April Showers and Goals

I should start by telling you that this week’s new recipes have been fantastic…both make again dishes.  However, the pictures of the final meals are a bit sub par (to put it gently).

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I already posted the Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce recipe, so you know what I’m talking about.  Luckily, I also added in a bunch of selfies with my new adorable haircut.  LOL!  Not sure if that will help again today…

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But just in case…This recipe is another crockpot goodie that I made on Monday.  It’s easy, healthy (thanks Skinny Taste), and versatile.

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Who doesn’t love buffalo chicken?!  My thought was that we could make rice bowls filled with chicken, cheese, rice, and veggies.  I was, of course, planning to add some avocado.

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What actually happened was that the BOY made tacos and I forgot to buy an avocado…womp, womp!  I was bummed but not sad enough not to enjoy this delicious chicken.

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So now that we got that out of the way…don’t judge my pics, but try this recipes because you can do anything with the chicken…bowls, salad, wraps, etc.  Mmm!!!  Moving on now to goals.  It’s April, which for us brought spring showers.  April does not know what it wants weather wise and it’s been alternating between rain and sunshine all day!  I had a fantastic morning (deets to come) and then sat at home doing some work, loving on Cooper, and waiting for our garage door to be fixed.

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March Goals

Workout 5 days a week-GOAL MET!  I definitely got back into my workout routine of strength, yoga, and running.

Start practicing more yoga at home- Still working on it…

Update my blog- There is much to do and I did none of it.  Let’s call this one a Fail!

Unplug and be present! Rocked it and loved it!

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April Goals

Run 10k in less than 52 minutes

Keep up the workouts!

Do yoga at home

Increase the green and eat clean!

 

What are your spring goals?

Any April Fool’s jokes?

 

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken (for lettuce wraps or rice bowls)

From Skinny Taste

Ingredients

  • 24 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 16 oz fat free low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup hot cayenne pepper sauce (I used Frank’s)

Directions
In a crock pot, combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic and broth (enough to cover your chicken, use water if the can of broth isn’t enough). Cover and cook on high 4 hours.

Remove the chicken from pot, reserve 1/2 cup broth and discard the rest. Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the slow cooker with the 1/2 cup broth and the hot sauce and set to on high for an additional 30 minutes. Makes 3 cups chicken.

Savasana Then Easter Bunny

Holla!

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Meant to have this post to you last night, but after two non stop days, I crashed Sunday night with a mild tension headache.  Would have much rather been watching basketball and blogging, but had to get ready for the day ahead (I worked today!) which included a 6am yoga class and then I taught a 90 minute spring break yoga workshop for kids.

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Had a super busy weekend. Spent Saturday running from here to there putting on a good 100 miles on my car, but all totally worth it for a facial, refreshing new haircut, lunch with my P’s, and dinner with two of my favorite girls!

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Sunday morning, I was up before my alarm and the BOY made us a tasty Easter breakfast.  I met my mom for a hot yoga class (realizing that short hair means creative yoga hair).  The class was inspiring, one of my favorite teachers talked about shedding our winter self, the past, and pieces no longer needed and opening to the beautiful opportunities ahead.  It was also REALLY tough and REALLY hot!  Hence our pink, pink cheeks!

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Afterwards, we definitely deserved a Starbucks, so we scooped up the BOY and made our way to the new store by our house.  I had a free drink which meant a ginormous drink…Mmm!  Afterwards the 3 of us did our weekly grocery store run.  My mom dropped us off at home where we made lunch and spent the afternoon cleaning and getting organized.

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For me, this meant a weeknight dinner in the crockpot and busting out the rice cooker.  I planned to also do another crockpot recipe but didn’t get my timing right before we had to run out the door for dinner with the BOY’s family.  Instead, I put all the ingredients into a ziploc and figured one of us could get it into the crockpot when we get home this week.

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Which is exactly what we did today!  The pictures aren’t anything glamorous, but the recipe is so amazing that it is worth sharing!  I didn’t eat a huge dinner because I had BIG DQ blizzard instead…more to come about that…but the BOY dug right in and said that it might be the best peanut chicken I’ve made!

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Everything this week is turning up yoga…This morning, I did a 6am class before work and then taught an enthusiastic group of kids a spring break workshop.  And later this week, I am attending a yoga event in the city!

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How was your Easter?

Whatcha eating this week?

Meal Planning 3/28/16

Monday: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Bowls

Wednesday: Tilapia and Veggies

Thursday: Dinner in the City (for me!)

 

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce

From Five Heart Home

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  • Rice, rice noodles, or lettuce leaves, for serving

Directions

  1. Arrange chicken breasts in the bottom of a large slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, and red pepper flakes; mix until (mostly) smooth. Pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours (or until chicken is tender but not overcooked, depending on the strength of your slow cooker). Reduce slow cooker temperature to WARM. Remove chicken from slow cooker, cut into chunks, and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker to allow it to absorb sauce and heat through.
  3. Serve chicken and sauce over cooked white or brown rice, cooked rice noodles, or stuffed inside large lettuce leaves, as wraps. Garnish with chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, and additional red pepper flakes, if desired.

NOTE: You can mix chicken and sauce ahead of time in a bag to place in your crockpot at a later time.

When You Clean Up Your House…

Yesterday when my husband looked at me and said, ‘I think we should do some cleaning today’, I couldn’t hide the shock on my face.  It was a rainy Sunday, perfect for napping and movies, and he suggested cleaning?!  So spring clean we did!!!  In the process, I found a TON of recipes that needed to be organized and pinned.  Which got me searching for more recipes, which linked to a few more, and you know where it goes from there…next thing you know you’ve pinned 35 new ‘must make’ dinner recipes and 21 new complex cake recipes.

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And then it’s Monday and you have a crazy busy day of yoga, running around, the grocery store, shoe shopping, a few returns, paperwork and a trip to Costco.  I did manage to get what was going to be tomorrow night’s dinner in the crockpot on low around 2pm, but that’s about it.  Bummer because I had another cookie dough ball recipe that I was eager to make this week…hopefully coming soon!

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Despite the warm temps, the BOY was in the mood for chili.  Technically, he requested bison chili, but I went a totally different direction with a white chicken chili.  Another one of my new found pins!

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I was surprised to see the BOY came home earlier than expected today.  We decided to enjoy the gorgeous air with a walk, but swung by our neighbors first to drop off a gift for their new baby.  We ended up hanging out for an hour holding their sweet baby girl and catching up on life.  By the time we left, a walk was off the table.  The BOY didn’t feel like cooking, so my meal plan got all thrown off before it started and we headed over to our favorite local Mexican restaurant to pick up dinner and come home and watch Spotlight.

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I’m not exactly sure when we’re going going to eat our chili but it looks and smells incredible, and I know there will be plenty for lunch leftovers during the week.

Do you ever fall down the recipe rabbit hole?

What are you cooking this week?

 

Meal Planning {Pie Day} 3.14.16

Monday: Mexican Night

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili

Wednesday: Pork and Veggies

Thursday: Meatloaf and Veggies

 

 

Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Chili

From Simpy Stacie

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 15 oz can white beans (cannellini or great northern), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (I used a smoky chipotle sauce)

Directions

  1. In your slow cooker, add chicken breasts, corn, beans, salsa, onion, garlic, jalapeno, chicken broth, cumin, chili powder, and hot sauce; lightly stir to combine spices.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from chili; shred using 2 forks. Place shredded chicken back into slow cooker; stir to combine.
  4. Serve topped with tortilla chips, cilantro, mozzarella cheese, and avocado as desired.

Indian Butter Chicken with Cauliflower

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You know how I love me some crockpot recipes for Tuesday night dinner.  This week we went with an Indian recipe!

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Even though I’m fairly new to liking cauliflower, it seems to be popping up in a bunch of my recipes.

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Although I didn’t follow this recipe to a T (I mean, do I ever?), it turned out really flavorful and fantastic!

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I made this dish on Monday knowing that we could have it Tuesday for dinner and then leftovers for lunch throughout the week. 

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We both LOVED it!  You’ll note in my picture a lack of chicken. I noticed that too Tuesday night when I got home and went to heat up dinner.  Apparently, the BOY picked out most of it.

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So my recommendation would be to increase your chicken to 2 lbs!  Below is the recipe as written but I’ll tell you that I didn’t do anything with the extra spices and yogurt. I just mixed curry powder into my yogurt and stirred it in.

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Mmmm!  Give this one a go and let me know what you think!

What new food have you started to like?

 

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken with Cauliflower

From The Lemon Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts – cubed
  • 1 head cauliflower – cut in florets
  • 15 ounce can coconut milk – light
  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil – melted
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cup green peas – fresh or frozen

Directions

  1. Place cubed chicken and cauliflower florets in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together next 12 ingredients (coconut milk through cayenne.)
  3. Lastly, using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, crush together the cumin seeds, fenugreek and cardamom pods. Add to the yogurt mixture and whisk to combine. Note: I didn’t do this!
  4. Pour spiced yogurt mixture into the slow cooker and stir until chicken and cauliflower is evenly coated.
  5. Heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
  6. Five minutes before you’re ready to serve, stir in green peas.

This Week’s Eats {and a recipe}

OMG! I found the most amazing cashew butter at the store on Monday. I was actually looking for almond butter (my jar was almost empty) but there weren’t many options and they were CRAZY expensive.  I decided this would do…

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I, of course, tried it immediately when I got home.  Just to check that it was worth the money.  Now, I don’t even have to tell you how delish this is alone on a spoon but even better smothered over a dark chocolate square…Mmm! 

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Wednesday morning, I went to another incredible yoga class.  It’s been a good week for those!  I will have an entire phone of post yoga glow selfies before this week is over.  On a whim, the BOY and I ditched meal planning and ate Wednesday night dinner cuddled in a booth at Coopers Hawk.

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We had an incredible dinner and a macadamia nut truffle for dessert…

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Thursday mornings breakfast looked a lot like this…espresso + whipped cream + cinnamon = a new FAVORITE!!!

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And of course, I devoured a Pancake a la Jen.  This one includes 1 banana, 1 egg, egg whites, 2 tbsp flax, and cinnamon.

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Needless to say, I made it to Friday with another delicious espresso bevvie this morning : )  I brought an oldie back for breakfast.  The occasion…an almost empty jar of almond butter, of course!

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And although it’s a bit late, here is this week’s latest recipe.  I discover recipes in all different places, but this one came via Instagram.  Kind of random, but I am adding to my following of friends and yoga gurus some foodies.  Hence this Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken recipe from The Cookie Rookie.

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I added in a big bag of frozen broccoli because it’s one of my fave veggies in stir fry and I thought it needed some greens.  This recipe was easy and tasty and reheated perfectly for lunch this week.

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What were your favorite eats this week?

Who do you follow on Instagram?

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

From The Cookie Rookie

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. bonesless skinless chicken tenders, sliced into small strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • 1 cup cashews

Directions

  1. Heat oil on medium high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken and cook each side for 2 minutes until browned.
  2. Place chicken in the slow cooker and top with soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Stir to combine and add in broccoli.
  4. Cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low.
  5. 30 minutes before done, stir in cashews.
  6. Enjoy topped over rice or quinoa!

Leap Day

Leap year would make day light savings look weak if only it were an extra Sunday : )

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#whenyouworkSaturdaymornings

It’s only fitting that I started this year’s extra day with a little ME time (and some leaping into handstand).  I had a fantastic weekend…Saturday, I taught a kids yoga class and then went for a 4 mile run.  The weather was AMAZING and it felt like spring.  The BOY and I had lunch together and then I drove into the city to spend some time with my SIL (and Roscoe).

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We caught up on life over some bubbles and then headed out for the night!  It was a well deserved night out that ended with a little dancing before we headed to bed around 2am.  Sunday morning was even more beautiful than Saturday and so we spent most of the day out and about. We walked to get coffee and breakfast, then took Roscoe for a muddy run in the park, followed by a hose off.  We walked to the grocery store for provisions and then it was couch/nap/Lifetime movie time!  We made dinner in and watched a bit of the Oscars before settling in to watch ROOM.  Have you seen it?  By 11pm, I was exhausted and ready for bed.

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This morning, I was up to say goodbye to my SIL before she went off to work.  Then went back to bed for about a half hour.  I enjoyed my morning tea while meal planning for the week on Pinterest before making my way outside.  It was a bit chilly but seriously another incredible day for February.  I loved every minute of my 30 minute walk through the city…so different than my usual commute. I arrived at Zen Yoga Garage (never been before) with enough time to look around, take a selfie, and get to know the girl up front.

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I chose to take a Vinyasa II class because I was craving some introspection and piece of mind.  I had no idea what to expect, but the class surpassed my expectations.  There were only 4 of us and the teacher was incredible.  The class featured some challenging but exciting transitions and handstand play at the wall.  Totally my cup of tea!

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One of the things that resonated with me the most was when the teacher said that we should let go of what we don’t need…okay, we all know that.  But, then she said as we moved into cobra/up dog…open to what you want to receive, to what you need.  All of the heart openers left me feeling happy and the handstands made me feel strong. I ended up walking out with the teacher and as ex gymnasts we hit it off and chatted a bit about yoga and life.

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I stopped by bucks for a latte to appreciate on my walk home (also awesome!).  I changed quickly and met a few friends for lunch in the city before heading back to the burbs.  The weather began to get colder (we have a snow warning…boo!).  I swung by the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for this week’s meal plan.  I ran around the house for about an hour (getting food put away and laundry going).  Then settled into the couch where I soaked up some Cooper love.

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This week’s meal plan is sponsored by Pinterest!  Tonight’s dinner actually comes from Wildtree.  Since I own not one Wildtree product, I had to improvise a bit so this is an adapted version.   And since the BOY doesn’t eat sweet potatoes, I changed up the veggies.

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I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out but it is incredible!  Even the BOY raved about his dinner when he got home late from work around 9pm!

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I am exhausted after my weekend but feeling really good!  The fresh air, family time, and yoga were exactly what I needed this weekend.

How was your leap day?

Do you use Wildtree products?

Meal Plan 2/29/16

Monday: Zesty Mustard Chicken with Roasted Veggies

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Wednesday: Fish and Broccoli

Thursday: Leftovers

 

Zesty Mustard Chicken with Roasted Veggies

Adapted from Wildtree

Ingredients

5 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

1/3 cup Honey Dijon Mustard + a drizzle of olive oil

1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence Blend (or some random herbs in your cabinet)

3 small yellow potatoes, chopped into 3/4-inch cubes

1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved

2 shallots, peeled and sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F and line a sheet pan with foil. In a gallon freezer bag, add chicken, mustard and herb blend and toss to coat chicken well. Set aside for 10 minutes while preparing vegetables. Toss potato, Brussels sprouts, and shallots, with olive oil and spread into an even layer on prepared sheet pan. Season with salt (and pepper if desired). Place chicken thighs, and any remaining sauce in the bag, on top of vegetables. Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through: 165°F.

Tuesdays Tangents on Meal Planning

How do you pick your food for the week?

Since we meal plan, this is usually done Sunday or Monday and goes a little something like this…

How much time do I have to meal plan?  Tons…let’s look through books and pinterest and find some fun new things to try.  None…and it’s back to the the usual turkey tacos and crockpot chicken.

After that, it’s on to…What do we have in the house?  What have we not eaten in awhile?

And then most importantly…What can I do Monday for the week ahead?  What meat will last until later in the week?  And, how much time do we have each night to make dinner?  On my late nights, I get home close to 8 (tonight it was 8:45!) so the answer is no time.  Other nights, I’m home closer to 7, so there is time to throw something together.  Question is…do I want to?!

I’m lucky because the BOY is into cooking and super helpful in the kitchen (unless you include putting his dishes in the dishwasher).  Ha ha!

It’s easy to make Tuesday’s dinner on Monday in the crockpot because the flavors are usually even better the next day and I typically have leftovers for lunch on Wednesday.  Which is exactly what I did this week…

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This recipe is an exciting version of 2 Ingredient Chicken. Super easy and VERY flavorful!  I almost didn’t get this post out to you tonight and certainly didn’t get to take any pictures due to the late arrival home.

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So you’ll just have to trust me that this makes a great and versatile make ahead dinner and give it a try yourself!

 

Meal Planning 2/15/16

Monday: Island Pork Tenderloin

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Wednesday: Sausage and Veggies

Thursday: Take Out Something

Friday: Fish and Veggies

What are you eating this week?

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

From Carls Bad Cravings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa (medium if you like spicy)
  • 1 4 oz. can mild green chilies
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • hot sauce to taste

Directions

  1. Rub chicken breasts with oil and place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the hot sauce. Cook on high for 2-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours or until chicken is tender enough to shred.
  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board, and let rest 5 minutes before shredding (there will be liquid remaining). Return shredded chicken and let cook on low for an additional 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid/juices. Drain all excess liquid. Taste and add hot sauce to taste if desired.

See Website for Notes!