Do you live near a Trader Joe's? Do you own a slow cooker? Good, I just made you dinner.
Here are two criminally easy meals I made in my slow cooker last week, both of which were cheap and fast and delicious. Yay for slow cookers!
Salsa verde chicken:
The first one was by far the most delicious, and is a variation on Sarah's slow cooker chicken tacos.
In slow cooker, place:
one package boneless skinless chicken thighs
one jar of Trader Joe's Salsa Verde (I suppose any salsa verde would do, but this one is very good, and cheap)
and one can of diced green chiles:
Add a few shakes of cumin if you're feeling fancy. Cook on low for 8 hours. I would say "shred," but the meat will be so tender it will pretty much fall apart on its own. Serve in tacos, over rice or quinoa, or in a taco salad. Delicious, and truly could not be faster to put together in the morning. This is definitely going into the regular rotation.
17 bean soup
The second one was equally easy. The night before, I chopped to carrots, a rib of celery, and an onion. In the morning, I put the vegetables in the slow cooker with:
TJ's 17 bean mix:
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2 packets chicken stock concentrate:
a bay leaf, and
5 cups of water.
Cook on low 8 hours, remove bay leaf, and voila- delicious, super-healthy bean soup.
Both of these recipes gave us easily enough for 2 meals, and each cost substantially less than $10 total. God, I love my slow cooker.