I cook all the time, everyday really, and I love trying new things. I feel like I should really post more recipes and share with you all these delicious things I'm eating! As most of us in this day in age our schedules are always a cluster fuck; work multiple jobs, scattered hours, and generally have busy fast paced lives.

In the last month or so I have begun making a weekly meal plan; I basically take a few hours in a day before each week and narrow down recipes I would enjoy in the next upcoming days. The dishes that I plan are also good for two days, and at times the recipes cater to a larger serving making it great for freezing. There are many benefits to meal planning; time efficient, saving on groceries, meals for multiple days (optional), and helpful for other time schedule after work or between social events. I also find that planning ahead is helpful for lunch options for work as well.

I didn't think meal planning was for me, or something that would work with my schedule but it's actually helped me out a lot. I always enjoy the time that I can sit and take sometime to reread recipes and choose what I want to make for the next week.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

6-8 boneless chicken thighs, fat removed & cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I used 5 chicken breasts)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stock, sliced
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic gloves, minced
12 baby potatoes, left whole or cut in half
1 3/4 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp white wine
1/2 tsp kennel seeds, crushed

To do, before serving:
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 spring of rosemary (I used dried)
Garnish with fresh parsley (optional)

Add chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, potatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, and white wine. Also the kennel seeds will be added if you are putting them in.

Set your crockpot on the lowest heat and cook for 4-6 hours. I left mine for about 6h30m since I was at work and it turned out great!

When ready, before serving; combine the cornstarch and water, mix until there are no clumps left. Add the cornstarch mixture into the stew, as well as balsamic vinegar, and rosemary. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with your favorite kind of bread!
Some of my favorites are corn bread, fresh focaccia, or baguette.

This recipe is said to serve 6-8 people, like I said I keep some for the next day and also freeze for future use.