Stupid-Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

Stupid-Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken - so juicy and flavorful! Perfect for meal preppingI mentioned this recipe in passing in another post, but it deserves its own as well in case anyone missed it. In general, I don’t like meat, but even I will find myself standing over the crock pot eating this chicken by the forkful because it’s so juicy and flavorful.

This “recipe” really just involves you dumping three ingredients into a slow cooker and then getting on with your day. It’s a food prepper’s dream! I’ll make a big batch at the start of the week and then have it on hand for taco salads, Mexican-flavored quinoa bowls, spicy breakfast skillets—the list goes on. Stupid-Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken - so juicy and flavorful! Perfect for meal prepping

Stupid-Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

Stupid-Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, depending on how much meat you want (4-6 halves or 2-3 full breasts, to avoid confusion)
  • 1 can salsa of your choice (any salsa you want! I’ve used everything from El Paso to pineapple salsa made fresh on site at Whole Foods)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (or 1 ½ - 2 tbsp of your own – here’s my favorite DIY recipe)

Instructions

  1. Place everything in the crock pot and mix it up good so that the chicken is coated in the salsa/spices. I usually pat the chicken breasts down with a paper towel before putting them in the slow cooker because meat slime totally grosses me out.
  2. Cook on high for 5-6 hours.
  3. Use a fork to shred the chicken (it should do so easily).
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Stupid-Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken - so juicy and flavorful! Perfect for meal preppingPin this puppy now and try out the recipe next time you meal prep for the week!

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My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl This Summer (Customizable Recipe)

My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe)First off, THANK YOU for all the comments on and shares of yesterday’s post. Any time I publish a more personal blog post, there’s always this oh sh*t moment of second-guessing as I send it out into the interwebs, so I really loved seeing so many of you relate to it in some way.

Anyway, onto a less serious topic, I’m on a serious acai bowl kick. (LOL how’s that for a transition?) Revolution Juice & Thirst Juice Co. both make a good one (hit them up if you’re in Boston!), but more often than not, I’ll just blend up my own at home. I used to always try to sneak some greens into my smoothie bowls, but lately I’ve had an insatiable craving for fruit, fruit and more fruit. Yes it’s a lot of sugar. No I don’t care. Sorry kale, but you’re not invited to this party.

When I make acai bowls, I usually just eyeball the ingredient ratios, so you’ll see the recipe below is really more of a loose framework—customize it however you’d like! My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe) 

My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl

My Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 pack frozen acai (I usually buy Sambazon smoothie packs)
  • ½ frozen banana (any time a banana is about to go bad, I cut it into chunks and freeze it, so I always have these on hand)
  • Heaping ½ - ¾ cup fresh fruit (usually mixed berries, but depends on what I have on hand—pineapple is awesome or I’ll use fresh banana)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (any nut milk works, too) + more if it’s too thick
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (or any seed you like)
  • 1 tbsp protein powder (optional—I don’t always add this)
  • For topping:
  • ¼ cup granola
  • Handful berries
  • ½ banana, sliced

Instructions

  1. Put all the main ingredients in a blender until smooth. If too thick, just keep adding a little coconut milk until it reaches the desired consistency.
  2. Add your toppings.
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My Current Go-To Acai Smoothie Bowl (customizable recipe)Oh man. I could seriously eat these breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already made that assumption… :)

Alright friends, I’m heading out of town for a long wedding weekend on Nantucket (woohoo!!). I’ll be back to bloggin’ on Monday!

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My First Blue Apron Experience (+Reader Discount!)

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!With the exception of freak weeks when I meal plan and prep on Sundays, I can be pretty all over the place—sometimes going to the grocery store twice in a single day. Woof. So it goes without saying that I was pumped to try out Blue Apron, the meal delivery service that ships fresh ingredients in the correct portion to your home so that you can make chef-designed meals throughout the week.

How Blue Apron Works

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!There are two types of plans: 2-Person and Family (feeds four people). The 2-Person Plan (what I did) comes with three meals and can be delivered once weekly. Cost comes out to $9.99 per person per meal. With the Family Plan, you have the option to receive it once or twice a week and it comes with two meals. Cost comes out to $8.74 per person per meal. Shipping is free and there’s no commitment—you can skip weeks or cancel the service at any time.

Each meal is between 500-700 calories and can be prepared in 40 minutes or less. I’m always skeptical when I see the preparation time on recipes because it always takes me way longer, but I actually was able to make all these dishes in about 30 minutes.

My First Blue Apron Experience

So I kinda messed this one up. You can specify certain dietary restrictions so that you get meals that fit you, and I could have sworn I set my preferences so that I’d only get vegetarian and fish dishes … but I must not of because when I opened up my refrigerated delivery box I saw chicken and beef. At first I was totally bummed, but Joe likes meat so I decided to look at it as a culinary learning experience. I’m awful at cooking meat because I do it so infrequently, so I was excited to pick up some new techniques. My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!

For each meal, you have a beautiful recipe card with step-by-step instructions. I found them super easy to follow and appreciated the thick, semi-glossed paper they were on as I spilled ingredients everywhere while cooking. :)

Let’s look at what I made…

Salmon Burgers with Crème Fraiche Sauce, Arugula & Potato Salad

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!This was the first meal I made, and Joe and I LOVED it. I’m always excited to try non-beef burgers and these were so flavorful! You can find the recipe here.

Chicken Piccata with Fresh Linguine Pasta and Garlic Chives

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!I was excited to make these because I’m so painfully uncreative when it comes to cooking chicken. I never really branch out with flavor combos or preparation techniques, so this is definitely one to add to my arsenal. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I ate pasta, so this was a delicious way to shake things up for dinner. Recipe can be found here.

Arepas de Carne Molida with Avocado & Pickled Jalapeno

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! I really wanted to have an open mind and give these a try, but as soon as I smelt the raw beef my stomach turned and I bailed—I just can’t do red meat. Instead I just ate them without the ground beef, which was still pretty satisfying. Even though I didn’t eat all of the recipe, I still had fun making them—I mean when else would I buy masarepa at the grocery store?! The pickled jalapeno topping was delicious, and definitely a technique I’d use again when cooking! I want to try a similar recipe to these but using fish instead of beef. You can find the recipe hereMy First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!

Obviously you can’t beat the convenience of having the ingredients delivered to you in perfect portions, but Blue Apron also posts their recipes on their site so that you can go back and make them again. I’ve got my eye on their Hearty Sweet Potato, Broccoli & Quinoa Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing & Goat Cheese and the Seared Cod with Spring Vegetables & Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette.

I loved my first Blue Apron and would totally use the service again—making sure to select vegetarian and fish dishes only! Especially during the summertime with frequent weekend trips out of town and a total lack of routine, it’d be so helpful to get meals delivered to the apartment. I’ll keep you guys posted when I use BA again!

READER DISCOUNT

Ok now the best part of this post—the first 25 P&I readers to sign up for Blue Apron will get two free meals on their first order! Just make sure you use THIS LINK.

Have you tried Blue Apron? What’d you think?

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Apron. While I was compensated, all opinions—as always!—are my own. Keepin’ it real, yo.

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