I've heard a lot of good things about crockpot chicken, so I decided to try it out. I found this recipe online which boasted to be the best crockpot chicken ever. Hmmph. It was okay, but I thought it needed more seasoning and more moisture. It was pretty bland. I'm thinking I should have put the breast side down instead of up so that it absorbed more juices from the pot? Oh well.
The zucchini "pasta", on the other hand, was surprisingly good. I was skeptical, and to be truthful, it didn't taste like spaghetti, but it was still tasty. To make the spaghetti-like strands, I ran four sides of the zucchini and yellow squash lengthwise on the largest holes of a box cheese grater--much easier and faster than using a vegetable peeler--and cheaper than buying a spiralizer.
Zucchini "Pasta" with Asparagus, Peas, and Creamy Basil
1 yellow squash
1 bunch asparagus (16-20 spears), peeled and cut ~1-2 inches below tops
1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon basil paste
1 tablespoon cream cheese
salt and pepper
Cut the ends off the zucchini and push lengthwise along the largest holes of a cheese grater until you get to the seeded section. Repeat on four sides. You should produce long, thin ribbons of zucchini. Repeat with the yellow squash. You can choose to peel the zucchini and squash first if you want it to appear more like spaghetti, but it's not necessary.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat, and add the asparagus, peas, and garlic. Lightly saute for a few minutes, then add the zucchini and saute a few minutes longer. Add the basil and cream cheese and stir until coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a little sprinkle of lemon zest and Parmesan cheese.
1 whole chicken, giblets removed from inside
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pats butter
1/2 cup chicken broth
Chop the onion and place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Combine the spices and rub the mixture all over chicken. Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour the broth into the pot and place a couple pats of butter on the breast. Cover, and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low until the chicken is falling off the bone.