{crockpot} Chicken Tortellini Soup

For me, there is just something about cheese tortellini in soup that I LOVE!! I couldn’t even tell you exactly what it is but I haven’t seem to met a tortellini soup that I didn’t enjoy!  Last year, I made a Tortellini Sausage Soup that we loved.  When it came to mind again, I knew I didn’t have sausage on hand but figured that there had to be a chicken version out there somewhere.  I was right!  Not only is it an awesome soup with a creamy tomato base, but it’s made in the crockpot which just adds to the ease of preparation.

Once again, I was able to pick out the noodles for my picky eater which made it a meal loved by the whole family.  The ONLY draw back I found with this soup was that the left overs weren’t nearly as good the first meal.  It thickened up quite a bit and the noodles became mushy. I’m not even sure I would characterize it as a soup they next day.  So my recommendation is to eat it all the first day! :)… 

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Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice

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Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice is packed with flavor and super simple to make!

Last week I took the kids and visited my family for a while, then we came home and closed on our new house and then we moved.  I’m a lot of things right now…mostly grateful to be sitting still for a few moments before all of the unpacking begins.  All that craziness means time for cooking anything went right out the door.  Putting the kitchen back together is a whole ‘nother story.  That is why I love meals like this one, which starts with a tasty Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce and is ready without a lot of fuss.

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I love Thai food and this meal really hit the spot.   I enjoyed all the flavors I love without having to eat out.  Through the end of November, you can enter to win an Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce prize pack – visit the Imagine® Facebook page to enter!

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Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice
  • 1 Tablespoon CANOLA OIL
  • 1 lb. BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 RED PEPPER, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups INSTANT RICE
  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 cup COCONUT MILK
  • JUICE of ½ LIME
  • SALT to taste
  1. Heat oil in skillet until hot. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring water and coconut milk to boil in a saucepan. Add rice. Stir and remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Add red peppers to skillet with chicken and cook 2 minutes. Add sauce and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir basil and lime juice into rice. Divide into 4 bowls and top with chicken mixture. Serve immediately.


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Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad

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This recipe for Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad is brought to you by Kraft.

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Main dish salad…it’s what’s for dinner.  Does that go over well at your house?  For my husband, a main dish salad has to include protein, fruits/veggies and be full of flavor or else it may not be considered ‘dinner’.    This is an ideal meal for busy nights because all you’re doing is a little chopping, tossing together and before you know it a nutritious meal is ready…. 

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Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders with Asian Slaw

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders topped with Asian Slaw – an easy meal that perfect for any weeknight or football party.

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Genius marketing…Lay’s Potato Chips has it figured out.  Opening up a contest where people suggest flavors for new chips and then creating them and narrowing it down to four finalists…is a super idea.  I then I ‘have‘ to buy 4 bags of chips to ‘see‘ what I like the best.  Well, except for Cappucino (could that actually be a serious contender?!)…my personal favorite are definitely the kettle cooked Wasabi Ginger. #notsponsored

If you’re looking for an easy and flavorful meal that makes dinner easy or game day delicious, these sliders are it.  The work is minimal and the results are intensely flavorful.  I served them alongside my favorite new chips and cucumber slices, but they’d be tasty with Potatoes Au Gratin too!… 

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Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich

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This Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich is just right for quick lunch or a light dinner.

Lately, I’ve really been in love with two things…

jalapeño cream cheese spread on anything and everything


cucumber infused water ( it’s absolutely refreshing!)

The jalapeño cream cheese makes an incredible grilled cheese sandwich and is amazing on a stacked enchilada, not to mention a bagel sandwich :)  But the day I added it to the quick chicken salad I was making for lunch, it made me seriously happy.  The addition of tart cherries and almonds is a great complement to the kick of the jalapeño cream cheese.  If spicy cream cheese isn’t your thing, feel free to use regular cream cheese for one of the creamiest chicken salad sandwiches you’ve ever had…. 

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Creamy White Chicken Chili

Have you ever been to a Chili Cook Off??  With one long table of crockpots each full to the brim with a simmering chili.  Where to begin??  I see them all, one has corn and black beans while another has steak and pinto beans… but for the most part, they all look the same.  Then there is one that catches my eye!  Mainly because it is white in color.  So there is it, that is where I begin.  And to be honest, that is where I end, because it is the best chili I’ve ever had.  Filled with chicken and great northern beans, ending with the kick of green chilies. Not to my surprise, this chili won 1st place!  Lucky for me, I knew the maker and she was nice enough to give me the recipe.  This has been in my rotation for a while now and my family loves it!  Served with corn bread it is perfect for a cold winter’s day!

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Creamy White Chicken Chili


  • 1 lb BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 medium ONION
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons GARLIC POWDER
  • 1 Tablespoon VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1 teaspoon SALT
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND CUMIN
  • 1 teaspoon DRIED OREGANO
  • 1/2 teaspoon PEPPER
  • 1/4 teaspoon CAYENNE PEPPER
  • 1 cup SOUR CREAM
  • 1/2 cup WHIPPING CREAM


  1. In a large saucepan, saute chicken, onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, chicken broth, green chilies, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, stir in sour cream and whipping cream. ENJOY!!

Thai Coconut Soup

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This Thai Coconut Soup is super easy and perfect for a cold winter’s day!

I’m truly glad that it’s the start of a new week.  Because last week was one of those weeks – the kind where the dishwasher has run every load on sani-rinse and you’re doling out extra Vitamin C like it’s candy.  It was hard to come home from vacation and then have all the kids laid out in the living room like it’s an infirmary just a few days later.  Thankfully, they’re on the mend. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to make when I need a little comfort.  This Thai Coconut Soup is simple to make and comes together in no time at all.

I usually keep most of these things in the pantry or fridge/freezer, so making this soup whenever I feel like it is pretty easy.  I’ve made it so many times myself that I could probably make it without the recipe.  I absolutely adore all of these flavors together – the ginger, coconut milk, lime, cilantro – it’s amazing and super comforting!  Adding the sriracha is optional, but totally recommended ;)

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Thai Coconut Soup
This easy recipe for Thai Coconut Soup is the ultimate comfort food and perfect for a cold winter's day.
  • 1 teaspoon OLIVE OIL
  • 1½ Tablespoons MINCED JALAPENO (I used jarred)
  • 1½ Tablespoons MINCED or GRATED FRESH GINGER
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans of CHICKEN BROTH
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can of LIGHT COCONUT MILK
  • ½ teaspoon KOSHER SALT
  • 2 pkgs. RAMEN NOODLES (discard seasoning packet)
  • 1½ Tablespoons FRESH LIME JUICE
  • SRIRACHA SAUCE, if desired
  1. In a soup pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add jalapeno and ginger, cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Pour in chicken broth, coconut milk and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and add noodles. Cook for 3 minutes and add mushrooms. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in chicken, lime juice and cilantro. Heat through. Serve with additional cilantro, green onion, lime wedges and cilantro.

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More soup to fill the pot….

Perfect Potato Soup

Tortellini Sausage Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Once again, two of my favorite things collide, buffalo chicken and soup.  For a while now I have had an extreme love for buffalo sauce.  I don’t really care for eating the chicken off of the bone, but if you flavor the meat (or the Pringles — which I can’t seem to find anymore!!!) I love it!  Just the smell of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce makes my mouth water!

Unfortunately I can’t just make it for dinner at home because as strong as my love for buffalo sauce is, my husband despises it just as much!  So having the opportunity to take it to a party was perfect.  I knew that I would love it no matter what, but I wasn’t sure what others would think. Low and behold it was loved by everyone that tried it and was practically the first one gone.  My only suggestion is don’t skip the toppings.  The soup itself is good, but the addition of green onions, cilantro, and gorgonzola cheese make it outstanding!  I even made croutons to serve with ours which I think makes a great addition to any soup.  This will definitely be in my regular rotation, even though my husband won’t eat it… that just means more for me, right?!

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Buffalo Chicken Soup


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless CHICKEN BREASTS, cooked and shredded
  • 4 Tablespoons OLIVE OIL
  • 1 ONION, diced
  • 4 cloves GARLIC, minced or grated
  • 2 Tablespoon FLOUR
  • 64 ounces CHICKEN BROTH
  • 1/2-3/4 cup BUFFALO SAUCE
  • 2/3 cup CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded
  • 1/2 cup PARMESAN CHEESE, grated
  • 3oz CREAM CHEESE, softened and cut into chunks
  • sliced green onions, crumbled gorgonzola, cilantro, and croutons for topping


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt to the pot, stirring to coat, then cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Add in garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Sprinkle in flour and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Add in stock, buffalo sauce, chicken and grated cheeses, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring every so often. About 1-2 minutes from the end, add in cream cheese and stir until melted in. Serve topped with croutons, cilantro, green onions and gorgonzola. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is



Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch is a classic flavor combo that can’t be beat.  The name had me from the beginning and I had no doubt in my mind that it would be family approved.  However before reading the full recipe, I automatically assumed that the ranch meant ranch dressing.  Much to my surprise I found that it actually meant ranch seasoning and alfredo sauce.  Which I love even more!  I love that you flavor the chicken with ranch while cooking, instead of putting plain ole chicken in the flavorful dish.


So you start with crisp bacon and ranch flavored chicken.  Only to layer it in with noodles of your choice, alfredo sauce, and lots of Italian blend cheese!  Seriously what’s not to like??  It makes a full 9×13″ pan and is excellent served with a salad and garlic bread!  Perfect on a cold winter evening and is sure to please your whole family!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole


  • 1 lb. BACON, fried and crumbled, grease saved
  • 1 BELL PEPPER, diced
  • 2 cloves GARLIC, minced or grated
  • 1 lb. PASTA of your choice, cooked al dente
  • 2 jars of ALFREDO SAUCE
  • 1/3 cup MILK


  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, coat with 1/2 packet ranch seasoning. Saute in a skillet with 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease along with bell pepper and garlic. When chicken is cooked completely, drain grease from skillet. Pour one jar of alfredo sauce and milk into skillet with chicken. Stir in the rest of the ranch seasoning. Simmer for five minutes. Set aside a handful of bacon crumbles for top. Begin layering casserole with half the remaining jar of Alfredo on the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan. Then layer 1/2 of the pasta, chicken sauce, and bacon, followed by 1 cup of cheese. Repeat. Finally cover with alfredo sauce, 3rd cup of cheese and bacon that had been set aside. Bake for 30 minutes on 350. Serve with garlic bread. ENJOY!!


Recipe Source: Beyer Beware


#ad Buffalo Chicken & Rice Bowl

Dinner is done and it’s quick and easy.

This Buffalo Chicken & Rice Bowl is part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® and Tyson.

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I adore big, bold flavors.  In fact, buffalo chicken is one of my favorite things – ever…and I’m not talking about wings.  I’m not really a fan of eating a little bit of meat off of little bones.  But give me anything else that uses buffalo sauce and I will be a happy camper.  Sometimes it isn’t always easy to incorporate bold flavors into quick weeknight meals.  Tyson makes an All Natural Ground Chicken that is sold in 1 lb. packages and so very perfect for cooking up and adding to your favorite meals that use ground meat.  It’s available at Walmart and I got all of the other ingredients for this #CreateAMeal there too.

Another bold flavor that is the perfect complement to buffalo sauce?  Cilantro.  It’s my all time favorite herb and I rarely leave the grocery store without a bunch of.  This basic meal could be used as a backdrop for many different flavor combos.  I went the buffalo chicken and cilantro rice route – what a flavorful path to take!  I love how this all mixes together in one bowl and it doesn’t really take too long to get on the table and could be made ahead of time if you have something scheduled right before dinner time.  Win-win.  You could also take it to go by putting it in a tortilla and wrapping it in foil.  Voila – fast food.

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 The How-To:

1. Start by putting 1 lb. of Tyson Ground Chicken in a skillet.  Heat over medium heat.

2. Cook 4 servings of rice according to package directions.

3. Cook chicken until no longer pink, using a spatula to get to your favorite size of crumble.  Drain and return to pan.

4. Chop green onion.

5. Chop cilantro.

6. Mix chopped green onion and cilantro into rice.  Divide into 4 bowls.

7. Mix your favorite buffalo sauce into cooked chicken.

8. Top each portion of rice with buffalo chicken.

9. Sprinkle on crumbled blue cheese and additional green onion and cilantro.  Drizzle with dressing and serve.

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Buffalo Chicken & Rice Bowl

Serving Size: 4

A flavorful weeknight meal using Tyson Ground Chicken that will be on the dinner table in about 30 minutes.


  • 1 cup MEDIUM GRAIN RICE, uncooked
  • 2 cups WATER
  • 1 Tablespoon BUTTER
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup BUFFALO HOT SAUCE (I like Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1/4 cup CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup CHOPPED GREEN ONION, plus more for garnish.


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook ground chicken. Drain and set aside.
  2. Put water, rice and butter in a medium saucepan and cook according to package instructions.
  3. Stir cilantro and green onion into cooked rice.
  4. Add desired amount of buffalo hot sauce to chicken. Mix well.
  5. Divide rice among 4 bowls. Top with buffalo chicken. Sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and extra green onion and cilantro, drizzle with dressing and serve.


If everyone isn't a buffalo sauce lover, add sauce to individual portions. Use barbecue or teriyaki sauce for those that don't like spicy.

If you aren't a fan of blue cheese, use a shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese or leave the cheese out.



A few other meals that Tyson Ground Chicken would be a delicious part of…

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Pitas

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Burrito Bowls