Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

slow cooker chicken chili

I love crockpot recipes because they make healthy eating easy, even on busy days. This Slow Coker Chicken Chili is a comforting dish that is filled with fiber, lean protein, and a healthy dose of veggies and spices! With just a little bit of prep, you can throw a few ingredients in the crockpot and come home from a long day with dinner already ready to be served.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, about 4 large chicken breast halves
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced, or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes, diced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 to 2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Bay leaf Sour cream or shredded cheese, for garnish Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish, optional

How to Make It

  • Dice the chicken or cut it into strips. Put the chicken pieces in the slow cooker along with the onion, bell pepper, garlic, drained and rinsed beans, tomatoes and tomato sauce, corn, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir to blend ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then cook on low for 3 to 4 hours longer, or until the chicken is cooked and tender. Or cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Remove the bay leaf.
  • Spoon the chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream or shredded cheese, along with chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
  • Serve with cornbread, crackers, or crusty bread.

Makes about 8 hearty servings.

Venison Meatloaf Muffins

 

Venison Meatloaf Muffins

meatloaf

We served these delicious Venison Meatloaf muffins with a garden salad and some fresh fruit for a family pleasing meal!  Meatloaf is one of America’s classic comfort foods, how awesome that we’re serving it up in a muffin tin! 

As a topping, we used organic catchup… It’s much better than the regular catch up because it does not contain artificial ingredients are high fructose corn syrup. We like to shop at Aldi and they make a great version there.

I found this recipe to be very easy to make and convenient. The meatloaf muffins can be popped out and saved to use all week long.  This meatloaf recipe can be made ahead, wrapped individually, and even frozen. Pull them out when you need a quick, healthy, filling dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground venison
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs; add tomato sauce, onion, crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add venison and mix well.
  2. Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. (or cook in a traditional loaf pan)
  3. Combine brown sugar and vinegar; pour over meatloaf muffins.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 70 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.

 

EVERYONE has their own version of meatloaf, but hopefully this will point you in the right direction with how to prepare it in a muffin tin! I would love to hear what you and your family thinks about this recipe!

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Baked Quinoa Casserole with Chicken and Broccoli

quinoa casserole

Real food meets comfort food in this baked Quinoa dish. Casseroles are often are filled with unhealthy ingredients and fat, but this one features all real food ingredients. The chicken and quinoa are loaded with protein and the veggies add the extra bit of vitamins to make this a completely healthy dish!

baked quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded (rotisserie chicken breast is fine)
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup green onions + more for garnish, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 3 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • Coconut oil cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Cook quinoa as per package instructions. Add to a large mixing bowl along with chicken and cooked broccoli, and mix to combine.
  • Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, peppers and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic, green onions, oregano, basil, diced tomatoes, and olives; cook another 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes mixture to the quinoa mixture and combine. Add 1½ cup cheese and mix to combine.
  • Transfer mixture to a baking dish and press on it gently to flatten. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with additional green onions. Serve warm.