I decided I wanted to make something in the Crock pot for dinner because it just simplifies things for me – especially since I travel for work. It’s not a terribly long commute, but in traffic it can get entirely annoying and put a huge damper on my dinner plans. So to deter that annoyance and being ahead of the game with pre-planning my meals I rely on my Crock pot. A crock pot has truly been a time saver (life saver?) for me for many years. If you’re not aware you’d be surprised the things you can make in your Crock pot – from breakfast items to dessert with everything in between.
I had picked up a McCormick seasoning pack in Italian Herb Chicken and it had been sitting in my pantry cabinet waiting to be used. I was trying to figure out dinner and spotted the packet, realized I had everything needed to make it and onto the dinner menu it went. Originally the packet called for mushrooms but my boyfriend isn’t a big mushroom fan so I substituted for onion and peppers.
To make this all I needed was 2 pounds of chicken, two cans diced tomato, one can tomato paste, the McCormick seasoning pack and the vegetables of my choice (peppers and onions). I actually also added minced garlic to the crock pot because I put garlic in almost everything!
After setting my crock pot and “forgetting it” I found the end product was very much a chicken cacciatore. It was delicious and I did serve this over white rice.
Weight Watcher Point Plus wise I measured out my chicken (3 ounces) and gave it 3 points plus for the chicken with some veggies. My rice (1 cup) was an additional 5 points plus values. 8 Points plus was not bad for a delicious, homemade and simple dinner.
Apologies for not having the plated version photographed – I took a picture but my camera was evidentially hungry.
Do you have a Crockpot you use to help simplify cooking?