Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Stew

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We’ve been getting a lot of rain in Louisville, and that means cozying up with a good book, and a delicious bowl of soup!  Yay!  I got the hankering for chicken vegetable soup from the following pin:

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I didn’t want to have noodles in my soup, and I wanted more vegetable.  Lastly, I wanted to make something in my slow cooker — less work, yes, please!  So, I piled some chicken, a bunch of veggies, and some spices into my slow cooker, and ended up with a deliciously warming chicken vegetable soup that is PERFECT for a rainy day!  YUM!

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

1.) Pour the olive oil into the slow cooker, then add the chicken breasts.  Top with the celery, carrots, onion, peas, green beans, and tomatoes.

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2.) Add the chicken broth, garlic powder, thyme, sea salt, and bay leaf.  Stir to combine.

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3.) Cook on high for 4 hours.  Open lid, and use two forks to shred the chicken – it should just fall apart very easily.  Stir to mix well, then cook for an additional hour on low.

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4.) Ladle the stew into bowls and serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Veggie Minestrone Soup

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With the weather warming up now, I wanted to get in a few last hearty fall/winter soups in, so I whipped out the slow cooker and made this delicious non-traditional Veggie Minestrone Soup.  I got the idea for minestrone soup from the following pin

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It was a dead link, but the idea sounded great.  Mine is much less traditional as it doesn’t have noodles, bean, or tomatoes.  However, don’t let that make you think it isn’t full of flavor, because it. Is. Delish!  Because of all the healthy ingredients in this soup, it has some of the following health benefits!

  • promotes a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function
  • boosts the immune system
  • cancer prevention
  • good for digestion
  • heart healthy
  • regulates blood pressure

As with all of my soup recipes, this packs a major nutritious punch!  Best part is it’s slow cooker, so SUPER easy to make!!!

VEGGIE MINESTRONE SOUP

Ingredients

  • 2 diced onions
  • 2 diced celery stalks
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 small broccoli bunches, cut into small florets
  • 20 basil leaves
  • 10 oz. frozen green beans
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • sea salt to taste
  • shredded goats milk cheddar or cheese of your choice for topping (optional)

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Directions

1.) Chop all your vegetables and put all ingredients, except the cheese, into the slow cooker.

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2.) Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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3.) Ladle into a bowl, season with sea salt, and top with shredded cheese if desired, then serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

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If you enjoy Indian food, but don’t like the fact that a lot of Indian food recipes have tons of heavy cream and butter in them, then this recipe is for you!!!  The other day, I was craving Indian food, so I went on Pinterest for some ideas, and I saw this pin for one of my FAVORITE indian dishes – Chicken Tikka Masala – YUM!!!

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Sure enough, the recipe that this links to includes heavy cream and butter, and plenty of it!  I made my own version with some replacement ingredients and with a different concoction of spices, etc.  I can assure you this tastes just as good without the bad ingredients – Oh my gosh, this stuff is AMAZING!  On top of that, I did it in my slow cooker, so it was ridiculously easy!  I’ve only had my slow cooker for a week now, and we are already becoming great friends – how did I not know how much easier my life would be with this handy little device in it?  I popped all the ingredients in it this morning, and went about my day.  I came home to amazing smells and dinner ready to go – best. thing. ever.

I served this deliciousness over brown rice, and I had some baked broccoli as a side…I’m pretty sure this may be close to a perfect meal – healthy, filling, easy, and delicious!

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

Ingredients: (makes 4-6 servings)

  • 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 15 oz can coconut milk – light
  • 1 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 roma tomatoes – chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons grated ginger root
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

1.) In a food processor, add the coconut milk, yogurt, tomatoes, ginger, garlic powder, garam masala, cornstarch, and sea salt.  Mix on high till completely combined.

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2.) Chop your chicken and onions, then put them in your slow cooker.

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3.) Pour your sauce into the slow cooker over the chicken and onions and stir to combine well.

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4.) Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours.

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5.) Serve over brown rice with a side of vegetables.

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As you can see, the prep time for this is about 10 minutes – the slow cooker does everything else for you!  A delicious Indian dish that is healthy, so your taste buds will love it as much as your body will!  Enjoy! 🙂