Sunday, December 8, 2013
It's a cold and snowy day here in Chicagoland. I'm actually enjoying it for once because it looks so pretty and it really gets me into the Holiday Spirit. Plus, it's Sunday so I don't need to be outside driving in it! Cold and snowy weather also has me craving comfort food. Nothing says comfort food like this creamy Ravioli Carbonara. I also lightened it up so you can enjoy it without feeling guilty!
Cal 291, Carbs 35.6, Fat 9g, Fiber 2g, Protein 15
1 package frozen cheese ravioli
1 can petite tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup milk (I used 2 percent)
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. light cream cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon or bacon bits
In a large sauce pan over medium heat whisk together milk, cream cheese, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese. Once thickened add in ravioli, tomatoes, and bacon. Toss to coat. Continue cooking for 5-7 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan if desired. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I love skillet meals. It's been a while since we have had good old pasta and meatballs so I decided that would make a great skillet dinner. It was a hit!
Creamy Bowtie Pasta and Meatball Skillet
1 cup breadcrumbs ( I like panko)
1 lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef ( I used ground turkey)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Vodka Cream Sauce)
12 oz bow tie pasta
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil, if desired
In large bowl mix bread crumbs, ground beef, 1/4 cup cheese, the Italian seasoning, garlic powder and 1/4 cup of the pasta sauce until well blended. Shape into 16 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.
Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Cook meatballs in skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned.
Add pasta sauce, and red pepper to meatballs; turn meatballs to coat. Cover; cook over medium-low heat 15 to 20 minutes, stirring sauce and turning meatballs occasionally, until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink.
Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Combine meatballs and pasta together and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I rarely make casseroles but if it involves tacos then I am definitely going to make it! I tweaked a few of the ingredients but this was a delicious casserole that the whole family enjoyed.
Crunchy Taco Casserole
Adapted from Taste of Home
Cal 268, Carbs 15.6, Fat 13.5, Fiber .8, Protein 21
16 oz. lean ground beef
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 can rotel, undrained
1 can healthy request cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups corn or tortilla chips
tomato, olives, lettuce or any other toppings of your choice
Pre-Heat oven to 375.
While oven is pre-heating brown ground beef. Drain and add in chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, soup, rotel, and 1/4 cup cheese. Stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.
To assemble, layer meat mixture and tortilla chips. Top with cheese. Bake, uncovered for about 15 minutes or until casserole is heated through and cheese is melted. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I love making soup in the Crock Pot and today is the perfect day for a nice bowl of it. It's foggy and rainy. My original plan was to make a batch of tomato soup but I was short a few ingredients and was in no mood to hop in the car and drive to the store when it's so crappy outside. I settled on the Cheesy Potato and Sausage soup instead. It was a hearty and delicious meal!
Crock Pot Cheesy Potato and Sausage Soup
Cal 183, Carbs 19.5, Fat 5.8, Fiber 1.5, Protein 13.3
1-16oz package smoked turkey sausage, cut into chunks
1 package cubed refrigerated potatoes (I used simply potatoes)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1 cup fat free milk
4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 cup shredded American cheese blend (I like Kraft)
Add potatoes, onions, and chicken broth to the crock pot. Season with salt, garlic powder, and red pepper. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Add the sausage, cheese, and milk. Stir and continue cooking an additional hour. Garnish with additional cheese and sour cream if desired. Enjoy!
Monday, December 2, 2013
I love the combination of Honey Dijon Mustard and Garlic. The sweet, spicy, and savory flavors go so well together. I decided why not combine them with chicken and let my slow cooker do all the work! I served this tasty chicken over hot noodles but rice would be great too. I can't wait to add this to the meal rotation!
Slow Cooker Honey Dijon and Garlic Chicken
Cal 127, Carbs 4.2, Fat 0.5, Protein 22
16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 cup dijon mustard (I like Grey Poupon)
1 tbsp. honey
Arrange chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Top with chopped garlic.
In a small bowl whisk together mustard and honey. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve over noodles or rice. Enjoy!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's hard to believe that it is December 1st already! Wow. How did that happen so quickly? While I enjoy Thanksgiving I am definitely done with Turkey for a while! For dinner tonight I decided on an old favorite of mine as well as my husbands. Baked Sriracha Beef Tacos. Super simple and delicious. What's not to love when you combine the spicy kick of the sriracha along with lots of yummy cheese!
Baked Sriracha Beef Tacos
Makes 12 Tacos
WW PP=4 (per taco)
Cal 135, Carbs 7, Fat 7.5g, Fiber 1g, Protein 11.2
1lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. sriracha
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar
12 hard shell tacos
shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream (for toppings)
Arrange taco shells in a baking dish.
Over medium high heat brown ground beef, drain. Add in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and sriracha. Turn heat to low and let simmer 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
To assemble tacos, divide filling evenly between tacos. Top with shredded cheddar. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and taco shells are nicely browned and crispy. Top with any additional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
This is a sponsored post on behalf of http://www.millennialcentral.com
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Budweiser. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
For the love of Beer:Project 12 Review Sponsored Post
You may be wondering what the heck I am talking about. Well, I like to consider myself a Beer connoisseur. So, when I was selected to sample Budweiser's new line of Project 12 Special Edition Beers how could I say no? Both my husband and I are beer drinkers. But neither of us drink Budweiser products. I've never been a fan of Budweiser although we both love specialty beers and love to experiment so this was right up our ally. I couldn't wait to start the taste testing! I was given 3 different types of Beer to Sample.
The first beer I sampled was the Pacific Style Pale Ale. I love pale ales so I was really excited to try this one. My excitement slowly fizzled to disappointment after tasting this pale ale. This beer pours like a light beer and has a crisp lager taste. To me this tastes like I am drinking a regular light beer. I was hoping for the trademark floral and citrus tastes that you commonly find in a pale ale. I was not impressed.
The second of the three beers I sampled was the Vanilla Bourbon Cask Ale. While pouring this beer you could smell the Vanilla immediately. It is an amber colored ale and tastes almost like a cream soda with a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, if this had been a darker more full bodied beer like a porter or stout I probably would have loved it.
Last on the list was the Beechwood Bock. The Beechwood Bock is an American Amber Beer that pours dark with a small off white head that fades quickly. Right away I tasted some metallic notes which I am not a fan of and finished off with the taste of caramel. Overall I thought this beer was okay. Although this was my husbands favorite of the three. He thought it was very drinkable for a Bock.With a touch of caramel and chocolate aftertastes.
After taste tasting all three beers I have to admit that I was not impressed. Maybe I am too much of a Beer "Snob" but these beers just didn't pass the test. They don't stand up to the micro brews that I am used to drinking. I do applaud Budweiser for trying.
To learn more about these new Special Edition Beers please visit the Anheuser-Busch website.