I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again the hardest part about the healthy real food lifestyle is the time you have to invest into it. The hard part is not saying “no” to a cookie and eating a salad. It’s the planning, prepping, cooking, cleaning, and then doing it all over again. Self-control is not easy, but if you don’t keep the junk in the house, it does get easier. However, food still has to be made and my kids usually like to eat at least three times a day 😉
The good news is you get better at it. You get more efficient and you learn what’s worth the effort and what’s not. I’m going to leave the stuffed zucchini ravioli for a different season of my life. I dream of the night where we eat a quiet meal where we actually don’t get up from the table five times before saying grace. I know we will miss this age, but will be miss the dinners?
One of my solutions to this seemingly endless amount of work is make a lot of extra food. Last night I made a crock pot buffalo batch shredded chicken This chicken is delicious and flavorful. It’s not spicy, so it’s a huge hit with kids. You can put in lettuce wraps like we did for dinner, or use it for lunches. I made this last night and after eating dinner I had enough for two freezer bags and a half a bag of shredded chicken to eat on for a lunch this week. That’s what I call a win. I love knowing I meat already made for chicken sweet potato “tacos” or a yummy soup.
- 1 onion peeled and halved
- 1 teaspoon of garlic
- ¼ cup of buffalo sauce
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast
- Place the onion halves on opposite sides of the crock pot. Add first layer of your chicken (it will probably take two layers of chicken to fit in the crock pot) and add half of the buffalo sauce and generously shake salt and pepper. Add the rest of the chicken and repeat. Add in garlic. Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Once cooked, trim the chicken. Shred by hand or with a Kitchen Aid mixer. I place the warm chicken breasts in bowl and turn it on low with my paddle attachment. Watch closely. You don’t want to over shred. I love that my Kitchen Aid does all the work.
The onion just flavors your chicken; discard it when you are done. You can add more buffalo sauce if you want your chicken to be spicey. We keep the spice down, so we can use it in multiple dishes.
I served the chicken over butter leaf lettuce with homemade ranch. I rarely use a recipe anymore, but this one is delicious. You can make it healthier by using plain Kiefer or greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. I don’t buy buttermilk, but just throw in a little lemon or vinegar to make my own buttermilk. I then added grape tomatoes. To my surprise, my four year old loved this meal. It was a bigger hit than pizza night!