There’s nothing like the simplicity of a slow cooker meal that makes the stress of the day fade away. Here, cumin seasoned chicken is slow cooked for 6 hours (translation: it’s easy to throw together in the morning or the night before) over a bed of simmering tomatoes, butternut squash and chickpeas. Stir in sliced grapes before serving for a sweet, bright crunch. If your kiddos aren’t a big fan of cumin, then simply omit it or substitute it for a less strong spice.

Ingredients:
2 tomatoes, chopped
1-2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup chicken broth
3 pounds skinless chicken thighs
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup halved seedless green grapes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (10 ounce) box couscous

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Method:
Together: Combine the tomatoes, squash, onion, garlic, chickpeas and broth in a slow cooker.

Kid: Sprinkle the chicken with the cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper

Adult: Place the seasoned chicken over the vegetables in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Adult: Prepare the couscous according to package directions.

Together: When chicken has finished cooking, uncover, stir in the grapes and enjoy!

Serves 4

Source: This recipe was created by our friends at Dash.

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