Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup

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Oh, how I love hearty real food slow cooker recipes that don’t require any advance cooking! So here’s another one to add to your repertoire. And my kids especially loved it when I packed this chicken and wild rice soup in their school lunch, so be sure to freeze the leftovers in individual portions, making it easy for you to do the same.

Also, this recipe is one of those that is rather flexible, so here are some variations to meet your needs:

  • Don’t like celery? Substitute carrots.
  • Don’t like mushrooms? Omit them from the recipe.
  • On a tight budget? Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
  • Short on time? Buy pre-sliced mushrooms.
  • Like being thrifty? Make and use homemade stock.
  • Too busy to cook during the week? Make this over the weekend and you can count on leftovers.

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Recipe from Cook Smarts (+ special deal on meal plans!)

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It’s no surprise we are fans of meal planning services. And that’s because one of the biggest challenges of eating real food is being prepared and planning ahead – so why not have someone else do the planning work for you?

Cook Smarts Prep Cooking Guide from 100 Days of #RealFoodHaving a set meal plan for the week along with a coordinating (printable) shopping list can make eating real food a possibility for everyone, regardless of how busy you are. So we are excited to introduce our sponsor Cook Smarts, which at the core, is a meal planning service, but also one who provides valuable cooking information that can educate you and empower you in the kitchen along the way.

Their service provides what you would expect – a weekly meal plan and shopping list. But what’s really unique about Cook Smarts is that they truly want to teach you how to cook as well. Their website is loaded with cooking tutorials (including videos), which for many of us can be really helpful! Like this Produce Prep Cooking Guide (pictured to the right). Who knew that microwaving a butternut squash 3 to 5 minutes would soften the skin – or that you could do this a ahead of time?!

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Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Steak Chili

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I recently shared a Red & Green Chili recipe that was also for the slow cooker, but it did require a little bit of stove cooking first. I know it’s only one extra step (and worth it in the end), but some days, just one less thing to do can make all the difference! With this Steak Chili recipe, my goal was to make things as quick and EASY as possible. And trust me, it doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than this one. So if you are looking for a way to stay warm this winter or to feed a bunch of extra house guests, this recipe will not disappoint! (Just be sure to double it for a big crowd.)

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Recipe: The Best Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot!

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This is some of the best pulled pork I’ve had in a long time (I’ve been working on perfecting this recipe for months!), and it also doesn’t include any highly processed ingredients like refined sugar, corn syrup, or ketchup.

My husband says it is so good that no BBQ sauce is necessary. Now, you know it’s good pulled pork when that happens. He would like me to pass on that he does like to dip it into a little hot sauce, although I for sure prefer mine with nothing added. Try it both ways and decide for yourself. Either way this is a great dish for serving (and pleasing!) a crowd.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Red and Green Chili

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I have clearly been on a slow cooker recipe kick lately! I just love those evenings when dinner is done (and even cleaned up minus the plates – or bowls in this case!). Whether you are busy entertaining guests from out of town or just have a hectic afternoon or evening planned, your slow cooker is the only thing between you and a wholesome real food meal like this chili with green bell peppers.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs

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For the first time ever I decided to experiment with 5-spice powder in this Asian short ribs recipe. And what better way to incorporate this flavor than in the slow cooker?! In case you haven’t heard me say it before – I LOVE making everything from soups to stocks to beans to dinners in my crock pot.

Preparing a delicious and nutritious meal in advance that is ready and waiting for you at dinner time, keeps your house smelling amazing all day long, and usually requires minimal cleanup after eating? I am sold. Especially on those nights when the kids have early evening extracurricular activities. Slow cooker dinners are the way to go in my opinion!

Another great thing about this recipe is that, for those who have an allergy or sensitivity, it does not contain any gluten or dairy (as long as a gluten-free soy sauce is used). You could also just omit (or replace) the soy sauce topping if someone in your family can’t eat soy. Oh, and while we are on the topic, there are no nuts in this recipe either. So there you go…this is officially an allergy-friendly dish that everyone can enjoy together!

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