Thursday, August 13, 2009

Easy as 1,2,3 crockpot meals

Easy as 1,2,3 is inspired by one of my favorite cooking shows, 5 Ingredient Fix. Claire Robinson uses only 5 ingredients (not including salt, pepper, and water) to make each dish. What I love about this show is that she really cooks, and doesn’t use prepared items.
My take- easy as 1,2,3- will feature 3 ingredients per dish (not including salt, herbs, spices, oil and water/broth.) I hope you will enjoy these upcoming recipes, and be inspired yourself. Real cooking can be real easy.
Today it’s a rainy day- and I love to bake when it’s raining out. It warms the kitchen, and my oldest son likes to “help-” keeping him occupied. On baking days, though, I don’t really ever feel like making dinner, it’s just too much kitchen time. Added to the idea of having a comforting hot meal on a rainy day, and the crockpot is the perfect answer. Here is a favorite of mine, and it’s as easy as 1,2,3
Chicken “Mole”
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
Mole Sauce
1 ½ cups beef broth
½ cup tomato paste
¼ cup cocoa powder
2-3 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (to taste)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
This is an untraditional mole sauce, but the results are quite flavorful. Simply mix the broth and tomato paste directly in your crockpot. Blend the cocoa and chili powders, cinnamon and salt in a bowl, then add into the crockpot. Turn temperature to low, and add in the chicken. Cook for 3-4 hours. If you wish to use uncooked chicken, it will need 6-8 hours to cook through. Serve with heated tortillas.

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