Quick Meal

Over the weekend I went grocery shopping and bought a bunch of veggies. I always buy mushrooms and asparagus but it ends up going bad all the time. So! I thought let me try a meal with both of them and let me tell you!!! This is the 3rd time this week I am having it. LOL I hope u enjoy it as much as I did!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Fall and Winter put me in a mood for stews and soups!

 I am not picky but I do have my favorites! This chicken tortilla is one of them.

Originally I ate this soup at Red Lobster when I was working there some years ago. I have added some ingredients to it so it could be to my liking.

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  • Chicken Broth
  • Chicken (cooked)
  • Black Beans
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Frozen Broccoli
  • Frozen Corn

Now, IF you have the time I prefer to use natural broth(home made).

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Pull the chicken after it is cooked as it is in the picture above. Thaw the broccoli & corn and drain the beans.

Get your pot ready and pour the chicken broth in. Season to taste but I usually do a bit of salt, cajun seasoning, and pepper. Once the broth is in the pot let it warm up a little then add the chicken in. After the chicken is in add the tomato paste, wait until the tomato paste melts to add everything else in. Once the beans are drained dump them in there following with broccoli. Last but not least add broccoli & corn. Let it cook for 20 minutes and tadaaa it’s ready to be served.

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Serve in a bowl. Over top sprinkle some tortilla chips and cheese and get ready to be blown away!!

Let me know how you liked it!!

Chicken Taco Mix in the Crock Pot

Lately I feel like I have time for nothing. I don’t cook until Ava is sleep which is usually 9pm and by the time I am done it is 11:30, 12, which means it’s time for bed. I have been trying to use my Crock Pot more and I think it’s going to work out.

What I love about the crock pot is it’s not messy, there aren’t many dishes to do after and you don’t have to stand by the store stirring, flipping, etc. The best part about it is you dump everything in and walk away. You can go to work, the mall, clean, do whatever you need to do. Not to mention, your house is going to smell AMAZE BALLS!!!

I found the recipe on Pinterest.

Ingredients

1½ lbs. chicken breasts $2.90
1 (16 oz.) jar salsa $1.99
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained $1.19
½ lb. (8 oz.) frozen corn $0.57
1 Tbsp chili powder $0.15
½ Tbsp cumin $0.07
½ Tbsp minced garlic $0.10
½ tsp dried oregano $0.03
¼ tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
¼ tsp salt $0.02
to taste cracked pepper $0.02
2 cups dry rice $0.66
8 oz. shredded cheddar $2.49
½ bunch cilantro (optional) $0.45

Now, I did not have Salsa so I made some really quick.
I had canned tomatoes cut up, i put a bit of green peppers in there, onions, cilantro, and red peppers. Close enough right? Then i mixed it all together in a pan and let it cook for a bit.

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Black Beans need to be drained all the way, Mix all the seasonings together, I used a little more corn than needed but that’s because I love corn. Now the cilantro is not needed until the entire meal is ready.

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(Red Peppers, Green Peppers, Yellow Onion, Cilantro, Lemon juice, and canned tomatoes) These are the products I used to make the salsa that is needed for the recipe.

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Salsa in the making.

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Place chicken in the crock pot. Dump all other ingredients over top, mix, cover and cook.

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The recipe said to have it on for 8 hours. I set mine for 6 hours and I used a liner so I wouldn’t have to scrub the crock pot. Close to the end of the 6 hours start making rice. Also for those that like cheese it is amazing sprinkled over top of the meal when it is served.

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finished!

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Bon Appetite!

ENJOY!!!