Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I love one pot meals and this recipe is no exception! Cheesy chicken and rice goodness with a touch of heat. It's a favorite of my husbands and so simple to make!
Cheesy Cajun Chicken and Rice
Cal 390, Carbs 40.5, Fat 8g, Fiber 1g, Protein 12.5
1 can chopped green chiles
1 box rice and vermicelli mix with Spanish seasoning
1 1/4 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes with roasted garlic, undrained
1 tablespoon blackened seasoning or Cajun seasoning
1 lb chicken cut into chunks, I used tenderloins
1 cup shredded american cheese blend
Place chicken in a large skillet. Sprinkle with cajun seasoning and brown until chicken is no longer pink. Meanwhile prepare rice according to package directions. Add in tomatoes and cheese. Stirring well. Toss with chicken and top with additional cheese if desired. Enjoy!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Well, the snow has stopped and we have a lot more of the white stuff then was predicted. That's okay by me. But ask me in January and I will say otherwise! Since it is so cold outside I decided Chili would make the perfect dinner. This chili is a spin off from my Jalapeno Ranch Chili. It's packed with flavor and oh so delicious!
Slow Cooker Ranch Cheddar Chili
Cal 268, Carbs 6.5, Fat 8.2, Fiber 0.7, Protein 39.7
1.5 lbs lean ground beef or turkey (I used lean ground turkey breast)
2 tsp. dry ranch seasoning
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 cup petite diced tomatoes
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese (plus extra for topping)
In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef with onion. Transfer to the slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Spoon into bowls and top with an additional toppings of your choice! Enjoy!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
It's a cold and snowy day here in Chicagoland. I'm actually enjoying it for once because it looks so pretty and it really gets me into the Holiday Spirit. Plus, it's Sunday so I don't need to be outside driving in it! Cold and snowy weather also has me craving comfort food. Nothing says comfort food like this creamy Ravioli Carbonara. I also lightened it up so you can enjoy it without feeling guilty!
Cal 291, Carbs 35.6, Fat 9g, Fiber 2g, Protein 15
1 package frozen cheese ravioli
1 can petite tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup milk (I used 2 percent)
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. light cream cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon or bacon bits
In a large sauce pan over medium heat whisk together milk, cream cheese, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. Once thickened add in ravioli, tomatoes, and bacon. Toss to coat. Continue cooking for 5-7 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan if desired. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I love skillet meals. It's been a while since we have had good old pasta and meatballs so I decided that would make a great skillet dinner. It was a hit!
Creamy Bowtie Pasta and Meatball Skillet
1 cup breadcrumbs ( I like panko)
1 lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef ( I used ground turkey)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Vodka Cream Sauce)
12 oz bow tie pasta
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil, if desired
In large bowl mix bread crumbs, ground beef, 1/4 cup cheese, the Italian seasoning, garlic powder and 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce until well blended. Shape into 16 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.
Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Cook meatballs in skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned.
Add pasta sauce, and red pepper to meatballs; turn meatballs to coat. Cover; cook over medium-low heat 15 to 20 minutes, stirring sauce and turning meatballs occasionally, until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink.
Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Combine meatballs and pasta together and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I rarely make casseroles but if it involves tacos then I am definitely going to make it! I tweaked a few of the ingredients but this was a delicious casserole that the whole family enjoyed.
Crunchy Taco Casserole
Adapted from Taste of Home
Cal 268, Carbs 15.6, Fat 13.5, Fiber .8, Protein 21
16 oz. lean ground beef
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can rotel, undrained
1 can healthy request cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups corn or tortilla chips
tomato, olives, lettuce or any other toppings of your choice
Pre-Heat oven to 375.
While oven is pre-heating brown ground beef. Drain and add in chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, soup, rotel, and 1/4 cup cheese. Stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.
To assemble, layer meat mixture and tortilla chips. Top with cheese. Bake, uncovered for about 15 minutes or until casserole is heated through and cheese is melted. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I love making soup in the Crock Pot and today is the perfect day for a nice bowl of it. It's foggy and rainy. My original plan was to make a batch of tomato soup but I was short a few ingredients and was in no mood to hop in the car and drive to the store when it's so crappy outside. I settled on the Cheesy Potato and Sausage soup instead. It was a hearty and delicious meal!
Crock Pot Cheesy Potato and Sausage Soup
Cal 183, Carbs 19.5, Fat 5.8, Fiber 1.5, Protein 13.3
1-16oz package smoked turkey sausage, cut into chunks
1 package cubed refrigerated potatoes (I used simply potatoes)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1 cup fat free milk
4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 cup shredded American cheese blend (I like Kraft)
Add potatoes, onions, and chicken broth to the crock pot. Season with salt, garlic powder, and red pepper. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Add the sausage, cheese, and milk. Stir and continue cooking an additional hour. Garnish with additional cheese and sour cream if desired. Enjoy!
Monday, December 2, 2013
I love the combination of Honey Dijon Mustard and Garlic. The sweet, spicy, and savory flavors go so well together. I decided why not combine them with chicken and let my slow cooker do all the work! I served this tasty chicken over hot noodles but rice would be great too. I can't wait to add this to the meal rotation!
Slow Cooker Honey Dijon and Garlic Chicken
Cal 127, Carbs 4.2, Fat 0.5, Protein 22
16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 cup dijon mustard (I like Grey Poupon)
1 tbsp. honey
Arrange chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Top with chopped garlic.
In a small bowl whisk together mustard and honey. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve over noodles or rice. Enjoy!