pin it, do it – crock pot beer chicken (fail) and an arugula fig salad save

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I’m loving my Crock Pot so far.   I’ve made so many delicious dinners that I keep meaning to post.   Pot Roasts, Ribs, and I’d had high hopes for Crock Pot Beer Chicken.  I mean hello, BEER + CHICKEN = AMAZING…nope.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and was inclined to give it a try because 80% of the commenters said it was the most amazing chicken ever created.  How could I deny myself the most amazing chicken ever?   The recipe is simple.  Chicken, seasoning, beer, cook.   I threw it all together in the morning and fantasized about juicy perfect chicken all day.   When I got home all I had was a greasy crock pot full of dry flavorless chicken.     I was so disappointed.   I’m not sure what I did wrong, I didn’t let it cook too long, I followed the recipe exactly.

There is a bright side though.  I was still hungry and because I had had a few bites of flavorless greasy chicken all I wanted were some greens.   I decided to throw together an Arugula salad with goat cheese, figs and a Maple Balsamic Vinagrette.

Salad Ingredients/Directions (sorry for weird measurements in salad, winged it, do what works for you)

2c Arugula

2tbsp Goat cheese crumbles

Fresh Figs (4  sliced)

1 slice Applewood Smoked Bacon (crumbled)

Mix all items together in bowl, set aside (makes 2 salads)

Maple Balsamic Vinagrette Ingredients/Directions

1/2c Balsamic Vinegar

1/4c Maple Syrup

1c EVOO

Mix together.   Pour over Salad

DEVOUR!

So if your Crock Pot Pinterest experiment doesn’t work out, just go for this arugula salad, you won’t be disappointed!

flavorful

There’s a lot going on so the vegan experiment  is kind of going back and forth….hence the following chicken recipe.    I learned how to grill the other night so I’m taking full advantage.   When I want to find a fun recipe, I turn to the land of google.

DELICIOUS + GRILLED + CHICKEN =

Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Marinade

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup lime juice
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp honey
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:
Combine lime juice, oil, honey, thyme, rosemary, garlic and pepper. Pour it over chickens in a ziploc bag. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours up to overnight. Grill until done and juices run clear.

via Plain Chicken

Delicious!  I paired it with arugula (can’t go wrong) and grilled sweet potatoes with cinnamon.   Microwave potatoes for about 4 minutes per side.   Cool.  Slice.  Place on grill for about 10 minutes.   Add butter, cinnamon.   Done.

I’m hoping to get back to my vegan ways tomorrow, but I needed this tonight.  Kiddo loved it too!    Got a great grilled recipe?   I’m a grilling machine now, I want to grill it all!

game (back) on

About 6 months ago I was all, let me try this vegan experiment thing.   Then about 6 weeks ago I hit  I hit a wall  and decided to suspend it.   Then about 6 days ago I realized I felt like crap and missed eating just veggies so I decided to wander back to the experiement o’vegan.   Yup, I’m indecisive.   Actually, that’s a lie, I’m just vain.   See as soon as I abandoned my vegan experiment my skin went to shit, and I felt like a bumpy, uncomfortable fool.   Also meat, dairy and I do not get along, so back to my vegan ways I go.   I love it

Seriously, the skies the limit for cooking when it comes to vegan meals, but I always seem to return to my old faves.   Chickpeas and edamame for snacking (top pic.)   Homemade organic salsa (middle left.)  Chickpeas (again) and arugula (middle right.)  And lemon mint tomato and kale pasta (bottom.)   Tastes amazing!

I’ve also been trying really hard to keep a food journal, but I suck at writing that stuff down so I’ve turned to instagram and twitter to chronicle what I’m shoving in my mouth.  If you’re a follower and it’s annoying – sorry!    At least the vegan food journal will prevent you from seeing me with a big ole zit on my face, attractive I know.