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Crockpot Chicken Taco Stew

Some of my favorite meals come from crock pots (despite how not-so-easy they can be sometimes :)). They’re fix-it-and-forget-it and they make a TON of meals, so I’m good to go for quite a few lunches and dinners. This week, my husband Preston requested that I make my Chicken Taco Stew, since he was craving something healthy and warm. So, I thought I’d share it with all of you!

Crockpot Chicken Taco Stew
Adapted from Skinny Taste

You will need:

  • 1 white onion, chopped coarsely
  • 1 16-oz can black beans (drained slightly)
  • 1 16-oz can pinto beans (drained slightly)
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 12 oz package frozen corn kernels
  • 3 bell peppers (I used green, red, and yellow) chopped coarsely
  • 2 14.5-oz cans Rotel tomatoes w/ chilies
  • Several tbs (3-4) of homemade taco seasoning
  • 24 oz of chicken tenders (I feel better using tenders as opposed to breasts…then I know they’ve cooked thoroughly :))
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional!)

What you do:

Throw beans, onion, bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.

Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred.

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Chicken, taken out of the slow cooker to be shredded

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Post-shred process! Just take some forks to it and get to work.

Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. Stir it all up and enjoy!!

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I like to eat mine just as it is, in a big ol’ bowl with some fresh avocado on top of it. I’ll even stir in some plain Greek yogurt sometimes to give it a more creamy texture. Other options would be to bake up your own tortilla chips to serve with it, or top yummy brown rice with the mixture. The possibilities are endless!

What are some of your favorite recipes from the crockpot?

Talk to you soon!

-Melissa

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The Greatness of the Butter Bell

Have you guys ever heard of a Butter Bell?? I hadn’t until a few months before my wedding, when my roommate pulled out this strange contraption and buttered her toast with the softest butter I had ever seen. In my personal opinion, few things are more frustrating than completely butchering your hot, toasty bread because your butter is too cold and hard to spread properly.

Is that just me??

If not, then read on.

Butter bell’s are super affordable, and I loved mine so much that I bought one for my mother in law AND sister in law for Christmas. You could say that I spread the love (pun ABSOLUTELY intended!)

The concept is simple, and based on some ancient method of something-or-other. See diagram below:

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Photo courtesy of butterbell.com

The design of the butter bell keeps butter at the perfect spreading consistency by insulating and cooling the butter. The butter stays fresh because of the seal of water at the base. Or so they tell me; honestly, it just works and I don’t care to fully understand why Smile.

So, this is how I use my awesome butter bell:

Step One:

Leave one stick of butter out for about 30 minutes or so, or until slightly soft (don’t allow the butter to become TOO soft. The butter should be firm enough so that is not slipping off a knife or melting in any way).

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Step Two:

With a spoon, knife, or your own (clean) hands, smush the butter down into the top part of the butter bell. This should take some effort, because the butter shouldn’t be too soft. Be sure to press the butter firmly into the lid, removing all of the air pockets.

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Step Three:

Place 1/3 of a cup of cold water into the base (as cold as possible!) Then place the lid back on the base, store in a cool place (i.e. away from your stove), and enjoy!

Some helpful hints:

  • As I said above, use cold water. If you live somewhere warm/humid, maybe use some small ice cubes.
  • Change your water EVERY 3 DAYS. This will help it stay fresh.
  • If you’re going to be gone for a long period of time, be sure to put the bell in the fridge.
  • Make sure you wash it after every use.
  • Make sure you don’t leave bread crumbs in the butter after you use it to butter a piece of toast…I’ve done this, and it makes mold form. Gross.

Have you ever heard of a butter bell? Would it be something you’d ever try?

Seriously, guys…you have to try this. Like I said, they’re super cheap . Give it a shot, it’ll make your breakfasts’ THAT much better!

-Melissa

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