Crock Pot Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes

Warning: This post may be slightly incoherent, but research says that I may actually be drunk.  It's not my fault.

Oh hey, it's 1:30 am.  FYI, I am no longer a fan of you.

I remember when this particular time on the old clock meant closing tiiiiiime, one last call for alcohol so finish your whisky or beeeeer.  In light of the fact that I've been up at 11pm, midnight, and 12:45 so far tonight, 1:30 just equals sleep isn't going to happen so I'm gonna work on my blog while stalking the baby video monitor and OH GOD her arm just moved why is she not sleeping should I go and rock/hold/swaddle/pat her what do I do someone just TELL ME THE ANSWER!?!

I'll be in bed by 7:30 tonight.  I can teach you how to be 80 years old, too, if you want!

Yo, 7:00 am.  I'm not a huge fan of you either, but at least there's coffee.

"Bad news, we don't have anymore coffee"
                - husband who forgot to check the pantry before momentarily shattering my world

I just read an article about new-parent sleep deprivation and how continued lack of sleep can cause a postpartum woman to be as cognitively impaired as an intoxicated person.  Thankfully this totally explains why I looked straight in the mirror just now and mascara'd my eyebrow.

I think I'd get more sleep if I just had some solid answers, you know?  Like, how do I know if she's truly hungry when she wakes up multiple times a night, or if she just needs some comforting?  How do I avoid all the worst sleep-inducing habits when they are the things actually working?  How do I get my husband to stop waking up in a panic wondering where we put the baby (hahahahahaha, dude, you were so freaked out last night)?

I mean, when I Google "how to get baby to sleep through the night" I expect a step-by-step tutorial, internet people.  You better quit telling me to cry it out and hope for the best.  I will paper cut you.

Ohhh, 3:00 pm, is it bedtime yet?  Nope.  But dinner's on the horizon and I tired!

So here's what we're going to do.  It may be late afternoon, but today begs for the crock pot.

Tonight's dinner recipe is pretty handy in that you can still rely on your slow-cooker to do all the work, but you don't have to think about dinner prep until later in the day.  You know, after you've had a chance to drink a vat of coffee and wipe the mascara off your eyebrows.

And there are only a few ingredients!  And almost no pre-cooking!  Slice up some onions and potatoes, layer them with some baby carrots straight from the bag, brown up a few chicken breasts for, like, 2 seconds, and place it all in your crock pot with some chicken broth and wine.

Another plus?  It's late enough in the day that sneaking a few glugs of wine straight from the bottle as you "cook" is totally ok.  And if you get a little tipsy, well, just blame it on 1:30 am.

Crock Pot Chicken
Carrots and Potatoes
Adapted from Cooking Light
Serves 4
1 yellow onion, vertically sliced
2 c baby carrots
6 red potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 c fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 c dry white wine
1 tbs honey mustard
1 tbs fresh thyme, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Coat the bottom of your crock pot with cooking spray.  Arrange the onion slices in an even layer across the bottom, and then top with the carrots and potatoes.

Combine the broth, wine, honey mustard, thyme, garlic, and desired amount of salt/pepper in a small bowl or a measuring cup.  Pour over the vegetables in the crock pot.

Combine the paprika and additional salt/pepper, and rub evenly over the chicken.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add the oil.  When hot, add the chicken and cook 3 minutes per side or until browned.  Arrange the chicken on top of the vegetables in the crock pot.

Cover and cook on low for 3 and 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is done and the vegetables are tender.  Garnish with additional thyme as desired.



Patricia Gutierrez said...

Glad I stumbled upon your blog. I was searching for quick and super easy recipes for meals I could make while lugging around my newborn baby, who this past week has been stuck to me like glue. With that said, I can relate to you on being sleep deprived. This is my second time around so I can say with certainty, that you will sleep again. Hang in there. My first child went thru about 4-5 months of being the worst sleeper. Waking every 2 hours. I was going insane. I tried a couple of different sleep methods (that failed) and my last resort was the Ferber method (which I modified slightly). I was totally opposed to it initially, but I was desperate for sleep. And luckily it worked wonders. I hope not to have to resort to that again with my son. He's still too little to know if he will be a good or bad sleeper. Just try different things, and you will surely find a method that you will be comfortable with and that will work for your baby. Good luck to you!! ~ Patricia

Allison @ Type A Kitchen said...

Thanks, Patricia! It helps so much knowing I'm not alone and that it'll get better. I'm glad you found my blog, and congratulations on your new little one! You're a pro this time around I'm sure :)

Patricia Gutierrez said...

Well I'm hardly a pro, but it is definitely easier the second time around. It's so nice to have a baby in the house again. Congratulations to you as well! Enjoy every second with your baby...they really do grow up so fast.

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