This is a guest post by Lisa Leake, author of 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love! and founder of the blog 100 Days of Real Food.
When our family decided to cut out all highly processed food back in 2010 there's one thing I learned fairly quickly: planning ahead is key. You don't want to be caught at dinnertime with hungry, cranky kids and no idea what you're going to feed them. So with weeknights now ruled by sports and other activities, it's more important than ever to map out an easy and realistic dinner plan.
That's exactly why I included a special section in my new cookbook dedicated to quick "Weeknight Meals." We are a busy family too – I totally get it. And some of the recipes in that section utilize one of the best tools I've found when it comes to quickly getting a wholesome dinner on the table: a slow cooker.
I use my slow cooker to make everything from whole chickens (see recipe below) to homemade broth (that cooks overnight while we're sleeping) to steak fajitas to hearty soups and even homemade refried beans. There's nothing better than getting all the prep work out of the way early in the morning (or even the night before) and coming home to the smell of a delicious dinner!
So today, I'd love to share a fan favorite ...The Best Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker! If you've never cooked a whole chicken before this is the perfect place to start. It's not only cost-effective, but super easy and so delicious.
Makes 5-6 servings, depending on the size of the chicken.