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Delicious Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

I’ve had this recipe for awhile and have never tried it before. I’m not sure why, maybe because I have several taco soup recipes in my collection already that we really enjoy. But this one is made with beer….I had to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did because it was AMAZING! 

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Ingredients:
2 frozen chicken breasts
12oz can of beer
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 can tomato sauce
1 can rotel
1 can diced tomatoes
1 pkt taco seasoning

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot.
2. Cook on High for 4 hours.
3. Shred chicken and mix well.
4. Serve topped with cheese, if desired.

Seriously, this was so amazingly delicious! I actually ended up loving this more than my go-to taco soup recipe. I’ll be making this one from now on. It has enough of a kick because of the rotel and it’s not too creamy because of the beer. Definitely going to be on my meal plan more often!

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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Soup

I’m always on the look out for new ways to make soup in the crockpot with chicken breasts because I buy the chicken breasts frozen in bulk at Sam’s Club once a month. This recipe came about because I was missing 3 ingredients to make a different recipe. Ha! And it turned out really good. Everyone in my house ate it without complaint, which is akin to a real miracle these days. 

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Ingredients:
2 frozen chicken breasts
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can white beans, drained
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic granules

Directions:
1. Add chicken, corn, and beans to crockpot.
2. In bowl, combine broth, BBQ sauce, and seasonings together.
3. Pour over top of chicken.
4. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
5. Shred chicken before serving.

I definitely will make this again but next time I will add some chili powder or red pepper flakes for a little kick. This made quite a bit! We had enough for 3 lunches the next day!

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3 Ingredient Snow Cream

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One of my most favorite memories from childhood was my mom making snow cream every time we got a big snow storm. We don’t get as much snow now as we did when I was a kid but at least once a winter we get a really decent snow day. I’m continuing the tradition with my kids now and they love it as much as I did! 

Ingredients:
10-12 cups of fresh snow
2 tsp vanilla
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:
1. Pour half of snow in large bowl.
2. Add 1 tsp vanilla.
3. Add half of sweetened condensed milk.
4. Gently fold together with plastic spatula.
5. Add the rest of snow.
6. Add remaining 1 tsp vanilla and remaining half of sweetened condensed milk.
7. Gently fold mixture together.
8. Scoop into tupperware container and cover tightly.
9. Place in freezer for an hour to solidify.

That’s it. Seriously, it’s so easy! The sweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze so the snow cream stays the consistency of snow instead of becoming hardened. I made a double batch and we ate it for a few days. If you live somewhere with lots of snow, you have to try this treat!

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Frugal Menu Plan Monday {1.15.18}

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Sunday: Hearty Vegetable Soup ~ $5.62

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Monday: Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches ~ $2.58

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake ~ $5.84

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Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs & Fried Rice ~ $1.89

Thursday: Crockpot Cheesy Chicken & Rice ~ $5.19

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Friday: Homemade Pizzas & Side Salad ~ $6.87

Saturday: Sausage McMuffin Casserole ~ $4.62

Weekly Total ~ $32.61

Notes: On nights when I serve something like Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches I do serve a side. This week I’m serving sweet potato fries because I was given several bags by a friend so the cost to me was nothing. 

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Frugal Menu Plan Monday {1.8.18}

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I am on a mission this year to cut our grocery and household expenses. The amount of money I spend on both is out of control. I’ve spent a lot of time gathering recipes that my family will eat and adapting them to be budget friendly. Just for reference- I’m feeding 2 adults, 2 teen boys, a teen girl, a 10 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. I like to try to have enough leftovers for my husband to take for lunch the next day also. So I’m trying to get at least 8 servings out of each dinner. And I’m attempting to spend no more than $34 per week on 7 dinners. I cook every night of the week and we do not eat out. That’s one thing that we have cut out for 2018. 

Sunday: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Soup ~ $4.89 

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Monday: Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta ~ $5.55

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Tuesday: Scrambled eggs & fried rice ~ $1.89

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing ~ $5.38

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Thursday ~ Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches ~ $2.58

Friday ~ Homemade Pizzas & Side Salad ~ $6.87

Saturday ~ Biscuits & Sausage Gravy ~ $5.68

Weekly total ~ $32.84

Notes:

I shop once a month at Sam’s Club. I buy 10lb packs of frozen Tyson’s boneless chicken breasts. They are pretty big so most recipes only need 1 or sometimes 2 chicken breasts. I get 9-11 meals out of one bag! I also buy all our household products at Sam’s- laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwasher pods, paper products, toiletries…I don’t buy snacks there with the exception of Goldfish and fruit snacks. I buy lunch meats, cheeses, and some other things. We typically spend $250-300. 

I do a Walmart grocery pick up once a week. I’ve found that I spend far less money when I don’t set foot in the store. I get milk, eggs, drink enhancer drops, pasta, some canned goods, bread, and ground beef weekly. I try to keep my weekly Walmart to around $30-35. 

I do a weekly trip to ALDI too. I get all produce, fruit, snacks, breakfast foods, pasta sauces and some frozen stuff. I typically spend around $45-50 per week. 

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