Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

It's not often that I try to make anything that I would consider to be Chinese food, so I like to call this my "Asian Inspired" dish. My husband loves loves loves Chinese food, me on the other hand, well...not so much. I do love orange chicken though and if I can make it in the crock pot then I like it even better! I served this along side homemade egg rolls (recipe coming soon) and it was fantastic!

Crock Pot Orange Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 209, Carbs 28, Fat 1.2, Protein 22.5

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
3/4 cup orange marmalade
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. garlic chili paste
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. rice wine vinegar

Arrange chicken in the bottom of crock pot. Whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours. Right before serving break chicken into chunks and serve over rice. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Taco Enchilada Bake

It's taco Tuesday again and tonight I am making a Taco Enchilada Bake. Basically, it is beef tacos with an enchilada filling that is topped with cheese and baked. I am the one in the family with the taco obsession and since my husband gets sick of them quickly I am always thinking of new ways to prepare them and these were a hit!

Taco Enchilada Bake
Serves 6
Cal 298, Carbs 19.6, Fat 14, Fiber 1, Protein 20.6

1 lb lean ground beef or turkey (I used ground turkey)
3 tsp. Taco seasoning
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can rotel,drained
1.25 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese
12 hard shell tacos
Shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes for topping

Pre-Heat oven to 350

Brown ground beef over medium high heat. Drain and add in the taco seasoning, rotel, and enchilada sauce. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Spoon into taco shells and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with additional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sour Cream and Bacon Crock Pot Chicken

I'm loving my Crock Pot these days and most of my meals lately have been made in it. Like this Sour Cream and Bacon Crock Pot Chicken. What I love about this dish is that I was able to make it without any canned soups. I served it over noodles (but it would be great over rice too) It was a hit in my house!

Sour Cream and Bacon Crock Pot Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 252, Carbs 4.2, Fat 12.2, Protein 28.7

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
5 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
1/3 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup reduced fat milk
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Season with salt.

In a bowl whisk together cream cheese, sour cream, milk, and garlic powder. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours. Serve over noodles or rice. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Crock Pot Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Chops

Well that title was a mouthful! I rarely make pork chops in the crock pot because I am always worried about them drying out. That was until now. These pork chops were so moist and tender that they literally fell apart.I served them on a bed of rice with extra sauce drizzled on top. They were incredible!

Crock Pot Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Chops
Serves 4
Cal 282, Carbs 9.7, Fat 8.7, Protein 40.2

2 lbs boneless top loin pork chops (I used 8 thin)
1/8 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tbsp. Cornstarch
1 tbsp. Water

Arrange chops in bottom of crock pot. Season with salt.

In a bowl whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over chops.

Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours. Remove pork from crock pot. Transfer liquid to a small sauce pan and whisk in cornstarch and water. Heat until thickened and drizzle over pork. Enjoy!

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As most know already, I am a Sprint Mom Ambassador. I've been lucky enough to be able to test out the latest Sprint devices like the new Sprint Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone. I didn't even know Sharp made smartphones! But let me tell you, I was impressed. My first thoughts upon receiving this phone is that I was immediately drawn to the unique shape, large 5 inch HD screen, and sleek feature. I also love the color as well. A nice change from the traditional black smartphones that I so often see. What I also enjoy about this smartphone is the Harmans Live Stage which provides a more "headphone" listening experience by adding dimension to the sound. How cool is that? Listening to music on my smartphone is very important to me and that makes the audio on this device sound amazing! Another great feature this phone offer is the "night catch" feature. With night catch you are able to brighten your photo and the background when taking nighttime pictures.

This smartphone also comes with all the Google Apps.

Did you know that SoftBank and Sprint merged together to bring the Sharp Aquos Crystal to the US? Sprint and it's pre-paid brands (Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile) are the exclusive carriers for the Sharp Aquos. Also, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers have the choice of how they wish to finance their smartphone with each brand offering its own unique benefits.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone also comes with these additional features:

Wi-Fi Calling allows users to use their voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks

Clari-Fi™ technology improves digital sound quality by restoring all types of compressed digital music

Clip Now, which takes screenshots with one swipe and saves them with an embedded URL for easy sharing

8MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras

Crystal clear HD Voice

Embedded 2,040mAh battery

1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB (RAM) and 8GB (ROM)

Click HERE for more information about the Sprint Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone and you can also visit Sprint.Com.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Calzones

Looking for a quick and easy dinner? Then be sure to give these tasty Buffalo Chicken Calzones a try. They are a fun change from the traditional and if you are "Buffalo" obsessed like I am then you are sure to love them!

Buffalo Chicken Calzones
Makes 4 Calzones
WW PP=10
Cal 368, Carbs 37.2, Fat 12.2, Fiber 1, Protein 28.2

2 cups chopped chicken breast
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce (I used Franks)
1 tbsp. dry ranch seasoning
1/2 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits
4 slices reduced fat provolone cheese
1 refrigerated pizza crust

Pre-Heat oven to 425. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, bacon, ranch seasoning, and wing sauce.

Unroll dough; place on cookie sheet.

Starting at the center, press out dough into a large rectangle; cut into 4 (7x5-inch) rectangles.

Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture onto half of each rectangle, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edge. Lay one slice of cheese over each. Fold dough in half over filling; press edges firmly with fork to seal. Prick tops with fork.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Skillet Shells and Cheese with Bacon

Once in a while I just need to splurge on a cheesy pasta dish. And this is one of my favorites! Actually my whole family loves this dish. It's definitely not diet friendly but it's oh so good!

Skillet Shells and Cheese with Bacon
Serves 6

16 oz. medium shell pasta
2 cups shredded american cheese blend, divided
1.5 cups low fat milk
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup ritz crackers, crushed

Cook pasta to al dente, drain and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet melt the butter. Once melted whisk in flour, salt, and pepper. Stir for about 3 minutes. Slowly, stir in the milk and once thickened add in half of the shredded cheese. Stir until melted.

Add in the cooked pasta and top with remaining shredded cheese, crushed crackers, and bacon.

Place under broiler for about 3-4 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Enjoy!

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