This week has been my typical nightmare week for meal planning. We’ve been so busy that I’ve eaten out three times this week and probably spent more on those meals than I did for three weeks worth of groceries. Ugh! I know there’s nothing inherently wrong with eating sometimes, but I just can’t help but feel dissatisfied when spending so much on food when I know it’s entirely possible to feed everyone for a lot less.
I’ve also been quite the slacker when it comes to posting this week. I blame it being cold again that the thought of trudging down to the office in our unheated basement was entirely unappealing. Or, I can just admit to just being tired and utterly lazy.
Wednesday, I made a whole chicken in the slow cooker. A whole chicken? In the slow cooker? I’m sure you don’t believe me. But really, it’s as easy as it sounds. Take a whole chicken, season with salt and pepper, place an onion, a clove of garlic, some celery and carrots into the cavity and plop into your crock pot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. It comes out pretty moist, very flavourful and ready to eat! Don’t be alarmed by the liquid at the bottom of the pot, totally normal. I usually pick apart the chicken, throw the bones back into that liquid, add a carrot or two, celery, onion, some black pepper, salt, fresh thyme and whatever fresh herbs I have on hand, add water and cook it on low overnight. Voila! Chicken broth!
I served the chicken with Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes (If you haven’t made these, DOOOO IT. Best.potatoes.ever. Trust me! ) and fresh green beans tossed with butter and toasted almonds.
With my leftover chicken, I made BBQ Chicken Pizza, which I served last night. Great way to use leftovers and “spice up” your standard everyday pizza.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Whole Wheat Flax Pizza Dough (see recipe HERE)
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium red onion, sliced
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1.5 cups mozzarella, shredded
Preheat oven to 425F. Roll out pizza dough and place on baking sheet. Pre-bake for 6-8 minutes until barely golden. Remove from oven. In the meantime heat oil in pan and fry onions and mushrooms over medium heat until onions are soft and slightly caramelized. Mix 1 tbsp of pizza sauce and 1 tbsp of bbq sauce together, spread over dough. Mix together remaining sauces and pour over diced chicken. Stir.
Spread mushroom and onion mixture on dough, then top with chicken. Sprinkle cheese over top everything.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and crusty is golden.