Rustic Chicken and Beans: Crock Pot Style #TastyTuesday
We all love an easy dinner right? Sometimes dinner is the last thing on your mind because you still can’t forget about the issues at work! I completely remember those days. I would work ten hours, two stuck in traffic, walk through the door and wonder what my husband was making me. Okay, fat chance of that happening…I always walked through the door first. (Yes, lucky me!)
I am most grateful for my slow cooker. Since I have dusted it off the shelf,, I questioned why I hadn’t done so sooner. Although I can lounge around in my pj’s if I wanted to, drink whiskey at noon and throw darts, I don’t. I am a very busy stay-at-home mom whose little ones need my attention. As dinner time approaches, even I sometimes think, “What am I to make!”
Well, those days are a lot easier now for two reasons:
- I pre-plan my meals a week ahead of time (I will share with you my weekly menu next week!)
- I found my crock pot and am using it (almost daily)
Please, bring yours out too!
I know I have avoided the crock pot for many reasons but now I don’t shun it at all. My mom gave me two crock pot cookbooks when I moved out of her house, at the age of 17. Both of them required cooking the meat prior to placing it in the crock pot. These recipes, I don’t understand. If I was to get up early for work, why would I cook a meal and then let it “warm” for the whole day? So if the recipe calls for ground meat, well, I make it on the stove top that night. If it requires a nice brown searing, then it depends on my day. I try to go easy, breezy the best why I know how… Dump and go!
- 1 lb boneless chicken breasts (3 big ones or a package of thinly sliced)
- 15 oz can of diced tomatoes (I used a flavored can with basil, onion and oregano)
- 15 oz can of northern beans: drained and rinsed
- 1-2 tsp poultry seasoning
- Rice ( I used a bag of 10-minute rice)
- Place chicken on bottom of crock pot
- Add seasoning on top of chicken
- Pour beans and tomatoes
- Cook on LOW for 8-9 hours
- Meanwhile, when meal is almost finished, make rice according to package
I know, I did say it was a dump and go recipe. I like this one because there’s no prep involved, just takes a few minutes to place in crock pot and move on with your day.
Warning: If you stay home, you will be forced to smell this delicious pot cooking all day long. You will drool, you will complain, your belly with grumble but at last, it will be worth the wait.