Heart Healthy Recipes With Campbell’s Soup

Heart Healthy Recipes

 

We are always thinking about ways to be healthier around our home. I’m not great at it, but here are a few things we do: save desserts for the weekends, cook most meals at home rather than eating out, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Another thing I do is buy the Healthy Request Campbell’s soups because they have less sodium and no MSG.

Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with Heart Healthy Tips, recipes and more!

Visit AddressYourHeart.com to get heart-healthy tips, including 21 Campbell’s recipes that are certified by the American Heart Association and product coupons, as well as Facebook.com/campbellskitchen for the latest Campbell’s recipes and offers.

Here are 5 Yummy recipes to start with. Click on the pictures to get the recipes.

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

Slow-Cooked Chicken and Butternut Squash

Creamy Chicken & Vegetables over Spaghetti Squash

Pizza Primavera with Cauliflower Crust

Pork Medallions with Spinach & Barley

Here is a list of great coupons and special offers so you can get the Campbell’s money saving coupons!

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Campbell’s Soup Company)

From House to Home {Link Party}: Turkey Chowder recipe

I pray you are all having a very blessed Thanksgiving today!  Below is one of my favorite pictures.  My oldest (who turns 13 in a few days) did this when he was 6!

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I made a new soup a few weeks ago that was really good– Turkey Chowder!  I had cooked up a turkey breast in the crock-pot a while back and froze the leftovers. So, this soup took only about 30 minutes to make.  And, of course, it will be perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!

Turkey Chowder

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped carrot

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 T. butter

1/2 cup flour

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups half-and-half

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. white pepper

1/8 t. cayenne pepper

3 cups diced cooked turkey

Saute the onions, carrots, and celery in butter in a soup pot.  Blend in flour.  Stir in broth and half-and-half.  Stir constantly until mixture thickens.  Add in spices and turkey.  So easy!

 

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Review/Giveaway of Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families

Celebrate Jesus Advent Guide

 

I’m really excited about the resource I’m reviewing today: Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families by Amy Blevins.

It’s an Advent Guide chock full of all kinds of wonderful ideas–and it’s only $4.99!

Here are some examples of ideas I got from it that I’m going to try this year: Listening to a great version of A Christmas Carol on CD, wrapping up our Christmas books and opening one each day, using advent candles, listening to wonderful music–songs I haven’t thought of before, and baking some new treats!

What will you find in Celebrate Jesus?

  • 81 pages in a downloadable ebook
  • Each day of Advent (this year starts on Sunday December 1) has Scripture readings and activities listed
  • Activities include listening to a particular song (you can use the website she suggests, or YouTube!)
  • Lots of craft ideas
  • 13 holiday recipes
  • 24 pages of copywork

Celebrate Jesus an exciting Advent celebration for families.

 

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 What I like:

Here is what I really liked about this advent guide– It’s not overwhelming!

Each day is completely laid out for you.  See Day One below.  It has a Scripture printed there.  (By the way, there are 2 versions–King James Version and English Standard Version.)  That is the Scripture that you’ll read aloud with the family.  There are also questions included for Moms and older teens to work through together.

So, at the table together, you’ll light the Advent candle (this can be simple, something you make, or something you buy).  Then read the Scripture, sing or listen to the song, and then do an activity.  Day One’s activity is to “act out” the darkness and then the Light coming into the darkness.  Finally, you end with a question or two to think about and help everyone apply what they’ve learned.

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 Crafts:

One craft my kids enjoyed doing was using old Christmas cards to make placemats.

You’ll also find instructions for

  • Beaded Wreath Ornaments
  • A “Birthday Gift” for Jesus
  • Star Ornament
  • Bookmarks
  • 3-D Nativity
  • Paper Stars
  • Cinnamon Ornaments
  • Christmas Cards
  • And more!

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Recipes:

On certain days it’s suggested to have a simple treat during your study time. But there is also a recipe section. I wish I had time to try out all of these yummy recipes– including Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Bread Machine Rolls, Party Punch, and Company Potatoes.
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Copywork:

Here are some pictures of copywork pages my kids did.  There is a different Scripture for each of the 24 days of Advent.  You may choose the ESV or KJV versions.  I like that each page has a small picture to color as well.  :)

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About the Author:

Amy Blevins is a Christian homeschooling mom of 6 (including 4-year-old twins), is married to a military man, and lives in California. She is a blogger, and you can read more about her at her websites Bow of Bronze and Homeschool Encouragement. The products she has written include “Listening to Learn: Using Audio Files in Your Homeschool,”Thanksgiving Copywork for Children,” “Christmas Copywork for Children,” and “Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Resource for Families.”

Celebrate Jesus: Fun for families every day of Advent

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The Giveaway:

One blessed reader of I Choose Joy! will win a copy of Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey for Families in ebook format.  Winner will be chosen Saturday November 30.  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.

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(Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the KJV and ESV Ebook versions of Celebrate Christmas in order to write this honest review. I am also an affiliate for all of Amy Blevins’ products/books.)

Have You Tried Out Craftsy?

 

Have you ever heard of Craftsy?  It’s a great new way to learn a variety of homemaking skills!

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.

With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.

You can try out Craftsy with Free Craftsy Classes.  The class that I’ve started watching is Online Croissants Class.  It’s great!  I love that it will stay there forever, for whenever I have  a chance to get back to it or if I need to re-watch a particular segment.  It’s also neat to be able to interact with others taking the class.  I have also downloaded a crochet pattern:  an adorable Minion hat!

And I have a surprise for you…there is a Craftsy FLASH SALE this Friday, October 25th for 24 hours only!  Click on this banner:

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But in the meantime, click on the best banner below to get your Free Class!  If you aren’t into cake decorating or quilting, click here to find something else that interests you, like drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, or pizza-making!

 

 

 

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Recipes for the New School Year

Winner Meals for Fall

This week I’ve been experimenting with some new recipes, and they haven’t gone over well.  I was trying the “make-ahead frozen and then put in the crock-pot” meals.  They’re too mushy and don’t “present” well.  So, my husband helped me go through my recipes to identify the winners and get a list ready for fall.

Here are my best meals.  I hope to add some photos to the posts (and the rest of the recipes) in the coming months–but only if I can make them look good (like my friend over at A Little Bit Crunchy)!

Chicken:

Chicken Tacos/Nachos (crock-pot)

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Baked BBQ Chicken Breasts

Parmesan Chicken Nuggets/Strips

Italian Chicken Dish

Chicken Quesadillas

Beef:

Beef Tacos

Hamburgers

Cranberry Roast (crock-pot)

French Dip Sandwiches (crock-pot)

Roast and Veggies

Steak

Sloppy Joes (crock-pot)

Soups:

Mexican Chicken Soup

Black Bean Soup

Butternut Squash Soup (crock-pot)

Vegetable Beef Soup

Chili (crock-pot)

Friendship Soup

Split Pea Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Other:

Turkey Breast (crock-pot)

Hot Dogs

Pizza

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Meatballs

Ribs

Ravioli Bake

Lasagna

Fettucini Alfredo

Omelets

Turkey Tettrazini

Fried Egg Sandwiches

Baked Potatoes

Sausage and Penne Pasta

Pulled Pork Sandwiches (crock-pot)

Veggie Burgers

And here are a few meals that I’d like to add to the repertoire that I haven’t made before (or recently):  Quiche, Pot Pie, Stir Fry, Buffalo Chicken Salad, White Chili, Swedish Meatballs with Noodles, Hot Potato Salad with Ham, Ham and Potatoes with Cream Sauce.

 

What are your favorite standard dishes?  Please share a link in the linky or comments!

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Homemade Tortillas

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I did something this week that I’ve been wanting to do for years!  I made homemade tortillas!

We’re doing a unit study about the American Girl Josefina who lived in New Mexico in 1824.  We got the recipe for tortillas from the Josefina Cook Book.  The kids helped make them and everyone loved them!  We eat a lot of tortillas every week, so I think I’ll invest in a tortilla press (like they sell on Amazon) to make the process of making them a little quicker (and the tortillas rounder!).  :)

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Don’t Forget! Motivated Moms and Slow Cooker Cookbook

Both are on sale until Wednesday!
The Motivated Moms Planner!

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Motivated Moms is a printable chore planning system to help you have a clean and organized home and still have time for yourself!

Just consult the list each day, do the work, check it off, and enjoy your free time.

Here is a special coupon code for I Choose Joy! readers:

$1 off any 2013 Planner with the code JOY, good until January 2, 2013.  Tell your friends!

AND

 E-book promotion for Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals by Cheryl Moeller.

From December 22 – January 2 we will be offering the cookbook at a special “sale” price of $2.99 through our ebook distributors—this includes Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and the Sony Reader.”

Find the Kindle Book at Amazon or the Nook Book or print book at Barnes and Noble:  Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Dinners

 

One more idea for you:  a free photo calendar!  I love making these for our family every year.  Shipping/processing starts at $5.32.

 

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Review of “Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals”by Cheryl Moeller

 

Last review of 2011:  Creative Slow-Cooker Meals:  Use Two  Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals by Cheryl Moeller.

When Cheryl first told me about her cookbook and its focus on using two slow cookers, I had my husband buy us a second one as soon as they were on sale at Aldi!  This is such a cool idea.  The cookbook is divided into the following sections:  Breakfast, Shopping Local, Passport to the Nations, Simple Meals, Bulk Bargains, Parties, Vegetarian and Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and more.  Sometimes you’ll see a main course paired with a side dish.  Or maybe a breakfast dish paired with a topping.  Or an appetizer paired with a drink.

I went through the cookbook and bookmarked every recipe I wanted to try first–there are about 30!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any made this week as almost my entire family came down with the flu.  One night those who had an appetite just ate protein bars for dinner!  But I know this cookbook will be on my counter constantly from now on, as crock-pot meals work great for our busy family.

And now a word from the author, Cheryl Moeller:

“So you still have people to buy for on your Christmas List? We are excited to let you know about an upcoming before Christmas e-book promotion for Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals by Cheryl Moeller.

From December 22 – January 2 we will be offering the cookbook at a special “sale” price of $2.99 through our ebook distributors—this includes Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and the Sony Reader.”

Find the Kindle Book at Amazon or the Nook Book or print book at Barnes and Noble:  Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Dinners

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Review and Giveaway of NuNaturals Stevia products

 

What a fun post today!  Thank you so much to the NuNaturals company for sending me a box of wonderful natural sugar-free gluten-free products to try out!  I received five bottles of liquid NuStevia:  Peppermint, Vanilla, Orange, Lemon, and Plain; a package of Presweet Tagatose; and NuStevia Prebiotic blend.

Stevia is derived from a leaf that is used as a sweetener.  Many Stevia products on the market have a bitter aftertaste, but not NuStevia!  NuNaturals sells it in powdered form, as well as in a concentrated liquid, and even flavored liquids!

PreSweet Tagatose is a naturally-occurring sweetener found in milk, fruits and vegetables. It is 92% as sweet as sugar. PreSweet is a low calorie (6 calories/serving), low GI (3 on the glycemic index), and low in carbohydrates (especially considering that many of the carbohydrates are not digested).  And it browns like sugar!

 

Here are the recipes I tried.  They all turned out great!  (My apologies for the photos–the food really did taste much better than it looks!)

1.  Chamomile Tea with a few drops of Peppermint Stevia.  I felt like I was drinking a candy cane!

2.  Orange Muffins-  made with Orange NuStevia.  My kids loved these–I’ll definitely make them again.

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3.  Ginger- Mint Syrup served over fresh pears.  I substituted Peppermint NuStevia for the fresh mint leaves and used Tagatose instead of sugar.  Yummy, unique dessert!

4.  Sweet and Sour Chicken.  I’ve never made this before.  I made it with Tagatose instead of sugar, and it was wonderful!

5.  Mini brownies– made with Tagatose instead of sugar.  I topped them with marshmallows and chocolate chips for fun.

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6.  Lemonade-  made with cold water and a few drops of Lemon NuStevia

They have lots of recipes on their website–I’ll be trying out more!

 

If we had a medical issue with sugar in our home, I would definitely purchase Presweet Tagatose for baking and cooking.  It is a wonderful product; diabetics will be thrilled with it!

My mom is allergic to sugar alcohols (Xylitol and Erythritol), so it’s wonderful to have NuStevia as an alternative.

 

I’m so excited about this giveaway from NuNaturals!  Four readers will receive one bottle of each of:

Lemon NuStevia Liquid, Alcohol-Free, 2 oz. Bottle
Orange NuStevia Liquid, Alcohol-Free, 2 oz. Bottle
Peppermint NuStevia Liquid, Alcohol-Free, 2 oz. Bottle

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NuNaturals will ship directly to the winners, no P.O. Boxes, please.

Enter through the Rafflecopter app below, not by simply leaving a comment.  A winner will be chosen next Friday, December 6.

In case you don’t win or want a different product, you can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on the NuNaturals website during December!  When you get to the checkout page enter the discount code BLG1212  and you will receive a 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER.  This discount remains effective until December 31, 2012.

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding $35.00 after discounts.

You can also try a sample of NuStevia and find out why it’s the best tasting Stevia on the market–no aftertaste!

Find NuNaturals at their website, Facebook Page, and on Twitter.

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 I received free products to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations and am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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Canning Crock-Pot Apple Butter- A Tutorial

**Jars of this delicious homemade Apple Butter would make an awesome Christmas gift!

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Are you ready to make some yummy apple butter? My husband LOVES it, so I’ve been making lots every fall for the past few years.  Here’s the recipe:

Crock-Pot Apple Butter

20 apples, cored and cut into pieces (keep skins on)
2 cups apple cider (or substitute apple juice or water)
3 cups sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves

Put apples and cider into crock-pot on low for 10 hours.  (I do it overnight.)
In the morning, barely puree in a blender–don’t liquify!  Add it back to the crock-pot and put in the sugar and spices.  Cook on low for 1 more hour.

Now you can simply put it in the refrigerator (it will keep for several weeks).  Or put in freezer containers to freeze.  Or can it; process 10 minutes.  It makes about 5 pint-sized jars (10 of the 8-ounce jelly jars).

Tutorial:

1.  Wash, core, and cut up apples.  Put in large crock-pot with 2 cups of cider, juice, or water.

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2.  Cook on low 10 hours overnight.

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3.  Puree in a blender.

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4.  Put back in to the crock-pot with sugar and spices.  Cook on low one more hour.  Wash jars and rings in dishwasher–use heat dry so they will stay hot until ready to fill.  Get canning pot ready.  Start water to boil about 20 minutes before the apple butter will be done.

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5.  Preheat oven to 200 or 250 degrees to keep jars hot.  Boil water in a pot.  Place the new lids in the pot, turn off the heat, and cover with a lid.
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6.  Fill jars with apple butter leaving about 1/2 to 1/4 inch headspace.  Wipe tops with a paper towel.  Put lids and rings on.  Place back in oven until ready to put all jars into the pot.  (Using the right tools makes canning so much easier!  See below for my suggestions.)

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7.  Place jars on rack in water-bath canning pot.  Lower rack; cover and boil for 10 minutes.  (Make sure there’s about an inch of water above jars after lowering.)

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8.  Remove jars from pot and place on a towel to cool.  Check later to see if the jar sealed by pressing on the lid.  If it pops back up, put in the refrigerator and use first.

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See these links for helpful canning equipment from Walmart:

**Have fun making apple butter and let me know if you make some!

 

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