Skinny Chicken Spaghetti!

Okay y’all it’s been a bit since my last blog post ( I will do better I promise…soon as finals is over) so here is one if my favorites to cook for my kiddos. Bryce loves this and asks for seconds(this is super rare) also it’s super easy and fewer calories than the version I originally found on pioneer
woman.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients
-3 oz. 100% whole wheat noodles
-1 10 oz. can of Rotel ( you can sub and use fresh tomatoes, peppers, blah blah- Rotel is quicker for me)
-1 10 oz. can of 98% fat free Cream of Mushroom
-1 10 oz. can of 98% fat free Cream of Chicken (yes, you can make your own Cream of Whatevers.. I’m lazy, and I don’t care that much)
-6 oz. frozen grilled chicken breast strips (you can use rotisserie chicken or any kind of chicken, this is what I had on hand)
-1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese (fat free cheese makes me want to poke my eyeballs out. sick)
-3 oz. whipped cream cheese (about 1/4 of the tub)
-pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grill the chicken breast strips. If by grill I mean put them in a frying pan and add some PAM and heat them up.
While you’re doing that, boil the wheat noodles. In water. Please don’t tell me I needed to clarify that.
When you’re done with the chicken, cut up the breasts into tiny bite size pieces. Like this

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Drain the noodles and add them and the chicken to a 9×13 pan.
Add in the cream of mushroom, Rotel, and cream of chicken.

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Then add in 1/2 cup of the reduced fat cheese and the whipped cream cheese and stir it all together.
It will not look very appeasing, trust me, IT IS.
Pepper to taste.
When it’s all mixed up sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Super easy.

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Oven baked tacos!!!!

A favorite meal of my children is tacos, they enjoy Taco Tuesdays and since tacos can be a bit messy with little ones I thought of this recipe with my 4 year old in mind. By baking them and allowing the cheese to melt in the shell helps to keep everything in the shell and minimizes the mess….enjoy!

Xoxo
Dee

2 lbs ground beef (or turkey/chicken)
1 small onion diced
1 small can diced green chilies
1 recipe for Homemade taco seasoning (below)
1 (8 ounce) can low sodium tomato sauce
1 (16 ounce) can fat free refried beans
2 cups shredded reduced fat Colby-jack cheese
18-20 hard taco shells {if gluten free, be sure they are}

Optional Condiments-
Lettuce (shredded)
Tomato (diced)
Salsa
Guacamole
Sour Cream
Olives, sliced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a large skillet brown ground beef and onion over medium-high heat. Drain off any excess liquid. Return to pan, add chilies, refried beans, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning. Mix well and cook for a few minutes if mixture seems runny.

Spoon the taco meat mixture into the taco shells and place into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish (OR check out The Taco Rack), standing up. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the taco meat in each shell. Place into the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tacos are heated through.
Remove from the oven and top with any optional condiments for serving.

Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

In a small bowl, mix all together. Store in an airtight container.
I used all of this on 2 lbs of ground meat with a little water mixed in.

The Best Damn Chicken Enchiladas Ever!

Okay, so since I’ve been getting great responses from my previous food post I’m adding another to the collection for y’all to try! Now I’m such an enchilada fan, I looooooooove the sour cream sauce at Gringo’s for the longest I’ve been tweaking my sauce recipe and I’veImage finally perfected it, now time to share with the masses. I made a big batch on Tuesday (18) and the pan was cleared by kids and nieces and nephew;i hope all of you love it as much as they did.

 

xoxo

Dee

 

3 Tbl. unsalted butter

 

3 Tbl. flour

 

1 (14.5 oz.) can low-sodium chicken broth

 

1 c. sour cream

 

1/4 – 1/2 c. green salsa, depending on how spicy you want it

 

    or 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles

 

 

 

rotisserie chicken, shredded

 

    or season a few chicken breasts with taco seasoning

 

    and bake until done, then shred

 

2-3 c. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
8-10 corn or flour tortillas

 

chopped cilantro, onions

 

 

For the enchilada sauce: melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet.  Whisk in the flour, one Tablespoon at a time, to prevent lumps from forming.  Cook a minute or two to cook off the flour taste, stirring occasionally.  Gradually whisk in the chicken broth and whisk until smooth.  Continue cooking until thickened, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once it reaches desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in the sour cream and green salsa; set aside.  Heat tortillas for 10-15 seconds in the microwave until pliable.  Divide shredded chicken between tortillas, top each with a little bit of cheese and cilantro.  Roll up and place seam-side down in a 9×13-inch  pan.  Cover with the enchilada sauce and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.  Broil for a minute or two at the end if you want the cheese to brown. 

 

If you don’t have a taco seasoning pack on hand use salt, pepper, chili powder and fresh garlic.

Breakfast! Green Chile Egg Casserole

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This awesome concoction was created by me this morning and my kids loved it! I thought I’d share with all of you…enjoy!

Xoxo

Dee

Here’s the recipe:

-6 eggs

-1/2 small container of sour cream (we used the Light kind)

-1 small can of diced green chiles

-1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I had raw organic cheddar on hand so I threw that in there)

-garlic powder, salt and pepper

1. Spray a small casserole dish with nonstick spray and preheat the oven 350*.

2. Beat eggs in a bowl and mix in the sour cream mixture

3. Evenly spread out the green chiles on the dish and then top with the cheese. Pour egg and cheese mixture on top.

4. Bake for 30 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned.

Fifty Shades of Coconut Oil….The links!

Yesterday, I posted a great list of 50 uses for coconut oil. Unfortunately the links I had with some of the uses weren’t there when I posted the blog so here’s the links and corresponding numbers on the list! Thanks to Karen for pointing it out to me!

Xoxo
Dee

4. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/top-15-smoothie-ingredients

12. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/kaitlins-blog/coconut-oil-coffee

13. http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/coconut-granola/

15. http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/index.cfm/2009/7/25/Coconut-Oil-Vinegar-Salad-Dressing

19. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-and-wellness/diy-natural-sugar-scrub

21. http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/12/diy-coconut-oil-deodorant.html

22. http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/homemade-coconut-oil-lip-balms/

41. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/essential-oils-aromatherapy-guide

47. http://www.theglutenfreevegan.com/2011/10/how-to-season-a-cast-iron-pan/

49. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

Fifty Shades of Coconut Oil

So anyone that knows me well knows that I toot the horn of coconut oil awesomeness all the time and I did a bit of research to go beyond what I normally use it for…I put it on my hair and I use it for baking(I use separate jars for my hair and for cooking) so here’s some great uses for coconut oil thati hope all of y’all can use! Have fun!

Cooking and Eating
1) Cooking at High Heat – Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative.

2) On Toast Instead of Butter – Simply use coconut oil instead of butter on your toast.

3) Eat it by the Spoonful – Coconut oil is that delicious and healthful. Enjoy one spoonful each morning.

4) Smoothies – Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil’s MCTs. Check out this post for the Top Smoothie Ingredients.

5) Fry Eggs – Lightly coat the bottom of your skillet with coconut oil to create a non-stick surface and delicious eggs.

6) Popping Popcorn – A sweet twist on a classic snack! To make stovetop popcorn, you need a heavy-bottomed pan. First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to the pot. Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely.

7) Popcorn Topping – Instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn. Then sprinkle lightly with Himalayan crystal salt.

8) Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips – Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick. Place slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown. Add salt to taste, and serve with salsa or dip. (Or just eat them plain – either way they’re delicious!)

9) Replace Vegetable Oil for Baking – Next time you make your favorite brownie recipe, replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Your friends will be begging you for the recipe.

10) Pan Frying – Next time you fry up a batch of sweet potato fries or a piece of chicken, use coconut oil.

11) Grilled Cheese with Coconut Oil – No need for butter the next time you are making a grilled cheese sandwich.

12) Coconut Oil Coffee – Adding a spoonful to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost! Here is a great recipe for coconut oil coffee.

13) Homemade Granola – Check out this delicious recipe for coconut granola.

14) A Spoonful in Tea – Allow some coconut oil to melt and mildly flavor your next cup of tea.

15) Salad Dressings – A simple recipe for a salad dressing with coconut oil can be found here.

Skin Care

16) Cheekbone Highlighter – Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.

17) Shaving Lotion – Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.

18) Facial Scrub – Combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. Washing it off is optional.

19) Body Scrub – Combine coconut oil and sugar. Check out this DIY Sugar Scrub recipe.

20) Makeup Remover – Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!

21) Homemade Deodorant – You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe.

22) Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss – Apply directly or create a flavored version with this simple lip balm recipe.

23) Diaper Rash Cream – Apply regularly to the baby’s bottom to improve skin health.

24) Sexual Lubricant – Our Facebook fans swear by this one 🙂

25) Stretch Mark Preventer During Pregnancy – This safe, healthy oil can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching skin.

26) Nipple Cream During Breastfeeding – Coconut oil is a popular choice for nursing mothers because it is a natural safe product.

27) Massage Oil – Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent.

28) Body Moisturizer – Apply directly after showering.

29) Fade Age Spots – Rub on hands or other areas daily.

30) Sunburn Care – A great moisturizer to use after you’ve gotten a bit too much sun.

31) Facial Moisturizer – After you wash your face, massage a light layer on your skin.

32) Mix in Bath Water – Melt about 1/4 cup in the microwave and add it to your bath water and soak.

33) Tanning Oil – Put in a spray bottle and bring to beach. Spray on to keep skin moisturized.

34) Dry Feet Treatment – Mix with salt to form a foot scrub.

35) Elbow Rub – Helps manage the dry skin on your elbows.

Hair Care

36) Leave-in Overnight Conditioner – Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.

37) Hair Flyaway Tamer – Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.

38) Defrizzer of Split Ends – Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.

39) Static Reducer – Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static-y hair.

Other Healthy Uses for Coconut Oil
40) Homemade Toothpaste – Combine equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Sweeten with stevia and flavor with your favorite essential oil.
41) Aromatherapy – Whether you like coconut or not, the soothing aroma of coconut oil is pleasing to us all and can help us wind down after a long, stressful day. Read The Beginner’s Guide to Aromatherapy.
42) Wound Care – Although you may not be ready to give up your Neosporin, coconut oil can even be used as a topical protector for wounds, shielding them with a thin chemical layer from outside contaminants. You can apply a small amount of coconut oil to small scrapes and cuts.
43) Metabolism Booster – 2 tablespoons per day are proven to rev up your metabolism.
44) Thyroid Supporter – Regular coconut oil consumption has been shown to support healthy thyroid function.
45) Energizer – 1 teaspoon can give you a burst of energy instead of turning towards a caffeinated energy drink.
46) Oil Pulling – Swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes before brushing.

Using Coconut Oil Around The House
47) Season a Cast Iron Pan – Here is a nice explanation of how to season a cast iron pan with coconut oil.
48) Use it as a lubricant on small motors/electronics – One Facebook fan uses it to keep his juicer’s motor in top working condition.

Coconut Oil for Animals
49) Feed it to your Dog or Cat – Coconut oil isn’t just healthy for humans. Here is some good info on the benefits for dogs and cats.
50) Put It On Your Cat’s Paw – Put half a teaspoon on your kitty’s paw to keep a shiny coat and cut down on hairballs.

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