November 9, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

This has been one of those days where it seems everything is going wrong. I'm like King Midas in reverse, everything I touch seems to be turning bad. It started this morning with my coffee, which I managed to spill all over myself. Great start to the day. Next I made a great new apple oatmeal recipe. However, when I tried to take photos, the light was horrible and my photos just wouldn't work. So I moved on to making what looked like a delicious recipe for almond cherry granola bars. They were a disaster, they didn't stick together and tasted way too salty. The kitchen was not my forte today. So I gave up this evening and we had leftovers. I decided that making dinner was asking for disaster. All the kitchen disasters today reminded me of my mother. I always thought she was such a creative cook and I loved all the inventive recipes she seemed to come up with. When I was a teenager I finally learned the truth. My mom made a lot of kitchen oppsies. Things would go terribly wrong on a recipe and she would re-invent it into something new. I was so impressed after learning this fact and to this day I wish that I had half her kitchen genius. Along this line today when my granola bars went south I turned them into twice baked granola. My kids loved it and had no idea that mommy was having a bad day. Luckily, I only have this type of day every once in a while. Most magazine recipes I try turn out great with various modifications. Last month I tried a new recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Posole from All You magazine, which looked easy and full of protein.

This recipe has 9 ingredients. It takes 7 hours of cooking time and 15 minutes of prep and makes 4 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and I made no ingredient modifications. As I normally do I made my own chicken stock and didn't add salt until I made the recipe. I chose to use white hominy because for whatever reason it was 10 cents cheaper. I allowed the dish to cook for 8 1/2 hours for the flavors to fully develop. Make sure to salt at the end, even with store bought stock this recipe will need it. I served the soup with gluten free corn chips, lime wedges and cilantro and served sour cream on top. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

With 29 grams of protein and only 9 grams of fat per serving this recipe is a great weeknight meal. I love any type of crock-pot recipe, they are a great time saver and this recipe is low on prep time which I like. My two boys fell in love with this soup. The chicken was tender and perfectly cooked and the broth was delicious.

For the recipe go to Slow Cooker Chicken Posole.
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