What’s for Dinner

Many of us ask this every day, don’t we?

There is this essential device that every kitchen should have……it is called a crockpot.  It doesn’t care if you are vegan, vegetarian or a meat lover.  It doesn’t care if you make bread, soup, butters, meats, sauces or desserts in it.  It is the most versatile device you can have in your kitchen 🙂

Here is an easy one for those “what’s for dinner” days. You can do this all from scratch or use a few canned items to make it simple.  You can tweak it and add to your taste. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with the flavors

Mom’s Chicken Cacciatore

  • 1 pound (about 4) skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Mushrooms (a cup or two)*
  • Bell pepper (a cup or two)*
  • Onion (a cup or two)*
  • Garlic (2 or 3 cloves)*
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • Can of diced tomatoes**
  • Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (put on top when serving)
Ok, this one is easy.
  • Chop everything and put it all in the crockpot.
  • Add all the other ingredients, except the cheese.
  • *Add as much or as little of these as you like.
  • **This can be substituted with a favorite marinara sauce.
  • The chicken can be chopped, sliced or left as whole. It can be breaded and pre-cooked and just the sauce cooked in the crockpot.  There is no right or wrong way to do this dish.
  • For the vegans and vegetarians you can use eggplant or a chicken substitute.
  • Serve over noodles, rice or potatoes