Saturday, February 2, 2013

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

For some reason, I normally don't like food cooked in the crock pot. So I was a little wary of this recipe. But in the end, these were awesome and definitely will be made again!

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

1 yellow onion- sliced
4 sweet peppers- sliced and deseeded
 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breast
1/4-1/2 cup chicken broth (depending on how dry you want it)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
Big squirt of lime
Tortillas
Toppings- Guacamole or Salsa

Directions

Put the chicken breasts at the bottom on your crock pot, throw the chopped onion and peppers on top, then pour the chicken broth on top of it all. Sprinkle with the spices and give it a good squirt of lime juice. 

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Cook until the meat is easy to shred. 
When it's done, use two forks to pull the meat apart, then stir it all together again. 
Scoop the mixture out with a slotted spoon and place on tortillas. 
I topped mine with cheddar cheese, a ton of guacamole, and a little bit of salsa. 

Bun-less Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Burgers - Paleo

These burgers were awesome- the bacon added a salty flavor and the pineapple added a sweet flavor. These are the ultimate summer bbq burger (too bad it's winter!). And they are so easy to throw together.

Bun-less Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Burgers

Ingredients

8 slices of bacon
4 slices of pineapple
2 pound of ground meat

Makes 4 burgers

Directions

I used a whole pineapple, so I started by chopping off the rind then cutting them into one inch slices.

 Then I cut out the core- I used a heart shaped cookie cutter because it's almost Valentine's Day!

Season the meat to your liking, then form it into 4 patties. I used ground chicken because that's what I had in my fridge. 

Crisscross two pieces of bacon (+). Place the burger patty in the center then place a pineapple slice on the top. Pull the bacon over the top and secure it with a toothpick if necessary.

Plop them onto the grill, or if it's pushing negative temperatures outside, just cook them on the george foreman or in the oven instead!



You could dip them in bbq sauce or ketchup, but I found that they were awesome on their own.
 I served them with some roasted broccoli. Delicious! 



Of course Cooper was waiting patiently to get in on some of the bacon action


Bacon Sweet Potato Soup (Paleo)

I made the most amazing soup ever. It has sweet potatoes in it and BACON! Can't get much better than that! Oh wait, yes you can- it's also paleo. SCORE!

Sweet Potato Bacon Soup

I adapted this recipe from The clothes make the girl

Ingredients

2 pounds of sweet potatoes (2-3 large potatoes)
8 slices of bacon
1 onion- finely diced
5 cloves of garlic- peeled and smashed
2/3 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2/3 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
fresh chives

Makes 8 cups of soup

Recipe

Start by peeling and chopping your potatoes into large chunks. I had a ton of potatoes, so I decided to cook them all up at once.


After then are peeled and chopped, plop them into a big pot of boiling water. Boil them for about 10-15 minutes, or until you can stick a fork easily into them.
While the potatoes are boiling, start cooking your bacon. I used my George Foreman. When the bacon is cooked to your liking, place them on a paper towel. Save 1.5 tablespoons of the bacon grease. 
Next, I chopped the onion and prepped the spices in a bowl. 
When the potatoes are done, take them out, set them aside, and drain the water. In the same, now empty pot, over medium-high heat, put in the 1.5 tablespoons of bacon grease you saved, the diced onion and all the spices. Stir occasionally until the onion is soft, about 5-7 minutes. 
Then, add the smashed garlic and cook for about 30 more seconds. 
Add the sweet potatoes, broth, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes, just to let all the flavors seep into the potatoes. 
Next we turn it into soup! I don't have a food processor, so I used my blender. Working in batches, scoop some potatoes and some liquid out of the pot and add it to the blender. Blend until smooth.

Once it is all pureed, give it a good stir. Ladle it into bowls, add crumbled bacon and sprinkle with some chives. This soup is awesome on it's own, or with parmesan or cheddar added to it. I think this soup might have been even better the second day.

ENJOY!