"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - Hippocrates

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Comforting Crockpot Meals

Whew! These past few weeks have been superbusy at work. The New Year brings new programs and lots of motivated people:) And that means my schedule gets crazy. The last thing I want to do after a long day is come home and cook. But thankfully, I had a comforting meal in the crockpot waiting for me. If you don't have a crockpot, they are a great kitchen tool. Mine only has a low and high setting, but others are more high tech with programming features including multiple time and temperature settings. And they even have an auto shift to warm button so your food is ready when you are! Too easy!  Anyway, when I was visiting my good friend Genia and her family for the holidays, she made an awesome rosemary chicken dish. I made a few modifications, but it is really yummy as the original version too.
Crockpots are so easy. Just assemble the ingredients and add them to the crockpot. Typical cook time for Crock-Pot® slow cookers to reach simmer point (209°F):
Low: 7-8 to reach the simmer point
High: 3-4 hours to reach the simmer point

For more great recipes, visit the crockpot website, http://www.crockpot.com/

Enjoy this great recipe:
Rosemary Chicken with White Beans


2 tablespoons oil

4 to 6 chicken breast, halved

1 cup carrots, sliced

1/2 cup celery, siced

15 1/2 ounces Great Northern or other white beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon rosemary

1 teaspoon thyme

1/3 cup fat-free Italian dressing

I also added 1 small zuchini, 1 small summer squash, 1/2 cup onion diced, 1 sliced mushrooms, 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved) and 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth.


1.Heat oil in skillet. Brown chicken breasts in hot oil. Remove and drain.

2.Place carrots, celery, and beans and other vegetables in stoneware.

3.Add chicken breasts.

4.Combine salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, broth and Italian dressing and pour over ingredients in stoneware. Stir slightly to combine.

5.Cover; cook on Low 8 to 9 hours or on High 4 to 5 hours.

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