Southwestern Tortilla Soup

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I know that it’s the beginning of summer and it’s probably a little too hot outside for soup. Over 90 degrees too hot. I still don’t care. I’ve been craving some good ol’ slow-cooker chicken tortilla soup for some time now and this is the week I have it for dinner three days in a row since my husband is out of town. 

I call this my favorite dump meal; because that’s basically what you’re doing – dumping all the ingredients into a slow-cooker. Other than shredded the chicken later on, there is no real effort needed to go into preparing this. You’d never guess that though by how good it tastes!

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Southwestern Tortilla Soup
Serves 6
A flavorful soup that's easy to prep and cooks throughout the day, leaving your home smelling delicious.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  3. 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  4. 10-ounce can rotel
  5. 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  6. 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  7. 15-ounce can sweet corn, drained
  8. 1 package taco seasoning
Instructions
  1. Add chicken breasts to to slow-cooker, followed by all other ingredients. Stir well to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 7 hours. Remove chicken from slow-cooker and shred into small pieces using two forks. Return to slow-cooker and cook for an additional hour.
  3. Serve with shredded cheese, lite sour cream and tortilla soups.
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Chicken Burrito Bowl

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Crockpot Meal Alert! Who else loves the meals you get to throw into a big ol’ pot and leave to simmer until it’s dinner time? The easier the assembly on a busy week day, the better. 

Burrito Bowls are pretty come and serve as you please. You can use other meats aside from chicken, add as many vegetables as you like and top with whatever else fits your pleasure. Because I’m watching what I eat more closely, I prepared this burrito bowl using ingredients that were healthy and that I could stand to eat consecutively for a few days. 

 

Chicken Burrito Bowl in a Crockpot
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 package taco seasoning
  3. 3 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  4. 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
  5. 1 14 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  6. 2 3/4 cups of instant whole grain brown rice
Toppings
  1. ½ cup shredded colby jack cheese
  2. 1 tablespoon lite sour cream
  3. 1 tomato, diced
Instructions
  1. Prep a large crockpot and set on low heat. Add chicken breasts.
  2. Pour low-sodium chicken broth overtop chicken breasts, followed by taco seasoning. Mix well.
  3. Cook on low for about 4 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts from crockpot with a pair of tongs and place in a covered container to preserve heat.
  5. Add instant rice and black beans to crockpot and turn heat to high. Cook for 30 minutes, or until rice appears cooked thoroughly.
  6. Add chicken breasts to crockpot again, cook for an additional 20 minutes on high.
Notes
  1. Serve with additional healthy toppings.
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Sweet Potato Chili with Black Beans

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Day 1 of my clean-eating week began yesterday (Monday) and ended with this delicious crockpot meal. Because I started preparing the meal mid-afternoon, dinner wasn’t ready until 7:30pm-ish and by then the sunlight had come and gone. I don’t care much for photographing using artificial lights, I’m a natural light kind of gal; so I wasn’t able to assemble the chili for it’s closeup until today. It is, however, my dinner for the next two nights so I guess it counts just as well!

All chili is good in my book. However, my first initial thought was, “sweet potatoes, I’m not sure how that goes with chili but OK.” I’ve experimented with recipes where the potato has over-cooked in the crockpot and tasted like mush. And I’ve experimented with recipes where the potato has under-cooked and tasted like a bland hard piece of potato. So when the 8 hours were up, I was thrilled (it’s the small things) when I went for that first piece of sweet potato and it tasted great!

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Sweet Potato Chili with Black Beans
Serves 6
A clean-eating, crockpot favorite.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 small onion, finely diced
  2. 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  3. 14.5-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes, with juice
  4. 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  5. 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  6. 1lb lean ground turkey
  7. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  10. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  11. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  12. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  13. 1 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. 1. Cook ground turkey over medium-high, drain. Set aside.
  2. 2. Assemble onion, garlic, tomatoes, black beans and potatoes at the bottom of a crockpot.
  3. 3. Add ground turkey, seasonings and water in that particular order.
  4. 4. Cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
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BBQ Chicken Hawaiian Sliders

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Growing up, I remember having sloppy joes all the time. I think it was half because they were so good and half because they were so easy to make since they came prepackaged; all you had to do was heat ’em up and slop it on a bun. 
  
This is a more chicken-esque take on the sloppy joe. You may have to do a little more work with preparing the sauce and patiently waiting for it to cook in the crock-pot for a few hours. It’s worth it. And honestly, I think this version is a lot better than the store-bought sloppy joes.  

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BBQ Chicken Hawaiian Sliders
Serves 6
A different take on sloppy joes using a crockpot and chicken.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup barbecue sauce
  3. ½ cup zesty italian dressing
  4. 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  5. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  6. hawaiian bread sliders
Instructions
  1. 1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, italian dressing, worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Set aside.
  2. 2. Trim chicken breasts of any fat. Place on the bottom of a slow-cooker.
  3. 3. Add barbecue mixture into slow-cooker, making sure to cover each chicken breasts top and bottom. Cook on low for 4 ½ hours.
  4. 4. Remove chicken breasts and shred using two forks into small pieces. Return to slow-cooker, making sure to mix it well with the barbecue sauce. Cook for an additional 45 minutes.
  5. 5. Fill each hawaiian slider generously with barbecue chicken and enjoy.
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