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Advice Please: Slow-Cooking & Food Processors?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I have been making some Spark recipes lately - I tried out baked ziti with non-fat cottage cheese! I also made a low fat buffalo dip. yum!

I want to try out another Spark recipe tomorrow while I am at work.
The recipe does not call for any liquid. I checked all of the comments and no one really mentioned adding it to it- maybe because it is common knowledge? My Mom told me I need to add liquid to it or else it will burn. Should I add anything or do you think it will be ok the way it is? I could add a little chicken broth I guess?

24 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 (16 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz ) can petite diced tomatoes with basil and oregano or any style of canned tomatoes
1 dash salt
1 dash black pepper
2 t dried basil
1 t dried thyme

Also, I was thinking about getting a food processor. I saw a guacamole recipe that looks really good. I also saw a peanut butter recipe that looks interesting- I just don't have a food processor! Any advice on where to start looking for one? I don't want to spend a ton of money for an "excellent" one. I just want one that works!

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    You don't need a food processor for guacamole. It is easy to just mash the avocados with a fork once they're cut into chunks. I kind of prefer the texture that way, anyway. With that said, I have a 7-cup KitchenAid processor that also has a 3-cup insert for making smaller recipes. I think it was about $70 at CostCo and it works pretty well. It will do thin slices and shred carrots and it's good for making hummus. I probably wouldn't bother with one of the really little processors - cup is too small and they won't have enough horsepower for many jobs. Not sure about the peanut butter recipe - many stores have the machines that grind the peanuts into butter that you can buy in bulk, so maybe that would work instead?
    2890 days ago
    I'd likewise guess that the tomatoes will be enough, just don't drain the liquid. I've gotten hooked on slowcookers, too. I have three--small, medium, and large.

    Here's the simplest recipe I have for the large or medium ones:

    1 family pack of chicken thighs
    1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's barbeque sauce

    That's it. I like to take the skin off the thighs, but you can just rinse and toss them in the pot as is. The chicken turns out tender and tasty. I love great results, no work recipes.
    2897 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    Thank you all! I am excited about trying out new things. It definitely makes the healthy cooking more interesting!
    2897 days ago
    As the others said- the tomatoes should take care of the liquid.
    2897 days ago
    There is a yahoo group called slow cooking recipes and these ladies really are knowledge about their slowcookers/crock pots and can assist you through anything. You might want to join them for their knowledge and future cooking projects.

    Also guessing that the meal you are cooking is on low for 8-10 hours which would not cause it to burn.

    Check Bed bath and beyond for your appliances. they give 20 percent off each product with coupons and you can get a good one at a savings.
    2897 days ago
    I wouldn't add any liquid, the tomatoes will do that for you. Let us know how it turns out!
    2897 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4653029
    I would say that the tomatoes will be enough liquid along with what cooks off of the chicken. You can buy a food processor at Wal-Mart, Target, or a hardware store. Good luck!
    2897 days ago
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