Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I know winter is coming to a close–and I’m not mad about it. But, this recipe is an all-year-long type of deal for me because it was super easy and super delicious. I made it for my entire family and folks tried it that I just knew would not want to venture out. It was a hit!

My favorite part about this meal is that it’s pretty much hands-off for me and hands-on for my slow cooker. I think this batch of soup must have simmered for close to 16 hours! That’s how hands-off I was, LOL! What I would like you to note for this recipe is that these are approximate measurements. I literally used what I had on hand and threw it in the pot and added more of this and that for desired taste. There wasn’t a whole lot of calculating going on…and it still came out fabulously!

Cheers to eating well and living well.

Xx,

– AMG

Ingredients

2 chicken legs

5 chicken breasts

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 can black beans (rinsed)

1 can white beans (rinsed)

2 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

2 cups corn

1 c. water

1/2 c. low sodium chicken broth

3 tsp. cumin (cumin is what gives it the flavor you get from taco seasoning)

a few dashes red pepper

black pepper

sugar

basil

oregano

garlic powder

sea salt

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Green onion (for garnish!)

Plain Greek Yogurt (or sour cream)

Soft Tortillas

Method

Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder.

Place chicken in slow-cooker.

Cover with water, broth, and cream of chicken soup. Stir a little.

Add in all other seasonings, onions, and bell peppers.

Let cook on high for 4 hours or low for 10 hours. (At the last hour, shred the chicken, tossing out bones and skin).

When almost ready to serve soup, brush both sides of soft tortillas with olive oil (or cooking spray),place on cookie sheet, and bake on 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes on both sides.

Garnish soup with Greek yogurt and green onions and enjoy!

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You Have the Answer

So many times I have become restless about achieving goals and accomplishing the vision I believe God has put in my heart. At these time you could hear me talking to God as I walk around the house saying, “God I don’t know! I just don’t knowwaaahhh!” Yes, I whine at God sometimes, and I can imagine Him giving me the side eye and shaking His head at me because I go through so many antics.

But, as I was thinking about this post, thoughts that came to me while in a Children’s Benadryl-induced stupor (random allergic reaction to some unknown something), God spoke to my heart and said, “YOU have the answer.” I immediately responded with, “I do?” Silence. I took that silence as a positive affirmation that I possessed the answers to so many questions about life, direction, and next steps.

Through this brief conversation with the Lord, I understood that He had prompted me several times to take this step or make that move, but I had hesitated–disobeyed really. My issue up until that point was that I wanted ALL the answers, not just the one God had provided me with. I wanted ALL the creativity to become an epiphany to me right away. I wanted every next step for the next five years to fall into my lap, stroking the ego of my human genius and intellect. Yet, God reminded me that every answer I needed for what I was seeking Him for had been given to me. In the small promptings, in the ideas that seemed too big and too risky, in the messages my pastor had preached, in the encouraging words of friends and mentors challenging me to do “it.”

Since it is a new year, I’m sure you have seen a ton of motivational, get-out-there-and-do-it, follow-your-heart messages, memes, commercials, etc. However, take a moment to pause and think about what you KNOW the Lord has given you instructions to do. It could be that book you’ve been constantly putting on the back burner. It could be reaching out to a family member you’ve been estranged from. It could be stepping up to take apply for a leadership role in the ministry or in your expanding company. Whatever answer you’ve already been given, write it down on the test paper of your life! Don’t wait, friends.

I am reminded of the story of Joseph. He was imprisoned in an Egyptian jail and had little hope for being released. That is, until the Pharaoh at that time realized Joseph had the gift to interpret dreams. In short, Joseph was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and was consequently released from prison. Imagine if Joseph had failed to use the gift of interpretation God had given him. How would fear have impacted the trajectory of Joseph’s life? How has fear impacted your life? Why haven’t you stepped out? You have the answer! Second Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.”

Essentially, this scripture lets you know that you have the answer(s) you need! Trust God, not your intellect, with every step (Prov. 3:5). Don’t let another day, month, or year pass by without moving forward towards destiny. Yes, God orchestrates our destinies, but miracles, success, favor, and breakthrough materialize when we OBEY and use the answer to pass the test.

Cheers to Wearing Your Crown Well, Friend.

Xx,

– AMG