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Crock Pot Chicken and Butternut Squash

I was actually sitting here searching for lunch recipes and thinking how much MORE cooking people (we, us, me, you – you get the picture) have to do on Paleo than they previously had done. You can’t simply throw a sandwich together for lunch – you have to make something. This is why I love my crock pot! I am typically cooking something for lunch, and throwing something in the crock pot for dinner at the same time. We typically eat dinner around 6 or 7 so if I’m filling up the crock pot around noon – this is perfect timing. I may have to turn it up to ‘high’ for the last hour of cooking or so, but it’s always done on time…. as long as I actually get everything in by noon at the latest! 😉
There’s a benefit to all of this cookin. Clean, healthy ingredients going into meals that go into your BODY. It’s fuel, baby! That doesn’t mean it can’t taste good too!
So, if you need a recipe to try, I think this one is pretty dang good!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 1-2 cups bone broth*
  • 2-4 chicken breasts (or more, depending on how many people you’re feeding! I usually think – 1 chicken breast per person)
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions:

You will need to peel the butternut squash and then cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Cube the squash and place it into the crock pot. Place thawed or frozen chicken breasts over the squash. (yes, I’m lazy and put frozen chicken breasts or thighs in my crock pot all the time!)

Here’s where the * comes into play. 1 cup of bone broth with give everything flavor and keep your food moist and delicious. 2 cups will make it almost soup like. Not quite. You’d have to add more for a soup. Which you can. Go for it! I usually like to add 2 cups of bone broth, that way, when it’s done and you mix it all together, ladle into bowls and yum. Just yum. Yeah, I know that sentence didn’t really make sense…. moving on!

So pour 1 or 2 or more cups of bone broth over the squash and chicken. Next, sprinkle the thyme and pepper over everything. (you can leave out the pepper if you don’t particularly like pepper. There are a few people in my family that say I pepper too much. …. whatever.)

Cover, turn your crockpot on LOW and walk away! Typically, you want to give a chicken dish a good 8 hours to cook so if you want to eat dinner at 6, better get this going by 10am.

When it is done, the chicken will shred easily and then just stir it all together! And Enjoy! Everyone in my family really likes this one. And it’s so EASY!

Hey look – I added peas! Gettin crazy over here!

-Tarrin

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