Healthy. Easy. Inexpensive. Delicious.
You get 3 out of the 4 most of the time when it comes to making dinner. Want something easy, inexpensive, and healthy? Well then it might be lacking in the taste department.
Want something healthy, easy, and delicious? It’s gonna cost you.
As the seasons change and the weather cools off slightly or by double digits, we are in the time of sweaters, scarves and hot food. Summer bodies are a thing of the past, and now what we want is comfort and coziness, even if it’s at the expense of our diets.
These delicious comfort food meals are often achieved through one of the most wonderful inventions known to mankind: the glorious crock-pot. And one blogger by the name of Alyssa Rivers has a tried-and-true winner of a recipe for you.
“Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff”: Incredibly easy and just as incredibly delicious.
Stroganoff is a crowd-pleaser that has many variations. People love it so much they’ve come up with dozens of minute changes to the standard, and there are even paleo and Whole-30-compliant versions available.
So what makes this particular recipe a stand-out? The flavor powerhouse is provided by cream cheese, cream of chicken soup and onion soup mix. Chicken breast and mushrooms are cooked in the silky sauce, and then egg noodles are added in.
Then, of course, there’s some parsley garnish — parsley is healthy, right? Mushrooms and greens are good for you… so this has some healthy aspects going for it.
Plus, Rivers mentions that it takes her all of 5 minutes to prep the sauce. What mom wouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief over that?
Apparently over 300,000 moms (or people who value convenience and comfort food) have pinned this recipe for later on Pinterest.
Still not convinced? There are over 50 photos showing what everyday folk have whipped up by following her instructions, and they all look pretty stinkin’ fantastic (which is impressive, considering that grayish sauce on beige noodles has a tendency look unappetizing).
And if you don’t quite have everything called for in the original recipe, there are plenty of variations suggested by users. Some swapped spaghetti for the egg noodles, some used their own spice blends in place of the onion soup, and Rivers even provides a recipe for a cream of chicken soup.
Those who feel a bit put off by the amount of fat (read: tastiness) in the recipe have added in spinach or broccoli to satisfy their inner health critics, used reduced fat cream cheese, and/or reduced the salt/sodium amounts.
Find the recipe here: The Recipe Critic’s Slow Cooker and Mushroom Stroganoff.
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