Slow Cooker

Chicken Broccoli Artichoke Fettucine

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Dinner, Entree, Healthy Recipes, Slow Cooker | 0 comments

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Having a seven month old means the easier and healthier the recipe, the better. As evidence I’m writing this post on my phone while my son is nursing. Yay for multi-tasking! This morning I did a little scavenging in my cupboard and came up with this. I added a bunch of veggies, but you could totally change up what goes in here and load it up even more. It was a hit in my house!

Ingredients
1 32 ounce jar of marinara sauce
1 chicken breast
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 can artichokes
1 can diced mushrooms
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste
2 cups frozen broccoli
Fettuccine

Directions
Add all ingredients except broccoli and pasta to the slow cooker with 1 cup water. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8. When ready, cook pasta, then add broccoli to the pasta water when it’s done and strain. Shred chicken, pour on sauce, and garnish with cheese, if desired.

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Tacos

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Dinner, Entree, Healthy Recipes, Slow Cooker | 0 comments

Slow cooker tacos

What’s not to love about an easy recipe that’s healthy, delicious, and takes about 5 minutes of your time? Um, nothing. Especially when you have a three-month-old who desperately needs your attention! Plus now that it’s getting beautifully sunny and HOT outside, I don’t want to heat up the house with my cooking. Enter this chicken and veggie taco recipe, and problem solved! My favorite part is I can just toss it all in (I don’t even have to touch or chop the raw chicken!) and I can get on with my day.

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts
1 bell pepper
1 yellow squash or zucchini
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt (then add to taste once cooked)
Tortillas
Optional garnish: shredded cabbage, avocado and cheese

Directions

Dice onion, pepper, and squash. Put chicken, salsa, water and spices into the slow cooker. Add vegetables on top. Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low. About 30 minutes before serving shred the chicken using two forks so the juices soak in. Serve on tortillas (or save leftovers to put on salad).

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Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Dinner, Entree, Recipes, Slow Cooker | 0 comments

Fall is associated with many comforts for me — the crisp fall air, anything pumpkin, and my dad’s beef stew. It has long been one of my favorite dinners and something my dad and I used to make together on Sunday afternoons growing up. So when I got older and realized it wasn’t always practical to spend several hours waiting for dinner to be ready, it became more of a rarity (and still something I request every year on my birthday for that reason). But as fall came on this year, I decided I really should try changing it up and make this recipe as a slow cooker beef stew. And sure enough, I got it to work with a few tweaks. Now here I am on a Tuesday evening after work enjoying a bowl of of my favorite stew. Can’t beat that right?

Beef Stew Slow Cooker Recipe

Ingredients

1-1 1/2 lbs. beef, cut into chunks
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 red potatoes, cut into chunks
4-5 carrots, peeled and chunked
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. marjoram
2 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. crushed bay leaves
fresh pepper

Directions

Add beef into slow cooker, and sprinkle on salt, spices, and flour. Add in vegetables and broth. Cook for 9-10 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.

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