Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This is another great slow cooker recipe!  The sweet aroma of bell peppers simmering slowly with onions and chicken in crushed tomatoes will make your home smell great and like you’ve been cooking all day! Serve this over cauliflower rice, quinoa, or challenge friendly pasta (like quinoa pasta!) to keep it Diet Level friendly!

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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hours
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hours
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  1. Season chicken with salt and black pepper and place in the slow cooker.
  2. Pour tomatoes over the chicken, top with onions and peppers, add oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper, give it a quick stir and cover.
  3. Set crock pot to HIGH for 4 hours.
  4. For the last hour of cooking, remove lid and keep the crock pot on HIGH to help it thicken.
Plantain and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Plantain and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This recipe is a great candidate for a Sunday meal prep for the week to come! It reheats exceptionally well and freezes well, too. The plantains help provide a healthy dose of starch while the eggs and sausage offer up fat and protein. Next to some leafy greens or a piece of fruit, you have yourself a complete meal!

A note about choosing plantains: Most plantains at the grocery store are going to be green/yellow. At this stage, these plantains will be starchier and less-sweet than their brown (more ripe) counterparts. Unlike a banana, a completely brown plantain does NOT mean that it’s bad. It just means that it’s going to be more sweet then starchy. This casserole is better with sweeter plantains, so let 3 of the yellow/green plantains sit out on your counter top for about 5 days, or until they’re starting to look nice and brown. At this point, they’re ready for the casserole! Note that you CAN make this casserole with not overly-ripe plantains. You will follow all the same steps, but know that the plantain base will be more savory and less sweet.

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Plantain and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
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Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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  1. In a large skillet, brown the breakfast sausage over medium/high heat, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Cook until it looks crispy and has released a good amount of fat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the browned sausage to a separate bowl, leaving the grease behind in the pan.
  2. Turn the heat to medium and add one layer of the sliced plantains. Cook on one side for about 3 to 6 minutes, or until they start to look golden brown. Flip them over and cook for an additional 3 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown. As the plantains are finished, add them to the bottom of a 9 inch by 13 inch casserole dish. Repeat until all the plantain pieces are cooked and spread out into one even layer in the bottom of the dish.
  3. Spread the sausage over the plantains and then pour the whisked eggs over the sausage. Sprinkle the top with the salt, pepper, and oregano.
  4. Bake the casserole at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center is firm (give it a shake and if it jiggles, it needs more time).
  5. Let the casserole cool for about 5 minutes then slice and serve.
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Smashed Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes

These smashed and roasted new potatoes aren’t a super-fast dish to make since they take a while to bake, but they’re so, so good that I recommend you make a double batch and simply re-heat them in an oven or toaster oven to enjoy for a few meals!

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Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then boil the potatoes for 15 minutes, until fork tender. Remove from heat and drain the potatoes.
  3. While the potatoes boil, slice the onion and smash and roughly chop the garlic, toss them in a large mixing bowl with 3 tbsp each butter or ghee and extra virgin olive oil. Season with plenty of salt and pepper and the dried oregano or any other seasoning you like.
  4. When the potatoes are boiled, place them on a rimmed baking sheet, then smash each one flat with either a fork or a mallet. Toss the onion mixture in with the potatoes, then spread it out evenly on the sheet.
  5. Roast for about 30 minutes or until brown and crispy.
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