Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Creative Cooking

Sad news in the Smash/GB household. 

Our stove broke. 

We're getting a new one very soon, but in the meantime this calls for creative cooking. GB and I are becoming slow cooker champions! 

All over Pinterest people are 'pinning' slow cooker recipes. I found a woman who blogged about using her slow cooker every day for 365 days in a row. She's clearly an ambitious woman. So I took this recipe from her and got to work. 

Ingredients needed for the Chicken and Rice slow cooked dinner:
3-4 Chicken Breast Halves
1 1/2 cups Brown Rice
8 Oz Mushrooms
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

The recipe also calls for chicken broth, milk and flour to combine together but cooked stovetop. GB believes this is created to achieve a more natural 'Cream of Chicken' soup - but since we can't cook atop a stove, we just used 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup. If you want to make this meal - do it the right way and tell me how it goes! 

First I bought (almost) a whole chicken and GB chopped the chicken off the bone for me. 

Notice the spilled rice all over the counter, thanks to yours truly.

I poured the 1 1/2 cups of brown rice into the slower cooker.

I chopped the onion and did not cry, you should be proud. I tossed those into the rice as well.

According to my mathematical equations, it was the same price to buy the mushrooms chopped this particular day, so I just threw those in too.

Next I added 1/2 Teaspoon of onion powder,

and paprika.

I also shook some ground pepper with the other ingredients.

I poured 2 cans of cream of chicken in the slow cooker with about 1/4 cup of milk to thin it out.

I mixed it up just a little bit.

Then I placed the chicken atop the combo of ingredients.

We put the slow cooker on high for 4 hours. After about 3 hours the chicken was cooked, but the rice still needed some time.

All done!

We served this aside some steamed veggies.

So how did this taste, you ask?

It needed salt. A lot of it.

The more I think about this meal, the more I think it was a bust. I would not make this again. It was boring - and it needed way more color. GB said he liked it - but he usually says that about anything I make. I wouldn't take his word for it.

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