Slow cooker for all seasons – had no time today – so threw this together in 10 minutes!

Kitchen eating area from side viewAbove is one of my favorite places to eat at our Little Farm – it’s just outside the main house kitchn – and under the shade of an amazing Chinese Oak tree. We eat here summer and winter ( its California so we can) and tonight we had this fabulous fast meal below, that I made in a jiffy.

I know YOU know that I love my slow cooker. By the way, did I tell you I never put it away? It’s on my kitchen counter all year round since I believe it’s the most useful tool I have!

So I was rushing today – and had literally 10 minutes to make dinner before I left – I knew I would be so tired on my return home and not in the mood to cook – so I threw this all into the slow cooker on my way out of the door,  and when I came home 8  hours later – it was divine and ready!

FAST Chicken Dinner


  • 4 (6-ounce) chicken breast halves, skinned
  • 2 Tbspoons of torn fresh basil leaves ( or you can use 2 tsp of dried basil)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
  • Basil sprigs for serving


  1. Throw everything into your slow cooker as you are running out of the door, and turn to slow heat for about 8 hours – you are DONE!
  2. Serve with rice that you put into the rice cooker as you come home and while you are showering or changing your clothes into your ‘hanging around the house ‘ wear – the rice will cook and your dinner will be ready!
  3. If you feel like salad – you can toss some Ready Pac lettuce spring blend into a bowl with cherry tomatoes, add some olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan cheese and dinner is ready! ENJOY!



About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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