In The Kitchen: CrockPot Love

Happy February, all! Is it just me or was January just a giant blur? Yeah.

Anyway, I wanted to share a fun slow cooker recipe I made last week after buying my very first crock pot! I’ve been eating really poorly lately (read: schlepping home after work exhausted and making a sandwich or popping in a microwave meal), and I want to change that. I feel much better about myself (and feel much happier!) when I’m eating a balanced diet filled with greens and protein, so I’m trying to get better about it. I decided to buy a crockpot so I could make a week’s worth of meals in advance and pop them in the microwave when I get home from work. It worked so well last week, I’m excited to try lots of slow-cooker recipes in the weeks to come!

Okay, sorry for rambling a little there. Let’s get to the food! I adapted this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas. The recipe suggests straining off some of the liquid at the end to make your fajitas, but I skipped that step and just ate mine like a hearty stew. So good!

How amazing does this look? In The Kitchen // Imperfect Chevron

It tasted really good, and I was overall really glad to have easy microwavable and healthy meals during the week. In the future, I’d probably cube up some avocado and throw some cilantro on top! And maybe add a little more spices?

Do you have any go-to crock pot or slow-cooker recipes? Feel free to share with me!

xo

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Kale Chips

I’ve always been pretty crazy about vegetables. Even as a kid, I only had a few veggies I wouldn’t eat! But I think that it can be pretty hard to get enough servings of vegetables every day. In an effort to eat more greens, I’ve been buying kale at my local farmers market. Kale makes a great addition to romaine lettuce in a salad, and tastes fabulous in stir fry dishes. I even sneak it into spaghetti! It’s yummy stuff.

I do think that kale can be kind of hard to get used to. It’s not a sweet veggie, which can put some people off when they first try it. But if you try to keep sneaking it in, I bet you’ll start to love it! When I first tried kale (only a couple of years ago, I’m a recent fan!), I decided to make kale chips–it was something I’d seen on Pinterest, and people raved that they were “as good as potato chips.” I thought to myself, “I’ll be the judge of that,” and I whipped up a crispy, salty batch. I ate the whole batch within a couple of hours.

While I love kale chips, and I love bringing them as a snack for lunch, I hate using my oven in the summer. It’s hard enough to keep the house cool, am I right? Don’t fear, kale lovers: I’ve found that using a skillet works just as well as the traditional oven method!

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Stove-top Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • A few stalks of kale, torn into large bite-sized pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Directions

1. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in your skillet, depending on how much kale you’re cooking. You don’t want too much, just enough to coat your kale lightly. Don’t turn on the stove yet!

2. Add your kale pieces to the pan. Using your hands, massage the oil into the kale.

3. Add a dash of salt.

4. Cook kale on medium-low until crispy, stirring occasionally. When the kale reaches your desired crispy-ness, remove from heat and allow to cool.

5. Snack away! Go ahead, try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. I dare you.

 

I hope you love this easy recipe. Do you have any good ways of incorporating more greens into your diet? I know a lot of people love green smoothies, although I’ve never been able to get myself to do that. Something about the color freaks me out a little bit. I also kind of prefer to eat my food, rather than drink it. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird!

XO