My Best *WINTER* Friend to Date

While I thought we could totally bypass winter this year, I was oh so wrong. Winter is here without a doubt now, and with the season change, I have finally taken my Crockpot out. 

They say "dog is a man's best friend". Well, I agree. As much as I love my Balto, I really do LOVE my crockpot. I love it because it's easy, because you can make some BANGIN' meals with very little effort, and it also makes cleanup a breeze!

I'll be sharing a TON of my crockpot recipes with you through the rest of the winter. The first one up is a classic- Chicken, Rice & Veggie Soup!

Photo of allongee Founder Jillian Dreusike via iPhone

Photo of allongee Founder Jillian Dreusike via iPhone


Start with:

2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast **

1 can of black beans

4 Cups of Low Sodium Vegetable/Chicken Broth & 4 Cups of Water

A splash or two of white wine

A few splashes of Fish Sauce

A large handful of very coarsely chopped carrots ( I used baby carrots, cut into quarters lengthwise)

One medium Sweet or Yellow Onion, chopped large

5 or 6 medium Blue Potatoes/Russet Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes, chopped large

4 Stalks of Celery

A little more than 1/2 the bag of Trader Joes ® Sprouted Red Black & Brown Rice

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 medium shallots, fine chopped

Handsome helpings of your dried seasonings: Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Rosemary

Salt & Pepper to taste

**CHICKEN can be subbed out for a variety of beans-- more black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, etc.

- Add all of your liquids to the crockpot (water, wine, broth). Next add your chicken; make sure the chicken is laying flat on the crockpot floor & is submerged in the liquids.  Add all of your chopped veggies, aromatics, beans & dry seasonings. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Take the chicken breasts out and pull them. Replace them back into the soup.  Come home to a delicious smelling meal, and voila!

Please also note: I have a 7 QT crockpot and so my measurements may exceed the volume of your crockpot. A 7QT crockpot is an excellent size for a family meal, but large for my household of two. It's a crockpot; your measurements DO NOT have to be exact by any means. Part of what I love about using the crockpot is just that- I can "eye" everything. 

What's your favorite winter soup? Comment below. 

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