It seems that my lovely readers LOVE their crock-pots! I've gotten loads of requests for crock-pot recipes over the past couple of days. I am also a big fan of this useful little appliance!
I've owned one pretty much my whole married life, but I didn't really get into using it until about 5 years ago. We had swimming lessons right after school on Wednesdays back then, and we didn't get home until 6:00 pm. By the time we came through the door, the kids were just about ready to chew their own arms off, they were so hungry. So I needed to come up with some meals that would be ready the minute we came home!
I asked around, searched online and bought a couple of slow cooker cookbooks. This recipe came from a parent council friend, and it has been a staple in our meal plan ever since! It's easy, healthy and my kids love it! We serve it over rice.
Sante Fe Chicken
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1.5 cups salsa, divided
1 can of black beans
1 cup corn, canned, frozen or fresh
1 brick of light cream cheese
First, drain and rinse the black beans well, to reduce the sodium.
Spray your crock-pot with Pam. In the bottom of the crock-pot, put 3/4 cup salsa, the beans and the corn. Give it a bit of a stir.
Put the chicken on top.
Top the chicken with the remaining salsa.
Note: Forgot to photograph this part. About 10 minutes before you are ready to eat, put the chunked up cream cheese in the crock-pot. Put the lid back on and let it melt. This will give you time to set the table, get a glass of wine and go through the mail. Then give it all a good stir. The chicken will fall apart and the sauce will look pink. Serve over rice.
If you have a rice cooker, that's the best ... because then you can set it ahead of time as well. I used to think that a rice cooker was "cheating" - after all, how hard is it to just make rice? That is, until my Japanese friend told me she swears by her rice cooker!
This is a meal that can be thrown together in 5 minutes in the morning, and dinner will be waiting for you when you get home! Hope you enjoy it!