Category Archives: OOPS!

That moment when you think you just ruined something, only to realize you probably ended up with something better than you originally planned.

Slow Cooker: chicken and apples

Autumn. I have a love-hate relationship with you. My son and I have birthdays that wrap around the autumnal equinox (9/22 and 9/23). You bring cooler weather — I like wearing jeans after 3 months in bathing suits. I love your warm colors — I enjoy farmers’ markets and picking up pumpkins and mums to decorate my stoop. But I don’t like the dreary stark months that follow you — No matter how much sleep I get I still feel tired waking up when it’s dark.

It’s been raining here for 7 days straight. This Nor’Easter has been sitting over us for a week. But today is football Sunday so I must press on. I got the kids set up with art supplies at the table and Daddy has The Beatles playing until kick-off.

I just got out the crock pot and grabbed some frozen chicken breasts from the freezer. I looked around and my eyes landed on a fruit-bowl full of Red Delicious apples that the kids promised they would eat. Yeah right.

So I think some apples and onions and chicken in the crock pot would be a great fall dish. Alas, no onions. And since I don’t own a kayak I’m not going to the store for an onion. Hmm.. what else can I do? Think Jessie. Think. Here is the dish. It rocked, if I do say so myself.

Slow Cooker: chicken and apples

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken – thighs or breasts (frozen is fine)
  • 1 can French Onion Soup – 18.5 ounce (I used Progressive. If you have an onion and 2 cups of beef stock… by all means… that’s what I would RATHER use. But I don’t have it so a can of French Onion Soup is it.)
  • 3 Red Delicious apples – cored and peeled (I didn’t worry too much about getting ALL the peels off. You’ll learn that I hate peeling things. Apples, potatoes, husking corn… ugh. Someone poke me in the eye.)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 T chipotle pepper sauce (or any hot sauce you like)
  • 1/8 C balsamic vinegar
  • Add salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 C honey bbq sauce (or whatever your favorite bbq sauce is)

 

Chicken, bbq sauce, spices, apples, soup - because I didn't have fresh onions

Chicken, bbq sauce, spices, apples, soup – (because I didn’t have fresh onions) – not pictured is S&P, chipotle sauce and balsamic vinegar

toss apples and chicken in soup and spices and BBQ sauce

toss apples and chicken to coat

Now, if you use the slow-cooker bags you can twist the top up (tightly!) and toss all the ingredients making sure to coat all the apples. (this helps to keep them from turning brown)

Cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours until the chicken is done. You can shred it and eat it over egg noodles or rice*. Or slice it and eat it with a salad and crusty bread.

 

pulled chicken, on another plate, added 1 cup white rice to broth, put chicken back in and continued to cook until rice was done.

I pulled the chicken on another plate and placed back into the broth.

*I added 2 cups cooked white rice directly to the slow cooker once the chicken was finished cooking and I shred it. But serving the barbecue chicken and apples with the rice as a base would also be very pretty.

Autumn… today, you’re alright.

blueberry pancakes

Did you ever have one of those moments where you know you have to clean out the fridge of perishable items because you’ll be out of town for awhile? And the idea of throwing it all in the trash makes you cringe because NOTHING is wrong with this food… Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

I made these pancakes one day before we left the house for 9 days. The cool thing is, if you don’t have a family to eat a big batch of pancakes, you can still make them and wrap 3 at a time in plastic wrap and freeze them. They make a great 30-second-microwave-breakfast when you don’t have a ton of time.

What I had in the fridge was a big bowl of blueberries and ┬ádark chocolate almond milk. They were so yummy. The blueberries popped in your mouth & honestly the chocolate aspect of the almond milk didn’t really bring much to the party, except color. Anyone else may have given up because she didn’t have regular milk. Give it a try! Experiments are fun! And honestly, topping any kind of pancake with homemade maple syrup is a yummy decision.

P.S. If you are feeling super lazy, just throw the washed blueberries in a zip-top bag and put it in the freezer. And the chocolate almond milk? Put it in a sippy cup for the trip.

blueberry pancakes with chocolate almond milk

blueberry pancakes with chocolate almond milk