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The other day my friend and I were having a conversation about food– well, that’s nothing unusual. But he mentioned that no good recipes contain less than 5 ingredients. I’ve been thinking about that conversation a lot lately. I simply don’t agree with it at all.
I think that many people get intimidated about cooking because they believe that good food has to be complicated.
My favorite recipes, though, are the easy ones. The uncomplicated ones. Things that my family will eat and enjoy and that I don’t have to labor over.
Cue: overnight crockpot chicken.
I’m not gonna lie, it’s almost silly for me to post this, I can’t even call it a recipe because it’s so easy. But it’s important to me to demonstrate for people who are new to cooking that you can make really delicious food even if you don’t know the first thing about how to prepare it!
It goes like this: take a chicken out of your freezer, put it in the crockpot and pour a jar of pasta sauce on it, I’m using CLASSICO® Five Cheese (yummmm). Let it cook on low for 10-14 hours. Due to the long cooking time you need to do this overnight or first thing in the morning.
The low, slow cooking technique ensures that when your chicken is done it’ll be fall-off-the-bone tender. Just heavenly.
Then what? You can serve the chicken and sauce over pasta. The good thing about using a whole chicken is you get enough meat to use for several meals! Use it for: serving over pasta, making paninis, chicken lasagna, chicken nachos…. so far we haven’t found a use for it that wasn’t divine.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you got the cereal with the toy inside of it? And you just couldn’t wait to dig into the cereal so you could see what it was?
Well, that’s kind of how I feel when I finish cooking and find out that the jar I was using is actually a Mason jar. In our house we use mason jars for everything, including (but not limited to): drinking out of, canning stuff and makeshift tupperware.
Removing your label is as easy as mixing up baking soda and water and voila– like magic you’re left with a perfect jar to use! (Here’s a video to help illustrate how easy this is.)
For the longest time I’ve been looking for a way to use my jars for cleaning products as well. I typically buy things like dish detergent in bulk so being able to put a hand pump on the jars I already own is perrrrrfect.
Curious about more great ways to reuse your CLASSICO® sauces? Follow hashtags #WhatWillYouRecap and #ClassicoMakeItYourOwn for more great ideas.
Are you a DIYer too? Leave a comment with your plans for these reusable jars for a chance to win three coupons & three reCAP® lids of your own!