Before you cover your eyes and wonder if this is Not Safe for Work . . . .keep reading. No, this isn't about 50 Shades of Darker, but it's about the old saying, "Keep It Simple Silly", but in the attempt to circle the wagon back to a healthy nutrition and meal planning focus, I've created the "Keep It So Simple Everyday, Really". I mean, really. Life is complicated and full enough as is. Juggling career (in and out of the home), kids activities, new baby feeding schedule, balancing time for you and your significant other, exercising everyday, and thinking about healthy meal planning. One of my favorite things to use in the kitchen is the crock pot. It's the greatest invention ever next to the apple slicer. I especially love crock pot cooking during the hot Texas summer months when even thinking about turning on the oven and you start sweating. You can use the ol' Google search for "healthy crock pot recipes" and find a ton of them, but I thought I'd share my favorite crock pot recipe. I make this at least once a month because it makes so much, it's healthy, and you leftovers for several meals.
Tracy's Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 cup of water
1 package of McCormick's Chicken Taco seasoning packet
1 cup fresh pico de gallo (chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, jalape√±o, minced garlic clove, a squeeze of lime juice) or 1/2 cup of Chunky Salsa (the stuff out of the jar)
- Spray the crock pot with cooking spray. Sprinkle the entire package of Chicken Taco seasoning on the bottom.¬†Place the chicken breasts on top of the seasoning. Pour the olive oil, water, and pico de gallo or salsa on top. The chicken should be just barely sticking out above the water, if you need to add more water, do so. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. When done, shred the chicken in a large serving bowl. If you need to add some liquid from the crock pot do so to add some moisture. Serve with whole wheat or corn tortillas, sliced avocado, fresh pico de gallo/salsa, low fat/fat free shredded cheese.
My favorite side items for this dish is black beans (which are low in fat and high in fiber). Any leftovers can be used the next day by making enchiladas, on spring mix salad with some leftover black beans and salsa or pico for salad dressing, a healthy quesadilla with a whole wheat tortilla/corn tortilla/chicken/shredded cheese (heat over the stove to crisp the tortilla), or you could just heat and eat as your 4 oz of protein for one of your meals. So, go be a great KISSER today! In health, Tracy