Chicken Spaghetti Casserole Chicken Spaghetti Casserole When I asked Facebook fans the other day about the possibility of me posting a new casserole recipe, I received an overwhelming response. It seems that there are a lot of casserole-lovers out there! I live in San Diego- not really the Casserole Capital of America. This is quite the cheesy casserole, and I mean that in a good way. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe. Boil the pasta, just so it’s kinda al dente (still has a slight bite to it). Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. Cook the veggies in that melted butter, just until they’re a little bit softened up. Mix nonfat milk with fat-free cream of mushroom soup. Pour that sauce into the veggies. Mix it up. Add cheese. It melts into the sauce nicely. Mix in chopped, cooked chicken and the pasta. Add some tabasco for flavah. Pour it into a greased baking dish. It looks purdy, don’t it? More cheese. Sprinkle it on the top. Bake it for a half hour or so, and it comes out all bubbly and hot and melty.
The Original Caramel Apple Jello Shots [With Real Apples] Can you believe I actually spend time trying to figure out what kinds of food could be used as a vessel for jello shots? I'm not a lush I swear ... although my blog would have you totally fooled. It's just that, after filling lemons, limes, oranges and strawberries with vodka infused jello, I knew there had to be something else ... So we tried apples... and guess what? (If you wanted something with a little bit more alcohol content you could always try them out with Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka instead of butterscotch schnapps) Or for a kid friendly, non-alcoholic version just use cold water mixed with two tablespoons of caramel syrup instead of butterscotch schnapps or vodka! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side Celebrate Mardi Gras with this colorful Cajun spiced pasta tossed with chicken strips, bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms and scallions in a creamy light sauce. One of the easiest ways to lighten up a pasta dish is to add tons of protein and vegetables to your dish which keeps the portions large and the carbs low and this dish is a perfect example. Be sure to be generous with your Cajun spices, it should have plenty of kick so don't be shy! I took a knife skills class at Sur La Table this week with my girlfriend and of course I HAD to buy a new knife and cutting board there. This dish comes together rather quickly once all your vegetables are chopped. You can make this with shrimp instead of chicken, or use a combination of both. Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter SideSkinnytaste.comServings: 5 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 ptsCalories: 323.8 • Fat: 6.2 g • Protein: 25.9 g • Carb: 44.1 g • Fiber: 6.3 g • Sugar: 3.2 gSodium: 126.5 mg (without salt) Ingredients:
Roasted Parmesan Sweet Potatoes — Teenie Cakes My mom occasionally baked sweet potatoes when making a roast. My sisters, brother and I wouldn’t touch it, so my parents happily enjoyed these tuberous roots to themselves. Come to think of it, they never really insisted or enforced that we partake in its consumption and happily enjoyed it for themselves. So all these years later, I’ve decided to give sweet potatoes (also sometimes mistakenly referred to as yams in the United States) another try. These colorful roots boast some impressive health benefits. They are sweet, and I admit…took some getting used to because my mind stubbornly held that they looked like potatoes, but didn’t taste like potatoes. Serving these roasted Parmesan sweet potatoes alongside some BLTs with avocado proved to be a complimentary combination. Nutrition tidbits about Sweet Potatoes Interesting article: What is the Difference between a Sweet Potato and a Yam? Note: I am not a dietitian or nutritionist. Special Handling Roasted Parmesan Sweet Potatoes Serves 3-4
Baked Cheesy Chicken Bake Today’s recipe is a cheesy baked pasta that I found over at Our Best Bites . Sara based the recipe on a Martha Stewart recipe. This yummy dish consists of a cheesy pasta blended with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms. Now I know the sun-dried tomatoes aren’t something most of you probably keep on had, so you could just leave them out if you like. Then just up the amount of chicken or mushrooms by 1 cup or I was thinking some broccoli or asparagus tips would also work well in place of the tomatoes. I did however really enjoy the sun-dried tomatoes in this dish but some of my family did eat around them. Another great thing about this recipe is it makes two – 2 quart dishes. When I made this recipe I also decided to try it with some pasta samples that I had received from Ronzoni . Finally, the winner of the “Nourish Your Inner Goddess” giveaway from Yoplait and MyBlogSpark is: Kate who said: I always love any kind of berry yogurt. Congrats Kate! Baked Cheesy Chicken Penne
Handle the Heat » Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes Filipino Adobo Chicken In the Philippines, adobo refers to the process of stewing chicken or pork in vinegar and a soy based sauce with lots of garlic. As this simmers, your kitchen will be filled with an intoxicating sweet and sour aroma that will leave you anxious to eat. My friend Liren of Kitchen Confidante was so gracious to share her family recipe with me, which I slightly modified to reduce the fat. I served this over brown basmati rice which made this a complete meal. It's recommended marinating this overnight but if you're pressed for time, at least one hour before cooking. I always use dark meat when making stew; legs and thighs both work well. I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and didn't eat too much! Filipino Adobo ChickenAdapted from Kitchen Confidante Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 2 drumsticks • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts Calories: 174.8 • Fat: 4.3 g • Protein: 27.2 g • Carb: 5.0 g • Fiber: 0.5 g Ingredients:
appetizers This week has been such a mess! I can't wait for next week for a total do over! I have so much to accomplish this weekend - thank goodness it's a 3day weekend! Any fun plans you guys have for the extra time? Meanwhile... let's look at some yummy mini appetizers that you can make with your garden's supply of ripe tomatoes (or on sale at the market heehee)! Anything with goat cheese, I am a HUGE fan! Whip up some caprese bites! BLT stuffed cherry tomatoes! I am a HUGE fan of serving bruschetta! Party add on! Don't have enough little plates to do a fancy mini appetizer spread? Balsamic BBQ Glazed Chicken A homemade balsamic bbq sauce is used to glaze chicken as it’s grilling. The result is tender chicken with a slightly sweet, and tangy taste. Summer is one of my favorite seasons for one simple reason: grilling. We finally invested in a Big Green Egg last year and it completely changed the way I think about grilling. This recipe is all about the balsamic bbq sauce that you use to baste the chicken while it’s grilling. While I used a grill pan with great success, I know this recipe would turn out even better using a grill. Is anyone else just itching for Spring to arrive? Prep Time: 5mn Cook Time: 35mn Total Time: 40mn 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts1 cup balsamic vinegar3/4 cup ketchup1/3 cup brown sugar1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder In a sauce pan, combine balsamic vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, salt, black peper, and garlic powder.
Red Velvet Cheese Ball | The ultimate dip for red velvet lovers!! This sweet version of a cheeseball will have you going back for more! Follow Taste and Tell Every once in awhile, an idea comes to me. An absolutely brilliant idea. Now, I’m not one to toot my own horn, or to pat myself on the back, but I do believe that this one deserves a little of both. Red. Yep, you read that right. I guess I can’t say the idea is completely original. The best way I thought to get that red velvet flavor and color while keeping the texture of the cheese ball was to use a cake mix. Not only would this great for Valentine’s Day, but I’m sure it would be a hit at your Super Bowl party this weekend, too! The ultimate dip for red velvet lovers!! Ingredients 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups red velvet cake mix, dry 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips assorted cookies and crackers (my favorite was Vanilla Wafers) Instructions