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Our Easy Busy Day Dinner

We woke up to 40 temperatures today. It is getting cold fast considering we were 70 yesterday and 80’s the day before. 

Hubby and I were craving soup. So this is my fallback soup that is easy. It basically a dump tortilla soup. 

Usually, I use leftover chicken from a rotisserie chicken or one I have roasted. However, I had no cooked chicken in the freezer. So I quickly cooked up 2 small chicken breasts.

Then I proceeded to put all of the ingredients I needed to make it in my dinner prep tray and stored it away in the fridge until an hour before dinner. 

Then I mixed it all in my big pot and simmered it for about 45 minutes so the flavors could meld together. 

At dinnertime, I served this tortilla soup with broken tortilla chips and shredded cheddar cheese on top. It is so yummy and the heat of the soup melts the cheese. 

With our gym schedule, I like easy more and more.

Yesterday was my “39 again” birthday. I had a wonderful laid back day doing whatever I wanted. Last night Hubby took me out to dinner where I enjoyed my favorite rib eye steak sandwich and French fries with gravy. The French fries with gravy have been a very favorite of mine since I was a teen.

I was happy to receive these beautiful flowers from my son, DIL and granddaughter. But my very favorite thing was a card that my granddaughter decorated and she wrote to me ” I wish you a very long life!” That brought a big smile to my face.
Today, I helped Hubby push our great big John Deere riding lawn mower back into the shed. It wouldn’t start when Hubby tried to mow. So we have made a call for service and they will come and pick it up on Tuesday and then repair it and bring it back to us. Hopefully it won’t take too long since our lawn is long now. UGH!

Anybody have a favorite homemade soup recipes that you would be willing to share in comments? I make chicken or turkey rice, ham and bean, and this tortilla soup all the time. I could use some new and easy ones for the winter.

8 replies on “Our Easy Busy Day Dinner”

Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you had a good day.

I have a question: do you put all the cans and other non-perishables in your fridge along with the cooked chicken? Doesn't it take more energy to heat up the cold non-perishables?

Hi Jo,

I did. Thanks. No, I put the chicken in the fridge and the canned goods stay on the counter near the stove. Only things that need refrigeration get put in the fridge. You are right that it would take more energy to heat them up.

I love the card! I hope you save that.

I cook a taco casserole in the crockpot that is just like that, but soupy. I use ground pork, no rotel, and cheese in the casserole/soup. It is 58 right now, but not cold at all. I used the ac all day even though it was in 70s. Happy Birthday!

Hi Linda,

Yes, I have every card and drawing that the grandchildren have ever made for me.

Thanks so much for the soup recipe. It sounds yummy and I will try it. What kind of cheese do you use?

cheddar cheese, can of corn, can of black beans rinsed, ground pork, two cans diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup brown rice to cook in pot. I use taco seasoning packet, just a bit because it is too strong for me. I really prefer a package of Kraft shredded Italian cheese. But, whatever you prefer will be good.

Hi Liz this is Chris. I like to make chicken tortellini soup. Yesterday I cooked the chicken carcasses I had to make broth, then picked the bones for meat. Today I will skim the fat and add 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 package of cheese tortellini, and 1 bag of frozen spinach. This is one of our favorite soups. I think I had posted the chicken barley soup I make before.

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