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Friday, August 24, 2012

Crockpot Chicken and Salsa

Copying this from my old recipe blog (it's about time).  I wanted something easy for potluck tomorrow and went looking to find where I'd posted the recipe.

Recipes are kind of like the Pirate Code - more like suggestions than actual rules. Here's the original recipe:

Crockpot chicken with salsa and cheese

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 cup bottled thick and chunky salsa, your favorite
  • 5 or 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 2 lbs)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

In a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker, mix together the black beans, corn, and 1/2 cup of the salsa. Top with the chicken breasts, then pour the remaining 1/2 cup salsa over the chicken. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the chicken is tender and white throughout; do not overcook or the chicken will be dry.

Sprinkle cheese on top; cover and cook until the cheese melts, about 5 to 15 minutes.

Here's how I actually made it, and it turned out very good:
Saute one sliced onion and one clove of garlic in olive oil.  Add 2 chicken breasts, cut up; cook until almost cooked and add 2T taco seasoning.  Add beans, corn, salsa - cook on low for several hours then add cheese.

Serve over rice and with tortilla chips.  Cilantro is very good with this, and sour cream.

Because I wanted this for tomorrow's potluck, I went pretty much with the original recipe, except I used 2 cups frozen corn and added some taco seasoning to the chicken breasts.  Oh, and I tossed some chicken broth on top because I was cooking other stuff and had some extra. So it'll probably be kinda soupy - but I bet it will be good.

My friend Peggy makes something very similar to this all the time.  We call it Crockpot Chicken Ole.  I suppose I could call this the same thing?
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An Avocado a Day

A friend of mine just posted this on Facebook. 

She said she wishes she could grow avocados in her backyard.  Wouldn't that be nice?  I wish I could grow them in my backyard, too - now that I know how much I love them! (and, of course, how healthy they are)

There  was a time when I really did have avocados growing in my backyard.  And then?  I never ate a single one!  Imagine!  They fell off the tree and either went to waste or were eaten by the dogs.  I guess at least we had healthy dogs, right?  I did eat the lemons from the lemon tree.

Today I eat avocados as often as I can.  Today I had avocado and sprouts on my tuna salad sandwich.  It was so good!  I just wish avocados didn't cost so much in the store.  But then again, considering all the health benefits, I suppose they aren't so expensive after all...

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