Meal Planning Monday – Chicken Ranch crock pot meal with veggies

Happy Monday!

This recipe is a staple in out house – Slow cooker cheesy chicken and rice. We make it so often, I decided to mess with it a little bit.

It’s difficult to get D to eat veggies. When he was a baby, he loved them. But around age 2, he just stopped. Sometimes I can get him to eat them if I sneak them into his food. Sometimes. Corn is about the only veggie I can get him to eat and that’s not even really considered a veggie. It has no nutritional value. But it makes me feel good that he’s eating something that’s still a veggie – ha! Sometimes (in my version of the above recipe) D will eat the broccoli that I use. So I just keep on trying. And giving him a vitamin. Because it makes me feel better. 😛

Here’s my version! This is even good as a leftover – and I really don’t like leftovers.

*3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
*1 can of cream of chicken soup
*1 packet of dry Ranch seasonings
*1/2 cup of dry rice, cooked
*3 cups of chopped broccoli (we use frozen)
*2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (one bag or one block)

1. Place chicken breasts in crock pot. If you use frozen ones, be prepared for extra water. I remedied this by undercooking my rice a little bit and let the rice sit in it later and soak up the water.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the cream of chicken soup and Ranch packet. Mix together well.
3. Dump the soup mixture onto the chicken.
4. Cook on low (low is recommended with frozen meat) for about 5-6 hours – crock pots vary, but this is what mine took.
5. When done cooking, shred the chicken.
6. Mix around with the soup mixture and add the rice (if your rice is a little undercooked, let the rice sit with the chicken mixture on high for about 10 minutes.)
7. Add the cooked broccoli and 1 3/4 cup of the cheese.
8. Mix around until cheese is melted.
9. Serve it up and top with extra cheese.

I love Ranch packets and I love cheese, so this is right up my alley 🙂 You can really be so creative with this. If you are, please comment and let me know! You can use any veggie, different cheese, brown rice, yellow rice, beef, whatever!

Happy cooking!

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