It seems I married a carb junkie. Don’t get me wrong, I too love the carbs. Especially the cheese covered kind.
Pasta is not only a staple in my pantry, but it seems to be the only staple in my pantry. As you can imagine, every meal seems to be served on some type of noodle, only occasionally taking a break with white rice.
So it’s no surprise that pants are getting a bit snugger these days. Mine, not his. Sigh.
In an effort to avoid having to invest time and money in a new wardrobe, I opted to scour the internet for some waist friendly meal options. And that is how I came across this nifty little Weight Watchers recipe.
Anything I can throw into the slow cooker that will result in multiple meals during the week is always awesome. Being Weight Watchers friendly is just winner winner, chicken dinner!
Slow Cooker Tomato Balsamic ChickenRecipe adapted from 77recipes.com
I made some slight alterations due to an ill-planned shopping trip and the inability to follow a recipe correctly.
- 1½ lbs boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into halves
(no other way to get them to fit neatly into my slow cooker)
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained (I forgot to drain them first
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, flattened (easier to scoop out before serving to my anti-garlic hubby)
- >3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp mixed herb concoction (I used what I had in the pantry for this- basil, parsley, oregano)
- 1 big bag of fresh spinach
- Salt and pepper (just a few grinds of each)
I added my salt and peppered chicken breast halves into my slow cooker.
I dumped in all the ingredients except the spinach. I set the cooker to High for 2 hours. I added the spinach ding the last 20-30 minutes.
I served it on a small bed of brown rice with oven roasted string beans. My husband had his with rice and an extra drizzle of balsamic. This would be nice served over wheat, vegetable, or quinoa pasta. It would also be nice shredded and served cold on top of a lunch salad. Not only did this feed the two of us for most of the week, he had no idea it was Weight Watchers friendly!