Meals to Make Life Easier…Crock Pot Edition

This is the perfect time of year to get out your crock pot and start making life easier. We’re all so much busier these days, especially with the holidays on the horizon. How nice does it sound to come home to a healthy dinner all ready to eat? We have some tips on prepping these meals, as well as some fresh recipes for your family to try.

Prepping your meals

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Thanks to Tupperware and Ziploc bags, it’s easier than ever to prepare your food ahead of time and freeze/refrigerate. A lot of crock pot recipes can be prepared all in one day and in only a couple of hours. Talk about easy…

  • label all bags/containers
  • combine portioned raw meats with seasonings and/or marinates
  • cut up raw veggies, portion – add seasoning and/or marinates
  • pre-cook rice/pasta
  • OR completely cook a meal, freeze, and use the crock pot to warm the food in time for dinner

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 9 fajitas

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 red, orange and green bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey

For serving:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Optional: sour cream, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, monterrey jack or cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Pour half of the canned tomatoes into the bottom of a slow cooker and spread into an even layer. Top with half of the peppers and half of the onions. Sprinkle garlic in. Top with chicken breasts.
  • In a bowl whisk together chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Evenly sprinkle half of the seasoning over chicken breasts then flip chicken and sprinkle in remainder. Top with remaining half of the tomatoes, then layer in remaining peppers and onions.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH heat 3 – 4 hours or low heat 6 – 8 hours, until chicken has cooked through and veggies are tender (note that if you want to be able to cut chicken into strips cook more near lesser time on HIGH or LOW, otherwise it will probably just shred, which is also fine).
  • Remove chicken, and cut into strips, or shred. Ladle out 1 cup of the broth in slow cooker (mostly tomato liquid) and discard. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice and honey and add to slow cooker along with chicken and season with additional salt to taste if desired. Gently toss. Serve warm in warmed tortillas with optional sour cream, guacamole, cheese and salsa.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
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