New Mexican Green Chile Stew

New Mexican Green Chile Stew

Get ready for this recipe for green chile stew! It will soon become your go-to cold night remedy! My first trip to New Mexico was to check out the grad school I eventually ended up attending. The trip was full of fun, excitement, and trying not to be too intimidated by all the super smart professors! We got to hike and see a lot of the beautiful NM desert. We also got to try lots of delicious food. One thing NM is known for is its green chile. We eat it on everything out here. Pizza, burgers, eggs, tacos, and even some desserts, you name it and I’m sure there is a green chile version! Hatch green chile is well known in the US, but what most people don’t realize is that almost every little town in NM grows their own chiles, and they all claim to be the best! We even have some green chiles growing in our garden right now. After living in NM for several years, you come to realize that chile from different parts of the state have different tastes. Late August and September is one of the best times to be in NM; not only do you get lots of rain from the monsoons, but it’s chile harvesting and roasting time. Most grocery stores and many road side stands will sell chile by the 20-30lb bag and roast them on the spot for you. If you’ve never smelled 30lbs of chiles roasting you are missing out. If they made a candle that smelled like it I’d use it year round. Anyways, since living in...
Chicken Fiesta Soup

Chicken Fiesta Soup

I try not to play favorites.  I really do.  BUT it’s hard not to favor the spicy tender chicken with zucchini, summer squash, and sweet corn.  No matter if I crank up the heat by adding 2 jalapenos or tone it down by omitting that awesome little green pepper, it’s a fav! When I think of slow cooker, I usually think ‘I need to get that baby prepared and cookin’ first thing in the morning or it won’t be done by dinnertime.’  Right?  That’s the benefit and disadvantage of slow cookers. Well, good news to my fellow dinner-making procrastinators!  You only need this to cook 2 to 3 hours on HIGH or 3 to 4 hours on LOW.  Any longer and your zucchini will go from crispy-tender to yucky-mush. Remember how we said au revoir to miserable, overcooked asparagus?  Let’s give our zucchini the same fighting chance!  Yes… I know how ridiculous I am. Whenever my large family (I’m the youngest of 7) gets together, they can’t resist teasing me.  Usually it has to do with healthy eating.  My brother will sympathetically put a hand on my husband’s shoulder and ask if he needs a pizza.  They chuckle as my ‘deprived’ 3 year old daughter spits out Root Beer because she doesn’t like the ‘sparkley’ drink.  Oh, they like to mock.  BUT guess who they want bringing the main dish when it’s potluck time?  This girl! This Chicken Fiesta Soup or my Classic Spaghetti or my Baked Burritos are among the most requested.  AND they’re health punked each and every time. To be fair, my sisters and sister-in-laws are pretty healthy eaters and big fans of my recipes.  And when I say big...
Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

Although I’m loving the warm weather, I may have shed a tear that soup season is coming to a close.  Wait… was that a tear or are my eyes non-stop watering from allergies?  Either way… I had to squeeze in this chicken sausage and rice soup one last time. When it comes to soup, my husband is pretty picky.  He likes hearty meals and feels most soups are well… girly food.  It’s not that he doesn’t like the taste, he just rarely gets full off of soup.  When he doesn’t like to eat something, he might as well triple-dog-dare me.  Game on, honey, game on. I’ve played around with this recipe a few times.  I found the additional spice from the crushed red pepper to be the cherry on top.  He LOVED it!  Direct quote, “okay, I think you finally made a man’s soup… I’m getting seconds.” A major part of healthy cooking is using quality ingredients.  I can’t emphasize the importance of reading ingredients!  Take two extra seconds, flip the package over, and read what ingredients are actually making up the food your purchasing.  You’ll be surprised what junk is thrown in our foods. I like Pacific Natural broths.  Especially the ‘cage free’ portion on the chicken broth.  Thank you documentary, Food, Inc.  I don’t know if I’m more scarred or informed after watching it.  Either way, I think we all need to open our eyes a little more about what we’re putting in our bodies.  Hence, my ‘reading all ingredients’ rule. Well, get ready for this fulfilling, satisfying, flavorful, rich, and yummy-in-your-tummy chicken sausage soup.  It will be a winner!...
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I’m not sure where you live, but our Utah weather is crazy.  Last week, we had a foot of snow dump in the morning and by the afternoon it was melted.  Since Utah can’t decide whether it’s winter or spring, I’m taking advantage of these last few cold days by spoiling myself with this creamy chicken noodle soup.  I made it again tonight and literally want to drink the broth from a glass.  It’s creamy, comforting, and heavenly.  Am I the only one who consumed over soup recipes during cold weather?       I’m a big believer in tweaking recipes to make them healthier.  If you can’t taste a difference, why not make it healthier?  Creamy soups 90% of the time call for heavy whipping cream.  There are two types of fats: ones that cause health issues and ones that fight health issues.  Heavy whipping cream is a low nutrition, artery-clogging fat which nominates it as a bad fat.  Coconut milk’s fatty acids, on the other hand, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, improve skin and hair… blah, blah, blah.  You get the picture.  You won’t be able to taste a difference, but your body will thank you for substituting heavy whipping cream with coconut milk.   If you want to try out coconut milk in a couple more recipes, check out my Healthy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana or my Yellow Coconut Chicken Curry. You won’t regret it.       I don’t purchase everything organic because it can start getting pretty pricey.  However, there are some things that must be an organic purchase.  Carrots are one of them.  I was...
Simple Turkey Chili

Simple Turkey Chili

We all need some quick, under 30 minute dinner recipes.  Not only quick, but healthy and loved by the family.  This simple turkey chili in addition to my Baked Burritos have become one of my favorite go-to meals.  It’s the perfect comfort food full of flavor.  Definitely a hit each time.     I’m getting ready for baby #2… which means I have many sleep deprived days in my near future.  One goal I have before the baby gets here in 6 weeks (AHHH!) is to have 30 days of freezer meals prepared.  This turkey chili is on the top of that list.  It’s easy to make a double batch and throw it into some freezer containers.  I’ve been eyeing this 24 pack of freezable food containers.  I’ve also heard that using gallon freezer bags makes storing several freezer meals easier.  Any suggestions?       I have officially kissed traditional tortilla chips goodbye.  Food Should Taste Good Multigrain chips are completely addicting.  I may have bought 8 large bags recently from Costco while they were on sale.  You know I can’t resist tasty things that sneak in health and nutrition.  Don’t miss out on crumbling a few FSTG chips on top of this turkey chili.  You’re welcome. PrintSimple Turkey Chili Ingredients2 lbs ground turkey, browned and drained 1 small onion, diced 2 bell peppers, diced 1 Tbs minced garlic 2 (15 oz) cans of organic tomato sauce 2 (15 oz) cans of organic diced tomatoes, drained 2 (15 oz) cans of organic red kidney beans, drained and rinsed well 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (optional for additional spiciness) 2 Tbs chili powder...
Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken Tortellini Soup

I have several go-to, under-30-minutes healthy and delicious dinner recipes.  This fabulous Chicken Tortellini Soup definitely makes the cut along with my Baked Burritos, Stuffed Zucchini, and Simple Turkey Chili.  My talented friend, Erin, inspired this recipe.  She made a similar soup for us once, and my family fell in love with it!  Be prepared to have your family instantly hooked too!       I recently was fully converted to organic carrots.  I was snacking on a raw carrot until I realized my tongue start tingling along with a horrible aftertaste.  Pesticides?  Chemicals?  Who knows… but it was disgusting.  I only purchase organic carrots now.  They have been surprisingly cheap too!  I get a 2 lb bag for under $2.  No more tingling tongue.   Also, I’m a huge advocate for washing your vegetables.  Are you one to just rinse them under water and think you’re good?  Well, read this post where you can visibly see the difference between rinsing and washing.  I’ve tried numerous of washing methods and keep coming back to Fit: Vegetable Wash.  I’ve only been able to find it on Amazon or at Walmart.  I dilute it 50:50 with water and use it on everything without a thick skin or peel that’s not edible (bananas, avocados, etc.).  Completely worth the investment.  You’ll never be able to eat grapes without it again.     Don’t you love the vibrant colors of this soup?  Huge fan of recipes with several different natural colors.  Not only is it nice on the eyes, but also nice to your stomach and body.  Enjoy your quick, easy chicken tortellini soup.  Let me...

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