I must say, mother nature has certainly done a wonderful job with all of these crazy storms throughout the U.S. Especially with that huge storm in Connecticut leaving thousands of people (my parents included) without power for a week! And now out on the opposite coast in L.A., we have below normal temperatures with a side order of rain. I decided to plan a dinner that would surely warm up our bellies a little bit, while adding in some comfort with these cold days….a nice cozy bowl of slow cooked pulled chicken.
Before I left for work, I tossed in some chicken, a mix of frozen bell peppers and white onions, and about 1/2 cup of water into my crockpot on low heat. I left the rest for Mat to do – which included alternating the heat from low to high, and vice-versa, about every hour, while picking at the chicken so that it pulled apart while cooking. I also had him chop up and add in some wilted spinach, anaheim peppers, and campari tomatoes after about 3 1/2 hours of cooking for the final hour. When I came home, I was expecting this to be nice and thick, with the vegetables almost roasted-like to use and make pulled chicken sandwiches. However, when I checked on it, there was definitely far too much water submerging the chicken and veggies!
At first I was really let down that this did not turn out the way I had hoped for, but supringly enough the “water” was well infused with chicken and vegetable flavors. so we decided just to use this as a homemade stew
This little accident completely surprised us! We ended up making a tasty and hearty chicken and vegetable stew, with the most minimal amount of ingredients…and even better: NO ADDED SALT! Which, as many know, is very hard to have a hearty soup without that salt to up the comfort-level 😉
Again, all we did was toss in from frozen vegetables, chicken, and fresh vegetables with a little bit of water, and allowed it to cook right up for about 4 1/2 hours in total. So low-maintenance and easy!
And for more comfort at an earlier time of day, try out MY version of pumpkin pie oatmeal, with a side of Dunkin Donuts fresh brewed pumpkin coffee!
1/2 cup oats microwaved for about 1:30 minutes in the microwave
Add in 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, a few hefty dashes of pumpkin spice and cinnamon, and about 2 TBSP of vanilla yogurt. Mix it all up together, and top it off with an extra dash of cinnamon, and enjoy with that hot cup of coffee!