Friday, October 11, 2019

Chicken Fajita Soup - Random Thoughts -UYW

Some of you know that I'm doing WW Freestyle. That is WW, Wellness Wins formerly Weight Watchers. Anyway, I'm always looking for delicious new dishes that are low in points. A new friend of mine, Rebecca, shared her soup recipe with me. It is delicious.
I just had to share it with you.
This is how I made it...oh and it is only 1 point for a cup of soup!! That meant I could indulge in a few tortilla chips without breaking the bank.
Chicken Fajita Soup
4-5 chicken breast
1 cup salsa
I placed the chicken in the slow cooker and covered with the salsa. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, then I added the remaining ingredients and cooked on high for another 3 hours.
water 2 cups
2 cans Fat Free reduced sodium cream of chicken soup
1 can (drained and rinsed) organic black beans
12 oz bag of frozen corn
1 bag of frozen 3 peppers/onion mix (because the fresh ones at the store looked like poo)
1 heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon of Cumin
Stir well and allow to cook on high for a total of 6 hours. remove the chicken and shred. replace it in the pot and cook until you are ready to eat.
You can also add cheese, sour cream, diced avocado when you serve it but I ate mine plain with a few tortilla chips. It was so so good!! Also, I did add fresh cracked pepper to my bowl.
Sometimes it is really easy to work with the challenges and sometimes it's not. Oh wait, if you're new here I'm referring to the UYW "Use Your Words" challenge that I participate in each month.
We, those of us participating, receive 4-6 words or phrases, then we creatively use those words to tell a story, write a poem, tell about a recent event. However we choose. Then on the same day we post. No one knows until we post who received whose words. Our faithful leader Karen handles all the details and beautifully I might add with little to no thanks and the money isn't great either. Zero to be exact. However, each month she does it without a complaint or fuss, working away behind the scenes so that this all works and flows. THANK YOU KAREN!! She is the owner and author of Baking In A Tornado.

This month I'm working with 🠟🠟🠟  At the end of the post you'll find links to all the others.

Your words are:
bark ~ social media ~ inventive ~ solitude ~ candy ~ calico
It was submitted by:      
Thank you Jenniy. As to not offend anyone and get off on a tangent. I am choosing to use these words separately and independent of one another. So here we go...

Bark. They say "his bark is worse than his bite" but how do they know? Has the dog bitten them before? Does he just like to sit and bark? I've also referred to people like this. Some folks are like little dogs, they are so intimidated that all they do is "bark" but if you were to challenge them they would back down and run away. Bark, it's all noise until it isn't.

Social Media...oh dear. Now this can be a soap box issue. As a blogger I love social media until FB or some other entity decides how and who will see my content. If it's mine, shouldn't I be in control of it?
Then there's the cyber bullying that goes on. Folks think that because they are behind a screen they can say anything to anyone they want and no matter how cruel and untrue it may be.
It is a great way to stay connected to friends/family that are near and far. BUT sometimes we see (and can not unsee) things that NO ONE really should see. We learn far more about our friends from social media than we ever will be sitting down face to face.

Inventive. As a food blogger I try to be inventive but it gets hard. Now with my diet restrictions per the doctor and trying to eat/live a healthier lifestyle being inventive has been hindered and so, well, I become even more inventive. Sometimes that is great and other times not so much. 

I am in awe sometimes at the inventive ways that young people are using social media and changing the world around them for the better. Then I am ashamed at how others use it.

Solitude...ah how I love you. Let me count the ways. LOL seriously. A few years ago solitude was almost a form of punishment. Then I learned more about myself, accepted myself and learned to treasure the solitude. Look for it, crave it and definitely enjoy it.

Candy. Happy Halloween is what we will be hearing soon from eager little faces showing up at our doors, seeking candy. Oh man I used to love candy. Craved it every single day and ate it most days. Until I became very sick last year. One of the first things the doctor said was to lay off the sugar, that means candy for me. I didn't eat a lot of sugar, except candy and baked goods. BUT did eat those most days. So...there went the candy. Now I don't crave it any more. There are times I miss it. But when I try to eat it, oh man, it is overpoweringly sweet and makes me feel sick. Thank you Jesus for removing that addiction from my life. Praying that means no diabetes for me in the future. 

Calico. At the end of our street is a yellow house with 5 or 6 outdoor kitties. I love them. I've never petted them but talk to them each time I drive by. They mostly hang out at the end of the drive. I will pass by slowly and speak to them. NO I'm not crazy. I just love kitties. One of them is a calico. I've never been much of a fan, but this one has the sweetest face. My son is a big calico and tortie lover when it comes to cats.

There ya have it. Random thoughts for your amusement. Now be sure to stop by the other post.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado           
Wandering Web Designer    
Spatulas on Parade         HERE
On the Border                    
Follow Me Home                
Part-time Working Hockey Mom 


  1. My bff is also doing WW, but I want to try this soup it looks amazing! Great use of your words. (Rena)

  2. Thank you so much for all the compliments, I've learned the value of organization, without the regiment, I don't know how I'd keep track of all of these challenges.
    I'm not on WW, but I sure would love that soup. And your random thoughts made me smile.

    1. Glad to make you smile especially considered the week you've had.

  3. You are so strong, Dawn. I have to cut out the sugar, and I've had the worst time. I think I just need to get over the headaches. But cheers to you! Your soup looks yummy! Mostly, I agree that solitude is is dreamy!