Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crock Pot Pesto Chicken Wraps

I just love pesto. It's really versatile and I use it in a lot of different recipes like these Crock Pot Pesto Chicken Wraps. They are so good and packed with flavor. A great healthy and delicious meal!

Crock Pot Pesto Chicken Wraps
Makes 4 Wraps
Cal 355, Carbs 27.2, Fat 16.2, Fiber 14, Protein 36

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
1/3 cup pesto sauce
1 can Italian diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups fresh baby spinach
4 large whole wheat wraps (I used La Tortilla Factory High Fiber Wraps)

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Pour pesto over chicken along with diced tomatoes. Cover and cook on low 4 hours. Break chicken into pieces.

To assemble wraps-evenly divide chicken into four servings. Spoon chicken onto tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella and 1/2 cup baby spinach. Roll up seam side down. Cut in half and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creamy Bacon Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Another family favorite this Creamy Bacon Buffalo Mac and Cheese is the perfect combination of cheese and spice. It's been a while since I've made this dish so I couldn't wait to have it for dinner. It was delish!

Creamy Bacon Buffalo Mac and Cheese
Serves 6
Cal 250, Fat 7.1g, Carbs 30.6, Fiber 4g, Protein 16.6g

8oz elbow macaroni (I used Ronzoni)
1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce (I love Franks)
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (I used bacon bits)
1/4 cup ranch dressing (I used Light)
4 oz light cream cheese (I used fat free)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided (I used reduced fat)

Cook pasta to al dente, then drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan melt cream cheese, milk, and ranch dressing. Whisk until smooth. Slowly add in the wing sauce, and shredded cheese. Once melted stir in bacon and pour mixture over hot cooked pasta. Once combined spoon into bowls and top with sliced green onion and crumbled blue cheese if desired. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Skillet Jambalaya

I'm all about the skillets lately! Its great for busy weeknights when I don't feel like spending all my time cooking. I can't even remember the last time I had Jambalaya, but both my husband and I love it. Toss in your favorite meat and veggies and you've got a hearty and delicious meal!

Skillet Jambalaya
Serves 6
Cal 239, Carbs 32.8, Fat 6.5, Fiber 1, Protein 11.8

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
14 oz. cajun chicken smoked sausage, cut into slices
1 can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
1 medium green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning

Heat olive oil in a large skillet, cook veggies until soft. Add the garlic, sausage, tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil. Stir in the rice and cajun seasoning. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chipotle Lime Steak Burrito Bowls

One thing is for sure.....I'm obsessed with Chipotle. Not that I'm comparing this delicious recipe to Chipotle but its pretty darn close. Minus the cilantro rice and you can indulge without the guilt since my version is low in fat and calories. It's a family favorite in my house!

Chipotle Lime Steak Burrito Bowls
Serves 4
WW PP=12
Cal 477, Carbs 43.7, Fat 16.2, Fiber 5, Protein 38.2

1-2lb Marinated Skirt Steak, Trimmed (I think Flank steak would work well too)
2 Chipotle Peppers in adobo, chopped
Juice of one lime
4 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
1 Cup Black Beans
1 Cup Reduced Fat Shredded Cheese (We Used Monterrey Jack)
Any additional toppings of your choice ( Lettuce, Chopped Tomato, Sour Cream, Cilantro,Red or Green Onion)

Whisk together lime juice and chipotle peppers. Pour over steak. Place steak in ziploc bag and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.

Grill steak 5 minutes per side or until desired doneness (we like medium rare) Slice steak and assemble your burrito bowls with the steak, rice, black beans, and additional toppings of your choice.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Enjoy Crystal Light and earn points to win Miranda Lambert Gear with the new Platinum Rewards Program #Sponsored #CrystalLightWM #MC

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation."

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I've been enjoying CRYSTAL LIGHT for as long as I can remember. As someone who is always watching their weight CRYSTAL LIGHT is a great alternative especially when I am not in the mood for plain old water. I love the wide variety of flavors and I never ever get sick of this tasty beverage! So, of course I was so excited when given the opportunity to participate in the new CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Rewards Program!

Did you know that Miranda Lambert has partnered with CRYSTAL LIGHT to launch the Platinum Rewards Program? This program rewards CRYSTAL LIGHT customers with Miranda Lambert gear like T-Shirts, Mugs, and even an exclusive song download. How cool is that?! I love Miranda Lambert and I love that she, along with CRYSTAL LIGHT, are promoting a healthy lifestyle. I couldn't wait to sign up. I'd really love that Guitar!

Here's how it works:
1. First you will want to sign up for the program here using your email address or Facebook account.
2. Head over to Walmart to Purchase participating CRYSTAL LIGHT products and be sure to keep your receipt!
3. Go to in your mobile browser and log in
4. Click “Snap,” choose “Walmart,” and then click “Select/Take Photo”
5. Snap a clear photo of your receipt and click “Upload This Photo”
6. Redeem points for Miranda Lambert rewards

That's it! I found the whole sign up process to be quite simple. After signing up for the program, I headed over to my local Walmart to purchase my favorite flavors. Fruit Punch, Raspberry Lemonade, and Grape. After purchasing them all I had to do was scan my receipt and I instantly earned points. Easy peasy and right now if you enter the Promo Code  “mirandaic” you will instantly earn 30 free points making it a little easier to get that guitar!

Sign up now to start earning rewards!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Corn Chowder

I'm in total soup mode lately and I am always looking for new ways to prepare the tasty stuff! I love chowders and I find that they are a bit heartier than traditional soups which makes it the perfect dinner. Well, let me tell you....this Buffalo Chicken Corn Chowder hit the spot! It was fantastic!

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Corn Chowder
Serves 6
Cal 227, Carbs 29.5, Fat 3.6, Fiber 1, Protein 19.3

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (mine were about 5oz each)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
4 cups fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup milk (I used 2 percent)
4 cups diced potatoes (I used simply potatoes)
1 can creamed corn
1/2 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits
1/3 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce ( you can use more or less depending on how spicy you'd like it)
Crumbled Blue Cheese and Green Onions, if desired

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Season with garlic powder. Add in the potatoes, corn, onion, chicken broth, and buffalo wing sauce.  Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. About 30 minutes before serving break chicken into pieces. Add in the milk, cheese, and bacon. 

Ladle into bowls and garnish with crumbled blue cheese. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crock Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken Bowls

Are you looking for something simple, yet delicious, with a touch of spice, for dinner? Then I have the meal for you! These Crock Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken Bowls are so easy to prepare and incredibly good! A mix of sweet and spicy chicken served over a bowl of fluffy rice. They were an instant hit!

Crock Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken Bowls
Serves 4 (One serving chicken +one cup brown rice)
WW PP=10
Cal 398, Carbs 57, Fat 6.5, Fiber 2, Protein 29.5

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
3/4 cup Caribbean Jerk Marinade (I used Lawrys)
1 cup pineapple tidbits
1 cup reduced fat cheddar jack cheese
4 green onions, sliced
4 cups cooked brown rice

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Pour in marinade. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours. Break up chicken and add in pineapple. Continue cooking another 30 minutes. Spoon chicken over one cup rice and top with sliced green onions. Enjoy!

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