Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Balsamic Chicken

Here's another CrockPot easy fix it and forget it meal. Great with a side of rice/quinoa, or gluten free pasta, and topped with "pan gravy" from the drippings.
I got this one from the Discussion board at The Skinny CrockPot

Balsamic Chicken
4-6 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 onion thinly sliced (Not chopped)
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp each: dried oregano,basil, and rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
ground black pepper and salt to taste


Pour the olive oil on bottom of crock pot
place in chicken breasts, salt and pepper each breast
put sliced onion on top of chicken
then put in all the dried herbs and garlic cloves
pour in vinegar and top with tomatoes

Cook on high 4 hours.

Pan gravy
2c liquid from CrockPot
1/4c water
2T potato starch
Put the liquids into a skillet, heat on high until it reduces a little. Mix the water an potato starch, and whisk into the liquid. Take heat down to medium/low, and continue stirring until mixture thickens.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cubano-ish Pork and Black Beans

Found this super easy crock pot meal, and it's insanely easy and delicious.

Pork and Black Beans

2 cans black beans, rinsed well
1 jar salsa or 1 can diced tomatoes
2.25 lb pork tenderloin roast
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium finely chopped onion

Salt and pepper roast to taste (I also added a lil cumin)
Insert small pieces of peeled garlic throughout the roast.
Brown roast in cooking spray or 1 TBSP of olive oil (I did it in a nearly dry pan, just drizzle a little oil and smear with a paper towel.)
Add beans, tomatoes/salsa, pork and onion to crock pot.
Cook on low for 8 hours.

Mine was done in closer to 6, and it was SO GOOD. The pork loin turns into pulled pork, great for tacos!
We served this with a bed of brown rice.