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These are recipes which can or should be made in a crock pot

Pulled Pork Burritoes

 

Burritos are a staple in my house, I’d say we have them at least once a week if not more often.  They are just so simple to put together, yet always delicious and hit the spot.  You can use basically any meat you have, just add rice and beans to bulk it up, and whatever toppings you prefer.

These burritos use pulled pork, with or without BBQ sauce, of which you should have plenty if you’re doing One Week of Meals from One Pork Roast.  I would recommend the BBQ, but it is not required. And of course, always customize to your preferences.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large tortilla
  • 1/2-1/4 cup pulled pork
  • 1/4 can pinto beans
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/4 cup cooked rice
  • Sprinkle of shredded cheddar

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Step 1: Put the pork loin in a slow cooker with about 1/2 cup of liquid. You can use beer, cola, or stock.  Cook on low for about 8 hours, it won’t hurt to go a little shorter or longer. Shred the meat with 2 forks. If you want BBQ pulled pork, add 1-2 cups sauce and cook another hour.

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Step 2: Layer all your ingredients in the tortilla. Make sure there’s a good distribution so that once you roll it up, you get a little of everything in each bite!

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Step 3: The best way to roll is to flip 2 opposing sides in just about 2 inches. Fold the corners over on both sides.  Then take one open end and roll it towards the other, scooping the fillings under. Roll it tight, and enjoy!

 

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Parsnip, Potato, & Leek Spring Soup

 

I don’t know about the weather elsewhere, but the weather here in Connecticut seems to be very bi-polar.  One day it is in the 50s and sunny, and I am getting cabin fever and want to plant everything in the seed catalog immediately, the next day we get almost a foot of snow dumped on us overnight.  What’s going on here?

I am so thankful that CT has some amazing farmers who have hoop houses, green houses, store rooms, and other ways of extending our crazy growing season, so that we are already getting some of the first tender crops of the springtime.  Though not quite yet asparagus season, we have access to several root crops (beets, parsnips, onions, potatoes, leeks…), winter squash, eggs & meats, and tender fresh greens (grown inside of course).

Spring Farmers Market Foods

Usually I plan the week’s meals before going to the store, but I decided to get crazy this week, and let the market make my meal plan.  Whatever was fresh and available, I will form the week’s meals around that.  This is one small step on my lifelong journey to be a locavore (to eat whole seasonal foods grown as close to me as possible as often as possible).

A big bag of fresh microgreens, spinach, and head lettuce means tons of fresh salads.  Healthy brown eggs means breakfasts, frittatas, and quiches.  CT grown oyster mushrooms may be grilled, sauteed, added to soups, or stir fried.  The fingerling potatoes will complement just about anything, and the beets too have many many options.

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The first dish I decided to make (after a giant fresh greens salad, because I couldn’t wait and helped myself almost as soon as I got home) was a slow cooker soup.  I had obtained leeks, parsnips, and fingerling potatoes.  Combined with onions I had over-wintered, fresh ground spices, and canned turkey broth (from Thanksgiving!) it would be the perfect thing on a chilly snow-covered day.

Parsnip Potato Leek Soup Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 large parsnip (or carrot)
  • 1 large leek
  • 3-5 small potatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2-3 cups bone broth, vegetable broth, or water
  • Optional spices: black pepper, fennel, cumin, sea salt, garlic

Spring soup in the crock pot

Step 1: If using fresh whole spices, grind them up in a coffee or spice grinder.  In a crock pot or small soup pot, add the broth.  Wash the outside of the produce, but leave the skin on.  Dice up the potatoes, parsnip, onion, and leek and add to the pot.  Add water to cover.

Step 2: Cook in crock pot on “high” for 4 hours or “low” for 6-8 hours, or bring to a boil on the stove, and simmer for 1-2 hours. Serve fresh with a drizzle of olive oil and maybe some thick bread or rolls.

 

 

Almost Work-free Curry

 

Curry is one of my favorite meals ever, because you can make it in a crock pot and basically do no work, or in a sauce pot and also do almost no work!  I’m sure that there are curry recipes which take many exotic ingredients and hours of preparation, but for a basic recipe, and an American palate, curry is super simple.

This curry incorporates chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and other aromatic vegetables for an amazing, nutritious, tasty recipe.  I used basically a jar of salsa starter that I had canned earlier in the summer, but you can also use frozen veggies, or fresh diced veggies. This is very filling, especially if served over rice.  If you must have meat, feel free to also add some pork or chicken or beef.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced
  • 1 medium white or yellow potato, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • Optional: 1 tbsp turmeric, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp red chili pepper, 1 tbsp garam masala

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Step 1: Dice up the potatoes and throw them in a sauce pot or crock pot.  Add the diced tomatoes and vegetables.  Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer and cook 20-25 minutes.  (Or set to low and cook 2-4 hours).

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Step 2: Open the chickpeas and drain.  Add to the pot, along with any spices you want to use.  Cook just until everything is heated through, if using a crock pot, add about 30 minutes before serving.  If desired, boil some rice and serve with the curry, or you can serve with flat bread.

 

Slow Cooker New England Clam Chowder

 

One of the things I was most excited about when moving to New England was of course the seafood! The beautiful thing about being near the sea is the abundance of affordable and fresh seafood. From salmon to crab to scallops to, of course, lobster, Connecticut is a playground for those who are pescatarian.

This recipe is a simple one for New England Clam Chowder, the whitish creamy version.  Not the icky, reddish, tomato-based Manhattan style. Did you know that in 1939, a bill was introduced by State Rep. Cleveland Sleepe in Maine to make it illegal to add tomatoes to chowder?! Oh yeah, New England takes its clam chowder seriously.

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The recipe here calls for cooking the potatoes and clams most of the day in a slow cooker, then creating a roux and adding it in just before serving.  I have added in my own Polish/Slovak flair by switching the cream for sour cream, creating what we call a “zapraska” (used to make Hungarian chicken paprikush soup) to deepen the flavor of the roux and lend a creamier final flavor.

You could instead cook all the ingredients but the sour cream together all day, and then simply add small amounts of hot liquid to the sour cream and flour until thickened and stir it in just before serving.  That would be the ultimate hands-off chowder recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz clams, fresh or frozen, preferably in their own juice
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 ribs celery
  • 8 oz fish sauce or clam juice
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1/4 cup flour or cornstarch

Ingredients for slow cooker new england clam chowder

Step 1: Dice the potatoes and put into the slow cooker. Add the entire contents of the clams (or fresh and add the clam juice). Add water to cover. (Add more for thinner soup, add just enough to cover potato pieces for thicker soup). Put the slow cooker on “low” for at least 2 hours, or up to 8 hours.

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Step 2: Dice the celery, garlic, and onion into small pieces. Add the oil and veggies to a frying pan, and cook for 7-10 minutes, until translucent.

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Step 3: Add the flour to the pan with the oil, stir for 2-3 minutes. Then add the fish sauce and a little water from the slow cooker until it forms a thick paste. Mix in the sour cream, and whisk it all together well. This is the roux (pronounced “roo”) you will add to thicken the soup.

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Step 4: Add your roux to the slow cooker and mix well.  Now your soup is ready to serve! Add more flour and less water to thicken, or add more water to make a thinner soup.  Serve with nice hearty rolls and/or a fresh green salad.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken with Peanut Sauce

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Peanut butter is a great source of health protein, as long as you don’t go overboard the fat content isn’t a deal-breaker.  It is also a very cheap staple to keep in the kitchen.  But even the most devoted lover of peanut butter sandwiches can get bored of them in time.  A simple peanut sauce goes great with chicken (or pork!) and when made in the slow cooker, it is a breeze to whip up something exotic in no time at all with basic staples.
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This sauce is a complex mixture of creamy, salty, spicy, and peanuts.  Obviously do not make it or eat it around people who have a severe peanut allergy, as it contains both peanuts and peanut butter.  You can control the level of spice by choosing what kinds of pepper to add, if any.  Feel free to tweak the seasonings to your preferences.
Ingredients:
  • 2-3 pounds chicken
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, crushed
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced, or 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, diced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • Optional: 1 tsp Thai chilie

Step 1: Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Add chicken and all of the spices.  You could either mix this in an oven-safe container and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours, or mix in a crock pot and bake on low for 5-6 hours.

And here you have the chicken and sauce in a crock pot.

The crushed peanuts are added on top, then cooked on low.

The peanut sauce thickens over time, and is delicious served over pasta or rice.

Ten Crock Pot Freezer Meals in 1 Hour

 

This post is about my newest addition to my Kindle offerings: “10 Crock Pot Freezer Meals”!  You can see for yourself at my Budget Epicurean Kindle Author page.  The eBook contains a complete      grocery list, with the items categorized in order to easily breeze in and out of the store in minutes, as well as ten of my best & most loved slow cooker recipes, including Cranberry Spiced Chicken,     Orange-Glazed Pork Chops, and White Bean Chicken Chili.  I even    added some handy, easy printables to label your bags, so you know what you have days or weeks later!

To watch the short video on how easy it is to shop for and assemble everything, check it out here!  Of course ALDI was the store I went to (I just love them for their focus on providing the best prices over flashy ads or in store perks).  I had my list in hand, and the total for everything that was going into these ten meals (minus just a few    pantry staples) was $87.  Given that each meal is made to serve 4, that is only $2.18 per meal!!

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Of course, you can substitute as needed, such as if you have a hatred of a specific type of bean, swap it for a different kind, or if you do not eat pork, use chicken or beef instead. Definitely the highlight of the trip was finding this little bonus deal: $0.35 for canned, organic,         reduced sodium black beans!!! Oh yeah, I bought 2 cases. That doesn’t count towards the meal totals…

The entire shopping trip took me probably about a half hour. And that is with writing down prices of things, and forcing my significant other, who was such a trooper, to take pictures and help me double check that I hadn’t forgotten anything.  🙂

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As a reminder, you can purchase the nice printable ebook HERE.

Freezer Cooking Meal Ingredients on Table

First things first, I got everything organized.  This means putting all the ingredients for each recipe into a pile.  Some ingredients were used in multiple recipes, so I put those piles next to each other.  Then I cut out the labels, and taped them onto a bag.

Next, take a cutting board, and for each recipe that requires dicing, chop up the peppers, or onions, or whatever, and place the raw veggies in the corresponding bag.  It is best to get all that out of the way first.  I actually ended up wearing goggles, because the onions were so strong and stung my eyes so that I couldn’t see for all the watering they were doing!

Next, take a can opener, and open up all your cans.  Drain things like beans if you like, I didn’t even bother, just dumped the whole thing in there.  Pour the canned goods into the bags.  Any seasonings like chili powder or honey, pour those in next.  Finally, open the meats (if using) and add those to the bags last.  Be sure to keep meats separate otherwise so as to not cross-contaminate, and wash your hands after touching them.

Crock Pot Orange-Ginger Glazed Pork Chops Ingredients

Orange-Ginger Glazed Pork Chops

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Ingredients

BBQ Pulled Pork

Crock Pot 5 Bean Vegetarian Chili Ingredients

Crock Pot 5 Bean Vegetarian Chili

Crock Pot Classic Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken

Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken Ingredients

Creamy Italian Chicken

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup Ingredients

Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Spiced Cranberry Chicken Ingredients

Spiced Cranberry Chicken

Crock Pot White Bean Chicken Chili Ingredients

White Bean Chicken Chili

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Garlicky Sweet Lemon Chicken

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Garlicky Sweet Lemon Chicken

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Chicken Cacciatore

Once you have your bags filled, you can take them to your freezer.  Ideally, freeze them laying flat so that you save freezer space.  You can also put any of these recipes straight into the crock pot, as I did with the garlicky sweet lemon chicken.

The day before you plan to eat one of these meals, just take the bag from the freezer and put it into your refrigerator.  Preferably put the bag onto a plate or in a bowl, just in case it leaks or drips water as it thaws.  The next morning, pour the whole contents of the bag into your slow cooker and cook as instructed.  You can use each recipe’s suggestions, or serve with whatever you have handy.  And there you have it! Ten meals that serve 4, from cans to freezer to cooked!

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Freezer meals assembled and ready to go!

 

You can purchase this list of ten slow cooker, freezer-approved recipes, plus a complete one-page shopping list, serving suggestions, and printable freezer bag labels on Amazon!

Just search “Budget Epicurean”. Or visit this link: http://goo.gl/VtfKOq

I’m hoping to expand these meal plan offerings soon to include a vegetarian option, diabetic meal plans, gluten-free meal plans, and more! Please let me know if you have any feedback, questions, or something else you want to see in the future in the comments below or by email at budgetepicurean (at) gmail (dot) com!

You can view the video of how easy the shopping & assembly is here:

 

Many many food bloggers and regular people alike love this method of cooking!  It is hard to overstate how much time, energy, and cash you can save by cooking this way.  If you’re already experienced with meal planning based on grocery store sales, or want to try coming up with your own recipes, here’s a great article from one of my favorite frugal sites, the Simple Dollar, fully explaining the process!

Slow Cooker Sausage & Kale Stew

 

Last week, a terrible thing occurred.

No it has nothing to do with upcoming elections. It wasn’t weather related. Everyone I know and love is just fine. (as far as I know.)

My Crock Pot broke.

It was in the sink with dirty dishes, and one thing lead to another, somehow in the mountain of dishes the crock got split right down the middle. The lovely workhorse of my kitchen, and it’s hardy ceramic bowl was now split in twain, to be used no more. I was heartbroken to say the least.

Any reader of the blog knows how in love with my slow cooker I am. This thing is amazing, making my life so much easier by preparing dozens, even hundreds, of slow cooked meals for me while I work or play or do whatever somewhere else. Then we come home to a house that smells amazing and a hot and healthy meal.

Though I will of course replace my crock as soon as humanly possible, I dedicate this post to the crock pot, as its last documented meal prior to fatal injury. May your crock last many years more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head kale, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound sausage, cut in slices or ground
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • Optional: parmesan cheese and rustic whole grain bread

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Step 1: Rinse and tear the kale into pieces and place in the slow cooker. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add those. Open the white beans and either dump it all in or rinse them first then add to the crock pot. Add in the water or broth to your desired thickness.

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Step 2: Brown the sausage quickly in a frying pan, and add to the crock pot. At this point you can add any spices you want such as garlic, onion, paprika, rosemary, etc. Set on high for 4-5 hours or on low 6-8 hours and let it cook.

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Honestly, this really only needs heated through to be eaten, but the longer you let it stew the more the flavors meld and the broth thickens to become more stew-like and less soupy. Up to you how long you want/need to wait.

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This is amazing on its own, or you can serve it with some nice thick bread on the side. This makes plenty for about 4 servings, and you can of course double or halve it to your needs.

 

Slow Cooker Sausage & Kale Stew

Slow Cooker Sausage & Kale Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 head kale, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound sausage, cut in slices or ground
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • Optional: parmesan cheese and rustic whole grain bread

Instructions

  1. Rinse and tear the kale into pieces and place in the slow cooker. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add those. Open the white beans and either dump it all in or rinse them first then add to the crock pot. Add in the water or broth to your desired thickness.
  2. Brown the sausage quickly in a frying pan, and add to the crock pot. At this point you can add any spices you want such as garlic, onion, paprika, rosemary, etc. Set on low for 4-5 hours or 6-8 hours and let it cook.
  3. Honestly, this really only needs heated through to be eaten, but the longer you let it stew the more the flavors meld and the broth thickens to become more stew-like and less soupy. Up to you how long you want/need to wait.
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Tomato Basil Chicken Cacciatore

 

One of a busy and/or tired cook’s favorite things is being handed an idea for an easy dinner. Don’t you just hate thinking to yourself or asking the family “what do you want for dinner?” and getting blank stares, or hearing the wind whistle between your ears? Cooking fatigue can happen to the best of cooks. And especially those who are new or new-ish to cooking on the fly have a tough time with this exact question.

Something I’ve used since college to help get the creative kitchen juices flowing (literally and figuratively) is a website called Supercook.

This website curates thousands of recipes from site members and other sites all around the web. All you do is input what ingredients you have in your kitchen or pantry, or what ingredients you want to use, and presto, hundreds of recipe ideas at your fingertips!

Let’s say you have a can of black beans, a can of corn, and some tomatoes from your garden. Those three simple ingredients bring up 26 recipes alone! And by adding in staples that most all of us have (hello, black pepper and salt, flour, oil, sugar, etc) your options expand even more. You can filter by type of dish you want to make, what cuisine you are in the mood for, and even filter by dietary restrictions like excluding nuts, fish, or dairy.

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Supercook is sponsoring a Back to Work cooking challenge, whereby they asked who can make magic using super simple pantry ingredients: chicken, rice, and tomatoes.

PICK ME! I can make kitchen magic with next to nothing, as abundantly proven over the years on this blog.

Conveniently, those are three of my favorite ingredients of all time. Entering them into Supercook’s website opens up over two dozen options. Several are too simple (plain steamed rice? yawn), but a recipe for chicken cacciatore catches my eye. With a few more ingredients I have on hand from an abundant harvest (fresh basil, yum!), I know this is what’s happening for dinner.

The recipe is for chicken cacciatore in the crock pot, which is even better for busy working adults! But, I’m impatient, so it had to be made tonight, and that meant on the stove top. Keep in mind you can indeed take all the ingredients and simply chuck it in the slow cooker for a truly hands-off meal that turns out like you slaved for hours.

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See? Pretty dinner, but oh so easy.

A basic cacciatore recipe includes, of course, chicken, vegetables sauteed in the chicken oils, and diced or peeled tomatoes. The seared chicken is returned to the pot of vegetables and simmered about an hour until done. I of course added a few extras, which you can choose to include, or keep it simple. I used a quart of pasta sauce I’d canned myself, with garlic & basil included. You can just use a can of diced tomatoes for the same effect.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 pounds chicken (breast, thigh, legs)
  • 1 cup brown, wild, or white rice
  • 1-2 cups diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • Optional extras: spinach, garlic cloves, zucchini, bay leaves

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Step 1: In a frying pan, sear the chicken on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Pour off most of the oil and set the chicken aside.

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Step 2: Add the onion, and any other vegetables or spices you’re using, and cook 10-15 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent and the carrots are soft when poked with a fork.

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Step 3: Pour in the tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and cook 10-12 minutes.

Pro Tip: The longer you simmer this, the softer the veggies get and the more the flavors meld. But if you’re pressed for time and don’t mind slightly crunchy carrots, this can be done in as little as 15 minutes total.

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Step 4: Serve warm over pasta, rice, or with a thick rustic bread on the side. I just made some rice in my cooker while the rest of the dish simmered on the stove.

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This dish is super tasty & satisfying, and also quite healthy. Especially if you pack it full of delicious veggies! You could throw all kinds of things in there, like cauliflower, beans, or broccoli. This flavor combination worked out very well.

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This dish is also quite frugal in addition to being healthy and delicious. A pack of chicken quarters is often on sale for $0.99/lb or less, rice is an affordable staple, and the veggies were mostly free at the height of gardening season.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and that discovering Supercook can help you too save time and energy by answering the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?”

 

Tomato Basil Chicken Cacciatore

Tomato Basil Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds chicken (breast, thigh, legs)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1-2 cups diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • Optional extras: basil, garlic cloves, carrots, pasta, sausage

Instructions

  1. In a frying pan, sear the chicken on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Pour off most of the oil and set the chicken aside.
  2. Add the onion, and any other vegetables or spices you’re using, and cook 10-15 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent and the carrots are soft when poked with a fork.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken back to the pan, cover and cook 10-12 minutes.
  4. Pro Tip: The longer you simmer this, the softer the veggies get and the more the flavors meld. But if you’re pressed for time and don’t mind slightly crunchy carrots, this can be done in as little as 15 minutes total.
  5. Serve warm over pasta, rice, or with a thick rustic bread on the side.
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This recipe & post have been entered into the Supercook “Back To Work” Cooking Challenge! #SupercookChallenge #BacktoWork

Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

 

A total workhorse in my kitchen, the humble Crock Pot (or slow cooker) is an absolute life-saver on weekdays when you just don’t have the time to cook, or to help prep ahead of time. There is something so satisfying about just tossing everything in the pot in the morning, then coming home after a long day to a house that smells like love.

(Food = Love, you see)

While the crock pot has certainly proven its worth time and time again with soups & stews like crock pot tortilla soup, chili, or red pozole with pork, and other favorites like apple sauce and cheddar broccoli rice, it is also awesome at making easy enchiladas!

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Enchiladas are a great one-pot meal, and can be made with any meat you like, or made vegetarian by using only beans, tofu, and/or cheese as the filling. This recipe adds a little spice to the meat mixture as well as using whole jalapenos for a kick. And I used regular old tomato sauce because I didn’t have any enchilada sauce.

So if you want to make enchiladas with no enchilada sauce, I got you.

Ingredients:

  • 12 10 inch tortillas (I used flour, but you can use corn too)
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked & shredded
  • 1 can refried beans
  • about 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sliced jalapenos
  • about 1 cup shredded cheese

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Step 1: Lay out your tortilla, and spread 1-2 tbsp of refried bean in the center. You can use regular canned beans of any kind as well.

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Step 2: Put a layer of shredded chicken on top of the beans, as well as some hot salsa, shredded cheese, and a few sliced jalapenos.

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Step 3: Wrap the tortillas up like a burrito, and layer in a sprayed crock pot. Once you have a bottom layer of 2-3, pour on a few tbsp tomato sauce. Then layer on a few more. Repeat until you use up all the tortillas.

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Step 4: Sprinkle the top layer with a little more cheese and some more jalapeno slices, then set the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours.

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They bake up perfectly, soft on the inside with a little bit of crisp, and just the right amount of heat.

Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 12 10 inch tortillas (I used flour, but you can use corn too)
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked & shredded
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sliced jalapenos
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Lay out your tortilla, and spread 1-2 tbsp of refried bean in the center. You can use regular canned beans of any kind as well.
  2. Put a layer of shredded chicken on top of the beans, as well as some hot salsa, shredded cheese, and a few sliced jalapenos.
  3. Wrap the tortillas up like a burrito, and layer in a sprayed crock pot. Once you have a bottom layer of 2-3, pour on a few tbsp tomato sauce. Then layer on a few more. Repeat until you use up all the tortillas.
  4. Sprinkle the top layer with a little more cheese and some more jalapeno slices, then set the crock pot on low for 4-6 hours.
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Salsa Chicken Soup

 

Every once in a while, even those who most love cooking are just too tired or out of ideas to cook. That is the perfect time for me to pull out this little gem! I love recipes that are fast & frugal, and this one is both with the added benefit of being healthy as well.

Whether crunched for time, short on creativity, or you didn’t have time to run to the store so what you have on the shelves is what you’ve got for dinner, this recipe is bound to please. Especially if you do not like to cook any time, this recipe is perfect for you.

Simple: just open a few cans, dump into a pot, and dinner is simmering away. If reading isn’t your thing, and you’d rather see just how easy this is, you can check out the YouTube video, or scroll to the bottom of this post.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 cans any type of beans (I used balck and red)
  • Optional: 1 can chicken
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 gallon water
  • Optional: Chicken bouillon

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Step 1: Open the chicken, beans, & corn, and drain if you’d like. Rinse the beans to get rid of excess sodium. Honestly, I just throw all of it in the pot for flavor.

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Step 2: Pour the water and canned goods into a pot, not draining the diced tomatoes. I usually use diced tomatoes with green chilies because I like the extra spice. You could use regular tomatoes to tone it down, or dice up a jalapeno and throw it in or add hot sauce for even more spice.

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Step 3: Add in the salsa, stir it all around. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

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This could also be made by throwing all the ingredients into a crock pot on low all day.

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Suggested toppings include shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips or torn tortillas, and sour cream.

If you choose, you can use cooked shredded chicken breast instead of canned. Or you could leave out the chicken for a hearty vegetarian soup, both ways are delicious.