So it’s Sunday afternoon at 5:00. I’ve just finished watching the Giants get slammed by the Bengals while simultaneously testing two recipes for Well Fed 2. Tomorrow is “errands day” with trips to the post office and grocery store on the agenda. But then I remember: I need to cook chicken breasts and sweet potatoes for my breakfast tomorrow. My inner 8-year-old pouts, stomps her feet, and says in a snotty voice, But I don’t want to spend any more time in the kitchen.
So smarter-than-an-8-year-old me did this:
That is a thoroughly un-sexy shot of my less-than-sexy slow cooker, housing a sweet potato on a pedestal, alongside two boneless, skinless chicken breasts tossed with salt, garlic powder, and Lebanese 7-spice powder, then drizzled with a tiny bit of ghee.
Here’s the thing: Every meal doesn’t need to be something special. Sometimes, you just gotta eat. And tomorrow morning, when I get home from throwing around barbells at the Craptastic Gym, I’ll be so freakin’ grateful for the roasted sweet potatoes and cooked chicken.
Will it be the finest roast chicken ever? Decidedly not. Will it taste good? Sure. Will it nourish my body and keep me humming while I run my errands? 100% yes.
Good enough for me!
Feeling lazy, too?
To bake sweet potatoes in a slow cooker, wash them, poke a few holes with a fork, then put them in the slow cooker on high for 4 to 6 hours. They’re done when a knife slips in and out very easily.
Should you be lazy enough to throw chicken in, too, it takes about the same amount of time — though you might want to check it at the 4-hour mark so it doesn’t get too dry. Just rub the chicken with salt, pepper, spices/herbs and plop it into the slow cooker — no liquid necessary, but if you drizzle it with a little ghee or coconut oil, it will have a bit more flavor. I used 1/2 teaspoon ghee on each breast, and I placed my potato on an oven-safe dish to keep it out of the drippings that will be produced by the chicken.
Two other super-lazy, but crazy-delicious, slow cooker roasting recipes:
Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Roast — this also works on beef chuck
5-Spice Slow Cooker Pork Ribs — this also works on pork shoulder or beef chuck
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