Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

With school back in session I know many of you are looking for easy recipes to make between work and after school activities. I know I am! Pulling out my arsenal of recipes especially those recipes for the slower cooker. With the daughter in color guard and my work load getting heavier slow cooker or crockpot, depending on what you call it, dinners help make for a bit more time in the evenings. This slow cooker chicken noodle soup is quite simple to put together and full of flavor. 

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Infused with white wine and rosemary this soup doesn’t taste like your normal chicken noodle soup. The aroma is perfectly intoxicating. It’s also budget friendly which is great after all that back to school shopping and school supplies. We all know every dime and dollar counts at that time of year. 

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I plop it all into a slow cooker/ crock pot with plenty of garlic and ginger. This slow cooker chicken noodle soup makes the entire house smell amazing! As you can see I just add the carrots in halves and don’t chop them up. The reason is that they don’t get nearly as mushy when you slow cook them whole. All you have to do is scoop them back out and mash them with a fork then drop them back in. I do the same thing with the celery too! Also, the noodles are made on the side. I’m just not a fan of crock pot noodles. They seems to have an odd texture depending on how each slow cooker cooks. 

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I just cook them on the side quickly in a pasta pot. Strain them and add them to each bowl. It’s great because if you have someone eating with you that is gluten free you can leave out the noodles in their bowl. I hope this soup will help you get back into the daily routine. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 6
Slow cooked chicken, carrots, celery, and spices to make a delicious chicken noodle soup.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots; end cut, halved
  2. 3 ribs of celery; ends cut, halved
  3. 8 to 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  4. 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger; peeled and chopped
  5. 3 stocks fresh rosemary
  6. 4 cloves of fresh garlic; minced
  7. 32 oz plus 2 cups all natural free range (gluten free) chicken broth
  8. 2 cups white wine
  9. 1 teaspoon Mediterranean salt
  10. 2 teaspoons salt; to taste
  11. 2 teaspoons peppercorn medley; to taste
  12. 2 cups egg noodles
Instructions
  1. In a large slow cooker, add in carrot halves, celery halves, boneless and skinless chicken thighs. Turn to high heat. Add in minced garlic, rosemary, and chopped ginger. Top with 32 ounces of chicken broth and one cup of white wine. Add Mediterranean salt. Cook for 6 hours on high.
  2. Stir pot well. Remove carrots and celery; careful not to burn yourself. Place on cutting board and smash with fork. Return smashed carrots and celery to the pot. Add in two cups broth and one cup white wine. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 2 hours.
  3. 20 minutes until the soup is ready cook 2 cups of eggs noodles in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Once tender remove and serve in soup.
Notes
  1. For gluten free please leave out the egg noodles or find gluten free noodles.
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Czech Goulash – Cesky Gulas

The aroma of this dish alone is intoxicating! It is probably one of top number one meals to have as back to school commences. On a quiet day with all the teenagers gone, working or away at school,  I can put on dinner in advance and just let it slow cook on the stove. I need to write a recipe for this goulash for a method by slow cooker. For now I will continue the stove top method. 

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Cesky Gulas also know as Czech Goulash is basically a simple Hungarian goulash. It is one of the many goulash recipes Czech people have. I am hoping to get a chance to share many different goulash recipes with you as we proceed into the Fall and Winter. One of my recent favorites other than the Cesky Gulas is the Segedínský Guláš which is a pork instead of beef cooked with sauerkraut. It’s not a sour dish like one would think. The pork is tender with a vibrant but mild taste that pairs well with a beer (pivo).  I hope to learn how to make this dish when my soon to be mother in law makes it for my birthday. I would much rather have her cooking then go to a restaurant!

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Cesky Gulas is generally paired with houskové knedlíky and a pivo (beer).  The houskové knedlíky are bread dumplings made from stale french bread, milk, Wondra, eggs, and baking powder than boiled and sliced to serve. They are wonderful! When we make these the entire family goes wild over them. You must have a good beer with it too. Something stout or with a stinky flavor like Shiner or Pilsner Urquell. 

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Time after time making this dish to photograph it’s been impossible. The family usually eats it all even the hidden dishes of it that I set aside. This time I made three times the recipe to be sure that I would have leftovers to share with you. Oh! It’s also better on the second day once the flavors set into the meat overnight. This is a dinner with lunch the next day type of dish. Here is the recipe for the goulash. Soon I will share the recipe for the dumplings if you all are interested. Let me know below!

Czech Goulash – Cesky Gulas
Serves 6
Traditional Czech goulash made with paprika, onions, and beef.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  3. 3 lbs stewed beef in 1/2 inch cubes
  4. 4 to 6 tablespoons Hungarian paprika (fresh is best)
  5. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  6. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 3 tablespoons Wondra flour
  8. Water to cover
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Warm the oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Add the beef and allow it to brown on the outside.
  2. Add paprika and stir till meat is covered. Add Wondra flour and tomato paste just until the juice is soaked up then add water to cover meat with some extra. Make sure to mix the flour in well to remove all lumps.
  3. Add in salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for about two hours. The sauce will gradually thicken and meat will become tender and fall apart. Once the sauce is thick and meat is tender it is ready to serve.
Notes
  1. Serve with noodles, dumplings (boiled bread), or Spätzle. To make gluten free use cornstarch instead of flour for the thickening agent. Can also be served with rice.
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After School Fuel Mac Cups & Hot Pockets

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After school my son and I sometimes like to have a movie afternoon. Between work and school sometimes we don’t get to see each other often. Though when we get the time we like to have some snacks. After school they are like ravenous beasts and the poor fridge is their prey. I love to have food on hand that they themselves can make for our movie afternoons. Mac Cups by STOUFFER’S and Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza with garlic buttery crust is our latest addition. My son swears it has to have the garlic crust for the flavor.

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They will usually pick them up as a I am browsing the aisles at Walmart. The Stouffer’s Mac Cups, 2 pack can be found in the freezer aisle with STOUFFER’S® Single Serve Entrées. 

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My son says he has to try the chili mac next time. I am going to keep that in mind as he enjoys these. We also found the Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza (with garlic buttery crust) in the freezer section. I love that I can get a 12 pack. 

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Lately we have been watching movies that represent SYFY style or 1920’s Chicago. We are definitely movie buffs! What movies are you into lately? I’d love to hear about the most recent movie you have seen.

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He really hates when I snap shots of him eating but I just love the color of his hair right now and it shows how different we are as a family.  We munched on the pepperoni pizza Hot Pockets and the STOUFFER’S Mac Cups while goshing about the latest Haven episodes and then threw on a movie while digesting. It’s really our bonding time. I have done this with them all through the years. I think I will be pretty sad when they are all moved out. For now, I will enjoy my movie and grubbin’ time with them.

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For more #FoodMadeSimple visit the hashtag or for Back to School ideas visit this fun Pinterest board Back to School Made Simple.

Sour Straw Popsicles

If there is one thing in our home that everyone will devour it has to be sour straws. It’s like this radar detector that goes off and they all come to the vicinity that I have them in.  I can buy a bucket of them but with in a week they are absolutely gone. Oh and if I got at least one I am lucky. 

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Two evenings ago my other half, V, picked some sour straws up for this recipe Sour Straw Popsicles. I honest thought there is no way they are going to last the night. Funny enough I was the one that devoured the most of them and yes some were actually left over. We managed to hide them for the teens and eat some ourselves while watching The Haunting.  The other half and I like spooky shows. I am not quite sure if it is because he is interested in them or likes to make fun of the people. His answer is when it’s really scary just drink beer and ignore it. Psst… He’s Czech. Not all of us think drinking beer will get rid of the ghosts. 

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I managed to slip the sour straws away from him and put them aside for these popsicles. A few months ago I picked up a Zoku classic popsicle mold. After trying a ton of other molds I love how easy they come out of the Zoku molds. I hear there is some others out there that work just as well and have cute designs. If you know of some put it in the comments below because I would love to check them out.

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Moving on to the popsicles I finally had the chance to use the mold and make some popsicles. These sour straw popsicles are so sour that it will make your entire face pucker and that’s a good thing!

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Gosh! Look at it just run down her hand. Sticky! These were so much fun but I would use the sour straws over the sour straw bites next time.  The sour bites became a bit mushy but super hyped up the flavor of the popsicles. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

They are super sour and melt fast!

Sour Straw Popsicles
Serves 6
Kool aid popsicle with sour straw bites frozen within them.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 tablespoons of Kool Aid
  2. 18 to 22 pieces of Sour Straws cut up or Sour Straw Bites
  3. Water
  4. Popsicle mold
Instructions
  1. Mix about 2 tablespoons of Kool Aid with water. Fill mold with 3 pieces of candy and top with Kool Aid. This is the break down for each mold. If you want them to be more sour then add more Kool Aid and more bites. Freeze for about two hours or until frozen solid.
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Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs

Grilling season is here! I am so excited because I have been thinking up some new recipes and trying out as many on the grill by the pool as often as I can. These bacon and bourbon chicken kebabs were delicious made from bits of bacon, bbq sauce and spices that merry well together. Grilling season is really fun because I feel like it brings people together. It allows for summer fun but also potlucks were everyone grills something different and brings a plethora of side dishes. Its just a foodie experience that I totally enjoy. 
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There is nothing more enticing then grilling with bacon and allowing the flames lick the sauce. It puts a wondrous crunch on the chicken. Probably one of the reason I love to grill so much.  Food on the grill should always have a good sauce on it too. Are you a dry rub or sauce fan?

Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs

I have these really great metal skewer I use for kebabs. They are reusable which I have to say I favor over buying the wood skewers. Next time I make the bacon and bourbon chicken kebabs I plan to add red onion to them. I just love the sweetness of the red onion once it’s been grilled. Do you have a favorite meat or veggie to skewer and grill?

Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs

This weekend coming my son turns 17 and we are planning to make some beef carnitas. I hope I can talk the other half into grilling up the tortillas so they have that nice warmth to them. I really need to purchase an outdoor plate set. I’ve seen one I like and cannot wait to sneak it in behind him. He says I already have too much kitchen items. As a food blogger you can never ever have enough ;) He just laughs; then tells me no. 

Bacon and Bourbon Chicken Kebabs
Serves 6
Chicken skewed and grilled with a bacon, bourbon, barbecue, and spiced sauce.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of chicken tenders; 1.5 lbs, 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 4 strips of bacon; non cooked, cubed
  3. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  4. 2 mini bottles of bourbon; Jim Beam Honey Bourbon
  5. 1/2 cup barbecue sauce; your choice
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  9. 1/2 tablespoon paprika
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into cubes and align them on the skewers. Set aside.
  2. In a blender or food processor, add in bacon, barbecue sauce and bourbon. Blend on high. Add in garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Blend well. Add in salt and pepper. Blend lightly and pour into a jar.
  3. Add skewers to a preheated grill about 300 degrees F. Add sauce to with brush to the chicken. Every ten minutes rotate and cover well with sauce. Once the chicken starts to blacken and sauce is thick your skewers are just about done. Test one piece on the end to make sure chicken is cooked well and juicy. About 40 minutes rotating each 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. Serves well with grilled pineapple or grilled peaches.
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Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad

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I have to admit I don’t use many canned items. Tomatoes are one of my most favorite canned items to buy. I stock up on them and I use them in just about everything! Hunt’s has been my go to brand for a long time. My grandmother used to make our family spaghetti sauce recipe from Hunt’s canned tomatoes since it is so much work to do it from scratch every time we wanted it. I learned that Hunt’s diced tomatoes are just perfect in plenty of Italian dishes including this Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad.

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Over the years I learned how to grill and I just love accompanying meats with great vegetable and fruit salads to give my family what they need on their plates. This is a very simple side dish salad we  like to make ahead and put up in the fridge for time by the pool or for a gathering of friends. It’s super as a salsa also!

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I picked up my Hunt’s diced tomatoes at Walmart next to the pasta. You can find more great recipes and information on Hunt’s tomatoes at www.hunts.com and http://www.readyseteat.com/. You can follow along at Hunt’s Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. There will be a Twitter party on Friday, May 30th from 12-1 ET follow along with the hashtag #DinnerDone! I just love that they use a flash steam peeling method that keeps it natural. They are the best canned tomatoes!

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How often do you grill and make cold salad side dishes? Are you a fan of tomatoes? I would love to hear if you have any great picnic or pot luck salad recipes involving tomatoes. 

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If you would like to share this recipe please take a moment to click the pinned button below and pin the image above. I love to share recipes. I get so excited when someone gives me input on what they like or what they would try. Just like no one would expect lime and chili powder in this recipe! Here is the recipe for the Tangy Tomato and Mango Salad.

Tangy Tomato & Mango Salad
Serves 6
Hunt's diced tomatoes tossed with corn, mango, lime juice and chili powder.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can of Hunt's diced tomatoes
  2. 1 can of sweet corn; drained
  3. 1 mango; diced
  4. 1 lime; juiced
  5. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  6. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, pour in tomatoes and corn. Add in mango and lime juice. Toss well. Top with chili powder and salt. Toss again and refrigerate until time to serve or serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Temperature of salad depends on preference.
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Meat Lovers Lasagna & Easter #NewFavorites

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Spring always seems to be that time of year everyone is getting back into gear. It’s like wiping away that winter fog and getting things ready for a busy summer. What I enjoy about Stouffer’s Meat Lovers Lasagna is how easy it is to make for a springtime dinner. Even better when I am on the run trying to pick up eggs and fun decorations for my daughter to pop this in the oven allowing us more time to decorate.  It’s such an easy meal!
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I love when she can shop herself and just run into Walmart and grab what I send to her on her phone. Generally, her and one of her brother’s will run in and grab a pasta dinner and Texas Toast for the perfect pairing. 

Stouffer's Meat Lover's Lasagna with New York Texas Toast for Spring Dinner #NewFavorites #CollectiveBias #shopYou can just hop on over to the next aisle and pick up your toast. It’s usually a 15 minutes store run. Easy dinner that’s done in less than 30 minutes without all the work. I enjoy that she can make it and I can prepare eggs and the stuff to decorate them.

Stouffer's Meat Lover's Lasagna with New York Texas Toast for Spring Dinner #NewFavorites #CollectiveBias #shopDo you have a go to meal or easy meal that you make when trying to have fun decorating for Easter? What plans do you usually have for Easter. We generally always try to make eggs in plenty of different styles. I think this year I would like to try eggs drawn on with markers. 

Stouffer's Meat Lover's Lasagna with New York Texas Toast for Spring Dinner #NewFavorites #CollectiveBias #shopLasagna is always a meal I think you need more of and really a little bit for each person goes such an absolute long way. This is the family size and it really is enough to feed all six of us with the Texas Toast on the side of course ;) 

Meat Lovers Lasagna and Texas Toast
Serves 6
Meat lovers lasagna with Texas Toast
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Stouffer's Meat Lovers Lasagna Family Size
  2. 1 box New York Texas Toast
Instructions
  1. Cook Stouffer's lasagna for 9 minutes on high in the microwave and then cook at 50% power for 20 minutes. For Texas Toast just cook as directed on the box. Serve while coloring eggs!
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Italian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken – Fresh Take

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Don’t you just love Easter with all the pretty colors? I know I do! Every year we always think of a new way to color eggs. It’s just a tradition in our house. I always make the traditional ham and mashed potatoes along with finding a new salad of sorts to make anew. I have to admit I think the teenagers are worn out on ham. Of course the other half and I would eat our weight in ham if we could. Sometimes it’s great to have another option for Easter or a simple spring brunch. These Italian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken legs made with Kraft Fresh Take are simple and easy. My teen helped me make these along with the Easter Egg Salad pictured in the back.

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Kraft Fresh Take Store ShotItalian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken puts a twist on Easter Brunch. While you still have your ham flavor (bacon) you can change it up with an Italian splash. Serve it with easter egg salad or fresh spring greens for a nutritious dish.  Simply wrap the chicken in bacon like below. 

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Just open up the Kraft Fresh Take and mix the cheese and bread crumbs. Roll the bacon wrapped chicken in the mixture, lay into a baking dish, and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes.

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They will come out ready to serve to your family or friends for your Easter brunch or dinner. 

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Italian Parmesan Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Serves 4
Chicken legs wrapped with bacon and breaded with Kraft Fresh Take.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Kraft Fresh Take Italian Parmesan
  2. 4 chicken legs
  3. 4 strips of bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Wrap chicken legs with bacon starting from the leg bottom to the top. Open Kraft Fresh Take Italian Parmesan and mix as directed on the package. Roll chicken in mixture and place in a small baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes as directed on package until chicken is done and outside is crispy.
Notes
  1. I cooked my chicken covered for one hour and then pulled off the cover and let the topping brown.
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 For more recipes follow along on Facebook, Google +, and Twitter with the hashtag #FreshTake or #CollectiveBias. I would love to hear what your Easter traditions are below. How do you do Easter?

Baja Chicken Soup

Love this Baja Chicken Soup! It is completely simple to make. It comes together quick on a week night when I really don’t feel like cooking. Yes, I do have those days when cooking or even moving from my bed is a issue. Now and again I cook from cans. It’s one of those deals that I only keep certain canned food in the house. Tomatoes, beans, and corn are alright in my book coming from a can. You won’t find much else canned in my house. Maybe spinach for a quick side dish; the kids like it. 

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If allowed I would add spring onions and avocado to every dish. Fresh spring onions just have a mountain of flavor that I love. Avocado is just a fruit I grew up eating in California. It’s my nature to gravitate towards it. What’s great about baja chicken soup is it’s perfect for spring. It’s not a heavy soup which allows it function well during the non wintry season. What spring and summer soups do you like to make? 

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I always love chicken in my soup but I am not a real fan of ground beef in soups. To me ground beef belongs in a goulash or maybe a stew. Do you like ground beef in soups?

As I am writing this post the news is coming across that there is a Tornado warning at the Daytona 500. I hope everyone is safe. I remember the year we had tornado warnings at Texas Motor Speedway. We sat in the lot waiting and listening to the scanner as they talked about what to do in case it did it. Some of the chatter was actually pretty funny. 

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I do have excited news. I finally got a new car. I am hoping to do a post soon all about it. The guys at the other half’s work where we got the car want me to bring them some food. What would you bring a shop full of guys and some sales men to eat? Cupcakes maybe? Anywho, here is the recipe for the soup. Hope all of you enjoy it; I did!

Baja Chicken Soup
Serves 6
A chicken soup with a spicy base with chicken, corn, black beans, and tomatoes. Topped with avocado and spring onions.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast; baked
  2. 1 small white onion; diced
  3. 1 large anaheim pepper; ribs removes, seeded and diced
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 48 oz. chicken stock
  6. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. Juice of half a lime
  8. 1 tablespoon cumin
  9. 1 tablespoon paprika
  10. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. 1 can black beans; drained
  12. 1 can whole sweet corn; drained
  13. 3 cans fire roasted tomatoes
  14. 1/2 bushel of cilantro; chopped
  15. 1 large avocado; sliced into moon shaped slices
  16. 2 spring onions; sliced
  17. Salt and pepper to taste
  18. 3 to 4 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bake chicken for one hour. It will cook more in pot so if it is a bit pink it's fine.
  2. In a large pot, add in anaheim peppers, garlic and white onion with one tablespoon olive oil and cook over medium high heat. Saute for about 3 minutes. Add in chicken with cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Add in chicken broth. Stir and add in corn, black beans, and fire roasted tomatoes. Stir well combining all ingredients. Add 3 to 4 cups water depending on desired broth amount. Add in cilantro but reserve some for garnish. Add juice of half a lime. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Slice avocados and spring onions. Salt and pepper soup to taste. Serve topped with fresh cilantro, avocados, and spring onions.
Notes
  1. You may use rotisserie chicken in the place of baked chicken to shorten time.
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Red Pepper Fusilli & Feed South Africa

Leftovers are a huge portion of lunches in our home. It’s a way not to create food waste and also have a healthy lunch. This Red Pepper Fusilli is perfect for that. The sauce really taste so much better the next day because it sticks to the pasta. We are lucky for the leftover lunches we get to have. Too many children go without lunch all over the world every day. Sometimes my kids don’t take their own lunch which upsets me because we always try to keep something for them to take. What is more upsetting is when I think of a child that doesn’t have the option for lunch at all. Picture a child walking to school hungry, unable to concentrate, with a belly ache before the day is over. I just couldn’t imagine this for my teenagers and wouldn’t want that for anyone else’s.

Red Pepper Fusilli | Mooshu Jenne

Lack of food can diminish concentration, erode willpower, and strip away a child’s potential. Compound that with prevalence of HIV/AIDS or the trauma of losing parents and loved ones, without food, a child’s attendance and performance at school is severely jeopardized. I am asking my readers to consider donating to this fundraising campaign that will provide 100 South African school children a daily meal for one year. Just $10 can feed a child their only meal of the day. That’s less than a week’s worth of lattes at Starbucks.

To follow along for more information check out: The Giving Table at Twitter: @thegivingtable / #feedsouthafrica and Facebook: facebook.com/givingtable or The Lunchbox Fund at Twitter: @thelunchboxfund and Facebook: facebook.com/thelunchboxfund.

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Now for the Red Pepper Fusilli recipe which is simple and can be made with very little ingredients for a large family. We made this last night and chowed down on it for lunch today. It takes a tad of work but it is completely worth it. 

Red Pepper Fusilli
Serves 6
Roasted red pepper sauce toss over fusilli pasta.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small white onion; diced
  2. 3 garlic cloves; minced
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 3 red bell peppers; seeds removed
  5. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  6. 1/3 cup milk
  7. 1 bag of fusilli pasta
  8. 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. Salt and pepper
  11. 1/3 cup parmesan; grated, shredded or flaked
Instructions
  1. Cut off tops of red bell peppers and slice in half. Remove ribbing and seeds. Place with flesh side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Broil on high for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove peppers from oven and place in a glass or ceramic bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in bowl covered for 10 minutes. Once the time is up remove skins from peppers.
  2. You may use a food processor or immersion blender to puree the peppers. Add in heavy cream and milk. Puree again with peppers. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook fusilli for 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  4. In a saute pan, add in garlic, onions, and olive oil. Cook on low until onions are translucent. Add in pepper mixture and raise heat to medium low. Add in paprika, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook for about ten minutes until sauce thickens a bit.
  5. Toss sauce over fusilli and garnish with parmesan.
Notes
  1. You may serve this with chicken and parmesan bread.
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