Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Slow Cooker Pizza Chili

If you are craving pizza but are in the mood for a little something different (like I was) then you will have to give this Slow Cooker Pizza Chili a try! I was a little skeptical at first but one bite and I was hooked! (as was the rest of my family) Try it for yourself!

Slow Cooker Pizza Chili
(Heavily adapted from 365 days of Slow Cooking)
Serves 6

1 pound italian sausage browned and drained
1 jar pizza sauce
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 oz. pepperoni
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup water
1 tbsp. olive oil
Shredded Mozzarella cheese (for topping)

In a large saucepan heat olive oil and saute peppers and onions until translucent. Transfer to slow cooker and add in the sausage, pizza sauce, tomatoes, pepperoni, parmesan cheese, garlic and italian seasoning and water. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. 

Ladle into bowls and top with shredded mozzarella. Serve with crusty french bread if desired. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken

I'm obsessed with my crock pot lately. I find the best time to use it is when I'm having a busy week like I am now. This Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken is so so good. Serve it over rice or noodles and dinner is served!

Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 205, Carbs 5.5g, Fat 7g, Protein 28.5g

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups baby spinach
3/4 cup Philadelphia Italian Herb Cooking Cream
1 cup Italian style diced tomatoes
fresh parsley for topping, if desired.

Place chicken in crock pot. Sprinkle chicken with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. Add in the cooking cream and top with diced tomatoes and spinach. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Serve over hot cooked noodles or rice. Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Crock Pot Taco Bake

It's no surprise that we love Tacos in our house. I normally make them at least once a week but it's actually been a few weeks since I've made them. I think that is a world record around here! Anyway, this Crunchy Crock Pot Taco Bake is an easy way to prepare tacos ahead time. Layer in your favorite taco toppings and you've got an easy and delicious dinner!

Crock Pot Taco Bake
Serves 8
Cal 304, Carbs 20.8, Fat 13.1, Fiber 1.5, Protein 20.7

1.5 lbs lean ground turkey or beef (I used ground turkey)
1 taco seasoning packet
1 can rotel, undrained
1 cup creamed corn
1.5 cups reduced fat cheddar cheese
9 tostada shells (I used Mission Brand)

Brown meat in a large skillet over medium high heat. Drain and add in the taco packet, rotel and corn,

Spread some of the meat mixture on the bottom of the crock pot. Next sprinkle on some of the cheese. Top with three tostada shells. Repeat until you have three layers. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Cover and cook on low 2-3 hours. Garnish with cilantro or sliced green onions and any other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

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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!
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