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Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Chowder, quick and easy DONE in 30 minutes start to finish #Soup #Chowder #Broccoli

 It has been snowing here all week, with thick fog.  The kids come off the school bus COLD and want something warm to fill them up. They love this Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Chowder, served with hot rolls they eat it right up.  I love that it can be ready and on the table in 30 minutes start to finish.  Plus it is full of fresh vegetables, for a healthy meal for my family.

Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Chowder ~ quick and easy DONE in 30 minutes

You will need

  • 1 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1 Cup Diced Celery
  • 1 Cup Diced Carrots
  • 3 Cups Chopped Broccoli (raw)
  • 3 Cups Diced Potatoes peeled
  • 2 Tablespoon Parsley
  • 5 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Water

Add at end of cooking you will also need

  • 1 pound diced Velveeta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk

Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Chowder, quick and easy DONE in 30 minutes start to finish #Soup #Chowder #Broccoli

Place in a large pot on the stove top. Add all the vegetables and  bullion cubes. Cover with water and broth,   simmer until vegetables are tender, normally takes 20-25 minutes. Once veggies are tender, take half of the vegetables out, put them in a blender and puree them.  Or you could use an emerson blender.  You do not have to do this part but it helps make the soup more creamy.

Next step is to add milk flour mixture below.

  • Blend 1 1/2 cup milk with 3 Tablespoons Flour whisk till all lumps are gone, then stir  into veggies.
  •  Stir until well blended, add 1 pound diced Velveeta cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese stir until melted and well blended.

Take off heat, salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Chowder, quick and easy DONE in 30 minutes start to finish #Soup #Chowder #Broccoli

 

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Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Chowder ~ quick and easy DONE in 30 minutes 

You will need

  • 1 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1 Cup Diced Celery
  • 1 Cup Diced Carrots
  • 3 Cups Chopped Broccoli (raw)
  • 3 Cups Diced Potatoes peeled
  • 2 Tablespoon Parsley
  • 5 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Water

Add at end of cooking you will also need

  • 1 pound diced Velveeta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk

Place in a large pot on the stove top. Add all the vegetables and  bullion cubes. Cover with water and broth,   simmer until vegetables are tender, normally takes 20-25 minutes. Once veggies are tender, take half of the vegetables out, put them in a blender and puree them.  Or you could use an emerson blender.  You do not have to do this part but it helps make the soup more creamy.

Next step is to add milk flour mixture below.

  • Blend 1 1/2 cup milk with 3 Tablespoons Flour whisk till all lumps are gone, then stir  into veggies.
  •  Stir until well blended, add 1 pound diced Velveeta cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese stir until melted and well blended.

Take off heat, salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Cheesy Broccoli & Potato Chowder, quick and easy DONE in 30 minutes start to finish #Soup #Chowder #BroccoliThis post contains amazon links, Please note that Amazon priced tend to change often so prices may be higher or lower without notice.

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Split pea and ham soup, so easy to make and taste great.  Made with dry peas, low cost meal idea.  Hurst's Hampeas

Split Pea and Ham Soup

When I think of split pea soup, I think of my Grandma.  If we ever went out to eat, she ordered Split Pea Soup.  As a little kid I just could not wrap my brain around WHY she would order ugly green soup when she could have anything off the menu.  But to her, split pea soup was comfort food…. simple, good and she enjoyed every bite.  My Grandma passed away a few months ago, I miss her like crazy.  But I could not help but smile as I made a big pot of “ugly green soup” for dinner.  My kids were not impressed with the color.  But all 4 of them asked for 2nds, I think they would also agree this comfort food is going to continue as a family tradition.

Split peas, split pea and ham soup, so easy to make and taste great.  Made with dry peas, low cost meal idea.  Hurst's Hampeas

To make this recipe you will need:

  • 1 bag of dry split peas (1 lb 4 oz) Hurst HamPea’s
  • 1 HamPea’s flavor packet (found in bag of peas)
  • 8-10 cups water
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 cup diced cabbage
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 5 Tablespoons Better Than Bouillon chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 cups sliced ham

Rinse peas and check for debris.  Add peas to a large stock pot, also add water, seasoning packet, onion, cabbage, celery, carrots, bouillon, butter and ham. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and turn heat down to a simmer. Stir every 30 minutes , cooking time only takes 60-90 minutes.  As the peas cook they will start to break down and before you know it you will have a creamy pea soup.  If you want it ultra creamy you can put it in a blender to puree it.  Just before serving salt and pepper to taste.

Split peas , split pea and ham soup, so easy to make and taste great.  Made with dry peas, low cost meal idea.  Hurst's HampeasYou can also serve it cold, topped with sour cream and chives.  But I prefer it hot… and it is even better the 2nd day.

Split pea and ham soup, so easy to make and taste great.  Made with dry peas, low cost meal idea.  Hurst's Hampeas

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HOW TO MAKE CHILI WITH DRIED BEANS ~ 5 EASY STEPS WITH HURST’S HAMBEENS CHILI MIX

slow cooker chicken and bean chili recipe, made with dry beans.  Hurst HamBeens #DryBeans #ChickenChili #recipe #SlowCooker

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND BEAN CHILI RECIPE ~ HOW TO COOK WITH DRY BEANS

Cheesey Chicken and Bean Chowder, made in the slow cooker with dry Hurst Ham Been  Beans. jpg

SLOW COOKER CHEESY CHICKEN AND BEAN CHOWDER RECIPE ~ MADE WITH DRY BEANS

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Wonton Chili Bites

Chili Pull Apart Bread Ring

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Cheesey Chicken and Bean Chowder, made in the slow cooker with dry Hurst Ham Been  Beans. jpgSlow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Bean Chowder Recipe ~ Made With Dry Beans

Recipe yields 13 cups

For this recipe you will need

15 minutes before serving add

  • 2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (Mexican style blend)
  • 1- 7 oz can Salsa Verde (found in the Mexican food section of the grocery store)
  • 1- 15 oz can of whole kernel sweet corn (drained)
  • dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • salt and pepper to taste (it might need a little more salt than a normal dish, but do not add it till the end to prevent the beans for getting hard)

Sort  and rinse your beans to make sure there are no stones. In your Slow Cooker add your dry HamBeens Bacon and Beans, onions, garlic, cumin, frozen chicken, water and bouillon.

Put lid on slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or low for 8-9 hours).  About 15-30 minutes before you serve it take the chicken out and shred it, and put back into the crock pot.  Add the Salsa Verde, sweet corn dash of hot sauce, chopped cilantro, green onions, salt and pepper to taste.

Please note I only used half a bag of beans, to double this recipe you could make the whole bag.  But half the bag was plenty for my families needs.  Made 11 cups of soup.Cheesey Chicken and Bean Chowder, made in the slow cooker with dry Hurst Ham Been  Beans, quick and easy. jpg

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Chicken and white bean chili recipeAre you looking for a quick and easy dinner idea?  This Chicken and White Bean Chili taste like you slaved over the stove all day making it… but you can make it in less than 30 minutes.  My kids don’t like to eat it with a spoon, but give them some tortilla chips and they eat it right up!

You will need

  • 3 can white beans (northern style white beans)
  • 2 can chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken ( you can used canned if your short on time)
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Toppings – sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro and tortilla chips

Add all the ingredients into a large pot bring to a boil, turn heat down and let simmer for 15 minutes on low.  If you wish to make it a little thicker you can mash some of the bean up to thicken the broth. Serve hot, top with sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro and tortilla chips

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Ingard here, are any of you like me where you have all the intentions of getting that meal in the crockpot and giving yourself 6-8 hours for it to cook properly. I am always scrambling at 3pm trying to figure it out, wishing I could turn back the clock.

Thanks to a benevolent gift giver :). I got one of these time saving, meal making miracle workers and now I can cook those wonderful meals in far less time.

Here is the miracle machine I am referring to.


Cuisinart CPC-600 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Brushed Stainless and Matte Black

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 I am sharing a recipe I modified from the recipe book that is included.

My family gobbles it up every time!

Beef Stew in electric pressure cooker

  • 2-3lbs of Beef ~ chuck or stew meat
  • salt and pepper (or season salt)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (or any oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 large parsnips (optional). chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • garlic cloves to taste, finely chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup dry red wine (I didn’t have any so I used Pom Juice)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf (I added 3)
  • 1/2 cup barley (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 teaspoons Kitchen bouquet (optional ~ for enriched color) ~ not pictured

Select Browning on the pressure cooker and brown beef in stages and remove from pan to continue browning it all!

Change pressure cooker to saute,

and saute onion until translucent

Add parsnips (optional), carrots and celery. Saute for 3 minutes.

Add garlic and potatoes and saute another minute.

add wine (in my case Pom juice) and let this reduce by 1/2.

Then add barley, tomato paste, bay leaf and beef bouillon.

Stir well… add reserved beef and water to pot to fill level found on side of pan.

Set pressure cooker on HIGH pressure for 16 minutes.

Make sure the float valve is set in the pressure position.

Once the timer beeps. you can let it sit and reduce in pressure before serving

or you can do a quick release of pressure (careful this is VERY hot steam)

About 3 minutes before serving add peas and kitchen bouquet (see picture for visual)

Serving size is 1 1/2 cups, serves approximately ten.

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