I am always looking for new recipes to make for dinner, I have a tendency to recycle through the same recipes over and over again. However my child doesn’t like to sleep at all during the day, so making something that takes a lot of time isn’t really something I can do at this point. Luckily, it is winter and perfect crockpot cooking weather.
I found a few different recipes for crockpot chicken noodle soup. I mostly used the weight watchers recipe, with modifications, because I didn’t feel like buying spices we never use and vegetables we never eat.
I first cut up 2 cups of carrots, celery and onion.
I put those in the crockpot then I added my spices on top of that.
2 Tablespoons of fresh dill
2 teaspoons of parsley
1 teaspoon of basil
2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 bay leaf
I then placed 6 chicken breasts on top, it’s what I had in the freezer, there are recipes for larger pieces of chicken.
I also used 2 cups of chicken broth and 6 cups of water.
I let this cook on high for 5 hours. I usually use the low setting but I didn’t have 10 hours to cook today.
After 5 hours I took out the chicken and added a bag of whole wheat pasta. While that cooked I shredded the chicken, I placed it back in the crockpot and let the soup cook for 30 more minutes.
What I would change in the future is more veggies and less pasta. After one day the pasta ended up soaking up all the liquid and it became more like a chicken noodle casserole. Which tasted delicious but not what I wanted. I also found that I had less veggies than I wanted. I would add more of all the veggies I had used and incorporate others, I think peas would be a great addition. My last change would be to stack veggies then chicken, then veggies, then the spices and liquid. A ton of the veggies were in the last bowls and not dispersed very well.
This meal lasted Nick & I about 4 days, we usually had 2 cups, each serving of 1 1/2 cups is only 186 calories.
What is your favorite winter meal? What is your favorite crockpot meal