This post was sponsored by the National 4-H Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Having my daughter with me in the kitchen while we prepare a delicious and healthy meal together is something that I hold dear to my heart. I want her to have a love for nourishing her body properly, as well as the knowledge needed to feed herself and her future family. When I was growing up, I typically stayed in another room while my mom made dinner. Can you believe I never made an actual meal until AFTER I had my daughter?! Crazy, right?
Luckily, I’ve since learned how to make a multitude of meals that appeal to everyone in my household – one of those being the Italian Chicken and Potatoes recipe featured in this blog post.
I don’t want Bella to just watch me make meals for the family. I want her to be an active participant by allocating simple tasks for her to complete, such as placing the chicken into the slow cooker and peeling potatoes.
By giving her helpful things to do around the kitchen, she’s attaining a sense of pride in creating her own dishes, along with gaining confidence. From time to time, we sit down and have a serious chat about how nearly 16 million children live in food insecure homes – meaning they don’t know when their next meal will come. When she hears about other kids going to bed hungry, she feels sad, but she also feels grateful. She wants other kids to be food secure too.
4-H Food Smart Families helps kids and their families become more food secure by teaching them how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals, all while on a budget. In fact, since 2011, UnitedHealthCare and 4-H have delivered healthy living programs to over 340,000 families in need.
This Italian Chicken and Potatoes recipe is an extremely easy recipe for kids to help make with a parent’s supervision. All it requires is putting chicken, peeled potatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper and olive oil into a slow cooker on high for 4 hours. It’s a dish that can be made from start to finish by kids, utilizes just a few ingredients and it results in a delectable plate of yummy goodness!
It can be paired perfectly with a side salad, corn on the cob or a portion of green beans or asparagus!
The aroma of Italian Chicken and Potatoes fills the whole house and brings excitement to my little girl’s face. She was proud of her accomplishment and couldn’t wait to try it out to see if it tastes as good as it smells!
- Chicken breasts or thighs (cut doesn't matter)
- Red potatoes
- Italian seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Peel and cut the potatoes, then place in slow cooker. If you prefer potatoes with the skin left on, just skip the peeling.
- Insert the chicken into the slow cooker.
- Season with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Drizzle olive oil on top.
- Make sure to mix it all together so the seasoning attaches to all of the pieces of chicken and potato slices.
- Cook on high for 4 hours. This time may vary depending on thickness of chicken. We used cubed chicken.
- Optional: You may garnish with thyme or oregano, but we chose to pass on this addition.
What’s most incredible about the 4-H Food Smart Families programs is that they enlist the aid of teens as teachers to help empower families establish healthier eating and lifestyle habits. By having teen leaders participate in these programs, today’s youth and families are positively impacted by being encouraged to shop and cook healthier and smarter.