crock pot asian chicken

I’m here to deliver my promise for crock pot recipes that are…updated shall we say? This chicken recipe has bright Asian flavors with the comforting and satisfying qualities that come from crock pot meals. And it doesn’t involve any Cream of _____  soup.

With some simple chopping and splashes of soy and vinegar, the crock pot does all the work (my favorite part) and in a matter of hours, a delicious – and different – dinner is served!

Asian Crock Pot Chicken - 4 servings – inspired by Martha

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp sriracha (more if you like it spicy)
  • 4 large carrots, sliced on a diagonal (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken (I used legs)

Combine soy, oyster sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and sriracha. Stir to combine.

Layer carrots, onions, garlic, ginger and chicken in crock pot. Pour sauce over.

Cook on low for about 6 hours. Serve with brown rice and roasted broccoli.

leaving haiti

Thank you for all of the lovely comments on my Haiti posts. :) Haiti obviously holds a very special place in my heart and I’m so glad I can share a little bit of my trip with you. In case you missed any of them:

Faces of Haiti

Haiti: Farm to Mug Coffee

Haiti: Day of Meals

Leaving Haiti is always a little odd. Part of you is ready to go home, ready for clean water and familiar faces of loved ones but part of you isn’t ready to leave. Ready to go back to your busy life full of emails, phone calls and the general craziness of life. As much as I hate being disconnected, it is oddly refreshing to be without the things I can’t live without at home. (ahem, iphone) I did look forward to yoga and cooking when I returned home, but I already miss the delicious meals that were shared with a wonderful team and most of all, the amazing people that I met along the way.

During our stay in Port-Au-Prince I heard something that I’ve been thinking about ever since, “If everyone would just help one other person.” How true. We can’t all save Haiti, or any other country in desperation, but we can all do our best to help one person, whether it be our neighbor, a friend or a complete stranger on the otherside of the world. And I’ll take that lesson with me for the rest of my life.

review: amy’s no chicken noodle soup

It’s been said that homemade chicken noodle soup warms our heart and soul; imparts the comfort of home and makes us feel infinitely better when we aren’t feeling our best. While I believe all of this may be true, I know that when I’m not feeling my best the last thing I want to do is put my apron on and make some soup.

Naturally, a canned version that takes minutes to heat, sounds very promising but the flavor can often be lacking. I’ve never been a fan of  the “chicken” in canned soup either but when I was feeling under-the-weather this week and in the mood for some chicken noodle soup, I decided to try out the Amy’s vegan version.

Fan of:

  • good chicken soup flavor, without the chicken
  • non-mushy noodles
  • low in calorie
  • requires nothing more than a few minutes in the microwave
  • the tofu “chicken” – I wasn’t expecting to like these but they turned out to be a nice addition and of course add to the protein content
  • it’s vegan!

Wished there:

  • wasn’t so much sodium (but alas it is a canned food)
  • was some saltine crackers that came along with it, I was majorly pining for some ;)

By the way, holding a ridiculous amount of ridiculously cute (but sick) babies and kids, was SO worth getting sick for. But next time I hope to get the soup just because its cold outside – or because I’ve gone back to Haiti and babies are involved :)

haiti: day of meals

I showed you some of the customary Haitian food last year, but I wanted to show you what a typical day of food looks like. Now this is more than what most Haitians eat on a daily basis, but still much less than most Americans. They feed us very, very well and the food is amazing, I absolutely love it! They’ve even got red wine!

Before my first trip, I asked my Mom how I would possibly be able to eat, when there are hungry people so close.  She responded with a wise and realistic answer: we are there to work in the clinic, and we aren’t going to do any good if we can’t perform at our best. This makes sense, but is still something I think of often while I’m there.

The portions are moderate and going back for seconds doesn’t typically seem right. Our leftovers are someone else’s meal, so I always really ask myself if I really need more food. I will admit to having seconds of popcorn though. A few times. :) As you can see, the meals are comprised mainly of starches, with some meat and vegetables sprinkled in. We also always bring a few loaves of bread and mamba (peanut butter) to eat throughout the week as well, which can help supplement small meals.

A number of times throughout the trip, I thought about how Haiti is not the place to be a picky eater, a “certain kind” of eater, counting carbs, etc. I’m so glad that I can eat white pasta and peanut butter with added sugar and some hydrogenated oils without going crazy. I know I don’t eat that way all the time, or at home, but when I’m in Haiti, I’ll eat just about anything.

Breakfast: spaghetti with deli ham

Lunch: soup with carrots, potato, green beans and a side of yucca root

Dinner: rigatoni with peas and bits of ham (leftover from breakfast), rice & beans with onion sauce, yams and a carrot, squash and beef (goat?) dish that was delicious. With a side of popcorn. Any cuisine that serves popcorn as part of the meal is one that I’ll enjoy ;)

You didn’t think I’d do a post without a cute kid picture, did you? I just can’t help myself!