Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh.

It’s almost time for Cinco de Mayo!  Yay!  But, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year.  Boo.

Mid-week celebrations can definitely throw a wrench in your plans, especially when those plans include eating and drinking.  Luckily, you can celebrate with this simple, healthy, family friendly, weeknight-friendly, Cinco de Mayo-friendly soup!

I love tortilla soup, and one of my favorite soup recipes of all time can be found here.  I do love that recipe, but when I came across this one, I was struck by how fresh and light it looked.  I’m all about fresh and light these days.  I loved that it was chock full of veggies, and super colorful.  It looked like it could balance out a margarita or two and a piece of Tres Leches cake quite well.  (Everything in moderation, right?  It is Cinco de Mayo, after all.)

Pasta e Fagioli

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IT’S COLD!

Thanks for the obvious, right?

I really can’t complain this winter.  We’ve had it pretty easy, especially compared to the East Coast. (Sorry, guys.)  We have, however, had some crazy cold snaps, in between the warm snaps, and we’re currently in the middle of one of them.  I’m wishing I’d saved this recipe to make for tonight, instead of last week when it was warmer.  However, if I can help warm you up with this, then it all worked out.

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup with Rosemary

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I’ve made quite a few slow cooker meals over the years, and have found some pretty great ones (Chicken Tikka Masala and Chinese Pork being two of our favorites).  I’ve found some pretty awful ones too…which we will leave unnamed.  Sometimes, though, those great slow cooker meals take a few extra steps to make them that good.  I love when I run across one that consists of nothing more than throwing a bunch of good stuff in a slow cooker, walking away for a day, and coming home to a satisfying dinner.

Brunswick Stew

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I’d never had Brunswick Stew until we’d moved down South, so I’m assuming that a lot of you haven’t heard of it either.  I’m here to enlighten you! I noticed it on menus in a few places when we lived in Virginia, and then saw it more often when we lived in Georgia.  As I was looking at the history of Brunswick Stew when I was prepping for this post, I realized that I am absolutely no help in solving the mystery of where exactly Brunswick Stew began.  You see, Brunswick County, Virginia AND Brunswick, Georgia both claim to have originated the amazing concoction we now know as Brunswick Stew.  My confusion lies in that I first ate Brunswick Stew in Virginia, but at that time, it was cooked for me by someone who was originally from Georgia.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili and a Red Gold Giveaway!

Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili - Chew Nibble Nosh

While I use my slow cooker all year long, it seems like I manage to bring it out more often in the fall and winter months.  On a day when the air is crisp, and my day is busy, there’s nothing more comforting than something cozy from the slow cooker.  My friends at Red Gold agree, and they are launching an amazing giveaway on their Facebook page.  From September 17th to October 8th, they’ll be giving away 2 Crock-Pots a day!  That’s 44 Crock Pots!  They are going to make a lot of homes and bellies very happy in the coming months!  Make sure you check it out, and enter often!

Top Ten Recipes to Kick Off Summer

Top Ten Summer Recipes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Mmmmm…summer food!  It’s one of the best parts about summer.  Summer food is all about fresh and fun flavors, bright and lively dishes, and ways to celebrate a wonderful season.

Here are ten of my favorite go to recipes that can help anyone kick summer into gear!  Enjoy!  Just click on the titles to take you to the recipes.

Black Bean, Corn and Avocado Salsa

This fresh, tasty salsa is always a hit at any summer party when served with tortilla chips.  Not in the mood for munchies?  Serve it over grilled chicken!

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Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ooooh, I loved this soup.

This is one of those recipes that I really enjoyed while we were eating it for dinner, but I’ve kept thinking about it since we had it.  It’s stuck with me.  Actually, what’s stuck with me more than anything are the wonderful little garlic-chicken meatballs that float around this perfectly Springy soup.  Just knowing that I get to write about them today is making me wish I had some leftovers to munch on.

With that, let’s get this Spring soup party started!

Asparagus and Potato Chowder

Asparagus and Potato Chowder - Chew Nibble Nosh

Spring is coming.  I can feel it.  It’s a balmy 49* here today, and next week it may creep up into the 60’s. Eeeek! It’s coming!

One of my favorite Spring veggies is asparagus, so I try to work it into our menu as often as possible when its peak asparagus season.  I came across this chowder recipe recently, and I thought it might be a great way to ring in the Spring…when it’s still kind of chilly out.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh

Cold weather and a stuffy nose:  Put those two things together and soup for dinner is really the best option  My entire family has been battling a cold, and trading it back and forth, over the past week or so.  Now, it’s my turn, and I soup was what my cloudy head needed.  I turned to a recipe I hadn’t made in ages, but I knew it would warm our tummies and feel good on our scratchy throats.

Slow Cooker Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Quinoa and Vegetable Stew - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ah, the “After Holiday” season is now upon us.  We are all bloated, and overfed, over-wined, over-cheesed, over-cookied, and sporting a couple of extra pounds.  We’re ready to banish rich food from our lives for at least a little while, right?  This simple, slow cooker stew is not only hearty enough to get you through a “polar vortex” (assuming you can get to the store), but also healthy enough to make you feel good, and refreshed, as you start the new year.

I started by prepping my potatoes, onions and garlic.  I diced up a pound of red potatoes, skin kept on, chopped up an onion and minced up some garlic.