Take me out to the ball game, take me out to feed lambs, pigs, chickens, horses, cats, dogs & 'camp robbers', take me out into spring...can you hear the tune? Well, it sort of goes along to Take Me Out to the Ball Game, except it's my rendition of adding everything in.
Green grass is poking through the frosty dirt, or soggy spring snow, which means a change of season is upon us, and with a change of seasons comes a slew of fun outdoor activities. For me it also means a time to try and menu plan. I enjoy baking, but cooking is challenging for me, because it usually requires for-thought and time-which I seem to lack mostly by my own procrastination though. So when a friend and I started talking about fitting in healthy meals and snacks for the next couple months, this recipe came up. I'm sure it's in some recipe book somewhere, but we just hodge-podged it. I recently did the same with round steak, but that'll be another post.
The flavor was great! The chicken really absorbed all the ingredients. I have to say-I thought it was one of the best fajita dinner's we've had, and my family gobbled it down so it seemed to jell well with them too. And it's something you can throw in the crock pot after school, have it ready for dinner, and it's low maintenance-no oil, extra skillets, stove tops and dishes to wash.
So here it is:
Chicken breasts-boil. I used four frozen breasts.
Line crock pot with a slow cooker liner-hence the low maintenance part above
Once the chicken's done, place them in the crock pot
Add 2 cups water
Add 2 cups chicken broth
1 package of fajita seasoning
1 onion sliced like you'd like for fajitas
1 red pepper sliced like you'd like for fajitas
1 yellow pepper sliced like you'd like for fajitas
Put on low for 2 hours
Pull out with a slatted spoon
Place all ingredients in a bowl
Serve with warm tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, pico-de-gallo, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and a side of rice and beans. Super easy! I like extra cumin, and garlic, so I added a little more at the end.
You could also add 1 can of Rotel tomatoes in it for spice, and it would be good in the tortilla once you're ready to serve. Cayenne would work too, just depending on your taste buds.
You don't have to boil the chicken, but for food safety-I did, after all it's chicken. If you have a longer amount of time you could add frozen breasts and slow cook them all day, then toss in the onions and peppers a couple hours before you're ready to serve.
While I'm at it, I'd like to share a couple more web-sites with meal planning tips, recipes, and ideas.
http://www.momswhothink.com/ This site has great plans to print out, plus a ton more ideas.
http://www.once-a-monthcooking.com/ I have these cookbooks, and they are extremely helpful.