Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

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I really think I could eat soup every single day when it’s cold outside. So as I was trying to come up with something yummy to make this week, I knew another soup recipe was in order! I’m not a big fan of traditional Minestrone Soup, but I saw this recipe for Chicken and Artichoke Minestrone and thought I’d see if I could tweek it a bit so that Mrs. Potts could do the cooking. It worked. ;)

 

This is so easy and makes a ton – you literally dump the ingredients in your slow cooker and come back a few hours to have a yummy meal on the table. You can adjust it quite a bit – if you don’t like artichokes (or don’t want to spend the extra pennies on them!), leave them out. If you’ve got a can of black beans in your pantry, throw them in. Usually I would use cooked chicken that I pre-cooked at home, but in a pinch I grabbed the canned cooked chicken to make life easy. Really, this soup is so simple and you can’t mess it up – just top with a hearty pinch of Parmesan and add a side of crusty bread, and you’ve got dinner done!

 

(I just checked and the recipe makes twelve servings and has 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving ~ love that!  Plus, you’ll quite possibly have a week’s supply of veggies in one delicious meal. So good, and good for you!)

 

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped (I used a red onion ~ I always think those have the best flavor!)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 32 oz cartons chicken broth
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 8 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Dump all ingredients except the Parmesan in the crockpot (pasta does not need to be cooked.)
  2. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.
  4. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Progresso Broth BOGO $2.59 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store
  • Mushrooms on sale $2 at Kroger
  • 3 lb yellow onions $.79 at Aldi
  • Tyson Chunk Chicken $2.50 at Publix or Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Or Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken $6.99 at Publix, use $1/1 coupon from the 1/5 Smart Source insert
  • Hunts Tomatoes BOGO $1.99 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store, stack with $1/1 Kraft Parmesan and purchase of 3 Hunt’s products coupon from the 1/19 Smart Source insert
Looking for more slow cooker soup recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Slow Cooker Roast

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My friend Mary shared this slow cooker roast recipe with me a few weeks ago, and goodness gracious I’m so glad she did. I popped everything in Mrs. Potts yesterday morning by 8, worked here on PPP most of the day, drove kids around town all afternoon, and walked into a (clean!) house with dinner at cooked at 6PM. (Such a gift!)

 

If you’re a working mom, you’ve got to put this on your menu plan soon. And if you’re a stay-at-home-chasing-kids-around-taxi-driving momma, you’ve worked crazy hard too and need Mrs. Potts to handle dinner for you just as much!

 

If you eat a gluten-free diet, make the recipe without the flour to fry it in (and minus the bread bowl of course) for a gluten free meal that also doesn’t use any cream soup. So good!

Slow Cooker Roast

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. beef shoulder roast
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (I substituted with regular mustard)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp small cube beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • bread bowls (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse roast and pat dry.
  2. Cut 1-inch "X" on top of roast - not slicing all the way through the roast but enough to leave room for the onions to set down in the roast.
  3. Mix together flour, salt and 1 tsp pepper.
  4. Coat roast in flour mixture and cook in oil for 2 minutes until each side is lightly browned.
  5. Place roast in slow cooker.
  6. Stuff onion and garlic down into the roast.
  7. Add carrots and onions around the roast.
  8. Mix together beef broth, vinegar, water, mustard, beef bouillon, 1 1/2 tsp pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Pour broth mixture over roast, cook on low 8-10 hours. (It will take a long time for the veggies to cook.)
  10. Pour into bread bowls and enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 2/5/14):

Looking for more slow ways to cook a shoulder roast? Here are a few of my favorites. . .
Slow Cooker Pot Roast (I love this one if you enjoy a thick gravy with your roast – so yummy and much better than the regular cream of mushroom soup recipe!)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Southern Living Slow Cooker Suppers Magazine.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

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I love nachos.

 

Really, loooooove me some nachos. ;)

 

And while I usually wait to have them at a restaurant, there’s just no reason to make them at home (mine are every bit as good!) Today I tried out Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos (I’ve made Slow Cooker Nachos with Beef before), and goodness gracious, they were fantastic.

 

The best part? I had to take the picture for you all today (day time pictures just look so much prettier), so I’ve just devoured the yummiest lunch in complete quiet while my kids and  hubby are all off at school and work for the day. Bliss.  

 

(I so love my sweet family when they’re here, but some days a quiet home just feels so nice ~ is that awful?)

 

You could also use the chicken to make tacos, taco salad, enchiladas or just anything else ~ it turned out perfectly and is so simple to make!  Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too ~ just in time for the big game coming up next week. ;)  

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cans Rotel, undrained
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (I use the kind that you find in a jar, but you could also substitute with 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • tortilla chips
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • toppings (I used sour cream, green onions and black olives, but you could also add lettuce and tomatoes)

Instructions

  1. Mix together garlic, onion, salt, pepper, brown sugar and Rotel in small bowl.
  2. Place chicken in crockpot and add Rotel mixture on top.
  3. Cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred chicken well.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Arrange chips in the bottom of a large baking sheet.
  7. Spoon chicken mixture over tortilla chips.
  8. Top with cheese and tomato (tomato optional)
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  10. Top with extra toppings, and enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/29/14):

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb at Publix or Tyson Chicken Breast $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Kroger Tortilla Chips on sale $1
  • Or try Pringles Tortilla Chips as low as $.48 at Publix and Kroger
  • Friendship Sour Cream $2.09 at Publix, Use $.75/1 Friendship Sour Cream coupon from the Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flier stacked with $.75/1 blinkie
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $1.99 at Kroger, use $.55/1 Kraft Cheese coupon or $.50/1 coupon from the 1/26 Smart Source insert
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese BOGO $1.99 at Publix or $2.50 at Target, use 5% off Cartwheel coupon

 

Here are a few more slow cooker recipes you may also want to try out . . .

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooker Nachos

Slow Cooker Chicken Rotel Dip

You may also want to check out these fantastic deals on slow cookers right now at Amazon:

 

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Here’s my first ever (I think?) Weight Watchers recipe to share! I joined online last week (I’d really hoped to go to the meetings, but so far my schedule hasn’t allowed it), but have been pretty pleased with how easy it’s been to manage.

 

I really didn’t expect to like this recipe all that much (give me chicken over beef any day), but this was really just delicious. I tweaked it a bit using what I had in my pantry, and was oh-so-pleased with the results.

 

You could easily substitute regular cheddar cheese if that’s what you have in the pantry, but I did purchase the (expensive!) fat free cheese to keep my points lower. Let me know what you think if you try it out for dinner too!

Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped finely
  • 1 b ground beef
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz low fat cheddar or colby cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • baked low fat tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onion, garlic and celery to skillet, cooking until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and pour in vegetables.
  4. Add ground beef to the same skillet you used for the veggies and brown ground beef until cooked through.
  5. Drain ground beef and add to slow cooker.
  6. In small cup, mix together flour and 1/2 cup of the broth and stir until smooth.
  7. Add flour and broth mixture to the skillet along with the remaining 2 1/2 cups of broth.
  8. Bring to a simmer, and stir well, including any of the browned bits in the slow cooker left from the beef ~ then transfer to broth mixture to the slow cooker.
  9. Add evaporated milk, cheese, paprika, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook on low for two hours.
  11. Put a few chips in the bottom of your bowl then add soup and a few more crumbled soups
  12. Makes 6-8 servings
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If you’re doing Weight Watchers, a serving (3/4 cups) is 5 points including a few 3 tbsps of crushed chips. Not bad for a filling meal!

Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/8/13):

  • College Inn Broth BOGO at Bi-Lo ($1.49 after sale) and Winn Dixie ($1.39 after sale)
  • Publix Ground Chuck  on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Lean Ground Beef on sale $2.79/lb at Kroger when you purchase in 3 lb. pack 
  • Publix Cheese on sale $2.50 
  • Kraft Cheese 16 oz on sale $4.99 at Publix, use $2/2 Kraft Cheese coupon from the Publix Game Day Greats Booklet (or print it HERE), stack with $2 off Publix ecoupon
  • Ground Beef on sale $1.99/lb. at Harvey’s

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday and Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

22 Tried and True Chicken Recipes

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Since Publix has their boneless skinless chicken breast on sale buy one get one free this week, I figured I’d share a roundup of my absolute favorite chicken recipes! (Kroger has their Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale for $2.99/lb as well, so you can score a decent deal there too.)

 

We just got home after traveling for the last week (my house is a disaster  ~ anyone wanna come clean?) so I’m excited to slow down a bit over the next week, cook a few meals at home, and make several of our favorites. From the looks of it we like our chicken around here, so this is a great time to stock up. ;) Here are just a few of our favorites . . .

Zax Sauce 

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce

White Chicken Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake  

 

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup

 

 5 Ingredient Ritz Chicken

 

Easy Chicken Marinade

 

Smothered (Smashburger) Chicken Sandwich

 

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Noodle Soup

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

Fettucine Alfredo 

Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

 

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Rolls

 

Alice Springs Chicken

 

White Chicken Cheesy Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooked Barbecue Stuffed Potatoes

 

Slow Cooker Almost Chicken Cordon Bleu

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil 

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Cracker Barrel Chicken Sandwich 

Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenderloin Sandwich

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings  This picture is awful but this is the #1 recipe consistently searched every year on Passionate Penny Pincher and we just love it ~ I’m betting your family will enjoy it too!

 This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday and Super Saturday at Made from Pinterest – thanks for the chance to link up!

Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker $34.99 Just on Amazon

Amazon has the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (Silver) on sale for $39.99.  You can use this $5/$35 credit on this deal to drop the price to $34.99!

Some features of this slow cooker include:

  • 6-quart programmable slow cooker with LED digital control panel, 110 V
  • 3 automatic-cooking options–program, manual, or probe; automatic keep-warm
  • Power-interrupt protection; clip-on spoon; clip-tight gasket lid; side handles for safe transport
  • Dishwasher-safe stoneware and tempered-glass lid; user manual with recipes included

 

In case you’re not sure what to make in Mrs. Potts, here are a few of our family’s favorite recipes to try. . .

 

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White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

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Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey this weekend? Don’t let it go to waste! Use dried beans to make a penny pinched meal that you can even freeze if you have leftovers. So simple, and just delicious.

 

Top with sour cheese, sour cream and a little green onions and you’ve got dinner done. ;)

White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dry navy beans
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green chili
  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse beans and place in pot. Cover with 2 inches of water and let soak overnight.
  2. Drain beans and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and let it cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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Looking for more recipes to make with leftover turkey? Here you go!

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

How To Roast A Turkey In Your Slow Cooker

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With all the fantsatic prices going on right now on turkey, it’s a great time to buy an extra turkey breast and pop it in Mrs. Potts to freeze the meat for casseroles and soups this winter. My stock up price on turkey breast is $.99/lb., and since Target has it at that price this week it’s worth picking up an extra one!

 

Grab a big turkey for your Thanksgiving feast, as well as a smaller turkey breast to pop in your slow cooker. Then cook this easy recipe up so you’ll have oodles of pre-cooked in the freezer when you need it on a busy night.

 

 

How To Roast A Turkey In Your Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • Bone in Turkey Breast
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pat turkey breast dry.
  2. Place a few pats of butter on the bottom of the turkey breast, place in slow cooker.
  3. Rub onion soup mix all over turkey, including under the skin.
  4. Cook on high for one hour, then reduce heat to low and cook another 7 hours.
  5. Let cool before eating, and freeze any leftovers in plastic freezer bags to use in other meals.
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Leftover Turkey Tettrazini

Looking for a few dishes to use your cooked turkey in? Here are a few of our family’s favorites . . . 

 

Curious what items you can freeze to help you pinch those pennies even further? Download my free list of what items you can freeze HERE when you sign up for free PPP daily emails!

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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Last week after posting this taco meat in the slow cooker, a PPP reader asked for a recipe for chicken tacos like Moe’s Southwest Grill, but I haven’t eaten there before so I wasn’t sure where to start!  Another reader commented that she thinks this recipe is just like Moe’s, and since it was so easy, I decided to give it a try.

 

I have no idea if you’ll think they’re like Moe’s (you’ll have to let me know!), but it was such a simple recipe and really delicious ~ a great way to get easily get dinner on the table! I used a bunch of ingredients from my stockpile which always saves some moo-lah, and my family loved our bargain taco night. Here’s how to get dinner cooking in your home too. . .

{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • taco seasoning packet

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
  2. Pour salsa over chicken.
  3. Cook on low, 5-7 hours.
  4. Shred up meat and add serve in tacos, along with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  5. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/30/13):

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

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This Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs recipe is so simple that I hesitate to even call it a recipe. But, for whatever reason, it never dawned on me to try it out before so I thought maybe you’d missed this easy meal deal too. The best part is, you can have it for dinner early in the week, then easily make up some Mini Meatball Subs later in the week and get two meals easily done with one days worth of cooking.

 

And the cooking? Well, you’re literally just popping it all in Mrs. Potts, so not much cooking to even fool with. Here’s what you’ll need to get started. . .

Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 28 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb frozen meatballs
  • 12 oz spaghetti noodles
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Put spaghetti sauce, undrained tomatoes, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  2. Pour in frozen meatballs.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Before serving, cook spaghetti.
  5. Serve sauce and meatballs over pasta ~ enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/9/13):

  • Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Mueller’s Pasta Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Classico Pasta Sauce Buy One Get One Free $2.89, use $1/3 Classico Pasta Sauce
  • Prego $.98 at Kroger, use $.40/2 from the 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Barilla Pasta Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Barilla Pasta or from 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Cole’s Garlic Toast Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $.50/1 Cole’s

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE



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