Welcome to 2014! Any ideas of what is in store for you? As we try to peer around the bend in the road, and decide where we will place our time and our hearts for the year to come, I hope we never lose sight of blessings that have come before that have brought us this far. I’ve found that reflecting with gratitude on the past before thinking about the future brings me peace where I usually find anxiety, and I hope you can find that peace too, for the year ahead. Ok, enough of my New Years babbling… On this 1st day of 2014, I decided to create a meal that would help any of you out there who have resolved to make 2014 the year of the family home-cooked dinner. And to make that dinner just a little less stressful, I’ve pulled out my trusty crockpot and made a Slow Cooker Chicken and Artichoke Pasta. I’ll be honest, it’s not the flashiest dish, and probably the easiest one I’ve ever posted to My Cup Is Full (perhaps with the exception of the Sausage Pasta in a Spinach Rose Sauce), but it’s hearty, family-friendly, and a perfect victory to start the new rhythm of the new year off right.
This recipe makes a ton of sauce, which you can store in the fridge all week, and just add pasta or rice as needed to make lunches and dinners galore. As the winter has now settled in for good, it’s time to start pulling out the cans to remind us of the simple bounty of the harvest that is still in the pantry. My one note about this recipe is that the way I made it the first time was a bit watery, because I wanted it a little more liquid to cook up nice and juicy chicken, which would go very nicely over rice. In the recipe below I have the version recommended for pasta as it has a thicker sauce, as well as the soupy, juicy-chicken and rice version in parenthesis.
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