Monday, December 2, 2013

California Turkey Burgers

Hi!!!!!  So as I mentioned the other day, I have a bunch of recipes to catch up on from the weeks past and this is one of them!!  I made this a few weeks ago and boy was it delicious!  I love anything with fresh veggies piled on top, and these have three of my favorites.  Looking at it makes me want to mash it all up into some guacamole!!!  Anyway, let's get back on track!
First thing's first: I warmed some olive oil in a skillet in medium heat, then I added some scallions and cooked for about two minutes until softened.  When that was done, I put them into a bowl and seasoned it with salt and pepper, and then I added some sour cream, Worcestershire and ground turkey, mixing until combined.  I formed that mixture into 6 patties and set it aside.
Then I heat my grill pan to medium-high heat, sprayed with cooking spray and then cooked the patties 5 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other.  I then topped the patties with some blue cheese and allowed it to cook for another 2 minutes, to finish cooking the patties and melt the cheese.
Once those were cooked, I placed them on some whole wheat hamburger buns, topped it with sliced red onion, tomatoes and avocado and VOILA!!!!!  Dinner was served!!  This meal made 6 servings at only 370 calories/serving!  Whoa!  It was also only $2.13/serving!  Yay!!
Here's the recipe:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup scallions
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
Cooking spray
3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
2 tomatoes, sliced 14-inch thick
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

Happy cooking everyone!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tex-Mex Calzones with Black Bean Salad

Happy black Friday everyone!!  Although I'm not too sure how happy black Friday can be...I definitely made sure to avoid stores like the plague today!
Anyway, since it has been a while, I have quite a bit of meals stored up to send your way but fear not!  They will get to you all in due time!
This meal I maybe two weeks ago at the latest and yummmmmmmmmmy this was delicious!
First thing's first: I preheat my oven to 425 degrees and then started to cook my ground turkey while the oven was heating.  I let that cook about 3 minutes and then added some onion, red and green bell peppers, cumin, chili powder and some garlic cloves that I had minced earlier and allowed that to cook for another 4 minutes.  When that was done I removed it from the heat and added some salsa (woo!).
After I had cooked that, I unrolled a can of refrigerated pizza dough and cut them into 4 equal portions, rolling them into 6x4 inch rectangles.  I then put about 1/2 cup of the turkey mixture onto one side of each rectangle, topping the mixture with 2 tablespoons of Mexican blend cheese, and then folding the other half of the dough over and pressing the edges together and sealing it with a fork.
After those were assembled, I placed them on a baking sheet I had sprayed with cooking spray and put it into the preheated oven to bake for 12 minutes.
While that was baking, I assembled the black bean salad by combining the following: black beans that had been rinsed and drained, some quartered cherry tomatoes, some chopped red onion, some chopped celery, fresh lime juice and cilantro and some olive oil.  Then I tossed all of that to coat and put it in the fridge until my calzones were ready to serve.
Once the calzones were baked and browned, I cut them in half, served them with a dollop of sour cream and some of the black bean salad and VOILA!!!!!  Dinner was served!!!
This meal was easy but very delicious and filling.  The best part (I know this is what you wait for!) is that the calzones were only 416 calories aaaaaaand the black bean salad was only 90 calories!!!  So listen, I know this puts us over my usual 500 calories (we came in at a whopping 506 calories) but sometimes you have to splurge!  :P  This also was only $2.84/servings, and the meal made 4 yummy servings.  There were actually some black bean salad left over, so I think it made about 8 servings.
Here's the recipe:

Tex-Mex Calzones:
8 ounces ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
12 cup chopped red pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fat-free fire-roasted salsa verde
1 (11 ounce) can refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
Cooking spray
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

Black Bean Salad:
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil

Happy cooking everyone!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Huevos Rancheros

Let me tell you, I've always wanted to try this meal, whether I made it or got it in a restaurant, but man was it yummy!  Oh, and really filling, I was really surprised by how full I was afterwards!
So anyway, first thing's first: I heat some oil in a small saucepan and cooked some onions I had minced beforehand, and then added some minced tomatoes, green chiles, cumin, salt and pepper and let that cook for a few more minutes.
When that was done I set it aside and kept it warm, and then I got another pan and lightly sprayed some corn tortillas with cooking spray and allowed them to cook on both sides until crispy, and then I set THAT aside.
Once THOSE were done, I sprayed the same pan with more cooking spray and cooked each egg individually (sunny side up!).  Then VOILA!!!  Dinner was served by topping the cooked tortillas with the eggs, followed by the tomato mixture, the lettuce, some pepper Jack cheese and finally with cilantro!  Yummy!
This meal was soooooo flavorful, and only 194 calories/tortilla with egg and sauce, AND only $1.14/serving!  Whoop whoop!!!
Here's the recipe:

1 teaspoon oil
1 onion, minced
2 medium tomatoes, minced
4 tablespoons green chiles (whichever canned brand you like!)
cooking spray
salt and pepper
2 pinches cumin
4 large eggs
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
2 ounces shredded pepper Jack cheese
4 teaspoons chopped cilantro
4 corn tortillas

Happy cooking everyone!

Shredded Chicken and Corn Tostadas

Howdy!!!!!  So listen, I know it's been another minute since I've posted something and let me tell you, my new (can I call it new anymore??) has kept me BU-SY!!  Not to mention, hubs' birthday was yesterday (yes Halloween, be jelly!) AND we had our boys doing fun stuff also, so it has been hectic.  PLUS, I actually made some awesome meals but FORGOT TO TAKE PHOTOS!  Sometimes after work I'm just so tired, and hungry!, that I just devour the food before I remember I should've taken a photo.  Not today, my friends!!
All of my boys really enjoyed this meal, and I believe hubs called it an 'alien/Mexican awesomeness', or something like that, haha!!
So anyway, first thing's first: the meal called for 'shredded chicken' (I know, duh), so I decided to boil the chicken because that always seems to be the best way for me to 'shred' my chicken, but do it any way you choose!  While I boiled that, I got a cookie sheet and baked some soft taco sized flour tortillas (it fit two at a time on my cookie sheet) in my oven preheated to 375 degrees for about 7 minutes (this seemed to work the best for my oven).
While those were all cooking and baking, I also shredded some lettuce and sliced some green onions for later.  I also pre-mixed some sour cream and milk until thin, oh yeah!
When my chicken was done (I apologize, I was prepping so many other things that I didn't even bother to check how much time it took,  I'd say 10-12 minutes, maybe?  Don't quote me on that, though!), I took two forks and shredded it, and then put some into a saucepan with some Mexicorn and salsa!  I let that cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.  Then I topped my cooked tortillas with the lettuce, and then the chicken mixture, followed by some Monterey Jack cheese, the sour cream mixture and finished with the green onions and VOILA!!!!!!!  Dinner was served!!!
This meal was fun to eat and SUPER yummy.  It was only 270 calories/tostada and was only $1.82/serving!  Yeah buddy!!!
Here's the recipe!!

8 soft taco sized flour tortillas
1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
1 1/2 cup shredded chicken
1 jar (16 ounces) salsa (any kind!)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
2 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Happy cooking everyone!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Breakfast Edition: Garden Bacon Monkey Bread

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!
There, I said it.  Moving on.  I made this for my boys a few weeks ago and just kept doing other blogs before this one.  I felt it was an appropriate time to do it since there was a bacon meal tonight!
Anyway, first thing's first: this was a breakfast I originally had little big man help me with that I think might have inspired him to start cooking!  Hmmmmm.  So as I WAS saying, little big man helped me cut the pop-n-fresh biscuits into thirds.  Then I added that to a bowl with some melted butter, chopped red and green bell pepper, along with crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese   Then I poured it into a pre-greased bundt pan and baked it in my oven (preheat to 350 degrees!) for about 35 minutes.  Then, you know it...VOILA!!!  Breakfast was served!!!!!!!
This was so much fun for the boys to peel at it and munch, and it was so yummy.  It made 12 servings at 258 calories/serving and was only $2.46/serving!  Whoop!!!
Here's the recipe:

4 packs of biscuits (7.5 ounce), cut into thirds
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
5 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Happy cooking everyone!!!!

Sinister Sweets Edition: Impossibly Easy Mini Pumpkin Pies

So I've decided that I wanted to start making delicious desserts and it would be my 'sinister sweets' edition.  HOWEVER, I'm going about it the WRONG way by starting with a dessert that's only 90 calories!  Sigh...ANYWAY, let's move on.
I felt that since little big man did so well and made such a yummy dinner that the LEAST I could do was make a yummy dessert!  We actually made some caramel apples together, but we're saving those for tomorrow!!
So first thing's first: I preheat my oven to 375 degrees and then sprayed a muffin pan with cooking spray.  After that, I mixed some canned pumpkin with some Bisquick, sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and eggs in a medium bowl.  Then I poured 1/4 cup of the mixture into each prepared muffin cup.
Once that was completed, I cooked the mini pies for 30 minutes, removing it and allowing it to cool for 10 minutes.  Then I removed the pies onto a plate and allowed it to cool for another 10 minutes.
After that was cooled, I added some whipped topping to it and VOILA!!  Dessert was served!
Like I mentioned earlier, these were only 90 calories/mini pie and was only $1.25/serving!!  So much yums all day long, I can't even stand it!
Here's the recipe:

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup evaporate milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping

Happy SINISTER SNACKING my friends!!  :P

Son Can Cook Edition: BLT Salmon Tacos

You heard me right.  BLT...salmon...tacos.  My son is absolutely SPOILING ME!!  He has a bit of obsession with salmon and I wanted to see how he could bring his flair to that yumminess and boy did he (see above photo of his display of 'flairness' :P)!
Here's the recipe:

8 4-inch tortillas
4 3-4 ounce salmon fillets
4 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
shredded lettuce for garnish
salt and pepper

So little big man put the salmon fillets on some foil (that he sprayed with cooking spray) and seasoned it with salt and pepper, then put it in the preheated oven and broiled it for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
When it was done, little big man flaked the salmon with a fork, then put each individual item in bowls for an awesome SALMON TACO BAR!!  This was so much yums and I can't wait to see what little big man makes tomorrow!!
The meal was 455 calories/serving with the meal making four servings, and it was only $3.18/serving!  Yeah buddy!
Happy cooking everyone!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Queso Burgers

Goodness gracious, this burger was so much yums it's ridiculous.  You mention cheese sauce and I'm ALL in.  This was also SUPER easy.
So first thing's first: I shaped some ground sirloin into 6 patties, grilling them on my preheated grill pan about 4-5 minutes on each side.
While that was grilling, I microwaved some velveeta cheese (previously cut into cubes) with some diced tomatoes with green chilies about 5 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes.
When that was done, I placed the patties on some hamburger buns, topping it with the velveeta sauce and topped it with lettuce leaves and tomatoes and VOILA!!  Dinner was served!!!!!
So simple, so easy yet sooooooo yummy!  It was only 360 calories/burger (this made 6 burgers) and only $2.10/serving!  Yay!
Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin

1 pounds velveeta, cut into cubes
1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies
6 hamburger buns
6 pieces leaf lettuce
1 large tomato, cut into 6 slices

Happy cooking everyone!!!!

Hubs Can Cook Edition: Healthified Italian Sausage Soup

The amount of AWESOME I've been dealt lately with my boys all cooking for me is ENORMOUS!  I also feel you all should share in this families ability to cook, so I'm sharing it all!!  :)
So the weather has been getting cooler, of course, and I thought this recipe sounded warm and YUMMY and my hubs made sure it was!!  Once all the prep work was done it seemed to go by pretty quickly, so give this meal a try!
Here's the recipe:

2 slices bacon
1/2 pound lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cups water
3 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 cups chopped fresh kale
1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup fat free half and half

So hubs cooked the bacon, drained it on a paper towel, crumbled it and set it aside.  Then he cooked the sausage, drained THAT and set it aside.  In that same saucepan, my hubs then added the potatoes, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, water and broth and heat that to boiling!  Then he reduced it to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes.  When that was done, he added the bacon, sausage, kale and beans and allowed it to cook for another 10-15 minutes, until heated and VOILA!!  Dinner was served!!!!
This meal was so warm and filling and there was SO MANY LEFTOVERS!!!  Lunch for tomorrow!!
Best part?  It was only 190 calories/serving and it made at least 10 servings (I'm not really sure how much it made!).  It was also only $2.89/serving!  Yay!!!!!
Happy cooking everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Son Can Cook Edition: Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho)

Soooooooo, our son made yet ANOTHER meal tonight for us!  This is one of my tried and true pho recipes that I've actually done on here before, but I wanted to post it again to give little big man some credit!!  :)
This recipe is lots of chopping and measuring, but he handled it no problem!  As you can see by the image, I was also treated to some yummy tea with my meal, as well!!
Here's the recipe:

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 cups chicken broth
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
3 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 baby bok choy, chopped
5 ounces Chinese noodles (about half a package)
sriracha sauce
chopped cilantro for serving

So little big man started heating the sesame oil over medium high heat in a large stock pot and added the minced garlic and ginger, and he sauteed it for about 30 seconds.  Then he added the chicken and bok choy, sprinkled it with salt and let it cook for another three minutes.
After that he added the chicken broth, jalapeno and green onions and brought it to a simmer, allowing it to cook for another 15 minutes.  THEN he brought another pot of water to a boil and added the Chinese noodles to them, allowing them to cook as long as instructed, and then he drained and rinsed them with cold water.
Then he added the rice vinegar and soy sauce to the chicken mixture and stirred.  He added the noodles to the pot and VOILA!  Dinner was served!!  The meal made 6 servings at only 342 calories/serving ANNNNND was only 1.84/serving!  Yay!!
SOOOOOOO much yums and such a talented little chef.  I always knew he had it in him!  :)

Happy cooking everyone!

Son Can Cook Edition: Fried Egg Cheeseburger Skillet

Hiya all!!  So the past few days I've had to work later than my normal hours and my boys have been working hard to make dinner for me!  I can only take credit for pre-purchasing the items, but other than that...MY BOYS CAN COOK!!!  We also wanted to show him that he can learn how to follow directions in anything by following directions from a recipe!
So I'll do just like I did on my Hubs Can Cook Edition and list the recipe and some brief instructions and you can take over from there!  I suggest working later once or twice a week, so YOUR kids can cook for you, too!  :P
So here's the recipe:

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 box Hamburger Helper cheeseburger macaroni
1 cup hot water
2 cups milk (my son used 1%)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
4 eggs
salt and pepper

Cook the ground beef and drain.  Then stir in the season packet from the Hamburger Helper box, along with the hot water.  Add the milk and uncooked pasta and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  Reduce the heat and let that simmer, covered, for about 12 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally.
In a skillet, melt the butter and fry the eggs (over easy), sprinkling them with salt and pepper.  THEN serve the pasta mixture into bowls, top with the fried eggs and VOILA!!  Dinner was served!!!
This meal made four servings at exactly 500 calories/serving!!  Whoop!!  It was also only $2.83/serving!
Little big man can certainly cook.  This meal was sooooo delicious!!!!  Anything with a fried egg on top, I always say!  I love being spoiled once in a while.  :P

Happy cooking everyone!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Garlic Chicken

Mooooooooooorrrrrrreeeeee slow cooker goodness!!!  Seriously, I even made some slow cooker applesauce but I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE!  I know, it's ridiculous.  I'll make it again and show you all the awesomeness!!!
Anyhoo, back to this action!!!!  So this one needed no prior night prep.  All I had to do was season some chicken breasts (cut into fillets) with salt and pepper and put that in my slow cooker.  Then I whisked together some brown sugar, white vinegar, diet lemon soda (crazy, right?), soy sauce and 6 minced garlic cloves and poured it over the chicken.  I put my slow cooker on low and let it cook for 6 hours again.  I made this meal this week, but it was another of my hubs' day off and he was able to turn it onto warm once it cooked for those six hours (it didn't seem to need more than that).When I got home, I removed the chicken and shredded it and then set it aside.
I put the leftover juices into a small saucepan and set it over medium high heat.  While that started to warm, in a small bowl I added two tablespoons cold water and two tablespoons cornstarch and mixed well, adding it to the juices and allowing it to heat until the sauce started to thicken, about 3 minutes.  Then I removed it and let it sit for about another 2 minutes to thicken further.
This meal was also very low in calories (only 241 calories/serving and it made 6 servings!) that I was also able to serve this over rice.  So I placed the shredded chicken over the rice, poured the sauce over the top and VOILA!!!!  Dinner was served!!!
The sweet and sour flavor was amazing and such an easy meal to make!  It was also only $2.72/serving!  Yay!
Here's the recipe:

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup diet lemon lime soda
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
 Salt and pepper to taste

Happy cooking everyone!!!

Slow Cooker Pork Chili

'Tis the season for slow cooker recipes!!!!!  I love chili and, unbeknownst to me until I made this, I found out the first week in October is national chili week!  So awesome!  See, I plan food holidays without even meaning to!
So I did actually make this last week, but it has been crazy!  My new job has kept me RIDICULOUSLY busy, but I am in LOVE with it.  Hopefully you, my readers, won't mind the contact lessening, but I will work on it whenever I can, I promise!
So first thing's first: I actually prepped a lot of this the night before because I knew there would be no way I could get this started and into the slow cooker before taking our kids to school and heading to work.  If you've got the time, however, feel free to do it all in the morning!  The night before I cut some pork tenderloin into cubes, as well as finely chopped an onion and minced some fresh garlic.
The next morning, I sprayed my slow cooker with cooking spray, putting the onions on the bottom, topping it with the pork and garlic, and then adding a can of black beans, a can of diced tomatoes, two cans of diced green chiles, some lime juice, oregano, chili powder, cumin and some salt and pepper to taste.  Then I set that on low and let it cook for 6 hours.  The day I made this was my hubs' day off, so he was able to turn the slow cooker on 'low' at the 6 hour mark (it was definitely cooked by then) and when I got home it was...VOILA!!  Ready to be served!!!!  Seriously, I know, that was it!
This meal was so low calorie (only 199 calories per serving, and it made 8 servings!) that my hubs decided to make some homemade tortilla chips to dip into it.  DEEEEEElicious!  It was also only $1.84/serving!  Seriously!
Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into cubes
1 large onion, finely chopped
1-28oz can diced tomatoes
2-4oz can diced green chiles
1-15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Juice from 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

Happy cooking everyone!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Snack Edition: Ice Cream Bread

So, yeah, you read that right...ICE...CREAM...BREAD.  I can't make this stuff up, people.  This was SO easy, so much FUN to make, and the possibilities are ENDLESS!!
So here's all it took: ice cream and flour.  I KID YOU NOT!  We, for this bread I actually used Greek frozen yogurt, but I intend to try this again with MANY different flavors, just to see what works.
SOOOOOOO, first thing's first: I preheat my oven to 350 degrees, greased a loaf pan with cooking spray and then mixed the softened yogurt with the flour.  I added that mixture to the greased loaf pan, put it in the preheated oven for about 43 minutes and VOILA!!  THAT'S how you make ice cream bread!
It was sweet and the texture was different but delicious, AND it made 10 slices at only 106 calories/slice!  Whoop!  Also, only $0.86/serving!  I know!
Here's the recipe:

1 pint (2 cups) ice cream, softened
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

Happy snacking everyone!!

Asian Beef with Snow Peas

Hey there cooking friends!  It has been a minute and I KNOW, but it has been nuts at this house!
SO, this meal was EASY and YUMMY.  Why not give it a whirl??  First thing's first: in a small bowl I combined some soy sauce with rice vinegar, brown sugar and cornstarch and then set it aside.
Once I completed that, I heated some oil in a skillet over medium high heat and added some minced ginger and garlic, cooking for 30 seconds.  Then I added some steak I had previously cut into thin strips and allowed that to cook for about 2 minutes until browned.  Once that was done, I added some frozen snow peas and then cooked it for an ADDITIONAL 3 minutes, adding the soy sauce mixture once that was done.
I lowered the heat and allowed it simmer until the sauce thickened and VOILA!!  Dinner was served!!
So, as I said, this meal was SUPER easy and very delicious!  The best part, of course, is that it was only 203 calories/serving!  This meal made 4 servings so I was even able to serve this over rice!  YUMS.  It was also only $1.49/serving!  Whoop!!
Here's the recipe!

3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound beef round steak, cut into thin strips
8 ounces frozen snow peas

Happy cooking everyone!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Caesar Chicken Paninis

OH...MA...GAWD.  These were ridiculously good and I plan on making this again this week!  Holy cow, I demand you make these immediately!!  Okay, I won't demand, but pretty please?  You won't be sorry!
So first thing's first: I took some chicken breasts and put them between two pieces of wax paper, pounding them with a meat mallet until it was about 1/4 inch thick.  Once I had finished that, I sprayed a skillet with cooking spray and cooked the chicken breasts for about 10-15 minutes.  I turned them a few times because I wanted to get a nice brown color on it.
While that was cooking, I sliced a tomato, some red onion and got some romaine lettuce leaves.  When the chicken was almost done, I threw the onion rings in the skillet with it, allowing them to cook for a few minutes until they softened and lightened in color.  After the chicken and onions were cooked, I took them out and then sliced some rolls in half, putting them in the skillet and allowing them to toast for about a minute.
I put the chicken breasts on the rolls, topped it with some shredded Parmesan cheese, the onions, lettuce and tomatoes and finished with some Caesar dressing.  Then...VOILA!!!  Dinner was served!!!
Again...HOLY COW.  This was just too delicious.  This made four servings at only 310 calories/serving and the cost was only $2.22/serving!!  YUM!
Here's the recipe:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
4 small hard rolls (about 4 x 3 inches), split
4 slices red onion
1 tomato, sliced
1/3 cup fat-free Caesar dressing
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
4 leaves romaine lettuce

Happy cooking everyone!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Skinny Taco Stuffed Peppers

Super easy, super delicious and super low calorie!  This meal was tasty for sure and I absolutely suggest making this!
First thing's first: I started to boil a pot of water while I halved my peppers and seeded them.  I also set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees at this time.
While the water was starting to boil, I also started to cook some ground turkey in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.  As the turkey was cooking, I added two halves of peppers at a time into the boiling water and allowed those to boil for three minutes, setting them onto a cookie sheet once they were done.
Once the turkey had browned, I drained it and then added some taco seasoning and salsa and mixed it together, and then I added some shredded cheddar cheese and let that heat until melted.
When the meat mixture was done and the peppers boiled, I filled each pepper with the meat mixture and allowed those to cook for 22 minutes.  Once that was done, VIOLA!!!  Dinner was served!!!!!
I actually doubled this recipe because it was so low calorie and we each got two peppers which were DELICIOUS.  However, the single serving recipe made 4 servings at only 166 calories per serving!!!  AAAAAAAAAAAnd it was only $1.14/serving!  WHAT?????  As you can see, I also added some sour cream (on mine only, my boys don't seem to enjoy that like I do), which only added another 30 calories (I make sure to get the light version!) and some delicious Tapatio.  Yum!!!
Here's the recipe:

2 large green bell peppers
1 pound ground turkey
2 teaspoons taco seasoning
2 tablespoons salsa
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Happy cooking everyone!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hubs Can Cook Edition: Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos

Bacon??  Tacos??  Oh mercy, this meal did me in!  The best part was I can't even take credit for making this meal, my hubs surprised me after work and was already cooking it!  Such a wonderful man!  :)  My hubs actually told me the other day (in reference to some guacamole hummus I made the other day) that I should always try to combine two of his favorite things into one and then he went ahead and did that for me, yay!
So, I'm going over the "how to" based on what my hubs relayed to me!  First thing's first: my hubs cooked some extra lean ground beef with some chopped onion in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes.  Once it was cooked, he drained it and then added some taco seasoning and water, allowing it to cook over medium heat for another 4 minutes or so.  He stirred it frequently until it thickened and then added some salsa con queso dip to it, as well.
During this time he was also cooking the bacon, allowing it cool and then chopping it into smaller bits.  He ALSO chopped some tomatoes and shredded some lettuce.  Once that was all done and the bacon was cooked, he heated up some hard and soft taco shells in the microwave for about 30 seconds or so.  Then he filled the taco shells with the meat mixture and topped it with the lettuce tomato and bacon and VOILA!!!  Dinner was served!!!
This meal was absolutely amazing and was only 350 calories for 2 tacos!!  WHAT!!  I know!  It made 6 servings at only $2.12/serving!  Talk about amazing!
Here's the recipe:

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 medium onion chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (hubs used my homemade one, or you can use one package of pre-made)
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup salsa con queso dip
1 box hard and soft taco shells (6 hard and 6 soft)
1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
1 large tomato, chopped
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Happy cooking everyone!!!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Baked Teriyaki Chicken with Frozen Vegetable Stir-Fry

HOLY DELICIOUSNESS!!!!  This chicken was so good my husband taps me on the arm afterwards, looks me seriously in the eye and says, "I love you so much right now."  Hahaha, but seriously, this was ridiculously delicious.
So first thing's first: I got a small saucepan and put cornstarch, cold water, white sugar, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, ground ginger and black pepper into it.  I mixed that well and put it over low heat, stirring often while it thickened.  While I was heating that, I also preheated my oven to 425 degrees, lightly spraying a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Once the sauce had thickened somewhat (I had cooked it for about 7-10 minutes), I placed my chicken breasts into the prepped baking dish and brushed the sauce over the chicken, turning it to coat the other side as well.  I then put it into my preheated oven and allowed it to cook for 30 minutes, brushing it with more sauce every 10 minutes.
When the 30 minutes were up, I flipped the chicken and let it cook for a final 30 minutes, making sure to brush it with additional sauce every 10 minutes as well.  During the last 15 minutes of the chicken, I started to cook the stir-fry.  First thing's first on that: I mixed soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder and peanut butter in a small bowl.  Then I put some olive oil into a skillet, heating it over medium heat and adding a bag of frozen veggies once it had preheated.  I allowed that to cook for about 7-10 minutes, then added the pre-mixed sauce.  I served that with the chicken and VOILA!!!  Dinner was served!
All my boys FREAKED out over the chicken and my oldest actually tried to figure out what I had put into the veggies (their palettes are so defined!) and he was surprised to hear peanut butter.  It does sound weird but it was amazing.
The chicken made four servings at 272 calories/serving and veggies made 6 serving at 88/serving.  However, since this was such a low calorie meal, I split the veggies equally, so it was more like 1 1/2 servings at 132 calories, which STILL only came to 404 calories for the entire meal!  Yowza!!  The best part, of course, is that it was only $1.97/serving!  Whoop whoop!
Here's the recipe!!

Baked Teriyaki Chicken:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Frozen Vegetable Stir-Fry:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (16 ounces) package frozen mixed vegetables

Happy cooking everyone!!!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Chile Colorado Burritos

WOW.  WOW, WOW, WOW!  So hubs said this was the best burrito ever made' and I'm pleased and have to agree!
This was a simple slow cooker meal and was YUM-MY!  So, first thing's first: I put some chicken breasts (you can also use beef if you'd like, or heck, even pork!) into my slow cooker, along with some chicken bouillon granules and mild enchilada sauce (I used the red sauce but I'm wondering how delicious this would taste with green too?).
Once that was in there, I covered it, set it to low and allowed it to cook while I was at work, about 8 hours.
When I got home, I shredded the chicken, set the slow cooker to warm so it wouldn't cook, and started to warm some refried beans in a small pot.  I got some burrito flours, put some of the shredded chicken onto the burrito flours, topped that with two spoonfuls of refried beans and then folded the burritos up.  I put the folded burritos onto a cookie sheet, topped it with some of the leftover enchilada sauce and then topped it with some shredded cheddar cheese.  Then I allowed those burritos to broil for two minutes to melt the cheese and voila!!  Dinner was served!
The flavors were ridiculous in these burritos and were only 371 calories per burrito (the recipe made 7 servings)!  I was able to make some homemade chips and serve that on the side!  Yums!  This was also only $3.01/serving!  Whoop whoop!
Here's the recipe!

2 pounds chicken breasts
1 (19 ounce) can mild enchilada sauce
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules (or 2 chicken bouillon cubes, use beef granules/cubes if you're using beef instead of chicken)
1/2 can refried beans
7 burrito size tortillas
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Happy cooking everyone!!