Slow Cooker Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken

Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken

Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken is a slow cooker dish made with chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, water chestnuts, pineapple tidbits, fresh ginger and other great spices! The original recipe included 2 tablespoons Caribbean Jerk seasoning. The first time I made Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken, serendipity (making a fortunate discovery accidentally) happened that day because I didn’t have any Caribbean Jerk seasoning in my cupboard! Most noteworthy is that I did have Garam Masala, an Indian spice I like and I substituted it for the Caribbean Jerk seasoning in this recipe. It was so delicious that I confess I have not prepared this recipe with Caribbean Jerk seasoning yet.

In addition I wanted to tell you about this substitution in case you would prefer to use the Caribbean Jerk seasoning in Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken when you make it. Or you could try making the recipe both ways to see which way you like it best! The sweet potatoes and pineapple tidbits just go together so well and fresh ginger is one of my favorite ingredients in any meat or chicken dish!


Furthermore, as you can see in the above photo, I tried fresh cranberries in Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken instead of dried cranberries. The dried cranberries are much better as the fresh cranberries were just too tart in this recipe, in my opinion. The water chestnuts give this dish such nice crunchiness, too!

The Recipe – Jamaica-Me-Crazy-Chicken

Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken
Serves 4
Slow Cooker chicken with sweet potatoes, pineapple, water chestnuts, dried cranberries and spiced with Caribbean Jerk seasoning or Garam Masala.
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Cook Time
6 hr
Cook Time
6 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  2. 1 8-ounce can sliced (or diced) water chestnuts
  3. 1 cup dried cranberries
  4. 1 20-ounce can pineapple tidbits in their own juice
  5. 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  6. 2 tablespoons Caribbean Jerk seasoning (OR Garam Masala)
  7. 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  8. 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  9. 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  10. 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. Fresh thyme sprigs
  13. Hot Cooked Rice
Instructions
  1. Place sweet potatoes in a 4 or 5-quart slow cooker. Add water chestnuts and dried cranberries. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; add pineapple to slow cooker. Top with chicken. Sprinkle Jerk seasoning or garam masala over chicken.
  2. Combine the onion, ginger, Worcestershire sauce, lime peel and cumin with reserved juice. Pour over the chicken. Top with thyme sprigs.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken and vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve with rice.
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Consequently, in the event that you don’t have any Jerk Seasoning in your cupboard, here’s a recipe for Jamaican Jerk Seasoning that you may wish to try when you make Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken. Of course, it’s fitting that Jerk seasoning would be used to season a “Jamaican” recipe!

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
Caribbean Jerk seasoning made from scratch!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  2. 2-3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  3. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  4. 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  5. 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  6. 2 teaspoons sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  10. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  11. 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  13. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine and mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Good in any recipe requiring Jerk seasoning!
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Comments

Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken is a wonderful slow cooker dish for any time of year! The results are chicken that is moist and juicy surrounded by a variety of flavors that seem to complement each other well.

If you’d like to try Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken with garam masala, click here for a recipe for homemade garam masala. Whichever spice you use in this dish, I hope you enjoy Jamaica-Me-Crazy Chicken!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Winning Snacks to Eat While Watching the Olympics

 

The 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games have begun and many of us are watching Team USA’s efforts to bring home the gold! What a great opportunity the Olympics provide for family and friends to come together to watch our super elite athletes! Team USA has already started collecting gold medals! These super elite athletes inspire us to try harder and push farther to follow our own dreams! 

Olympic Nutrition Requirements

Do you have any idea how many calories Olympians eat while competing? I was quite amazed when I recently read about the quantity of food as well as the specific foods that the super elite athletes eat in order to be in top form. Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer who has already captured a gold medal in 2016, is reported to consume 12000 calories per day as his workouts can burn 4000-6000 calories per day! That’s a tremendous amount of food!

To stay in shape and maintain their energy during long workout sessions, these strong competitors need constant fuel. Protein is the key ingredient super elite athletes need in their diet. Their food needs to be nutrient dense, that is, to provide a variety of nutrients in large amounts as possible in the foods consumed.


Eating right allows athletes to delay fatigue, work harder and recover faster, possibly giving them the edge they need to set a personal record as well as winning a medal! Protein prevents muscle wasting during exercise and prevents the athletes from feeling hungry during exercise. In addition to protein, athletes need carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and plenty of fluids to be properly fueled for exercise.

One of the most popular sources of protein among Olympic athletes is peanut butter! One athlete has said that “peanut butter is the lifeblood of every athlete.” Peanut butter is often spread on bagels, toast or used in smoothies. Other popular foods enjoyed by the super elite athletes are turkey sandwiches, eggs, fish, grilled chicken, green vegetables, yogurt and fruit. Here’s a chart from the USDA National Nutrient Database listing some good sources of protein:

 Food Serving Size Protein (grams)
Lentils 1 cup 18
Greek yogurt, plain, nonfat      4 ounces                        17
Kidney Beans 1 cup 15
Protein Snack Bars 1 bar 6.5 – 15
 Low-fat Cottage Cheese 1/2 cup 12
Low-sodium Beef Jerky 1 ounce 9
Edamame 1 cup 8
Almonds 1/4 cup 8
Sim Milk 8 ounces 8
Boiled Egg 1 6
Cashew Butter 2 tablespoons 5

 

Now let’s look at two recipes for dips to enjoy while we’re watching the Olympics!

Championship Bean Dip Recipe

While cheering and yelling for Team USA snacks and treats are in order to keep our energy levels up. Championship Bean Dip is a winner in its own right! Championship Bean Dip is an appetizing combination of refried beans, three cheeses, sour cream, picante sauce and spices heated on high in a slow cooker for two hours then served with chips, crackers, salsa or whatever you desire. In the unlikely event that there is leftover Championship Bean Dip, make some tasty Bean and Cheese Burritos the next day!

Championship Bean Dip
Yields 4
An irresistible bean dip made with refried beans, sour cream, three cheese, picante sauce and spices.
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 (16 ounce can) refried beans
  2. 1 cup picante sauce
  3. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  4. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  5. 3/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1 3-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  7. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. Tortilla chips and salsa
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well, and transfer to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until heated through, stirring once or twice. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa.
Notes
  1. In the rare case there is any leftover bean dip, use it to make bean and cheese burritos!
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 Championship Bean Dip is a savory dip while Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip is a sweet one! Peanut butter is combined with cream cheese, vanilla, and honey, brown sugar or maple syrup to create a dip that’s great with apple slices, celery sticks, pretzels, vanilla wafers and chunks of banana. After I made this I thought about making a sandwich with bananas as I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches!

Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip

 

 

Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip
Yields 2
A delicious dip made from peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk and sweetener of your choice.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup peanut butter
  2. 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1/4 cup honey OR 1/4 cup brown sugar OR 1/4 cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until mixture is smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Serve with pretzels, vanilla wafers, banana chunks, celery sticks, sliced apples or whatever you would like!
Adapted from allrecipes.com
Adapted from allrecipes.com
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Closing Comments

When the Olympics are over, the super elite athletes look forward to having the treats they give up during training to keep their performance at optimal levels. Their commitment to working out and eating right is hopefully rewarded with a winning performance! Enjoy the 2016 Olympic Games and try one or both of these winning dips while you’re watching the games!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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