Listen, I hate cooking. Hate. It. I hate the time it takes, the shopping it requires, the mess it makes, and since I don’t like to take the time, occasionally, my food tastes as lazy as I am.
It’s crazy for me to think that some people out there actually make an awesome living off of food blogs. Blogs where they write about ingredients, recipes, and post food pictures. Nightmare for me. Personal nightmare. As a cooking hating blogger, I don’t know what I would hate worse: being forced to write about recipes or starving to death if someone was trying to force me to make all the recipes. It’s a toss up. So glad people aren’t like me or we would all starve or eat mediocre food.
My dad is an awesome cook and so are my sisters for that matter. They love cooking and from scratch. They even tweak and make up their own recipes. I missed that gene entirely, although, I’ll make their recipes and confuse people making them think I’m a good cook.
I do, however, have a great appreciation for the crock pot. When people 70 years ago said, “In the year 2011, they will probably have robots to cook their food.” This is it: a crock-pot. A robot food cooker that I throw stuff into and then it serves me when I get home. Crock-pot are the robots people were waiting for.
All that said, I watched The View last week and saw a woman who is the opposite of me and loves cooking and saving money: the kind of gal your husband’s mother hoped you’d marry. Except for my mother in law, that is. She hates cooking too. And so does my mom. It’s a trend really. I do like saving money though so I’m not a total loss.
On the view this woman from www.5dollardinners.com came on and shared super cheap and easy meals perfect for moms and also the cook hating lazy bones.
One recipe intrigued me because it involved using my cooking robot of the future. It’s Slow Cooker Maple Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Carrots. Supposedly, children devour it and your whole family will scarf it down. If not, it’s cheap and cooked by machine so there is no losing. It looks delicious to me, though. Below is the recipe along with the link to where it came from originally. I should go ahead and tell you that I used more maple sugar than it called for and drizzled not just the meat, but the vegetables too. I figured syrup was gonna be the star of this dish. No offense, carrots.
The irony of it all is that this blogger could pay someone to cook for her. Sigh.
Slow Cooker Maple Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Yield – 4 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker
- 1 pkg (about 1.5 lbs.) boneless skinless chicken thighs ($2.82) $1.88/lb sale last week
- Salt and pepper
- About 3 Tbsp maple syrup, drizzled over chicken (free from Amazon, or $.50)
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed ($1.25)
- About 1/2 lb. baby carrots (or 4-5 peeled carrots sticks) ($.67)
- 1 small red onion ($.40)
- Salt and pepper over the top
- Place the chicken the base of the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the maple syrup all over the chicken.
- Place the cubed sweet potatoes, baby carrots or carrot sticks and chopped red onion over the top. Sprinkle a little more salt and pepper over it all.
- Set the slow cooker on low and let cook for 8 hours.
- Serve Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Baby Carrots.
- (If you don’t like chicken thighs, use 3 chicken breasts.)