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Chicken Enchilada Soup

29 Oct

  The crisp cool air finds eager bellies gathered around the table warming up to steaming bowls of soup. Somehow the changing of season elicits a longing to linger around the table and I find a hearty soup fits in keeping the mood.

I love that this soup takes no time to put together. It truly is a fix it and forget it meal.  Best part is that it is equally loved by my whole family!  

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

 

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I hope you enjoy!!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

 

 

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Back to School White Bean Chicken Chili Verde

19 Aug

Phew, we made it to day 5! Surviving that first week back to school is an admirable feat…so pat yourself on the back.

Today I am sharing one of our favorites. We have been making this for years and it has earned its place in my tried and true recipe binder. Thank you for sticking with me but stay tuned….next week I will be sharing 5 of our favorite back to school make ahead breakfasts.

What is your favorite chili recipe? Let me know down below.

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Thanks for visiting!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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Back to School Simple Smothered Pork Chop Slow Cooker Recipe

16 Aug

Welcome back for day two of my simple slow cooker back to school recipes.

Nothing could be simpler than my slow cooker smothered pork chops. It is so versatile and so simple to adjust to your taste. We also love adding fresh mushrooms and onion to this dish and it just adds such a flavor punch to the gravy.

 

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What is your favorite pork chop recipe?  I would love to see what you have cookin’!

Thanks for visiting!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

 

 

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Homemade Rice-a-Roni

28 Jul Homemade Rice-a-Roni

One of the things that my family collectively loves is my homemade Rice-a-Roni.  Besides being ridiculously yummy, it is also a simple and inexpensive recipe.  As a side dish, this recipe feeds us all with leftovers….hallelujah for that!  Keep reading for the video and printable recipe.

What things do you make homemade that you can find pre-made at the store?  I would love some fresh inspiration!

Homemade Rice-a-Roni

These basic and inexpensive ingredients is all you need to make Homemade Rice-a-Roni.

Homemade Rice-a-Roni

A few simple steps to light, flavorful, fluffy rice goodness!

 

 

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Be Blessed and be a Blessing,

Rebecca

 

 

 

 

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Huge Aldi Grocery Haul 5-25-2016

1 Jun

Two to three times a year I like to “shop” my pantry, freezer, and fridge.  I like to use up what we have.  I find that I waste a lot less food doing this.  I love that it gets me to be more creative in the kitchen and it makes it easier to clean the fridge and pantry J I’m all about that…BTW, I just read an article that said homemakers in the 50’s did over 50 hours of housework a week…..phew…..I am so grateful for modern conveniences!

I love watching and seeing what others are shopping for so I thought I would once again share my Aldi grocery haul.

I share that I like to use coconut oil as a moisturizer but am pretty clueless on how to cook with it!  I would love to see how you use it. Please leave a link or recipe in the comments…I would LOVE to check it out!

You can view my Aldi Grocery Haul here.

Thanks for visiting!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

Photo credit: Aldi and Google Images

 

 

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Chicken Pasta Salad

2 May

I am a use up the leftovers kind of gal (one of the things my family loves most about me 😉 ).

I am also a lover of a quick, throw together, minimal dishes kind of meal.  This recipe is a perfect combination of both.  If you are feeling my sentiments than this is for you!

 pasta salad

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~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

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Aldi Grocery Haul-4-25-16

27 Apr

Welcome to my Aldi grocery haul for my family of 5. I am always looking for fresh inspiration and I love to see what other families enjoy buying and eating. I have been loving the beautiful spring/summer fresh fruits and vegetables hitting the shelves….and I love that shopping at Aldi makes it possible for us to eat well and stay in budget.

Click here to see our latest haul.

If you’re an Aldi shopper what are some of your favorite products?  Leave me a comment  or a link, I would LOVE to check it out!

Thanks for visiting!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

 

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Photo Credit: Aldi and Google Images

Creamy Southwest Chicken Soup

13 Apr

I just love those mindless, economical, quick throw together dinners.  We had a (healthy…I sometimes get called out for the unhealthy recipes….balance, my friends, balance.) baked whole chicken for dinner last night and I used the carcass to whip up a yummy homemade broth for tonight’s dinner. You can definitely use store bought broth and it is just as good.  So if you are interested in not spending a large portion of your evening preparing dinner tonight keep reading for the printable recipe.

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Cast of characters. Mostly pantry staples.

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Dump all the ingredients in to the crock pot, give it a quick stir, and forget-about-it!

 

 

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Soup, glorious, soup! This cooked low and slow in my slow cooker for about 7 hours. Add a little garnish and VOILA! Simple, hearty, family favorite!

 

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What is your favorite mindless, quick, throw together dinners?  I am always looking for inspiration!

Thanks for visiting!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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The Weather Outside is Frightful but the Beef Stew is so Delightful……

5 Dec

The temperature here has dipped below zero. Being a hearty Minnesotan I should be well seasoned to the brutal winter cold. “Should” being the key word, LOL! Besides wanting to scoop up my babies and curl under a nice warm blanket, nothing seems to warm you up better than a nice hearty, steamin’ bowl (or two) of beef stew. This is a recipe that I have adapted over the years to change with my growing family and their ever changing taste buds. This is a meal everyone in my family gets excited about. No grumbling and empty plates at the table, a mama’s dream:) Also, easy on the budget! With a few fillers like rice and bread you can easily stretch this meal to feed more without spending more. I can definitely appreciate that!

To get started, grab a gallon size Ziploc bag, 1 Cup all purpose flour,
1 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp black pepper. Place flour
and all the spices in the Ziploc bag and give it a good shake to mix
flour and spices well. Set aside, you’ll need this in a few minutes.
Thinly slice 2 large onions, 4 cloves of garlic and 2 carrots.
In a large pan or pot heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over
medium-high heat. When pan is hot add your chopped
veggies. Cook 5-8 minutes or until veggies are tender
stirring occasionally.
While veggies are cooking heat 1 1/2 Cups of water and one
beef bullion cube to a boil. Turn heat off as soon as the water
starts to boil and give it a stir. The bouillon cube should
melt into the boiling water. You will need this to make a
little broth for your beef stew. You can absolutely save a step
and used canned beef or vegetable broth.
I am using 1 1/2 pounds stew meat. I usually end up cutting
each piece of stew meat into bite size pieces and cutting off
excess fat (but not all, some fat is good and with the length
we will be cooking the stew the extra fat will just melt into
stew giving it added flavor). Once your stew is cut to desired
pieces, go ahead and put half of it in your Ziploc bag and
give it a good shake to coat each piece .
Veggies are done when they are soft and the onions are translucent.
Remove from pan and set aside.  Once veggies are removed
add 2-3 more Tablespoons of olive oil in pan and bring back
up to medium-high heat.
When pan is hot again start adding your stew meat. You might
have to do this in 2 shifts. Brown stew meat well on both
sides.  Coating the meat in the flour mixture helps not only
to brown the meat and add flavor but it will also be the thickener
to the stew.
When all the stew meat is browned add to the veggies back in,
one small 8 ounce can of tomato sauce and the beef broth.
Stir well. Cover and reduce heat to medium- low. Cook 4-6 hours
stirring occasionally. Adjust seasoning to your taste. If the
stew is starting to look too thick add more liquids, I usually just add water.
Cooking low and slow helps tenderize the meat and to
really let all the wonderful flavors develop. The onions, carrots
and garlic will actually melt into the stew leaving behind
their delicious flavors.
Almost finished!
When you have about 1 hour left of cooking you are going to
add 1-2 cans cut green beans (use fresh if you prefer, grocery
store did not have good looking fresh beans) and 2-3 chopped
carrots (use canned if preferred). Cover and continue to cook
until the veggies are tender.  Taste your stew occasionally to
adjust the spices to your taste.
We like to serve ours over some white rice. And for a special
touch we sometimes (OK, more like every time) serve crispy homemade french fries
over the top.

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
1 gallon size Ziploc bag
1 Cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
2 large onions, thinly sliced
4-5 carrots separated, peeled and chopped
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
olive oil
1 beef bouillon cube or 1 can beef or vegetable broth
1-8 ounce can of tomato sauce
1-2 cans of cut green beans or 2 Cups fresh green beans

Directions
*In Ziploc bag combine flour, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Set aside.
*Thinly chop 2 large onions, 2 carrots and the garlic. Add 1-2 Tablespoons
olive oil to large pot or pan and heat to medium-high heat. Add the chopped veggies
and cook 5-8 minutes or until veggies are tender. Remove from pan.
*While veggies are cooking prep your stew meat, cutting the pieces into smaller
bite size pieces. Place stew meat in Ziploc bag an give it a good shake to coat the meat.
Add 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil in your pot or pan and heat over med-high heat.
Add the stew meat and brown well on both sides.
*While meat browns heat 1 1/2 Cups water and one bouillon cube to a boil,
turn off heat and let the bouillon cube dissolve (skip this step if you are using
canned broth).
*When meat is browned, add back your cooked veggies, broth, and tomato
sauce. Stir, cover and turn heat down to med-low. *Cook low and slow 4-6 hours stirring
occasionally and adjust seasoning to your taste. You might also need to add more liquids depending on how thick or thin you like your stew.
* 1 hour before serving add your 2 cans or fresh green beans and your reserved carrots.
Continue to cook until veggies are tender.
A delicious and hearty meal sure to please even the pickiest eaters! Enjoy alone or over white rice and oven warm bread. I hope you enjoy!
~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~
Rebecca
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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

8 Sep

Here in the Midwest we get a short season to grill, therefore we do it a lot in the summer. With all that grilling comes leftovers. Honestly, my family isn’t all that excited to eat the leftovers and I am not all excited to waste food. So that leaves me some creativity to turn yesterdays leftovers into something my family will enjoy. Let’s get started!

Here are last nights BBQ chicken breasts. I took them straight from the fridge
and removed the meat from the bone and chopped it into a bite sized dice.
Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts- 2 plum tomatoes diced- 1 small onion diced- shredded lettuce-
burrito sized flour tortillas- Provolone and an Italian shredded blend cheeses-
Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce- and some non stick spray.
Heat a skillet over med heat and spray with some non stick spray
(I have used butter it works great I was just trying to save a few calories).
Add a tortilla and sprinkle with your favorite cheese ( I made one quesadilla with an
Italian cheese blend and another with Provolone slices. Both were good but the
Provolone was best). Sprinkle with some chopped onion.
Add enough chicken to evenly cover the tortilla. Squeeze some BBQ sauce all
over the chicken. I didn’t measure but approximately 3-4 Tablespoons of
sauce. Definitely just add all ingredients to your taste.
Add some tomatoes and more cheese. Top with another tortilla and cook
4-5 minutes per side or until tortilla is crispy and cheese is melted.

*Since it can be tricky to flip without a lot of fall out you can just use one
tortilla. Just make like above but go lighter on the filling and flip one side of the tortilla
over so the edges meet.*

I cut it using a pizza cutter. Just like that…You have a crispy, cheesy, BBQ
Quesadilla! I like to top mine with shredded lettuce. YUM! This recipe made 2 large
quesadillas and 2 half quesadillas.
Recipe
*Yields 2 large and 2 half quesadillas
2 chicken breasts
2 plum tomatoes diced
1 small onion diced
shredded lettuce
burrito sized flour tortillas (I used a total of 6)
Shredded Italian cheese blend (or your favorite)
Provolone (or your favorite)
BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce)
Non stick cooking spray
Heat skillet over Medium heat and spray with non stick spray. Lay tortilla in pan and add cheese. Evenly top tortilla with chicken and add BBQ sauce. Sprinkle with tomatoes and top with more cheese. Lay another tortilla on top of the ingredients and cook 4-5 minutes per side or until tortilla is crispy and cheese is melted. Cut with pizza cutter and serve with your favorite toppings.
This was a big hit with my family! Definitely going on the please make again list! Just like with most of my recipes you can personalize it to your tastes. This would be delicious with some grilled green peppers and mushrooms!
If you are cooking more then 2 quesadillas I would put a foiled lined baking pan in a warm oven to keep the finished quesadillas warm until you are ready to serve. Also, you can cook 2-3 quesadillas at a time on a large griddle.
I hope you enjoy this delicious easy recipe! Thanks for stopping by!
~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~
Rebecca
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