I am a stay at home mom and we homeschool, because of that, I think it should be incredibly easy to get a healthy, homemade, amazing meal on the table each night. For some reason, it is not easy. While I do tend to make most of my meals from scratch, I realized that having to start dinner at 3pm in order to eat by 6pm was not working.
There are so many amazing and easy crock pot recipes out there. There are entire blogs dedicated to freezer cooking, and all of the wonderful dishes that they can have for dinner by making them ahead of time. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to make those freezer meals work for me. Either I don’t typically buy the ingredients, or I don’t have a Saturday to dedicate to making freezer meals.
I love to make chicken in the crock pot though – most specifically chicken tacos. However, my kids were getting kind of sick of it (how can you be sick of tacos?!), but they still wanted chicken. I can only bake a chicken so many ways, so I thought I would try for a sweet and sour chicken recipe with rice.
This is an incredibly easy recipe, so easy I don’t think it even qualifies as a recipe.
Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken and Rice
2-3 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast (you can also use thighs)
1 12oz bottle of Heinz chili sauce
1 20oz can of Dole pineapple chunks
Put the chicken in the crock pot, add salt/pepper/garlic powder to your liking. Add chili sauce and pineapple chunks (I drain most of the liquid). Set your crock pot to low for 8 hours, shred chicken with two forks. Cook some brown rice and serve over the rice.
This is a knockoff of another recipe I make around Christmas time – sweet and sour kielbasa. Instead of the pineapple I usually use a jar of grape jelly.
For this particular day I also added a bag of frozen peppers and onions. I always like to have these on hand because they are perfect to throw in the crock pot with chili or chicken to add something extra. I think if you steamed some snow peas and broccoli and added it to the dish, it would be delicious!
What are some easy meals that you make during the week?