Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken and Veggies




I know it's summer but I like to use my crock pot year round. I especially love the Crock Pot when I have a busy day ahead and I know I can rely on my trusty crock pot to do the cooking. This meal has everything all in one pot. Just place your ingredients into the crock pot, cover, and start your day! Easy Peasy!

Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken and Veggies
Adapted from Tasty
Serves 6
WW PP=7
Cal 173.3 Carbs 22.5 Fat 9, Fiber 4, Protein 23.3

Ingredients
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 tbsp. honey
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 cups baby carrots
2 cups green beans
2 cups baby yukon gold potatoes

In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Whisk well.

Place chicken thighs, potatoes, and carrots into crock pot. Pour sauce mixture over chicken. 

Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking and in the green beans. Enjoy!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pizza Tortellini Salad



I've definitely been in "salad mode" lately when it comes to my dinners. It's been so hot I haven't really wanted to use the oven. I do love summer and the heat, I just don't enjoy cooking in it! This Pizza Tortellini Salad is a great summertime meal. It doesn't require much prep, and is delish!



Pizza Tortellini Salad
Makes 6 Cups
WW PP=8
Cal  308, Carbs 32, Fat 14.3, Fiber 3, Protein 13.1

Ingredients
12 oz. cheese tortellini pasta (I used Archer Farms Pasta)
1/2 cup Lite House Italian Dressing
3 oz. mini pepperoni
4 Roasted Red Pepper Slices, Chopped
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese


Cook pasta to al dente. Drain and place in a large bowl.

Add remaining ingredients. Cover and place in fridge for 30 minutes or until cool.

Serve with additional dressing if desired. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Crock Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken Tacos



We are in the middle of a heat wave here in Chicagoland. That means no oven for me! I decided to break out the crock pot and make one of our favorite taco recipes. Easy and delish! A fun twist on the traditional taco!


Crock Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken Tacos
Makes 10 Tacos
WW PP=2
Cal 82.5, Carbs 10.5, Fat 0.7, Fiber 1g, Protein 8.2

Ingredients
16oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used tenders)
1/3 cup Lawry’s Caribbean Jerk Marinade
2-3 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
Queso Fresco Cheese, Green Onions or any other toppings if desired.
10 taco shells of your choice (I used white corn hardshell tacos)

Season chicken with red pepper flakes and place in crock pot. Cover chicken with marinade and cook on low for 4 hours. Shred and assemble tacos with desired toppings. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Skinny Shrimp Scampi



I love Shrimp and I love how versatile it is. We don't have it too often but it is one of my favorite things to eat in the Summer and this Skinny Shrimp Scampi is one of my favs! It is light, healthy, and refreshing!


Skinny Shrimp Scampi
Serves 4
WW PP=5
Cal 195, Carbs 3, Fat 8, Protein 25.2


Ingredients
1.5 raw peeled and deveined shrimp
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped (the more the better-adds fab flavor)
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil and butter in a large pan. Add in the garlic and shallots and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add shrimp and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook shrimp 4-5 minutes or until pink.

Add in the lemon juice and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Top with shredded parmesan cheese and serve over rice of pasta. Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Spicy Stir Fry Chicken and Noodles



I'm getting my Asian Fix with one of my favorite stir fry dishes. It's healthy and super easy. My husband who loves all Asian food said this was a keeper. I'll have to put this one on the meal rotation. If you like dishes that pack a punch, be sure to give this one a try!


Spicy Stir Fry Chicken and Noodles
Serves 4
Cal 395, Carbs 70.5, Fat 2.7, Fiber 3, Protein 23

Ingredients
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
12 oz. noodles (I used thick spaghetti noodles)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. sesame oil, divided
2 tsp. red pepper and garlic chili paste (you can adjust this to your spice level)
1 tsp. sriracha
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup Asian stir fry veggies
1 tsp. canola oil
3 green onions, sliced

In a large bowl whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, one tbsp. sesame oil, chili paste, and sriracha. Set aside.

Heat 1 tsp oil in large skillet over high heat.  Add chicken. Once browned pour in sauce. Let simmer five minutes.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan cook noodles in boiling water until al dente. Drain noodles well and add to skillet. Drizzle with remaining sesame oil. Add in the veggies. Toss to combine. Top with sliced green onions. Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Chipotle Sausage Pasta Toss



I've been making this dish forever. It's a definite favorite of mine. I love most spicy foods and love just about anything Cajun so when I first found Chipotle Cajun chicken sausage at the store a few years back I decided to give it a try in this recipe and have been using it in place of smoked sausage ever since. If you like pasta, sausage, and spice, then be sure to give this recipe a try!

Chipotle Sausage Pasta Toss
Serves 6
WW PP=8
Cal 323, Fat 6, Carbs 47.8, Fiber 5, Protein 20.5

Ingredients
12 oz. pasta of your choice
1/2 cup non fat milk
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can rotel, drained
1 cup shredded American cheese
14 oz package Cajun chicken sausage


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute for two minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Meanwhile, boil pasta and cook until al dente.

While pasta is cooking add milk and rotel to the garlic and onion mixture. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Slowly stir in the cheese. Once melted add in sausage. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Enjoy!
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