SWEET POTATO, CHICKEN OR BEEF & BACON CASSEROLE – SLOW COOKER! Warm, hearty & packed with Mother Nature’s goodness!

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This Sweet Potato, Chicken or Beef & Bacon Casserole is “Power Foods Fitness” first of many slow cooker/crockpot recipes to keep your immune system boosted and waistline lean over the cooler months of  Winter.
I made this recipe with chicken in my crockpot (in photo below) on Easter Sunday and my home smells divine, my soul soothed by the old world charm of cooking this way and my body nourished!

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INGREDIENTS*: 

  • 1 ½ Onions, finely chopped
  • 5 Rashers of Bacon, cut into large strips
  • 450g Chicken, diced or 420g Beef casserole meat
  • 500g Sweet Potato – wash, keep skins on, cut & remove ends, cut potato into chunks
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 200g Boiling Water
  • 20g Wholegrain Mustard
  • 400g Tinned Tomatoes (non ‘value’ option)
  • 15g Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Dried Majoram
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 15g Coconut Oil
  • 200g Buttoned Mushrooms, cut in half
  • Fresh Basil, to garnish

* Greens per serving:

  • 60g Snow Peas
  • 60g Broccoli

What you will need:

  • Slow cooker or Crockpot
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Pyrex measuring jug
  • Steamer (for vegetables)

Cooking times:

  • Slow cooker : Low for 6-7 hours or high 3-4 hours
  • Crockpot: Low for 7-8 hours or high 3½ -4½ hours 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine bacon and onion and place in the slow cooker. Arrange chicken (or beef) and sweet potatoes on top.
  2. In a measuring jug add chicken stock with hot water, stir until dissolved.
  3. In a large bowl combine mustard, tomatoes, paste, herbs, stock, coconut oil, stir together and spoon over chicken (or beef).
  4. Cover and cook according to times above.
  5. 1 hour before cooking has finished add mushrooms and stir.
  6. 6 minutes before serving, wash and steam vegetables.
  7. Spoon out casserole onto serving plate with vegetables, serve hot.

NOTE: To reduce cooking time by an hour for either a slow cooker or a crockpot, boil chopped sweet potatoes for 8 minutes in a saucepan to soften, before adding to slow cooker with chicken (or beef) as in step one.

Winter is Mother Nature’s way to restore and renew our body and mind for the high activity of the warmer Summer months.

Mmm this style of cooking is a gentle encouragement to live slowly and being in the moment! xx

 

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