going crock pot crazy.

with school and work in full swing.  i have a new best friend.  my crock pot.  i forgot about it. especially since it was hidden behind The George, rice cooker, blender, and a myriad of other kitchen gadgets.  however, i have probably used it at least every other week to help cook dinners while i pour over elasticity and closing accounts.  here’s a few great recipes that we’ve found to be awesome.

Ratatouille Chicken and Penne Pasta
servings:4-6 depending on portions

– 2 containers of Ratatouille from Trader Joes
– 1 bag of Penne Pasta from Trader Joes
– 3 frozen chicken breasts

1. add chicken breasts and both containers of Ratatouille to crock pot
2. cover and put on high for 4 – 4 1/2 hours or until chicken is cooked.
3. near the end of the 4 hours,  grab each chicken breast and place on plate. cut up into 1×1 inch pieces.  after all 3 chicken breasts are cut up, place back into crock pot.
4.  boil water, cook noodles, drain.
5. voila. dinner is ready.

Chicken Curry Soup
serves: 6 meals, or three evenings.  if you want a larger pot, which we have done before, just double it and you can eat it for dinners over the course of one week and freeze the other half for the following month.

– 4 frozen chicken breasts
– 3 c. rice
– 5 carrots, washed, peeled, and cut into approx 1 in. pieces
-3 russet potatoes, washed and cut into thirds
– 2 yellow onions, washed and cut into thirds
– 4 stalks of celery, washed and cut into 1/3 inch pieces.
– 6 cups water
– 6 chicken bouillon cubes
– 2 teaspoons curry powder
– 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
– 1/2 teaspoon coriander

1. add water, frozen chicken breasts, chicken bouillon cubes into crock pot
2. add peeled and cut carrots, potatoes, onions and celery
3. add all spices
4. cover, and place crock pot on high for 41/2 hours (until chicken is tender and veggies aren’t hard)
5. cook rice half and hour before soup is done
6. near the end of the 4 hours,  grab each chicken breast and place on plate. cut up into 1×1 inch pieces.  after all 4 chicken breasts are cut up, place back into crock pot.

both dishes can be eaten immediately or they can be thrown into a tupperware and placed in your freezer for a couple of months. i just made the curry soup and separated them into 3 huge tupperwares, cooled them off for about 30 mins, and then promptly placed them into the freezer for later this month when we’re too exhausted to cook.

i’m on the hunt for any other healthy, delicious crock pot recipes.  so send them over!  i know kyle and i are stoked that i’m not in the kitchen that much!  and i’m not as stressed.  we’re both ecstatic to say the least.


  1. I am totally going to try this tomorrow night. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jackie
    Thanks for posting these recipes. I have food allergies but the chicken curry soup I can actually have! I think I’ll give it a try. If you send me your email, I’ll give you a one- pot meal that is delish. It’s quinoa sweet potato casserole. Prep time 10″ cook time 30″. Super easy and nutritious. Let me know- Lisa

  3. Your recipes sound delicious!

    Andrea’s dad build a wooden recycle center that holds grocery sacks. He won some prizes at a Portland Home and Remodel Show so we got a new dishwasher and waterheater for it. This was back when Andrea was in elementary school.

    We are going to Hawaii on Mar 4. Any must do experiences you suggest?

    • thanks sandy! wow, he sure was ahead of the times eh?! LOL. i bet it was alot cheaper too. 🙂 what island are you guys going to? that makes a difference on what suggestions, etc to hit up. how exciting. feel free to ping andrea for my email if that’s easier to correspond too! would love to hear how your trip is. 🙂

  4. Hi Jackie!
    thanks for the recipes. what if we don’t have trader joes?
    aha! I’ll make it from scratch!
    I totally know the routine, make a big batch of stuff and freeze it! I’ve been looking at crock pots lately but our condo is so small I don’t know where I’d store it.
    Love your blog site by the way. We blog in class instead of writing papers, its all new to me but interesting.
    aloha no, AC

  5. Doing my meal planning for the month and am going to try the chicken curry soup. That says a lot because I’ve failed at curry many times before . . .

    Here’s crockpot vegeterian lasagna. Not sure if will work on workdays because you start it up about 3 hours before mealtime, but delicious nonetheless.


    P.S. It says cook for 2 hrs, but the noodles usually aren’t fully cooked at that point, so I wait a bit longer.

    • thanks E! i’ll try it on a saturday or sunday. am excited 🙂 good luck with the curry. note that you can change up the spices to make it as spicyy or non-spicy as you want.

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