Mouth Watering Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

These mouth watering pulled chicken sandwiches are a great slow cooker recipe from  The Three Week Menu Plan (that could save your marriage), found in week 3. They are super easy to make, gluten & dairy free, and mouth watering! This recipe could have a slightly higher sugar content depending on the type of barbeque sauce used – so choose wisely (or make your own using maple syrup or honey as the sweetener). As an added bonus, this recipe utilizes some (hidden) pureed veggies in the sauce to boost the nutritional content. I love to use Jessica Seinfeld’s method (which you can learn more about in her cookbook Deceptively Delicious ) of making large batches of pureed veggies and freezing them in 1/2 cup portions in labeled ziploc baggies in the freezer.

I didn’t grow up eating these delicious sandwiches, and was first introduced to them at my sister’s house a few years ago. Since then, they have become a regular favourite in our house, and my kids actually cheer when they learn that this is what’s being served! I have just recently started making them in the slow cooker, and the chicken is so tender that it practically falls apart.

Mouth Watering Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Serves 5-6 people

Mouth watering pulled chicken sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, or a combination of breasts and thighs

1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 medium onion

4 cloves garlic

1/2 cup your choice of either pureed butternut squash, sweet potato, or carrot

desired amount of favourite barbeque sauce

buns

Directions:

1. Place chicken, water, onion, garlic, salt and pepper in slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.

2. In the slow cooker stone, pull the chicken apart using two forks.

3. Stir in pureed vegetable of choice, and desired amount of your favourite barbeque sauce until desired yumminess is achieved.

4. Serve on gluten free buns or buns of choice, with a salad or vegetable.

On a side note, if you have any leftover pulled chicken, it is fantastic as a pizza topping, or on loaded nachos, or baked potatoes.

Shown in the picture above are a quick gluten & dairy free bun that only take 20 minutes to your first batch being completely baked! We do prefer a yeast bun, but on a day when time is limited (almost always), these are our go-to buns. I no longer have the source, but I’ve adapted them quite a bit, so here is my version:

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Buns

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour (brown or white)

1 cup potato starch flour

1 cup tapioca starch flour

2 Tbsp ground flax seeds

4 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp salt

4 eggs

1/2 cup oil (I like to use melted aroma free organic coconut oil, but any oil works fine)

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 cup milk of choice (unsweetened almond, coconut or rice)

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients, and whisk together until fully incorporated

2. Add wet ingredients, and stir well to combine

3. On a baking sheet, place batter in heaping tablespoons 2 inches apart, and flatten slightly

4. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 – 17 minutes

5. Allow to cool slightly before slicing

Enjoy!

-Karen

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25: 4 & 5

 

 

 

 

 

The Three Week Menu Plan (that could save your marriage)

I was encouraged by all of the feedback that I have gotten regarding my post Suppertime Stress – a Solution. I had the hunch that this was a struggle for some other moms out there, and now my suspicions have been confirmed. I have been asked repeatedly to share my menu and my recipes from all you weary moms out there, and so I will be happy to do so. And just to clear the air, my marriage didn’t need saving. But more on that later.

Today I will share my 3 week menu plan, and then I will share the recipes in several mid week posts throughout the next few weeks. Without further ado, here is the menu plan (that could save your marriage):

Monday to Thursday utilize the slow cooker, so that on those busy school nights supper is ready right on time with no last minute stress.

3 week menu plan

There it is! I should mention that all of these recipes are gluten free and dairy free (with some optional dairy toppings). It’s been amazing having a go-to menu plan. I never have to try to come up with something at the last minute anymore which has been so stress free. I also now feel like I have the freedom to try something new if I want to change it up a little, and I’ll most likely end up adding a fourth week for all those other yummy meals that haven’t made the menu yet.

But how can this meal plan save my marriage, you ask? Well, that may be an outlandish claim BUT even so, following this menu plan has led to more harmonious, peaceful, well running days for our family as we go about doing all of the things that we do. There are fewer harsh words spoken; there is calmness where there was often calamity. Could that be enough to save your marriage? Well, it could be… What I do know is that it’s simple, and simple is good.

Go ahead, try it!

Karen

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25 4 & 5

 

 

 

Suppertime Stress – a Solution

Suppertime was getting to me. My two older kids get home shortly after 3pm, and I want to intentionally connect with them each day when they get home. We’ve got commitments and activities happening a few nights a week which means that supper has to be ready at 5pm so that we can all sit down together each night – something that is a priority for us. This meant that I was feeling the stress of wanting to play and connect with my girls and the necessity of having supper ready on time, and not just anything ready for supper; something yummy and nutritious… this was driving me crazy!!! I realized that I needed to come up with a better solution than just frantically preparing supper each night.

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time writing a three week menu plan that involves four nights of slow cooker meals a week (which are used on our busiest nights). So far, this has been AMAZING. My only deadline is getting the food prepped and in the slow cooker before it needs to start cooking, sometime between 9am and 12pm. The afternoons at our house have been stress free and fun! I can just enjoy the kids and rest easy knowing that supper is already taken care of. And, I have been able to try out some new recipes which have turned out really well. We have decided that we love our slow cooker. I have decided that I never want to look in the cupboard at 4pm again trying to decide what to make… because although I was fairly consistent with making a menu each week, I wasn’t consistent enough. The problem was that each week I went through the work of making a menu again and again. Why was I doing this unnecessary work????

Slow cooker in action!

Does this all sound too simple? Here are the main things that have eliminated suppertime stress for me:

1. I have a menu for every day of the week, that I never have to change or come up with again, unless I want to
2. I now know exactly what groceries I’m going to need for each meal, making grocery shopping much easier and exact
3. I can get all my food prep done in the morning, when I have more time to do so
4. I can get all the supper prep dishes done early in the day, eliminating piles of dishes after supper
5. I even have time to make a salad or add a steamed vegetable to the meal, if I want to, and if time allows
6. I have more time with the kids, and while I’m enjoying them I am not feeling torn about what I need to be doing!

Did you know that “families that share mealtimes at least four times a week see improved communication and healthier eating habits?” And interestingly enough, “children of families who regularly have dinner together also develop a protection factor against all important risk behaviors (focusonthefamily.com).” Sitting down for a meal together as a family has been a priority for us since we’ve been married, but knowing these things solidifies our commitment to do so.

What do you do to make the time before supper stress free? Has anyone tried making meals in advance for the month and freezing them?

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25: 4 & 5