"I found out the Chicken Ceasar Salad I got at Chili's had 900 calories, 71 grams of fat and 1740 mg. of sodium. So muich for trying to make a healthy choice. And the Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl I got at Applebee's last time has 1,709 calories, 69 grams of fat, 209 grams of carbohydrate, and 1781 mg. of sodium. What an eye-opener." (Cindy)After reading this, I was happy that I'd used my crock pot that morning! I follow few recipes when I use the crock pot. Sometimes I start with the meat -- in this case, a couple of pieces of frozen chicken breast. I cut some garden tomatoes into large hunks; then went to the refrigerator to see what else would work--celery, carrots, some chopped onion--ANYthing healthy works. Light on the meat; heavy on the vegetables!
Often I add about a cup of liquid - yesterday I used chicken bouillon. A look at the clock told me to set my pot for 6 hours (that would be medium). Just before lunch, I prepared a small portion of whole wheat pasta per the directions on the box. I added the cooked pasta to the crock pot and cooked for another 15-20 minutes.
This will be my practice as we go into fall and winter. The aroma and enjoyment of the delicious, nourishing meal bring me much pleasure.