Sometimes, you just don’t feel like coming home and cooking dinner. During times like that, it’s nice to have a store of slow cooker recipes to fall back on. Today, I want to share another delicious recipe for you to keep in your back pocket to use on those occasions. But first….have you tried any of the new Ben & Jerry core flavors? I thought they sounded a bit lame when they first came out, but then they introduced the Spectacular Speculoos cookie core flavor: dark caramel and vanilla bean ice creams with speculoos cookie crumbles and a cookie butter core! Oh my cow!!! My husband almost didn’t get any because I had the hardest time not eating the whole pint in one sitting. (To be fair, my hubby finished the rest in 1 sitting.)
Back to the slow cooker. My hubby is a huge fan of creole food, so I knew he’d love this. This made 6-8 very filling servings, and it was a huge hit. It was also a cinch to put together and tasted great.
Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage (from Pinch of Yum)
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I cut mine in good-sized chunks.)
12 oz. sliced, smoked Andouille sausage (I used half that amount and it was still very meaty.)
1 c. chopped onions
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/4 c. chicken broth
1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 c. tomato sauce
2 tsp. Creole seasoning (See below for the recipe I used.)
1/4 tsp. cayenne (If your Creole seasoning is spicy, you might want to omit this.)
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 chopped green bell peppers
1 14 oz. can rinsed, drained black beans
2 tbsp. almond butter
1/2 c. sliced green onions
1. Place the chicken, sausage, onions, garlic, broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, creole seasoning, and cayenne in the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3 hours.
2. Shred the chicken in the crockpot (if you didn’t cut up your chicken), add the brown sugar, green peppers, black beans, and almond butter and cook 20-30 minutes more. Serve over rice and top with the green onions.
Now if you’re like me, you’re not about to go out and buy a $3 bottle of Creole seasoning to use in just 1 recipe. That’s where Pinterest comes in so handy. I just searched for Creole seasoning and picked a recipe that looked good. You can search for your own recipe or use this one.
Creole Seasoning (from The Daring Gourmet)
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. sweet paprika
1 1/2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. cayenne
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1. Mix all the ingredients together.
What is one of your favorite ice cream flavors?