Friday, January 22, 2010

Crock Pot Lovers of the World - UNITE!

I always had a hidden love for my Crock Pot.  The desire to use it often was always right below the surface, and yet I never did for 2 reasons.  1) I was always only cooking for myself, and a Crock Pot doesn't make a single serving meal and b) My old Crock Pot wasn't digit - it had a dial so I could choose between Warm, Low or High and when I turned it on, I couldn't gauge or manage how long it cooked.  This proved to be a problem when my schedule was so inconsistent and I would get home later than I thought causing my pot roast to be dry, the potatoes to be mushy and for everything to smell WAY better than it tasted.
When Stephen and I registered I did not think it was frivolous to register for a new Crock Pot, this time for one that was digital so that I could control the cooking...and I'm SO HAPPY I DID!

There she is, in all her glory!  Let me tell you, she has been may saving cooking grace these past couple of weeks as I have started grad school!  My class schedule is, unfortunately, all night classes.  I go to class 3 days a week from 5-8...ugh!  What was a girl to do regarding dinner (one of my professors won't let us bring food into the class)?!  Because I use public transportation I must leave the apartment at 3:45pm to go wait for the bus in order to make it to class in sound time.  NO ONE wants to eat dinner at 3:30, and besides that what about Stephen?!  So I've been grocery shopping with this guy by my side:

This book has enabled Stephen and I to still eat a healthy, homemade and cheaper meal those three nights out of the week.  I've made a handful of recipes out of here, but last night's was Stephen's (and mine) favorite recipe...White Chicken Chili...YUM (sorry Shave!)!!!  Because I recognize that not everyone has this cookbook, I am going to provide this recipe for you and I encourage, I INSIST that you make this for your loved ones this wintry season - it is so tasty!  If you make it and find that you have a recipe for it and it's better than this one, I'd love to have it - I LOVE WHITE CHICKEN CHILI!!!

Here's what you need:
*3 15-oz cans Great Northern beans, drained *8 oz cooked and shredded chicken breasts (see my note regarding this below) *1 cup chopped onions *1 1/2 cups chopped yellow, red, or green bell peppers *2 jalapeno chili peppers stemmed, seeded and chopped (I did not use these, but I am considering using a can of chopped green chilies next time) *2 garlic cloves minced (2 tsp of minced garlic) *2 tsp ground cumin *1/2 tsp salt *1/2 tsp dried oregano *3 1/2 cups chicken broth (I would add more - when I made it, it wasn't soupy enough for us) *I added a chicken bouillon cube - you be the judge for yourself *sour cream *shredded cheddar cheese *tortilla chips

Here's what you do:
1. Combine all ingredients except sour cream, cheddar cheese and chips in the slow cooker.
2. Cover.  Cook on Low 8-10 hours, or High 4-5 hours (I cooked mine on high for 4.5 hours)
3. Ladle into bowls and top individual servings with sour ream, cheddar cheese, and chips

***Note regarding cooking and shredding your chicken:
I had always thought that shredding chicken was so intimidating - NOPE!  Here's what I did:  I used 2 large chicken breasts for this and had plenty.  I took the raw chicken and cut it into fat strips (cooks quicker) and cooked it on my stove top using a little bit of EVOO; salting and peppering it while cooking.  I cooked it, flipped it and made sure that it was cooked through.  Once it was finished, I took the individual strips and put them on my cutting board and went to town on it using 2 forks.  Because it was just finished and still warm, it was tender and I was able to get great shreds out of it.  I was so impressed with myself ;)

Make it, taste it, love it and tell me about it!  (I'm not tootin' my own horn, this isn't my recipe - it's Esther Martin from Ephrata, Pa - Esther, you've done it again!)

p.s. I feel like I will be frequenting this's called Crock Pot 365...Yes sir!


  1. Kari!! I also LOVE crock pot meals! I have found myself buying frozen crock pot meals from the grocery that taste great and are super easy! However, I want some variety too.. this recipe sounds AWESOME. Can't wait to try it :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. oh, btw... this is holly... im on jenna's computer! hahaha

  3. Baahahaa...oh Holz. I LOVE crock pot stuff. Seth does too. And we have that book, but I haven't used it too much. Maybe you can make some suggestions. :)

    When are you coming to the Ville next? I mean Louisville, not Evansville. (People here try to say "The Ville" and it just doesn't work). MISS YOU!!!

  4. Kari- I made this yesterday and it's AWESOME! Thanks for sharing! Hope you're doing well!


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