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How to make bean soup in the crock pot

Making beans in the crock pot is a life changer! Well, maybe it’s not that dramatic of a change, but it’s a good one. I WAS making bean soup the traditional way- soaking them overnight and then cooking them in a stove top soup pot. But in cruising the net for variations on the fifteen bean soup packet, I found that you can cook beans in the crock pot. With no overnight soaking! Who knew? OK, probably all of you, but it was news to me (a late starter,  fledgling cook). The link above is for turkey soup. I made the same but left off the meat. Delicious!

crockk pot beans

What I have pictured here is a thick, hearty soup made with the one hour soup beans from my local farmer’s market. The mix includes small white beans, black eyed peas, split peas and lentils. It’s one hour on the stove top, but seven in the crock pot.

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Crock Pot Chicken

crock pot chicken
crock pot chicken

This the easiest and best no-fail crock pot chicken ever! I make it every week on my cooking day and then we eat it for lunches and dinners throughout the week to come. It’s excellent sliced, shredded or cubed. I use it in soups, salads, enchiladas, tacos and casseroles. Les likes to slice the chicken for his brown bag lunch sandwiches.

chicken and rice with spicy coconut sauce
crock pot chicken and brown rice with a spicy coconut sauce

We don’t eat much meat because it is generally too expensive to buy, but when I find chicken breasts or fish on sale, you can bet that I will be stocking up and freezing it. This is an economical way to fix chicken breasts since you can get many, many delicious meals from one pot. An added bonus is that you don’t even have to defrost the chicken- just throw it in the pot and get busy doing something else. The chicken turns out great whether it is frozen or fresh. The steps are easy, simple and fast. Don’t blink- I’m gonna give you all of the directions right here, right now.

I use only boneless, skinless chicken breasts. But the directions are the same now matter if you use a whole chicken with skin or not.

  1. Wash your chicken and pat it dry. If frozen- skip this step.
  2. Pop your chicken into the crock pot.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup chicken stock all around the chicken.
  4. Drizzle the top of the chicken with olive oil.
  5. Liberally sprinkle with Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning (or any spice of your choice)
  6. I also liberally sprinkle with garlic powder. (Have I told you how much I LOVE garlic?)
  7. Cover and cook on high for four hours or on low for eight hours.

That’s it folks. Easy peezy.

lunch with crock pot chicken
Camping lunch- We always fill our camping cooler with some of the crock pot chicken. It makes for a simple but tasty meal.