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Today I have a very special guest joining us. Her name is Jeanette and her web site is Jeanette’s Healthy Living. She’s a fabulous food blogger and many of her recipes are clean. I’m very happy to have her here today.
Hi everyone! I’m Jeanette from Jeanette’s Healthy Living. I’m so excited to be a guest on Tiffany’s blog because I love her clean eating approach. As a mom of four boys, feeding my family and teaching them to make healthier choices has become a big part of my life.
By cooking real food for my kids, using whole ingredients, without artificial flavors and preservatives, I’ve been cleaning up our family’s diet one bite at a time over the years, swapping healthy, whole ingredients, for processed ones, and adapting recipes to make them gluten-free for my son who has some food intolerances.
As part of our journey to healthier eating, I introduced my family to a wider variety of fresh produce by joining a CSA (“Community Supported Agriculture”) and shopping at the local farmer’s market. They got to taste and appreciate what real food is supposed to taste like.
In addition, I learned how to cook different types of cuisine, including Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Italian, Cajun, Indian and Jamaican dishes. I found the more flavors and spices my kids were exposed to, the more adventurous they became and the more willing they were to try new foods. So, I mix things up throughout the week to try to keep mealtime exciting. I love it when my kids ask “What’s for dinner?”
Sometimes you might find me sneaking healthy ingredients like whole grains and vegetables into my recipes to make sure my kids are getting the biggest bang for the buck in their meals.
This Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew is a meal I made recently on a Sunday afternoon while my family watched football and I tried to catch up on household chores and run a few errands. It’s a no-fuss meal, packed with vegetables that makes a big batch so you can freeze some or repurpose the leftovers in a variety of ways (something I’ve gotten very good at lately). Served with a green salad and steamed brown rice or quinoa, it makes a cozy fall meal.
Freeze extras or use leftovers to stuff baked sweet potatoes, tacos or quesadillas. Save the flavorful sauce and cook beans in it for another meal.
Also, if you are having trouble finding clean Cajun seasoning in your area, Jeanette recommends using this recipe from the Food Network.
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SLOW COOKER CREOLE CHICKEN STEW RECIPE:
Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cups onion (chopped)
- 2 cups celery (chopped)
- 2 cups green bell pepper (chopped)
- 6 medium garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 (6 oz.) can organic tomato paste
- 2 (15 oz.) cans organic chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 medium bay leaves
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 3 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- fresh chopped parsley and scallions (for garnish)
- hot sauce (optional)
- Heat oil in a large skillet and add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté on medium heat 5-7 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add tomato paste and mix into vegetables; cook 2 minutes.
- Spoon vegetables into slow cooker.
- Add chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, Cajun seasoning, pepper, bay leaves and thyme.
- Stir ingredients together to mix well.
- Submerge chicken thighs in sauce.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
Thanks so much for having me Tiffany! Hope you all will stop by Jeanette’s Healthy Living and take a look at my Recipe index for more ideas. I also have a Special Diet Recipe Index if you’re looking for gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, or are cooking for someone on a soft food diet. You can also join in on the conversation on Facebook Pinterest Twitter Instagram and Google +, or sign up for my weekly newsletter.