Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken

November 10, 2014
Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken - Chicken and beans with tex-mex flavoring made with only a few ingredients in the slow-cooker. Simple to make, versatile & incredibly good

The thing I've learned about

planting a seed is ..

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you probably won't see it grow .. at least not in the way you envision it should

A theme that keeps re-appearing in the most unexpected of ways. A nurse who works with the Iowa Veteran's Hospitals .. we chatted at a neighborhood party not long ago. She shared with me some of the devastating health consequences veterans can face as a result of their service. A few examples .. conditions brought on by post traumatic stress .. or exposure to chemicals and other environmental toxins in the places they've found themselves stationed

I was stunned

On her own time .. she'd began an educational program centered around nutrition and lifestyle. Her hope? To teach the men and their families .. that whatever the condition .. being mindful of what they're putting into their body .. can serve as a powerful weapon.

Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken - Chicken and beans with tex-mex flavoring made with only a few ingredients in the slow-cooker. Simple to make, versatile & incredibly good

I could hear the frustration in her voice .. wondering aloud if she should quit .. more than once thinking it was all for naught. “With all of the information I'm giving them .. how can they read it and NOT want to change? Please .. they're still eating <a, b, and c> .. and smoking for God sakes”

“What's your definition of success?”

Life lesson #102 .. You can't change someone else .. no matter how hard you try. The only thing you can do is plant some seeds along the way .. and leave them to someone far greater  .. to decide how and even if they'll grow.

(This one I've learned/lived/remembered/re-lived .. so many times over)

Life lesson #103 .. Germination can take a very long time .. and the fruit probably won't resemble anything you'd ever imagined

Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken - Chicken and beans with tex-mex flavoring made with only a few ingredients in the slow-cooker. Simple to make, versatile & incredibly good

I wondered aloud ..

Maybe someone in her group cut back on smoking .. from a pack a day to a half .. or switched from white to whole grain bread . Maybe they shared breakfast with a visiting grandchild and served a side of fruit instead of hash browns fried in bacon fat. Maybe they were diagnosed with full-blown diabetes .. looked through the notes from her class .. went to the library .. checked out one of the books she recommended .. and began to read

She may never know the impact .. but I guarantee she's making a difference. I'm sure it was far more than she'd bargained for when she struck up casual conversation with a stranger over a glass of wine

Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken - Chicken and beans with tex-mex flavoring made with only a few ingredients in the slow-cooker. Simple to make, versatile & incredibly good

This past weekend .. the end of the latest 8-week Challenge party at Goals in Motion.

In the room sat two sisters .. who'd done it together .. one a college student .. another with a husband and beautiful baby waiting for her at home. It wasn't long ago they'd entertained visiting relatives.

“What's that in your fridge? You're not having what we're having? You've loved mashed potatoes with extra sour cream and butter since you were a kid. Meatloaf with extra gravy .. “

“But .. but .. don't they know? Don't they understand? Can't they see how bad it is for them? I tried to tell them tried to explain .. don't even get me started on the Cheez Whiz”

Life lesson #104 .. Seeds aren't always planted with words

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As everyone went around the room sharing their stories of success .. I couldn't help but smile

“My Mom bought a food scale and asked me about portion sizes!”  A sentence finished as only a sister could  “Wait .. wait .. and don't forget they want us to teach them a few things about food”

“But not until after the holidays”

You never know what's going to happen .. when you toss a pebble into the water

Bravo you two!

Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken - Chicken and beans with tex-mex flavoring made with only a few ingredients in the slow-cooker. Simple to make, versatile & incredibly good

A great recipe from the week .. from the same kitchen as our favorite banana cupcakes.

It has to be one of the easiest and most delicious recipes I've run across in recent memory. Chicken with Mexican flavoring .. made with only a few ingredients in the slow-cooker. Not only was it simple to make .. but incredibly versatile as well.

A few ideas? Inside a whole wheat wrap for a quick & healthy lunch .. or you can cook your wraps .. topping them with hot sauce and cheese for burritos. Sticking close to the Mexican theme .. a topping for nachos.

It's also perfect on a bed of salad greens .. served over rice .. or eaten as is. A meal loaded with protein and fiber .. that fills you up without weighing you down.

Enjoy!

xoxo

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Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Taco seasoning packets
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 2 15 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes diced
  • 1 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 15 oz can red beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained

Instructions

  • In the slow-cooker .. layer the ingredients in this order:
  • chicken breasts
  • package taco seasoning
  • green chilies
  • can fire roasted tomatoes
  • can red beans
  • can black beans
  • can pinto beans
  • can fire roasted tomatoes, diced
  • package taco seasoning
  • Cook for 6-8 hours on low .. checking at about the 6 hour point to make sure it isn't getting dry
Serves: 8
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 216
Total Fat 1.69g
Carbohydrates 25.88g
Sugars 3.75g
Protein 25.88g
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4 Comments

  • Reply Beth Ann Chiles November 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    What a lovely post! So happy we met in Ames this past Saturday at the blogger meet up! You have a lovely blog and an engaging writing style. Couple that with a fabulous recipe and I am one happy lady!!! Thank you!

    • Reply sexyveggie November 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Beth Ann

      My goodness .. thank-you so very much. It was fun to get to meet you as well! What an incredibly talented group of people to get to be a part of.

      Have a wonderful week .. Ali

  • Reply Thalia November 11, 2014 at 3:01 am

    This tex mex chicken looks SO delicious. Definitely a recipe I need to make as it’s perfect for times when I really feel like something comforting but don’t feel like cooking!

  • Reply Danasia February 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

    This looks absolutely delightful. I love texmex chicken!

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