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