Friday, November 21, 2014

Protect your little ones with Zarbee's Immune Support #ImmuneSupportZarbees #mc

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Hard to believe its that time of year again. A runny nose, cough, fever, and sneezing. You know what that means... the dreaded cold and flu season has arrived! Now that my little guy is in pre-school I find that he is now more susceptible to colds and flu more than ever and as soon as I see those tell tale signs of a cold I immediately want to try and boost his immune system so he is as healthy as possible. It's so important that my little guy stays healthy since besides school, we are an active family who loves to be outdoors in any season. Sledding, Skiing, Ice Skating, are just some of the fun winter activities that we enjoy this time of year. So, using Zarbee's Immune Support is a great way to boost my little guys immune system.

Zarbee's Immune Supoort are a line of supplements that help build and support the immune system. Something we all need during cold and flu season. Zarbee's Immune Support come in liquid form and also gummies and is made with a special blend of vitamins and minerals. Since Zarbee's is all natural without any side effects,  I feel very comfortable giving this to my toddler. I also love that all Zarbee's products are gluten and dye free and without alcohol or drugs and come with simple dosing instructions.

Zarbee's Products can be found at most retailers like Target, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, RiteAid, Kroger, and K Mart. For more information on Zarbee's line of products be sure to visit them at Zarbees.Com.

What do you do to keep your little ones healthy during cold and flu season? Are there tell tale signs that you see when your kiddos are getting sick?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta Bake

Sometimes I really hate the fact that I love cheesy pasta dishes so much. It would be so much easier to maintain my diet if I hated them! But every once in a while I just need to splurge. And that is exactly what I did tonight! There is something so comforting about noodles with tons of melty cheese and tender chicken. Talk about total comfort food. It was a hit!

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta Bake
Serves 6

16 oz. pasta of your choice (I used elbows)
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. butter
1.5 cups low fat milk
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

Pre-Heat Oven to 375.

Bring a large pot of water to boil, then add pasta and cook for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and whisk in the garlic powder, salt and flour. Cook for one minute. Add the milk and once it starts to boil, slowly add in your shredded cheese. Stirring until the cheese is melted and the sauce thickens. Stir in chicken and pour mixture over pasta and then transfer to a 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle top with Panko breadcrumbs.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with sliced green onions. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Creamy Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili

I just recently started to do meal plans for the week. Funny, but as a food blogger you would think that I always created weekly meal plans but nope, this is only my second week meal planning and wouldn't you know, I've already changed things up. I had to because it is CRAZY cold outside. Like 15 degrees and below zero wind chills. That kind of weather calls for a piping hot bowl of chili and this certainly isn't your ordinary bowl of chili. This Buffalo Chicken Chili is hearty, cheesy, and insanely good. I served mine with cornbread muffins of a hearty, yet healthy dinner.

Creamy Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili
Serves 4
Cal 270, Carbs 23, Fat 7.2, Fiber 5.3, Protein 31

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce (feel free to adjust this to your taste)
4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
green onions, blue cheese crumbles, tortilla strips (for toppings)

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Season with garlic and chili powder. Pour in buffalo sauce, beans, and tomatoes.

Cover and cook on low for 3.5 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot, shred, and return to pot. Add in the cream cheese. Stir and continue cooking for another hour.

Spoon into bowls and top with green onions, blue cheese, and tortilla strips. Enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cheesy Salsa Crock Pot Chicken

I need a meal with some spice to warm me up! It is beyond COLD around here. Downright frigid. It really is crazy considering it's only mid November and the temperature is in the 20's! I've always enjoyed Salsa Chicken but throwing cheese into the mix made me enjoy it even more. What's not to love about ooey gooey cheese topped over chicken? Yummy!

Cheesy Salsa Crock Pot Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 230, Carbs 9.5, Fat 7.7, Protein 31.7

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 jar salsa
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded mexican blend cheese

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Season with garlic and chili powder. Top with salsa and cheese. Cover and cook on low 4 hours. Serve over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Slow Cooker Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Well, that title was a mouthful! If you are a fan of pulled pork sandwiches then you have to give these a try! Super moist and flavorful these sandwiches are easy to make and best of all, your slow cooker does all the work. A great meal for a busy weeknight!

Slow Cooker Root Beer BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Makes 4 Sandwiches

2-3 lb pork roast (I used a sirloin pork roast)
2 tbsp. BBQ Seasoning (I used McCormicks)
1 cup Root Beer
1.5 cups BBQ Sauce of your choice (I like Stubbs)

Place your roast in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with BBQ Seasoning and pour in the Root Beer. Cover and cook on low 6 hours. Remove pork and shred with two forks. Return to slow cooker and pour in the BBQ Sauce. Continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes.

Spoon shredded pork onto rolls. Serve with extra sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Three Cheese Rotini Bake

There is nothing like a hot comforting bowl of pasta to warm you up on a cold winter (um..I mean fall) night! Although it certainly feels more like winter around here than fall, that's for sure. We are getting blasted with a cold snap this week. Highs in the 30's. What? Ugh. Anyway, this Three Cheese Rotini Bake is a pasta lovers dream. Made with three cheeses and I also used meat to please my meat loving hubby. It's going to be a new family favorite in my house!

Three Cheese Rotini Bake
Serves 6
WW PP=10
Cal 413, Carbs 47.1, Fat 11.8, Fiber 5, Protein 29.8

1 lb. lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
2 tbsp. italian seasoning blend
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups marinara sauce of your choice (I love Barilla)
12 oz. rotini pasta (I used Ronzoni)
1/2 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Drain and season with garlic powder and italian blend. Stir in the ricotta cheese and marinara.

Cook pasta just short of al dente. Drain and place in a baking dish. Pour meat sauce over pasta and top with shredded cheeses.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Skillet Hawaiian Chicken

I never ever get sick of chicken. Seriously. I love how versatile it is and you can create so many great dishes with it. Like this Skillet Hawaiian Chicken. My family devoured this. Literally. It was so good. I served it with a salad for a delicious weeknight meal!

Skillet Hawaiian Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 202, Carbs 28.2, Fat 6.5, Fiber 1, Protein 12.5

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. honey
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 can pineapple tidbits, undrained
1 can Golden Mushroom Soup
sliced green onion

Season chicken with garlic powder. 

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken about 10 minutes or so. Add in the soup, soy sauce, honey, and pineapple. Combine well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. 

Serve over rice and garnish with green onion, Enjoy!

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