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Monday, August 4, 2008

recipe of the week: crockpot chicken and rice

warm, hearty and delicious this recipe is skinny bovine-worthy not only because it's cheap and healthy, but it's crock pot-easy and it makes great left overs.

crockpot chicken and rice

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (adjust according to how hungry your diners are)
1/2 cup water
1 package dry zesty italian dressing mix

cook 4 hours on high; cut chicken into bite-sized pieces or shred it

add one can 98% fat-free cream of chicken soup (buy the Wal-Mart generic brand!), one 8 oz package 1/3 less fat or fat-free cream cheese

cook until hot; serve over rice

extra-healthy modifications: serve over brown rice instead of white and add fresh spinach when you add the last two ingredients. yum, yum!

recipe attribution: thanks, mom!
cook time: just minutes... yeah for crock pots! (and okay, the rice will take 20 minutes or so), makes lots!

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healthy cooking on a budget

disclaimer: i don't claim to be an expert on cooking, weight loss or even healthy eating, but i do love to cook, find healthy, taste bud-friendly tricks and most of all, i love to eat!

qualifications: what qualifies me to blog on cooking healthy on a small budget? well, as my husband is still a student, my budget is not what you'd call large. and as for the healthy part, when i was 10 i was diagnosed with pancreatitus - a disease that doesn't effect me much anymore unless i eat food that is too greasy or has too much fat (in which case, well, let's just say i get really sick). this had steered my experience and limited cooking expertise in a health-conscious direction.

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