This is another creation born of needing to use up items left in the pantry. You'll notice two themes in most recipes from times where I am either very busy (being a student) or in a state of flux (like moving), I use the slow cooker a lot, and recipes get a little weird. I prefer the term "creative" but let's not argue semantics. Anyhow, the best template for any meal in a rush is "meat + carb + vegetable/fruit + liquid", and I use it a lot. You can have literally endless variations, and in fact nearly every meal ever is based on this formula. For this recipe, I simply checked my food box and freezer to see what was left, then followed the formula with things I thought might go well together. This is what ended up happening.
1 cup cubed ham
1 box rice pilaf with seasoning packet
1 can corn with liquid
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup water
Step 1: Mix all ingredients in the slow cooker. Set on low for at least 4 hours; I left it for about 9 all day.
The rice didn't end up being overly mushy, which I worried about, and the corn gave it a nice sweet flavor. Ham paired with this well, though I think chicken would've been even better based on past experience with the flavor of rice pilaf and the fact that I used cream of chicken soup rather than mushroom or celery. But overall it was tasty, couldn't be easier, used up a box and two cans from the pantry, and lasted for about 6 servings, so I call that a success.
Labels: casserole, cheap, corn, crock pot, easy, ham, leftovers, rice, slow cooker, student