Slow cooking


My sister Becca is getting married next month (NEXT MONTH), so this weekend, my mom and sister Sarah came to town from Kansas City to help me throw her a bridal shower. The past three days were packed full of tasks and events and baking and set-up, and the house was packed full of friends and family, and my heart was packed full of the catch-22 that is this: I love people more than anything, and people exhaust me more than anything.

I’m afraid that this weekend, the exhaustion won.

After a weekend of non-stop action and interaction, I didn’t want to come home from work tonight and think about dinner. So before I left for work this morning, I pulled out the Crock-Pot, and threw in the makings for the easiest, most low-key, most delicious meal. I think I saw this on Pinterest at one point, although I have never had to go back and look at the recipe because it’s just that simple.

Throw the following into a slow cooker:
1 cup salsa
2 tbsp. fajita seasoning
2 tbsp. lime juice
3-4 chicken breasts, thawed and cut into 1” strips
3-4 bell peppers, cut into 1” strips
1 small onion, diced

Turn it on low for 7-8 hours. Do not worry about dinner all day long. Come home from work and find your house smelling like Mexican food heaven. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and sprinkle with some cheese. Eat. Let the dog lick the bowl when you’re finished.

There. No me gusta STRESS.

Have any favorite slow cooker recipes to share? I’m all about the Crock-Pot these days.



  1. Andrea on December 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    A bottom round roast & a jar of salsa. cook on low for the day, shred and put into tacos. Leftovers go well in enchiladas or on nachos. So easy & so good.

  2. Peg Achterman on December 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    1/3 c tomato paste
    4 cloves garlic – minced
    2 TBL curry powder
    1 TBL fresh ginger (powdered would probably do OK)
    1 tsp cumin
    3/4 c water
    1 onion (chopped)
    2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (again – in-bone works too)
    salt to taste

    wisk together first 5, add onion and stir – put chicken on top.
    low for 7-8 hours

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SLOW COOKER – 2 hrs at 325 in a dutch oven.

    Rice to serve on, plain yogurt to garnish, scallions to garnish

  3. Lan | angry asian on December 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    chicken drumsticks & thighs, soy sauce, honey (or brown sugar), ginger, star anise, cloves and maybe some water. cover & cook on low for 8 hours. serve with rice and some pickled vegs. (if you don’t like dark meat, chicken boob is fine)

    another thing i’ve been doing while at home: cut up citrus (oranges, lemons, limes, use organic!), a few sticks of cinnamon, sprig of rosemary and water to fill up the crock pot. set on high and let it bubble away… the entire abode will smell lovely. add more water as necessary. natural potpourri. if i leave the house, i turn it to low, cover and go on my way.

  4. Erin on December 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Black beans! Sounds dumb, but making them fresh (dry beans from a bag) in the slow cooker is 1,000 times better. For use in tacos, with quinoa, etc. I got the recipe from Holly and Meagan’s blog — the sweet potato chili recipe.

  5. Maria on December 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Oh my goodness! Here is one of my favorite recipes of all time. There’s a little bit more preparation on the front end but it’s totally worth it. And it’s delicious leftover too.

  6. Carmen on December 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Delish! I am so excited. I freaking love a slow cooker. Excited to try these recipes.

  7. Sarah on December 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Add some cream cheese to your recipe above…low-key and…low-fat??

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