Monthly Archives: August 2012

Once In a Blue Moon…

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For those of you who did not know it, tonight there is a “blue moon”. It is my understanding, per the news channel, that it actually has nothing to do with the color of the moon. A blue moon is actually when there are two full moons in the same month. Apparently, that is happening tonight.
So me being me, I say, “Let’s do something crazy tonight that would only happen once in a blue moon!” I really need to learn to keep my mouth shut! My husband stopped on his way home from work to pick up milk, eggs and a surprise movie from the red box. He gets home, and….his car will not shut off. We can not turn the key at all, and his car is running.

I hope this doesn’t happen the next time there is a blue moon!!

Here is an easy yet nutritious breakfast that I enjoy making, especially during the work week. I take a sandwich thin and toast it, top it with light butter, cinnamon, and sliced banana. Another variation is to top it with peanut butter, cinnamon and sliced banana.

A billion people before me have done this, so I take no credit.

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Easy Stuffed Peppers

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This recipe is adapted from one that I found here, on the Weight Watcher’s website. For me, one of the best parts of making stuffed peppers is how aromatic they are while cooking. Within minutes, they smell amazing. Which makes it really difficult to wait for them to be finished cooking before eating them!

We have used beef as it calls for in the original recipe, it came out great. We then tried using our chicken burgers from Costco and loved that even more. I am sure these peppers would also be delicious with ground turkey or chicken, or even a veggie patty if you are a vegetarian.
Ingredients:

2 Green Peppers

2 chicken burger patties (or other meat or meat substitute)

1 package of pre-cooked brown rice (this saves time as it is already cooked, no need to even heat it up)

1 can of V8 spicy vegetable juice

4 tbs Parmesan cheese (you can add more on top too)

Ground black pepper to taste if desired

1. If you are not using ground meat, then cut up burger patties into small pieces. Add meat, rice, 1/4 cup of the vegetable juice, and Parmesan cheese.  The mixture should look something like this:

2. Have your lovely assistant (husband) carefully slice off the top of each pepper. Or you can do this yourself. Be sure that your peppers will fit into whatever pan/pot you plan to use. It will look something similar to this:

3. Stuff each pepper with the meat/rice mixture. Save remaining mixture for lunch the next day, it’s good enough to just eat by itself!

4. Pour remaining vegetable juice over and around the stuffed peppers.

5. Cover, simmer peppers over medium-high heat for about 20 minutes.
6. Top with a little extra Parmesan and enjoy.

Chicken Stir-Fry Pizza

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I had not made this in WAY too long. Back when I was in college, and would pretend to be domestic about once a week, my mom gave me this recipe. If I am remembering correctly it was from one of her co-workers or friends.

Pretty much this combines so many of my favorite things, garlic, cheese, chicken and pizza. An added bonus, it’s loaded with veggies, so in my book, that makes it healthy.

This tasty pizza could be made on your own homemade whole wheat crust, on a pre-made crust, or on these cute little individual flat bread thingers that I happened to find at the grocery store this week.
Here is the recipe: (feel free to add any other veggies you think would taste yummy)

Ingredients:

1 pizza crust (this time I used 2 individual flat breads instead)

1 package of part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese

1 chicken breast, cut into tiny bite size pieces

2 tsp olive oil

4-6 gloves of garlic, minced

1 zucchini, sliced

1/2 of a large onion, sliced

1 bunch of broccoli, cut, or you can use frozen broccoli thawed

1 red pepper sliced

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil, and lightly spray with olive oil.

2. As oven is heating cut up veggies and chicken.

3. Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a pan. Add half of the minced garlic, and all veggies stirring frequently until they are softening. Remove veggies from pan, set them aside in a bowl.

4. In the same pan (reducing dishes) add 1 tsp of olive oil, other half of garlic and cut up chicken breast. Cook stirring frequently until chicken is cooked through. Add the veggies back to the pan and mix.

5. Cook pizza crust as directed. If using an already baked crust you may skip this step.

6. Top pizza crust with 1/2 of the cheese. Bake in oven at 425 until cheese is melted. About 3-5 minutes.

7. Remove the pizza and top with chicken mixture and remaining cheese. Bake about 10 more minutes.

8. Add ground pepper if you would like. Cut pizza into slices if needed and enjoy!

P.S. If you look closely at the pictures you will see that it already has a bite taken out….WHOOPS! Also, makes great left overs for lunch.

Sandwich Salad

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Not quite sure what to call this one. It has all of the ingredients I love on a sandwich, so I guess I will just call it the sandwich salad.
In order to pack it as a lunch I just pack the lettuce separate, and throw all the toppings in together like pictured below.

So what exactly is pictured in that mix of stuff?! On the bottom, there are banana pepper rings (from a can) and a little juice from those peppers. There is 1 slice of Provolone cheese, and some chicken lunch meat. Oh yeah, and a pickle (my favorite ingredient). I splash a little bit of balsamic vinegar on top and some freshly ground black pepper. Usually, I also have tomato slices, however all of my tomatoes were nasty and needed to be thrown away.

Here is a picture from the side so that you can see about how much of each ingredient is in the container.

When lunchtime rolls around I just dump the “toppings” onto the lettuce and enjoy it.

The Many Uses of Laughing Cow Cheese

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It amazes me the things that you can make with Laughing Cow Cheese! I am finding that I can use it as a substitute for cheeses, mayonnaise, or pretty much anything else that is creamy. The variety of flavors that laughing cow makes also lends itself to being used for a variety of purposes. However, my grocery store only carries the Swiss and Tomato Basil flavors in the light variety.

In the past I have posted about using Laughing Cow Cheese in No Mayo Chicken Salad. I have also posted my take on Egg Salad, using Laughing Cow Cheese. I use LC on celery, and occasionally on crackers topped with veggies. Yesterday, I discovered another recipe that uses Laughing Cow Cheese as a more healthy, lower fat, alternative, Laughing Cow Mac ‘ Cheese! That recipe can be found here. Another one of my favorite ways to use Laughing Cow Cheese is on a sandwich.

Here is a (junk) picture of my sandwich and other lunch snacks:

This sandwich is very basic. 1 sandwich thin (got a whole ton of these from Costco and froze 1/2 of them) sliced chicken breast, lettuce, onions, sweet peppers (whatever other healthy toppings you would like to add), and 1 tomato basil Laughing Cow Cheese wedge.
The cheese goes great on this sandwich. It gives me the taste of eating cheese, the creaminess of mayo and the flavor of awesomeness all for fewer calories.

Chicken Burger Patties from Costco

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Yes! Another amazing Costco find! They taste great, and to make them even better, each of these patties is only 4 Points Plus on Weight Watchers.

The patties are precooked. They can be “cooked” using a micowave, skillet or on the grill. I have had them each way, and I must say the microwave is actually my favorite. The patty stays juicy, there’s no guess work with how long to cook it, and it’s also the fastest way. Another great thing, although the patties are purchased in bulk, they are packaged with 2 per pack to make for easy freezing. With that being said, we have never actually had to freeze any since they are so yummy, we have no problem using them all up before the expiration date!

My husband prefers to eat them the chicken burgers a “regular” burger, on a sandwich thin. He also puts pepper jack cheese on. I tried this the other night and I would definitely consider eating it like this again. I have just eaten the burger by itself with the following toppings:  salsa, canned tomatoes with basil and garlic, and with onions and sweet peppers. It would also be a yummy way to add meat into a pasta dish.
Here is how I ate my chicken burger for lunch:

The sweet peppers in the bag went on top of the burger once it was heated up. I also do not enjoy heated oranges, so I removed that before sticking it in the microwave. It was an easy, fast and healthy lunch today!

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pizza

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Warning! This is NOT healthy. It is however probably healthier than pizza you would order out. It is also easy to make. This pizza also tastes pretty darn good.

Creating this pizza was sort of an I have a left over pre-made pizza crust, now what can I put on it? We still had pesto left from our Costco adventure. I had picked up a whole ton of shredded cheese while shopping at the commissary a few weeks back. They had it on sale for $0.79, and the expiration date is not until sometime in November so you’d better believe I stocked up. We also had a bag of breaded Tyson chicken breasts in the freezer. We just simply love these for an easy and fast dinner.

You can probably imagine my idea coming together, pizza crust, pesto, cheese and chicken, mmmmm delicious. I brought up my suggestion to the wonderful husband to which he replied with an even tastier, more unhealthy suggestion. “Let’s go buy a can of pre-made alfredo sauce to mix with the pesto!” And that is exactly what we did!

I packed this for my lunch today and ate it with some grapes.
Ingredients:

1 Pre-made whole wheat pizza crust, the thin kind

Pesto (how much you use depends on how pesto-y you want your pizza)

About 1/2 can of Alfredo Sauce

1 small bag of part skim mozzarella cheese

2 Frozen Tyson Breaded Chicken Breasts Cooked and Cut

 

1. First, mix together the Alfredo and Pesto

2. Spread the sauce on the crust evenly.

3. Top with chicken pieces

4. Top with cheese.

5. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

6. ENJOY!!