I absolutely love summer! As the long summer days are slowly coming to an end, I have a yearning inside of me for this wonderful season to last forever. I hate to say goodbye to the barbeques, hours of outdoor fun, and my children being home. It is somewhat of a grieving process for me to accept the reality that time always marches on and nothing lasts forever. I have had many challenging moments in my life that have reminded me of this truth, but it always seems to seep upon me each year as the summer comes to a close.
With my intense passion to be a good cook, I have come to the realization that I do not like to cook in the summer time. I would much rather soak in the warmth outside, instead of slaving away for hours on end in the kitchen (which I still find myself doing while it is beautiful outside). Some ways that I have found to avoid heating up my kitchen is to use my slow cooker. These All Natural Slow Cooker Hawaiian Haystacks taste amazing, are easy to throw together, and help my family and I to continue to eat all natural meals.
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Haystacks
4 cups homemade chicken broth or all natural chicken broth
2 cups milk
2 tsp thyme
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 celery ribs
2 long carrots
1 cup brown rice
2 tsp sea salt for homemade broth or 1 tsp sea salt for all natural chicken broth
Peel the carrots. Dice the carrots and celery. In a slow cooker add the carrots, celery, rice and chicken.
All Natural Slow Cooker Hawaiian Haystacks
Then, add the broth, milk, thyme, pepper and salt. Turn the slow cooker on to high. Cook for 5 hours. Take a fork and shred the chicken in the slow cooker by twisting it repeatedly. Once the chicken is shredded, stir the Hawaiian Haystacks. Make sure the rice is tender. If it is not, cook for one more hour. Remove from the slow cooker and serve with your favorite toppings such as pineapple, olives, or cheese.