One of my goals this year is to create a staple of quick and easy, clean-eating recipes. So, the best appliance for me to use is my slow cooker! A friend of mine shared a recipe she uses and so this is my rendition of her slow cooker chicken and rice. I wanted to add some depth to the flavor of the rice, so I added cilantro and lime essential oil! This meal literally only took 10 minutes total to prepare! Let the mommas rejoice!!
I hope this recipe helps other moms in their crazy, busy schedules. I was inspired to create this dish from a conversation I had with a group of my close friends. We all homeschool, have many commitments and often feel pulled in too many directions. Our desires are to have a healthy balance in our home life and still be good moms and wives. (That statement in itself could be a great post topic!) Do you ever feel like that some days?
Okay, here is the recipe to make you feel like supermom for a day!
1 jar of salsa (I used Muir Glen from Whole Foods)
1 can of organic black beans, not rinsed (I used Whole Foods brand since they now carry BPA-Free cans!)
1 1/2 – 2 pounds organic chicken breast
3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced (I used a garlic press)
1 cup of organic vegetable broth
2 cups organic brown rice
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro (divided)
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 drop lime essential oil
Salt + pepper to taste
Add the salsa, black beans, garlic, chicken, and vegetable broth, in that order, into your handy dandy slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to high, cover and walk away! Let cook for about 5 hours.
About 1 hour before it’s ready, cook your rice and shred the chicken in the slow cooker. This infuses the meat with more seasoning!
Once your rice is done, mix the lime juice, lime essential oil and half of the cilantro together and then gently stir into the rice. 🙂
Stir in the other half of the cilantro to the chicken mixture.
Spoon out 1/4 cup of rice and pour 1/2 cup of chicken mixture over it. If you want to really keep the carb count down, pour chicken mixture over a bed of greens. Enjoy!