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May 28, 2014

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Chicken Casserole





I hate college alumni magazines. My least favorite part is the looks at me section also known as notables, people of note etc. I went to a very large undergraduate school and people seem to jump at the chance to laud on themselves in the alumni magazine. The worst is the magazine I receive from one of my undergraduate majors (I'll be nice and not name which one). It turns into an almost pompous one upmanship contest. I was published in such in such magazine, oh wait I won an award, and so on and so forth. I think that I am going to write my own write-up. It will focus on the fact that my kids actually helped me to move the trashcan back from the curb and picked up their toys from the floor in their bedroom. That has to be as exciting as reading another blurb about some former graduate who has become much more successful than I am, no thanks.

My kids have been in moods (not in a good way) due to the end of the school year. Tomorrow is the last day and I am so ready! Due to my kids attitudes I have trying to make meals that are quick and easy to put together. This week I tried a new recipe for Black Bean and Chicken Casserole from the May issue of All You Magazine.



This recipe has 11 ingredients. It takes 4 and a half hours of total time, 12 minutes of which is active,  and makes 6 servings.  I only made a few changes to the original recipe. I used leftover chicken from a roasted chicken recipe I had made the previous night. It was a nice way to save money and use leftovers. Pre-shredded cheese is always more, so I buy big blocks and shred it myself. It saves a lot of money over the course of a year. Finally, I make my own chili powder. I prefer the taste to store bought and I can make a big batch at once. As I normally do I also make beans from scratch using dried beans and my slow cooker.

If you're looking for something quick and easy this is the recipe for you. It goes together very quickly and made enough for two meals for my family of four. The taste is mild enough that even my kids liked the dish and the slow cooker made the cooking work beyond simple. The flavors are simple, which during a busy week is fine with me.

For the recipe go to Black Bean and Chicken Casserole. 

20 comments:

  1. Well when I studied we don't have these magazines.:)
    But my sister wad living s time in US and have a lot of pics and magazines:)
    I found funny lol
    Love this chicken sounds delicious!
    Hope your kids will be ok

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    1. They are basically a way to raise money and I'm bad since I never donate :)

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  2. This is my type of chicken recipe... and slow cooker is a bonus! We might be empty nesters but I'm always looking for easy meals for us too so I can focus on other things. Have a good week!

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    1. I am a huge fan of the slow cooker. It makes weeknights so much easier!

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  3. I don't even think my college does an alumni magazine & if they do, I don't get it.....and that is ok with me :)

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    1. Somehow they keep getting my address even though I don't give it to them. I think one of my college friends must work for the alumni association :)

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  4. Beautiful dish. Slow cooking makes meets so much more the way I like them. I can almost smell the flavor of the chicken on your plate...

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

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    1. I love slow cooking too, it makes even a bad cut of meat delicious!

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  5. Congrats on your award.;) My alumni mags don't do such features often, but one of the schools calls regularly to ask for donations. ;)

    The recipe looks good. We used our slow cooker yesterday (to avoid using the oven). :)

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    1. I get the letters and calls for donation too. I never donate though, but they keep calling.....

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  6. That looks like a hearty meal. I also can't stand those magazines. It's just a "hey look at me" rag for those crying for attention. Then again, I also refuse going to reunions!

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    1. I refuse reunions also. I have never been to any of my high school or college reunions. It just isn't my scene :)

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  7. I actually like my alumni magazine but I've only contributed very basic tidbits about myself to the class notes over the years. Just my wedding and each of my two children's births. I don't have huge achievements to report, I'll leave it to the other guys. :) This recipe looks good and I think my family would enjoy it. We eat a lot of beans around here.

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    1. I don't mind the marriage and birth announcements, those are interesting. The English magazine though is mostly people touting their own horn, that I could do without. Don't feel bad I don't have anything to report either, maybe that's why I'm sensitive :) We should start our own magazine about how awesome we are at raising our kids!

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  8. i don't like to go to reunions for that exact reason, but somehow, i always find myself there just to see one or two friends that i keep in touch with. today is the last day of school for my kids, too. my daughter has been a grouch, too, with finals.

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    1. My friends always try to get me to go to the reunions too. I just hate all the competition about who is more successful etc :)

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  9. Love my slow cooker :-) This is truly a comfort dish and so good for you too.

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    1. I love my slow cooker too. I use it normally once a week!

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  10. This looks super yummy. We eat chicken and we eat black beans all the time but I never thought to put them together in one dish!!

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    1. We eat a lot of chicken and black beans too. I love black beans and use them in as many recipes as I can :)

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