Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Crockpot Creamy Tamale Taco Soup

We opted not to go with the usual turkey or ham dinner for CHRISTmas, instead we went with a Mexican fiesta.The leftovers definitely taste much better after all. So now it's time to re-purpose those leftovers and since we finally have a cool day why not make a pot of soup...
2 lbs. taco ring filling
6 spicy tamales cut into small pieces
2 (10 oz) cans Ro-tel diced tomatoes & peppers; undrained (can use homemade if desired)
8 oz. softened cream cheese, cubed (or torn into small chunks)
1 & 1/3 cans chicken stock
In a 6qt. crock pot, combine all ingredients and stir lightly to mix. You want to avoid tearing your tamales into mush. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours. Serve with cornbread, tortilla chips or topped with sour cream.
Alternate: you can also add in a bit of cubed Velveeta cheese if you like a more cheesy soup.
Click HERE for printable recipe

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Label Comparisons

Just because something looks alike, doesn't mean that they are the same. Prepping for today's dinner, I needed chicken stock. Reading labels at the store is my thing so I wanted to pass this tid bit along to you. 
 Here we have two cartons of organic, low sodium free range chicken broth. One is an HEB brand & the other Kroger. Let's compare...
If you notice the calories, HEB has 10. Yet Kroger brand has 0 calories. Now let's focus on the sodium...HEB's only has 70mg of sodium, while Kroger has 140mg. A whopping double amount! As you read the labels you'll notice there are other differences, but the main comparison is the amount of sodium in the products. 

Next time you go shopping...read and compare. Just like snowflakes, no two are just alike.