For most of us time is in short supply. We fill our days with exercise, work, kids, grandkids, friends, church activities, physical therapy appointments (a-hem 🙂 ) and many other things. Maybe you love to cook, maybe you don’t….but we all have one thing in common–we love to EAT GOOD FOOD. This month we chose two recipes that have two things in common–they’re simple and delicious…..so you can eat good food without spending much time in the kitchen! We hope you enjoy. (And, as always, please consider sending us YOUR favorite recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Perfect for a week night meal. Throw it in the crockpot in the morning and you’re ready to go after school and/or work in the evening! (and it’s a ‘Fallish’ recipe–we’ll pretend that it’s cool outside…).
• 1 pound frozen chicken (shred near end of cooking time)
• 1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
• 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 3(14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
• 1 can black beans, rinsed
• Optional: Cilantro, avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese
Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in chicken broth, and season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir in corn and black beans. Cover and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours. Garnish with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro or avocadoes. (Note: garnishes not included in nutrition information) Makes 8 servings.
Original recipe found at http://recipes.sparkpeople.com
Toffee Apple Dip
A bit of a different spin on your typical fruit dip. This recipe is fantastic to bring to a tailgate party or any get together requiring an appetizer.
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8-oz.) package toffee bits (or Butterfinger bits are fantastic as well!)
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir together all ingredients until well blended. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
Original recipe found at www.myrecipes.com