Super Simple, but Super delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m going to share with you my recipe to make this awesome soup that is perfect for bigger families or to be eaten on for a few days. It gave me and my husband 3 days worth of dinner and we definitely fill our bowls too full.

You probably don’t know but I have a secret love affair with my crockpot. I’m not sure why but I have always loved using my crockpot. Who doesn’t love being able to throw everything in a big pot, toss on a lid and let it do its thing. Hours later you open it up and voila dinner is done, perfect and ready to eat!

So for this recipe make sure you have a fairly large crockpot. I have made the mistake of trying to put it in a smaller one and it does not fit!! I apologize I don’t know what size my crockpot is, I can’t find it on the pot anywhere.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4 uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast halves- you can really do whatever amount of chicken you prefer.
  • 2 cans of beans- I use 2 cans of mixed beans. It has black beans, pinto and kidney beans already in one can! I love it. Use whatever you like. Black beans are traditional but I like variety.
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 2 cans of rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • Whatever toppings you like- cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream…

Combine all the above ingredients except the toppings in your crockpot. No need to drain any of the cans.

Cover and cook on low for 8hrs. You can stir and the chicken should shred super easily. I think this soup gets better day after day.

Then enjoy!

Xoxo Erin Renae

What I’m Packing in My Hospital Bag- baby #2

There are so many lists out there for what to pack in your bag for the hospital. I was really overwhelmed with my first baby. So on my last visit I simply asked him what I need to bring. He told me – Clothes to go home in and toiletries… THAT’S IT!!! Of course you might want to bring a few other things but these super long lists are ridiculous. You can pack all the comforts of home but if you want to be simple and not have a ton of stuff to bring home along with a baby then here is the simplest hospital packing list.

I have written this post before but wanted to update it as times change and all my friends are pregnant. So I will have the bare minimum and then a few extras you can add as you like.

  1. Plambag Oversized Canvas Duffle Bag– You have got to have a bag to put stuff in. I use a canvas/leather bag from Lucky Brand but unfortunately they don’t make them anymore that I could find. This Plambag is a great option and it’s not crazy expensive.
  2. You gotta have clothes to go home in. While you stay at the hospital you can wear the hospital gown. If you really want out of it after giving birth and you get that first shower then bring another outfit. With my first baby I brought a soft night gown and robe for at the hospital and then clothes to go home in. I will be going home in my favorite staples from victoria secret Pink. Oh and don’t forget some panties- skip the thong, get you some mom panties with room for large pads for those first couple weeks.
  3. Toiletries. You definitely need your toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also want to bring some travel size shampoo/conditioner, soap, skincare, and a few makeup items to make you feel normal again like tinted moisturizer and mascara.
  4. Lastly for yourself bring your camera, phone, and chargers. I suggest getting an extra long charger cord. iPhone Charger, Lightning Cable 3FT 6FT 10FT“>These Cords are my fav!!
  5. Alright the hospital provides everything you need for baby. Bring your breast pump if you have questions for the lactation consultant. From there your baby just needs an outfit to come home in and the car seat: Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat . If it is cold bring a blanket.

That is all you really need. I’m sure all hospitals are different so make sure you talk to your doctor. My experience was awesome. I never was hungry, I was given undies, pads, tucks, pain medication, and ice packs. I literally didn’t need or want for anything.

Was there something you couldn’t live without? Let me know in the comments!!!

xoxo Erin