Aack! I’m still behind on posting but I have to put off the 2 ideas I have waiting in the wings to share a crockpot meal I made for dinner this weekend.
It came out A-MAZING! Even --are you ready for this??-- The Husband agreed!
He, the man who doesn’t like chilies or stews or one-pot anything!
I was shocked to say the least. This is totally my kind of meal, and it’s nice to have him on the same page for a change.
Well, they are another story.
The 7-year-old was not pleased to get a bowl of “stuff” all mixed together but he knows by now, resistance is futile. He’s not gonna win.
I asked him what he thought and he said, “It’s good!”
“Thumbs up or down?” I asked.
HA! He may be giving the thumbs up but his face says it all. It wasn’t his favorite thing in the world, which is OK. I reminded him that sometimes you eat something because you like it, sometimes you eat something because it's good for you, and sometimes you eat something out of respect for the person who made it for you.
He ended up eating about half the bowl and knew not to ask for dessert until it was gone so he didn’t even bother.
Now, the toddler? He’s in a whole other stage.
I tried to give him a mix of the items deconstructed as well as all together in the bowl. He fussed, made faces, cried and screamed.
Ahh, the joys of raising diverse eaters.
He ended up eating 2 bites of chicken, taking a bite of carrot and spitting it out and having one spoonful of oats.
Then he gave the sign for all done. I looked at him square in the eye and said, “OK, no snacks until you finish your dinner,” to which he made a face because even though he doesn't talk much, the little bugger understands everything I say.
About 45 minutes later he went to the pantry and said, “nnnack.”
“Not until you finish your dinner.”
He ran over to his chair and grabbed his plate. There were 3 carrots and 2 small pieces of chicken on it. Not too much to ask for dinner if you ask me. He picked up a carrot, thought about eating it for a minute and then threw it to the ground.
Needless to say “nnnack” didn’t happen.
I have faith that one day all of this will be worth it and my kids will simply just eat. No bargains. No faces. No crying. No worry.
Please tell me it’s possible. PLEASE!
Anyway, sorry for the long-winded intro. Here’s what I did...
- 1 cup steel-cut oats (160g)
- 32oz chicken broth or stock
- 2-3 boneless chicken breasts (~20oz) (Mine were frozen)
- 4-5 carrots, cut into larger pieces
- 1 15oz can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Put everything in the crockpot.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
I’m sure 7-8 on low would be fine as well, but I haven’t done it yet.
Before serving, shred the chicken breasts with two forks.
I’ve been putting oats in my soups for some time but this was the first time I went with a thicker stew.
Savory oats! Who knew?
Simple Chicken and Oat Stew With Northern Beans
- Put everything in the crockpot.1 cup steel-cut oats, 32 oz chicken broth or stock, 2-3 boneless chicken breasts, 4-5 carrots, 1 15 oz can great northern beans, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
- Before serving, shred the chicken breasts with two forks.
- I’ve been putting oats in my soups for some time but this was the first time I went with a thicker stew.