Life is unpredictable. With two kids, it is really unpredictable. I may have the best intentions for the day, but Madilyn may have a bad day and throw a fit or Juliana may bump her head as she is learning to walk and require more cuddle time.
I love having a plan for the day. I love waking up and knowing what the three of us girls are going to do all day until daddy comes home around dinner time. I think it makes me feel in control. I think it gives me something to be proud of. Making my girls a decent meal makes me proud of myself. I may not have control of a lot of things that comes with motherhood, but I do have control of the food I serve them. That makes me feel good.
Even if life gets crazy, it’s nice to have my slow cooker doing it’s thing all day long. It may not be perfect but at least it is homemade. It is made with love. It is healthy. It is warm.
Even if our trip to the gym takes longer than expected or if Madilyn pees her pants by accident in the car and we have to do an emergency run to Target, my slow-cooker will have dinner ready for us. This is pretty powerful stuff.
Having a great go-to recipe that is predictable makes life easier. You know, a family favorite recipe that is easy to make, pretty inexpensive and makes your house smell simply amazing. Those are the recipes that end up being made weekly.
This is one of those recipes. Add it to your favorite list, my friend. Make your life a little easier, a little predictable.
Slow Cooked Tomato Pepper Chicken
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (preferably organic and/or from a local farm)
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large can of stewed tomatoes
salt and pepper
1 pound of small white potatoes
1/2 cup milk of your choice
1 tablespoon organic butter
1 bag of organic green beans
Put the chicken, onion, green pepper, tomatoes and celery in a slow cooker. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook on slow for about 6 hours on Low. Add the green beans about 30 minutes before wanting to eat. In the meantime, boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes. Poke fork to check when they are done. When done, drain water. Add a little bit of milk and smash with a potato masher. Add butter. Serve chicken and veggies over smashed potatoes.