Friday, April 25, 2014

More Post Baby Meals - White Chicken Chili

I am still trying to come up with a few recipes to diversify my post-baby meals after we return home from the hospital. Speaking of, a huge thanks to Katie P and Abby for sending over a few of their fav recipes. I will definitely try and tackle those! And what's funny - they are both pretty similar, so clearly I have to do make them. Don't get me wrong, I will be ALL ABOUT ordering pizza and tossing some burgers on the grill and everything, but it'll be nice to have the lasagna, stir fry and this protein-packed white chicken chili. 

I already have a post about ground beef chili, but this is very different - no red meat or ground beef and no tomatoes or tomato base whatsoever. This chili focuses on lean boneless chicken breasts, garbanzo beans, black beans and vegetable stock, as well as other seasonings and veggies like onions, celery, corn and spinach.


I basically took everything I had and threw it in the crockpot at the same time...it's that easy. I browned up the chicken on the stove top first (missed the photo op) for some extra flavor. Then added my diced veggies, beans and vegetable stock. I literally let it sit for about 10 hours on low. The chicken falls apart and is so delicious. I can certainly see myself using the crockpot a lot more when the babies are here - even though it'll be kind of warm with the summer weather. Better than using the hot oven though! :)



This photo was about 7 hours of cooking...I let it go another 3 or so to really thicken up. I added a bit more salt and pepper at this point, I think. Now is actually a good time to taste test - see if you need more cumin or more spice.



I scooped a bowl full of this chili and added sliced avocado and some freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese. Low carb and high protein. Yum.


This one was an easy one...and a must try! It honestly reminded me of those "Set it...and forget it!" commercials.

xo,
Shaz