Quick & Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli cheddar soup is my absolute favorite soup option so when I put together this recipe I was looking for something that would be easy to make but also definitely satisfy my love of broccoli cheddar. This soup is thick, creamy, and full of delicious cheese & broccoli flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 heads broccoli- cut into florets (you can also use frozen broccoli if that is easier)
  • 4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (you can also use mild cheddar, cheddar jack, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chicken broth (veggie works okay too)
  • Nutmeg (optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat; add onion powder. Mix well & allow to become a golden brown.
  2. Add flour to butter/onion mixture. Stir well & allow to thicken (no more than 1 minute).
  3. Pour in milk & half-and-half, a pinch of nutmeg (if desired), salt, and pepper. Stir to combine & add broccoli in.
  4. Cover pot, reduce heat to low & allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in 3-4 cups of cheese until melted.
  6. Add in chicken broth starting with 1/2 a cup at first until you get the soup thickness you desire.
  7. Using a blender, immersion blender, or potato masher break up the broccoli into smaller bite sized pieces or until puree’d (smooth & creamy).
  8. ENJOY!

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Quick BBQ Popcorn Chicken

This recipe is SO easy, it’s perfect for a quick dinner but also for a get-together!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays brand)
  • 6 cups crushed BBQ chips (I use Lays brand)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and place on a large bowl
  3. Add the BBQ sauce to the bowl & stir until chicken is well coated
  4. In a large ziplock bag, crush the BBQ chips into desired crumbs
  5. Add 1/2 of the chips (3 cups) to the bowl of chicken and stir
  6. Add the other 1/2 of the potato chips to a separate bowl
  7. Coat each piece of chicken in chip crumbs until fully covered and place on prepared baking tray
  8. Bake chicken until golden brown (about 12 minutes)
  9. Serve with a side of ranch dressing or any sauce! You can even eat them without additional sauce!
  10. ENJOY!