Monday, April 23, 2018

Fire Roasted Tomato Spaghetti

Every once in a while I like to keep things simple for dinner and you can never go wrong with Spaghetti! This simple spaghetti is easy and oh so tasty. It's topped with a fire roasted tomato sauce. Homemade and this sauce was so good I made an extra batch to freeze! If you like your pasta with a bit of a kick, be sure to check out this recipe!

Fire Roasted Tomato Spaghetti
Serves 6

12 oz. spaghetti cooked to al dente
1 64 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup water

Using a blender puree the tomatoes. Transfer to a large sauce pan. Add in the water, chopped garlic, red pepper, salt, and oregano. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes or so. I find the longer it simmers the better.

Spoon over hot cooked spaghetti and garnish with shredded parmesan. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lemon Garlic Chicken Caesar Salad

Happy Wednesday! I had a serious about with stomach flu the past couple of days which had me bed bound and let me tell you....the stomach flu is no joke! I'm just happy to be feeling better and since it was actually pretty nice outside today I decided on this Lemon Garlic Chicken Caesar Salad.  Chicken Caesar Salad has to be "hands down" my favorite! This recipe is a twist on my traditional favorite and not only is it healthy, it is delicious! A hit with my entire family!

Lemon Garlic Chicken Caesar Salad
Makes Approx. 10 cups
Cal 145, Carbs 6.2, Fat 6.3, Fiber 3.5, Protein 17.2

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. garlic salt
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup croutons
1 tomato, chopped
8 Romaine Hearts, chopped
1/2 cup reduced fat Caesar dressing
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced

Season chicken with garlic powder, garlic salt, red pepper and lemon juice. Grill about 5-7 minutes per side or until juices run clear. Slice and set aside.

In a large bowl toss together lettuce and remaining ingredients. Drizzle dressing over top and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan Soup

It's April and what am I making for dinner? Soup. Yep,that's right! I think mother nature is still confused in Chicagoland. It's cold, rainy, and tonight they are calling for snow. So soup it is! You can't go wrong with chicken, cheese, and pasta, combined into a tasty soup. It is downright delicious and weight watcher friendly. Comfort food in a bowl. Yum!

Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan Soup
Serves 6
Cal 278, Carbs 33.3, Fat 4.6, Fiber 3, Protein 24.6

16 oz. boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
4 cups fat free chicken broth
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp. dry Italian seasoning blend
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. salt
1 cup Italian style diced tomatoes
8 oz. pasta of your choice, cooked to al dente (I used penne)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add remaining ingredients except for the pasta and cheeses. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours.

Remove chicken from crock pot, shred, and return to pot. Stir in cheeses.

 To serve add some of the cooked pasta to bottom of each bowl. Ladle in soup. Top with extra shredded cheese and fresh basil if desired. Enjoy!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Sheet Pan Jambalaya

I'm serving up another Sheet Pan Meal tonight. I decided to give this Sheet Pan Jambalya a try. It's still pretty chilly around here and I wanted a meal that would warm us up and boy did it ever! If you like meals with a bit of a "kick" then be sure to give this Sheet Pan Jambalaya a try!

Sheet Pan Jambalaya
Adapted from Tasty
Serves 4

1 medium medium yellow onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 cup fire roasted corn
2 cups cajun chicken sausage, sliced into coins
1 tsp. olive oil
1 ¼ tablespoons creole seasoning, divided
1 lb (455 g) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ teaspoon paprika
4 cups rice, cooked

Preheat the oven to 425°F
On a large baking sheet, arrange the onion, bell peppers, and chicken sausage. Drizzle with olive oil and season with 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning, or to taste. Mix everything together well. Bake for 8 minutes, or until chicken sausage begins to brown.

While the vegetables and chicken sausage are cooking, place the shrimp in a small bowl. Season with 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning and ½ teaspoon paprika. Stir to coat. Remove the vegetables and sausage from the oven, and add the seasoned shrimp and corn. Mix everything together. Return to the oven for 6 minutes, or until the shrimp is just done. Remove from the oven and add the cooked rice, mixing everything together well. Garnish with sliced scallions if desired and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas

I am obsessed with sheet pan meals lately and my latest sheet pan obsession consists of fajitas. Last time I made chicken fajitas which were amazing but wanted to give steak a try. I am SO glad that I did. They were fantastic! I used pre cut stir fry meat which made the prep even easier but feel free to use whichever you like. I know skirt and flank steak work well too! 

Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas
Serves 4

1 lb sliced stir fry steak
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fajita seasoning
3 medium bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
8 flour tortillas
sour cream, shredded cheese etc. for toppings

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss together the steak, peppers, onions and olive oil, and fajita seasoning. 

Spread steak mixture onto a large sheet pan  and cook 12-15 minutes or until desired doneness. 


Monday, March 26, 2018

Spicy Sausage and Bowtie Pasta

Happy Monday! It's Spring Break in our neck of the woods. Wish it was warmer but oh well. I decided this Spicy Sausage and Bowtie Pasta was the perfect meal to warm us up on the chilly and gloomy Monday. It's easy and a hit with my family!

Spicy Sausage and Bowtie Pasta
Serves 8

16 oz box. bowtie pasta cooked to al dente
1 lb. hot Italian sausage
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
2 cups crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus additional for topping

In a large pan brown sausage, drain, and season with garlic, salt, red pepper and oregano. Add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and fire roasted tomatoes. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the parmesan cheese.

Evenly top sauce over the hot cooked pasta. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dorito Taco Salad

I love a good taco salad. It's easy and makes the perfect weeknight dinner. Top with Doritos and it's even better! My kind of meal!

Dorito Taco Salad 
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey (I used 93/7)
1 package taco seasoning
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1.25 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup sliced pickled jalapenos
2 -3 cups doritos
sour cream, for serving, optional

Cook ground beef until no longer pink. Add taco seasoning and simmer.

Meanwhile add lettuce to a large bowl and add in the cheese, tomatoes, olives, black beans, and green onion and toss well.

Next add the beef/ground turkey to the bowl along with the dorito chips and toss. Serve with sour cream and jalapenos if desired. Enjoy!

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