Can it really be this easy?

I totally get it. You’re tired and busy and there’s oh-so-much-to-do. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, and it’s even easier to drop some of our self-care tricks when life is full swing.

It’s been a really busy time for me and my sweet family. We had a little girl turn into a big girl of 8 and our “dude” is now sporting 4 years. There was Valentine’s in the middle there, and of course we’ve had a few winter sniffles and tired days on our side too. Life gets busy. It’s real and it happens. But it doesn’t have to get in our way, does it?

I’m all for cooking up a storm. I kind of like it. But I’m also a major fan of having just a few “go-to’” meals that are super easy to whip out for when the going get’s tough.

When my life gets all crazy, I lean on my sidekick in the kitchen, my crockpot. I admit I own three of these gems in different sizes. One for grains (when I eat ’em), one for soups (when I make ‘em), and one for just about everything.

The last one is my red one and she is my favorite. She’s a pretty simple gal. She’s got a high, low, and warm switch that’s all. She’s nothing fancy, but she’s a good size, and she cooks a killer chicken.

Seriously, it’s a no fail dinner every single time. My kids love it, my husband begs for more, can it really be this easy? Yes!

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Here’s how the recipe goes. You’ll need 4 ingredients total; one whole chicken, salt and pepper, and poultry seasoning (or your favorite blend). Yep, that’s it. It’s almost embarrassing to admit how easy this can be.

Next, I rinse off the chicken and place the backbone down inside the crock. Then, I rub the seasonings on. And last, I turn my red girl on high. And I let her do her thing for 6-8 hours. No micromanaging, no fussing, I just let her cook away on the counter. I turn her off when I see the meat pulling away from the bone just a bit, and that’s just about it. Easy right?

Now how do I make this a meal? If I’m in a serious time crunch, I serve my roast chicken with a side salad. If I happened to look ahead just a little bit, I’ll throw a few potatoes in the oven and serve them baked with butter. Super simple, super easy, and seriously yummy.

Want to up it one more notch? After dinner, I’ll strip all the chicken from the bones. Fill my crock back up with water and turn her on high again. Sometimes I add onions and carrots and celery- and sometimes I don’t have the time. I’ll have her cook again, while I’m sleeping and in the morning I’ll wake up to a crock full of chicken stock that I can use in soups or add to greens. All I have to do is strain and store. Seriously, that’s easy!

Now it's your turn. I want to know, what's your favorite crockpot recipe? Leave a comment and tell me how you manage feeding your family well with all the hustle and bustle of life.

~ Kristin