Foodie Friday: crockpot recipes

| November 14, 2014

As college students, we are limited by our space, time and our finances. This is especially true when it comes to the topic of cooking for ourselves to avoid the well known Freshman 15. Finding the time to cook as a full time student can seem like a daunting task.

Students choose to purchase take out and frozen meals as an easy way to nourish themselves, but as many people know, a diet on fast food and frozen processed meals can negatively effect your health as well as your academic performance.

So how can a full time student make time for home cooked meals? The answer to this question is the Crockpot.

The Crockpot is a relatively inexpensive item that anyone can purchase from Target or Wal-Mart for around $30. The simplest Crockpot has three settings, off, low heat and high heat. It cooks your meat slowly in water or broth for around three to four hours which is time you could be spending doing homework or attending class. This will leave your meat tender and juicy.

If you want some ideas as to the quick meals that you can prepare with your Crockpot, here are two examples:

Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat:

Ingredients:

– 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix

– 1 cup of chicken broth (can use two cubes of chicken bullion dissolved in a cup of hot water)

– 1 boneless chicken breast

Directions:
– Turn Crockpot on high and mix the taco seasoning with the chicken broth

– Cut boneless chicken breast into cubes and place into the broth

– Allow combination to cook for 4 hours

– Prepare with taco shells, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes

Crockpot Taco Soup

Ingredients:

– 1 boneless chicken breast

– 1 cup of chicken broth

– 1 onion

– 1 can of pinto beans

– 1 can of white beans

– 1 can of corn

– 1 can of diced tomatoes

– 1 can of diced red and green chilies

Directions:

– Cut chicken breast into cubes

– Dice onion

– Cook chicken and onions in 1 cup of chicken broth for 4 hours

– Once cooked add all of the contents of the can including the water

– Let it cook for another hour

– Add any extras like sour cream and cheese when finished

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Category:Food and Drink, Lifestyle

Michelle Liringis is the Lifestyle Editor for the 2013-2014 year. She is an English major with a journalism minor and has been working with the Niner Times since her freshman year.

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Michelle Liringis is the Lifestyle Editor for the 2013-2014 year. She is an English major with a journalism minor and has been working with the Niner Times since her freshman year.