Slow Cooker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

So I started this recipe last night, but it is not really a recipe that needs to be started the night before…at least not if you get home around 4pm!

Nevertheless I got it ready last night.

Step one is to microwave your ground chicken on medium power for about 5 minutes.

WARNING- this smells very, very bad…and its just kind of yucky. I didn’t even take a picture of it because there was nothing appetizing about this step whatsoever.

Once the meat is cooked, drain off any liquid (eeewwww) and put it in the slow cooker.

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Add chopped red pepper, onion, minced garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ground ginger and salt and pepper.

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Mix everything together and cook on low for 1.5-2 hours.

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Near the end of the cooking time, stir in the water chestnuts, rice and scallions. Let it heat through and serve in lettuce leaves.

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The verdict- These are AMAZING! Messy, but amazing. If you have ever been to P.F. Chang’s, these are just like their lettuce wraps.

Next time I will brown my ground chicken in a pan before putting it into the slow cooker. The microwave is just not the right tool for cooking ground meat. Plus I think it would be easier to break up the chicken as it cooks so you maintain that ground texture.

Definitely making this again. I think my mom would absolutely love these!

Cranberry Orange Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I was really excited about this because last week’s oatmeal was such a success.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

I want to get Andrew eating oatmeal too because the cereals we usually eat are not all that great for you. I know how good and full I felt last week and I wanted him to experience the same thing.

He was not interested in pumpkin or gingerbread oatmeal, but cranberry orange got his attention.

So I got everything ready last night, loaded up the slow cooker and set the timer before bed.

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When I woke up this morning, things LOOKED good, but when I went to stir it all up it was still really soupy. The oatmeal had cooked, but did not absorb all the liquid so you kind of had to fish it out. It tasted great still, but it was not the same consistency as last week’s.

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If I were to try this again, I would add in more steel cut oats than the recipe called for (1.5 cups rather than 1 cup) and hopefully that would get rid of the soupy-ness. I would also lessen the sugar (1/4 cup rather than 1/2) as I found it quite sweet.

I’m going to try another one next week. Any suggestions out there? What’s your favorite flavor of slow cooker oatmeal?