This weekend I’m going to cook off a couple pounds of chicken in the crockpot to have ready to use in a few of our dishes this week. I love the idea of getting most of the cooking done over the weekend for the week ahead, but that’s about as realistic as a full night’s sleep. So something easy like throwing a bit of chicken into a crockpot with a little liquid (I like to use chicken broth) is much more feasible.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
BFD – Your choice, but we typically do scrambled eggs with cheese, pancakes, and sausage links
Chopped Salad – We’ll use whatever lettuce we have on hand, some of the chicken that was cooked over the weekend, tomatoes, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, hard boiled egg, and ditalini pasta. Chop the lettuce and put it in a bowl, then chop all the other ingredients together (except the pasta) on a big cutting board, and toss everything in together with the lettuce.
Chicken, Black Bean, Avocado Burritos – If you have a George Foreman grill, they’re great for grilling burritos. Take a 10″ flour tortilla, place the chicken, beans, avocado, shredded jack cheese, and a little bit of salsa verde down the middle. Fold the ends, roll up like a burrito, and grill.
Broccoli Cheese Baked Potato – I hate using the microwave, but it’s so much faster to cook a potato than in the oven. So my husband pokes holes in the potato, wraps it in a moist paper towel, then cooks for 10 minutes or so. Then when it’s done, slice the potato open, top with butter, then broccoli, then shredded cheese. Microwave for 1 more minute. I finish with a dollop of sour cream (my husband does not).
Cedar Plank Salmon, Asparagus, Warm Dill Potato Salad – Trader Joe’s sells a great frozen wild Alaskan salmon with the plank, but most grocery stores sell the planks on their own this time of year. Just soak it in some water, throw the salmon on it with some lemon, salt and pepper, and grill it. You can also grill the asparagus in a foil pocket. Click here for the potato salad recipe.
Chicken and Artichoke Stroganoff – Use the chicken that was cooked over the weekend, saute with some garlic, onion, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms. Meanwhile boil up some egg noodles. When they’re done stir in with the chicken, add sour cream and parmesan, voila!
Grilled Sausage and Peppers Over Polenta – Any sausage will do. Grill it along with sliced color bell peppers and onion in a foil pocket. Meanwhile cook the polenta (we use the kind that comes in a tube) in a pan. Slowly add milk as they cook to make a mashed potato consistency.