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Crock Pots Save the Day!


Some days are just downright busy! From sports, scouts, church, lessons…the extra curriculars can easily take over. If you find yourself in the drive thru more often than you’d like to admit, it may be time to start planning ahead.

We have all been there! We are rushing from one activity to the next, and we realize no one has eaten, and we need a quick solution because the troops are getting hangry.

I have learned over time that I need to plan ahead for those busy nights so I can manage my meal so it doesn’t manage me. My crock pot is my go to meal maker on those busy nights.

Here is why I love my crock pot:

  1. I can prep my meal the night before a busy day and just put in the refrigerator. The next morning, I don’t have any meal prep to do, simply put in the crock pot before I leave the house, and dinner is ready when we all get home in the evening.
  2. The crock pot lets me cook from frozen, so it is ok if I forget to thaw it out. Yesterday, I put frozen chicken breast in my crock pot in the morning, and served up my yummy crock pot fajitas for dinner even though I didn’t remember to thaw the meat in advance. I can also prep crock pot meals ahead of time, toss them in gallon freezer bags, and then pull them out to use as needed. 
  3. I can provide a healthy dinner for my family, even when life is busy. You can cook almost anything in your crock pot. I remember the first time I learned you could cook chicken breast in the crock pot. It was a total game changer!
  4. Planning ahead for the busy days saves you money by skipping the drive thru. So not only are you feeding your family a healthier meal, but by having one less drive thru dinner, you are saving money too.

Hear me, I am not judging you if you are hitting the drive thru. My kids have had their fair share of Happy Meals, and I not even gonna lie about it. I’m pretty sure there will be Chick-fil-A sandwiches in heaven, so there is literally no judgment from me.

But if you’re looking for a way to add some healthy food in your diet, save time or money, your crock pot is a great resource. My crock pot saved the day for me yesterday with my easy crock pot fajitas. Yay!

 

If you’re looking for a great, programmable crock pot at a great price, check this one out on Amazon. 

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Easy Crockpot Fajitas

There are “go to ” spices in my cabinet that I use on the regular. Having them on hand means that I don’t ever buy prepackaged spices for tacos or fajitas or chili.

My go to spices are: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt/pepper {obviously}. I use these spices in so many different meals! They are a healthy way to add loads of flavor to food. My husband grew up in New Mexico, so he LOVES tons of spice and lots of flavor.

I put 2 lb. of frozen chicken and spices in the crock pot first thing in the morning. {I normally add the onions and peppers at this time too, but I got distracted and forgot. It’s what I do}. Since it was frozen, I started cooking it on high for about 6 hours. If I was going to be out of the house {and if I would have remembered the peppers}, I would have cooked it on low for 8-10 hours. Also, because the chicken breast was frozen, it had a significant amount of water in it, so I did not add any additional liquid.

When the chicken finished cooking, it’s time to shred it. Chicken in the crock pot is so tender, you can shred it with two forks.

Kitchen Hack: If you don’t want to take the time to shred the chicken by hand, you can place cooked chicken breast in your stand up mixing bowl. Using the paddle attachment, stir the chicken for about one minute, and your mixer will shred your chicken as it stirs. Brilliant!

As I mentioned, I forgot to add my onions and peppers to the crock pot in the morning, so I sliced them up and sautéed them on the stove before dinner. There is even grace in the kitchen, friends. Boy do I need it!

Look at all the color! So pretty. I use one onion, and three different color peppers. It really doesn’t matter what color you use. Green, yellow, orange, red–all taste yummy. Use what you love, or at least what you have. I had red, orange, and yellow on hand. Heat a little olive oil in your skillet, add your peppers and onions, and sauté until tender. Add to the chicken, and serve up on tortillas with whatever toppings your family loves, like {homemade} salsa, sour cream, or guacamole. Yum!

We ate these fajitas up so quick, I forgot to take a picture of the final product. You’ll just have to trust me it looked and tasted delicious.

 

Coming up next week: Find out how I turn the leftover fajita mix into a yummy tortilla soup! Plus, I’ll share my recipe for easy homemade salsa. 

 

Do you use a crock pot to help you save time in the kitchen? What is your favorite thing to make in your crock pot?

 

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 2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp cumin
 ½ tsp garlic powder
 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
 pepper
 1 lime
 3 peppers (yellow, red, green)
 1 onion
 2 lbs chicken

1

Place frozen or thawed chicken in crock pot. Slice peppers and onions and place on top of chicken. Add seasonings and juice of a lime. Cook for 6-8 hours on high for frozen chicken, 4-6 hours on med/low for thawed.

Shred chicken with a fork before serving.

Serve on warmed tortillas with cheese, sour cream, or guacamole.

Ingredients

 2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp cumin
 ½ tsp garlic powder
 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
 pepper
 1 lime
 3 peppers (yellow, red, green)
 1 onion
 2 lbs chicken

Directions

1

Place frozen or thawed chicken in crock pot. Slice peppers and onions and place on top of chicken. Add seasonings and juice of a lime. Cook for 6-8 hours on high for frozen chicken, 4-6 hours on med/low for thawed.

Shred chicken with a fork before serving.

Serve on warmed tortillas with cheese, sour cream, or guacamole.

Easy Crockpot Fajitas

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