Monday, December 11, 2017

Chipotle Chicken Soup + Meal Prep with Jewel-Osco Grocery Delivery

My Dutch oven or slow cooker are simmering soup at my home every week during fall and winter months. Chili, chicken noodle, and split pea are a few of our favorites. However, it's nice to spice things up once in awhile, and that's what I did with the recipe I'm sharing today for Chipotle Chicken Soup. I used a chopped chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and lime juice to create a unique flavor in this soup - and it made the house smell delicious.

This post is sponsored by Jewel-Osco. All opinions and text are my own.

The best part? I didn't have to leave my house on a chilly day to pick up any of the ingredients. I used Jewel-Osco's new Home Delivery service to order groceries online and have them delivered to my home. I have one word about this experience: amazing. Will I visit the grocery store again? Yes. But, I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the convenience and time saved when ordering groceries online. This service is especially helpful for my family which includes a 1 year old toddler and two working parents, one of which travels often for business. Scroll below to learn more about Grocery Delivery with Jewel-Osco and our meal plan for the week.

I made the Chipotle Chicken Soup in my slow cooker, simmered on high on a Sunday afternoon. I'm a big fan of chipotle flavor, because it adds smokiness and a bit of spice. In this recipe, I used one chopped chipotle pepper and a Tablespoon of adobo sauce to add a punch of flavor. If you like spicier food, I suggest adding a second or even a third chipotle pepper.

We enjoyed this soup for dinner and had leftovers for lunch for several days.

Chipotle Chicken Soup
Yields: 6 servings

1 pound boneless chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalk, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 chipotle chile, chopped
1 Tablespoon adobo sauce
2 medium yellow potatoes, cubed
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup half and half
Juice of 1-2 limes

Topping ideas:
Shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

1. Chop onion, carrots, celery, and chipotle pepper. Mince garlic.
2. Wash and chop potatoes into cubes.
3. Add chopped onion to a slow cooker/crock pot. Add chicken breasts, carrots, celery, chipotle pepper, olive oil, chicken broth, water and spices. Stir in adobo sauce.
4. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
5. Remove the chicken and shred it - return to the slow cooker. Stir in half and half and the juice of 1-2 limes.
6. Top each bowl with cilantro, cheese, avocado, and/or crushed tortilla chips.

Most of the ingredients for this soup were in our Jewel-Osco grocery order. The online ordering process was simple and fast, with helpful categories and a search box. Our home delivery was prompt with helpful staff. Home delivery is available in a time window {1, 2 or 4 hours} and the cost ranges from free to $5.95 for purchases of $150 or more. For same-day delivery, orders must be placed before 1:00 pm. We ordered late afternoon on a Saturday and had the groceries delivered between 8:00 and 10:00 am on Sunday. I drank coffee, listened to a podcast and played with baby C without rushing to the grocery store on a Sunday morning. Perfection.

Our grocery order for the week included:

Produce: Bananas, plums, pears, raspberries, cranberries, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, red peppers, avocado, garlic and ginger.

Pantry: Salsa, pumpkin puree, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced tomatoes, coconut milk, green beans
Breakfast: Steel cut oats, Cheerios, mini pancakes
Dairy: Half and half, cottage cheese, butter, sharp white cheddar cheese, ice cream {for a party!}
Snacks: Chips and Larabar bites
Not pictured: Chicken breasts; chocolate chips {for holiday baking}

Our meal plan for the week:

Pumpkin Chai Slow Cooker Oats
Cheerios / pancakes and fruit

Leftover Chipotle Chicken Soup
Baked sweet potatoes with veggies

Chipotle Chicken Soup
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala with Cauliflower and Peas
Butternut Squash Pasta with broccoli

Interested in trying this service in the Chicago area? I highly recommend it! Check out the Jewel-Osco grocery delivery site at Delivery is available daily, from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Grocery pick-up is also available if you prefer it to home delivery. The minimum order for both delivery and pick-up is $30.

You can also get $25 off your groceries for the week and free delivery on your first order {you must spend $100 or more} with the code JEWEL. This is valid for orders until Feb. 28, 2018.

Have you ever tried grocery delivery or pickup? Let me know if you try the service from Jewel-Osco!
    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jewel-Osco. The opinions and text are all mine.

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    Thursday, December 7, 2017

    Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Foodies

    This Stocking Stuffer gift guide for foodies is a great way to get inspired to finish your Christmas and holiday shopping, with a range of gift ideas that are small in size. This "foodie" gift list is perfect for your favorite friend or family member that loves cooking or baking in the kitchen.

    I love reading holiday gift guides! Last year I posted two gift guides - one for Foodies and one for Runners. I thought it would be fun to add a guide for smaller, stocking stuffer gifts this year, especially since I'm not quite done with my Christmas shopping. There are still two Fridays left... plenty of time.

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    1.  Nessie Soup Ladle - Set of 2 Spoons

    2. Mini Tongs, Set of 3

    3. Silicone Mini Whisks, Set of 2

    4. Milk Frother

    5. Vosges Haut-Chocolat Mini Exotic Chocolate Bars

    6. Le Creuset Teaspoon

    7. Nesting Mini Measurement Beakers

    8. Mason Jar Flip Cap Lid

    9. I Could Eat a T-Rex Spaghetti Measuring Tool

    10. Lodge Miniature Skillet

    Need more ideas? Here are a few more "foodie" gift lists: