I'm a very patient person (unless I'm working out). Usually I'm patient and sometimes to a fault. I'm telling you this because crockpot cooking requires 4-8 hours of patience.
There are days when I love my crockpot and there are days when I don't and on these days my patience are nowhere to be found. My children are usually crying of hunger and the crockpot is still flashing 2 MORE hours til dinner! "WHAT!? Hurry up the F*&* up crockpot! I only started you 6 HOURS ago!" I scream silently to myself:)
Today was a good day. Today the crockpot "worked" with me and had dinner ready for my restless little Indians just in time. By some sort of miracle, I made a version of Chicken Bouillabaisse. Because I cant leave well enough alone, I decided to try it as a lettuce wrap. It was good but not necessary. The chicken with a salad on the side would have been perfect.
It was by total accident that I made a (questionable) version of Chicken Bouillabaisse. I literally threw what I had into the crockpot and by complete chance it worked! A traditional Bouillabaisse is a French stew that uses Mediterranean flavors like Fennel and Saffron. If I had these ingredients I'm sure this dish would have been even better but who has Saffron threads in their spice drawer? Saffron is a great spice, just expensive. It contributes a luminous yellow-orange coloring to foods. Saffron also has a long history of a traditional healer. It has anti-oxidant-like properties, cancer-suppressant and many other helpful properties.
Chicken Bouillabaisse (minus the Saffron and Fennel)
about 2lbs Boneless skinless Chicken Thighs
1/2 can Sclafani Crushed Tomatoes
3/4c Homemade Chicken stock (see under Recipe Tab: soups and stews)
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
optional: 1 head Boston Lettuce
THAT'S IT!! I love easy and minimal ingredients.
This morning I throw all this stuff into my crockpot and set it for 6 hours. It actually finished in time for lunch so some then and I had it for dinner as well. I could eat the same food all day. I am not picky. I'm the only 100% Paleo person in this house so the lettuce wrap was something I did to switch it up a bit. My family just looks at me like Im eating a dog or something. I have to tell you though...Boston Lettuce is a great multi-purpose produce. Use it as a salad base or as the "bread" for a sandwich or lettuce wrap. It's good to keep on hand.
I'll post a picture...feel free to laugh. I swear it taste better that it looks.