We recently purchased a chest freezer for our basement. The freezer with our refrigerator is pretty darn small and was overflowing on a regular basis. To get something out of the freezer was at times, a major tactical operation. Imagine, trying to get ice cream and having to remove a billion other things to get to it. A nightmare. Yes, I could just stop buying ice cream (what!), but, no..I simply convinced Mr Plain that we needed a stand alone freezer to contain our overflowing freezer items.
I was so excited to get it. It was going to be so fabulous! And it is. However, it's a good size and it looks kinda empty after I evenly distributed everything. My next great idea was to start pre-planning meals and freezing them Have you seen this kinds of thing on Pinterest? A woman prepared enough meals for her family for about 6 months. It only took her a day or two! Wonderful! Sounds like a plan. I checked out the book Don't Panic, Dinner is in the Freezer from the library and prepared to pull up my sleeves and get to work. Did I do it? No. It occurred to me, what if the power goes out? There goes alot off food to waste. Also, I am lazy. There..I said it. Not going to beat around the bush about it. After reading the amount of food to do it, I gave up. Not proud of it guys. However, my freezer is full of homemade bread, jam,banana bread and salsa. So, I can feel good about our purchase :) It's also much easier to get out ice cream.
In the book, this crock pot chicken recipe popped out at me. It's sweet, tangy and you just dump in the crock pot and cook it. Those are the best, right? Serve it over rice and you are ready to go.
Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken
- 5-6 boneless chicken breasts (approx 2lbs)
- 16oz can of pineapple slices, drained
- 15oz can of mandarin oranges, drained
- 1/4 cup corn startch
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- salt/pepper, to taste preference
- Spray crock pot with non stick cooking spray or use liners. Place chicken in pot.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together corn starch, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger and salt/pepper. Pour over chicken.
- Next, pour in drained pineapple slices and mandarin oranges
- Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
Yield: Serves: 6-8Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 04 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 4 hrs. 15 mins.