I’m sure most of the world is feeling the warmth of spring and summer, but…in Seattle, we are NOT-UGH!! But…while I’m sick of wearing layers upon layers, I never get tired of yummy soups! Especially easy ones that are practically cooked without me!
This is a recipe that I’ve now done twice because after the first attempt was so well received, I obviously did it again!! And it was all a fluke of things I just happened to have in my cupboard and fridge-WHOOP!
Ingredients (feeds 4 with leftovers)
4-5 frozen chicken breasts (I’m ALWAYS on the fly. If yours aren’t frozen, the timing should still work. It might just mean the meat will be more tender)
1 Can Full Fat Coconut Cream (check labels if you are on Whole30, I used Trader Joe’s)
1 Can Chicken Broth (check labels if you are on Whole30)
1/2 Cup Diced Carrots (I used organic Rainbow Carrots, because…duh FUN COLORS! :))
If you aren’t on a dietary restriction you could add 1/2 a box of Pasta (again, I go light on this end and used veggie pasta. You could use gluten free OR 2 cups zoodles or sweet potato noodles etc if you are Whole30!)
Place everything in the crockpot, and you’re DONE!!!I I always wonder if things look the way they should when I’m throwing things together, so…yes, it should look like this 🙂And then….after you take the chicken out and fork shred it (it will be SO tender!!)
Unless, you want to add a noodle variation. When you are about 10-15 minutes out, you can add the pasta or zoodles etc and they will cook to being tender. I think they’d be mushy if you added them in at the beginning, but let me know if you try! I even added them after the cook time when it was in “warm” mode, and it worked!
Another Recipe you might enjoy…
I posted one of my latest crock pot easy healthy dinners last week.
Honestly, I was on a crock pot roll lately. Too much to do, no time to cook, yet I wanted yummy healthy food. I didn’t have a recipe for either of these meals and both were DELICIOUS! I’m saying this because a lot of times I see recipes that I like, but I don’t have the time or the ingredients. THAT is the best part of the slow cooker. I have taken tried and true recipes that involved multiple pots and hours of time of me in front of the stove, and rolled the dice throwing everything into the slow cooker in the morning. Guess what? They’ve all turned out fine! Are they as amazing as the original? Sometimes maybe not QUITE as much, but honestly…
I’ve been on a total crockpot kick lately. That seems to happen every winter, and before the urge kicks in, I always think…
“Why don’t I use my crock pot more??!!”
Then, I do, and I think…
“Why don’t I use my crock pot more??!!”!!!
Every post I do on my crockpot meals, I wax poetic on the fabulousness of it, but then the spring and summer roll around and I forget about it. I’m determined to make things all year round! It’s SO easy, and the smell walking into your home after not being home all day/or even if you ARE home all day…YUM!!!
And I don’t know about where you live, but here in Seattle…spring has NOT sprung, and warm yummy dinners still sound amazing!
So, I decided to try spaghetti and meat sauce. Total classic. Total crowd pleaser when you have kids. Pretty cheap too! And…it can be healthy and easy!
Ingredients (feeds 4 with leftovers)
2 lbs ground turkey. I like to make it heavy on the protein!
1 Can of pasta sauce. I used a 32 oz jar (check labels if you are on Whole30)
1/2 teaspoon crushed ginger
1/2 Teaspoon crushed garlic
1 Medium to Large Onion
1/2 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning.
1/2 a box of Pasta (again, I go light on this end and used veggie pasta. You could use gluten free OR 2 cups zoodles or sweet potato noodles etc if you are Whole30!)
Place Diced Onion, Crushed Ginger, and Crushed Garlic, Ground Turkey (Yes, I put mine in mostly frozen because…no time to dethaw, and it still worked out great!), Jar of Pasta sauce and Italian seasonings in the crockpot, and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5.
When you are about 10-15 minutes out, you can add the pasta or zoodles etc and they will cook to being tender. I think they’d be mushy if you added them in at the beginning, but let me know if you try! I even added them after the cook time when it was in “warm” mode, and it worked!
So I’ve made various pulled pork crock pot recipes in the past, and while those are more of the BBQ saucy style, I wanted something to use to make sliders.. with coleslaw and fresh rolls! This is a GREAT recipe just for that! Make your coleslaw the night before, set the pulled pork ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and let it do all the work! Easy dinner! And excellent for leftovers.
3 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ cup honey
¼ cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
3 to 3 ½ pounds pork shoulder, cut in half
In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the first six ingredients (all of the spices) with a fork.
Pour in the honey, vinegar, and olive oil and stir to form a paste.
Place the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top it with the 2 pieces of pork and then pour the honey paste over all sides of the pork pieces. It’s okay if some of it (or a lot of it) just drips down to the bottom.
Turn the slow cooker on to low and cook for 7 to 8 hours or until the meat is tender enough to be easily shredded with a fork.
Serve warm with coleslaw and rolls.
Ps. Minus the rolls, this is a great paleo dish! 🙂 Serve with some optional avocado on the side (because avocado goes with almost everything!).
Every time I make a meal in my crock pot, I think…
“WHY don’t I do this more often!??” As in…ever single day?! HA!
Alas, I get brain dead with the day to day, and fail to think ahead. That is pretty much the only prep time with a crock pot meal. Thinking of it ahead of time. Once you do. You toss everything in to the pot in the morning/early afternoon. Your entire house smells amazing ALL DAY LONG, and then when it’s dinner time-it’s DONE! Seriously, what’s better than that??
NOT MUCH. 😉
BUT…can we all agree that crock pot meat does NOT look appealing? Everything you cook ends up looking about the same color, BUT all that really matters is that it tastes delicious! I may have thrown a few greens on top to break up the monotony haha 🙂 I snapped these pictures about 5 minutes before we ate dinner, as always (with a flash *UGH*)…yet wished I could have made the meal look a liiiiiiiittle more appetizing. Styling dreams that may never come true.
Added bonus? The meat easily shreds, so no slicing on a cutting board necessary, aka child friendly and one less thing to clean!! What You Need…
Pork Loin (depends on how many people you want to feed) I used one pack from Costco, which is equivalent to 2 small ones from other grocery stores.
1 Can of Chicken Stock (have it cover about half the pork loin)
1 teaspoon Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 small apples or one large apple (I used Gala, but any strong flavor type would be good)
2 small onions or one large onion
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
What to do…
Chop the onion and apple into approximately 1 inch slices.
Layer everything into your Crock Pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or or low for 7-8 hours.
So, after you made the Crock Pot Pulled Pork with Apples, Onions, and Peppers Stew, what do you do with the leftovers? Drain the liquid and make sandwiches!! I’m all about making a meal with the thought that I can squeeze two dinners out of it. I mean, really what sounds better to a busy mom than that?? Well, besides relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine? And that is exactly what you can do instead of fussing over your second meal-WIN!!Ingredients
Fall and Winter for me equal Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) meals. Which means yummy smelling houses, and easy throw together meals-WOO HOO!!! I pulled my Crock Pot out for the first time this season for one of the easiest crowd pleasers-pulled pork. I decided that I would try and make it a two-fer. Meaning, I would make a stew the first night, and then drain the liquid to make sandwiches the 2nd night. What do you know…it worked!!All that said. Pork is one of those foods that I cannot quite seem to photograph well. it just looks blah! In any case…this wasn’t blah, but you might just have to take my word for it 😉
Pork Loin(s) depending on how many people you have to feed and if you want to make sandwiches the next night. I used the Costco Pack. There are two small ones per sealed pack. Probably equal to 2 individual packs elsewhere.
Red, Orange, and Yellow Peppers. I used about half of each diced.
One medium/large yellow onion diced
1 Can (2 cups organic chicken broth)
1 Cup of Red Wine (whatever you have on hand that you want to spare ;)) The alcohol cooks off (for kids), but it leaves a good flavor.
1 tsp crushed garlic
2 Diced Apples (I used Honey Crisp, but you could use any apples)
After you dice all the veggies and apples. Toss everything into the Crock Pot/Slow Cooker and cook for 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.