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Thursday, August 12, 2010

C.P., We're friends

     For those of you who do not know,  I am madly, obsessively in love with my crock pot.  I am not afraid to tell the world.  

I ♥ my crock pot!!!!!

     Last year, I was making copies, and our speech pathologist came in and asked, "Why are you smiling?"  And I blushed and said, "I was just thinking about my crock pot and how happy it makes me to know that dinner is already ready."  She understood.  

I swear, it is like a time machine.  A wonderful, magical time machine.  

     In honor of my creepy desire to frame a photo of dear old, c.p., I will share with you a recipe I tried today.  It was so cheap and so easy.  With the start of a new school year, my goal is to use the crock pot 2 times a week in an attempt to make 'life' less hectic.  We'll see how it goes.  Happy crock potting! 

The Recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Stroganoff Recipe

6 boneless chicken breasts
1 (12 ounce) container sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package dry onion soup mix

Place chicken in crockpot. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve over cooked noodles or rice.

My own concoction...
     I only used 3 chicken breasts (it's just the two of us...and I had leftovers).  Also, I messed up and bought cream of chicken instead of was still super yummy.  I cut up some fresh mushrooms and layered them on top. I also mixed regular sour cream w/ 1/2 fat free sour cream (shh..don't tell Tim).  I let it cook on low for 7 hours.  We had it with a dollop of mashed potatoes.  

What I would do next time...
     Add some salt and pepper to taste and also a layer of onion.  I'd also spring for fat-free sour cream in the entire mixing half and half.  He'll never know.  

Why I loved it...
Because it was in the crockpot (obviously)
I used a crock pot liner so the clean up was SO EASY
It was super yummy and if you use healthy request cream of chicken (as I did), and fat-free sour cream, it is a generally low cal./fat meal and extremely filling!  

I am thinking about serving this the next time we have company.  
     Also, I wonder how it would freeze?  With that being said, my next venture is to start making some meals ahead of time and pop them in the freezer.  Give me one free Saturday and I'd be all set for a week or two! Sounds like heaven, right?  Do you have any good "I froze this and it still tasted delicious" recipes?  

Love and extra mashed potatoes, 

(I swear, I "Google Imaged" the words "love crock pot" and that picture above is what came up!  Looks like someone else is as addicted as me!)  

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