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Slow Cooker Clean Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Looking for an easy slow cooker meal? Try this one out. It is clean, low in carbs, high in fiber and packed with delicious ingredients. It freezes well and is great for all weather. No need to turn on the stove if it is warm out and an easy way to get a filling meal on the table if you work during the day. 

Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

So, if you remember, I left to go on my long drive back to my apartment when it was snowing. Ridiculous. Thankfully, it did not follow me here. I wasn’t sure what the weather was suppose to do,but certainly didn’t want it to get worse considering what I had to drive through to get home initially.

That drive home was terrible. It was POURING rain pretty much the entire time. Awful. I pretty much had to drive the entire way home. Ahem, I mean pay attention and drive with my foot on the pedal. You see, I’m a major proponent of cruise control. I just love it and don’t understand why more people don’t use it. You set your speed and are good to go. Done. However I get pretty angry when people mess up with my set speed.

The worst. Some of the other things that bother me while I’m trying to get my cruise on?

  1. There is the perfect distance between me and the car in front of me, no one behind me and I’m cruising along and then all of a sudden someone decides to squeeze in front of me for no reason. Really? There is no one behind me and you just messed me up.
  2. When the person in front of you is obviously driving for real and keeps changing their speed and therefore I have to keep adjusting my cruise speed.
  3. When the person in front of you puts on their brakes for no reason…..and therefore force you to kick off your cruise control.

For my trip back I was able to do a great deal of cruising. Major win. Although there were quite a few times when I had to keep kicking off my cruise control for various irritating reasons. Some of those reason are listed above. I also got to kick back and check my email on the turnpike for a while, too.

How is this possible? Obviously, I’m magic. Well, ok maybe not magic. Instead, there decided to be a crash on the turnpike. Boo. So, I sat there for a while not knowing what was going on, then put the car in park, then just turned it off. I used a life line and asked my dad to check it out and told me there was an accident a mere few miles in front of me. Darn, so close. So, I sat back and decided to be productive with my time and read my email. As you know, that stuff just piles up!

That was great and all but added quite a bit of time to my trip. When I had a little over an hour left I had looked at the clock and was all like “WOAH, I should have been back by now, why do I still have over an hour to go?” Then, I remembered my little mandatory stop and wait. Phew, thought I was going crazy there for a second. The worst part about the stop was that I had to pee at the time and- not going to lie- thought about getting out and walking over to the bushes beside the road. I thought better of it, considering I’d probably be very much noticed. Gah! I don’t think guys realize how easy they have it when it comes to going to the bathroom….

I decided to hold it. Perhaps against my better judgement, but I’m more of a don’t make stops unless absolutely necessary type of a driver, especially during long drives. So, I held it. All that time sitting parked on the turnpike certainly didn’t help matters. Nor did the fact that I drank at least 36 oz of liquid during the trip (mostly because I had to have multiple snacks, whoops). The last bit was particularly rough because, well, the roads sucked and there were so many bumps! Not ok when the lap belt kept hitting my bladder. I actually had to hold the belt up for a while to help lol. By the time I got back and parked it was rough just trying to get to my apartment.

Or walk right for that matter

Thankfully, no one was around to watch the struggle. When I got back it was late and after I unpacked the car, I was STARVING. Thankfully, I still had meals in the freezer that I could just pop in the microwave for times like this. Here is one of those such meals that freeze well and is delicious!

How do you feel about cruise control?

Have you ever had to hold your bladder for a crazy long time?

Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Slow Cooker Clean Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Slow Cooker Clean Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 20 minutes
Cook Time
6-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place your chicken in the slow cooker
  2. Top with all remaining ingredients (suggest adding liquid last)
  3. Stir and place slow cooker on low
  4. Towards the end, or at the end of cooking, shred chicken and stir back into soup
  5. Separate into 4 dishes, serve, eat and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  1. I used water with a bit of chicken stock
  2. Drain and replace your liquid in the can of stewed tomatoes if the can is not low sodium
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  • Candice May 19, 2016, 6:04 PM

    Where do you live? Why is it snowing??

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon May 19, 2016, 6:54 PM

      I was coming from Western PA. I have NO idea why it was snowing, but I was not ok with it given that it’s the middle of May. I swear all the seasons are shifting over these past few years.

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