Slow Cooker Creamy Southwest Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Southwest Chicken

Set it and forget it, right?  Love my slow cooker!!  This is a quick dish to get going!! Great for lunch or a quick-serve dinner.

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Slow Cooker Creamy Southwest Chicken
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 6 Hours
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 6 Hours
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Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Use a non-stick spray or olive oil to lightly grease the pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together all spices. Rub each chicken thigh on both sides with rub. Place chicken thighs in skillet and sear for 1-2 minutes per side (inside will be raw).
  3. Place seared chicken in slow cooker and top with chicken broth and lime juice. Place peppers on top of chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is very tender.
  4. Mix together arrowroot flour with water and add to the chicken broth mixture. If your mixture is extra runny, add in another tbsp of arrowroot. Also add in coconut milk. Cook on low for another 15-20 minutes until mixture is thickened and creamy.
Recipe Notes

Arrowroot flour/starch is a thickening agent that can be found in most health food sections (or the area where the other flours are located) of your grocery store.

Use only the full fat coconut milk (can be found in the Asian section of your grocery store).

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Cumin and cayenne give this bright orange salad its bite. This is a great salad to take to dinner at a friend’s house because it is so healthy and looks just a tad fancier than other side dishes!

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Moroccan Carrot Salad
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop.
  2. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook carrots until crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes, adding raisins during last minute of cooking. Drain in a colander; rinse under cold water until cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and cayenne; season with salt and pepper. Whisking constantly, slowly add olive oil.
  4. Add carrots, pistachios, and cilantro to dressing; toss to combine.
Recipe Notes

Prepare this salad and store in the refrigerator, without the cilantro and pistachios, up to 2 days ahead.

Breakfast Muffins One

Breakfast Muffins One

Here’s another great breakfast muffin recipe. Freeze some of these, so you will have them to grab and go when you get in a pinch!

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Breakfast Muffins One
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use butter to grease 12-cup muffin tin, making sure to grease around the edges.
  3. Add a heaping tablespoon of cooked spinach to each muffin tin.
  4. Crack all the eggs together in bowl.
  5. Add milk, salt, pepper, and spices to eggs and whisk well.
  6. Pour into muffin cups evenly.
  7. Sprinkle top with bacon.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool slightly before removing. They will deflate.
Recipe Notes

Be sure you purchase nitrite/nitrate and sugar-free bacon. Pedersons Farms is a great brand and HEB in Boerne carries it. There are also other brands that have jumped on the bandwagon. There are even microwaveable brands that you can get with no additives and that are sugar-free!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These tasty little bites make the perfect side dish for virtually any meal. Oh, and be sure to save the leftovers for breakfast (if there are any). Just rewarm them in a hot skillet and pair them with Omelet in a Mug!

Sweet potatoes provide excellent nutritional benefits, since they contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting components. Most of these benefits are a result of the large amount of beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes, which helps ward off free radicals that cause chronic diseases. This important antioxidant also helps to support the immune system and reduce inflammation.

And when it comes to carbohydrates, sweet potatoes provide a healthy dose of those as well. Yes! Carbs are an important part of a healthy diet, when they come in the form of real whole foods, that is!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Diet Level:6
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Diet Level:6
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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry sweet potatoes.
  2. Leave skins intact, and cut potatoes into bite-sized cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, or gallon-size baggie, combine all ingredients, except the cubed sweet potatoes. If using a baggie, rub the bag between your hands to combine the ingredients and evenly distribute them throughout the bag.
  4. Place sweet potatoes in the bowl (or bag) and toss well to coat.
  5. Place on a large-rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through.
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