Crockpot Italian Salsa Chicken

Crockpot Italian Salsa Chicken

HAPPY  NEW YEAR!!

With my first post of 2020, it is only appropriate that I make it of my favorite thing, food.

While I was in the process of ending off my quarter at work, finishing up grad school and right before the holidays – I had almost no food in my house and didn’t have time to meal prep what so ever like I usually like to. So I looked in my cabinet, fridge and freezer and found 4 things – Frozen Chicken Breast, a can of diced tomatoes, half of a sweet onion, and a handful of different Italian Seasonings. So, I threw it all in the crockpot and preyed for the best. It was delicious!

This dish is so easy to make, you just throw it in the crockpot and let it sit for 6 hours. I’m sure if you had an Instapot you could make it even quicker. ALSO you cold change up the seasoning to make different styles. Next time, I want to add Trader Joes Sweet Chili Lime seasoning for a Mexican style.

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 6 Hours on Low in a Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes (I get No Salt Added)
  • 1/2 small diced sweet onion
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • My own home made spice mixture (I free hand my spices depending on the dish)
    • Himalayan Salt
    • Ground Black Pepper
    • Basil
    • Paprika
    • Onion powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Chili pepper if you want some spice

Just combine everything in a Med/Large Crockpot on Low. Stir every few hours. I put my chicken in frozen – if you do it fresh it may take less time. Once you can easily pull the chicken apart with a fork it is done! This would be so good with pasta, but I just ate the chicken and tomatoes.

My Crockpot: I am obsessed with this crockpot. I had a larger 7 quart crock-pot but it was old and the handles broke so I invested in this 4.5 quart one and a small sauce crock pot.

If you try this recipe, let me know how it is in the comments below!

XOXO

Tay

Wheat and Dairy Free Taco Pasta

Hi everyone!

I’ve been super busy lately with work and just trying to organize my life with my upcoming class starting. I’m going to do a few posts this week to make up for last week.

I wanna start off this week with my meal prep! I’m going to post each dish individually.

So, a few weeks back I tried THIS Mexican stir fry, which I love. I did a little bit of a modification to it. I have the chili lime seasoning mix from Trader Joe’s which has pretty much everything they require for seasoning and then some. It came out super yummy! But this week, since I love crock-potting, I wanted to try it in the crock pot! It came out TOTALLY different, but surprisingly delicious. It ended up being more of a sauce. So that’s why I gave it the name, Taco Pasta! It is fully Wheat-free and Dairy-free.

All of the ingredients needed in the linked recipe is what your going to need. Instead of each individual spice, I used the following:

  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Iodized salt
  • Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning
  • Diced onions instead of onion powder

When I cook, I don’t really Measure stuff out, I pretty much just put in what I think is needed at the beginning, and add more as I go.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I though I messed it up at first. I just threw everything in there and was kicking myself in the butt for not cooking the meat first, but it came out fine. See what I used below.

You will need…

  • 1lb to 1 1/4 lbs of ground beef (90% lean or higher)
  • Two zucchini squash cut into squares (depending on the season)
  • Sweet onion (I use 1/4)
  • Minced garlic or two cloves
  • Trader Joe’s Chili lime seasoning
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Corn starch
  • Medium can of diced tomatoes

Prep:

I put everything in the crockpot minus the corn starch. I started I out on high. I was checking every 15 minutes at first. As I saw that the meat was creating more of a liquid base I decided to add in some corn starch to thicken it up. Once saw the meat was cooked most of the way, I turned the temp to low to let it simmer and thicken. I was stirring every 20-30 minutes and adding a little bit of corn starch as needed.

This took about 3 hours. This is not a set it and forget it meal. You need to make sure your around for it so you can monitor the consistency. If I left it it would have became a nasty beef stew.

I love Banza pasta which I have mentioned before. I cooked up a cup of elbows and added it in. I was able to get 2.5 meals out of this, 2 with pasta and then some left over meat.

This is a pretty heavy meal, so if your looking for something on the lighter side, def go with the one I linked above. But for a hearty mean that’s still is pretty healthy. This is a win!

Thanks for Reading!

Xoxo

Tay