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 This is the fourth week of Crocktober recipes for 2014. Recipes for this week are: 
Chicken Tortilla Soup, Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice, Teriyaki Sliders, and Crockpot Artichokes

This is the 4th week of the Crocktober 2014 series.  Here’s week 1, week 2, and week 3.

slow cooker Chicken tortilla soup and crocktober

Can you believe we’re on week 4 of Crocktober already? I’m not sure I’m going to be able to go back to regular cooking after this month is over. Do you think we can make Crockember a thing? In case you’re just tuning in, this month is Crocktober in the Powers household. We’ve been cooking 4 meals a week in our slow cooker and I plan to continue for the rest of the month. Each Monday I will be posting 4 recipes along with a complete grocery shopping list.  

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This week I have a slow cooker chicken tortilla soup for you. Over the weekend we had a whole house full of friends staying with us for our own version of Octoberfest. I was challenged to use my Crock-Pot to make dinner for 10 people, each of which has different spice preferences, one gluten-free eater, and one dairy allergy. I also didn’t want to have to go shopping. I scavenged my pantry and realized I didn’t make my chicken enchiladas a few weeks ago. Those were pretty much all the ingredients I needed to make this easy chicken tortilla soup! I love that you get all the classic Tex-Mex flavors of chicken enchiladas and then you get to add all sorts of yummy things on top of the soup. Can you say tons of cheese please? Everyone had a blast getting to add their own style to their soup and gobbling it up with chips. The whole table fell silent for a… Continue reading

This is the third week of Crocktober recipes for 2014. Recipes for this week are:
Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala, Crock-Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken, Creamy Chops with Veggies, and  Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup. 

Here’s Crocktober Week 1 and Week 2

 

 Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala -Crocktober Week 3. Think you need to slave for hours or open a jar to make awesome tikka masala? Think again! Your friends won't know this isn't take out! #glutenfree and easily #vegan or #vegetarian 

Welcome back to another week of Crocktober! Have you all been enjoying this month as much as I have? I’ve been loving the money-saving and time-saving advantages of using my slow cooker to make dinner each day, and my husband has been loving having a new recipe for dinner each night. In case you’re just tuning in, this month is Crocktober in the Powers household. We’ve been cooking 4 meals a week in our slow cooker and I plan to continue for the rest of the month. Each Monday I will be posting 4 recipes along with a complete grocery shopping list.  

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala -Crocktober Week 3. Think you need to slave for hours or open a jar to make awesome tikka masala? Think again! Your friends won't know this isn't take out! #glutenfree and easily #vegan or #vegetarian

 

This week I’ve created a lightened up recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala to share with you. If you’ve ever made (or considered making) tikka masala you’ve probably looked at some crazy complicated recipe and then picked up a jar of pre-made sauce off the shelf instead. Well, I’m here to tell you that it can be super easy! The hardest part of this recipe is dicing the chicken and stirring. :) The recipe is down at the bottom of the post along with this week’s Crocktober meal plan and shopping list. 

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I’m writing this post a little later than I usually do because tonight was the season 5 premiere of the Walking Dead. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that we host a weekly Walking Dead dinner and watch party during the primetime tv season. It’s usually a pot luck of sorts and I… Continue reading

Today is my 1 year blogging anniversary! 

Sustaining the Powers Blogiversary

 

The last year has been quite the adventure around here. When I started blogging last year just to document my recipes, I had no idea that I would go from 10 hits a month (which were probably just my mom and husband) to over 5,000 hits per month with many photos featured on some major foodie sites and blogs. I have learned so much over the last year – photography, social media, cooking, writing, promotion, coding, design – bloggers wear a lot of hats. You can tell from the photos below that I’ve grown a lot as a photographer:

Blogiversary comparison

I have also met a lot of great blogging friends and readers. So many people, both online and offline, have encouraged me, helped me, taught me new things, shared my recipes on their blogs or social media, left a comment, sent me an email, made one of my recipes, or stopped by to view my latest post. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I really do appreciate every single person who stops by. 

 

I checked my stats, and over the last year these posts have been my 5 most popular. If you haven’t seen them yet, go check them out! 

 


What has been your favorite Sustaining the Powers recipe? What are you hoping to see more of here? Let me know in the comments or drop me a line on social media. I’d love to hear from my readers about what YOU want! 

Thanks for celebrating with me! 

 

 

This is the second week of Crocktober recipes for 2014. Recipes for this week are:
Rosemary Mushroom Pot Roast, Creamy Pesto Chicken, Loaded Baked Potato Soup, and Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Crocktober 2014 Week 2 collage

Fall is in the air! With the start of October the weather (in Denver at least) starts to change and it’s a great time to pull out the Crock-Pot. This month is Crocktober in the Powers household. We’ve been cooking 4 meals a week in our slow cooker and I plan to continue for the rest of the month. Each Monday I will be posting 4 recipes along with a complete grocery shopping list.  

In case you missed it, here’s week #1 of Crocktober.

On to the Recipes: 

I’ve listed each recipe’s ingredients directly below it and here is the
Crocktober 2014 Week 2 Printable Shopping List
Click the photos to get the complete recipes and don’t miss my family-pleasing pot roast recipe at the bottom. 

Recipe 1: 

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Crockpot Creamy Pesto Chicken by The Frugal Girls
(Serves 4-5, gluten-free)

Ingredients: 

  • 4 – 5 Boneless Skinless chicken breasts, thawed
  • 1 cup Pesto
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream

 

Recipe 2:

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Crockpot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs by I Wash You Dry
(Serves 4, gluten-free if using GF meatballs)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash, washed
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, your preferred flavor (more if desired)
  • 3 cups of frozen meatballs

 

Recipe 3:

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Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup by Amuse Your Bouche
(Serves 4, Gluten-free, vegetarian)

Ingredients:

***Note: I converted the measurements below from metric, so the linked recipe will show different quantities.***

 

  • 2.2lbs potatoes (around 5 medium potatoes)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Toppings of your choice: I used cheese, bacon, and corn

 

Recipe… Continue reading

This is the first week of Crocktober recipes for 2014. Recipes for this week are:
Turkey Chili, Orange Apricot Chicken, Chicken Parmesan Soup, and Lentil-Quinoa Taco Filling.

Crocktober 2014 Week 1 Collage

 

I launched my blog almost a year ago during Crocktober and decided that another round of Crocktober would be a great way to celebrate Sustaining the Powers turning 1 year old! I can’t believe all the support I’ve received for my blog over the past year.  What started out as a way to document and share my recipes with friends has turned into something so much bigger than I ever imagined. I can’t wait to see where the next year will take me!  

Crocktober

On to Crocktober:  What is Crocktober you ask?  Well, the idea behind it is that October is the start of Fall weather and a great time to start using your Slow Cooker for meals, so you use your Crock-Pot to cook dinner every day for the month of October. Starting today, I’ll be posting 4 Crock-Pot recipes and a shopping list each week until the end of October. (Subscribe in the sidebar so you don’t miss anything!)  One slow-cooker recipe per week will be my own creation and the other 3 will be features from blogging friends or just recipes I’ve found and loved from around the web. (Blogger friends- send me an email if you have something you think I should feature!)  

Note: I’m only featuring 4 recipes per week because we have a leftover night once a week in our house, and we tend to make plans with friends on the weekends. If you have a large, hungry family or want to use your slow cooker every single day, feel free to double these recipes or add to these weekly meal plans.  

Some tips to make Crocktober… Continue reading

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Welcome! I’m Steph.

Welcome! I’m Steph.

I'm a Texas native living in Colorado who blogs about my favorite Tex-Mex and travel-inspired recipe creations. I love the way food is tied to memories and makes friends out of strangers. I'm so glad y'all are here at my virtual table and I hope you stay a while!

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