Sunday, April 22, 2012

Soup's On

We were expecting a Nor'Easter this weekend, with high winds and heavy rains, expected rainfall of  2 - 3  inches.  We could certainly use the rain, but all at once is a little rough.  I decided this was a good weekend to put my "sous chef" (crock pot) into service and try a recipe I found interesting on Pinterest called "Crock Pot Soup"

I had all the ingredients in my pantry and fridge. 

I did come up short with the cumin, I had less than the tablespoon listed , and I did not have a packet of dry ranch seasoning.  I substituted a shallot and pepper salad dressing mix from Penzey's.

Can of Rotel

Can of corn (I used a package of frozen)

Can of black beans, rinsed and drained

Two frozen chicken breasts   (I goofed and used three, too 


8 0z. cream cheese

1 packet dry ranch seasoning

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

Put all ingredients in slow cooker for 6 - 8 hours (low).

Shred chicken and enjoy!

You put the chicken breasts in frozen (love that), and I let it cook for about five hours on high.  I must say it tasted delicious.   A bit rich,  though, so I am thinking for next time to use less than a whole bar of cream cheese or use a fat-free bar.  I also needed to add a few splashes of chicken stock, as it turned out more like a white chili (nothin' wrong with that!) than a soup. 

However, I didn't care for it visually.  I do  believe we eat with our eyes first, so I have to think of ways to punch up the color a bit when serving to company.

I would make this again, making sure I have enough cumin, less cream cheese or fat free, and definitely use the chicken stock.  

I am joining Yvonne for On The Menu Monday.  Please stop by where you will be inspired to try a new recipe.  Also partying with Bunny Jean at the Bunny Hop,  and Michael Lee at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.



  1. This sounds really good, Barbara! I'd also probably cut back on the cream cheese and use use low fat variety, but otherwise I'd use the same ingredients. I love using my crock pot to make dinner on busy days and I love Pinterest! :)

  2. PS: I'm glad we finally got the rain we needed here in NYC, but I hope we don't get any of the flodding the news has been warning us about. Stay warm and dry!

  3. Sounds really good, but I would use light cream cheese and less for sure. Nothing beats soup on a cold rainy day! Green onions or ribbons of basil might give you the needed color - I have seen this recipe and now that I have your endorsement, I will try it!

  4. Oh yum! We are currently having that Nor'Easter with lots of rain that we really need. Usually the spring is a wet time but not this year. Our daughter in the Utica NY area is probably expecting snow!

  5. Hi Barbara! Oh, that does sound so good! I agree we love how our food looks but taste is most important and this does look like some comfort food.
    Hope your storm wasn't too bad! :)
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my kitchen.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  6. Hi Barb, What a delicious sounding soup! And it does look appetizing to me for sure!
    I'm putting this on my menu. I never thought to put the chicken into the slow cooker frozen!
    Great tip!
    Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY~

  7. Sounds like a hearty soup! Yep, finally rain here in Philly too. I've never seen so much pollen in my life:@)

  8. Yes, I'm hearing on the weather news that the Northeast may receive quite the storm. Soup certainly sounds good to have around! Stay dry, safe, and warm!

  9. Sounds wonderful!! I just love using my crock pot, what about adding red/green peppers for a punch of color?

    Thank You for sharing, I will copy this down and def try it :)

    Have a blessed week!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  10. It is raining here in Southern PA but it was calling for a chance of snow tonight :( My poor roses!

    I laughed when I read about your sous chef!

    Here's my menu for the week:


  11. We also got much needed rain (although not a nor'easter!). I am loving this - during the week I am so frazzled - what can I put together in the morning when I am more together and this is the perfect answer. Comfort in a bowl. And nutrition, too!

  12. Definitely a soup day here. I'd use half the cream cheese and maybe add broccoli. It's one of my favorite vegetables. Wishes for a great week!

  13. It is wicked out here tonight, heavy rain and wind! Hope it doesn't bloom my almost bloomed pink apple tree flowers away, I wait for them all year!
    I have never used my sous chef for soup, just pulled pork, I really must branch out. :)
    Sounds good, enjoy it, maybe warmer by next week!

  14. Barbar really sound delicious!

  15. It has gotten windy and cold here too!43 from 70/ Just this evening. Your soup looks wonderful,never had it.Thanks for sharing your soup will try making it this week.Thanks for your sweet comments.JoAnn

  16. Hello Barbara:
    This certainly sounds to be a most interesting receipt and clearly was delicious to eat. Like you, we really do feel that food does need to look as good as it tastes to be really satisfying.

    Whatever, we have always enjoyed meals made in a slow cooker and are rather sad that we no longer have one.

  17. Buona settimana,Barbara!Baci,Rosetta

  18. Dearest Barbara,
    I checked the word "Nor'Easter" and found "northeaster". Haha, got what you wrote after that(^^;)
    We also have a strong wind when spring comes. It is called "first wind in spring" 「春一番; haruichiban」
    And we did have them recently; which blow the cherry blossoms away.

    Oh, you do a great job as usual. Hehe, do you think it would be good without "you know what"?

    Lots of Love and Hugs to you, xoxo Miyako*

  19. I does sound good. I'm liking the frozen chicken and the crockpot thing for sure!

  20. It sounds delicious, Barbara! I plan to try it soon. So glad you shared.

  21. It sounds delicious. I like the idea of starting with frozen chicken.(I am a poor planning cook.)
    Thanks for the visit and the kind welcome back.

  22. Sounds good and easy! I love soup all year long but of course I make it more when the temps are cool. I hope you didn't get hit with too much bad weather. It is much cooler here than in March...but it is still fairly nice in the middle of the afternoon.

  23. When I heard them say nor Nor 'Easter on the news, I thought they were just being funny. Then, I stepped outside for my walk, and WHOA NELLY. I had to go back inside and change into sweats. Then, I talked to my daughter in DC who was walking to work, and she told me how cold it was there.

    I do believe it's soup weather for sure! That recipe looks exactly like the kind of thing I love. Obviously, I love it too much considering the weight I've put on.

  24. A new recipe to add to my collection it looks like. Sounds good.

  25. Some days are definitely slow cooker days. Stay dry!

  26. Hi Barbara,

    This soup looks and sounds YUMMY! Just the thing for a cold, windy and rainy day. We had some of that kind of weather Sunday and Monday, and I cut our heat back on last night -- brrr!

    Thanks for your comments on my kitchen post. I laughed when you said you didn't use yours for a while because you didn't want to mess it up. Believe me, I've already thought about that. ;) But, we're so tired of restaurant food and junk food, I'll be glad to cook.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and have a great week!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  27. Hi Barbara,
    Your soup looks yummy, especially on a day like today. We had frost last night, and we lost a few tomato plants. Today has been cold and blustery-soup weather!

  28. Looks like a great soup. Putting in frozen chicken breasts, how awesome. I like the fact, you used three. Easy is good, especially if the food is yummy. Thanks for stopping by Barbara.

  29. Hi Barbara,

    It's still so cold out. So much for the heat wave we had.

    The soups sounds good even thought it's not the prettiest looking :)


  30. mmmmm looks and sounds sooo yummy! I like how you put the frozen chicken...that makes it so much faster and easier,and I love your presentation in the black lotus bowl with the yellow plate under:)Thanks for sharing this easy recipe and for your sweet note. I love crock pot recipes!Hugs,Poppy

  31. Rain is better than snow that we have been having. Does look tasty and a recipe in the slow cooker is right up my alley..

  32. Okay if I close my eyes and enjoy a bowl with you?! ;)
    xo Cathy

  33. This sounds wonderful. It is similar to one I make, but yours has some ingredients I love. So I am going to try this soup, Barbara.

  34. thanks for the great tip. I never thought of putting frozen chicken in a slowcooker but it makes sense especially if making soups. I don't know where I got this notion that cooking frozen meats makes your dish watery.
    i believe it's my first time here... and definitely not the last.

    i will be back that's for sure,

  35. This has been such a crazy, mixed-up spring weather-wise for us too. I guess we all needed the rain, though.

    The soup sounds great on a chilly, rainy day!

  36. Sounds delicious. I will have to give this a try. Hugs, Marty

  37. Nothing nicer on a cold day..... I have a can of Rotel in the cupboard so will be making soon

  38. It does sound delicious yet extremely rich. I too would use fat free cream cheese.

    On dishes like those that don't have the eye appeal I usually plop a dollop of fat free sour cream, sprinkle on the paprika and some finely chopped spinach or other greens. It's all in the presentation baby!!! Heeehehehe!!!

    God bless ya sweetie and have a fantastic weekend!!! :o)

    I'm copyin' the recipe! Thanks

  39. We are having a cool spring with lots of rain so it is still soup weather here. I love that all these ingredients can go into the crock pot.

  40. Sounds way good. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  41. While it may not have a lot of color, it sure sounds good, none the less! I might add some shredded colby cheese as a topper, just because.... :-)
    This yummy sounding soup will certainly warm us on all these crazy cold spring nites we're having! I am longing for sun and warmth. LOL

  42. Sounds like great weather soup and delicious too!

  43. YUM! Love crock pot soup! This sounds like a very good recipe - will give it a try!

  44. Oh my, this sounds so good. It is hot here but I always like "homemade" soup. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Things have been busy around here but I am looking forward to a relaxed but productive week ahead.
    Happy Sunday, Ginger

  45. Yum-O! Barb it sounds delish. Hope you are having nice weather now. :)

  46. This sounds just like a recipe that my daughter makes as a dip for chips. It is so great. She leaves hers thick as it is a dip, but yes, it isn't the most gorgeous looking - guess a little cilantro would help or some chopped tomatoes, but I love the flavor!

  47. Hi Barbara, Our crock pot days are over here with our 89 degree temps. I miss one pot meals, I do love the ease of one pot. I'm sure this soup was great with all the delish ingredients. Hope you came through the Nor'Easter all cozy at home.
    Hope your week is great.

    The French Hutch

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