One Pot Corn Chowder

Oh my goodness.


If you need a simple easy recipe to warm you up on a cool night, this one’s for you. 


It’s from my friend Tiffany’s Eat at Home Menu Plans (I LOVE THESE!), and was so good that I could have devoured the whole pot.



(I didn’t, but I considered it.)


My husband loved it, 2 of my 3 kids didn’t turn up their nose, so that’s called success in my book. 😉



If you’re looking for a so-good-and-oh-so-simple recipe for just an easy meal, this one’s for you.

Feeds: 4

Total Cook/Hands on Time: 30-40 Minutes

Instant Pot Hands On Time: 15 Minutes Instant Pot Cook Time: 15 Minutes

  • 1 qt. chicken stock
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 2 cups unpeeled, diced potatoes
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1⁄2 bag frozen corn
  • 1 can cream corn
  • salt and pepper

Simmer until hot and season with salt and pepper.

Instant Pot Instructions:

Hit the sauté button. Melt butter than cook onion in the butter until translucent. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth until well combined and stir in potatoes and bay leaf. Cover and set to cook for 15 minutes on high pressure. Do a quick pressure release. Stir in half and half and corn and continue to cook on saute setting until heated through. Be careful to not boil the soup. Season with salt and pepper.

Serving Suggestion:  Whole Wheat Rolls, Side Salad


Do you need some encouragement to get dinner done? Check out my friend Tiffany’s menu plans over HERE ~ I promise they’ve changed the way dinner gets done in our home! And, be sure to join our free Dinner’s Done Facebook Group for so many more great meal ideas.

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{Pantry} Chicken Stew

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Note from Laurie ~ I was looking over Shannon’s recipe and it looked so good that I decided to pop it in Mrs. Potts today. (It’s 10 degrees outside, so definitely the kind of day for some chicken stew!) To make it in the crockpot, I put the potatoes in Mrs. Potts along with 2 cups of chicken broth (I boiled 2 cups water and added in 1 cube chicken bouillon) and set on high for one hour. Next I’ll mash the potatoes up, add in the remaining ingredients except the butter, and let it simmer all day (I’ll add the butter in a few minutes before serving.) This looks so good ~ I’ll let you know if we like it tonight!


UPDATE from Laurie – IT WAS SO GOOD! I added the potatoes and 2 cups chicken broth to my slow cooker and cooked on high for an hour until they were pretty soft. (My slow cooker cooks FAST, so you may need to cook them a little longer if yours doesn’t.) Then I mashed the potatoes, added everything else in except the margarine/butter (decided to skip those completely) and the chicken was even frozen. I let it cook for 5 hours on low. Shredded chicken and mixed everything back in. It was one of my husband’s favorites! (It makes a LOT – my crockpot was actually overflowing so I only added a total of about 4.5 cups of broth – including the 2 cups I used for the potatoes initially.)


This is the perfect recipe for those cold winter days. I’m betting you have everything you need in your pantry for this recipe, which makes it just the perfect recipe.

I craved my Grandmama’s Chicken Stew when I was pregnant with my 16-year-old and never got it (since we lived in Alaska away from family.)  It never dawned on me that I can actually make it myself!  🙂  When I found this recipe about a year ago I messed it up a few times, however this final recipe is just delicious. And it tastes just like any restaurant (and my Grandmama’s) Chicken Stew.



Chicken Stew

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 2 large onions
  • 7 cups of water
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cans of corn (or 1 bag of frozen corn)
  • 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes or (1) 28 oz can
  • 5 tsp of salt
  • 3 small chicken boullion cubes


  1. Place the water in an 8 quart stockpot.
  2. Add potatoes and onions cook on high for 30 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Take 1 cup of cooked potatoes out and mash that cup potatoes using a fork.
  5. Return mashed potatoes to stock pot (this will thicken your soup.)
  6. Add corn, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, bouillon cubes, sugar and cooked chicken (I cook my chicken in my crock pot for 3-4 hours on low, then shred)
  7. Cook on low at least an hour.
  8. Add butter 45 minutes before serving.
  9. Freeze leftovers. Yum!

If you’d like to make the recipe using a whole chicken instead of boneless skinless chicken breast, check out the original recipe at Southern Plate. 
Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/7/15):

  • Earth Fare $5 Rotisserie Chicken every Friday
  • Kroger Boneless Skinless Frozen Chicken Breasts 18-26 oz $4.99 after Mega Sale
  • Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Buy One Get One Free at Kroger (Midsouth Region)
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $2.49/lb. after BOGO sale
  • Publix Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag $2.99
  • Kroger Organic Russet Potatoes 3 lb. bag on sale $1.99
  • Del Monte Canned Vegetables BOGO at Publix
  • Meijer Canned Vegetables $.79


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

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Recipe Ideas For The Big Game

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Planning to watch the big game tomorrow? Here’s a roundup of my favorite recipes your family might enjoy. Have a fantastic Sunday!

 White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

ham and cheese sliders

Best Ever Ham & Cheese Sliders (if you make these up in the morning they’ll be ready in time for the game!)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders

Mini Meatball Subs

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls

Sassy Chicken Enchilada Dip


Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos


Slow Cooker Beef Nacho Bake

Restaurant Style Nachos


Slow Cooker Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE. 

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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!

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Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe {Slow Cooker}

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Have I mentioned lately I love Mrs. Potts? I don’t know about you, but our afternoon schedule this fall is about to make me bonkers, and if it weren’t for her doing the cooking at least one night a week I’m pretty sure we’d rarely manage a real meal around here. Thankfully all I have to do is throw in the ingredients in the morning, and she finishes up the work for me throughout the day!



When a friend of mine shared this Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup recipe with me,  I couldn’t wait to try it.  It makes a ton of soup (seriously ~ my large crockpot was filled to the brim last night), so you can easily make a batch up now, enjoy leftovers later this week, and still have some to pop in your freezer for another busy night. (Success!)


(And, if you really want to treat your family, try out these Olive Garden Breadsticks too. My daughter Reagan is just about to lose her first baby tooth ~ I know I’ll be glad to have this picture of that wiggly bottom tooth one of these days!)


Olive Garden’s {Slow Cooker} Pasta Fagioli Soup


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 (10 oz) cans beef stock
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 5 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce optional ~ we left this out)
  • 1 20 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz pasta


  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. Drain fat from beef and add to the slow cooker with everything except the pasta.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  4. Add pasta and cook an additional 30 minutes on high or 45 minutes on low.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (we love the DiGiorno brand) and enjoy!

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/4/13):

  • Mueller’s Pasta BOGO $1.59 at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Kraft Grated Cheese BOGO $3.60 at Publix
  • Del Monte Tomatoes BOGO $3.50 at Publix
  • Publix Ground Round $3.99/lb.
  • Swanson Broth On Sale $2 at Publix
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.50 at Publix, use $1/2 Ragu Pasta coupon from the Best Meals Happen At Home insert
  • Celery $1 at Kroger
  • Carrots $1 at Kroger
  • Ground Chuck 80% in 5 lb. roll $13.45 at Kroger
  • Prego Pasta Sauce $1.67 at Kroger

Recipe adapted from  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HEREThis post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!


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Simply Potatoes Potato Soup


Potato Soup


The last time that I purchased Simply Potatoes during a big sale at Publix, I never used them, forgot to freeze them, and ended up throwing them out. {gasp!}


Determined not to make the same mistake twice, I decided to use some leftovers from Easter Dinner and whip up something yummy from our fridge and stockpile for dinner last night. If you’re a Publix Shopper I’m betting you have all these ingredients right in your kitchen, and this is a great way to turn those deals into meals!  While I love getting great deals, if I pick up the deals but forget to use them I’m not saving any money at all (and wasting my time . . . ) so coming up with ways to make use of a bargain always makes me happy.

Just for fun, here’s what this pot of soup cost me:

  • Simply Potatoes ($.30 in last week’s sale)
  • Sargento Cheese $.74 (2 cup bags were $1.49 after coupons last week, plus I got free eggs because I bought two)
  • Ham (leftover from Easter, so I had to buy it anyways)
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese (free at Publix a few weeks ago)
  • Swanson Chicken Broth ($.67 for large carton in last week’s sale)
  • Half and Half (I think it was around $1.67 ~ I actually bought if for another recipe so I had some in the refrigerator. . . I’ve substituted with milk before in other potato soup recipes, but I’m not sure it would be quite as creamy unless the milk was 2% or whole?)
  • Total Spent: $3.38 for enough soup to easily feed 6-8 people (if you really want to treat your family, add a loaf of homemade bread and Cinnamon Butter too)
My family loved the recipe, and while it took just an ounce more effort than my slow cooker potato soup recipe takes, it was still super easy to throw together  and used some great bargains too.   I’d love to hear if you’ve turned any deals into meals lately . . . it’s fun to see what recipes work when using what you have on hand!


Simply Potatoes Potato Soup


  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 cups Simply Potatoes (I used hashbrowns but think any of the Simply Potatoes brands would work
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fully cooked ham (optional but will add a little flavor)
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pepper


  1. Combine chicken broth, potatoes and ham in saucepan on stove.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook, then reduce heat and cook on low for 20 minutes.
  3. Add half and half, and cook an additional 10 -15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Cook until cheese is melted.
  5. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Simply Potatoes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE


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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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This is a re-post of my all time favorite slow cooker soup recipe… if you haven’t tried this one yet, you’ll want to add this penny pinched soup to your menu plan soon!

 Slow Cooker French Onion Soup



Let me just start by saying: if you like French Onion Soup, you’ve got to try this Slow Cooker French Onion Soup . . . yummm!  My husband has a favorite restaurant in Colarado Springs that makes some plain-old-fantastic French Onion Soup, and he even agreed that this was almost as good as theirs.


I saw the recipe a few weeks ago over on One Hundred Dollars A Month, and love that it’s a simple to make but tried and true recipe straight from Betty Crocker  I made a few adjustments to make what we had in our pantry work,  but other than that we followed the recipe pretty closely and oh-my-goodness it was good!  And, while serving this meatless meal will help you pinch a few extra pennies at the grocery store, I promise you’ll be plenty stuffed when you finish this one . . .  that cheesy gooeyness couldn’t be one bit better.


Slow Cooker French Onion Soup


  • 3 large bouillon cubes
  • 7 1/2 cups water (could also substitute with 4 14 1/2 cans ready to serve beef broth ~ omit bouilion cubes if you use the broth)
  • 1 packet Au Jus seasoning mix
  • 3 large onions (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced 1" thick
  • 3/4 cups mozzarella or Swiss cheese


  1. Put melted butter and onions in slow cooker. Stir so that onions are coated with margarine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 30-35 minutes, until onions begin to slightly cook.
  3. Meanwhile, if using water and bouillion cubes, boil water in microwave and drop cubes into boiling water.
  4. Mix together flour, Worcestershire, sugar, and pepper.
  5. Pour broth, Au Jus Mix and Worcestershire mixture into crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.
  6. Pour soup into oven-proof bowls (if you have them!) Place on baking sheet, and put a piece of sliced bread on top of soup.
  7. Cover with cheese, and broil in oven for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is bubbly
  8. Cool slightly (your bowls will be hot!), and enjoy..... yummmm!


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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili


Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

I’m running late to pick up my girls from school (of course!), so here’s the fastest you’re-really-gonna-love-this-recipe post you’ll ever see:


Make this.

It’s delicious.

Easy too because Mrs. Potts does all the work for you.

What more encouragement do you need? 😉



Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 small cans chopped green chile peppers (I used mild)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
  • 3 15 oz. cans white beans
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Place onion, garlic, chicken, chicken broth, beans and chile peppers in crock pot.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.
  3. After cooking, remove chicken breasts from slow cooker and shred meat.
  4. Return meat to slow cooker, and add in cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper. Let cook an additional 15-20 minutes.
  5. Stir in Monterey Jack cheese, stirring until melted.
  6. Serve with an extra sprinkle of cheese, and sour cream if desired.
  7. (If you feel like it needs a little more flavor, add in a seasoning packet of McCormick White Chicken Chili at the end of the day)


Here are the sale items you’ll want to watch for this week (1/23/13) to pinch those pennies on this meal:

  • Perdue Fit & Easy Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb. at Publix
  • Tyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.79/lb at Kroger
  • Publix Store Brand white beans are $1.19 (I’m betting Kroger will have theirs at a similar price)
  • Daisy Sour Cream $1.49 at Kroger
  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99
  • Swanson Broth or Stock 26-49 oz – $2.99 at Publix, use $1/3 Swanson Broth or Stock printable, stacked with $1/2 Swanson Broth or Stock In Ad Coupon
  • Spices ~ check your local Aldi or Dollar General where spices are frequently $1

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Potato Soup

We made this Slow Cooker Potato Soup on Christmas Eve, and goodness gracious, it was perfect! I’ve made it once before but had forgotten just how yummy it was, however my husband decided after tasting it that this is the only Potato Soup recipe I need to make from here on out.


I did use half and half this time (before I’d only tried it with skim milk, which worked well too but it never thickened quite as much.) It was so simple, and would be a great penny-pinched meal to enjoy on a cold winter night this week!


Slow Cooker Potato Soup


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 5 cups peeled russet potatoes (about five potatoes)
  • 1 medium stalk celery
  • 1 carton (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half or milk (we used skim milk and it was fine, but it might be a little creamier if you use half and half)
  • 8 oz. shredded Cheddar Cheese


  1. In skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, until browned & crispy. Remove from skillet, and drain on paper towels, then refrigerate until dinner time.
  2. In bacon drippings, cook onion over medium heat 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender.
  3. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix onion, potatoes, celery, broth, salt & pepper. Cook in slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours.
  4. In small bowl, beat flour and half and half (or milk) with wire whisk until well blended; stir into soup.
  5. Increase heat on slow cooker until high. Cover; cook about 30 minutes longer or until thickened.
  6. Stir in cheese until melted & smooth. (If you want fewer lumps in your soup, you’ll want to mash the potatoes a bit with a potato masher.)
  7. Crumble bacon, serve on top of soup.


Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

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Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

We made this for dinner earlier this week, and it was so yummy and of course wonderfully easy! I baked some homemade bread to go with it, and my hubby and I enjoyed the leftovers yesterday for lunch.  I loved that it was so simple and included simple basic ingredients, and we’ll definitely be making it again soon!

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 can Ro Tel
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 8 oz. package light cream cheese
  • 2 chicken breasts


  1. Drain & rinse black beans.
  2. Put chicken in the bottom of the crockpot, then add the corn and black beans.
  3. Add seasoning and ranch mix, stir together.
  4. Place cream cheese on top of everything.
  5. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  6. After it's cooked all day, shred chicken and mix all ingredients together well.
  7. Enjoy!

Here are the sale items you’ll want to watch for this week:

  • Tyson Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts or Tenderloins 32 oz – $5.69 at Publix
  • Del Monte Fresh Cut Vegetables BOGO $1.39, use $.50/4 Del Monte Canned Vegetables digital coupon if your store accepts Publix digital coupons
  • To pinch an extra penny, use this Ranch Dressing Mix (I keep the mix in my cupboard, and used about 2 tablespoons for this recipe)


This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adated from Plain Chicken.  For more penny-pinched menu inspiration, go HERE. 


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