I love my crockpot. I love that I can dump things in, set it, and forget about it. I love that I don't have to stand around in a hot kitchen over steaming pots for an hour when I could be cleaning my house or getting my homework done while the baby is napping.
Yesterday, I made coconut chicken with fried rice using my crockpot for the chicken. We came home from music lessons and I smelled something delicious as I went down our walkway. I said to my son, "Too bad we're not eating at the neighbor's house tonight; their dinner smells yummy!" Then when I walked in my door, I was greeted by the smell more strongly and I realized it was MY dinner that was in the crockpot all ready to go! I was ecstatic.
The end of the month always leaves me trying to be extra creative with what groceries I already have before a new budget begins, so when I saw bone broth and chicken in the freezer, noodles in the pantry, and ripe veggies in the crisper, I knew what was on the menu.
I have definitely had some crockpot fails in my past. But soup is one that's hard to mess up. All you really need is veggies and/or meat of your choice, some seasonings, and some liquid and you're ready to roll!
So here we go:
Place frozen chicken in bottom of crockpot. Top with chopped veggies (I used carrots, zucchini, and onion) and garlic.
Add liquid on top. (This can be a combination of bone broth, chicken broth, cream, milk, water, etc. Use what you have!) Stir in seasonings (I used 1 drop each of rosemary and thyme essential oil; they're very potent so a little goes a long way! As well as some salt and pepper to taste.)
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
After about 3-1/2 hours, use two forks to shred the chicken. Prepare the matzo ball mix according to the package. After refrigerating for 10 minutes, form the matzo balls and keep covered in the refrigerator until you're ready to use them.
When the time is up, add the noodles if you're using them and the matzo balls. Cover and continue cooking for about 20 minutes.
I whipped up some cornbread to go with it, which worked out great to put in the oven at the same time that I did this last step because it took the same amount of time to bake! (Too bad I set the temperature on the oven wrong and it took longer....it worked better in my head. lol)