Tuesday nights are tough. My little one gets home from school about 4pm. We have homework to do and have to be out of the house by 4:35 for a 5pm horse riding lesson. We are usually home about 6:40pm. Then it is dinner, bath and lights out by 8pm. Dinner has got to be quick and easy. Thank goodness for the slow cooker.
Every Tuesday I pull out the slow cooker and throw something in it. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is an absolute winner. My little one had two bowls the first time I made it.
I’m sure you can all relate to that type of night. It is tough keeping up with school and extra-curricular activities. No wonder we are a nation of stressed out people. We are trying to limit activities to two, horse riding and Girl Scouts. My daughter is begging to take dance lessons too. I know she would love it but school is the priority. She is not willing to give up horse riding for dancing either. I don’t like to discourage her from doing something she wants to do but I also don’t want to go insane trying to keep up with every thing.
Horse riding really seems to be her thing. From the age of 3 years old, she begged to take horse riding lessons. So, we let her. It was more of a glorified pony ride but she did learn to take care of the horse. Once winter hit, it was too cold for her and we quit for about a year. She started up again about a year and a half ago. The first stable we found did not work out. We were so lucky to find a lady who teaches lessons from her home. Our daughter just clicked with her. She learned more in the first lesson than she had in 6 months of lessons at the other stable. The instructor ran a horse camp this summer and my extremely shy, scared to try anything new, daughter begged to go. She absolutely thrived. Giving her horse riding lesson has been the best thing we have ever done for her confidence. She is still very shy but I am able to point out to her that she was scared the first time she trotted and now loves it. She was even more scared the first time she cantered and now she loves to canter on Doc. It is pretty cool to see a little 6-year-old take control of a horse and command it.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is going to be my go to dinner in the Winter. It will be so nice to come home after horse riding to bowl of warm, comforting soup. We can set a fire in the fireplace and warm our hands around a nice, hot bowl of soup. Our tummies will be so happy that we did.
- 1 lb. chicken breasts, skin and bone removed
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup enchilada sauce (I used Frontera)
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 can (14.5 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes (I like Muir Glen)
- 2 cups minced cauliflower
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Tortilla chips*
- Place first 10 ingredients (chicken through onion powder) into a slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4 hours.
- Remove chicken and shred with a fork.
- Using an immersion blender, blend a little bit of the soup. Blend until it is the texture you want.
- Add chicken back to crock pot along with cream cheese.
- Cook on low for another 30 minutes.
- Serve with cilantro and tortilla chips.
Nutritional value per serving without chips: Cal 294 Fat 7 grams Carbs 25 grams Fiber 6 grams Protein 32 grams
*I made my own tortilla chips by slicing a tortilla into thin strips. I sprayed it with cooking spray and baked them on 450° for about 5 minutes.