Easy Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Kale

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

 

Cheese tortellini, chicken, kale, tomatoes, garlic, onion – this soup is full of good stuff!

And it couldn’t be easier to make.  Especially if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer ready to go.

I almost always have chicken frozen, that I’ve either cooked myself or used Costco rotisserie chicken.  It’s such a time saver to have the meat ready to use.  A quick minute or two in the microwave is all it takes to thaw it enough so it can be added to a soup or casserole.

Next week, I’ll have another post on using meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken (or your leftover turkey).  There are so many ways to use chicken and turkey like this.

But for today, let’s talk about this soup.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken – in the oven or slow cooker

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken

 

This recipe for Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken is so easy.  There are just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).

You can fix it in the slow cooker or oven.

It’s great with sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  Or Hawaiian Cole Slaw.  Or Asian Broccoli Salad.  Or any salad with a poppy seed or honey mustard or berry vinaigrette dressing.

Use any cut of chicken you like.  Bone-in or boneless will work, just be sure to adjust the cook time for boneless.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

4 ingredients.  The slow cooker does the work.  And my kids actually said “Wow!” when they tasted it!

This recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing is a definite winner!

The base recipes starts with something very familiar to you – chicken in the slow cooker with a jar of salsa.  I used black bean and corn salsa and started with frozen chicken tenders.

It gets interesting when you’re about ready to serve it.  Use the liquid in the slow cooker to add to a box of cornbread dressing mix.  This gives the dressing a big punch of flavor.

Top it all with shredded cheese and you have an easy winner for dinner!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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15 Minute Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic

McCormick Tacos with chipotle

 

We love tacos at our house, and we love trying different types of taco recipes.

Last week we had one of those nights when everyone needed to eat at a different time.  Tacos are perfect for those nights.  The meat can be made ahead of time and in just a few minutes.  Then each person can assemble their tacos when they’re ready to eat.

Lucky for me, McCormick had just sent me a bunch of their new Skillet Sauces.

I had ground pork in the freezer, so I browned that out quickly and chose the Taco with Chipotle and Garlic Sauce to add to the meat.

McCormick Taco

 

We loved the flavor of it.  The tacos were saucy, with a nice amount of chipotle taste.  Not too hot at all, but just a great flavor.  The sauces are made with McCormick’s all natural herbs and spices.

Did I mention that the meat was saucy?  We don’t like dry taco meat.  These didn’t even need extra taco sauce added.

McCormick Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic

15 Minute Tacos with Chipotle and Garlic

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef or pork
  • 1 packet McCormick Taco with Chipotle and Garlic Skillet Sauce
  • Lettuce, tomato, cheese and other taco fixings
  • 12 taco shells

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground meat in a large skillet.
  2. Pour in McCormick Skillet Sauce and heat over medium heat.
  3. Serve in taco shells with all the fixings.
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McCormick’s new Skillet Sauce comes in a variety of flavors.  Some are even able to be used in the slow cooker too.

McCormick skillet sauces

Smoky Applewood BBQ Chicken with Bacon

Taco with Chipotle & Garlic

Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

Sweet & Smoky Sloppy Joes

Fire Roasted Garlic Chili

Fajita with Roasted Chili, Garlic  & Lime

Sicilian Chicken with Tomato, Basil & Garlic

We also tried the Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry last week.  Since I’d been sick with a cold, these came in so handy!  I used frozen popcorn chicken and broccoli with the Sesame Chicken Sauce and it turned out great!  So easy!

Disclosure:  I have been compensated and was provided McCormick Skillet Sauces.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

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Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Topped Baked Potatoes

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Topped Baked Potatoes

 

Last week I was really in the mood for Chicken Potpie.  But I was also in a hurry, and I didn’t have any pie crusts on hand.  It’s not hard to make pie crust, but I didn’t have the time.

What I did have was a bag of baking potatoes that needed to be used.  So I decided to bake the potatoes and then make a quick chicken and vegetable topping for them.  The topping is a lot like chicken potpie filling.

The result was great and it only took a few minutes of hands on prep.

Instead of adding onions to the topping, I decided to add onion slices to a few of the potatoes (leaving the picky people’s potatoes plain).

Baked Potatoes with Onions

 

This is easy to do.  If you like onions, you really should try it.  Just cut the potatoes most of the way through, using the knife to pry the halves apart a little bit.  Stuff onion slices and pats of butter inside.  Season with salt and pepper and wrap in foil.  Bake the same way you do baked potatoes – 350 degrees for about 2 hours.

Here’s what you’ll need for the chicken and vegetable topping:

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15 Minute Meal Series – Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon

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Fish generally makes for a fast meal.  It doesn’t require much cooking time at all.  If you keep the other ingredients simple, you can have dinner on the table quickly.

This Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon couldn’t be easier.

A drizzle of honey and butter.  A sprinkle of lemon pepper seasoning.  A quick trip in the oven.

And done!

You can find the recipe for Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon by clicking here.

This recipe is part of our 15 Minute Meals series.  Find the other recipes and tips in this series here.

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15 Minute Sweet and Sour Chicken

15 Minute Sweet and Sour Chicken

 

I have a number of Sweet and Sour Chicken recipes on the blog.  This one uses popcorn chicken along with a homemade sauce.

The sauce comes from this recipe, which is one of our all time favorite meals.  It’s also a meal that makes me feel like I’ve really been cooking.  And it makes the kitchen look like a lot of cooking has happened!

This 15 minute version is so much easier and faster.  Admittedly, it isn’t quite as good as the all homemade version.  But 15 minutes is easy to do on a plain, old weeknight.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole – 15 minute meal series

15 Minute Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole

 

This is one of my favorite casseroles, but the traditional version takes about an hour to bake.

I speeded things up with this version by using a skillet that can take a quick trip under the broiler.

Pair this up with Skillet Apple Crisp, which only takes about 20 minutes.  Together, they make a great combo!

Find the recipe for Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole here.

15 Minute Meals for Back to School

This post is part of our new series on 15 Minute Meals.  You can find the other posts in the series linked here.

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Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Chutney plus other grilled cheese and panini ideas – 15 Minute Meals

Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Peach Chutney

 

The title of this post is so long, it kind of makes you wonder if I really need to write any more.

I actually do have more to say about this sandwich, grilled sandwiches and keeping dinner simple.

First, let’s talk Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Chutney.  The idea for this sandwich came while we were in Disney World.  We stopped in Norway in EPCOT for dinner one night and ordered several sandwiches to share.

One of my boys is pretty picky.  He will eat no mayo.  Nor will he let any fruit touch his lips.  To accommodate him, I ordered a toasted club sandwich.  It had bacon, so I felt like I was in safe territory there.

But no.  He spied mayo listed for that sandwich on the menu board and he refused to try it.  So I gave him the Ham and Apple sandwich, cringing as he peeled off the apple.  Somehow I forgot that the sandwich also had chutney on it.  Chutney is a definite no-go with him.

He’s getting older, so he didn’t say anything about the chutney at the time. He did switch sandwich choices at that point.  And his retelling of how he handled the event was hilarious.

Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with Chutney “recipe”

I hesitate to call this a recipe.  Basically, you’re making a grilled cheese sandwich that involves these ingredients:

  • Cinnamon swirl bread
  • Deli ham
  • Thin sliced apple (I like granny smith)
  • Swiss cheese
  • A bit of chutney (I used Slow Cooker Peach Chutney)

There’s no secret method to this.  Just assemble the sandwich and toast in a skillet.

The great thing about this is that picky eaters can have grilled ham and cheese.  You can eat the good stuff.  Everybody’s happy.

Grilled Cheese Ideas

Sandwiches make for quick dinners.  Weeknight family meals don’t have to involve elaborate recipes.  Sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple.  But it is fun to change up the sandwich occasionally.  Try something new!

Here are some ideas of things to include on your grilled sandwich.  Or drag out your panini press or George Foreman grill instead of a skillet to change up the cooking method.

  • Brie and Apple
  • Bacon
  • Several types of cheese on one sandwich: provolone, American, Swiss, Cheddar etc
  • Cream cheese
  • Laughing Cow cheese spread
  • Tomato
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Onion or red onion
  • Sauteed onion
  • Banana peppers
  • Green chilies
  • Pickles

What do you like to put on your grilled sandwiches?

 

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15 Minute Meal Series – Chicken and Kale with Tortellini

Chicken Tortellini with Kale 15 minute meal

 

This recipe makes use of several quick meal tricks:

First, it’s built on pasta. Pasta is fast to cook, making it a great ingredient to build a meal on.

Second, this one uses rotisserie chicken (or other chicken that you’ve cooked and frozen).

Third, the veggie is added to the main dish.  A bag of pre-cut and cleaned kale requires no extra prep work.

I’ve linked to this recipe before, but it is one of our favorites.  This has become a go-to recipe for us.  It’s a big bowl of easy comfort food.

Find the recipe for Chicken, Kale and Tortellini here.

 
15 Minute Meals for Back to School

This post is part of our new series on 15 Minute Meals.  You can find the other posts in the series linked here.

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