Monday, October 8

New series: Grace for Dinner

Hello, friends!

Today I'm beginning what I hope will be a weekly series full of blessings. both literally and figuratively.  It's called "Grace for Dinner."  These posts will include recipes for delicious dinners and a  prayer of blessing for you.  The name of the series harks to the time when praying at dinnertime was called "saying grace."  My hope is to impart grace to you body and soul with these posts.

Sometimes our recipe searches yield results that are just perfect for foodies.  Or people with big food budgets and small need to tempt the palates of kids.  Or folks with not much to do other than create gourmet meals.  That's not what you'll find here.

This will be a place to find recipes you can really use.  My hope is that you might read a recipe here on a Monday and have it for dinner on Tuesday!

Today I'll share with you one of my staple recipes (read: one of my easiest recipes).  This is one that all my boys like, and it's a no-brainer kind of recipe--perfect for those busy days when we need a good dinner but I don't have much time to cook.

Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Blend together (I use my food processor or blender for this):

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes or 1 cup salsa
1 packet or 1/4 cup taco seasoning

Spray crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.  Place pieces of chicken (I usually use boneless skinless breasts) in your crock pot.  Pour mixture over chicken.  Cook on low or high setting depending on how much time you have. It's great to turn this on in the morning and allow it to cook low and slow all day. If you don't get around to that, you can cook the chicken throughout the afternoon on high. Or, in a pinch, you can cook it in the oven (350 degrees, tightly covered, for an hour or longer).

When you're ready to use the chicken, simply cut it up or pull it apart with two forks. It'll be tender and full of flavor, and you can use the sauce as well. It's great for making nachos, chicken tacos, chicken quesadillas, or enchiladas (here's an easy recipe for enchiladas).  Simple and delicious!

**Click here for a printable copy of this recipe.**

I pray that this new series may bless your homes with the gift of simple, everyday dinner ideas.  Future weeks will include some recipes from me and lots of recipes from other bloggers.  

Here's a prayer for your dinner:

Dear Lord, we thank you for the blessing of food.  We stress over it, worry about it, sometimes mis-use it--and yet we need it.  Will you please help us to look at our food and the chance to share it with loved ones as the blessing it is?   Help us, God, when we're feeling too busy to prepare it and too tired to enjoy it.  May the act of sitting down to eat with our families and friends be a time to remember that all good things come from you.  Thank you, God.  Amen.

Every blessing to you today!

I'm joining these wonderful blog parties:
Inspiration Friday, At the Picket Fence


  1. This is such a great idea. I was just thinking yesterday that I need some new dinner recipe ideas. And I love the idea of adding special prayers too! Thanks!

  2. What a great idea! This recipe looks so yummy, and I love easy! The prayer is lovely- thank you so much for sharing grace with us. :)

  3. Hi Richella! I found you through Mercy Ink and I'm your newest follower! I love this idea as I'm always scrambling for dinner ideas! I always "want" to cook those gourmet meals that you see on all of the food blogs, but just don't have the time, the skill, nor the ingredients to do it all! :)

    I look forward to your simple recipes with a prayer!


  4. What a wonderful idea, Richella! Food for the body and food for the soul.

    I was curious about the you use chicken breasts or a whole chicken? I would love to make this. Sounds so easy and yummy.

    Blessings to you,


  5. Barbara, I usually make this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, just for the lower fat content and ease of preparation. But honestly you could use any cut of chicken. Ordinarily I think chicken cooked on the bone with the skin on is tastier, but this sauce is so flavorful that any cut will do just fine!

  6. love it,, Ill be checking back each week. This chicken recipe sounds really good.

  7. I love this idea! Can't wait to see future posts!

  8. Enjoyed your new posts on Grace for Dinner. The prayer book you use in your picture is the same book my late father had for years. (I still have it!) Thanks!


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