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.