Heart-healthy recipe to help you get through social distancing
I hope that this post finds you and your families doing well during these challenging times. Believe me, I understand the frustration, worries, and other emotions that many of us are experiencing.
Therefore, I thought I would try something a little different with this post. As we are required to stay home to protect ourselves and our community, we likely have extra time on our hands. In addition, our favorite restaurants are closed or have limited take-out options.
Yet we still need to eat and we still need to take care of ourselves. That is why I thought I would share a heart-healthy recipe that I enjoy making. I hope it brightens your day and pleases your palate. This recipe is a low-effort, low-sodium, slow-cooker lemon chicken.
Please note: When I cook, I rarely make the effort to do exact measurements, so the amount of ingredients listed is an estimation of what I use. Also, I tend to prefer bold flavors, so feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning to your preferences.
-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-2 onions (diced)
-3 carrots (cut into pieces)
-5 cloves of garlic (minced)
-3 cups no-salt added chicken broth
-4 sprigs of thyme
-frozen peas (if using canned peas, rinse prior to adding)
-salt/pepper/sugar to taste
Place approximately 2 tbsp olive oil in slow cooker and add chicken breasts.
Add garlic, onions, carrots, juice and zest of 1 lemon, thyme, and chicken broth to slow cooker. Slice second lemon and place lemon slices to slow cooker. Add pepper, pinch of salt, and 1 tbsp sugar. Cook on high setting for approximately 4 hours.
Stir in peas and continue to heat on low setting until completely warm.
Serve and enjoy!
OPTIONAL STEP: May add some uncooked orzo along with the peas and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
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Wishing you health and continued safety!
Decided to make this tonight. Here is the finished product!