Banana-egg and Slow-cooker (whole) chickenPosted: December 15, 2011
So, I still need suggestions for a Vitamix- of which model to get. Again, any help is super appreciated- I value your opinions, my friends! Greg pulled up the website for me to look at last night, and we’re thinking that this model is best (of course it’s also on the higher end of the price scale)- but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for! It also seems to come with the most accessories, so they wouldn’t have to be purchased later on down the road. But, if there’s a different model that is more bang for the buck- I want to know!
Yesterday I came home again to a house filled with the wonderful smell of slow-cooker goodness. When I peeked into the crockpot, I saw this:
Rub the whole chicken with salt, pepper, onion powder (theres a new thing of it probably on the back of the 2nd shelf) and paprika.
Then chop up a few carrots (use the new ones I got yesterday), the rest of the celery, half a yellow onion and a few leaves of the kale. Put that in the pot with the chicken and about 2 cups of chicken broth and a cup of water. The chicken doesn’t need to be completely covered- just like 1/2 to 2/3 would be fine.
Also throw in a bay leaf, some sage, rosemary and thyme (I don’t know if there’s sage actually, but there should still be fresh thyme in the fridge. And dried rosemary is okay. )
Oh, and put in 1/4 c of dry quinoa too. 🙂
I don’t know why- but I have never bought a whole chicken in my life! I saw a recipe from The Talking Kitchen for a slow-cooked whole chicken, and I was intrigued. More on that in a little bit.
I went to the gym after work and got in a fantastic workout. I haven’t been running much lately, but decided to do a treadmill warm-up. I’m no speed demon, and typically a 6.0-6.5 mph on a “2” incline” is a pretty comfortable pace for me. For some reason, that seemed too slow to me, and I cranked it up to 7.0 mph. And it felt great! It’s weird though- running 7.0mph seems so much easier outside than it does on the tredmill (my 5k pace is usually a little below an 8-minute mile and 9-minutes for longer runs). Does anyone else feel that way?
After a 15-minute warm-up, I went through my whole Bodypump routine and added weight for each track (except biceps- ugh!). That extra 5 lbs. KILLED me- it might as well have been 100! When I was done, I did my typical “reward” cooldown of some elliptical + gossip mags. Good way to zone out at the end. 🙂
When I got home I was craving some protein, but also wanted something warm. I remember seeing a banana-egg recipe on someone’s blog a long time ago (but couldn’t find it for the life of me), so I tried that out. I nuked 2/3 of a frozen banana in the microwave until it was soft and mashed it down. Then I added 1/2 c. liquid egg whites, a dash of cinnamon and vanilla and mixed it up.
Doesn’t that look appetizing?
I tried to make it an omelet, but lost it mid-flip. So, it ended up being a scramble.
I topped it with a little peanut-flour-butter (peanut flour + almond milk) and a sprinkling of Cville Cluster Granola that I bought when we were in Charlottesville. I know the combo of banana and egg might sound weird at first, but trust me- it is delicious!
Later, when it was time for dinner, I pulled everything out of the crockpot and put it on a platter. I can’t believe how much food was there- after all, this was a teeny-tiny chicken!
All of the meat completely fell off the bone and the flavors were nicely mixed together. And there was so much food leftover!
I baked some kale and salt + vinegar potatoes (one yukon gold potato diced and boiled in white vinegar for 10 minutes, and then baked in the oven) to accompany the chicken.
Everything tasted so good! The salt + vinegar potatoes have so much flavor- I’m glad that I finally learned that the secret to that is actually boiling them IN white vinegar, rather than just tossing vinegar on before they bake. I absolutely loved baked kale, but the kale in the slow cooker definitely gave the baked a run for its’ money!
After dinner, we retired to the living room to watch Survivor (don’t make fun- I love that show!). This is pretty much a typical evening in our house:
Greg playing games on his ipad and half-paying attention to the tv and dogs laid out all over the place. I made a rule of “no dogs on furniture” when we moved into our house and bought new furniture, but you can see that it hasn’t stuck.
Just look at this ridiculous dog.
Have a happy Thursday!
Have you broken out your slow-cooker yet? What’s your favorite thing to make in it?