Friday, April 4, 2014

Superfoods Month: Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Stew

There are two things I love more than anything (okay three if you count my family). I love my slow cooker and I love kale. I don't know where my obsession with kale came from, but I really just love it in everything. And my slow cooker? Well, it just makes everything easier... and delicious. And that's a win win.

This recipe combines them together. And it's healthy for you. And Paleo. And contains superfoods. It's really just an all around superb recipe and you should definitely give it a try.

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Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Stew
Excerpted from Powerful Paleo Superfoods by Heather Connell and Julia Maranan



Kale packs this stew with a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Change it up and add a combo of other leafy greens, like Swiss chard and spinach. Just be sure to remove the thickest center ribs before breaking leaves into pieces, and wash well to remove any grittiness.

1 pound (454 g) skinless, boneless, pasture-raised chicken breasts
1 yellow onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and cubed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup (235 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
1⁄3 cup (90 g) tomato paste
3 tablespoons (45 ml) balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons gluten-free yellow mustard
3 bay leaves
1 bunch kale, stems removed and broken into pieces
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Wash the chicken and cut into bite-size pieces. Place into the pot of a slow cooker.

On top of the chicken add the diced onion, cubed carrots, cubed sweet potato, garlic, chicken broth, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and bay leaves. Stir to mix everything together. Turn the slow cooker on
high heat for 3 to 4 hours, or until the carrots and sweet potato are tender.

Add the kale and stir to combine; cook for 1 hour more. Taste the stew and season with sea salt and pepper. Remove the bay leaves, and serve.

Makes 5 to 6 servings


Tip:
If you don’t like your chicken chunky, you can add the chicken breasts whole and shred the chicken at the end of cooking by using a fork or the back of a spoon. Using the slow cooker to cook the chicken makes this super easy to do. I’ve had the stew both ways, and both are delicious.

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