{Slow Cooker} Lasagna Tortellini Soup

LASAGNA SOUP

A crockpot lasagna soup made with cheese-filled tortellini. This soup is simple to make, tastes just like lasagna in soup form, and is a sure crowd pleaser!

LASAGNA SOUP

This soup though. Best soup I’ve ever had – hands down. I guess I have to amend that statement just a bit though…because if you are looking for a super healthy and light soup, this sweet potato + quinoa one is one of my favorites. But as far as a complete comfort meal, easy to make, super cheesy, and totally flavorful soup goes – this is the soup.

Not that this soup is necessarily unhealthy, just the amounts of cheese I stir in mine may just be a little unhealthy. Although, I’m sure I put more cheese in my soup than the average 3 6 people…

Other than that, you’ve got lots and lots of tomatoes and tomato-ey sauces, some beef broth, lots of spices. You know, these are all good for you! And for the actual beef, I used extra lean ground beef, but I’m sure ground turkey would be great in this too. However, ground beef just screams lasagna to me since I always put that in our lasagna. BUT — the best part of this soup in my opinion? It’s the tortellini. Tortellini is one of the greatest foods ever made, I’m convinced. And in this soup it is divine. It cooks perfectly in the slow cooker and it’s like having an ultra chees-y lasagna in every bite. Because the cheese is IN the pasta. Genius.

And then I mix lots of extra cheese in the soup. You know, just for good measure.

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{Slow Cooker} Fiesta Ranch Taco Soup

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A simple crockpot taco soup with fiesta ranch flavorings. This soup allows you to choose your spice level, it’s quick to make, and very customizable!

Easy Crockpot Fiesta Ranch Taco Soup - a fun twist on a classic!So I’ve been posting quite a few soups over the last few weeks…is it even cold where you are at? Is it full-fledged soup season yet? Clearly I consider it soup season, but I it has been cooling down considerably where I’m at. Speaking of where I’m at, and making a not so subtle transition…I have to tell you all about the one of the coolest things I’ve done since living here.

It’s called Whirlyball and apparently it’s a sport native to Ohio. It makes me pretty proud to live here, seriously.

Basically it’s a mash-up of a few different sports. There are two teams and everyone plays in their own bumper car (awesome right!!). Then there are two goals that are set up like a basketball hoop and one small ball. Except the ball can only be handled with a short lacrosse stick. That probably makes no sense, but I don’t really know how else to describe it. Basically picture bumper cars and crazy because that’s what it felt like to me!

This game was so fun. I have no idea why it’s not mainstream and why I didn’t get to play it in college. Because I’m sure I would have made the team. Put me in a bumper car all day long and I will go places people. … I’m just joking in case you were wondering. I was probably the worst player on the team, but I sure made up for it in team spirit and enthusiasm! Oh, and I did manage to score two points or baskets or whatever they are called!

If you ever find yourself in the lovely state of Ohio (or you live here and haven’t yet), whirlyball is a must. I rank it right up there with Cedar Point — the roller-coaster capital of the world! Orrrr if you are a person of extreme prominence and can start making this sport more mainstream (why you would be reading my food blog, I have not figured out yet), you would be my best friend…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Cinnamon Roll Fondue with 20-minute Miniature Cinnamon Rolls

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A slow cooker cream cheese glazed fondue with 20-minute miniature cinnamon rolls on a stick. This is the perfect party food and an all around great dessert!

Crockpot cinnamon roll fondue with 20-minute no rise miniature cinnamon rolls!

I have seriously been dying to share this recipe with you all! I had the concept for it about two months ago and then experimenting ensued. When I finally had something I was totally in love with, I just had to get around to taking pictures which was proving a bit difficult as we kept eating this at night as a dessert. But anyways now IT’S HERE! And I am so excited.

Because fondue is just the best. It’s fun to do with family, at a party, during a game (hint. football!), or errr absolutely by myself. Which by the way, I totally had a solo cinnamon roll fondue party at 9:30 AM the other day while the babe was sleeping and I finally had a chance to take these pictures. It was awesome.

Crockpot cinnamon roll fondue with 20-minute no rise miniature cinnamon rolls!… 

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{Slow Cooker} Spicy Chicken Quesadilla Soup

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An easy crockpot soup that requires 5 minutes prep! This soup is filled with chicken quesadilla ingredients and tastes like a spicy quesadilla in soup form.

Crockpot Spicy chicken quesadilla soup

I learned something new about the husband this past weekend and it’s kind of crazy when I learn things that I think I should know but don’t. I mean we’ve been together for over four years. I should know all the things about taste preferences right? Especially as a food blogger and one that aims to please said husband.

Okay, so here’s the thing – he can not handle spice. Well he can handle it, but he doesn’t like it. And me? If food can make me tear up a little, that’s when it’s starting to get good! You’re probably thinking this soup is ultra spicy-hot, but it’s not. I mean, it is spicy, but you could definitely increase the spicy-ness. The husband still ate it and still liked it, but he wasn’t too excited about the leftovers.

Which um… I’m not complaining about. That means more for me :) And the babe that apparently inherited my taste-buds and loooooves this soup.

Crockpot Spicy chicken quesadilla soup… 

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{Slow Cooker} Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

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This healthy and made-in-the-crockpot soup is flavorful and has a deliciously spicy kick. Made with chicken, salsa verde, corn, black beans, and optional toppings of avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime juice this soup is not only flavorful, but very healthy as well!

So healthy and simple Crockpot soup! Salsa verde chicken with lots of customization options #soup #cleaneatingHow do you feel about salsa verde? Flavors – I am so in love with. Color? Not so much. It actually kind of freaks me out a little bit. So it’s a good thing it tastes so great. And makes this soup taste so deliciously yum.

If you’ve never had salsa verde, you’ve got to get on that. There’s nothing quite like it. Regular salsa uses red tomatoes, and salsa verde – it uses tomatillos giving it a tangy and zesty flavor while still staying true to the chili and onion flavor. All the flavors just work…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Poppyseed-Chicken Quinoa

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 A deliciously healthy and easy poppyseed chicken quinoa dish made in your slow cooker. This is healthy comfort food at its best. PLUS a stove-top method for this meal as well.

Crockpot Poppyseed-Chicken Quinoa - healthy and easy to make!

If you’ve been following my on Instagram, you may have seen a few pictures from the vacation I’ve been on. The husband, babe, and I were able to go home and visit both our families (my family and my in-laws) which was an absolute blast.

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Slow Cooker Overnight Quinoa and Oats

Overnight slow cooker quinoa and oats - so good and healthy! I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #quinoa #overnightoats

A mixture of steel cut oatmeal and quinoa that can be cooked overnight in your slow cooker. This breakfast can be topped with fresh berries and a splash of milk for a delicious and healthy breakfast the whole family will love.

Overnight slow cooker quinoa and oats - so good and healthy! I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #quinoa #overnightoatsBreakfast tends to get a little repetitive at my house.

Actually a lot.

We are pretty much cereal people through and through. The husband will eat different kinds of cereals, but me? I stick with one that I really like and eat it until I’m sick of it. For the past few months it was honey-nut cheerios and now it’s shredded wheat.

Every morning with some almond milk. And the babe’s got his oatmeal and applesauce.

Every.single.morning…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Quinoa Tex Mex

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A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This dish is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice plus a great summer recipe. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in. 

A one-dish, slow-cooker tex mex quinoa casserole. This casserole is bursting with fresh and healthy flavors with some good spice. This dish is vegetarian, but chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey can easily be added in.

I tend to kind of forget about my slow cooker as soon as it gets warm outside.

Which is totally a shame, because slow cooker meals are my favorite.

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Hawaiian Luau Stuffed Shells

Hawaiian Luau Stuffed Shells

Special thanks to Collective Bias and its advertiser for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. These pasta shells are stuffed with tender shredded chicken mixed with ricotta cheese. They are positioned over a layer of enchilada sauce and covered with a thick mango glaze. Tangy, refreshing, and simple to make.

Hawaiian Luau Stuffed Shells
These stuffed shells are unlike any shells I’ve ever had.

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Crockpot Quinoa, Sweet Potato, & Chicken Fajitas

Crockpot Quinoa, Chicken, Sweet Potato, Sweet Pepper, Corn, & Black Bean Fajitas

A simple and healthy crockpot dish of quinoa, sweet potatoes, shredded chicken, sweet bell peppers, corn, and black beans. The mixture is cooked in the crockpot, placed in corn tortillas and topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions.

An easy and healthy dinner of Crockpot Quinoa and Sweet Potato Fajitas from Chelsea's Messy ApronOkay, seriously, there are so many good things going on in this meal! Like for instance, the flavors. Those are pretty dang amazing. But then there’s the fact that there are like 324,939 good for you ingredients. And yet, my favorite part? The ease. This meal comes together in the crockpot!

Gosh. How I loooove my crockpot.

PS: I know I’m in the middle of my Valentine’s series, but I had to post this meal. I’ll be back with more Valentine’s fun tomorrow!

Crockpot Quinoa Fajitas with Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Peppers, and More!

And this crockpot meal is super quick preparation.

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