Weekend Kitchen Experiment

This weekend, my big kitchen experiment was with my new crockpot. Into it I threw:

    • 1 diced large onion
    • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 4 ounce can diced green chilis
    • 1 cup chunky salsa

I let it cook on low for 5 hours while I tried to find ways to entertain myself and ignore the delicious smell taking over my apartment. After that time, I took the chicken out, shredded it with two forks, and then put it back in the crockpot on high with the cover off for 1 hour to reduce the cooking liquid. [Half of] the finished product:


And it is/was DELICIOUS. Moist, flavorful, and a little spicy from the salsa and chilis. Yum!

The entire recipe yielded 10 servings, so I froze half (what is pictured above) and kept half for use this week. It worked out to be 2/3 cup of the shredded chicken mixture per serving, for 4 PointsPlus a pop.

So that is kind of the theme for this week’s menu plan because I tend to only cook 1 or 2 nights during the week, and then use big batches of things I make over the weekends to carry me through the rest.

Here’s what my week is shaping up to look like:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oatmeal w/cottage cheese + pumpkin pie spice Mexican Chicken Salad w/black beans, corn + cilantro Lentil + Feta Salad Soft boiled eggs w/English muffin, turkey bacon + fruit
Tuesday English muffin w/PB + banana Chicken soft tacos w/corn tortillas + side salad Greek yogurt w/honey crisp apple Black bean and corn quesadilla with cilantro
Wednesday Pumpkin Oatmeal w/cottage cheese + pumpkin pie spice Mexican Chicken Salad w/black beans, corn + cilantro Lentil + Feta Salad Out with friends – Sushi
Thursday Greek yogurt w/ cereal + banana Chicken soft tacos w/corn tortillas + side salad Lentil + Feta Salad Grilled tofu w/sweet potatoes + veggies
Friday Pumpkin Oatmeal w/cottage cheese + pumpkin pie spice Grilled tofu w/sweet potatoes + veggies over greens Greek yogurt w/frozen berries Out for Mexican!


And here’s what my week is looking like exercise-wise:

    • Sunday: Ripped in 30 Week 1 + 2 – first time trying this and I loved it! Similar to The Shred but no strength training move is more than 30 seconds and it’s all different moves. Refreshing!
    • Monday: 4 mile run
    • Tuesday: Running Intervals + Weights
    • Wednesday: Rest
    • Thursday: Cross train w/strength training
    • Friday: Rest
    • Saturday: 8 mile run

I’ll do a full update on half marathon training soon since I’m now 1/3 through it, but that’s the plan for this week!

How many nights a week do you cook?

15 Comments on Weekend Kitchen Experiment

  1. Bailey @ Onederland or Bust!
    September 24, 2012 at 9:13 am (8 years ago)

    I love cooking chicken in the crockpot! It makes it soo moist and flavourful, especially chicken breasts.

  2. Kris
    September 24, 2012 at 9:35 am (8 years ago)

    Sounds delish! Can you post the recipe and stats for the Lentil and Feta salad?

  3. suzanne
    September 24, 2012 at 10:35 am (8 years ago)

    I try to cook most nights. This week I do have a board meeting where they will serve dinner but the other nights I will cook. I work afternoon shifts at a coffee/donut shop so sometimes I’ll buy soup for dinner while I’m working.
    I love chicken and pork cooked in the slow cooker!

  4. Tori
    September 24, 2012 at 10:56 am (8 years ago)

    Looks delish! I’ve made something similar, but also added in sour cream to make it a bit creamy towards the end. Great with tortillas or over rice. 🙂

    This weekend, I batch cooked your stuffed eggplant! I hope it turns out as good as it looks/smelled! But dang, is that sucker time cosuming! I’ve gotta get the “remove flesh of eggplant” down better, as I wasn’t able to remove all of it towards the bottom. lol!

  5. Iris Lee
    September 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm (8 years ago)

    I usually cook every night! I love cooking, and I’m living with my parents for a while, so it’s nice for them to get home and have dinner on the table. 🙂

    I also really want to try Ripped in 30 – I liked The Shred, but I’m looking to spice things up!

    I posted a crock pot recipe today too! My blog is brand new (only 2 posts up!!), so feel free to stop by if you have a moment!

  6. nic..
    September 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm (8 years ago)

    AHHH I LOVE your meal plan! So organized!

    I usually do as much prep for the week as possible on Sunday nights. Cook main meals or proteins and rearrange the fridge so assembly will be easy for the rest of the busy week.

  7. Life's a Bowl
    September 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m putting my crock pot to use tonight for the first time this season 🙂 I’m hoping that a new recipe turns out well, I got an update from my husband when he went home at lunch that our apartment smells spicy 😛

  8. Sarah
    September 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm (8 years ago)

    This looks wonderful. I’m working on my weight loss journey and have found your posts so inspiring and I check them each day when I get out of work.

    I’m new to cooking ahead for the week and trying to figure out how to meal plan. I’ve realized that preplanning my meals and tracking of my calories really is key. I have a crockpot and think I’m going to give your recipe a try later this week. (That and your pumpkin oatmeal too!)

    Because I’m really, REALLY new to this sort of thing would you mind sharing how you store stuff in the freezer? It’s a stupid question, I know, but I’ve never really cooked before from scratch (it’s embarrassing to admit, but I used to just make enough for that one meal or get take out). Do you use a specific type of tupperware containers or plastic bags or do anything special to prevent freezer burn? How do you thaw a portion out? Is it like a frozen dinner where you can zap it in the microwave or do you have to let it thaw out first in the fridge. (If this isn’t the right place to ask such a basic question, it’s okay to point out where I should.)

  9. Vanessa
    September 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm (8 years ago)

    Once I’m done the shred, I’m going to do ripped in 30!

  10. Elizabeth
    September 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm (8 years ago)

    I am also a WW member who only just purchased a crock pot–I’m so excited, there are tons of healthy slow cooker recipes out there, I’m almost overwhelmed! Your recipe looks delicious and I’d love to try it, but one quick question: did you throw the chicken right in the crock pot raw or did you brown it in a skillet first? I ask because I see lots of crock pot recipes that require sort of pre-cooking raw meat before going in the crock pot so I just wanted to check. I would love to hear about more WW-friendly slow cooker recipes that you recommend!

  11. Laura
    September 25, 2012 at 7:51 am (8 years ago)

    I love crockpot chicken! I have a similar recipe, but use one onion, four chicken breasts, a can of crushed pineapple, and BBQ sauce.

  12. Carrie @ Season It Already!
    September 25, 2012 at 10:40 am (8 years ago)

    I want to cook more, but I have an only-child husband who usually gets what he wants – eating out. Luckily, after vacation, I usually get to cook more if only because we always overspend on vacation and can’t afford to eat out when we get back. l;-)

  13. Mary (A Merry Life)
    September 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm (8 years ago)

    I saw you post about this on social media and was wondering how it turned out. Glad to hear it was yummy!

    I cook probably 3-4 times a week.

  14. Lindsey @ Goldilocks and the 3 Bodies
    September 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm (8 years ago)

    I cook 0 nights! I hate it. I only use the microwave and/or toaster oven to roast veggies or microwave eggs. I don’t consider that cooking …

    I would hire you to design a menu plan because I hate that too! 😉

  15. Janice
    September 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm (8 years ago)

    Tried your chicken recipe with a variation. Added rotel green chillies and tomatoes instead of the green chilies. It was (and still is) so good. Paired it with sweet potato biscuits that hubby and I came up with. Will probably eat on the chicken all week and do other things with it as you did. Thanks for your great recipes!


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