Saturday, January 31, 2015

Celebrating the DD Perks Program 1st Anniversary! #IC #DDPerks #Sponsored

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It's hard to believe that the DD Perks Program is turning ONE! On January 27, 2014 Dunkin Donuts launched it's DD Perks Program. The programs offers customers points towards free beverages for every visit they make to a participating Dunkin Donuts store.

To celebrate the DD Perk program’s first anniversary, Dunkin Donuts will be offering all perks members an extra 200 points which is good for a free beverage of their choice with any purchase. This offer is good from 1/27-2/1. If you aren't already enrolled, sign up today using the Promo BLOG. So, hurry and get to Dunkin Donuts today!

Dunkin Donuts wants to thank all the DD Perk Customers with this Thank You Video!

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For those of you who are not familiar with the program let me fill you in... With DD Perks, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin Donuts when they pay using a registered Dunkin Donuts Card or via the Dunkin Donuts Mobile App. Once a you accumulate 200 points, you will receive a coupon for a free any size beverage of your choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin Donuts. Another great perk is that you get a free beverage of your choice on your birthday and when signing up for the program!
 
I've been a member since last Spring and let me tell you....I'm SO glad that I signed up! I've been enjoying the perks that come with being a Dunkin Donuts Perks Program customer. I recently enjoyed my free drink on my birthday and some of the other great perks are discounts on their tasty donuts and sandwiches and occasionally earning extra points when purchasing coffee beans. Along with much more! Sign up today and start earning points! Don't forget to use the Promo BLOG when signing up and enjoy your free beverage today!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl Snack Ideas





It's that time of year again....Super Bowl! Every year I like to compile a list of appetizer ideas for game day. Although, I could really care less about who is playing in the super bowl this year! I will be watching for the commercials and enjoying some tasty snacks! If you are looking for some new recipes, then look know further. Here are a few of my favorites!

Crock Pot BBQ Sloppy Joes
Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
Skinny Beer Cheese Pretzel Dip
Crock Pot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Chili
Skinny Taco Dip
Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Cool Ranch Slaw
Skinny Crock Pot Chili Cheese Dip
BLT Dip
Slow Cooker Spinach and Bacon Dip
Slow Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Crunchy Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders




I really don't know why I don't make chicken tenders more often. They are so easy and versatile, plus my four year old loves them! Pair them with a veggie and dinner is served!


Crunchy Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders
Makes 10 Tenders
WW PP=3 per tender
Cal 110. Carbs 9.7, Fat 2.7, Protein 11.4

Ingredients
10 chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup low fat honey mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 pkg shake n bake extra crispy

Season chicken with salt and garlic powder.

Dip each chicken tender in honey mustard and then in the shake n bake.

Arrange on a baking sheet topped with a wire rack (I've found it makes the chicken crispier)

Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear. Serve with additional honey mustard if desired. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Crock Pot Sour Cream Salsa Chicken



It's been over a week since I've used my Crock Pot and I think that is a world record around here! I know Salsa Chicken is a pretty basic recipe so I wanted to mix mine up by adding sour cream and topping it with cheese. The end result is a creamy cheesy salsa chicken. A hit with the family!


Crock Pot Sour Cream Salsa Chicken
Serves 4
WW PP=5
Cal 197, Carbs 10, Fat 8.2, Fiber 1, Protein 23.2


Ingredients
16 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp. taco seasoning
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken. Add in salsa. Cover and cook on low 4 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot, shred, and return to crock pot. Stir in sour cream and top with shredded cheese.

Cover and continue cooking 30 more minutes or until warm and cheese is melted. Serve over rice. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Loaded BBQ Chicken and Potato Skillet




This is similar to my popular Loaded BBQ Chicken and Potato Casserole but made in a skillet. You can't go wrong with skillet meals. Nothing like an easy one pot dish. That's my kind of meal!


Loaded BBQ Chicken and Potato Skillet
Serves 6
WW PP=7
Cal 270, Carbs 36,  Fat 8, Fiber 2, Protein 14.8


Ingredients
6 medium baking potatoes cut into small chunks
3 cups cooked and shredded chicken (rotisserie works well in this too)
6 slices reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup crumbled bacon bits
3 slices green onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic

Bring a pot of water to boil, add potatoes and boil for 6-8 minutes or until potatoes are slightly soft..

In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp. olive oil and brown potatoes. Season with garlic and salt. Once browned and crispy add in the chicken and BBQ Sauce. Cook for 5 minutes. Top with cheese and bacon, cover and cook until cheese is melted. Top with green onions. Enjoy!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Cheesy Burrito Bake




I can't believe this is the first time I have made this recipe because let me tell you....I've been missing out! It was so incredibly good and easy! Best of all I was able to make this weight watcher friendly which was a definite plus. This recipe is a keeper!


Cheesy Burrito Bake
Serves 8
WW PP=
Cal 233, Carbs 17.1, Fat 8.7, Fiber 1, Protein 18.8


Ingredients
16 oz. lean ground turkey
3 tsp. taco seasoning
1 cup heart healthy bisquick
1/4 cup water
1.5 cup fat free refried beans
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, for toppings

Heat oven to 375.

Meanwhile in a large sauce pan brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Add in taco seasoning and simmer for 10 minutes.

Mix Bisquick, Water, and Beans together and spread in the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with  meat mixture and cheese.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Skinny Chicken Parmesan Pasta



Happy Sunday! It's a cold and snowy one around here. I wanted to make something hearty yet low cal for dinner and this Skinny Chicken Parmesan Pasta fit the bill. I really love Chicken Parmesan but not all the fat and calories. Honestly, this was so good you would never even know it's low calorie. You have to give it a try and see for yourself!


Skinny Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Serves 4
WW PP=11
Cal 427, Carbs 57, Fat 9, Fiber 16, Protein 44


Ingredients
4-6 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups pasta sauce (I used Prego Light)
4 slices reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1 package Parmesan Italian shake n bake
3 cups cooked pasta of your choice (I used Creamette 150)


Pre-Heat Oven to 400.

Meanwhile coat chicken with shake n bake seasoning. Place in a shallow baking dish and cook for 25 minutes or until juices run clear.

Remove chicken from oven and top with 1/2 cup pasta sauce and one slice of cheese. Return to oven and continue baking another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve chicken over 3/4 cup hot cooked pasta. Enjoy!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pizza Tortellini Bake



This is one of my most requested meals by my husband and little boy. You can't go wrong with cheesy pasta and pizza ingredients. What's not to love?


Pizza Tortellini Bake
Serves 6
WW PP=10
Cal 401, Carbs 50.1, Fat 12.6, Fiber 6, Protein 22.8

Ingredients
1 pkg refrigerated tortellini (I like Buitoni Spinach and Cheese)
1 jar pasta sauce (I used Barilla Arrabbiata-we like it spicy!)
1 1/4 cups reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 oz. sliced pepperoni
1 tsp. garlic powder
any other additional toppings of your choice (I used olives)

Cook tortellini to al dente. Drain and set aside.

Spread a small amount of pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Evenly spread half of the cooked tortellini along the bottom of the dish. Spread half of the pasta sauce on top of the tortellini and evenly sprinkle on half the Parmesan cheese. Top with some of the pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Repeat.

Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Italian Sloppy Joes



It's funny how I'm always talking about how I am not a big fan of sloppy joes. Never ate them growing up blah blah blah but I now find myself making them often and I love creating new variations of this classic sandwich. These Italian Sloppy Joes are so good it's like you are eating a spaghetti sandwich minus the spaghetti!

Italian Sloppy Joes
Serves 4

Ingredients
16 oz. 93/7 ground beef
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 cups pasta sauce
4 slices mozzarella cheese
8 slices light texas toast


Brown meat over medium high heat. Drain and add in the Italian seasoning and pasta sauce. Simmer 10 minutes.

Meanwhile bake texas toast. Spoon meat mixture over one slice toast and top with one slice mozzarella. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with another slice of texas toast. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cheesy Taco Rice Bowls





It's Taco Tuesday in our house and I'm mixing things up by making these Cheesy Taco Rice Bowls. They are so good and so easy!


Cheesy Taco Rice Bowls
Makes 4 Bowls
WW PP=10
Cal 392, Carbs 38.2, Fat 12, Fiber 2, Protein 31.4

Ingredients
16 oz. 93/7 ground beef
2 tsp. taco seasoning
1 can petite diced tomatoes, un drained
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
4 cups cooked brown rice
shredded lettuce, sour cream, cilantro, tortilla chips, extra cheese for toppings

In a large saucepan cook beef until no longer pink. Drain and add in the rest of your ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Spoon into bowls and top with tortilla chips and any other extra ingredients of your choice. Enjoy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Pesto Wraps



I love a good wrap and I absolutely LOVE pesto chicken. So, it only makes sense to combine the two and making the chicken in the crock pot is a great time saver. Now that is my kind of meal!


Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Pesto Wraps
Makes 2 Wraps
WW PP= 11
Cal 399, Carbs 34, Fat 14, Fiber 10, Protein 49

Ingredients
12 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup Hidden Valley Creamy Pesto Spread
2 Slices Mozzarella Cheese
1.5 cups fresh spinach
1 tomato, sliced
2 Wraps (I used La Tortilla Factory)


Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add pesto. Cover and cook on low 4 hours.

To assemble wrap-Break chicken into pieces and put half of the chicken mixture onto one wrap. Top with one slice of mozzarella and 3/4 cup spinach and tomato. Roll and slice in half. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Creamy Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta



Happy Sunday! This morning as I was sipping my morning coffee I was also trying to think of what snack to serve while watching today's football games. My husband absolutely loves Jalapeno Popper Dip but instead of serving it as a snack I decided to re-create it and turn it into dinner. I am so glad I did. Creamy, spicy, deliciousness!


Creamy Jalapeno Popper Chicken Pasta
Makes 8 Cups
WW PP=
Cal 242, Carbs 34.6, Fat 5.1, Fiber 4.6, Protein 17.7

Ingredients
3 cups cooked and chopped chicken breast
12 oz. short pasta (I used Barilla High Fiber Shells)
2 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup cooked and crumbled bacon or bacon bits
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
1.25 cups plain non fat yogurt

Cook pasta to al dente. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile in a large sauce pan whisk together cream cheese and yogurt. Once smooth add in shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in jalapeno peppers, bacon, and chicken.

Pour mixture over hot pasta. Stir and enjoy!







Thursday, January 15, 2015

Crispy Key Lime Chicken



Well, it certainly doesn't feel tropical around here but I can pretend I'm somewhere tropical instead of in my kitchen eating this. My original plan was to make Grilled Key Lime Chicken but as I was about to start the grill I realized we were out of propane. Nice. (It's been one of those kind of days)  Luckily, I was able to turn our Grilled Key Lime Chicken into a Crispy Baked Key Lime Chicken that I served over rice with a honey lime vinaigrette. It was so good! I'll be making this one again soon!

Crispy Key Lime Chicken
Serves 4
WW PP=10 (Chicken+One Cup Brown Rice+2 tbsp. vinaigrette)
Cal 390, Carbs 47.5, Fat 9g, Fiber 2g, Protein 28g

Ingredients
1-2lbs boneless skinless chicken tenders, cut into chunks
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 package shake n bake extra crispy (Panko works great in this too)

Add soy sauce, lime juice, olive oil, honey, and garlic to a small bowl. Whisk together thoroughly.
 
Place chicken pieces in a large Ziploc bag and pour the marinade in. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (I marinated mine for 3 hours)

After marinating, coat chicken in shake n bake and lay on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice and drizzle with vinaigrette. Enjoy!

For the Honey Lime Vinaigrette
1/4 cup fresh lime juice+zest
1 jalapeno finely chopped and seeded
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a bowl whisk together everything except the oil. Continue whisking while adding the oil in a thin stream. Keep whisking until well combined. Drizzle over chicken.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Crunchy Taco Bake



If you are like me and are obsessed with tacos then you have got to try this Crunchy Taco Bake. It's a fun change from the traditional taco and trust me...you will love it!


Crunchy Taco Bake
Serves 6
WW PP=6
Cal 254, Fat 10.3g, Carbs 15.1g, Fiber 3g, Protein 22.5g

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef (I used lean 93/7 ground turkey)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 cup crushed tortilla chips (I used baked scoops)
1 cup fat free refried black beans
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup petite diced tomatoes
Toppings: chopped lettuce, cilantro, sliced ripe olives, sour cream and salsa

In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning, water, tomatoes and refried beans. Cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes; set aside.

Place 1/2 of the chips in a greased baking dish. Top with beef mixture, more crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese.


Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and olives. Serve with sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Caribbean Jerk Chicken Skillet



I love spicy chicken dishes and the flavors in Jerk Chicken are spicy with a touch of sweet so I thought why not make a caribbean jerk chicken skillet combined with a tasty sweet rice. This was a hit with the hubster and myself. Only 4 ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes. My kind of meal!


Caribbean Jerk Chicken Skillet
Serves 4
WW PP=7
Cal 278, Carbs 36.5, Fat 4, Fiber 2,2, Protein 20.7

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
1/4 cup jerk marinade (I used Lawrys)
1 box Zatarans Caribbean Rice

Marinate chicken in jerk marinade for at least one hour. (I marinated mine for 5 hours)

Prepare rice according to directions.

In a large non stick skillet cook chicken for 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink. Remove from skillet.

Stir in rice mix, pineapple, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Return chicken to skillet, cover and simmer about 5 minutes longer or until rice is tender. Enjoy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Chicken Fajita Chopped Salad



Yum Yum Yum! That is all I have to say about this insanely delicious chopped salad! Marinated grilled chicken, fresh chopped romaine lettuce, caramelized onions, peppers, tomatoes, black beans, cheese, and a low fat Chipotle Ranch Dressing, topped with tortilla strips. This meal was a HUGE hit in my house. If you like Chicken Fajitas then you will want to make this salad!

Chicken Fajita Chopped Salad
Makes 8 cups
WW PP=2 per cup
Cal 113, Carbs 7.1, Fat 3.3, Fiber 2.2, Protein 10.2

Ingredients
2-6 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 tsp. fajita seasoning
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
1 can chopped green chiles
1 red onion, sliced and sautéed
1 plum tomato, chopped
1/2 cup tortilla strips
dressing of your choice (I made a spicy chipotle ranch dressing using a hidden valley packet)

Sprinkle chicken with fajita seasoning and let marinate at lest 30 minutes.

Grill chicken 7-8 minutes per side or until juices run clear. Slice chicken and set aside.

To assemble salad-Toss lettuce and remaining ingredients together. Top with sliced chicken and drizzle with dressing of your choice. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Three Cheese Italian Sausage and Potato Soup




Happy Sunday! Now that the weather has really taken a turn (for the worse in my opinion) I'm officially in soup mode. I wanted something healthy, yet hearty, and this Three Cheese Italian Sausage and Potato Soup was just what I was looking for. I made mine in the crock pot but you can adapt it to make on the stove top. Either way....it's fantastic!


Three Cheese Italian Sausage and Potato Soup
Serves 6
WW PP=6
Cal 235, Carbs 33.5, Fat 6.1, Fiber 2, Protein 12.8

Ingredients
5 cups fat free chicken broth
1/4 cup fat free cream
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
6 small russet potatoes, cut into chunks
2 cups fresh spinach
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
12 oz. Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian Chicken Sausage, sliced

Place all ingredients except for cream and sausage into the crock pot. Stir and cover. Cook on low 6-7 hours. About an hour before serving stir in the cream, and sausage.

Ladle into bowls and top with grated parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Friday, January 9, 2015

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

BBQ Chicken Burritos




It's been a while since I've enjoyed a tasty burrito. I never think to make them because they are packed with calories. But these BBQ Chicken Burritos are a lighter and healthier change from the traditional burrito and they are so GOOD!


BBQ Chicken Burritos
Makes 2 Burritos
WW PP=12 per burrito
Cal  470, Carbs 69, Fat 9, Fiber 15, Protein 39

Ingredients
1.5 cups cooked chopped chicken breast, shredded
1/3 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup beans of your choice (I used pinto)
1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
2 low carb tortillas (I used LaTortilla Factory)
1 cup shredded lettuce
red onion, tomatoes, or any other veggies of your choice

In a small bowl mix together chicken and bbq sauce.

Build the burritos by laying half of the chicken mixture on the bottom of tortilla, and then topping with half of the  beans, rice, shredded cheese, and lettuce. Add in any additional veggies and roll up. Enjoy!


BBQ Chicken Burritos




It's been a while since I've enjoyed a tasty burrito. I never think to make them because they are packed with calories. But these BBQ Chicken Burritos are a lighter and healthier change from the traditional burrito and they are so GOOD!


BBQ Chicken Burritos
Makes 2 Burritos
WW PP=12 per burrito
Cal  470, Carbs 69, Fat 9, Fiber 15, Protein 39

Ingredients
1.5 cups cooked chopped chicken breast, shredded
1/3 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup beans of your choice (I used pinto)
1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
2 low carb tortillas (I used LaTortilla Factory)
1 cup shredded lettuce
red onion, tomatoes, or any other veggies of your choice

In a small bowl mix together chicken and bbq sauce.

Build the burritos by laying half of the chicken mixture on the bottom of tortilla, and then topping with half of the  beans, rice, shredded cheese, and lettuce. Add in any additional veggies and roll up. Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Chili




I love Chili and today is definitely the day to make it! The sub zero temperatures have cancelled school around here and it's actually dangerous to be outside. So, what to do on a day like this? Well, make Chili of course! As most know I am always making something with Buffalo Wing Sauce. I love the stuff. Well, combine it with cream cheese and chicken and you have got a hearty and delicious chili!

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Chili
Serves 4
WW PP=6
Cal 236, Carbs 21.5, Fat 5.5, Fiber 3, Protein 28


Ingredients
16 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
1 cup great northern beans, rinsed
1.25 cups crushed tomatoes
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 pepper chopped, (I used jalapeno)

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Season with chili and garlic powder. Add in remaining ingredients. Stir and cover. Cook on low 4-6 hours. Before serving break chicken into pieces. Serve with blue cheese crumbles and green onion, if desired. Enjoy!

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Hard to believe it's a New Year and with a New Year comes new changes. Most make big resolutions that may be hard to keep. I know because I've done it before! Why not make small and manageable changes. I'm always saying that I am going to eat healthier than I did the year before.  A great way to follow that resolution is by incorporating delicious blueberries into your diet!

Some people may think that blueberries are just a summertime snack but they are available year round which makes them a great healthy and filling snack...and of course yummy! With only 80 calories per serving these tasty little berries are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, Magnese, and K and are also a great way to incorporate more fiber into your diet. Also, loaded with antioxidants you can't go wrong by choosing blueberries for a snack. Next time you are in the mood for a snack, why not choose some blueberries over pretzels or chips. Blueberries are so versatile. I love using them in smoothies, tossing some in my favorite yogurt, and enjoying them in a healthy, yet oh so tasty, oatmeal blueberry cake! Like this one! I am constantly making this for my family and it's a sweet treat that I know is also good for you! Blueberries are a favorite of my son as well and he has been eating them for as long as I can remember!



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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Crispy Santa Fe Chicken



As a food blogger I occasionally get in what I consider a "recipe slump" especially when you cook 5-6 times a week. I'm currently in the middle of one right now and even though I've made Santa Fe Chicken in the past I've never prepared it this way. It's always fun to try twists on old favorites and let me tell you....it was a hit!


Crispy Santa Fe Chicken
Serves 4
WW PP=7
Cal 300, Carbs 10, Fat 11, Protein 39

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (mine were about 5 oz.)
1 cup shake n bake extra crispy
1 tbsp. taco seasoning
1/2 cup chunky salsa
1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese

Pre-Heat oven to 375

Season each chicken breast with taco seasoning. Coat each piece of chicken with shake n bake.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with salsa and cheese. Continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and juices run clear. Enjoy!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Skinny Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan Soup



It is definitely soup weather around here. If it's not in your neck of the woods then...consider yourself lucky! I certainly would. January has brought in some arctic cold air to Chicagoland. We are currently sitting at a toasty 3 degrees. Yes, 3! I see a lot of soups in my future like this incredibly tasty Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan Soup. One of my all time favorite foods but in a soup. It was a hit!


Skinny Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan Soup
Serves 6
WW PP=6
Cal 216, Carbs 24.6, Fat 4.5, Fiber 5.1, Protein 24.3

Ingredients
16 oz. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
4 cups fat free chicken broth
2.5 cups roasted garlic crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. dry Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cups rotini pasta (I used Creamette 150)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
3/4 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese

Add chicken, broth, tomatoes, dry Italian seasoning, salt, and onion to the crock pot. Stir and Cover. Cooking on low for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot and break into pieces. Return to crock pot and add in your pasta and cheeses. Cover and cook on low another 20-30 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Ladle into bowls and top with additional cheese if desired and serve alongside crusty French bread for dipping. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken



Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a great holiday. Hard to believe it's 2015. I'll admit I've had a bit of a hard time jumping back on the healthy eating bandwagon. After all the delicious holiday treats I need to get myself back on track! This Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is a family favorite in my house. It's packed with flavor and it makes a great low calorie dinner!

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
Serves 4
WW PP =5
Cal 213, Fat 10g, Carbs 9.2, Protein 21g

1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, (breasts will work too but I think thighs stay more moist)
1 tbsp garlic powder (fresh garlic is great too)
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 cup honey
1 tsp cider vinegar

Lightly coat the inside of your slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. Add chicken. In a separate bowl mix together dry spices and sprinkle evenly over the chicken. In another bowl mix honey and vinegar. Whisk until well blended and pour over chicken. Cook on low 4 hours. Serve over hot cooked rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken



Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a great holiday. Hard to believe it's 2015. I'll admit I've had a bit of a hard time jumping back on the healthy eating bandwagon. After all the delicious holiday treats I need to get myself back on track! This Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken is a family favorite in my house. It's packed with flavor and it makes a great low calorie dinner!

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
Serves 4
WW PP =5
Cal 213, Fat 10g, Carbs 9.2, Protein 21g

1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, (breasts will work too but I think thighs stay more moist)
1 tbsp garlic powder (fresh garlic is great too)
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 cup honey
1 tsp cider vinegar

Lightly coat the inside of your slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. Add chicken. In a separate bowl mix together dry spices and sprinkle evenly over the chicken. In another bowl mix honey and vinegar. Whisk until well blended and pour over chicken. Cook on low 4 hours. Serve over hot cooked rice or noodles. Enjoy!
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