We started school last week and in addition to my oldest daughter, who pretty much has soccer practice year-round, three of my other children began soccer practice this week, plus piano lessons have started and my oldest daughter works a couple nights a week plus teaches piano out of our home…Whew! With all of that blessed life going on, you know I need to use my slow cooker. Slow cookers are perfect for large family recipes and this recipe delivered!
I have been following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating for a little over a year now. Diabetes runs in both sides of my family and I had Gestational Diabetes with my last pregnancy. Not only do I want to decrease my risk of becoming diabetic, I also know for me, fluctuating blood sugars have a tremendous affect on my mood. So, keeping all things in mind, eating the Trim Healthy Mama way has helped stabilize my blood sugar and as a side benefit, I lost weight. Yay me!
In addition to nourishing myself, I have a large family to nourish. Although not hard, learning to cook the Trim Healthy Mama way was an adjustment. And I made some mistakes at the beginning that could have been easily solved. The number one mistake I made was thinking of my food verse their food. And honestly, that mistake made me go back to my old ways of eating…which made me feel gross…which made me moody and unhappy. I wanted that camaraderie of meal planning, cooking and eating together but I was treading into a new mindset of eating and trying new recipes. I wish I would have known about Build a Menu last year.
Build a Menu was created by two busy mommas, so they get it. They get the importance of family-friendly, budget friendly, kid-friendly meals. They also get that we mommas don’t have all day to browse Pinterest gathering recipes. It is so easy to find new recipes each week, create a meal plan–including sides and desserts and a printable grocery list.
For those of you unfamiliar, Build a Menu is a budget meal planning site…that includes Trim Healthy Mama recipes! I cannot tell you how much better my meal planning, grocery shopping and actual meals have been since I started using it. So far, everything I have made from their recipes has been delicious, including the Slow Cooker Red Chicken with Spinach and Brown Rice, which I adapted for my large family recipes; meaning I omitted the diced tomatoes and used dried minced onions instead of chopped. I also subbed fresh spinach instead of frozen because that’s what I had on hand. (I have found a similar recipe at Stacy Makes Cents.)
Large Family Recipes: Slow Cooker Red Chicken with Spinach and Brown Rice