Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crock Pot Chipotle Lime Chicken Wraps




I love the smoky spicy flavor of Chipotle Peppers and when you combine them with a little lime juice and you've got a flavor explosion! I had originally planned on grilling the chicken but Mother Nature was not cooperating and I was not about to go and grill in a crazy down pour. So, I decided to use my crock pot instead. What a simple, easy, and delicious meal!


Crock Pot Chipotle Lime Chicken Wraps
Makes 4 Wraps
WW PP=8
Cal 293, Carbs 33, Fat 8, Fiber 4, Protein 31


Ingredients
16 oz boneless skinless chicken 
4 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Juice of one lime
4 12 inch flour tortillas
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Arrange chicken in the bottom of the crock pot. Season with salt and chili powder. Add in the chipotle peppers and lime juice. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours. Shred chicken and remove from crock pot.

Build the wraps by laying shredded cheese on the bottom of tortilla, and then arranging the chicken mixture. Top with a little more grated cheese and roll up.

Serve with sour cream or salsa if desired. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pretzel Crusted Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese



Yep, sounds ridiculously fattening....and well..it kinda is. Everyone has gotta splurge once in a while. Or at least I think so. I love Macaroni and Cheese. It is so versatile and one of my absolute favorite foods. Add smoky bacon and crispy salty pretzels to it and it is pure heaven! Drool!


Pretzel Crusted Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese
Serves 8

Ingredients
16 oz. short pasta (I used Shells)
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 cup crushed pretzels

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 pretzels, and bacon.

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crock Pot Chicken French Dip Sandwiches



As I was laying in bed the other night watching Diners, Drive Ins and Dives they had an episode in which a Pork French Dip Sandwich was featured. It looked so amazing I was literally drooling! I knew I had to make that sandwich. Unfortunately, my local Super Target was completely out of pork tenderloins when I stopped there today. What the what? Sold out of pork? So instead of a Pork French Dip Sandwich I made a Chicken French Dip. Well, let me tell you....the end result was Fantastic! I have seriously been missing out all these years! This is going to be a new favorite of ours for sure!


Crock Pot Chicken French Dip Sandwiches
Serves 4
WW PP=10
Cal 380, Carbs 37, Fat 9, Protein 37


Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 can French Onion Soup
1/2 cup water
4 slices swiss cheese
Crusty French Bread

Arrange chicken in the bottom of crock pot. Season with garlic powder and pepper. Add in soup, Worcestershire, and water. Cover and cook on low 4 hours. About 15 minutes before removing from crock pot add the sliced cheese to the top of the chicken.

Serve chicken on french bread with a side of au jus for dipping. Enjoy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Slow Cooker Loaded BBQ Chicken and Potato Soup




You might be thinking that I am crazy for making soup in the middle of August but eh...who cares! I love a good pot of soup especially if it's made in the slow cooker. Such a time saver! The idea behind this soup comes from my Loaded BBQ Chicken and Potato Casserole. It's basically the same thing but in a soup. It was beyond good and a hit with the entire family!


Slow Cooker Loaded BBQ Chicken and Potato Soup
Makes Approx 8 Cups
WW PP=5 (Per Cup)
Cal 181, Carbs 19.8, Fat 4.2, Fiber 1, Protein 15.6


Ingredients
12 oz. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
5 cups frozen diced potatoes
6 cups fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup reduced fat milk (I used 2 percent)
1/2 yellow onion diced
1/2 cup bbq sauce
1/3 cup crumbled bacon or bacon bits
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar jack

Add chicken, bbq sauce, onion, chicken broth, garlic powder, and salt to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Break chicken into pieces and stir in milk, bacon, and shredded cheese. Continue cooking for another 30 minutes.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with additional bacon, green onions, and sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!





Sunday, August 17, 2014

Spicy Four Cheese Baked Tacos




Happy Sunday! It's another Taco Night around here. I honestly have to say that I NEVER get sick of tacos! Hence why we have them so often. I do try and come up with new ways to prepare them but classic beef tacos are by far my favorite! This recipe combines the traditional beef taco along with a blend of four cheeses and spicy sriracha for a spicy, cheesy, fantastic taco!

Spicy Four Cheese Baked Tacos
Makes 10 Tacos
WW PP=5
Cal 195, Carbs, 10.2, Fat 9.4, Fiber 1, Protein 14.7

Ingredients
1.5lbs lean ground beef or turkey
1 taco packet
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. sriracha 
1 cup Mexican shredded four cheese blend (I used Sargento)
10 hard shell tacos
additional toppings of your choosing

Pre-Heat oven to 350

Brown ground beef over medium high heat. Drain and add in the taco seasoning, water, and sriracha. Let simmer for about 10 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!

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