Now I am a college student, and when I cook I am only cooking for one most of the time. I do, however, enjoy finding recipes that make more than one serving because school is very time consuming. This makes it very easy to say that there is no time to cook and just go out for a cheeseburger with fries instead. When I make a recipe that makes more than one serving, I am able to use the leftovers for several quick and easy meals all week.
The slow-cooker is my best friend when it comes to quick and easy meals. There is a little bit of prep work involved, but after that you just start up the slow-cooker and go about your business for the day. This allows you to come home to a nice hot meal. Who doesn’t love that?
One of my favorite slow-cooker recipes is very versatile and requires very minimal prep work.
Fiesta Chicken Dinner
1 1/2 cups of hot sauce
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch cubes)
1 15oz can of reduced sodium black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 15oz can of whole-kernel corn (drained)
1.) Drain a good amount of the liquid from the hot sauce and combine the hot sauce, chicken, and the rinsed and drained black beans together in a slow-cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
2.) Add the drained corn about 1 hour before the chicken is finished (after 7 hours if on low or after 3 hours if on high). There will be a lot of liquid in the slow-cooker from the chicken.
3.) Serve mixture as a quesadilla, in a tortilla as either a burrito or soft taco (my favorite way), or even as nachos topped with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, cilantro, etc.
I enjoyed mine for dinner tonight as a soft taco topped with a little bit of cheese and lettuce with a side of chips and hot sauce. Yum!
Nutrition Facts: Yields 4 servings
If you have more time on your hands, you can make your own hot sauce and use fresh corn cut off the cob. You can even use a different type of bean if you prefer. I also like to sometimes add additional ingredients during step 1 such as bell peppers, onions, diced tomatoes, or chile peppers.
I love the flexibility of this recipe, and the fact that you can feed a single person for about a week or a family of 4 for a night. It’s simple, healthy, and very filling! What more could you want in a recipe?
I hope everyone has a great week! Happy cooking! 🙂