During these frigid winter months, it is comforting to know that when you arrive home after a long day, that there will be a hot savory meal waiting for you! This can be a reality as long as you plan a little bit in advance. And by planning, I mean just plan once, yes just one time for the entire week! The best part about this idea, is that you can even use your slow cooker to get you started planning your meals for the week! Here is how you can get started!
Slow Cooker Chicken – Begin on Sunday with roasting a delicious chicken in your slow cooker. This will be your “base” for the meals for the rest of the week. Not only will you be able to eat the chicken in a variety of ways through the week, but you’ll be able make chicken broth as well.
- Rinse the chicken inside and out with cold water. Pat the chicken dry. Place a 4 pound chicken in your crockpot. Rub salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, parsley, garlic salt and paprika all over your chicken. Make a small slit in the skin to rub the all seasonings onto the poultry itself. Set the slow cooker on low and let the chicken cook for approximately 10 hours, or until the chicken juices run clear. Reserve chicken juices to make broth. Serve this slow cooker chicken recipe with your favorite sides.
Once you have made your slow cooker chicken, you can now make the following meals with ease throughout the week! Here are some delicious and quick recipes to put on your table in a matter of minutes!
Chicken Stock Recipe
Pick off the good chicken meat. Leave the bones in the crock pot to make some stock. Start the chicken stock after dinner by filling it to the top with water, and then adding whatever you have on hand…bay leaf, carrot, celery, onion, parsley and or thyme. Even if you’re missing parsley or celery I still make it anyway, and it always turns out just fine. Keep it on low all night, and then in the morning, strain it into 1 or 2 cup tupperware containers to store in the freezer. Using a larger chicken will yield more stock.
- Start cooking 1 # of organic whole-wheat spaghetti or fettuccine noodles
- Butter a 9ª13-baking dish (no Teflon!)
- Omit the following for a meatless meal: cut 2-3 boneless chicken breasts into chunks and place around the bottom of the pan. (Use chicken from an all-natural farm – no hormones, pasture-raised, and not fed junk.)
For the rest of the recipe, please visit kellythekitchenkop.com
Chicken Noodle Soup
- 4 cups chopped, cooked chicken meat
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup chopped carrots
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup butter
- 8 ounces egg noodles
- 12 cups water
- 9 cubes chicken bouillon
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
For directions to recipe, Allrecipes.com
Chicken A La King
- 1 cup diced, cooked chicken meat
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
- salt and pepper to taste
Directions can be found at Allrecipes.com
Picante Chicken Rice Burritos
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- 3-1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken meat
- 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1-1/4 cups chicken broth, divided
- 1/2 (16 ounce) jar picante sauce, divided
- 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
- 6 (10 inch) flour tortillas
For directions visit Allrecipes.com
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