Chicken & Rice Soup

This happens to be ones of my favorite soup recipes. I don’t know if it is the rice, the chicken or the veggies I like more, but one thing I know for sure…it’s definitely a comfort food recipe.

Like many of my recipes, this is a great recipe to mix all of the ingredients and freeze for later. OR to freeze and take over to a friend in need. I made this recipe as a freezer meal for us to have at a later date, so that’s why the pictures are taken with a Ziploc bag and such.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do around our house!!

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Tortellini Soup

The month of October is being dedicated to soups. I love starting a crock pot meal in the morning, especially during the fall months, and coming home to our house smelling delicious! Therefore, be prepared for some great soup recipes over the next 5 Wednesdays.

I’m proud to say that I have some Italian roots in my heritage that I enjoy embracing throughout my cooking. Don’t know if the hubby enjoys it as much, but I like to think he does :)

Tortellini are a fantastic invention from the Italians. For those of you out there who do not know what they are, you’ve definitely been missing out. They are a ring-shaped pasta that is stuff with meat, cheese and/or spinach.

Fun Fact:

They are sometimes described as a pregnant women’s belly button because of their shape. Odd, isn’t it?!

Moving on. I combined these delish little creations with some other ingredients to create a quick and painless soup. Enjoy!

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Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Growing up, I remember eating chicken pot pies quite often. My parents would either buy the store bought kind or my dad would make some homemade ones. The thought of making homemade chicken pot pies just sounded SO daunting. Alas, though, it is not!

Quick note about this recipe. I use Cream of Chicken soup. Now, there are lots of people out there who don’t like it, and I get that, but I don’t mind it. There is an organic, gluten-free cream of chicken soup that can be used instead. If I am cooking for a gluten-free friend, I always choose this one. It is a little more expensive, which might be some of the reason why I don’t use it all of the time, but I don’t mind buying it if needed.


P.S. If I had more time (or when I become a stay-at-mom in the future), I will probably make my own cream of chicken at home, but life just doesn’t permit that right now.

Moving on.

The thing I love the most about this recipe is how easy the leftovers are…and there are always leftovers between just the two of us. Unlike a normal chicken pot pie, these are mini, single-serving size. We each eat 2-3 and then the rest are leftovers that can be easily stored.

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Chicken & Stuffing

One of my favorite ways to serve my husband is to have a good meal hot and ready when he arrives home from work, or shortly thereafter. It is something that brings me joy because I know it brings him joy. I know this isn’t every wife’s mentality, and that’s fine, but it is most definitely mine.

With that said, it must mean I love to be in the kitchen and love to cook. Well, there’s a little bit of truth in the first one (I enjoy the kitchen, but I enjoy hanging with my hubby more) and there’s a WHOLE LOTTA truth in the second one (I LOVE to cook, bake, all of it!). I enjoy cooking all types of meals, big, extravagant meals, medium-labor meals and quick and easy ones, but I would have to say that quick and easy are my absolute favorites. The reasoning: I’m not still in the kitchen preparing dinner when Jordan walks through the door. We’re able to hang out while dinner finishes cooking or dinner is ready and we can sit down and enjoy a meal together instantly.

Well, I think it’s time for another quick and easy meal. I love this one because (1) stuffing is fantastic and I don’t think we should limit it to Thanksgiving and/or Christmas; (2) the chicken is super moist; (3) it is a great way to eat some veggies, especially if you have a picky eater who doesn’t like them.

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Chicken & Spinach Manicotti

One of my favorite memories growing up is of my mom making manicotti for my birthday dinner. It is one of the meals I will forever cherish. It was an all-day adventure for her. She would make the noodles from scratch, make homemade spaghetti sauce and basically spend almost all day in the kitchen. BUT oh buddy, it was fantastic!! I loved my birthday for many reasons, but I would have to say this is near the top of the list.

Now that I am grown and out of the house, I no longer have homemade, amazing manicotti for my birthday…I also don’t really have the time to spend all day in the kitchen making my favorite meal. Enter in a much easier recipe.

Another added benefit of this recipe is that it can be prepared weeks in advance and frozen to be made another day. I make this meal quite often for new parents so they can have something to eat on the night of their choosing.

Without further ado, for those of you who love manicotti and want a little simpler recipe OR for those of you who have never had it, try this out and ENJOY!!

P.S. If you are just wanting spinach manicotti (no chicken), then just leave out the chicken part.

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Homemade Taquitos

Ever have those discussions with someone you’ve known quite a long time only to find out you never knew something about them? I know kind of a lengthy question. Nevertheless, I had one of those with my husband a month or two back and discovered he is quite the fan of taquitos. Which, I thought I knew my husband quite well when it came to the food category, but apparently not.

As we talked, I released the reason why we had never had this conversation is because, by nature, taquitos are usually quite unhealthy for you. They are usually fried. And if you buy them at the store, they have quite a few odd ingredients in them.

SO…I set out on a quest to make a recipe that is both homemade and healthy. This is what I came up with…

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Today’s recipe is a follow-up from last week’s chicken enchilada recipe. Don’t have a whole lot of time to whip up 12 enchiladas, including packing and rolling, why not try Chicken Enchilada Casserole instead. Aside from cooking the chicken in the crockpot all day (which requires basically zero effort on your part), this recipe takes maybe 15 minutes of prep time before going into the oven.

Just like last week’s recipe, I use a pre-made green chili enchilada sauce. If you so wish, you can substitute a homemade enchilada sauce.

Lastly, this recipe is another one that you can easily make and freeze to save for later. Just prepare it in an aluminum foil pan, cover with foil, label and throw in the freezer. OR if you want to bring someone a meal, this is a great option.

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