I am keeping with my “Simple Recipes” theme this weekend.
Sorry to all of those kitchen warriors out there who’s one desire is to spend 2 hours sculpting the perfect meal. I will post a recipe for you later! Instead, here is a “fix it and forget it” meal that is delicious and decidedly wallet friendly!
Confession: Contrary to popular belief I am not a vegan or a vegetarian. I like meat. I do! I just don’t eat a lot of it.
The reason I am not a huge carnivore is the cost. Meat is expensive, my dears! Beans, Lentils, and Tofu are exponentially cheaper and still an excellent source of protein and fiber. Since I am just as happy with a piece of Salmon as I am with a plate full of “Honey” Baked Lentils, why not go with the less expensive option? Additionally, eating less meat makes for a smaller carbon footprint. With all the traveling I do, it’s only fair that I make every effort possible to live a more earth-friendly life in my off-time.
That being said, every once in a while, when a serious meat craving strikes, I will give in. I watch the sales at Whole Foods and buy cuts of meat that are on sale and then freeze them for later use. These particular cuts of meat aren’t always the most “user friendly”. Generally, they are bone-in, skin-on and require a little labor. That’s okay with me, but if you are squeamish (as I was at first) you will need to mentally prepare yourself!
To make today’s slow cooker recipe, I used bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are extremely inexpensive and versatile. From Arroz con Pollo to Oven-Fried Chicken, these little beauties can make it all!
Bonus Tip: Save and freeze the chicken bones and skin to make homemade Chicken Stock! $$$$ Saver!
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
- 1 lb Chicken Thighs, frozen
- 1 jar Green Mountain Gringo Medium Salsa
- 1/4 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
- Place all ingredients in a slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.