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Italian Slow-Cooked Chicken

Food Diary of a Busy Celiac will be a work in progress.  The idea is to make a diary of what I run into every day dealing with my own food issues.  Maybe if I share some of the ways I cope it will help someone else.  We all need to eat better for our health.  Being Celiac makes it even tougher.  Or maybe it's actually easier because we can't do junk.  We have to actually THINK about our food.  I'm going to try to write ideas and "raw" recipes as they come up.  Maybe it will provide the start of new ideas for menus and foods.  Don't expect an entry every day!  But I will try to add ideas frequently.

Morning was a rush, not because I got up late, but because I moved in slow motion.  Breakfast was the usual eggs from our chickens and ducks.  I made three baby chicken eggs mixed with a huge duck eggs (duck eggs are really great!), scrambled, cooked in bacon grease.  The dog, Sasha, got half of it.

What to take for lunch?  The refrigerator still smells funny from the hurricane and is still pretty empty.  Nothing.  I usually have some frozen things to grab for lunch.  Look again....still nothing.  Oh, well, will have to cope later.  I grabbed two pears, some roasted salted almonds and a plum for munchies during the day.  Coping later turned out to be French fries at the hospital cafeteria.  They had nothing edible either.  Too busy to eat much anyway.

At home while the eggs were cooling, I pulled out the slow-cooker.  Somehow Italian Chicken sounded really good for dinner.  Tuesday is Boy Scouts -- we will be in town late.  Decided to use the slow-cooker at the office.  We run a cord and put the pot outside the door because it's not so nice to have a medical place smell like a restaurant.  It REALLY hit the spot at the end of a busy day.  I put everything into the pot except the chicken and the carrots at home.  I never measure anything for ingredients, but to measure would slow me down and it would never get done.  I gently asked Wayne to get two small packages of skinned chicken thighs and one bag of peeled baby carrots at the store.  Getting my husband to help cook is a monumental effort.  He NEVER cooks.  He put those in before noon and turned the pot on high.  He proudly said he made supper tonight!  The chicken melted in your mouth in a soupy, tasty stew.  It tasted wonderful, especially with a light lunch.

Italian Slow-Cooked Chicken

one stalk green part of a leek, chopped
3 small green peppers (mild kind, garden-grown--Thanks, Woody!)
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
some (2 or 3 tablespoons) lemon basil (left over from a garden three years ago; most any kind of basil will work fine)
some (1 or 2 tablespoons) marjoram
some garlic powder (maybe a tablespoon)
salt to taste
pepper to taste (it didn't need much)
1 bag peeled baby carrots
2 small packages of chicken thighs, deboned (about 12 thighs)

Put all ingredients together.  Cook on slow for about 8 to 10 hours or on high for 5 to 7 hours.  Enjoy the hearty stew with a spoon, not a fork!  Serves 3 or 4.

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