|DIY Taco in the Works|
Recipes for Tacos and Chicken with Pasta
Slow cookers. Gotta love a device that cooks dinner for you. It’s even better when it cooks two dinners at once, and they’re both comfort foods. With my friend Jenn’s help, a couple years back I multiplexed my slow cooking with a Turkey Chili and Soup idea. Tacos (Jenn’s original idea) and chicken with pasta are this year’s double dinners. Like the super-simple originals, just a few ingredients go into the slow cooker, and other dinner preparation is minimal. This leaves plenty of time for other fun activities on cold winter nights.
|Another DIY Taco|
|Next Dinner: Tomato-y Chicken over Pasta|
serves about 8
2½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. mixed Italian herbs
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 pint (16 oz.) chunky salsa
1 pint (16 oz.) chunky tomato sauce
Make a layer of chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with herbs and garlic. Pour in salsa and tomato sauce. Be sure that all chicken is covered with sauce.
Turn slow cooker on to high and cook 4 – 6 hours. After it’s cooked, it’s tastiest to keep in warming in the pot until dinner.
1 large slow cooked chicken breast with sauce
Parsley or Cilantro
Cheese if desired
Sour cream or yogurt
Lemon or lime wedges
Corn tortillas (I used blue corn & flaxseed)
Shred chicken breast and add enough tomato sauce to moisten it well. Chop cabbage finely. Chop cilantro and green onions. Slice or cube avocados. Grate cheese if using. Spoon yogurt and salsa into serving dishes if desired.
Set up a self-serve “taco bar” by piling the prepared toppings and lemon or lime wedges onto a serving platter or two.
Heat skillet on high and heat up tacos one at a time, heating both sides until taco is hot and flexible. Call diners to make their own!
Chicken in Tomato Sauce with Pasta for Four - Six:
Remaining Chicken breasts with Tomato Sauce
3½ lb. spaghetti squash, or any pasta
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)
Parsley (optional garnish)
Hot sauce (optional garnish)
Allow one hour to cook spaghetti squash in oven, about 20 minutes to microwave. For details, see my how to cook spaghetti squash post. Or prepare your favorite pasta according to directions.
While squash or pasta is cooking, heat up chicken and sauce if they’ve been refrigerated. Cut large chicken breasts in half.