Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup


So, I kept seeing this recipe floating around the internet and I thought I would tuck it away to try later.  Tonight was finally later and I’m sitting here wishing I hadn’t waited so long!  Why can’t I ever just take the people’s word for it and jump on the bandwagon?  The family loved it and it couldn’t have been easier!  I’m not sure of the original source but I found it on a website called Foodie Crush.  Of course since I am me, I had a mental lapse and used my red bell pepper in a different recipe last night…  I didn’t really miss it flavor wise, I’m really just wishing I had the color in the picture. -TJ

  • 2 Tbsp. red curry paste
  • 2 (12 oz.) cans of coconut milk
  • 2 c. chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • cilantro for garnish
  • cooked white rice (basmati, jasmine)

Mix the curry paste, coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce, brown sugar and peanut butter in a 4-1/2 to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl. Place the chicken breast, red bell pepper, onion and ginger in the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

Add in the peas and cook for 1/2 hour longer. Stir in lime juice and serve with cilantro and white rice.


Feeding Your Family – Without a Kitchen


In one week my husband and I will begin our second kitchen remodel this year.  It wasn’t supposed to be this way… but we moved.  The good news is that I learned a lot the first time.  Not about cabinets, appliances, electrical or plumbing although I did learn a little about that.  I’m talking about me being unprepared in the meal department.  I learned a lot about how much it sucks to not have a kitchen while going about your daily routine.

This time I have a couple of ideas I am going to try.  My goal is to eat as close to normal as possible.  That means an occasional pizza night and an occasional meal out but for the most part, it’s home cooked at our own table as a family.  Maybe I’m being unrealistic…  Of course I expect a certain degree of upheaval but I’m also sure that there are also simple solutions that help make it easier.  Please leave a comment below with other ideas you have or things did you do to make the transition period go smoothly.  These are the two I’ve come up with so far.

Idea #1 – Paper and plastic.  I recycle, I try really hard not to be wasteful but I think I may have to let someone else save the planet this month.  Disposable dishes and utensils may be the ticket.  Last time I hauled my dishes to my friends house but now I live in a different state with no friends.  People have suggested washing dishes in the bathtub but I have two words for that, ick and eww.

Idea #2 – I am going to try some of the make ahead crock pot meals listed here.  I’m pretty sure this is sheer genius.  I just hope they taste good. I got five and a half meals put together last night.  It was six but then I dumped half of the Chicken Pesto Penne on the floor.  Giant mess, looked like vomit but smelled good.  I should have taken a picture of that!  -TJ


Fiesta Chicken Soup DSC_0014

 Chicken CacciatoreDSC_0010

Buffalo Chicken DSC_0005

Beef Tips