Sunday, April 21, 2013

Crockpot or Slow cooking meals:
Recently my cute pregnant sister in law asked me for some crockpot dinner recipes. We all are so busy whether it be with kids, going to work, cleaning the house, or doing all three! So of course everyone thinks of the crockpot. Oh crockpot, you are our good friend. Less mess, less work, and super tasty. What more could you ask for? More recipes! I love being able to take classic recipes that might be baked or grilled or in a casserole and putting it into a crockpot. So, for example, the Boyd family favorite of chicken and broccoli is done in a couple different stages and baked in a casserole dish. So with the crockpot recipe you can enjoy all the same flavors, but skip a number of steps and get dinner out of the way early so you can enjoy the rest of your know, cleaning the house and chasing toddlers. :)

Hopefully you will try and enjoy some of these recipes I post. Let me know if you are wanting to convert any type meal into crockpot style. Haha.

Chicken and Broccoli: serves 4-6
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans healthy cream of chicken
1 block low cal cream cheese, room temp.
1/2c. grated Parmesan cheese
1c. low fat milk
1 14oz can chicken stock
1c. low fat sour cream
1/4c. finely diced onion
1/4c. finely diced carrot
4-5 cups fresh cut in pieces, broccoli
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Turn the crockpot on high, and place the cream cheese in side along with the soup, milk, stock, sour cream, and cheese. Combine and whisk together. Then add in the carrot and onion and the seasoning. Salt, pepper, and garlic. Place the chicken breast in and push down a little so the sauce slightly covers them. An hour to an hour and a half before done, toss in the broccoli. This way it wont be mushy. Bleh. If you are in a hurry, then leave the crockpot on high for about 4 hours. If you are putting it in and have plenty of time, then turn to low for 6 hours. You can eaither serve the chicken in whole or half peices. Or pull the chicken out and shred it. It takes an extra step, but I love it when it's shredded. Pour the mixture over some rice and yum! If you have left overs, I like to turn the rest into a soup the next day. Add in some stock and veggies of your choice and now you have 2 meals for one. Serve with a homemade biscuit and jam.