Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

For a little over a week now, I have been following the Keto Diet. If you aren’t familiar with the diet, Google it. I’m telling you, this is the first diet I have ever done that doesn’t feel like a diet at all. I’m never hungry; I have plenty of foods to eat; and most importantly, I’m losing weight and inches. Lots of weight! My first week I lost 7 lbs. I know I also lost inches too. A pair of jeans that couldn’t button two weeks ago, can now! I’ve also lost ALL cravings for food. Here’s a great book I found on Amazon about the Keto diet: Keto Diet for Beginners. Seriously…get the book and give this diet a try! One of the amazing foods I’m eating this week is Chorizo Chicken Soup.

Chorizo Chicken Soup

chorizo chicken soup

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 lb Hot Chorizo
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 can Stewed Tomatoes with garlic
  • 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

For the rest of the recipe and directions, please visit Caveman Keto.

When I ran across this recipe, I knew I had to make it! It sounded (and looked) absolutely delicious to me. My recipe varies slightly from the original in that I chose to use hot chorizo instead of regular. We like spicy foods in our house! I also added 2 TBSP of shredded Parmesan Cheese when I ate it. If you are following the Keto Diet and you decide to make this soup, be sure to put all of your ingredients into a recipe on My Fitness Pal to get the correct calories/fat/protein/carbs for your ingredients. I scanned each of mine and came up with slightly different numbers than what is shown on the original site. Not a huge discrepancy, but definitely different!

Variations you can make with this recipe:

  • Use a precooked rotisserie chicken to cut down on time.
  • Regular Chorizo vs Hot Chorizo.
  • Fresh minced garlic vs. dried minced garlic (I used dried. My jar of fresh smelled funky).
  • There are a variety of different kinds of stewed tomatoes. I bought the can with garlic in it…we like garlic here!

If you are doing or decided to do the Keto Diet, let me know! I’d love to chat with you about it!

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Keto Recipe – Cheesy Bacon Chicken

About a week ago, I decided to start following the Keto diet. The Keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein and low carb diet. I do all of my tracking on My Fitness Pal. Making the decision to switch to this way of eating was a real difficult one for me. I kept going back and forth. Finally I got a book that was recommended to me (Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It) and began reading. Every single thing I grew up knowing about food or thought I knew, completely went out the window. I decided to give this diet a try. Now I thought I felt good after eliminating gluten. My goodness…I feel like a million dollars eating on this new plan. I am no longer craving sugar, I have an infinite number of things to eat when I am hungry, and most importantly, I feel light. I don’t know if that makes sense, the feeling light part, but that’s the only way I can think of to describe it. You really have to give this a try to know what I mean. Before you get started, read, read, and read some more about the Keto diet. There is a TON of info out there. You can also feel free to ask. If I don’t know the answer, I will definitely try to point you in the right direction where you can get the answer!

The other night was my FIRST attempt at making a total Keto dinner. Here’s what I came up with:

Cheesy Bacon Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 TBS Unsalted Butter
  • 6 slices Fully Cooked Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter the bottom of your glass baking dish (I used the butter wrapper). You can probably skip this part, if you wanted too.
  2. Place your thin sliced chicken breasts in the glass baking dish.
  3. Cut your butter into thin slices and place over top of the chicken.
  4. Place the bacon on top of the chicken. Sprinkle the half a cup of cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Uncover and bake for about 10 minutes more (or until the chicken is done).

keto cheesy bacon chicken

One piece of advice…use a wide spatula to help you get the chicken out of the baking dish or it will end up looking like that piece on the far right! We devoured the chicken! It was so delicious! I debated about putting the butter on it, but I think it was a good call. It prevented the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pan and it also kept the chicken nice and moist. Ugh. I hate that word, but it’s true. The chicken was very moist. There’s that word again…

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Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner Recipe

Eating healthier is always a goal in this family. In fact, over the last couple months, we have really done a good job cutting out a lot of sweets and adding in more vegetables. Even the kids! They have discovered that they love broccoli (so long as their is Ranch to dip it in) and they also like the “white broccoli” a.k.a. cauliflower. We also eat a lot of chicken.

Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup Broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner 1

Directions

  1. Prep the cast iron skillet by adding the olive oil to it.
  2. Cook the chicken in the skillet on medium heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken.
  3. Cook the chicken while adding the juice from both the lemon and lime.
  4. Add the chopped onions and continue cooking the chicken and onions until the onions are almost soft (about 10 minutes).
  5. Cook chicken until it is brown on both sides.
  6. Add tomatoes, peppers and broccoli to the skillet and continue cooking until the veggies are tender (about 10 minutes).

Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner 5

Doesn’t it look delicious?!? You really can customize this to your own tastes. Don’t like broccoli…not a problem. Take out the broccoli and put in cauliflower or even zucchini would be good! I showed this chicken skillet dinner to my kids and they both admitted that it looked really good! I may get them to try peppers and possibly even eat an onion that’s not the Bloomin’ Onion from Outback! Enjoy!

What are you having for dinner tonight?

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We are VERY excited that it’s summer in this house! Summer is the time to relax, sleep in and have friends and family over for BBQ’s! I don’t know about you, but there is nothing better than summer BBQ food! Whether you like hot dogs, hamburgers, or my personal favorite, my Oriental pasta salad, it doesn’t matter. There is always enough food and laughs for everyone!

Yummy pasta salad!

Yummy pasta salad!

When we are hosting a BBQ or a party at our house, we want to make sure it’s a success. Three things I make sure I do are:

The last one is a definite must. I can’t imagine having one of my guests sitting on the toilet, yelling for someone to bring them toilet paper. That would be mortifying for them and equally as mortifying for you as the host. To make sure I have my bathroom adequately stocked, I have my kids fill a cute little toilet paper holder with about five rolls of toilet paper before every party. Sure we shouldn’t need all five rolls, but they are there…just in case!

I chose to stock my bathrooms with Charmin toilet paper because Charmin has a clog-free guarantee! This guarantee ensures that your plumbing will run smoothly so you can focus your energy on the party and having fun!

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Years ago I had a BYOM (Bring Your Own Meat) BBQ and I am thinking about hosting another BBQ like that again this summer. What are your summer BBQ plans? Whatever your plans are, be sure to stock your bathrooms with Charmin toilet paper!

Quick and Easy Buffalo Chicken & Cauliflower Casserole!

How many times are you going about your day, jumping from one task or errand to another and then realize that you didn’t figure out anything for dinner? Happens to me more times than I care to mention. Happened this afternoon, in fact. I hate when this happens because I’m using starving and don’t want to take a long time to make dinner so I end up eating take-out. Not only is that not good for me or my family, but it costs money…money we really don’t need to spend since we have a freezer and fridge full of food. If this sounds like you, then you will really like this buffalo chicken and cauliflower casserole!

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The other day I picked up some new Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower that I was dying to try. I love buffalo chicken and cauliflower, so I figured buffalo cauliflower would be awesome (I was right). I’m also a huge fan of the grilled chicken strips (or the diced chicken) because I like to have salads during the week and add a little chicken to it. So I decided to combine those two things (with a few other ingredients) to make a delicious and QUICK meal!

buffalo chicken

Buffalo Chicken & Cauliflower Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of the new Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower
  • 1 lb cooked chicken cut into bite size pieces (I used the grilled chicken strips found in the refrigerator section at the grocery store)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used the Fiesta blend)
  • 2 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Real Crumbled Bacon
  • 3 tsp Buffalo Sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper, to taste

Directions

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower in the microwave and cook on high for 6 minutes (time may vary depending on your microwave). Be sure to do one package at a time.

buffalo chicken

Step 2: While you are steaming the cauliflower, cut your chicken into bite sizes pieces and place in a bowl with the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and buffalo sauce. Stir to completely mix all the ingredients.

buffalo chicken

Step 3: In a baking dish, put a layer of chicken and cauliflower, followed by cheese, green onion and bacon. Repeat one more time.

buffalo chicken

Step 4: Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.

buffalo chicken

Not only did this dinner use up what I already had available in my kitchen, but it took next to no time to make. All in all, I had the food on the table in just under 30 minutes! Both kids tried it (which is HUGE) and my husband devoured it! I think this is my new favorite dinner!! Check out that bite sized deliciousness!

buffalo chicken

Whether you choose to incorporate the new Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower into one of your recipes or use it as a side dish, you won’t be disappointed. The cauliflower was so delicious and crunchy. Frozen veggies can be rather iffy sometimes, but I’m telling you, the Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower was, by far, the best frozen vegetable I’ve ever had!


How would you incorporate the Birds Eye® Buffalo Cauliflower in your next meal?

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