January 25, 2016

Quick and Easy Recipes for the FrEnZiEd SLP {linky}

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I am one crock-pot lovin' lady. There's nothing more satisfying than dumping 15 different ingredients into a pot and forgetting about the whole thing for 8-10 hours. It's my favorite way to cook.

Both me and my husband have figured out the ways of the crock-pot during our first year of marriage. We lived in a 2 room, re-purposed hotel room for a few months with no stove/oven, so in a way, the crock-pot actually kept us from starving to death.

Here's my favorite recipe for the crock pot, and how I keep it super quick, simple, and as healthy as possible.

Crockpot Chicken Chili: Low Calorie, Low Carb, Low Sodium, Low Fat!

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup dried black beans
1 cup dried kidney beans
(if using dried beans, I usually put a cup of low-sodium chicken broth in as well)
1 small onion (I keep frozen chopped onion, so I use about 1 cup)
1 cup frozen corn
1 can no salt added Rotel
1 8 oz can no salt added tomato sauce
1 pack low-sodium taco seasoning
1 tbs chili powder
1 tbs cumin
1-2 garlic cloves, minced (optional, but we put garlic in everything)

-Put a liner in your crock-pot. Yes, these exist. Yes, they're amazing.
-Trim off all the fat from your chicken.
-Add your vegetables, sauce, broth and spices in the crock-pot and stir them together. 
-Then add in your chicken breasts (whole). I usually take some of the mixture and cover the chicken with it, but you don't have to. (I just think it soaks in the flavor better if you do!)
-Cook on low for 8-10 hours. About 30 minutes before it's done, shred the chicken (you can take it out or shred it in the crock-pot) then cover and leave it for the rest of the cooking time.

At my house, we just dump it in a bowl, put a little cheese on it, and eat it. However, you can serve it with rice, drain the juice and put in on a tortilla, or eat with corn chips!

*If you want it to be lower in sodium, don't use anything canned that you don't have to. This is why I use dried beans and frozen corn. I was surprised to learn that dried beans will be fully cooked when left in a crock-pot for that long, but that's why I add broth (or water)-- to give them plenty of liquid to soak up!

I can't wait to see what everyone else is cooking up!



9 comments:

  1. Mmm this looks delicious! I like that this recipe has dried beans - cheaper and healthier.

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  2. Sounds delicious and I an in NEED of more crock pot meals so...gotta try it! Thanks

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  3. Sounds delicious and I an in NEED of more crock pot meals so...gotta try it! Thanks

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  4. My husband wants to be "buried with his crockpot!"

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  5. Yum. Love crockpot meals-thanks for sharing!

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  6. Yes, yes, yes! I love fellow crock-pot users :)

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  7. This sounds so awesome! My husband and I like to make a trio of soups for the "Soup"er Bowl, so I might have to add this one to our list for this Sunday. Thanks for sharing!

    Abby
    Schoolhouse Talk

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