I am really bad about planning meals… meaning, I don’t do it. I used to try but things always happened and it didn’t work out. Now, with school, feeling ill, or just rotten kids and rotten days, I just fly by the seat of my pants on most days. Luckily for my family, the things I come up with are very good.
I have created more meals than I have found recipes for simply by looking through my cupboard and fridge (hence the cupboard cook name). Admittedly, they aren’t always the most healthy meals but with 5 kids, school and a limited budget, I do the best I can and they aren’t horrible for you either. I try. One of the recipes I talked about recently was a result of my cupboard cooking. Chicken noodle soup is literally one of my family’s favorite meals that I make.
Last night I threw together a quick meal and it turned out so good so I thought I would share again. As always, there are no measurements as that is just not how I roll. You can add more, take things out or whatever you choose.
Mexican Chicken and Rice
Put some chicken breasts into the crock pot. For the record, I hate touching chicken so I only use frozen chicken breasts.
Add some salsa over the top. I had 3 chicken breasts and about a half jar of salsa. I added about a half jar of water from the salsa jar into the crockpot… this was my way of getting all the yummy salsa out but you can just add plain water. Next, sprinkle some taco seasoning (like half an envelope) on top of the chicken breasts. Add your lid and put on high. I cooked it for about 5 hours. About a half hour before you are ready to eat, take the chicken out of the crock pot and shred it. I just use two forks. Add some sour cream into the crock pot to make it a bit more creamy. I think I used about 4 oz of low fat sour cream. Add your chicken back in and let it sit together while you make your rice.
I used minute rice last night but this is really yummy with “real” rice. Cook your rice. Once complete, add a can of diced tomoatoes with sauce (with chillis if you want but I just use what I have on hand). Mix together. Sprinkle the other half of your taco seasoning envelope into the rice mixture and mix well.
I served the chicken on tortillas but you can also just toss it on top of the rice if you like. Or, adding the rice on top of the chicken on the tortilla is soooo good!
If anyone is interested, I can share my cupboard creations as I make them. Just let me know. I think I need a cupboard cook button. Dontcha think?