Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Crock Pot Taco Chicken Bowls

Short days, long nights, bulky sweaters, and slow cookers.  This time of year feels heavy, with it's extra layers, warm blankets, and sturdy boots.  Winter is about comfort foods.  Substantial soups, hearty stews, and casseroles.  And Taco Chicken Bowls.

Our Crock Pot is seeing so much use, that it's taken up permanent residence on the kitchen counter.  It will likely find it's way back into a cupboard in a few month's time, but for now it's front and centre in the kitchen.

These Taco Chicken Bowls are a favourite in our house.  I was inspired by this recipe.  I've tweaked the spices slightly and used more beans.  Sometimes I'll add an extra chicken breast if I want to ensure leftovers for lunch the next day. 

Have you ever made your own tortilla shells?  I used this recipe.

Crock Pot Taco Chicken Bowls

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large jar salsa
2 cans black beans
½ lb (8 oz) frozen corn
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
½ - 1 tsp chili pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you like)
½ tsp ground pepper
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ cup water

Add everything to the crock pot, stir well, making sure chicken is covered.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Roughly chop or shred chicken before serving.

Serve over cooked rice with sour cream, shredded cheddar and avocado.  Or try it with quinoa...or wrap it all up in a tortilla shell!

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Happy New Year

Well hello there.  Happy New Year.  

I am just now emerging from the madness that was December.

Shopping, cooking, cleaning, wrapping, and getting it all done at the last possible minute.

Meals and snacks merged, and became all day food.

Despite the stress and excess that overshadows Christmas, there was cherished family time.

And some much needed time away from work, school, and hockey.

I am desperately feeling the push and pull of time.  The change in seasons and another new year brings on a familiar melancholy.  

Pushing forward, while wistfully looking back.

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