This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Kraft.
This is a compensated post by BlogHer and PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and is part of the Real Women of Philadelphia project. This is the first out of four recipes.
Raise your hand if you're a pretty lazy cook.
Raise your hand if you don't really like to cook.
ME! I'm raising two hands! pick ME! ME! ME!
Whenever I speak to groups of people, the audience acts surprised when I admit that I don't really like cooking.
Don't get me wrong--- I cook daily, read cookbooks faithfully, watch Food TV constantly, and enjoy exploring new recipes and flavor combinations.
But the actual act of cooking? The dicing, slicing, preparing, and handling?
not my favorite. *
This is why I like love my slow cookers so much. I love that I can toss food in, push a button and walk away.
And when you pair PHILADELPHIA's new Cooking Creme with the slow cooker, you've got the ultimate in lazy cooking.
Life just couldn't be better.
* much of this probably stems from the fact that I've got a toddler firmly attached to my leg while I'm trying to chop, and can usually overhear the other two arguing in the living room.
Zen Cooking? it just doesn't happen in our house.
serves 4-6 2 pounds chicken breast pieces (mine were frozen solid)
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes (you can use garlic-seasoned, or plain in a pinch. I wouldn't do tomatoes with chiles if feeding kids)
1 (10-ounce) container PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme--- Santa Fe flavor
taco shells or corn tortillas
optional fixins': sour cream, avocado slices
optional add-ins to stretch the meal to feed more people: 1 cup frozen corn, or 1 can corn, drained, 1 can black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Use a 4-quart slow cooker (if adding the optional add-ins, a 6-quart might be a better fit).
Put the chicken into your cooker. Add the entire can of tomatoes. Scrape out all the Cooking Creme (lick the container. It's GOOD!)
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until chicken shreds easily with a fork. Stir well and serve in taco shells or corn tortillas with your favorite toppings.
Okay. These are delicious. I love, love, love that I can get dinner done within 6-and-a-half minutes in the early morning without needing to put on my contacts.
This seriously couldn't be easier to throw together and I love not dirtying up a cutting board. The kids ate everything on their plate and my nine-year-old had seconds (Adam had thirds).
The Santa Fe Cooking Creme has a fantastic flavor--there is no need to add any additional seasoning. There's definitely a kick, but not enough to bother kid tongues. I do think it would be too much for us with added chiles (if you wanted to use tomatoes and chiles).
I will make this again. Happily.
Here's a snaphsot of the ingredient label (click on the photo to make it larger).
Have you heard of the Real Women of Philadelphia? It's a play on the Real Housewives tv show franchise (I got sucked into the Beverly Hills and the DC Housewives, but then canceled the extended cable and now no longer get that channel. probably a good thing.)
All of the finalist recipes are available to peruse/test out online at the Real Women of Philadelphia's Recipe Page.
Which looks good to you?
also, over on Totally Together I wrote a bit about starting a family game night. It's not all sunshine and roses (in fact, last night's Apples to Apples ended up in crumpled cards and an early bedtime...) but lots of great life lessons can be learned through card/board games.
Have a fantastic day!