Food-a-licious Friday #22: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Since the family has been under the weather, soup always seems to be a good go-to meal. After looking though several different recipes, I have come up with my own chicken tortilla soup recipe…and it is muy bueno : )

-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-1 cup of your favorite salsa (I used Herdez if I don’t have any homemade on hand)
-4 tsp lime juice
-salt, pepper, onion powder to taste
-1 can fire roasted Tex Mex style diced tomatoes
-3/4 can corn, drained
-1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
-1/2 can enchilada sauce (the small can) *optional
-1/2 cup carrots chopped
-1/2 cup rice (I use brown rice) *optional
-2 cups chicken broth
-2-3 cups of water
-shredded cheese (I used a fiesta mix)
-tortilla chips
-sliced avocado

1. Spray the bottom of your crockpot with cooking spray and put in your frozen chicken breasts with a cup of chicken broth. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, salsa, and lime juice (sometimes I just pour salsa over the top). Cook on high for about 45 min to an hour.
2. Shred chicken after cooked and leave in crockpot.
3. Add all other ingredients (except cheese, avocado, and chips) and continue to cook on high for another 1-2 hours on high.
4. Serve and top with shredded cheese, avocado, and tortilla chips.

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Food-a-licous Friday #12: Creamy Potato Soup {recipe}

Welcome to another Food-a-licous Friday, bloggy friends! It is FINALLY cooling down here in sunny Arizona and boy am I thankful. I feel like this was the longest summer of my life. :)

With the cooler weather comes LOTS of crockpot recipes in our home. One of my faves is Creamy Potato Soup. YUMMO! I shared this waaaaaaaay back when I started my blog, so I thought we could revisit this recipe. I know you will just LOVE it :)

Creamy Potato Soup



  • 5 green onions chopped
  • 5 large red potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 can Cream of Celery soup
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can evaporated milk (I used non fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used mixed cheeses)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper, onion powder
  • 6 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon)

  • Pour Cream of Celery soup, chicken broth, evaporated milk, and hot water into crock pot.
  • Whisk together well.
  • Add all veggies and seasonings ( including bay leaf). Stir.
  • Set crock pot to low and cook for 5-7 hours.
  • Once veggies are soft, pull out bay leaf and blend 4 cups of the soup until smooth. You can use a blender, food processor, or a immersion blender (I poured the 4 cups into a mixing bowl and used the immersion blender until smooth).
  • Add blended soup back to the rest left in the crock pot.
  • Add the cheese to the soup and stir.
  • Serve in a bowl and top with shredded cheese, chopped bacon, and bread for dipping (we had Asiago Cheese Bread).

 So good! So easy! So homemade!

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1st Official Food-a-licious Friday! {recipe}

I have decided to try something new on the blog. Today is the first official launch of Food-a-licious Friday where I will post a new recipe each Friday.  On occasions where I don’t have a recipe of my own to share, I will feature a recipe from another fabulous blog/website. We will see how it goes…I love feedback to feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at MinefortheMaking(at)gmail(dot)com letting me know your thoughts (remember to be nice:).  

Turkey Meatball Subs
If you are a regular reader, you are probably noticing a pattern by now. We don’t really eat very much red meat in our house. Most recipes that call for hamburger meat, I substitute ground turkey meat instead. Because of how I season my meat, you can’t even tell a difference. So why the turkey meat? Not too sure…except that when I am cooking, beef really grosses me out. I can eat beef, don’t get me wrong. I will order it from a restaurant occasionally or even have it at friends’/family functions, but preparing it… no thank you. Anyway, on with today’s recipe post :)
What you will need:
-ground beef or turkey meat (enough for your family…I use 4 turkey patties to feed us and we have plenty for leftovers)
-red sauce (homemade or by the jar…I use the jar speedy prep purposes)
-1/4 c Parmesan cheese
-1/2 c shredded/cubed mozzarella cheese (you may want to have another cup or 2 set aside to sprinkle on top of your meatballs)
-1 c italian bread crumbs (1/4 of this you will use to roll your meatballs in before frying)
-1 c chopped, fresh spinach
-1 tsp minced garlic
-onion powder, salt, pepper to your liking
-sub rolls (or your choice of bread)
-cooking spray
-frying pan

Preparing the meatballs:
-Combine meat, seasonings, garlic, bread crumbs, spinach, motz and parm cheeses together in a bowl
-Roll meat mixture into balls 
-spray frying pan with cooking spray
-roll meatballs in bread crumbs and place in pan
-brown the outside of your meatballs

-spray your crockpot with cooking spray
-put a thin layer of red sauce on the bottom of the pot
-transfer browned meatballs to pot
-pour rest of sauce over meatballs
-cook on low for 4 hours or high for 1 1/2 – 2 hours

Sub making:
-toast your sub rolls lightly
-add meatballs and sauce
-sprinkle extra motz cheese on (optional)
-ENJOY! (not optional :)

*If you like spicy (I do but the hubby’s tum can’t handle it), I would add peppers and onions for sure.

We usually have a salad, tatertots, fried zucchini, or french fries with this. Super easy, super tasty, and super homemade!
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Crockpot Mac-n-Cheese {recipe}

After visiting a friend’s blog and drooling over her homemade baked mac-n-cheese, I decide it was about time I made homemade mac-n-cheese.  How have I NOT made this yet??? And besides pizza and cookies, I am pretty sure L would live off this stuff.

So off I go, recipe hunting. I decided that I wanted to try it in the crockpot (I’m obviously a HUGE fan of my crockpot…we’re pretty much like BFFs) and found a recipe here. Of course I adapted it, using some of Family Q’s ingredients and some of my own. 

This is what I did and it turned out DELICIOUS!!! (And super easy.)

What you need:
-cooking spray
-1 tbsp salad oil
-box of macaroni
-1/2 cup of butter
-1 can condensed milk
-1 1/2 cups milk
-3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
-1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
-1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian bread crumbs)
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp onion powder
-1/2 tsp pepper

-cook macaroni in boiling water on stove top
-spray inside of crockpot with cooking spray
-toss macaroni and salad oil together in crockpot
-add all other ingredients EXCEPT bread crumbs and about 1/2 cup of the sharp cheddar cheese
-cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally
-about 30 min before you serve, sprinkle bread crumbs and remaining cheese on top

*Goes great with garlic bread!*


(By the way, Family Q has a TON of delicious recipes. Head over and check them out!)

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Crockpot Turkey and Spinach Meatloaf {recipe}

I have mention before (here and here) that in Arizona, you DO NOT want to use your oven in the summer. Well, you wish you could, but it’s just too dang hot.

Every time I’ve made meatloaf, I use the oven. A Year of Slow Cooking has great recipes for your crockpot. I noticed that she makes her meatloaf recipe in the crockpot, so I thought I would try my meatloaf recipe in the crockpot. I was a little nervous, I must admit, but it really turned out delicious! You can use your own meatloaf recipe, or you can check out the recipe at A Year of Slow Cooking, or you can try mine :)

Crockpot Turkey and Spinach Meatloaf 

What you will need:

  • 2 lbs of ground turkey meat (feeds up to 4 people)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions (my husband is allergic to onions, so I use onion powder)
  • 1 garlic clover chopped (or garlic powder)
  • 3/4 cup italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh spinach (not frozen)
  • celery salt, salt and pepper (to your liking)
  • egg (I never use the egg and it turns out perfect)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

What to do:

  • In a medium mix bowl, mix together turkey meat, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach, salt, pepper, celery salt, and egg (if you choose to use one).  
  • Spray your 4 quart crockpot with cooking spray and set to high.
  • Shape meat mixture into a loaf and place in crockpot.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together ketchup, soy sauce, lime juice, and pepper.
  • Spread ketchup mixture over the top of your meatloaf
  • Cover with lid and cook on high for 2 hours.

We had baby reds and roasted garlic mashed potatoes and steamed baby carrots with our Turkey and Spinach Meatloaf. Yum!

Do you have a favorite meatloaf recipe? What about a favorite crockpot recipe? I would love for you to share it!!

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Easy Peasy Summer Meal

Since we live in Arizona, I try my best not to turn my oven on in the summer. It’s just too stinkin’ hot! If I have to bake, then I will usually wait for the sun to do down. One problem– a lot of the dinners I make use the oven. Bummer. So I have been trying to look up crock pot recipes (this is my favorite crock pot recipes blog!) and turn some of my baked dishes into a crock pot meal.

Today I made lemon pepper chicken, red potatoes and baby carrots. Was super easy, super fast, super homemade, and I didn’t have to use my oven! 

What you need:
-cubed boneless, skinless chicken breast (2 is enough for our family…figure 1 breast per person)
– 5 small red potatoes
– 2 cups baby carrots (again…depends on how many mouths you are feeding)
– lemon pepper marinade (I buy the All Seasons 30 Minute Marinade)
– 2 tablespoons butter (more if you have more veggies)
– seasonings (I use salt, onion powder, garlic powder, rotissery seasoning, rosemary, and celery salt)
-crock pot 

To do:
-Cube potatoes and blanch with carrots
-While veggies are blanching, cube chicken
-Pour a think layer of lemon pepper marinade on bottom of crock pot.
-Put chicken and blanched veggies in crock pot
-Add about 1/2 cup of the blanch water to the crock pot
-Add butter and seasonings
-Drizzle (very technical, right?) more of the marinade on top and put lid on.
-Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours
The taste and smell of lemon just ring summer…don’t you think?

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