Slow Cooker “Crack” Chicken

Today I tried a new recipe called Slow Cooker  “Crack” Chicken and it was good!  It’s got everything a good meal needs; meat, cheese, ranch, and bacon.  It was pretty rich,so a little bit went a long ways, but the flavor was superb and even though it took some work to shred up the chicken breasts it was well worth it.  Not sure where they got the name crack from, but that’s what the link called it so that’s what I’m going with.

Here’s what you do to make the recipe:

  • Put 3 lbs of chicken breasts in a crock pot on low setting for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours; also add a two 8 oz packages of cream cheese and a packet of dry ranch seasoning.
  • After the elapsed time or when the chicken breasts shred pretty easily stir the contents of the crock pot so all of the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add 1 package of cooked crumbled bacon to the pot and then stir.  Serve warm on a bun or it may even be used as a dip with vegetables or chips.

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Ingredients needed:

  • 3 lbs chicken breasts
  • 2- 8 oz packages of cream cheese
  • 1 package of bacon
  • 1 package of dry ranch seasoning

I would definitely make this again, but would make sure I have lots of friends or family to eat it with, 3 lbs of chicken goes a long ways!

Here is a link to where I found the recipe: click here 

Enjoy the beautiful and sometimes rainy weather we’ve been having lately.

Brian

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Where’s the beef?!

May is beef month in many states of the U.S. including Minnesota. Beef month doesn’t meet hug your nearest cow, although if you do, proceed with caution.  No actually it’s a month where farmers, ranchers, consumers, and everyone who likes beef or it’s many bi-products should celebrate the commodity.

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As I sat contemplating what to write about beef and the wonderful qualities that it offers, I thought, what’s there not to like about beef?  Not only if cooked properly does it taste great, it is healthy too, providing 25 grams of protein in a 3 oz serving (about the size of a deck of cards or a hockey puck)   Beef’s internal temperature to eat must be at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here is a great image from http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/beefsbig10.aspx showing the benefits of eating this meat:

10 reasons why beef is so healthy
10 reasons why beef is so healthy

Whether you enjoy a steak, hamburger, roast, or another beef product you’ll get a great value for your serving and it will taste great.  Now I know many of you are thinking that it’s been so expensive to buy lately.  Have you considered filling up your freezer by buying a quarter of an animal from a farmer?  Some markets will even sell bundles or “baskets” of products that aren’t as big as a quarter of beef.  This can be a better value and won’t take up as much room in your freezer.  This option does cost more money up front, but will save you some cash in the end.

In order to get your meat on the table there are many people to thank along the way.  The farmers and ranchers who raise the cattle work hard 365 days a year to put that food on your table.  There are many different types of cattle operations out there including; cow-calf, seedstock (purebred or registered cow-calf herds), stockers, and feedlots.  Each of these operations work in different ways, but all strive for one goal, to provide safe and great tasting food for your table.  After the farm operations cattle go to be harvested and processed.  In these facilities there are many different jobs and tasks that are completed.  Did you know that 98% of the beef animal is used when it is processed?  That’s a pretty high percentage that is use able and able to be sold.  Make sure to thank your local beef herds-person for working so hard to provide you with a safe product.

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There are also many great fun facts about beef including:

  • Cattle produce about 25 billion pounds of meat each year
  • The combined value of the cattle and beef industry is around $200 billion
  • The hide from one cow can make 144 baseballs, 20 footballs or 12 basketballs.
  • On average calves are born weighing 70-80 lbs
  • Cows have four stomach compartments; rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum

Facts courtesy of http://beef2live.com/story-cattle-101-hist-breeds-fun-facts-terms-0-104671

Hopefully this post will give you some more reasons to eat beef and knowing more about the food that you’re feeding your family.  Until next time be safe, eat well, and thank a farmer for providing you with a full stomach!

Allergy or Fad?

I was listening to one of my favorite morning sports radio stations the other day and heard a promotional ad for the Gluten Free Allergy Fest coming up at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  I have no problem with the concept of the convention, but part of their pitch was that it was for people who “chose” to live gluten-free.  I was ready to pull off the road and rip out my radio and call the radio station to revolt against such an advertisement on my favorite station, but then I decided I’d better find out some more information first.

I understand that there are many people living with Celiac disease, which is where your body is not tolerant to gluten in foods.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, so any food item that contains wheat or a wheat bi-product could make them sick. The actual number of people with this disease in the United States is unknown, but according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, 1% of the population has the disease.  Another way to think of it is that for every 133 people, one person is gluten intolerant.  That’s a pretty small percentage compared to the people who have tried out the fad diet.

Here is an interesting video that Jimmy Kimmel did for his late night television show:

Many celebrities and fad dieters have endorsed going wheat or gluten-free because it’s so healthy for you.  It’s a fact that a gluten-free diet can lack many vitamins, minerals, and fiber needed in a healthy diet.  The misconception that it “makes you feel better” by not eating wheat is not usually true, but more in a person’s head that they think they feel better.  Also in order to find out if you have Celiac disease the test requires that you’re currently eating a normal diet which contains; fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, and fiber.

If you honestly are unable to digest gluten and the test results come back that you have Celiac’s disease, then please do educate yourself and try to eat as healthy as possible.  My wife is a kitchen supervisor at an assisted living residence and has just started to see the small impact of having someone with these problems.  It’s hard to imagine what schools, hospitals, and other facilities with food service must be challenged with in providing healthy food choices.

The problem that I have is the person who thinks that they are healthier without wheat in their diet.  Talk to any level-headed doctor, nutritionist, etc and they’ll tell you that wheat is a very important part of your diet and is in many of the foods that we eat.

For those of you curious about the conference, here is a link.

Moral of the story for me today: listen to the entire message and don’t believe everything you hear!

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Brian