It's been awhile since I pulled out the slow cooker, so I figured it was time to give the old girl a whirl.
I take that back, I use my slow cooker a couple times a month. However, I've mainly been using it for making chicken broth these days, which is silly because the slow cooker is one of my favorite ways to prepare dinner. I love, love, LOVE preparing meals in the morning, and doing minimal prep at dinnertime. Especially when I can get all the dishes done before dinner. That ends up feeling like a night off. One of the nice things about this soup is you can prep everything in the morning and then just pull the prepared toppings out of the fridge at mealtime. Which means less time cooking, less time doing dishes, less time cleaning the kitchen post-meal, etc. Isn't that something we can all jump on board with?
Yes. Yes, it is.
This soup was man-approved. Several times.The hubby scarfed down a couple bowls of this, and continued to rave about it. I find it's really hard to go wrong with chili when it comes to that man. This is definitely one of those soups that's made by the toppings. I just love soups with lots of toppings. In fact, I'm making one today. We are a soup-eating household for sheezy.
Rapidly changing the subject- I'm in the middle of a fascinating read. It's called, "The Beautiful Land" by Alan Averill. I'm not sure what made me pick up this book at the library, but I did. I say this because I tend (predictably) to gravitate towards romance novels. I'd place this book squarely in science fiction, perhaps even horror. It's hard to tell with the tone. It's one of those novels I could imagine being a horror movie, but the book doesn't read like a horror novel. I don't find it scary, is what I'm trying to say. Whatever the matter, the book is good. It's about a young man who works for a corporation who has invented a "time-travel" machine. I use that term loosely, because in the book time-travel is described more as traveling along different timelines rather than traveling along one solid linear timeline. Instead, they travel multiple parallel timelines in which anything possible. There's an evil rocket scientist and even some sort of malicious mythical creature. I'm having a hard time putting the book down, I'm dying to see how it turns out. I could easily see this being a movie, and to be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if that was already in the works. I'd highly recommend this book, especially if it's not something you'd normally pick up. Oprah might not have picked it, but I've never trusted Oprah anyway.
I'm off! I've got a busy day today that includes a trip to the vet (sorry boys! Annual vaccinations today!), baking danishes, running outside (yay!), and making Chicken Taco Soup. To channel Al Roker, I hope you're having a great day in your neck of the woods :)
(2) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 (14.5 oz) cans Great Northern Beans, undrained
2 (3 oz) can diced green chiles
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp Mexican oregano (or 2 tbsp regular oregano)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
1/2 cup sliced green onions, plus more for serving
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for serving
shredded cheddar cheese (for serving)
1. Combine chicken through chicken broth in slow cooker. Cover, and cook on high for 4-6 hours (until chicken easily shreds with a fork). Remove chicken from slow cooker, shred with 2 forks, and return chicken to the slow cooker.
2. Add sour cream, green onion, and cilantro to the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Ladle chili into bowls and top with desired toppings. Serve immediately.
|Recipe adapted from Eat Cake For Dinner.|