to eating. :RpS_biggrin:) so we never want to wait to get back to the room to eat.

The key is planning ahead, IMO. I knew what we were going to have and I knew what I needed to buy and what I needed to bring. I picked meals that are light on preparation and used similar ingredients--no buying a bottle of soy sauce for 2 tablespoons, etc. The big thing for me was making sure my grocery list was complete. Making a grocery run for a forgotten item is such a pain in the butt on vacation!

mk
 

loribell

New member
Thanks for all the info! Sounds great. I never even thought about putting something on with a timer to cook while swimming. Genius!
 

avic77

not at the rainy spot
I am working on a list for things to cook while in Disney in 2 weeks. I'm not sure we will do Dinner in the villa but all breakfast and most lunches will be. I have $800 budget for food for the week (in and out of parks) I'd love to cut that by 1/2. Here are some things I have listed:
Lunch in room ideas:
Grilled Cheese and Chips
Totino Pizzas
Raviolis
Sandwhiches
Frozen hamburger type things (our walmart has these)
Chicken Nuggets
Rotisserie Chicken and sides from deli
Philly Steak and Cheese Hoggie kit
Fajita kit

Breakfast
Bagels
Cereal
Biscuits sandwhiches with egg and bacon
Oatmeal
Yogurt
Doughnuts
Waffles
 

DopeyRunr

the jeweled acrobats only perform amazing stunts f
One of the things we'll be doing with dinners in the room is trying to make two meals out of one "cooking." For instance, sauteed chicken on day 1 provides chicken to reheat for burritos on day 3. Italian sausage with peppers and onions on day 2 provides extra cooked sausage to reheat with baked ziti on day 4, and as a topping for home made pizza (also using leftover sauce and mozz from the ziti) on day 5. That kind of thing.

For instance, looking at your list, the leftover Rotisserie Chicken could be used to make chicken salad sandwiches, or could be shredded and tossed with some other ingredients, olive oil and pasta. Or make some killer nachos with the leftover chicken and leftover cheese from your grilled cheese.

That should help cut costs as well as effort, since the second time around there's less cooking involved. We may also have a "breakfast for dinner" day toward the end of the trip to use up leftover eggs, pancake mix, etc. (Is it bad to admit that I have cereal for dinner about once a week at home?)
 

avic77

not at the rainy spot
Well after look at my park touring plans, I think we will eat 5 Breakfast in the villa, 2 to 3 lunches, and 1 or 2 dinners. I think we will decide for sure while in the store. But knowing what are park hours look like that does help me know what times we will be in a park at dinner rather then in our room.
DocK I should just come eat in your room :RpS_lol: Jambo is a short walk from Kidani!
 
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