• chicken
  • salsa
  • cabbage
  • cheese
  • rice
  • onion
  • water

I never measure when I invent meals. People ask me for my recipe and I give a generic answer that leaves them unsatisfied; add water…”how much?”  “When?”  etc.

Today I made up a meal in my crock pot for dinner with the random ingredients that I had in my fridge, freezer and cupboards, that seemed related to me, according to my palate. I will attempt to organize it and actually quantify it here. Perhaps it will sound delicious to others and they will feel empowered to make it. What would be really nice though, is if other cooks would be confident in themselves, enough to invent their own recipes too, trust their sense of smell and taste and just put ingredients together sensibly. I think that doing this will save time and money, in the long run, because then we don’t waste time and gas to make a run to the store for a missing ingredient that someone else’s recipe says must be included in our dinner. So please embellish this recipe to suit your needs.

I pulled 5 frozen chicken breasts out of the freezer that I had packaged and put in there 2 weeks ago, when I bought a large package of chicken breasts on sale and didn’t want to eat all of them that week.

I found a small jar of mango pineapple salsa in my cupboard, 16 ozs.

2 cups of dry white rice. 4 cups of room temperature tap water. 1/4 of an onion bluntly cut in half.

I put all of this into my crock pot and turned it to low at 10am. Then I rummaged in my fridge and found a bag of packaged shredded broccoli and cabbage (coleslaw mix without the dressing) that I had bought for 25cents at my local fruit stand on clearance last Monday. I thought, “why not?” and tossed it into the crockery.

I cooked this blend for 7 hours on low, stirring every few hours.

By 5:30pm my house was smelling great and my family was hungry. I dished it into shallow bowls, as it was kind of wet and mushy. (I like soft foods).I topped it with shredded cheddar cheese and let it cool for 5 minutes. It was fantastic and delicious. My toddler ate it all up, including the broccoli and cabbage, because it all just tasted like salsa and cheese, and who doesn’t like those flavors?!