Monday, January 28, 2013

Slow Cooker Savory Chicken

Holy cow, it’s COLD!!!! Definitely crock pottin’ weather!  This week’s recipe is a simple, basic crock pot recipe, but I know that when I was first on my own and started cooking for myself, I needed basic recipes to start to learn how to cook, without my mom around to ask :) So here ya go. Plus a serving of this (1 breast with a good scoop or two of the veggies) Savory Chicken is this week’s Crock of the Week.

Slow Cooker Savory Chicken

  • 1.5 – 2lbs boneless chicken breasts (I used 4 large)
  • 2-15oz cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chunked up
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (or herb blend of your choice)
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chicken broth (I use low sodium)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
Put chicken on the bottom of the crock (Fresh or frozen works fine). Put all the ingredients in the crock EXCEPT the broccoli, and cook on low for 6-7 hours. A half hour before it is done, add the broccoli. Remove the bay leaves before serving. Simple but delicious! And good for you, too.
I used more than 1 cup of chicken broth, so you won’t have quite so much liquid as is in this photo when you make it, unless you are like me and like extra broth!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

White Chicken Chili

With this cold January upon us, I really enjoy soups & stews. Plus the leftovers I get to enjoy for lunch at work for days after is also a nice bonus! This week’s recipe is another pretty healthy meal for you and your family, White Chicken Chili! Even my 3-year old said “Mmmm, tasty!” when he tried it.  One serving (1 cup) is only 226 calories, and protein packed, so it fills you up and holds you until your next meal.

White Chicken Chili

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 (15.5) oz cans white kidney beans (cannellini), drained & rinsed
  • 32 oz chicken broth, low sodium
  • 2 cups corn, frozen
  • 2 (4-oz) cans chopped green chilis
  • 1 lime
  • shredded colby-jack cheese, low fat
Put chicken breasts in the crock pot, and cook for about 4 hours. you can add a bit of water if you like, but it isn’t necessary. I use frozen breasts, too. When those are cooked enough to easily shred/chunk up, take them out of the crock to shred up on a plate with 2 forks, empty the cooking “junk” out of the crock.  Place shredded/chunked chicken back in the crock and add all other ingredients except for the lime and cheese.

Cook on high for an hour, then low for another 1-2 hours.

Just before serving, squeeze the juice from the lime into the chili, and top with 1 tablespoon of cheese per 1 cup serving once it’s in a bowl.

**TIP: I mashed up one of the cans of beans to give the stock a bit more texture.

Per 1 cup serving:
Calories:  226 Fat: 5.2g Carbs: 20 Dietary fiber: 5g Protein: 25g

Monday, January 14, 2013

Crock Pot Savory Bean & Spinach Soup

Ok everybody, I have to warn you…the Jacobs’ household has started a “get healthier” goal for the new year, so the Crock of the Week will be taking a healthier turn for now, since I make everything the weekend before I post it to make sure it is good (if it is a new recipe) or just to make it to take a photo for the WGLR website! BUT, since I have a 3 year old in the house, I am making every effort to make DELICIOUS healthy recipes, which your whole family will enjoy, hopefully! This week’s recipe is an example of that. I was really happy with how this new recipe turned out. I made a double batch so my husband and I can enjoy the leftovers for lunch for a good chunk of this week. One serving of this soup (1 cup) is only 150 calories! We each had 2 servings for dinner last night, and with the beans in it, it really was quite filling, and only 300 calories! AWESOME.  I hope you like it, too! And you don’t have to be on a diet to enjoy it! This is meat free, so a good dish for any vegetarians out there, or if you are just trying to eat less meat in your diet overall. 

Crock Pot Savory Bean and Spinach Soup

  • 32 oz vegetable broth (I did half veggie, half chicken stock)
  • one 15 oz can tomato puree
  • one 15 oz can great northern beans or white kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup UNCOOKED brown rice
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tsp dried basil (I used oregano because I didn’t have basil on-hand)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped spinach or kale
  • finely shredded Parmesan cheese (I forgot to add this when serving, still was good!)
Mix together all ingredients EXCEPT spinach and Parmesan cheese in the crock. Cook on low for 5-7 hours or high for 2.5-3.5 hours. Add the spinach about 5 minutes before serving. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top when serving.

One cup serving is 150 calories. Makes about 5-6 servings.


With our new & improved WGLR website, I can keep a fe recipes at a time on the Midday Buffet page at, so I am a bit behind moving som eover into the archives! These two dips were the Crock of the Week over Christmas & New Year. Both are good year 'round, and especially with the Superbowl just around the corner. Great for parties! Both can be kept warm in the crock pot for hours to serve and enjoy.

Crock Pot Reuben Dip

  • 1 8oz brick cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded swiss cheese
  • 1 lb. corned beef, finely chopped
  • 1 can sauerkraut (about 15oz can), not drained
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Thousand island dressing (depends on how soft you want the dip)
  • 1 to 2 loaves rye or pumpernickel cocktail party bread
Cube up the cream cheese and add to the crock with the shredded swiss cheese and the corned beef. Give that all about a half hour on high to melt together. The add the can of kraut, stir. Add the thousand island dressing until it is the consistency you want (it will get a bit thicker as it cooks together). Continue to cook on high for about another half hour until it is all heated through. Then you are OK to keep it in warm to serve and enjoy for a few hours. Spread on the cocktail bread to eat. YUM! Store leftovers in the fridge, and just warm leftovers in the microwave.

Crock Pot Salsa Spinach Queso Dip

  • 1 8oz brick cream cheese, cubed up
  • 1 lb Velveeta, cubed up
  • 1-10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, drained
  • salsa of your choice, about 12-16 oz (or 1 can Rotel if you want more kick)
  • a handful of chopped up fresh cilantro (optional, but tasty!)
Throw the cheeses in the pot and add the other ingredients on top. It will take about an hour on HIGH for everything to melt together nicely, stir every 10-15 minutes to keep it all blended and melting evenly. Then just set on warm for people to enjoy for hours! We used tortilla chips, but I think chunks of bread or cocktail rye would work nicely with this dip too.
You can use light versions of the cream cheese and Velveeta (2%) if you would like.
Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is a great year for you all!