Chicken Tortilla Soup

The weekend always goes way too fast. And with a full work week ahead of me, this Monday is going to be rough. Can we go back to the short weeks we’ve been having?…Please?

Anyway, I found a crock pot recipe on Pinterest recently that I decided to try yesterday for dinner – Chicken Tortilla Soup (the original post can be found here).

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
It was delicious!


Ingredients:
1 lb chicken breast, trimmed
15 oz. can sweet corn (whole kernels), drained
15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
5 C chicken stock
3/4 C onion, chopped
3/4 C green bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped  (the original recipe called for a Serrano pepper but I couldn’t find one at the store I was at. We added a bit of tabasco sauce to add a little more spice)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp ground pepper, divided
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Seasoned tortilla strips

Directions:

Put the first 9 ingredients in the crock pot with 1 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp ground pepper. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
 
Before serving, remove chicken breasts and shred. Season chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Return shredded chicken back into the crock pot and gently stir. Divide into bowls and top with generous amounts of cheese and tortilla strips. Serves 8-10 (so we have plenty of leftovers to re-heat or freeze!) 

The soup was so good! Between this recipe and the Italian Chicken Wraps I made on Saturday, I’ll consider this weekend a cooking win 🙂

Have you found any new recipes lately?
What’s your favorite thing to cook? 

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Italian Chicken Wraps

I am loving this weekend! I enjoyed spending time with family over the holidays but it is so nice to just have a weekend at home. Friday, I made my first big grocery trip since before Thanksgiving (I’m not sure what we’ve been eating for the past month!) and got a ton of food. It feels so nice to have full cabinets and a loaded fridge again. Plus, I picked up bunch of healthy meals and snacks to help us stay on track with our diet.

Yesterday ,Chris and I ran a bunch of errands, making exchanges and returns from Christmas. It was nice to check a few things off of my to-do list. I also decided to try a new recipe for dinner last night. I made Italian Chicken Wraps (a recipe I found on Pinterest from Taste of Home). Chris and I both thought they were pretty delicious so this recipe is a keeper!

Ingredients:
1 package (16 oz.) frozen stir-fry vegetable blend (I used a pepper mix but there were a few different kinds at the store)
2 packages (6 oz. each) ready-to-use grilled chicken breast strips
1/2 C.  fat-free Italian salad dressing
3 T shredded Parmesan cheese
6 flour tortillas (8 inches), room temperature (we heated them up in a microwave for a few seconds so everything was warm)

Ingredients for Italian Chicken Wraps

Directions:
In a large pan, cook the vegetables according to package; drain off the water when done. Mix in the chicken, salad dressing and cheese. Leave uncovered and simmer for  3 to 4 minutes, or until heated through.

Italian Chicken Wraps mix cooking

Spoon about 3/4 cup down the center of each tortilla; roll up tightly. Makes 6 wraps – 290 calories each. 

Chris hamming it up with his wrap
Chris hamming it up with his wrap

The wraps were really filling and we had enough leftovers for another meal. I’m trying another new recipe for dinner tonight (it’s in the crock pot as I type!) and I hope turns out just as good. I’ll let you know how it goes. Now, back to my lazy Sunday!

PS Is anyone else as excited as I am for the Biggest Loser premiere tonight?!

Pinterest

A few months ago I joined Pinterest and now (like pretty much everyone else I know on the site) in ADDICTED! I don’t know what it is that got me hooked but I am.

Pinterest is basically a virtual bulletin board that you can add images of things that you like. I’ve separated mine in to some basic categories: quotes, tasty treats, fitness, dream house, etc. There are so many different boards on the site that you can probably find a “pinned” image in just about any category.

I think I enjoy the site so much because I get to pick what I want my boards to be about. I don’t have to make what I want to pin fit into a predetermined category. It’s also a major source of inspiration. I’ve never considered myself a crafty person but I’ve found quite a few things on Pinterest that I want to make as well as new recipes I’d like to try. And that’s just the start! I feel like I’m finding something new every time I visit the site.

If you’re not on Pinterest already I would highly recommend it. All you have to do is request an invite to get started.

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Happy pinning!