Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

It’s officially fall here in Oklahoma and my favorite season, that means lots of outdoor activities, hoodies, and fall foods including delicious soup. I love a good bowl of soup paired with sweet cornbread.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

The fall always reminds me of my college days and this little restaurant near campus that served the best soup EVER. I would try to make it a point on cold days to stop in there for a little bowl of soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. It always seemed to make the day perfect. The campus itself was so beautiful in the fall too that it made those long walks across the campus so much more bearable.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

As I looked over my produce this past week from The Produce Gathering, I decided to make a delicious soup. This soup pairs the flavor of butternut squash with a little bit of onion, tomatoes, celery, and chicken. Now, just make sure you realize though this soup is not salty at all. My husband loves salty and I just don’t, so I like to leave the salt for last and salt to taste. That seems to be the best compromise for us, then I can enjoy it without the salt.

I think when this is paired with sweet cornbread the flavor is perfect because it isn’t overpowering, it’s very light. I also love how tender the butternut squash is when it has been slow cooking all day. This is a soup that I like to prepare the night before, then as I’m heading out in the morning I can turn on the slow cooker and let it cook all day.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Celery, Diced
  • 1/4 Cup White Onion, Diced
  • 2 Cups Butternut Squash, Cubed
  • 1 15oz Can of Diced Tomatoes, Drained
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup White Cooking Wine
  • 1 Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • Salt to Taste
  • Parsley to Garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients except salt and parsley into a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. When ready to serve add salt to taste along with parsley to garnish.

Perfect paired with Crackers or Sweet Cornbread.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup

If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to The Produce Gathering to join FREE with the code MHCMember. Once you join, browse the shop and see what types of produce and other locally grown products you can pick up. I’m certain you’ll be delighted with the offerings.

Then, be prepared to make this tasty soup with your produce.

Enjoy!

 

Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Apple Pie Acorn Squash

Squash is a recent discovery for me, I’m sure I tried it as a kid but never like this. That’s the thing about being an adult, we actually step out and try different things including foods like squash.

I’m talking about acorn squash. In our produce co-op, we have always offered acorn squash in our fall produce baskets. But, it seems most people just aren’t sure what to do with it. Once I learned how to cook with it, I fell in love with it and I believe you will too.

The same is true for all types of squash as we recently posted recipes for butternut squash as well. It is amazing how delicious something can taste when you finally figure out what to do with it!

The recipe below is adapted from Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash. This post was originally posted on my other website, MoneySavingQueen.com.

Ingredients:

2 Acorn Squash

1 Can Apple Pie Filling

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/3 Cup Water

Acorn Squash

Directions:

1. Cut the acorn squash in half, scoop out seeds.

Acorn Squash

2. Fill each squash with apple pie filling. It would be best to use real apples and make the “pie filling” yourself however, I am personally allergic to apples and have a hard time working with them. That being said, I can actually eat the pre-made apple pie filling in small amounts. Weird, I know.

Acorn Squash

3. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over each squash and place in a roasting pan at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the squash is tender. If you have a larger squash, it might take an hour or so to soften. Add the water to the bottom of the dish to keep the squash from drying out.

Honestly, this is amazing. You’ll think it is a fabulous dessert and it is perfect for Thanksgiving! Skip the pie and have the squash this year!

Roasted Apple Pie Acorn Squash

This is delicious and amazing, your family will love it. I promise, it will surprise you.

Sesame Chicken & Honey Stir Fry

Sesame Seed & Honey Chicken Stir Fry

Sesame Chicken & Honey Stir Fry

This dish is so easy to make and completely delicious plus, it makes for great leftovers. I love cooking with honey, such a great sweetness especially with our Roark Acres Honey we feature in our sales, made right here in Tulsa. We also sell local, non-GMO chicken from 413 Farm, I don’t miss a chance to cook with local foods.

One of the things I love most about our produce co-op is being able to try out new things, this is a recipe I would never have thought to make 3 years ago. I was always too busy to eat healthy, grabbed whatever box food I could find and threw it on the table as fast as I could. It might have saved me time but it cost me a lot, it cost my health and even though it was cheap to buy, the doctor bills weren’t cheap at all. Needless to say, I turned things around.

Now, I own The Produce Gathering and I think about every single thing I eat all the time. I know where my food comes from and I know what my family is eating.

This is a very easy recipe to make and can be made quickly if you’re in a hurry plus, like I said earlier, it will keep for a few days too. I used gluten free soy sauce which kept my sauce from getting very thick, if you use regular soy sauce, you’ll get a thicker version, just a heads up.

Sesame Chicken & Honey Stir Fry

INGREDIENTS:

2 pounds chicken breasts (cut into pieces)

1 tsp garlic

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup honey

1 tbs sesame seeds

1 sliced onion

1-2 bell peppers sliced

2 cups broccoli

1 green onion

Cooked white rice

DIRECTIONS:

First, cook the cut chicken over medium heat in a pan. I coated my chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper first but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to, that’s just how I cook my chicken.

Sesame Chicken & Honey Stir Fry

In a separate bowl, mix together the soy sauce, honey, crushed garlic and sesame seeds.

Pour over the chicken and cook until thickened. Then, remove the chicken from the pan leaving the sauce. Throw in the sliced onion, bell peppers and broccoli.

Sesame Chicken & Honey Stir Fry

Cover the pan and cook the veggies until soft, this took about 4 minutes or so.

Place the rice on a plate, cover with chicken and pour on your veggies with sauce. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

I’m telling you, this one is delicious!

Sesame Chicken & Honey Stir Fry

Adapted from instagram.com/buzzfeedtasty

Easy Cauliflower Fried Rice

Make a delicious fried ‘rice’ but this time use cauliflower instead. This Cauliflower Fried Rice will delight your taste-buds and your diet! I’m sharing this in partnership with Mommy Hates Cooking & The Produce Gathering, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

One of our favorite foods to eat in our household is fried rice; however, I’ve been trying to really watch my diet, so I decided to try this Cauliflower Fried Rice instead. I was surprised to find how similar it taste and just how delicious it really is. This can be made easily with a head of cauliflower and a food processor.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

I cleaned off the cauliflower that I picked up at The Produce Gathering, then I placed it in my food processor. A few seconds later, I had a great rice like consistency and it was perfect for my ‘fried rice’. I decided to adapt my favorite Chicken Fried Rice and then just substitute the rice for cauliflower to make this tasty meal. The real trick of course is trying to trick the family to see if they can tell the difference. They definitely didn’t realize it was cauliflower. My husband actually will tell you how much he hates cauliflower…only he ate all of this. Of course, you can tell a difference, the texture will be different than rice, so keep that in mind. It’s just hard to figure out what it is that is used in place of the rice.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Cups Finely Chopped Cauliflower
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Chicken, Cooked
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 Celery Stalk, Diced
  • 2 Carrots, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Peas, Cooked
  • 2-4 Tbsp Lite Soy Sauce (or Gluten Free Soy Sauce)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the cleaned and trimmed cauliflower into the food processor and blend until a fine rice like consistency.
  2. Place the cauliflower in a paper towel lined bowl and use another paper towel to soak up any excess water from the cauliflower.
  3. Begin by placing the cooked chicken in the oil using a large skillet. Add in the onion, celery, carrots, peas, and let this simmer for 10 minutes or until the onions are slightly browned.
  4. Next add in the cauliflower and 2 Tbsp soy sauce. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
  5. At this point if you want it darker in color add in the remaining soy sauce.

Note:  I like to start with 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce, then go up from there as I serve the dish.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

This is just one of many items that you can pick up at The Produce Gathering. They offer many local products including meats, honey, salsa, and produce. They have a variety of options too including organic options. It’s easy to view all the offerings using the code MHCMember. If you use this code you will get a FREE membership then you can shop around and see what you plan to pick up. We’ve grown to really love all that they have to offer especially the salsa.

Now it’s time to eat up.

Enjoy!

20 Decadent Butternut Squash Recipes

20 Butternut Squash Recipes

This week, we are featuring butternut squash in our fresh produce baskets. Eventually our weather will reflect the new season coming upon us but until then, we can hope for Fall and think Fall-like thoughts! Here’s a great list of recipes to help you cook your butternut squash this week:

Butternut Squash Sweet Potato Soup | Blissful Basil
Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale, and Cranberry Couscous | Gimme Some Oven
Harissa Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Spicy Toasted Pepitas | Keepin It Kind
Breakfast Burrito Bowl with Spiced Butternut Squash | Skinnytaste
Curried Butternut Squash Salad | Food Faith Fitness
Creamy Goat Cheese Grits with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Squash, and Poached Eggs | A Beautiful Plate
Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan | Oh She Glows
Butternut Squash and Spinach Polenta Bowls | Oh My Veggies

20 Decadent Butternut Squash Recipes

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Butternut Squash | The Magical Slow Cooker
Butternut Squash Mushroom Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce | Pinch of Yum
Tempeh Butternut Squash Bake | Eating Bird Food
Butternut Squash Leek Risotto | Love and Lemons
Roasted Butternut Squash Freekeh Salad | Well Plated
Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash | Iowa Girl Eats
Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash | I Heart Eating
Cheesy Baked Butternut Squash | Diethood
Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika and Turmeric | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Vegan Butternut Squash Bisque | The Roasted Root
Butternut Squash Brown Rice Bake with Sausage and Apples | Domesticate Me
Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta | Joyful Healthy Eats

20 Decadent Butternut Squash Recipes