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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slow Cooked Chicken and Lentils

Who out there doesn't LOVE crock-pot dinners?  I mean really, you throw everything together and let it cook.  Simple!  No matter what the day throws at you, no matter how crazy it may turn out to be, you know that at least one thing will go the way you want it to! And with this recipe, you can feel proud that that one thing that you have control over will be a nutritious and delicious dinner your whole family will love!  I know some of you maybe thinking but my kids will never eat lentils!  Well I have one of the pickiest little eaters there are and I got a thumbs up and an empty bowl on this one!

The Star Ingredient: Lentils!!
Lentils are inexpensive, easy to prepare and are very nutritional.  They are a rich source of folic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, essential amino acids and trace minerals. Since lentils are low in fat and high in fiber, they can help get rid of cholesterol and reduce blood cholesterol levels. And they provide the same protein benefits as meat without the fat, calories and cholesterol that often accompany animal products. More nutritional benefits of Lentils

Slow Cooked Chicken and Lentils

1 large onion, diced
2 small or one medium carrot diced
¾ cup dried lentils
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 can (14.5 oz) organic chicken broth
1/8 tsp each salt and pepper
1 can organic stewed tomatoes: undrained
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
6 organic chicken thighs

Mix all ingredients together in a slow cooker.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours and enjoy!!

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