Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup Final

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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Awesomely Simple Roast Chicken Recipe | 3 Step, No Prep!

roast-chicken-recipe

 

Jamie here! Bi-Lo has whole chickens on sale this week for 89¢/lb – I’m picking some up to make my simple roast chicken and thought I’d re-share it in case you missed it before :)

Jamie here, if you’re looking for a simple roast chicken recipe – here’s your guy.  No kidding – if I’d ever realized in the early years of marriage that making a beautiful roast chicken was this easy, I would’ve saved my husband from years of Hamburger Helper :)

I learned this tip from my friend Meg, who is an amazing cook and the type of woman you secretly kind of hate, who makes a home-cooked dinner every. single. night.  She’s also cute  - which is just unfair (right?).  But while hanging out with her recently she told me that she roasts chicken pretty often to make chicken salad for the week – or soup, tacos, pasta or other recipes.

After she shared her secret, I had to try it right away.

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Rosemary Chicken and Veggies in Mustard Sauce Recipe

Rosemary Chicken in Mustard Sauce

I love easy recipes! Especially those that I can throw in one pan together and bake so I can focus on other tasks at hand. This recipe for Rosemary Chicken and Veggies in Mustard Sauce turned out amazing!! I used all fresh veggies including carrots, onions, red potatoes, and green beans. You could use any kind of chicken you want, however my kids requested legs (which I hate) so I bought a whole cut up chicken. Serve with a simple green salad for a healthy easy dinner.

This recipe is AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge friendly.
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Low Carb Chicken Recipes: Baked Chicken Fajitas

easy baked chicken fajitas

Recently, I’ve seen all kinds of yummy looking recipes all over facebook.  Since many are shared, and not linked to the original source I am a little leary of trying the recipe.  So, when a recipe gets my attention I prefer to test it out in my kitchen.

Of course I am not a great recipe follower, so I tend to change up the ingredients a bit to suit my family’s taste.  We loved this recipe,  although it was a little spicy.  I made homemade Mexican Brown rice to serve with the Baked Chicken Fajitas to complete the meal.  If you are looking for low carb chicken recipes,  I would suggest serving the chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps or whole grain tortillas.
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Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

 

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Jamie here! I really, really love barbecue and if given the choice – would eat it a couple times a week.  But my husband is not a big fan, so I don’t make it very often.  However today he ate a big lunch out, and that means he won’t want any dinner, and therefore friends – it’s Barbecue Night!

The kids and I have a really hectic day ahead of us – so this is going to be a perfect night for my crockpot barbecue chicken – this slow cooker recipe is easy and delicious!

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need!

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Bottle of BBQ Sauce (I've got KC Masterpiece here, since it was in my stockpile)
  • 1/2 cup Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper (or a generic brand is fine)
  • 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion flakes

Instructions

  1. Put the chicken breasts in the crockpot for 4-6 hours on Low. Shred about an hour before it's finished and put it back in. Sooooo good!
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Normally I add vinegar and some brown sugar when I cook BBQ in the crockpot – but when I got out my bottle of vinegar it looked like this:

And that’s when I noticed it had expired in Feb. of 2012  (It’s now October).  Since Vinegar’s job is to break down the meat and make it more tender and easier to shred – I went for the next best meat-breaker-downer – Coke.  Actually – nix that – I didn’t have Coke either.  Pepsi will do in a pinch, although it’s less acidic and therefor a little less effective for our purposes.

And since Pepsi is full of sugar – we can leave out the brown sugar as well!  We killed two birds with one stone there!

So put the chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot and turn it on low.  Pour in 1/2 cup soda, 1 bottle of sauce*, then sprinkle the red pepper and onion on top.  Let cook for about 4-6 hours on Low.  Near the end, shred the chicken and return it to the crockpot until it’s finished.
*If you don’t like your BBQ very saucy, only put in half the bottle of sauce and reserve the rest for the end so you can eyeball it to perfection.

Now – when I run in the door tonight at 5 and have to turn around and leave again at 5:30 – all we’ll do is spoon BBQ Chicken onto our buns right out of the crockpot with a side of quickly microwaved corn and baked beans and voila!  Dinner is served!  Check out that yummy, saucy chicken….

Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake: Memorial Dessert Recipe

patriotic punch bowl cake

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If you’ve been searching through Memorial Day dessert recipes, you may want to consider making this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake.  It’s super easy to make and so yummy! You can use a store bought angel food cake, or make a cake yourself.  The great thing about punch bowl cakes, is that you can vary the ingredients and type of cake to suit your fancy.  Yellow cake, white cake, and pound cake are just a couple of varieties that could be substituted.  This Memorial Day recipe looks very patriotic with the red, white, and blue color combination from the strawberries, blueberries, and whipped topping.   [Read more...]