Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos

Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos - easy and delicious!

These simple, yet boldly flavored BBQ-ranch chicken tacos are made in the slow cooker and perfect for a summer get together!

Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Tacos - easy and delicious! copy
If you are fan of lots of flavor for very little work, you have come to the right spot! These chicken tacos are crazy easy to make, but the result is some of the tastiest chicken tacos I’ve ever had!

My family goes crazy over chicken tacos and so naturally, we have them quite a bit at our home. Whenever we have chicken tacos, the chicken is always cooked in the slow cooker. Slow cooking chicken breasts yields (in my opinion) some of the very best and most tender chicken…. 

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Fajita Quinoa

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Throw everything in a crockpot and forget about it! A super easy and healthy crockpot quinoa and veggie dish with southwestern fajita flavors. Chicken or ground beef can easily be added into the dish.

Easy crockpot southwestern quinoa - tasty and healthy!

I am seriously convinced this is the easiest meal to prepare! It’s one of those throw stuff in a crockpot and a few hours later a super tasty and healthy dinner is ready.

Plus the flavors on this one – WOWZAs. A little bit of a kick and a lot of flavor. Don’t be too worried about the kick though – it can easily be avoided if you aren’t a fan of that kind of thing. And on the opposite side, it can definitely be intensified! :)… 

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{Slow Cooker} Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

The quinoa, chicken, and veggies are all cooked in ONE dish – the crockpot makes this dinner incredibly simple to make!

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

This is seriously one of the easiest teriyaki chicken recipes ever. On this site, there does happen to be a very simple oven baked teriyaki dish which my family seriously loves, but as far as getting some veggies, grains, and fruit all cooked and ready in one dish? Well, this is the winner.

The chicken, quinoa, peppers, and pineapple are all cooked together in the crockpot so you don’t have to waste extra pans cooking up things separately. And the result is a flavorful, healthy, and delicious dish with incredibly little prep time!… 

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Minestrone

The BEST Crockpot Quinoa Minestrone #crockpot #quinoa #vegetarian

A simple quinoa minestrone packed with good-for-you veggies and made easy thanks to the crockpot!

The BEST Crockpot Quinoa Minestrone #crockpot #quinoa #vegetarian

I know what you are thinking…soup in the middle to end of April? I know, I know. But you guys, it SNOWED this last week. Like a few inches of snow! We had the craziest wind ever and next thing it was raining and then it turned to snow and before we knew it there were a couple of inches on our deck outside.

And anytime it snows, I have a seriously craving for soup. The good news is, this isn’t a super “winter-y” soup. It’s totally perfect for Spring and even for Summer because it’s packed with delicious seasonal vegetables.

But of course when it gets super cold outside and turns into winter and you are still craving this soup (I know I will be!) the vegetables can easily be changed out for what’s in season. This soup is highly adaptable – to seasonal need or personal preferences!… 

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{Slow Cooker} Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Delicious and easy sweet honey chipotle chicken tacos made easy with a slow cooker. You can control the level of spice in these tacos very easily!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Today is moving day!! We signed the papers over the weekend and will be moving into our place all day tomorrow. And probably throughout the next couple of weeks of course. Unfortunately, moving with a kiddo and lots of furniture isn’t like the good ole college days where I could switch apartments and be moved in within a couple of hours.

The husband and I were talking about that. What happens when you get married?! We both remember being able to move ALL of our stuff from one apartment to the next by just using the trunk and backseat of our cars. And now WHOMP a 16-foot moving truck is packed full of stuff.

And the boxes. Oh my word. So many boxes! So wish me luck and hopefully I’ll have some more recipes for you all later this week, but if the blog is quiet, you know I’m buried in those boxes wishing I were cooking up yummy food for us all!… 

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{Slow Cooker} Porcupine Meatballs over Rice

Crockpot Porcupine Meatballs

Delicious and easy porcupine meatballs that take minutes to make and cook in your crockpot. Little prep and impressive results!

The best porcupine meatballs made in the crockpot!
So far every single Valentine’s Day the husband has cooked dinner for him and I. This is a really big deal for him, because he really doesn’t cook besides the occasional freezer meal (he says those count), spaghetti + spaghetti sauce, and assembling a sandwich.

I’ve told the story here when we were dating once and he passed a gourmet meal off as his own. Later I found out that after a failed attempt, he frantically had gone over to his sister’s apartment and she made it for him. But for me, it’s totally the thought that counts…. 

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Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and Quinoa Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and quinoa soup

A delicious slow cooker Mexican tortilla chicken soup with delicious add-ins such as fresh lime, avocado, tortilla chips, and sour cream. 

Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Chicken and Quinoa Soup via chelseasmessyapron.com #soup #chickentortilla #quinoa

A few weeks ago I was able to go watch my little niece at her pre-school recital. All the adorable little kids sang some cute little songs with creative hand motions that went along with the songs. Afterwards there was a short story and then the preschool teachers read the kids’ cards they had written for Thanksgiving.

The cards were fill in the blanks: I’m thankful for my friends because BLANK. I’m thankful for my family because BLANK. I’m thankful for BLANK because BLANK.

Let me just tell you, these letters cracked me up. They were some of the funniest things I’d heard in a long time, and my niece’s responses were some of my favorite.

She was thankful for her friends because they smile at her, thankful for her family because they sleep, and thankful for lettuce and yogurt because they make her big and strong. Oh my gosh… talk about hilarious. I just can’t wait ‘til little Grey is old enough to say crazy funny things like that!

Anyways not that this story really has anything to do with this soup, but in a lame attempt to try and tie it in — my last response to those same questions would be I’m grateful for my slow cooker because it is my favorite kitchen appliance ever. Seriously, I think it is used just about daily at my house. If not daily, definitely every other day!… 

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{Slow Cooker} Quinoa, White Bean, and Kale Soup

Crockpot Kale, White Bean, and Quinoa Soup

A simple crockpot soup with quinoa, white beans, diced tomatoes, and freshly chopped kale. This soup has delicious Italian flavoring and is super easy to make.

Easiest slow cooker quinoa, kale, and white bean soup #crockpot #kale #quinoa #cleaneating

I’m pretty obsessed with soup. My big goal this year has been to get the husband on board with soups since in years past, he’s never been the biggest fan. After eating a bowl of this soup, he commented that he likes my soups because they “have stuff in them.” Apparently he just doesn’t like the super-brothy-with-not-much-added-to-them kind of soups. Wow, that was a mouthful.

He was a little skeptical at first, since this seemed to be a brothy soup, but he absolutely loved it! And although this recipe touts a full 4 cups of broth, do you want to hear my secret of making it not so brothy? Blending beans in the broth! That’s right, I blend an entire can of beans with some of the broth and stir that in the soup. It gives it a thick and hearty cream-like texture, but without all the cream ingredients. Plus it’s super easy to do!

Oh… and since I’m bragging about how easy this soup is to make, one more fun fact — the only thing you’ll need to chop is the kale!!… 

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{Slow Cooker} Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato casserole

A delicious sweet potato casserole with pecans all made in the slow cooker. One way to save some oven space for Thanksgiving is to use the crockpot!

10 minutes prep, made completely in your CROCKPOT! {Slow Cooker} Sweet Potato Casserole #crockpot #sweetpotato #thanksgiving #sidedish #casseroleIt’s time for some Thanksgiving recipes!! The husband, well, he’s pretty excited that he’s basically getting Thanksgiving for a lot of the month of November. He has requested that I “recipe experiment” with making several hams before the actual holiday. Basically, I need to buy ham and prepare it more because he loves it. Got it!

Anyways, in kicking off these Thanksgiving recipes I’ve got for you all, I had to start with a personal favorite. SWEET POTATOES! I love sweet potatoes. I eat them year round, but Thanksgiving gives me even more of an excuse to eat them, well, pretty much every day. And in all honesty, out of all the delicious Thanksgiving recipes available, sweet potato casseroles have always been my favorite. I know, I’m crazy.

So here’s the good news though. You know how there is likely a bazillion and one things to cook in your ovens on Thanksgiving? Well this recipe is going to save you some of that limited oven space! It is all made in the slow cooker. That’s right! Mixed in the slow cooker and then cooked in the slow cooker. And if you are like me — eaten right out of the slow cooker. Since it wasn’t a formal dinner or anything (yet), it was totally acceptable.

PLUS, this sweet potato casserole can also be made the night before and then popped into your slow cooker the day of.  #win.

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{Slow Cooker} Quinoa Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Quinoa Soup

A quinoa and chicken Parmesan soup that is simple, hearty, healthy and all made in the slow cooker (crockpot).

10 mins prep Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Parmesan Soup #dinner #soup #healthy #quinoa #crockpot #chicken

A while back I made a one dish chicken Parmesan quinoa dish and featured it on the blog. That meal quickly became the little guy’s favorite – he loves quinoa and he is OBSESSED with anything containing lots of tomatoes/red sauce.

While I was recipe testing the dish, I’m pretty certain I burned the husband out of it – we had it 4 (maybe 5) nights in a row? Okay, I was burned out too. The babe? He could have eaten every night I’m pretty sure. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen him eat as much at one time as he did with that dish! But once I was 100% happy with the recipe, I posted it, and haven’t made it since. How-ev-er… when the little guy came down with a cold this week, I knew I had to make him something with lots of quinoa, lots of red sauce, and something warm.

Naturally, soup instantly came to mind. Because isn’t that what everyone likes when they are sick? I like soup pretty much every time it’s cold outside, but especially when I’m sick! And for the record, the next time I’m sick, I’m definitely requesting this soup!! Warm, rich, chunky, and pure straight comfort food. But in a healthier way because: lots of tomatoes (they form the broth – so no heavy creams here), good protein source (chicken), and quinoa (healthy grain). Yes, this soup doesn’t have any heavy cream or milk! But it’s far from a brothy soup, it’s quite chunky and almost stew-like in texture.

10 mins prep Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Parmesan Soup #dinner #soup #healthy #quinoa #crockpot #chicken… 

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{Slow Cooker} Mexican Quinoa

A ONE dish, Crockpot Mexican Quinoa #dinner #crockpot #quinoa #cleaneating

This crockpot Mexican quinoa is bursting with deliciously fresh and healthy ingredients. This dish is all cooked in the slow cooker (even the quinoa and butternut squash) and has lots of “hidden veggies.”

A ONE dish, Crockpot Mexican Quinoa #dinner #crockpot #quinoa #cleaneating

How do you all feel about butternut squash? Personally, its my favorite squash ever.

When I started dating my husband, just guess who said he hated butternut squash? Yeah it would be him. This news was almost a deal breaker. Luckily he flashed his cute smile and all was fine in the world for then. So we dated longer and I avoided cooking with squash. Then we got married and I further avoided cooking with squash.

And then we were married for 2 years and I went and bought all the squash in the store. The exact number was 9 butternut squashes because they were 59 cents apiece and I tend to go overboard when I find produce on sale. This purchase wasn’t because I was trying to be an awful wife (pinky swear I try to always please him for dinner!) but I had a sudden maddening determination to get him to like it. I just couldn’t go another Fall without the squash. So I searched the best recipes and ended up deciding to just coat the squash cubes in olive oil + salt + pepper + some other spices and roast them in the oven.

You may be able to guess that the story has a very happy ending. Not only did he LOVE the squash, but I’m pretty sure the husband is more obsessed with it than I am. In fact, when they go on sale now, he asks me to stock up. And nowadays, when he asks me to make butternut squash, well, he just gets even cuter to me.

So the moral of the story? It’s all how you prepare the squash. Or, you get really lucky. Or you really will hate it no matter what and just wasted your time reading a very boring story. Basically I’m not sure the moral of the story. What I am sure of – this is one of the best ways I’ve ever eaten butternut squash!… 

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{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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