Friday, December 23, 2011

Two Clean Crock Pot Meals

If you tell me a meal is quick,easy, delicious, and can be ready the minute I walk through the door from work, I'm sold! I'll admit, sometimes the last thing I want to do after a long painful day at work is break out the pots and pans to make dinner, because then of course comes the cleaning and the portioning out which usually turns into more cleaning and before I know it, it's time for bed! I much prefer opening my door to the aroma of a fresh cooked meal that is just waiting to get into my belly. This, my friends is why I just couldn't live another day without a crock pot. So, like I mentioned before I bought a cheap-y just to try it out and see if I liked it/could cook with it. The verdict is in, and I'm in love. 


(Mock) Sweet and Sour Chicken 

Ingredients
3 large chicken breasts, cubed
1/3 cup reduced sugar ketchup
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 can low sodium tomato sauce
6 Truvia packets
1 can diced pineapple and juice (optional)



Directions
1. Throw all ingredients in crock pot, mix well, and cook on low for 6 hours. 
Note: I didn't use the pineapple since it's so high in sugar, but I didn't quite get the "sweet and sour" taste so I'm guessing adding the pineapple would give more of the usual taste. We think it tasted great without it though! 


Crock pot salsa chicken 

Ingredients
3 large chicken breasts
1 container low sugar salsa
1 can low sodium tomato sauce
2-3 Tbsp taco seasoning 



Directions
1. Mix well in crock pot and cook for 8 hours on low. Once cooked you should be able to pull the chicken apart easily with a fork.

When I'm eating this for dinner I usually throw it on a salad with some tomato, avocado, and red onion. For lunch I will stick it in some Ezekiel brand tortillas with lettuce and tomato! Hopefully these recipes help out those busy Mom's and Dad's (or 24 year olds that are lazy tired like me) that are trying to stay on track with clean eating while doing a million other things :)

24 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting these meal ideas!! Trying to create versatile dishes that are also clean is perpetually difficult for me. It's so nice that I have your blog to turn to for advice and tips!

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  2. Making the Crock pot salsa chicken for dinner tonight. Smells amazing in this place. I am also thinking about making some banana protein bars they would be great for my drive to the gym in the morning. Thanks for being an inspiration. :)

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  3. Looks so good! Do you know about how many oz or cups your container of salsa is? Thanks!!!

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    1. I usually buy a bigger container of salsa... just make sure your chicken is entirely covered with salsa and you should be good!

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    2. I ended up making this today and it was great! Thanks so much for posting your favorite recipes! I've tried several and love your blog!!!!!

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    3. Yay I'm so excited you liked it, I made it for dinner last night too :)

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  4. I love your recipes but it would be SO MUCH BETTER if you could PLEASE post nutritional info per serving...!!! :) :) :)

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  5. I put this in the crockpot last night and LOVED having the smell of salsa chicken to wake me up in the morning. Then I had it for lunch and oh my goodness it was fantastic!!! Will definitely be making this again! Thanks for the many recipes you post, they are awesome!

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  6. After reviewing yours and Natalie Hodson posts about this sweet and sour chicken, I am just going to have to try it! My husband loves sweet and sour chicken so I will definitely try this, this week :)

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  7. This looks great! How many servings does this make?

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    1. It would just depend on what your serving size is. For example I usually eat 4-5oz of chicken at a meal, so 3 large breasts would probably give me at least 6 meals.

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  8. I love my slow cooker to death. I even recently learned how to make bread in it! My favourite weeknight meal is Coconut Poached Chicken - just chuck in whole chicken breasts, a can of light coconut milk, the juice of a lime and a bit of grated ginger. Then I just steam vegies when I get home, shred the chicken, and top it all with the yummy coconut broth!

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  9. Made your salsa chicken for the wk. It is delish. I may have found a new favorite chicken dish.

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  10. I love the Salsa Chicken. I am using it to make a quesadilla, my current fave food. I make it with Food For Life Brown Rice Tortilla, 2Tbsp nonfat plain greek yogurt, and what ever veggies complement the flavor of meat I am using. YUM!

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  11. Salsa chicken was amazing!!! Used Ezekiel corn tortillas and broiled them to make tostadas and used Greek yogurt!!! Loved this!!!

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  12. 1 can= what size can? They have many sizes! :-\

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  13. Does this have to be made in crock pot? Can it be made on stovetop?

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  14. I made this tonight (well, I guess technically this morning, HA!) and the hubby and I both LOVED it! I think I came across your site as a link from Natalie Hodson's site, SO glad I found it. Looking forward to trying the beef stew this weekend.

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  15. Hi Little B! This looks delicious! What are the macros though?

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  17. that looks amazing! totally making that later this week!

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