Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup!

A classic & favorite soup!

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It’s been a true fall up here in Upstate New York. The leaves have turned, the air is crisp, and there is nothing like hot cider or your favorite fall sweater! I was anxious to get my Crockpot out and cook up something flavorful for the season and hot to warm us up!

This Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect to start up in your Crockpot on any weekend day and enjoy for a late lunch or dinner.

 

What I love most about Crockpot cooking is that you can throw in a little bit of this, a little bit of that… there’s a lot of ingredient freedom.  The ingredients I used this week were:

  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1 can of whole or diced tomatoes
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • a handful of baby carrots
  • one small onion
  • orange pepper (use any color dependable on flavor choice)
  • 2 cartons of chicken stock/broth
  • 16oz of your pasta of choice, I used Whole Wheat
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Goya Sazon
  • Goya Chicken Seasoning Packets

This is gonna be super easy…

I put my Crockpot on the lowest setting which is low-10 hour. I poured in both cartons of chicken broth and my can of tomatoes. Today I used whole tomatoes because I already had them. I would recommend canned diced tomatoes because you do not have to take the time to break them up, however, his is easy after they have been in the Crockpot for a bit.

Next, I trimmed and cut up the chicken. I didn’t worry about making the pieces of chicken perfect because I knew after cooking all day, they would break apart in the Crockpot.

After cutting up the chicken I sprinkled on this Goya seasoning I love to use. I used a fork to mix the chicken around while seasoning to make sure all of the pieces were covered.

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Garlic, garlic, garlic… even though I’m going to add garlic powder to the entire soup when seasoning, I also added it to the chicken. Can’t get enough in my opinion!

Dicing up the veggies only takes a few minutes. And you can really cut any of these veggies into any size or shape you would like.

Really with the seasonings you can add whatever you want depending on what flavors you favor. I love garlic and chili powder so I added a lot! I also used 2 Goya Sazon packets in the soup. Pictured below are the seasonings I added!

I let the soup cook in the Crockpot until about 7 pm (I’d say around 7 hours) and then I added my 16oz of whole wheat pasta. I let the pasta cook in the soup for another 40 minutes, and it was ready to eat!!

 

This made SEVERAL servings! This soup was incredibly easy to make and could also be made before work for an easy weeknight dinner!

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steak and shrimp stir-fry

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I love cooking in my dutch oven. My mom gifted me this most-wonderful thing a few years ago. At first, I was hesitant to use it because I wasn’t sure what you cooked in it. My mom told me, “anything!” And damn, was she right! I LOVE this, not only does it cook food fast and evenly, your food doesn’t dry out, and… fewer dishes! Anything I can do to make my life just a little more simple – I’m in.

Tonight, I decided to make steak and shrimp stir-fry, in my infamous dutch oven ,of course. (Insert emoji of girl with sassy hand)

This recipe was perfect for a random weeknight, such as Tuesday.

I ran to my local Hannaford to grab a couple necessities before this big storm blew through. I had some ingredients waiting at home, so I just needed to grab a few items.

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Let’s get cookin.

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Here’s what I used.

  1. ‘Marinating & Braising Steak’ (thinly sliced) 1.12lbs
  2. half of 1 bag of Hannaford Large Raw/Uncooked Shrimp 8oz
  3. sliced pepper, any color (I chose red and yellow for variety) 2 whole peppers
  4. diced yellow onion ( about half of the onion)
  5. frozen chopped broccoli about 3/4 cup
  6. 1 can of whole baby corn (16oz)
  7. 1 small can of diced or whole water chestnuts (8oz)
  8. 1 small can of edamame soybeans (8oz)
  9. 1 packet of Goya Powdered Beef Bouillon (I used reduced sodium)
  10. simple beef broth (about 3 cups)
  11. rice vinegar (little splash)
  12. soy sauce (little splash)
  13. ground black pepper (to taste)
  14. salt (I use Himalayan) (to taste)
  15. sesame seeds (optional)

little bit of this, little bit of that 

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I think this is the best part about stir-frys. They are one of those recipes that don’t have to be followed exactly step by step. You can combine your favorite proteins and veggies to personalize your stir-fry.

Here are some other ingredients you can use to personalize your stir-fry!


VEG– carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms (my favorite) pea-pods, cherry tomatoes
PROTEIN– chicken, salmon, lobster, tofu, cashews
CARBS– brown/white rice, tofu noodles, veggie noodles (butternut squash, zucchini, sweet potato, turnip)


Ok, let’s get started 

I’m going to keep this pretty simple, as most one-pot recipes are, just toss it in!

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  1. Start with beef-broth to line the oven with. Creating this dish is just as easy as the pictures make it look. 
  2. Start sauteeing the onions and peppers.
  3. I like to take advantage of the space my dutch-oven gives me – so I move those over and make room just to slightly sear the steak.
  4. Get me the GOYA! I sprinkle the packet of Goya Powdered Beef Boullin & stir. Give a couple mins of cookin’ time.
  5. Slide the contents right on over again, this time we are making room for the edamame & my favorite, baby corn!
  6. Between now and the next step I poured in about 2 cups of beef broth. (As mentioned in my blog, Albany Foodie, I don’t measure, honaaay. I don’t have time.)
  7. I love these Blue Dragon Egg Noodles. Right on the back of the package, you can see the suggested serving size. 1 nest of noods = 1 adult size portion. I cooked 4. I usually cook enough for us both, seconds for my husband, and leftovers. I placed these right in the dutch oven and covered them with the cooking ingredients to heat them up faster. I did pour in more beef broth & a splish splash of both rice vinegar and soy sauce. Another great thing about this recipe is, you can choose how juicy you want it to be.
  8. I saved the water chestnuts and chopped frozen broccoli for last. I love the texture of water chestnuts, and their little crunch so I did not want to overcook these – same for the broccoli.
  9. I gave the noodles just a few more minutes to loosen, and in minutes I was scooping this out of the pan.
  10. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional)

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Serious YUM! What do you like in your stir frys? Comment below!