February 22, 2012

Debbie’s Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas & Book Giveaway! {Powernap}


Today my friend Debbie Koenig of Words to Eat By is here to share a great Powernap recipe for parents and tell us about her great new cookbook, Parents Need to Eat Too!

I love the slow cooker nearly as much as Kelsey does. Around here we call it the New Mom’s Best Friend—after my son was born my parents foisted one upon me wisely gave me one. In fact, the second post-baby recipe I shared on my blog was Slow Cooker Ratatouille. The really telling part: I didn’t have a chance to post that until Harry was seven months old.

This new mom gig turned out to be way tougher than I expected, and although I’m a food writer it took a while to regain my kitchen equilibrium. Until I did, my husband and I bought Clif Bars in bulk and ate egg sandwiches until we clucked. That crazy time, the first year of my son’s life, inspired my new cookbook, Parents Need to Eat Too.

So there’s a chapter on meals you can eat with one hand, and another on nap-friendly recipes (slightly different from Kelsey’s take on it! Mine break down into stages, to do during multiple newborn naps). A chapter using galactagogues—foods that support breastfeeding, and another entirely based on shelf-stable ingredients, so you don’t have to stress about shopping for fresh stuff. And every recipe ends with instructions for using what you’ve cooked as baby food.

Of course, there’s also a chapter on the New Mom’s Best Friend. This recipe, for Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas, isn’t in the book—consider it a bonus. It’s not 100% authentic, since you won’t have the sizzly char of a restaurant fajita, but all the other flavors are there. When you’ve got a baby in the house (or when you’re super-busy), it suits my motto: Authenticity, shmauthenticity. We just want to eat!

To win a copy of Debbie’s new book:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite one-handed meal on the run.

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5) Contest runs February 22nd at 7:00am ET through Monday February 27th at 12:00am ET. Winner will be announced here on February 28th at 7:00am. Winner will be chosen by random.org. If the winner does not claim his/her prize within 48 hours it will be awarded to another person.


Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Serves 4 to 6


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each), cut into strips
2 or 3 large bell peppers, your choice of color, cut into thin strips
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced vertically
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons lime juice (from 1 or 2 limes)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt (use a little more if the broth is completely unsalted)

Whole grain tortillas, diced avocado, sour cream, and salsa, for serving


  1. Put the chicken into the insert of your slow cooker. In a mixing bowl, toss together the bell peppers, onion, garlic, and oil, and place on top of the chicken.
  2. Stir together the broth, lime juice, cumin, oregano, and salt, and pour over all. Cover and cook 4 to 6 hours on LOW, 2 to 3 hours on HIGH.
  3. Serve with tortillas, avocado, sour cream, and salsa.

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MAKE BABY FOOD: If you’re on purees, you can whir the chicken or the peppers with a splash of the sauce, or the entire thing. Mash up some avocado, too. Everything in the recipe works well as finger food.

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