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Chico Farmer’s Market with Califlour Foods

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A whole head of Cauliflower in pizza?!

Last week we visited our friends over at Califlour Foods at the Chico Certified Farmers Market and tried their yummy Califlour pizza crusts! The Chico based company carries a variety of healthy flour alternatives; including their new Cali-Rice. As certified health coaches, founders Amy Lacey and Dana Grant created a line of fabulous products free of gluten, artificial flavors, and preservatives. Their “Keep It Simple” motto has led them to exclusively use fresh ingredients and develop easy to follow recipes. After sampling their Original and Cali-Red Pepper Crust we are hooked! We are excited how delicious it can be to eat clean.

The products are available for purchase at the Thursday night market and via Califlour’s Foods online store.

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Despite the rain, these beauties radiated positive energy in our red Keep It Simple tees by Cara Loren. We loved seeing how each lady wore the shirt, while staying true to their personal style. The boyfriend style cut is effortless and super versatile, with the front reading, “Keep It Simple.” This motto truly conveys the companies values. Each pizza crust is made with 4 fresh ingredients; cauliflower, cheese, eggs, and spices. For those of you going gluten free- these are a great staple for the entire family.

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Check out their delicious recipes below, and browse more here: http://www.califlourfoods.com/recipes

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Connect with Califlour Foods to stay up-to date on new recipes and specials.

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~The Ladies of PB&J Boutique

 

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Chico Favorites

Today we are sharing some of our favorite local restaurants in Chico, CA. Click the restaurant name to go to their website for more information.

Erica’s Local Picks:

Basque Norte

 When my husband and I are craving a steak, honestly the only place that comes to mind is Basque Norte. Upon walking into the family style restaurant we are greeted with the most genuine and sincere hello from the wonderful owners, Suzy and Stewart. The place is always full of happy customers that come back again and again because of the consistently exceptional steaks. Each entree is served family style with tomato soup & bread, salad, basque beans, angel hair pasta, potatoes, green beans and pecan ice cream to finish off the meal. Yes, I always leave filling beyond full, but the food really is beyond yummy. Stewart makes a to die for Sangria too! If you haven’t gone you have been missing out! 

Leon’s Bistro

When I want to try a unique dish I head on down to Main Street to Leon’s Bistro. The chef is outstanding and makes some of the most unique, but phenomenal dishes. My absolute favorite dish that I have been hung up on lately is the Calamari steak. It’s served over yam mash with so many other wonderful veggies. They have something to appeal to everyone and I love that Ann Leon puts together things I would be afraid to try other places, but I seriously have never left her restaurant unhappy and I’m always planning the next visit. 

Claire’s Local Picks:

-Dinner- Burgers and Brew 

Spicy Guacamole Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, Jalapeño Mayo 

The Spicy Guacamole Burger is a true California delight. The burger features the signature Jalapeno Mayo that brings the perfect amount of heat. I order more spread on the side to dip their Sweet Potato Fries in. They are sprinkled with sea salt and bring an explosion of flavor and yummy crunch element-a perfect late night snack.

-Lunch- The Banshee 

Two Baja Style Fish Tacos 

Sooo yummy! Fried cod is topped with slaw and aioli. 🙂 

-Breakfast- Fresh Twisted Cafe

The Hulk ,Booster Juice, Monster Burrito 

My go-to spot for organic produce, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and smoothies. This place really has it all, making it a choice spot to grab a quick healthy bite. I am addicted to their Hulk smoothie. It is the ultimate pick me up made with fresh apple juice, ginger, kale, spinach, pineapple, and peaches. The Monster Burrito is a guilty treat. It is loaded with thick cut bacon and ham and is finished with a yummy sauce. It is really is a monster, making it big enough to share with at least two people. The Booster Juice is a lighter option that is loaded with ginger and turmeric. 

Laura’s Local Picks:

Cafe Coda

Chico has so many great brunch spots but my favorite is Cafe Coda. I order the Chilaquiles. It is delicious, filling and just the right amount of spicy. My husband and I love the strong coffee, that is served french press style. 🙂 Our family loves to go here when visiting. My mother-in-law wanted to go here two days in a row on her last visit!

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The only soup I can get my husband to eat! Ha. I love to order the Chico Noodle bowl and add shaved veggies and hot sauce. Such great flavors. If we are feeling ravenous we will order a bao to share along with our soup but be warned the soup is super filling so you may have leftovers. They have great loose leaf hot tea and a nice selection of sake, sake cocktails and beer. I can’t wait to try more of their menu but I like the Chico Noodle bowl so much its hard for me to branch out!

Denine’s Cupcakes

When I need to satisfy my sweet tooth this is my first choice. I love the Stella cupcake (vanilla cake with vanilla frosting). Yum. BRB…I need to go get one now!

Maddy’s Local Picks:

Crush

Crush has awesome ambiance and great outdoor seating where you can have a great view of downtown Chico. The Pasta Bolognese with hand made pappardelle pasta is my go to dish.

Ashley’s Local Picks:

T Bar

Such a great place to get fresh, healthy and delicious food. The Chocolate Chi Frost tastes amazing and it has caffeine. Big plus for a college student! 😉 The salmon bowl is also my favorite lunch.

I hope we inspired you to try out some new (or new to you) local restaurants here in Chico. Let us know what your favorite spots in town are in the comments below.

-Laura J.

Hot Spot Highlight: SUR

If you are a fan of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or the spin-off show, Vanderpump Rules, then you are probably familiar with the popular restaurant, Sur. Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, this ultra chic place is sure to provide you with plenty of entertainment.

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I was lucky enough to be able to dine at Sur last Friday night for my friends’ birthdays, and as a huge fan of Vanderpump Rules, I was not disappointed. Shades of purple and pink light lit up the entire restaurant, creating an ambiance that could only be designed by Lisa Vanderpump herself. If you find yourself dining at Sur, I highly suggest sitting on the back patio. It was nice to have fresh air, but the tree cover made the patio so comfortable, especially with all of the twinkling lights woven through the branches.

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Flowers were all over the bars and tables, which made the entire restaurant smell so heavenly!

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For dinner, I chose a chopped arugula salad topped with tomatoes, olives, mozzarella cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette. This was the perfect choice to accompany my sangria and dessert. As if the sangria wasn’t sweet enough, we just had to order dessert! Because we were celebrating two birthdays for the twins Mimi and Laura, they got a very special chocolate cake. I also highly recommend the “Lemonchamp,” a tasty scoop of lemon sorbet ice cream floating in some bubbly. What could be better!

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After dinner, we took a little stroll around the lively West Hollywood, and we ran into Pump! The other restaurant, also designed by Lisa, was just around the corner from Sur. Although we were not able to dine there, Pump also looked like the perfect place to relax and enjoy the evening.

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The overall experience at Sur was amazing, but one of the most difficult things about that night was trying to figure out what to wear. If you’re looking for that perfect going out outfit, here are some of my favorites from PB&J Boutique:

surOutlaw DressSandstorm Crepe DressPantsuit PursuitBianco RomperCountry Love Dress

I hope you enjoyed this Hot Spot Highlight!

~Rachael

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Happy 24th Birthday Mimi and Laura!

PB&J Hits The Beach

Santa Cruz California has always been my family’s ultimate vacation destination. The drive is not long and the beaches are so nice. There are many things we do while we are in town, one is always the beach. Out favorite is Manresa State Beach. I sometimes wonder what to wear to the beach when I want to be comfortable and cute. Rompers are great because you can easily fit a swimsuit under it or a sweater if it gets chilly.

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Sold out of this darling Blue Life Romper. See more Rompers here

 

Another spot we love to visit when we’re in Santa Cruz is the beach boardwalk. They have a lot of fun rides and food. My favorite ride is The Giant Dipper and I always enjoy eating cotton candy overlooking the beach. This Rails flannel is perfect for summer because it is light weight and can be worn when the nights get chilly. The bay area can get cold at night and having this light weight long sleeve kept me nice and warm.

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If you’re looking for some amazing macaroons and deserts, Kelly’s French Bakery is the place. Kelly’s has an amazing lunch and breakfast menu. This is always on our list to go to when we’re visiting.

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Visited Kelly’s French Bakery. Check out all they have to offer here

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 If you’re ever in the area you’ll have to experience all that Santa Cruz has to offer. The weather is always comfortable and we seem to make the best memories when we vacation here. I hope you’ll get a chance to visit this beautiful place.

~Maddy

Sunday’s are for Baking

On the menu this Sunday is Coconut Oil Banana Bread. This yummy recipe is super simple and fast. We hope you enjoy this tasty treat and enjoy the beautiful day!

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Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 large egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup almonds

Step 1: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mash the bananas in a glass bowl,  then mix in the coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla. Next, slowly beat in the egg.

Step 2: 

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.

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Step 3: 

Combine the ingredients, then add dark chocolate chips to the mixture.

Step 4: 

Chop and caramelize almonds.

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Pour batter in a greased glass baking pan and place the caramelized almonds on top.

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Step 6:

Bake for 45 minutes

Step 7: Enjoy

We love trying new recipes. There is something relaxing about creating delicious treats. The addition of the coconut oil left the bread super moist and flavorful. We would love to hear some of your favorite recipes, or tips and tricks.

Best,

The Ladies of PB&J

 

 

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Air Travel Tips!

My family is spread out all over the country, so I travel quite a few times during the year to visit them. Some are a quick 1 1/2 hour flight away,  while others are a whole 10 hour day of driving, layovers, and plane changes! From carry-on bags to packing, here a few tips to make your next trip more enjoyable 🙂

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First, I like to take a big purse as my personal item so that I can stuff all that I need in it. I get super dehydrated on flights so I always pack my empty 32oz water bottle and then fill it at the airport after I get through security. And, try to avoid buying any drinks until you get through security 🙂

This is my must have packing list for flights:

  • snacks (nuts, dried fruit, Kind bars)
  • water bottle
  • ipad loaded with digital books and magazines (get them free from your local library)
  • headphones
  • charging cell for ipad & phone
  • light sweater
  • large scarf (doubles as a blanket on chilly flights)
  • hand cream
  • antibacterial hand wipes (because sometimes that tray table has someone’s snack still on it)
  • notebook/pen
  • lip balm
  • gum/mints

I’m sure you can come up with your essentials, and it’s helpful to make a list when packing. We have some great things here at PB&J Boutique to make your traveling more comfortable! Our Library of Flowers hand lotions smell delicious and are great to travel with. Bonus they are under the 3.4oz limit so you can put them in your carry-on.

carryonMini Punk Bag (sold out) Similar, Silver Coin Bracelet, The Forest Handcreme, Tool Pouch, Ada Sweater, Gold Speckled Scarf, Persian Zip Pouch, Lavender Ranch Hand Sanitizer, Sampler Tin by Library of Flowers, Elodie Ipad Case, Frankie Mint Sunnies

Depending on the length of stay, I usually try to pack a carry-on. This saves time on waiting at baggage claim and you know you will always get your luggage. A carry-on plus rolling your clothes can last quite a few days. Which brings me to another tip – try to roll your clothing! Not only does it help with wrinkles but it saves space too! Room for one more pair of shoes! ; ) I always try to plan out my outfits so I am not over packing.

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When packing a carry on, you need to be mindful of your liquids. This is a problem for a product junkie like me. Here is where that subscription to Birchbox comes in handy. I have a ton of sample size shampoos, conditioners, bb creams, lotions and perfumes. I like to save up my sample size products for trips and then throw them in that quart sized zip lock baggie. It’s a fun way to discover new products. Stores like Sephora will give you a sample size of anything you might want to try in store. I like to reuse those little cups they use to fill with my eye cream, serum, or foundation. For a 4 day trip, you only need a little bit of product so don’t waste precious space with full size bottles. Remember 3.4oz or less, and 1 quart sized clear bag per person! Sometimes I just can’t fit it all in one so I put the extras in my husband’s quart sized bag. : )

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I hope these tips help you on your next trip!

Bon voyage!

Laura J

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brunch… because mimosas

I love to go to brunch on the weekends. I think my favorite part is that I can basically have desert for breakfast! I usually try to start my day very healthy: I’m an egg white scramble and fresh fruit kind of girl but when it comes to brunch… I like to order something sweet and sugary.

 

Here in Chico, CA we have a ton of breakfast/brunch options. If you don’t get up early you will most likely have a long wait. Some of our favorite brunch spots in Chico are Sin of Cortez, Cafe Coda, Nash’s and Morning Thunder. A few of these places have unlimited mimosa bars, which sounds delicious. I think Brunch attire is best casual. I have picked out a few of my favorite tee shirts and sweater/jackets to keep  you looking effortlessly cool at brunch. After all brunch is usually a time when you don’t want to spend a ton of time to get ready.

 

Perfect pieces to throw on when heading out the door! top: http://bit.ly/1Gju4u5, http://bit.ly/1CpFtJJ, Bottom: http://bit.ly/18CKIJP, http://bit.ly/1Gjuvoj

Perfect pieces to throw on when heading out the door! top: Girlfriend Cardigan, Ryder Jacket  ,  Sweater Weather , Heather Grey Peplum Hoodie

You can of course avoid the long wait for brunch and make your own. Pancakes are pretty quick and easy to make. Today I’m sharing  my fluffy pancake recipe! Slightly sweet so you can enjoy them with or without maple syrup. I love to add fresh fruit on top when serving.  Enjoy!

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Happy Brunching!

Laura

3 Refreshing Sips

We stay away from soda in this house so I like to get creative with fun drinks; I have put together a great line up of homemade refreshing drinks to keep you well hydrated!

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Infused water

We all know the benefits of drinking enough water: good for your skin, helps with digestion, flushes out toxins, reduces bloating, keeps you from getting sick…. and the list goes on. I personally try to get at least 64 oz of water a day. That’s a lot! But I really do feel better when I’m well hydrated, and as everyone knows, water can get boring. My solution? Infused water! I first saw this trend pop up on Pinterest years ago, but hadn’t tried it until recently. My favorite combo is strawberries and lemon. It is important to use ripe fruit. If a blueberry is sour, the water will take on that sour flavor. Flavor combination ideas below; the options are really endless!

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First rinse your fruit and herbs.

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Pierce blueberries and raspberries with a knife before adding them to the water to bring out their full flavor. With herbs, give them a little twist to release their natural oils.

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Then add your water. I find it is best to infuse the water overnight but no more than 12 hours. The fruit gets a little mushy if left in the water too long. Easy and delicious!

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Infused Iced Tea

Iced tea is very refreshing, but It can also get boring. By adding fresh fruit to your freshly brewed iced tea, you can really spice it up! I love to add oranges to my iced tea. You can get creative with peaches, strawberries, mint, and just about any other fruit/herb combination. It also looks super pretty. Good way to impress your friends 😉

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Basil Jalapeno Lemonade

Finally, fresh home made lemonade is the best! Super refreshing and perfect on a hot day. I usually don’t like lemonade, but this recipe is the exception. The jalapeno’s first lured me in; I love anything spicy! The original recipe I found had a million steps and you had to let the simple syrup sit overnight, but I like things quick and easy so I made it my own way and it turned out great!

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First you make simple syrup by adding 1 1/2 cups of sugar to 2 cups of hot water. Then tear the basil leaves in 1/2 and add them. Microwave for 4 minutes to infuse the basil and melt the sugar. Add your lemon juice, sparkling water, ice and jalapenos. Refreshing with a kick! You could easily make this mock-tail a cocktail by adding some jalapeno vodka or citrus rum.

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I hope you enjoy these recipes, and cheers!

-Laura

 

 

Who Loves Cookies???

I love cookies. Like, LOVE! Who doesn’t? Every December, I bake cookies for my family and friends. I always make my famous “heaven cookies,” Lemon Gems, and Sugar Cookies. For fun, I’ll usually add in a few unique cookie recipes like Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate and Red Velvet Cake Balls. Last year, I had to travel by plane to see my family during the holidays. On the way to the airport, I realized I forgot all 100+ cookies in my refrigerator! My friend and her family enjoyed them and now I’m sure they expect a special cookie package.  😉 Don’t worry Darlene I won’t forget about you this year!

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It usually takes all day to bake my cookies! Last year, I got a beautiful Kitchen Aid stand mixer for a gift (thanks hubby) and that’s one great cookie mixer. My heaven cookies are my most requested cookie recipe; named as such because my sister-in-law says they taste like heaven 🙂

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Heaven Cookies

4 1/2 cups flour                                                     2 packages (3.4oz) vanilla pudding

2 teaspoons baking soda                                    4 eggs

2 cups butter, softened                                       2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar                         2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cups white sugar                                            2 cups dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Sift flower and baking soda together. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in pudding mix. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls or cookie scoop onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Edges should be lightly golden brown.

You can play with the bake time a little…I like the cookies to be a bit soft in the middle. They taste like delicious cookie dough! It makes approximately 4 dozen depending on the size of cookies you make. I have a dairy allergy so I usually use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter instead of real butter. It doesn’t have much dairy in the ingredients and I think it makes my heaven cookies extra fluffy. Just a little tip 🙂

Recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/award-winning-soft-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Happy Baking

Laura J

Thanksgiving Cookbook

Well, it’s finally that time–Thanksgiving is upon us! It’s a wonderful time of year to spend with time with friends and family, be thankful for the blessings in life, and eat all of those amazing holiday meals. The ladies of PB&J Boutique would like to share with you our favorite family recipes of the season!


Prep Time: 10 minutes / Total Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 12 people
Ingredients:
-3 packages 10 oz fresh broccoli
-3/4 lb. Velveeta cut in 1/2 cubes
-1 1/2 c. Ritz cracker, crushed
-1/4 c. butter

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix broccoli, Velveeta, and 1/2 of the cracker crumbs until well blended. Spoon into 2 qt. baking dish. Mix remaining cracker crumbs and butter then sprinkle over broccoli mixture. Bake for 45 minutes and then enjoy this delicious dish!

Serves: 6 people
Ingredients:
-1 pumpkin
-1 heaping tbs. of soft light brown sugar
-1/2 stick butter
-1 tbs. oil
-2 onions, finely chopped
-1 clove garlic, crushed
-1/2 lb. ground lamb or beef
-1/2 c. pignoli (pine nuts)
-1/2 c. slivered almonds
-1/3 c. chopped dried or fresh dates
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-2 c. cooked rice
-salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the stalk end off the pumpkin to use as a lid. Scoop out the seeds and the fiber, then spread the brown sugar around the inside with a wooden spoon. Melt the butter in the oil in a large skillet and brown the onions. Add the garlic, then the ground meat, stirring it until it is brown all over.

In a second small skillet lightly toast the pignoli and almonds (use no oil, but keep moving the skillet to prevent the nuts from scorching). Add the nuts, dates, cinnamon and rice to the meat. Season with salt and plenty of pepper.

Fill the pumpkin with the savory meat mixture. Fit the stalk end back on top and place the pumpkin on a baking sheet. Bake for at least one hour or until the pumpkin is soft, but not mushy and enjoy!

Ingredients:

-2 ripe medium bananas, slices (1 1/3 cups)
-1 Tbsp. lemon juice
-12 1/2 inch-thick slices French bread, untrimmed
-1/2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate pieces
-2 beaten eggs
-3/4 cup milk
-2 tbsp. honey
-1/2 tsp. vanilla
-1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
-1/4 cup sliced almonds
-1 tsp. sugar
-maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

In a bowl, gently toss sliced bananas with lemon juice. Arrange half the bread slices in the bottom of a greased 2-quart square baking dish. Top bread with a layer of bananas, chocolate pieces and remaining bread slices. In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over bread and coat evenly. Cover and chill for 6-24 hours

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Uncover the baking dish and sprinkle bread with almonds and sugar. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake 20-25 minutes more. French toast should look lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve with maple syrup if desired.

Ingredients:

-3 cans chicken broth
-4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked and cubed (I boil them)
-2 can diced tomatoes
-1 can black beans
-1 can white beans
-1 can pinto beans
-2 cans diced green chiles
-1 small bag frozen corn
-bunch of carrots cut up
-3-4 cloves garlic
-salt and pepper
-cumin
Directions:
Mix all ingredients together except chicken and broth and put 2/3 in crock pot and other 1/3 in blender. Grind for a couple of secs until thick then add to crock pot. Add all chicken and broth. Add salt and pepper and cumin. Cook 4 hours on high then 4 hours on low. Stir occasionally and add more salt and pepper and cumin.
Fry tortilla strips in oil to make crispy chips and then serve the soup with cheese, sour cream, and avocado.
We hope you love our holiday favorites and enjoy many other goodies during the season! Have a wonderful rest of your week!
~The Ladies of PB&J Boutique