Tag Archives: Crock Pot Meals

Crockpot Chicken, Carrots, and Mushrooms with Lentils and Wild Rice

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This a great healthier  week night meal that is easy to set up and can cook in as little as 4 hrs in the crock while you are off at work or running errands.

This is not the greatest photo, but it was late and I was hungry 🙂

Chicken and Lentils

Prep: 10 min
Cook Time: 4-8 hrs
Serves: 4 ish

Ingredients

  • 6-8 organic chicken thighs, remove fat (the ones I had were small so we had 2 each)
  • 2.5 cups no sodium chicken stock ( I like homemade or Kitchen Basics)
  • 1 cup blend of wild rice and lentils (pick your favorite)
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • .5 cup chopped carrots
  • .5 cup onions, chopped
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon thyme
  • .5 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions:

  1. Place stock in pot, add rice, veggies,oil, and herbs: stir.
  2. Add chicken thighs to pot, season lightly with salt and pepper. 
  3. Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. ( I do 4 on high)
  4. Serve, salt and pepper to taste. 

Delicious Crock Pot Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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On days that I’m super busy I find that it’s very helpful to throw something in the crock pot for dinner since I know I will be reluctant to cook when I get home…usually resulting in ordering a craptastic pizza or eating out -spending too much $$…  So when I can I usually throw something like this together when I come home for lunch to let the dog out.  It takes about 15 min or so and then all I have to do when I’m off work is serve it up  🙂

Prep: 15 min

Cook Time: 4.5-8 hours (4.5 high, 8 low)

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken thighs, remove fat if desired (I remove all but one).
  • 1/2 Yellow onion, sliced into thin slices
  • 1 Large sweet potato, sliced into wedges
  • 1 garlic clove, mashed and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1.5 C. Chicken stock
  • 1/4 C. White wine
  • 6 Stems of fresh thyme, removed from stem
  • 1/2 TBS Dried herb blend
  • Wild rice if desired to serve with chicken
Instructions:
  1. Heat medium/large skillet on high, place chicken meat side down and brown thighs (about 5 min). Leave grease in skillet and turn to low.
  2. Place thighs in crock, browned side up.
  3. Cook slivered onions and garlic in the chicken grease, if you didn’t skin your chicken of fat you may want to discard some of that fat with a paper towel (careful it’s hot). By leaving one thigh with the fat I find that it leaves just enough for the onion to cook in, plus my husband likes the skin… so he gets that every once in a while as a treat. Cook onion and garlic until lightly browned.
  4. Add raw sweet potato wedges to crock pot surrounding the thighs, pour stock and wine on top of potatoes and chicken.
  5. Add onions and garlic to the top of chicken and then add seasonings including herb blend.
  6. Cook for 4.5 hour on high or 8 on low in a crock pot.
  7. Serve with rice or noodles if desired.