{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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Sweet Potato Enchiladas

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A delicious meatless dish – sweet potato enchiladas chock full of delicious and good-for-you vegetables, brown rice, and tomato salsa. This meal is a quick dinner and family friendly!

Easy + Healthy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas #dinner #sweetpotato #enchilada

And the only thing to follow eating about 10 batches of hot fudge cookies is a healthy + meatless meal. This one is definitely the meal to fit the bill. Look at me rhyme :)

But seriously, this recipe is one of those “healthy” meals that is secretly healthy. Like you wouldn’t guess it was healthy because it tastes so flavorful and rich! Although, depending on the amount of cheese you are piling in these and on top of these, it becomes a little less healthy. The great thing is you can totally scale down (or up) the amount of cheese! I’ve even had these with no cheese and still LOVED them. I know, I bet you never guessed I would say that.

Obviously I usually pile on these cheese when I make these.

Easy + Healthy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas #dinner #sweetpotato #enchiladas… 

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Jumpstart Holiday Cash Giveaway: $300!

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Hi, everyone! I’ve got a fun giveaway today – I’ve joined up with some of my good blogging friends to bring one lucky winner $300 in PayPal or Amazon bucks.

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And here are all the awesome bloggers chipping in to bring you the prize:

The Weary ChefHot Eats and Cool ReadsKrafted Koch
Five Heart HomeFlavor the momentsFood Faith Fitness
Pint Sized BakerDieter’s DownfallDelightful E Made
Belle of the KitchenPetite Allergy TreatsClarks Condensed
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Triple-Chocolate Hot Fudge Brownie Cookies

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A brownie mix, chocolate pudding, and chocolate hot fudge all come together to make the most epic chocolate cookies yet. Oh and did I mention the chocolate chips? These cookies are soft, chewy, and super fudgy.

Triple-Chocolate Hot Fudge Brownie Cookies made with real hot fudge! #cookie #chocolate #brownieI know. I know. Cookies on a Monday. What was I thinking?

Especially super-duper chocolate loaded cookies. I mean, these aren’t light on the chocolate! I said triple chocolate, but really, I guess there are technically four types of chocolate. But quadruple chocolate in the title seemed a little ridiculous! So, the types of chocolate that are loaded in these amazing cookies? First off, the base is a brownie mix. So yes, these actually do taste like brownies in a cookie form! (Except even better than brownies in my opinion!)

Second, there is some pudding mix – making these cookies extra soft and chewy. While still having a crispy edge (you know, brownie style!!), and thirdly, there is HOT FUDGE. I mean, this addition, is just the perfect finishing touch in these cookies. They taste like pure fudge and as one taster described, “they melt in your mouth.”

And then of course, loads of chocolate chips. I like to use a mix of chocolate chip chunks and regular chocolate chips. The chunks in the middle get all melty and with each bite, these cookies pretty much taste like a molten lava cake in cookie form. While still tasting like a fudge brownie. Because that all makes sense right? What you need to know is this — these cookies are the best chocolate-lover’s cookie around!

Triple-Chocolate Hot Fudge Brownie Cookies made with real hot fudge! #cookie #chocolate #brownie


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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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15+ Delicious Soups

15+ Delicious Soups

It’s no secret that I love soup around these parts! So for a quick reference to lots of yummy soups (on my blog and others) I’ve rounded up a bunch for you to pick and choose the ones to try. Just click on the link under the picture to get directed to the soup or go directly to Foodie to see the collection I made there – Foodie is a great place to collect your recipes and make plans with what you will do with them!

Check out Soups and Chowders

by Chelsea Lords at Foodie.com


Sweet potato, chicken, and quinoa soup


Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat 


Smoky Bacon Corn Chowder 

Southwest Broccoli Chowder


 Tortellini Lasagna Soup

Butternut Squash, Red Potato, and Kale Soup

Butternut Squash, Red Potato, and Kale Soup 

quesadilla soup
Spicy Chicken Quesadilla Soup


Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Rice Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Rice Vegetable Soup

salsaverde soup

Chicken Salsa Verde Soup


Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Red Potato and Corn Crockpot Soup

Red Potato and Corn Crockpot Soup 


Perfect Broccoli Cheese Soup


Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Gnocchi Tomato Basil Soup

Gnocchi Tomato Basil Soup


Potato, Corn, and Bacon Chowder

15+ Delicious Soups

Special thanks to Foodie by Glam for sponsoring this post :)

{One Pot} Chicken, Rice, & Veggie Fajita Bowls

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This one pot dish tastes just like fajitas without the tortilla! (But you can definitely use them if you want!) This meal takes less than 30 minutes, is all made in one pot, and is full of flavor while keeping the ingredients to a minimum.

One Pot Chicken & Rice Fajita Bowls I via chelseasmessyapron.com I #fajita #onepot #under30minutes #easy

Two one-pot meals two posts in a row?! You can probably guess that someone is getting molars right now. Hint: I’ve already got mine. Yeah, the little guy hasn’t been feeling the greatest in these parts and we can feel one poking through in the back. (Poor little guy!)

And since he doesn’t take teething too well… there’s been a lot of tears, a few tantrums (okay maybe more than a few), some mega-clinginess, and lots of snuggles/back-scratches (<–he loves those). Which means, when I go into the kitchen to make food, he’s not loving that. Chopping vegetables with a baby on my hip? I’m pretty sure I look really awesome in the attempt. (Read: not so awesome.)

So these one pot meals are seriously a lifesaver. Which, P.S., I see a lot more coming in the future of CMA since, well, he’s got a lot more teeth that need to come in. The great news is, this meal definitely made him feel much better; he absolutely loved it. Which, I have to admit, with all the veggies, I was skeptical how much he would like it. But, seeing as he ate pretty much the same portion that I did, this recipe is a keeper!… 

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{One Pot} Creamy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Divan

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This delicious and lightened up creamy chicken, broccoli, and rice divan can all be made in one pot and in under 30 minutes. It’s filled with flavor and keeps the ingredients to a minimum!

Easy, 30 minute, ONE POT Chicken divine with broccoli! #dinner #chicken #onepot #easy

I have been completely overwhelmed with the awesome responses on the reader survey. Seriously, you guys are the best <3! Thank you!! Oh, and then there’s my mom who specifically requested that my blog include pictures of her grandson in every post ha! Yes, I know that is you mom! :) (And if you haven’t taken it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

I’ll let you all know the results when it’s all finished up. But for now, I’ve got some more yummy one-pot goodness. Plus I healthified it a bit – a lightened up creamy chicken, broccoli, and rice divan in one pot and thirty minutes. Oh yeah!


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{Healthy + Flourless} Glazed Apple Pie Cookies + 2014 Reader Survey

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These delicious cookies are gluten-free, packed with protein and good-for-you-ingredients. No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these glazed “apple pie” cookies. 

No white flour, no butter, and no oil in these glazed "apple pie" cookies. #healthy #cleaneating #cookies #apple #pie

Today’s a special day! It’s Chelsea’s Messy Apron’s first birthday! …So, you would probably expect some grand cake or something right? Wrong. I made cookies. Oh and they are healthy too! Which, admittedly, seems a little bit of a weird and boring birthday celebration treat for this blog’s birthday, but if you tried these, you would know. They are far better than any cupcakes! (In a healthy, wholesome type of way of course.)

Okay, so let’s talk about these cookies. Do they look healthy to you? Yeah, me either. Surprise! They are SUPER healthy! Well, maybe not the glaze so much, but it’s completely an optional kind of thing. Like, a birthday addition for sure!

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for a whole year! It has just flown by and been such an amazing year. I’m super, super grateful for you people that have read this little blog, tried the recipes, and left such nice comments. Seriously, you all are the BEST! <3 And it means the world to me! When I published my first post a year ago, I was so nervous. I knew I was super passionate about food and the prospect of blogging, but I was so worried no one would read my blog (or even like it). Or ever try my recipes. Just ask my husband, I’m pretty sure he had to give me about ten pep talks! Okay, maybe more than ten…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Lasagna Tortellini 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!


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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Oatmeal Cookie Pumpkin S’mores Gooey Bars


Deliciously thick oatmeal chocolate bars with a hint of pumpkin in the middle — thanks to pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin flavored marshmallows. These bars are easy to make and very rich!

Oatmeal Cookie Pumpkin S'mores Gooey Bars #pumpkin #dessert #oatmeal #cookie #gooeybar

Pumpkin and oats were meant to be together. My favorite Fall cookies are pumpkin oatmeal chocolate-chip and these bars are basically those cookies in a gloriously gooey marshmallow form. Who’s with me on pumpkin oatmeal cookies?!

P.S. Do you like how I specify they are my favorite “Fall cookies”? Because obvi I can’t just have one favorite cookie. As a self-proclaimed cookie connoisseur I have to have a favorite cookie for every season and/or holiday. Like these ones for Christmasnothing compares.

And there I go talking about Christmas again when I said I was going to wait. I’m such a freak about holidays!! Second P.S. the hubs and I went shopping and found the cutest wood pumpkin decoration. It’s currently sitting on top of our mantel place and making me all sorts of happy and excited for Halloween. The good news is, it’s not only a Halloween pumpkin, so it gets to stay up through Thanksgiving. And along with that shopping trip, we also found little Grey’s Halloween costume. He’s a lobster if you missed the picture of him. Bahaha — he is the cutest lobster ever!!


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Mummy Milanos


A super easy triple-chocolate “mummy” milano cookie. These cookies are the perfect treat to bring to a Halloween party! 

Easy Mummy Milanos - a super quick and fun Halloween treat 2 layers of chocolate + 1 layer of white chocolate = a super delicious treat! Did I mention these take about 10 minutes to make? If you are in a pinch for a Halloween treat, these fit the bill!

I bought the double-chocolate Milanos (hence the 2 layers or chocolate) and it perfectly balanced the thick coating of white chocolate. These are incredibly delicious! At first, I was just dipping and making them as a cute and easy Halloween treat (without really thinking about how they would taste), but after one bite of these they ended up being one of my favorite tasting Halloween treats. I mean, of course I didn’t want a gross Halloween treat no matter how cute it looked, but I didn’t know it would be SO GOOD.

White chocolate mixed with dark or milk chocolate has always been a weakness of mine!… 

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