Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Clean Eatings Last Chance- Slow Cooked Chicken Barley Stew

This is my third recipe to try from Clean Eating and I was not holding out much  hope. The other recipes had been rather bland, but I was willing give it another try.  This time I went with Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Stew.

I started by putting garlic, cilantro, thyme, basil, dill and bay leaf in the crock pot. 


Then I added in the chicken broth


And then the barley and black eyed peas.


Then I peeled a few potatoes


And added those in with the onions, carrots, and chicken


I left for several hours and it made this nice looking pot of stew.  It smelled great at first, but as the day wore on I think i got tired of smelling it.

It looked good, but now comes the big test, the taste test. I served up a bowl for my oldest first. She is usually the easiest to please.

She liked so I pushed along and dished some up for the rest of family. The kids liked it. The husband liked it. Me, well I though it was bland again. This meal is supposed to hold up well in the freezer, so I packaged up what was left and will try it again in a couple weeks. Maybe it will be better then? I am starting to think that the clean eating diet works because no one really enjoys the food. ;P


Hollis said...

I don't think I will be trying anything out of this cookbook :) Thanks for taking one for the team!

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I would love to try this slow cooker chicken barley soup.
It sounds, and looks delicious and comforting!

Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit said...

Aw, you should enjoy the food you're eating! Maybe there wasn't enough spice? I find Herbamare [vegetable flavored sea salt] works wonders in dishes like this.

It does look delicious. It's so great that you're introducing your family to clean and healthy foods. There has to be a way to liven them up!

Rich said...

Well, if it helps, it looks like I would like it, as well ... Although I think you might be right about the clean-eating diet theory, too ...