Tag Archives: crock pot

New Recipe!! Mexican Stew

31 Jan

If you’ve ever read my blog (or met me for 5 minutes), you’ll know that I LOVE to cook yummy, delicious, healthy recipes.  And you’ll also know that I’m always looking for new things to try, as well as encouraging my Lucky13’ers to share recipes amongst our ever-growing “family”. 

One of my dedicated Beacon Hill Athletic Club Bootcampers passed along this recipe, which I thought I’d share with you all (Thank you Amelia!!).  This particular recipe is great because it can be cooked in a crock pot [read: minimal chance to screw it up!! AND minimal work involved]

 It sounds delish and I can’t wait to try it!

slow cooker

Easy for a crock pot….  It’s one of my signatures.  If you aren’t really into cooking, you really can’t screw up a crock pot. 
Mexican Stew
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 can kidney beans  
2 cans diced tomatoes  (with chiles if you want or jalapenos) 
1 large onion diced
1 packet taco seasoning
1 cup of tomato sauce
2 pieces of chicken breast
Mix all ingredients in the crock pot except the chicken.  Place the two chicken breasts on top.  Cook for 6-7 hours on low.  Take the chicken out of the crock pot and shred with a fork.  Mix the chicken into the stew.  Cook for one more hour.  The time depends on the crock pot, so just keep an eye on it. 

 

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Crock Pot Experiment

17 Jan

The other day my sister and I were brainstorming about what to cook for the week.  We had some frozen chicken breasts and originally planned to throw them into the crock pot with chicken stock, a little white wine, and some shredded zucchini.  But I then got the idea to use crushed tomatoes.  We didn’t want to buy them in a can so we bought fresh tomatoes along with a few other veggies and experimented with our own version of Chicken Cacciatore.  Turned out pretty good!  Next time I’ll add a little chicken stock & basil

[addendum: since the original writing of this post, I made the dish again… this time I added fresh basil, a chopped onion, as well as some frozen ground beef patties.  I omitted the olive oil but added some low-sodium chicken stock.    Still delicious!]

crock pot recipe

Ingredients:

– 4 frozen chicken breasts

– 2 pkg. Campari tomatoes on the vine, crushed up by hand

– 1 & 1/2 bell peppers, chopped

– handful of mushrooms, chopped

– liberal amount of finely chopped fresh Cilantro

– 3 cloves of garlic, whole

– 5 caps full olive oil [yes I used the cap to the olive oil bottle as my means of measurement]

– liberal amount of Italian Spices, Garlic Pepper, Black Pepper

– 1 tsp sea salt

We set the crock pot on Low for 10hrs and cooked it overnight.  I’ve been shredding the chicken and putting into a bowl with a big helping of the sauce and heating it in the microwave.  Delicious on these cold nights!

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

4 Oct

A simple, easy-to-prepare crock pot meal that can be made for almost any amount of people.  This is the basic recipe but you always can add your own touch.  When I have time, I bake my own corn bread as an accompaniment!

I started with 4 All-Natural Chicken Breasts

 I used Fresh Salsa from Trader Joe’s .  When choosing Salsa, make sure to read the ingredient list.  If there’s much more besides veggies and spices, don’t buy it.  Use something FRESH, or better yet- make your own!

The salsa looked SO yummy that I just had to try it.  It was delish on a rice cracker as well as in the meal!

I bought frozen roasted corn but any type of frozen corn will do!

After washing & cleaning the chicken, I placed it in the bottom of the crock pot

Then I added all the salsa on top of the chicken

I covered it up and set the Crock Pot on Low to cook for 8 hours.  [this will differentiate depending on how much time you have, and the settings on your slow cooker. I like it to cook for at least 6 hours]
 
 
With 1.5 hours left to cook, I added one can of organic black beans
 
 
And also added the bag of frozen corn
 
When it was done cooking, I removed the chicken from the pot, shredded it, and added it back in.  I mixed it with the rest of the ingredients and served it as shown!
 
It was a very delicious dinner that served 4 people, plus 2 servings of leftovers!  Give it a try and let me know what you think!