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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken Chili

I love to eat but I do not love to cook.  With the welcome of every new year, I resolve to cook more and every year I set myself up to fail.  I don't have a passion for cooking and that is fine by me.   This year, I decided to think of things differently.  Instead of resolutions, I am setting intentions for myself.  For me, food and cooking take on a different meaning when I think in terms of intentions around health and wellness. So my intentions around food are to be more mindful of what I eat, to enjoy the experience of eating (i.e. don't eat at my desk while at work) and to keep good company when eating whenever possible.


Today at work, I brought my crock pot in and made some chili to share with a few of my colleagues.   Jamie named it Sante Fe Chili.  The recipe is based on a variation of a delicious meal Kirsten made for me years ago during one of our visits.  It is the EASIEST recipe ever!  This is a low fat, high taste slow cooked chili. Great for adults and kids!

Sante Fe Chili (Serves 5)

What you need:
A crock pot and an electrical outlet to plug your crock pot into.
- President's Choice - Blue Menu Fully Cooked Sliced Chicken Breasts, 1 package (or something similar)

- Corn - Sweet, yellow, frozen, kernels on cob, unprepared, 500g
- President's Choice - Extra Chunky Mild Salsa, 1 jar (1500 mls ea.)
- No Name - Mixed Beans, 1 can.

What to do:
1. Place the chicken on the bottom of your crock pot. I recommend that you dice up your chicken so that when it comes time to stir your chili the pieces mix in good with everything else.
2. Pour the jar of salsa over the chicken.
3. Pour the can of mixed beans over the salsa.
4. Pour your frozen corn over the mixed beans.
5. Cover your crock pot.  Use the  low heat setting for 6-10 hours or the high heat setting for 3-5 hours.
6. When it's ready, stir it all up and mix it all together and then ENJOY it with someone you like!

Cool things to do with your Sante Fe Chili
(I'd recommend you do any of these with a half serving of the chili as a full serving is VERY filling.)
1. Pair one serving with a baked potato!
2. Have a serving with a cup of rice.
3. Get some baked Tostitos Scoops and scoop yourself some fun!
4. Hollow out a red pepper, roast it and then pour a serving of chilli in it and dig in.

And for those of you who are keeping track of things here is the nutritional info for this recipe (per serving.)
Calories - 410
Carbs - 28g
Fat - 3g
Protein - 20 g
Sodium - 1089 mgs
Cholesterol - 38mgs

Using a crock pot is a great way to start to enjoy the process of cooking...the crock pot does all the work!


Claire Kiefer said...

What amazing timing for this post, as just today I wrote a blog post asking for healthy recipe suggestions! I don't eat meat, but I can use Quorn "chicken tenders" which are a vegetarian substitute. This looks SO EASY! I've become a self-professed master of vegan 3 bean chili (YUM) but this is a great variation. Also, I have recently learned that if you use fresh corn, cut off the cob, it's even more delicious.


sheba said...

mmm, sounds delish! i'm excited to break out my crock pot this weekend...chili is first on the list.

but i have to say only you would lug a crockpot to work. i'd love to have a coworker like you!

Marz said...

Sheba said exactly what I was thinking - how absolutely kind and thoughtful to bring your crock pot to work (public transportation and all seriously impresses me all the more!) to share the yummy goodness with your co-workers! I wish I worked with you! :) You really are one of the sweetest girls I know!

That chili looks amazing! I LOVE chili and will have to try this out. I'll have to use my mom's crock pot of course haha but this makes me excited to get in the kitchen and finally learn how to cook something! :)

Melanie said...

An adventure in crockpot for the girl who doesn't like cook, I love it!

Tima said...

Love it!!!! I think I'll be making this sometime this week. Thanks.

Kirsten said...

Isn't it the easiest and tastiest!?! And I love that you have intentions vs. resolutions. Sounds so much more nurturing to the soul! Hmmm... may have to pick up some chicken and salsa tomorrow. :-)

heather said...

dude! i totally need a crock pot!!! :) it's on my list of desired small appliances. wishing you a beautiful day, faiza!

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