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During my freshman year of college, I took sociology 101. I’ll never forget the afternoon the professor was discussing the correlation of social-economic status with obesity in America. As he paced the stage, he pointed out cheap food has a lot of preservatives and unhealthy ingredients. Which meant those who are low-income are more likely to consume foods with preservatives and unhealthy ingredients than those who can pay for healthier options.
With that said; there was a point in my adult life the company I was working for had to let me go for financial reasons. Money was tight & I needed to be creative with my finances. I took advantage of the local food bank, but like so many others the food had preservatives so it could have a longer shelf life. Don’t get me wrong; I’m grateful for the food bank and the service they provide is essential each and every day, but frustrated knowing how unhealthy some of the food may be.
While I did not study culinary and will never be a chef, I do have the master kitchen; my creativity! As the yearly harvest was upon us my refrigerator was overflowing with sweet potatoes and apples. What’s the saying? Waste not, want not! So, with some creativity, I whipped up the below & blew my socks off. As always, the measurements are an estimate so feel free to alter per your tastes.
I call this chicken with mashed sweet potatoes & apple
- 2 skinless chicken breasts
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 2 medium apples, whatever flavor you prefer
- ½ a teaspoon garlic power
- ½ a teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
- 16 oz hot water
I am using a slow-cooker, but it is possible to make this using just your stovetop.
In the slow-cooker, place both skinless chicken breasts
Cube the sweet potato and apples and add to slow-cooker
For every 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon you use; use 8 oz of water. For my smaller slow-cooker, I used 2 teaspoons and 16 ounces
As garlic, onion, parsley, and any other spices to your liking.
With the slow-cooker on low; cook for a minimum of 6 hours.
This seems like a simple recipe; because it is! The natural sugars from the apples mixed with the starchy goodness of the sweet potato will be absorbed by the chicken as it cooks.
When you are ready to eat you can eat 2 different ways. Either ladle out the potato and apple chunks and serve; it’s a nice warm side to the chicken. Or my personal preference; mash the sweet potato and apple. Since the produce pieces have been cooking they have softened.
Doesn’t seem like apple and sweet potatoes should make a good side-dish, but trust me they do! Did I mention you house will smell amazing while the meal cooks?