Category Archives: Recipes

The quickest, easiest, yummiest Chicken & Wild Rice Soup EVER!

Chicken Soup feeds the soul as well as your whole family 🙂

A recipe I have been making for over 14 years and it is still one of my favorites.

GASP – 14 years?

OK, I’m back.  I needed a minute.  I had a flashback of making this soup when I was pregnant with my 13 year old.

How. Is. It. Possible?

OK, I’m back from my second meltdown….. Moving on.

The recipe:  Total time 20-45 minutes…..

  • 2 TB olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 8-10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken – COOKED (I grab one from Publix or Walmart in a plain flavor, Lemon Pepper or Mojo works good, BBQ not so much)
  • 1 box  Wild Rice Mix WITH seasoning packet – Fast Cook Version* if you can find it, otherwise the regular will do
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup

    Directions – Pour the Olive Oil into a large pot over medium heat.  Saute the onions and carrots until the onions are translucent.  Add in the 8 cups chicken broth, if you want to add two more cups feel free.
    While your waiting for the broth to boil, pull chicken from bones and shred into the broth.  I usually get my hands all in it, kinda mashing and shredding the chicken.  I USE ALL THE MEAT.  WHITE AND DARK!  To me, it adds to the flavor of the soup.
    Once all the meat is all shredded and added to the broth mixture, and you have a nice boil going add in the seasoning packet.  Let that boil for a couple minutes while you stir to make sure it’s all incorporated and doesn’t clump up.  Add in the rice and reduce temp after it comes back up to a boil.
    At this point, follow the cooking directions on the rice box.  If you were able to find the Fast Cook version – YAY – cover & cook for 5 minutes.  Otherwise follow the instructions, typically cover and cook for 20 minutes.   Not earth shattering but we are LIMITED on TIME HERE!!!!  Must be QUICK to be “the quickest”!!
    Last step is to add the can of cream of chicken soup and stir occasionally as it simmers for another 5 min or so.  You want to make sure it mixes in completely and doesn’t hang out in globs, clumps, chunks, ok you get the drift.

Stand back and observe the amazing goodness you just prepared…… Ah, so good!

Top it with some hot sauce if you like and maybe a cracker or slice of sourdough bread and savor the yumminess!

You’re welcome 😉

PS: Perfect Freezer meal once you let it cool enough. AND……. This recipe feeds my family of 7 with some leftover.  Score.

Enjoy!!  XOXO

Keep it simple, sister

imageIt is so easy to get overwhelmed.

Daily distractions can derail your goals in a heartbeat.

Two days later you realize instead of taking steps toward your goal you’ve taken steps backwards.

Writing things down has been my “go-to” goal planning system.

Do I always follow it?  Heck no, I’m a human.  I make mistakes.  I get distracted by the pretty things that flutter into my head.  Just take a look at the 5 -10 window tabs I have open at any given time.  haha, Seriously.  It is ADD at its’ worst.

Anyone that knows me knows I love a good list.  I make lists for the grocery store, vacations, yard work, daily to-do, kids homework, housework, bills… it’s’ kinda weird. But it helps me get things done!

True story: I was pregnant with my second son and working full time.  I had a list of things that needed to be completed by a certain deadline, knowing his due date was fastly approaching.  The day I crossed off the final time-sensitive project, guess what happened….. I went into labor the night!!  Within 5 hours he was swaddled and the grandparents were cooing over him.  I truly believe crossing that final task off my list gave me the satisfaction I had completed my responsibilities to my position and I could move on the my next priority – my son.

In an effort to share useful information along with my randomness here ya go:  I love the following posts from Pinterest, I hope you do too!
Time Management Mistakes

How to Manifest Anything by Corey Buter

5 Minutes to a more Productive Day

 

And because I am who I am and will never apologize for it here are a couple other Pinterest Posts that caught my eye 🙂

Paleo/Whole30 Veggie Quichequiche

 

Pretty Potted Plant Project

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And then here’s my cute kitty for all the real ADD sufferers….

 

Hopefully that will satisfy your needs and help you get back on track by scrolling back to the more helpful posts I included.

Carry on friends!  And keep it simple 🙂

XOXO

 

Whole30 is the Bomb-digity!

I went into this Whole30 “thing” with serious trepidation.
My friends said “Ew!, Really?  Are you sure you want to do that?”
Black Coffee, No Wine, No Bread, No Pasta?  Ew!

Guess what?  I LOVE IT!!

Black coffee?  Heck no, take some heated unsweetened Almond milk and a tsp of cinnamon, froth it up and add it to your coffee – heaven! Check out the recipe here!

No Wine? Yeah, so what no wine for 30 days won’t kill me.  I’ve got a gorgeous bottle of red waiting on me 🙂

No Bread, pasta, etc: I’m fine with out that stuff.  It’s all fluff to me at this point.

My scale is the motivation to continue.  16300261_10211885716678004_825480858580684326_o

My energy is the motivation to continue.

My reflection is the motivation to continue.

Give it a try.  You will be amazed!

The recipes pictured are:

Top Right – Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Ahead of Thyme

Top Left – One Pan Baked Chicken from Kitchn , I added the lemon slices towards the end

Bottom Left – Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti – can’t find the recipe but you can easily recreate 🙂

Bottom Right – Roasted Cauliflower Soup from The Whole Smith’s

So much yumminess!!!

Mexican Stir-Fry anyone?

I needed something quick.

Something that allowed me to throw together a super yummy, Whole30 approved meal that my family could enjoy too.

It went a little something like this and WOW was it good!!  Credits to Sweet C’s Designs!!

I made some rice for the kids and voila, dinner is served.
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P.S.
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it!!!!!  #winning

Italian Tomatoes, Sausage and Spinach over Penne

Oh yes!  One of my favorite dishes!!!  Hoe could I forget about this one?
Pay no attention to the sweet potato in the picture.  It is not an ingredient.  Moving right along…..image Ok let’s get started…..  I use Jimmy Dean Original sausage.  You can use another kind of meat or meatless meat if you like.  Just be sure to season it as it’s cooking with some Italian seasonings if you choose to go a different route.

Start your pasta before you start browning the meat or you’ll be standing around waiting on your pasta to finish cooking. Nobody got time for that!

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After your meat is all browned, drain that fat!!!  Just do it…. you’ll thank yourself later 🙂

Add the two cans of tomatoes let that simmer for about 15 minutes.  Then add the WHOLE bag of spinach.  Let that simmer while covered until wilted.

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At this time I like to add some Italian seasoning, salt & pepper.  The sausage has a lot of seasoning already so just add with a light hand.  Add a little grated Parmesan cheese at this time too if you like.

 

Ooh la la!  Lookie there!  Remove from the heat and wait for the pasta to finish cooking. Did you know that by placing a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water prohibits the water from boiling over??

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And here it is…. the final product!
Top it with some shredded fresh Parmesan Cheese and you are on your way to a yumfest!!!

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean Sausage – original
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Enjoy!!

 

I’m WILD about salmon! 

 

I love a good salmon recipe!!

I’ve been craving it lately.  It’s so healthy!

Here’s a Super yummy recipe I found on Cafe Delites Pinterest Board.

This Teriyaki Salmon looks amazingly delicious too from Natasha’s Kitchen.

My recipe you ask?  It goes a little something like this:

I like to marinate the fillets (usually 2) in some honey, teriyaki and garlic.  Maybe add a squeeze of lemon.  Let it sit for at least an hour in the fridge, flipping from time to time, then sear in a hot skillet.  Serve it up with some oven roasted asparagus and jasmine rice and LOOK OUT!!

Not only are you getting a meal that is low in fat but your taste buds will be doing a happy dance!!

Get in my belly!!

I have a TON of other recipes on my Pinterest if you’d like to take a look!