Wednesday, August 31, 2016

slow cooker bbq chicken and roasted potatoes & beets . . . another simple Summer dinner

This simple and delicious dinner was on the heels of our potato harvest adventure last weekend.

I plan our Saturdays so that they're full of new adventures. We explore the country, visit pick-your-own farms where we harvest fruits and vegetables, visit local farms and Farmers Markets, hike trails, and visit as many Smithsonians as we can. 

We spent last Saturday harvesting potatoes and peaches. 

By the time we wrapped up at the farm, the Littles knew that potatoes grow in dirt. It was just a few days before our adventure that they told me that they were pretty sure that potatoes grew "in bushes" and "on trees." 

We were so blessed to have another cool and rainy Sunday, so I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with another cozy slow cooker meal. 

I'm a big fan of  Jack Daniel's barbecue sauces, and found a complete collection of them at our local market. I bought Honey Smokehouse with thoughts of using it to make another scrumptious slow cooker meal to enjoy with our potato harvest.

I paired our sweet and smokey shredded bbq chicken with fresh, creamy mozzarella and warm, tender, and slightly sweet rolls . . . a scrumptious combination! 

I love serving Sunday suppers like this atop a breadboard so that everyone can make their own sliders and dinner plate. I enjoy watching our Little ones pick and choose . . . and customize their own dinner. Everyone is most happy that way!

our simple, family-style Summer dinner
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slow cooker shredded bbq chicken
with  fresh creamy mozarella
warm, tender sweet rolls
roasted potatoes, gold beets, and sweet onions
with fresh parsley and cilantro
juicy, sweet watermelon
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Look at the gorgeous,rich color of that bbq sauce! And let me tell you . . . it did not disappoint! The sauce was sweet and smokey . . . and the chicken, tender.  We paired the chicken with fresh mozzarella and tender sweet rolls. So good!

slow cooker shredded bbq chicken 
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Season 2-3 chicken breasts with salt and pepper, both sides.
Pour a bottle of your favorite bbq sauce into a crock pot.
Add chicken breasts, and cook on High for 3 hours. 
Using two forks, shred the chicken in the sauce.
Turn crock pot onto 'keep warm.'
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I was so excited to roast the potatoes that we had picked just the day before!

We were told that fresh picked potatoes taste better than the ones found in the market; and it's true!

Because roasting enhances the natural flavors found in food - I was quick to chop our potatoes, gold beets, and sweet onions for quick roast to enjoy with our meal. Again, so good!

 potatoes, gold beets, and sweet onions
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the potatoes, beets, and onions in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper;
 toss until well coated.
 Transfer to a sheet pan and spread out into 1 layer.
 Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking in order to ensure even browning. 
Remove from the oven, toss with parsley and cilantro, 
season to taste, and serve hot.
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Dinner just can't get more simple than this . . . crock pot chicken and roasted vegetables.

With extra time on your hands, you'll have more to spend relaxing and enjoying your family!

I hope I inspired you to find your favorite bbq sauce, dust off your crock pot . . . and slow cook your way to a simple and delicious dinner!

For more great Slow Cooker recipes, visit me on Pinterest!

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  1. Hi Suzanne! It looks like your meals are more of an Eastern type meal with the potatoes and beets. And I so agree with you about roasting really brings out the flavor. Isn't it great going out in the country finding new adventures. Your kids will really remember this time and treasure it!
    How are you holding up? I get you miss your family but from the sounds of it you're keeping busy! Hope the rain and storms haven't hindered you too much. I'm so glad to see you back in my mailbox. Big hugs!!!

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