Chicken Noodle Soup

I am always looking for new recipes to make for dinner, I have a tendency to recycle through the same recipes over and over again. However my child doesn’t like to sleep at all during the day, so making something that takes a lot of time isn’t really something I can do at this point. Luckily, it is winter and perfect crockpot cooking weather.

I found a few different recipes for crockpot chicken noodle soup. I mostly used the weight watchers recipe, with modifications, because I didn’t feel like buying spices we never use and vegetables we never eat.

I first cut up 2 cups of carrots, celery and onion.
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I put those in the crockpot then I added my spices on top of that.

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2 Tablespoons of fresh dill
2 teaspoons of parsley
1 teaspoon of basil
2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 bay leaf

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I then placed 6 chicken breasts on top, it’s what I had in the freezer, there are recipes for larger pieces of chicken.

I also used 2 cups of chicken broth and 6 cups of water.

I let this cook on high for 5 hours. I usually use the low setting but I didn’t have 10 hours to cook today.

After 5 hours I took out the chicken and added a bag of whole wheat pasta. While that cooked I shredded the chicken, I placed it back in the crockpot and let the soup cook for 30 more minutes.

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What I would change in the future is more veggies and less pasta. After one day the pasta ended up soaking up all the liquid and it became more like a chicken noodle casserole. Which tasted delicious but not what I wanted. I also found that I had less veggies than I wanted. I would add more of all the veggies I had used and incorporate others, I think peas would be a great addition. My last change would be to stack veggies then chicken, then veggies, then the spices and liquid. A ton of the veggies were in the last bowls and not dispersed very well.

This meal lasted Nick & I about 4 days, we usually had 2 cups, each serving of 1 1/2 cups is only 186 calories.

What is your favorite winter meal? What is your favorite crockpot meal

Slow Cooker Chili

This isn’t a pinterest recipe, but one I make a lot. I will get back to the pinterest recipes asap, I have many for Thanksgiving.

Fall and Winter are perfect for using your crock pot/slow cooker. I think for the past 5 years I have made this one recipe for my husband and I at least twice a month during the cold season.

For ingredients you need:
1 medium onion
A few cloves of garlic, I use about 5 or 6, but it’s up to you
1.5 lbs of ground turkey, you can use beef, we just prefer turkey.
1 can of each bean: black, kidney, cannelini
1 can of corn, not sweetened or creamed, or a small frozeen bag
1 small can of tomato sauce (not the 8 oz can, the 6 or 4 oz)
Shredded Cheese, I use Whole Foods, cheddar jack mix
Chili seasoning
Spices to season the meat.

I finely chop the onion and garlic, throw them in a pan to brown, then I toss in the turkey. I season with salt, pepper and chili seasoning.

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I throw the tomato sauce, beans and corn in the crock pot and stir.

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Then I add the cheese and the chili seasoning packet and stir again.

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Once the meat is cooked, I drain the liquid and throw it in the crock pot as well. I mix the meat with everything else, until it seems evenly mixed.

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You can cook it for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

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Enjoy!

What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe?