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Slow cookers serve up warm meals for cold winter days

Slow cookers serve up warm meals for cold winter days

January marks both National Meat Month and National Soup Month. It’s also typically a month when people like to stay indoors. If you combine the two national celebrations in a slow cooker in the morning, you’ll have a hot and hearty meal waiting when you get home in the evening. 

Slow cookers are countertop electrical cooking appliances used for simmering, which requires maintaining a low temperature. In honor of this month’s celebrations, we’re offering a couple of slow cooker soup options. One features chicken, and the other incorporates potatoes, both of which are produced in Virginia.

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

14.4-ounce can fat-free chicken broth
15-ounce can black beans
8-ounce package frozen corn
14.4-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 scallions, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt to taste
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
hot, cooked rice (optional)

Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne and salt in a slow cooker. Season chicken breasts with salt, and place chicken on top of the bean mixture. Cover, and cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Thirty minutes before serving, remove the chicken and shred. Return chicken to the slow cooker, and stir in. Serve over rice if desired.

Source: Cooking Virginia Style with Farm Bureau Women

Crock Pot Potato Chowder

8 cups diced potatoes
⅓ cup chopped onion
3 14½-ounce cans chicken broth
10¾-ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup
8-ounce package cream cheese, cubed and softened
½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
fresh chives, chopped

Combine potatoes, onion, broth and cream of chicken soup in a slow cooker. Cover, and cook on low 8-10 hours or until potatoes are tender. Blend in cream cheese. Serve topped with bacon and chives.

Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension