Crockpot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Jamie here!  My husband and middle child love-love-love this dip – they request it during football season, or for get-togethers, or really just any old time.
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I particularly like this Crockpot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip because it’s a super-simple recipe that you can put in your slowcooker ahead of time (like before church!) so it’s ready for Football munchies!

Crockpot Cheesy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
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If you love your crockpot as much as I do - then you're always looking for new crockpot recipes to try - here's a Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe that my husband LOVES - especially during football season! He likes he TGI Fridays dip but this was an even bigger hit... Let me know how this recipe turns out for you!
Ingredients
  • 1 Pack Frozen Chopped Spinach (Drained & Squeezed well & Chopped)
  • 1 13oz Can Quartered Artichoke Hearts or Frozen Artichokes (Rinsed, Chopped & Drained)
  • 1 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 C Shredded Monterey Jack or Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ C Mayo + ½ C Sour cream (You can sub instead: 8oz of Cream Cheese)
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder, or 2 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 TBSP of Chopped Onion or Green Onion *Optional
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients and place into a buttered crockpot for 1 hour on HIGH. Serve with pita or tortilla chips, triscuits, crackers or crusty bread.
Notes
I found this recipe on MomsWithCrockpots but altered it quite a bit based on other recipes I've read.

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Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos Recipe #SaveALotInsiders

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Jamie here! On Sundays after church we’re always in the mood for Mexican food – and these cream cheese chicken taquitos are my guys’ FAVORITE Sunday lunch.  They’re easy to throw together, creamy and crunchy and better for you than the frozen kind.

With the Super Bowl coming up I’m planning to make these the STAR of our football snacking spread.

I like to make a double batch of filling and stick half in a freezer bag for next time.  That way next Sunday I can wake up, pull the bag out of the freezer to thaw and by the time we get home from church all I have to do is roll up the taquitos and stick them in the oven.  (I find I’m much more likely to cook if I can make it as easy as possible on myself.)

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These are great to serve with our Easy Summer Salsa Recipe!

Here’s how to make these scrumptious cream cheese chicken taquitos for your next Super Bowl Party, Cinco de Mayo or regular old Sunday afternoon….

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First, stop by your local Save-a-Lot for a short list of ingredients – they have super affordable prices on all of these items!

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Cheese (I like Cheddar Jack, but any old kind will be fine)
  • Senora Verde Diced Tomatoes with Chiles (Store brand of Ro-tel)
  • Tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Taco Seasoning Packet
  • Optional for Dipping: Velveeta or Marvella, Salsa, Refried Beans

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Start by cooking the chicken, and while it cooks mix together diced tomatoes, cream cheese, taco seasoning and a couple tablespoons of the chopped cilantro.  When the chicken is cooked, shred it up and add it to the cream cheese mixture as well.

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(NOTE: You can DEFINITELY cook this in the slow cooker instead, just set on high for 3-4 hours with all the ingredients shown above – chicken on the bottom, the rest on top!  I’ve done it this way several times.)

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This is where I like to set up a little assembly line – set the stack of tortillas in front of you and spoon in a thin line of filling, sprinkle a tbsp of shredded cheese on top, roll tightly and place on a cookie sheet.

 

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Continue until you’ve filled both cookie sheets and spray with cooking spray.  (this helps them to crisp up in the oven)  I like to get fancy and squeeze a little lime over the top and sprinkle a little sea salt over them – but if that doesn’t float your boat just shove it in the oven and be done!

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.  

I usually serve our taquitos with a few things to dip them in, like Velveeta dip, refried beans, and salsa.  Everyone has their favorite dipping combo – mine is a pile of refried beans with a little puddle of cheese dip in the middle ;)

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If made as directed, this should be enough to feed about 8-12 people (or 4-6 people twice!)  I stretch ours a little bit further by also making rice on the side – we recently found this Vigo Spanish Rice at Save-a-Lot and we LOVE it.  We have it all the time, and the best part – it’s only $1 a bag! (prices may vary by location)

 

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Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos
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Easy and delicious cream cheese chicken taquitos are a perfect family appetizer - or make it a meal when served with sides and dips! This recipe makes enough for a crowd, or enough to put half in a freezer bag for the next time you need a quick meal.
Ingredients
  • 3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 2½ lb)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • Senora Verde Diced Tomatoes with Chiles or Ro-tel
  • 20 - 30 Small Tortillas (Or 2 packs of Large)
  • Small handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 Taco Seasoning Packet
  • Optional for Dipping: Velveeta or Marvella, Salsa, Refried Beans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat
  3. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, then shred
  4. Combine cream cheese, diced tomatoes, cilantro, seasoning
  5. Add shredded chicken and stir well
  6. Spoon a small amount of chicken filling into each tortilla shell
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top
  8. Roll tightly and place on baking sheet
  9. Cook for 10 minutes or until lightly browned on edges
  10. Serve with cheese dip, salsa, etc...

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Freezer Lasagna Recipe

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Jamie here, this Freezer Lasagna Recipe is one of my FAVORITE meals to pull out during the school year!   If you’re looking for an easy make-ahead meal for busy nights, you absolutely can’t lose with this one. 

This is SO SO GOOD – it’s the ultimate thick, layered comfort lasagna.  If you like cheesy recipes, get ready!  This is chock full of cheese and meat and lovely starches – make this in advance and you’ll always be just an hour away from homemade lasagna heaven :)

The great thing about this this freezer lasagna version, os you can prep all the ingredients on a lazy Sunday afternoon and pull it out on a crazy Thursday to give yourself a break.

This is my basic recipe, but it’s extremely versatile in that you can add veggies, leave out the meat, and change it up all kinds of ways!

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Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder Recipe

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder Recipe

Jamie here!  Based on Wikipedia, I think I could possibly be kicked off the internet for calling something made with Velveeta a chowder – but this recipe is too thick to be called a soup and too creamy to be called a stew.  And it’s too awesome to not share with you ;)

Feel the need to go pin a healthy recipe after just READING this one? ;)  Kasey has been doing clean eating and living a healthy Advocare lifestyle for awhile now and along the way she’s come up with some FABULOUS Advocare Recipes

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Yesterday was  a day that demanded comfort food (and naps!).  It was rainy & cold and the kids were home sick, so I couldn’t go out to the grocery to get supplies for chili, or chicken noodle soup, or any of my stand-by comfort food meals.  After rooting around, I came up with chicken breasts, a bag of frozen hash-brown potatoes, some leftover Velveeta, and a couple odds and ends in the canned goods department.  There’s nothing at all I don’t like about those ingredients, so putting them together was a no-brainer.  What resulted was a HUGE HIT for my family!

Here’s how to make an easy, tummy-warming, and diet-murdering, slow cooker soup:


What you need:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Frozen will work just fine)
  • 1 32 oz Bag Frozen Hasbrown Potatoes
  • 1/3 of a 2 lb Block of Velveeta *See note at bottom if you don’t have this
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 3 Cubes Chicken Bouillion
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning (if you don’t have that it’s ok, just add a little pepper)
  • 1/2 Onion, diced small
  • Optional: Add in a few shredded carrots at the beginning as well (I wish I’d had some to shred in there, but didn’t this time :( )

Directions:

  1. Crank your crockpot up to Low, and put items in this order:
    1)
    Chicken Boullion cubes, onion, garlic on the bottom
    2) Hashbrowns
    3) Chicken breasts.
    4) Pour in water, milk and cream soups, making sure the cream soups cover up the chicken so they won’t dry out.  Cube up your Velveeta and toss those in (You don’t want it resting on the bottom or the sides, or it might get burnt)
  2. Let it cook on low for 4 hours.  Then, take out the chicken and cut it up into chunks.  Your potatoes will be very soft by the end (think mashed potatoes) – so it will be nicer to have chicken chunks instead of shreds so there’s something to actually bite into.  Return the chicken to the crockpot and cook for another hour on low.  (It’s ok if it needs to sit there on warm for longer than an hour – mine sat there for 2 hours, waiting for bathtime to be finished.)

*This is also the point where you’ll want to stir, taste, add more milk/water to thin it – or thicken it with some potato flakes to get it just how you like it.  (I stirred in a 1/2 pouch of Betty Crocker Loaded Potato Flakes, to make it go a little further for my hoarde of hungry boys)

To Serve: Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese & bacon bits. Voila!

This was absolutely scrumptious – and my husband and boys went back for seconds!!

TIP: If you’re don’t have Velveeta, pull out a box of mac & cheese and use the whole packet of powdered cheese.  You’ll want to sub out some of the water with milk (and maybe even a little sour cream or cream cheese) to make it creamier, like a cheese sauce should be.  I’ve done this – and it works out just fine!

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder (You’ll lick the bowl!)

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Potato Chowder (You’ll lick the bowl!)

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Frozen will work just fine)
  • 1 30 oz Bag Frozen Hasbrown Potatoes
  • 1/3 - 1/2 of a 2lb Block of Velveeta *See note at bottom if you don't have this
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 3 Cubes Chicken Bouillion
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning (or a pinch of pepper)
  • 1/2 Onion, diced small
  • Optional: a few shredded carrots added at the beginnning

Instructions

  1. Turn your Crockpot on Low and add the Chicken Bouillion cubes, onion,and garlic on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add the entire bag of frozen hasbrowns.
  3. Place the chicken breasts on top of those
  4. Pour in water, milk and cream soups, making sure the cream soups cover up the chicken so they won't dry out while cooking
  5. Cube up your Velveeta and toss in (You don't want it resting on the bottom or the sides, or it might get burnt)
  6. After cooking on LOW for 4 hours, take out the chicken and cut it up into chunks.
  7. Return to the pot to cook for another hour on Low.
  8. Adjust consistency to taste - add milk to thin, or add potato flakes to thicken.
  9. To Serve: Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese & bacon bits.
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Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe! (Slow-Cooker & Stovetop Version)

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe {Slow-Cooker Version}

It’s supposed to get down to a chilly 32 this weekend here in East Tennessee, guys.  I’m talking about some lounging on the couch, wool socks on my feet, bowl of soup in my hands, watching Back to the Future with the family kinda weekend. To that end, I plan to get a crockpot full of cheesy potato goodness ready for the man-herd!

(In the warm months I manage to meet my cheesy potato quota with these grilled potatoes in foil) ;)

Here my recipe for Cheesy Potato Soup:

 

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Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

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I was never a fan of Broccoli Cheese Soup until I tried it at Panera. From that first moment I’ve been in love!  I’ve tried several times to recreate the recipe at home unsuccessfully until now. This simple recipe for Copycate Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup comes together perfectly and may even be better than Panera’s (if that’s possible).

The only thing that would make Panera’s better is the fact that it saves me from cooking and cleaning up the mess afterwards. Serve this copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup with a nice crusty loaf of bread and a salad for a fabulous meal.

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