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Caprese Bites & Chicken Veggie Pasta

1 Jul

I love cooking for other people! I take any opportunity I get to make food for others, it’s my favorite way of showing love for friends & family! Every week, some friends and I try to get together and take turns making dinner for each other, and I love it. It’s also a good way to utilize some recipes that have been sitting around that I’ve been waiting to try. Turns out, these two recipes were perfect for a mid-summer dinner get together. Continue reading

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Make-Ahead Salad in a Jar

2 Apr

Since I took a step back and started looking a little more closely at the way I eat, I have tried some things that I definitely wouldn’t have even considered before… I ate salads every single day for lunch last week, I used spaghetti squash in place of pasta, and I made chocolate pudding out of mashed avocadoes (sounds odd but it tastes like brownie batter). Crazy!

It’s funny, because anyone who knows me pretty well knows that I don’t really do salads…. I LOVE salads, but I don’t digest leafy greens very well… too much information? Ha!

So, I found this idea for salads in jars on Pinterest (no surprise, with their crazy obsession with Mason jars); it’s really great to spend a little time on a Sunday and not have to worry about planning lunches all week! From what I heard, they can last up to 5 days if you pack them pretty tight. It’s an easy concept: you put the dressing on the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar, layer with veggies, and top with lettuce or spinach so it doesn’t get soggy. Pretty brilliant if you ask me! And you can make all sorts of varieties and flavors!

UPDATE 4/14/12: I made the salads on a Sunday, and they stayed PERFECT throughout the whole week- through Friday!

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Skinnier Chicken Enchiladas

22 Mar

I find it really difficult to be “healthy” at a Mexican restaurant. First of all, they place a giant bowl of fried tortilla chips in front of you, and nobody expects you to just stare at it. It’s gonna end up in your belly. Tempting and basically unavoidable. Bad start, right off the bat!

Then, it seems like everything (besides the salads) on the menu is loaded with cheese, and leaves a puddle of grease on the plate… not to mention, the next day, your fingers puff up so bad from sodium overload your rings barely fit on your hands. Tastes sooo good going down, but ughhh, let’s face it, I never feel great after eating out at Mexican restaurants.

Here’s my lighter version of some at-home Mexican fare. Not so heavy on the cheese, grease or salt, but big on flavor, as Mexican should be! Continue reading

Spinach & Artichoke Chicken

26 Feb

Love Spinach & Artichoke Dip? Then you’ll love this chicken!

For potlucks at work, I make a spinach & artichoke dip in a crock pot because it’s easy and I can make it ahead the night before.  I get to work around 7:45 AM, plug in the crock pot, and by 10:15 AM, there’s nothing left! EVERY TIME! I barely get a chance to taste my own creation, but last time I made it, I got there with about 10 minutes to spare…. I did manage to steal a scoop, and I can confirm it is quite tasty.

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Herb Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

16 Jan

Now that's a good lookin' bird!

You know those rotisserie chickens at Walmart, Sentry, Copps, etc? I always stare at those when I pass them at the store, wondering if I could figure out a better way to do it myself at home.  They’re so easy for dinner, and pretty cheap too, but I would feel better making it in my own stove rather than have it sit under a heat lamp all day. For about the same price ($6), I bought a whole chicken and some veggies to go with it (another $3). 9 bucks for at least 3 or 4 meals? I’ll take it! Continue reading

Chicken Tortilla Soup

26 Dec

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas weekend! I know that a lot of people did SO much cooking the last few days, and will be eating leftovers for several days in an attempt to avoid cooking. So, I wanted to post an EASY recipe that you can take to work or have ready for dinner when you come home.

It’s another recipe made in the crockpot, but how much easier could this get? I make a note to keep these items on hand at all times so I can make it whenever I don’t feel like cooking. It is so simple, and it has such a great flavor.  I take it to work often, along with a little container of cheese/sour cream/tortilla chips to add. Continue reading

Penne Rosa with Parmesan Crusted Chicken

11 Nov

I’ve always admired Noodles & Co. because they use mostly fresh ingredients, and make each dish made-to-order when a customer walks in the door. It’s also super tasty! I got a little inspiration last night and decided that Penne Rosa with parmesan crusted chicken wouldn’t be too hard to make at home. Continue reading

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