The night a 15-minute dinner took an hour.

It’s time for another WIAW party, hosted by the beautiful Jenn! Winking smile



The regular … peanut butter and banana on whole wheat toast.


Plus pineapple.  Yum! Smile


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Healthy Choice frozen dinner with chicken, pineapple, veggies, and rice.  Eaten with carrots, Greek yogurt, and …


… sautéed spinach!

I had gotten tired of spinach salads, so I wanted to mix it up a little.  I heated up some truffle oil in a small skillet, and then added the spinach with some garlic powder and red pepper flakes.  It cooked down nicely and was delicious! Thumbs up



Southwest Chicken Skillet.  Recipe found below.  This dish was super flavorful, perfectly cheesy, and pretty darn healthy!

(Note: I’m sure some form of sugar was also consumed that evening … likely a piece of chocolate or an ice cream sandwich. Winking smile)


OK so let’s talk about this recipe.

And let’s talk about the fact that from this point forward, I will only be cooking with my slow cooker while we’re still in this hotel room. Annoyed

Here’s the deal … the hotel room kitchen has two burners.


So I figured I could cook any dishes that didn’t require an oven.

But I ran into two problems:

1. The burners, even when turned to their highest temperature, only get lukewarm.

2. My large pan does not fit on just one of their tiny burners.


Hmm. Thinking smile

But since I had already bought all of the ingredients (and I didn’t have a back-up plan), I decided to press forward anyway.

The result?

A delicious dinner …


… that took over an hour to make.

But here’s the good news, my friends!  If you are fortunate enough to actually have a real kitchen with real burners, this meal should only take you 15 minutes.  Max.  Thumbs up

Southwest Chicken Skillet

(Modified from this recipe)

Serves 4

Ingredients: 007-1500

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil  
  • About 1.25 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces (I usually do 1 inch or less)
  • 1 bag frozen vegetables
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Whole-wheat tortillas for serving (optional)


  1. Rinse and drain black beans.
  2. Cut chicken into small pieces.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken and cook for several minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Reduce heat to medium.  Add frozen vegetables, black beans, and salsa.  Cover and cook for about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are cooked through.
  5. Add shredded cheese onto the mixture.  Cover pan and let cook for another 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve as-is, or with tortillas.





It may have been a total pain to make in our hotel room, but I promise that in the comfort of your own home, you probably couldn’t make an easier dinner.  And the final product really turned out delicious.


So go try it out!  And then feel free to invite me over for dinner, because I won’t be attempting this again anytime soon. Winking smile

Question for ya …

Ever had a similar experience, in which a simple dinner took way longer than planned?

Tell me something delicious you’ve eaten this week!

Anyone have any great slow cooker recipes to share?  Because that’s all I’m going to be making in the upcoming month!! Smile with tongue out




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44 Responses to The night a 15-minute dinner took an hour.

  1. Yellow Haired Girl

    Ummmm I feel like cooking EVERYDAY takes too long. Maybe because by the time I get home from work I just want a magic genie to whip something up for me? I don’t usually have the patience/energy to cook after work. I do want to try this recipe!! Looks fantastic :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh there are many days that I agree with you … when I was working full time and having an hour and a half commute, the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was cook!

  2. amy @ fearless homemaker

    yum, the dinner looks fabulous even if it took a while. =) oh, + i love sautéed spinach, too – so easy + delicious!
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  3. Elizabeth @ Chocolate Drops and Pearls

    If you really want something easy McCormick has a line of slow cooker spices. It usually only involves a few ingredients and then the spices.

    My favorite is the Slow Cooker Italian Herb Chicken. Delish!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I love that idea!

  4. kaceyjt

    we ran into much the same thing over our honeymoon! we had a suite with a kitchen so i decided to make dinner one night. unfortunately, the skillet that was provided didn’t cook anything without also making it stick really badly and the oven smoked like crazy! needless to say, we ate the rest of our meals out:)
    way to go on persevering and ending up with a delicious looking dinner!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha that’s funny! I’m so scared I’m going to set off the fire alarm and the whole hotel is going to have to evacuate! ;)

  5. Kat

    sorry dinner took so long, but at least it looks amazing!! I love recipes like that, that literally have everything all rolled into one!
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  6. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    girl, you know i have disasters n the kitchen where i have to start dinner ALL over sometimes haha so dont feel bad! that is crazy they only get “warm” though, how annoying!
    that looks so cheesy and delish !!
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  7. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    oh man, i’m sorry to hear about your lame stove! that would drive me nutzo. i’m glad your meal still turned out great though. it sure does look amazing! i love mexican food, so i’ll have to add this to my recipe files!
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  8. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Oh that looks so good! I’m so sorry that it took you so long to make though…that had to have been annoying! I feel like most meals take me longer to do than they say because the prep seems to take me a long time haha…I guess that just shows how much my kitchen skills need some work ;) .
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  9. Theresa

    you are too funny, but the final product looks AWESOME!

    there have been recipes that ive done that is like..10 minutes of cook time, but the time it took to chop everything was 45 minutes…prep time can be the worst sometimes!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh, that’s soo true. Prep work can definitely add a lot of time to a recipe!

  10. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    You are such a trooper for working with what you’ve got! Props to being positive and making an awesome meal anyway!
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  11. MassachusEATS

    What a total bummer but at least you whipped something together – I might have abandoned the idea entirely and ordered take out :P It looks verrrrry yummy though!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I definitely considered that option for a moment! ;)

  12. Jessica

    Yum, dinner sounds and looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe…can’t wait to try it out at home!

  13. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    ok that looks so easy and sooo good! Do you just come up with this stuff on your own? I feel so un-creative in the kitchen. But I am def trying this b/c I bet it would be a “man pleaser” type of meal so I need as many of those as I can get!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh no no … you’ll see under every recipe title something that says “modified from this recipe” with a link. I always get ideas from other recipes, and then tweak them based on ingredients I have, our personal taste, etc. :)

      • Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

        ok good!! I guess I don’t feel so un-creative after all then. But I wouldn’t put it past you to come up with some super awesome recipe on your own…you could call it “hotel hash”! ;-)
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  14. Heather

    Oh, I’ve definitely had meals that I thought “easy peasy” and over an hour later I was still in the kitchen…

    My fave slow-cooker recipe is pretty simple: mix thawed chicken cut into about 1″ pieces, all the veggies you have on hand (frozen and/or fresh and/or canned), basil and thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Put in crockpot. Add low-sodium chicken broth, until almost covered. Cook until everything is cooked all the way through. While cooking, make a savory pastry dough (flour, water, salt). Cover the chicken and veggie mix with a layer of dough and cook until pastry top is browning at edges and tips. And, voila! A healthy and low carb chicken pot pie!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Wow, that’s awesome! Very cool idea!!

  15. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Back in my old apartment, I used to make Rachael Ray’s 30 minute meals all the time, and they always took me at least an hour.

    The best thing I’ve consumed this week has been my protein shakes (protein powder and water lol) – I’m ready for my carb day on Sunday!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yeah … Rachel Ray is such a tease haha. ;)

  16. Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat

    Now this is something I can see myself making! (minus the cheese)
    This reminds me I need to soak my black beans tonight so I can use them soon!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Great! Sounds fairly similar to your crockpot chicken! I love Mexican flavors!! :)

  17. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Haha Aw! You have me cracking up with these hotel kitchen stories! First the dog food, now the food that took forever to make– Don’t worry, I would probably be experiencing the samee exact things haha

    By the way, this recipe looks DELICIOUS! I’m bookmarking!
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  18. Jentry Nielsen

    haha I like your determination! It is a cute little burner though! Your hotel stories are pretty amusing! ha You guys sure are troopers make it work!
    That dinner does look delicious! I’m going to have to try that!
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  19. Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions

    Aww… Well you definitely have perseverance!! Your sautéed spinach, of all things, totally jumped out at me ~ I have a side of it for dinner almost every night, and I usually just sauté it in a spritz of olive oil, and sometimes top with a spritz of balsamic. I definitely need to try truffle oil!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Ooh yes, try it with the truffle oil … it adds such a great new flavor! :)

  20. Turtle-speed Runner

    Yummm that dinner does look pretty amazing…
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  21. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Your dinner does look fab…well worth the wait!
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  22. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    That loooks good! Sorry it took so long to make though…what a pain :/.
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  23. Candy

    I can’t imagine cooking out of a hotel kitchen! Hats off to you for even attempting to do it!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Candy!! :)

  24. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    I love slow cooker meals, and that one definitely looks like a winner! I feel like meals always take me longer to make than I expect. I swear, everytime I try and make a rachael ray 30 minute meal, it’s more like a ‘Jana’s 1hour meal’ lol!
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  25. tricia

    Thanks for sharing, looks like something my husband would like, I’ll have to bookmark it to make for him :)

  26. Erika

    That Southwest Chicken recipe looks way too delicious. Maybe because I am partly a cheesoholic and it looked really cheesy! YUMMY! : )
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yes, in my opinion, the cheese is a must! :)

  27. Julia

    I love pb banana sandwiches (topped with honey)! That dinner looks great, especially since I love anything with cheese.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oooh honey … good call on that one!

  28. Baking Serendipity

    I definitely know about quick projects taking…forever! It seems like most I take on do! I try for quick, simple dinners, but in baking, always seem to lose track of time.
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  29. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I can’t believe I’ve never tried peanut butter and banana toast! I will have to try that as soon as I get home as a delightful snack.

    As for the southwest chicken skillet, that looks AH-MAZING. I’m loving all the flavors and I’m always on the lookout for 15-minute meals, although I’m sure it will take me a bit longer than that. I love taking my time in the kitchen so 15-minute meals also take me an hour as well, even with a real kitchen!
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    • notsodomesticated

      You SO have to try peanut butter and banana! It’s my absolute favorite!

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