Thursday, July 5, 2018

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Despite the high temps outside I was in the mood for some hearty comfort mood.  I caught an episode of The Pioneer Woman (actually I PVR all of the episodes and watch them, repeatedly) and saw Ree Drummond making this awesome chili.  I ran out and grabbed the ingredients and got right to it.  It came out great, with very little prep work and a few minutes of hands on time.  It was a hit with the family (and the neighbors and friends since it made such a large amount) - give it a try!


Use the link above to go straight to Food Network's website or see the recipe below:



Ingredients


Directions

Add the chicken breasts to a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the cumin, coriander, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes and some salt and pepper, then sprinkle over the chicken. Add the beans, celery, garlic, canned chiles, onions, bell peppers and jalapeno. Pour in the chicken broth, put the lid on and cook on low until the beans are cooked, the vegetables are soft and the flavors are combined, about 7 1/2 hours.
Mix the milk with the masa and add to the slow cooker. Add the frozen corn straight from the freezer and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened, another 30 minutes.
 Remove the chicken to a board and shred using 2 forks. Return to the slow cooker, then add the lime juice, sprinkle over the Monterey Jack cheese and stir to melt. 
To serve: Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream, extra cheese and cilantro. Roll up warm corn tortillas and serve on the side of the bowl.


As for my resolutions, the summer has been busy busy busy so I haven't been doing great...

1. Read a minimum of 20 mins per day - 107 out of 185 days

2. Read a minimum of 1 book per month -
March - Lost Echoes
April - The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
Loving What Is by Byron Katie (I highly recommend this book, I'm reading it again to make sure it all sinks in)
May - Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
June - Bag of Bones by Stephen King

3. Drink 80oz of water per day - 48 out of 168 days, an embarrassment

4. Get in a minimum of 10,000 steps daily - My fitbit broke and their customer service sucks ass so I'm no longer counting my steps.  I was doing well over 15,000 per day so I think as long as I keep moving, I'm good here

5. Post on this blog weekly - 17 out of 27 weeks

6. Lose the baby weight and get into the best shape of my life - working on it!

7. Get rid of 52 things -
1-6. Books given to my daughter's friend, they were duplicates that I didn't need to hang on to
7. Threw out some cleaning products and knick knacks that were under the kitchen sink
8. Got rid of some baby clothes that we had been given by a friend - they were all boys clothes
(since we thought we were having a boy) - I kept some neutral items and brought the rest to Once
Upon A Child for some cash
9. Got rid of all the old tupperware (and bought a new set - does that count? I'm going to say yes
because in the past I would have kept the old & the new)
10. Dumped all of the expired vitamins and medicine that we had (some dating as far back as 2010!!) - more on that below
11.  Possibly TMI but I got rid of a ton of old underwear - now I have to replace them, which is always fun.
12. I sold Brie's bassinet this week, $60 in my pocket and one less thing to hang on to
13. Gave two huge bags of clothes to Value Village
14. Got rid of a travel bottle warmer and some bottles to someone who needed them on LetGo
15. Got rid of 2 bags of the hubbies clothes (donated)
16. Got rid of a bag of boys baby clothes (gave to my friend)

8. Organize/clean 52 areas (that I wouldn't normally clean during my daily/weekly routines)
1. Organized my book shelves by giving away duplicate books, grouping the self-help novels together, grouping authors together that I have huge collections of, and alphabetizing the remaining books
2. Cleaned the area underneath the kitchen sink - it was a disaster. Now everything is organized
and accounted for
3. I cleaned the top of the hallway closet and threw out winter gear that had no matches along with
other little things that had no business being there (or anywhere). A small project, but a needed
one! (see pictures below)
4. I cleaned our "medicine cabinet" - we have a section of shelving in our kitchen where we keep vitamins and medicine. Most of the bottles were expired, and it was a mess up there. See before and after pics above. And yes, I am still taking prenatal vitamins. We plan on having one more baby so might as well stay healthy for that. To be honest I think I'll continue taking them indefinitely - they are great.
5. I finally cleaned my linen closet and got rid of a ton of things we didn't need.  Check out the before and after pics below- we now have a whole empty shelf to fill up!  I think we will use it for toilet paper and paper towel which is currently stuffed in the spare bedroom's closet.  That will be my next task to tackle.
6. Check out the before and after pics below of my linen closet.  So glad I got to this one!
7. I also cleaned up my coffee table shelves, pics below

11. Email or call my Grandma weekly - I still need to get a long distance phone plan to call her in New Jersey.  We are visiting next weekend, I can't wait.  In the meantime I have been texting pics & videos to my Uncle who shares them with her

12.  Do things to get me out of my comfort zone
1. I attended a mom/baby fitness class, and loved it so much that I'll be going weekly (with a friend     of mine pictured above)
2. Joined another mommy/baby fitness class (salsa) that I haven't started yet - it begins on Thursday and it's an hour away.  I joined with the same friend who comes to my neck of the woods once a week for the other classes we are doing.  This is out of my comfort zone for two reasons - the obvious one is attending and trying a new class, but also the fact that it is so far away.  I usually don't venture too far out of my bubble.  I'll be able to walk around after each class and explore a new city, so that'll be fun, and an added bonus.
3. I started going to a chiropractor for my achy back.  This is big for me - I don't like to be touched by strangers.  So yea, this is huge
4.  I went to the dentist.  After 9 years.  Yes you read that right. No cavities, just tartar build up so I have to go back to have them freeze me and do a cleaning that will take an hour.  I'm going back May 1st.  I'm afraid of the dentist (hence the 9 year hiatus) so this qualifies as being outside of my comfort zone.
5. As a follow up to my visit to the dentist, I returned to get needles (eek!) to freeze my gums and do a one hour cleaning on the right side of my mouth.  Today I go for the left side.  In the past I would have avoided this all together and just not shown up.
6. I signed up for a playdate at a local splash pad through a Mommy/Baby group.  I go next week, we will see how it is
7. I started Brie in swimming lessons.  Just getting into a swimsuit in public is huge for me.

13. Go on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes daily - 53 out of 87 days


And some pics, of course.  We went away for the long weekend and it was Brie's first time on a beach.  So much fun!!!