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Peanut-ty Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken (WIAW: Simplicity!)

In addition to today’s WIAW fun, I’m sharing a tried and true chicken slow cooker recipe with you! Keep scrolling for the recipe! 

Oh hi!

Today (yesterday, as you read this) is my first of two long 8am-11pm tech days before I open my stage show on Thursday. That means I’m popping in to share my day of eats from Monday – still a full day of rehearsal but before being sentenced to eating all my meals in a dark theatre. I know its all about honesty here in WIAW land, but I thought choosing a day where I’d actually be able to SEE my food would at least be nice.

As always, thanks to Jenn for providing us with a space to celebrate our noms, and to Laura for being this weeks’ host.


These next few days are going to be long, so I wanted to start the week off right by taking myself out to my favorite cafe. I relaxed with my favorite Americano (with lotsa creeeam). My favourite uber hearty gluten free apple oat muffin. Favourite corner. Favourite window for gazing. My soul’s been feeling pretty low so I need to give it whatever it needs this week.

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Keeping it simple with my favourite treat for the soul.  Americano + window + big cafe muffin


Part of my food prep this weekend included making my own version of Arman’s one pot pumpkin curry rice.

I didn’t have the spiced vegetable mix he used, so I simply mixed in my own spice blend (curry/cumin/garam masala/tumeric) and my own veggies (pepper, onion, edamame, parsley, green onions).  SO EASY – and it turned out great!

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Pumpkin curry rice + 2 hard boiled eggs + pear 

I always forget about hard boiled eggs. Such a simple thing, but so good and so good FOR you. I love the combination of curry and eggs. Whenever I make egg salad sandwiches I always mash in a good dose of curry powder. Mmmmm. New craving.

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Inspired by the simplicity king himself

Lunch was late, and surprisingly filling. We didn’t get an afternoon break in our rehearsal, so no snack was had.


Luckily our green room is equipped with a pretty good kitchen, so I could heat up my dinner and eat it on a real plate! Such a small thing, but sometimes eating off a real plate vs tupperware can make you feel like you are living THE HIGH life. #thelittlethings

I’ve been eating this peanut-ty salsa slow cooker chicken recipe on repeat for the last couple of weeks. I initially saw the recipe from the Looneyspoons cookbook, but the first time I made it I found it too peanutty and without enough other flavor (I know, I know, it IS possible).  I tweaked around with it a couple times and finally came up with a version that suits my palate on every level. Recipe below!

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Peanut-ty Salsa slow cooker chicken thighs + steamed kabocha + steamed brocolli


Once I got home I delved right into a piece of my most recent kitchen discovery.  Me? Who strives to make everything from scratch and from all natural ingredients…..using a boxed cake mix? Yep. This hadn’t happened in years. But hey, no shame. Especially when it skips the oil/egg/milk and requires ONLY a can of my dearest beloved.  Saving time, money, and energy?…. who cares if there is a box involved.

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When time is in short supply, there must still be cake!

Now for that recipe for my Peanut-ty Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken!

Peanutty Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: super easy
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6 chicken thighs, thawed
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup mild salsa (or medium if you aren’t a wimp like me)
3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
1 tablespoons honey
1.5 tablespoons grated ginger root
1 teaspoon curry powder

Whisk together all sauce ingredients and pour half into the bottom of a slow cooker. Place chicken thighs ontop and cover with remaining sauce. Turn pieces to coat both sides well.  Cover and cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours or high heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours (until chicken is tender).  Garnish with chopped green onions and chopped peanuts, if desired.

Happy Wednesday!


Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe?

Do you ever feel the same excitement about eating off a real plate?

Do you ever take yourself to a cafe for some soul replenishing? 



  1. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 2nd Dec 15

    I keep meaning to try Arman’s curried rice. It looks so good. Also, amen to muffins with oats in them. They’re my favorite. I hope your week gets better. Feed your soul whatever it needs and good luck tomorrow. You’re going to do great.

  2. Kate Bennett | 2nd Dec 15

    Your lunch looks like the perfect combination food/texture/flavors. Hard boiled eggs rock! And no shame in the box mix, I actually did something similar recently but used brownie mix instead of cake. It was like fudge!
    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW NIGHT! I know you’ll do fabulous!

  3. Jacklyn @ Jack's Balancing Act | 2nd Dec 15

    Ohh how I wish that I could see your show!!! I hope you have so much fun 🙂 Putting curry powder in egg salad is genius – so excited to try that. And ahhh that Monday morning coffee shop corner scene <3 Made me so happy just looking at it.

    • mylittletablespoon | 2nd Dec 15

      Mmmm coffee shops can make you feel cozier just thinking of them. Thank you!! Hope you like the curry idea!

  4. faithvandermolen | 2nd Dec 15

    You’re morning sounds ideal to me! going to a cafe and enjoying a sweet treat is the best!

    • mylittletablespoon | 2nd Dec 15

      It’s my absolute favorite thing to do – I’m glad you agree!!

  5. Beauty in Christ (@Emily11949309) | 2nd Dec 15

    I love going to a cafe and just sitting and studying! Is the pumpkin curry rice good? It sounds kind of good…. I like pumpkin and curry, but I’ve never had them together. And boxed cake mix = the best. 🙂

    • mylittletablespoon | 2nd Dec 15

      Me too. I simply cannot get anything done at home so if I need to be productive I have to go to a cafe. And yes it was! You don’t really taste the pumpkin much – it just makes the rice extra extra creamy.

  6. Miss Polkadot | 2nd Dec 15

    Fingers crossed for tomorrow! I can only imagine how excited/nervous you must be right now. Though I have no doubt you’ll do amazing.
    It’s funny you’d mention the salsa as I’m a spice wimp and thought I was the only one finding medium a little spicy when eating more than just a bit. But I actually haven’t seen mild salsa in stores hence why I buy medium. No miso’s land as well as no-salsa-choices land … le sigh.

    • mylittletablespoon | 2nd Dec 15

      Girl where do you live!? We need to get you a big ol’ care package of foodie ingredients! :). I’m glad I’m not the only spice wimp though. Thank you so much… excited and nervous is a great feeling.

  7. bucketlisttummy | 2nd Dec 15

    So glad you had all of your favorites before things get busy – I love Americano and that muffin sounds so good! Sometimes box mix will just have to work and no shame there – A+ for convenience and taste! Everything doesn’t have to be all natural, all 100% healthy, whatever, allll the time..! Good luck in your show!!

    • mylittletablespoon | 2nd Dec 15

      Thank you, thank you! You are absolutely right. Nothing wrong with boxes!

  8. hungryforbalance | 2nd Dec 15

    Break a leg tomorrow!! I know it will be fabulous!
    I haven’t taken myself to a cafe for soul replenishing in ages. It sounds lovely and oh, so soothing!
    And, yes, getting to eat off plates instead of Tupperware instantly makes any meal taste better!

    • mylittletablespoon | 2nd Dec 15

      Sounds like a little “call in the babysitter and treat yourself to cafe date” is in order 🙂

  9. sprint2thetable | 2nd Dec 15

    Good luck with everything!!!

    That slow cooker recipe looks amazing. I love all the flavors! Peanut butter and ginger compliment each other perfectly.

    • mylittletablespoon | 2nd Dec 15

      Thank you! Yesss peanut butter and ginger are made for each other. I was surprised at how well the other ingredients fit in – like salsa – but they really do!

  10. BetterWithToast | 2nd Dec 15

    Thanks for the recipe! I never would’ve thought to combine peanut butter and salsa but the picture looks really good so I might have to try this.

    • mylittletablespoon | 3rd Dec 15

      I know, right? Sometimes the strangest sounding combinations are the biggest winners 🙂

  11. chasetheredgrape | 3rd Dec 15

    Oooh thanks for your twist on that recipe! It looks awesome and I love using my slow cooker… It gives off less heat than my oven which I can’t bear to put on at the moment! (I never used to believe people when they said that!).
    How exciting for your show… Many years ago I loved being on stage, got such a buzz from it! Gosh I probably would still enjoy it now if I had the chance! 🙂

  12. Arman @ thebigmansworld | 3rd Dec 15

    We must be the same person. I love coffee shops, finding MY favorite corner and just people watching with coffee and a muffin 🙂 – It does wonders to the soul, right 🙂

    Glad you liked the rice- I was totally going to suggest eating it with boiled eggs- such a good combo! I have a recipe for creamy curried egg salad which I reckon you’d love- If you find a Madras curry mix, use them interchangably over all the other spices- It’s SO good! 🙂

  13. cookiesnchem | 8th Dec 15

    Monday morning in a cafe with a muffin and a window sounds so fabulous. I hope your week is off to a great start. Your food looks delish, and I like the idea of having hard boiled eggs with curried rice! How creative. 🙂

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