White Bean & Chicken Chili

The work week is winding down and I’m usually out of dinner ideas or am just too lazy to cook.  So, here’s a stupidly easy ONE POT chili to make that is sure to warm you up and satisfy your hunger. Or in my case, my hangry attitude.

White Bean Chicken Chili

 

Grocery List: Price Varies

  • 3-4 Chicken Tenders or Rotisserie Chicken Shredded
  • 1 Can White Beans
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Cup Water or Chicken Broth (I used 2 cups to make mine more brothy)
  • McCormick’s White Chicken Chili
    • Garnishments: 1 small avocado & vegetable crackers

Let’s Cook

  • In a large pot, add 1 tbsp. EVOO and chicken tenders – cook evenly
  • Shred chicken tenders and set aside
    • Save yourself some time and use a rotisserie chicken – shred desired amount of chicken and set aside
  • Add green bell pepper and yellow onion to pot (add EVOO if needed) and stir around until tender
  • Add broth, corn, beans to pot and stir all around
  • Add McCormick’s White Chicken Chili mix
  • Add chicken last so that it doesn’t become tough
  • Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, reduce heat and serve

 

Cauliflower Mash

My first attempt at Cauliflower Mash and it was actually really freakin’ good!  I read a lot of different recipes but when it came down to it, I just used the same ingredients I would have in mashed potatoes.  One thing I would do differently next time is let the cauliflower sit in a strainer over a bowl just to get all the extra water out.  Other than that, this cauliflower mash was amazing.

Grocery List: 

  • 1 Medium Head of Cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • Pinch of Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
    • I use a garlic salt to add more flavor

Let’s Cook!

  • Separate the cauliflower into florets and chop core finely
  • Put cauliflower into a pot, cover with water & boil for about 15 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender.
  • Once cauliflower is done, put to the side in a strainer (over a bowl) to get all excess water out.
  • In a separate bowl, add milk & cheese
  • Add cauliflower, mash generously
  • Add Salt & pepper to taste
    • Actually taste your mash to see if it needs more butter, cheese, S&P before serving it
    • Paired mine with a yummy steak topped with mushrooms & onions.  Together this made for a healthy and scrumptious dinner.

Cauliflower Mash

 

Wellness Wednesday: Protein Bites

This easy recipe is for all the people trying to stay on track with their health goals.  And if you are like me, maybe you are trying on wedding dresses this weekend and need to stay focused but also need yummy protein treats!  This recipe is made with natural ingredients that are sure to satisfy you.  But be warned, they taste like cookie dough bites and can be addicting… 1, 2 tops, are all you need to satisfy your protein craving / sweet tooth.

Let’s Prep

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the below ingredients together
    • 1 Cup Oats
    • 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter (I use crunchy b/c I love crunchy PB)
    • 1/3 Cup Honey
    • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
    • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper

Let’s Bake (I mean, refrigerate)

  • Wet hands with cold water (this is so the ingredients don’t stick to your hands)
  • Roll into 1 – 2 inch balls
  • Place balls onto parchment paper
  • Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour
  • Enjoy!

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Happiness is a Slice of Pizza!

Oh pizza!  It’s my weakness.  When I started my weight-loss journey a few years back I realized I’d have to cut out pizza.  I cried myself to sleep that night.  After about a month of depriving myself of delicious pizza, I caved.  I decided to make a pizza myself, with fresh ingredients.  The result, AH-MAZING!  It’s quick, easy, and tasty.

Pictured below are a Chicken, Alfredo, Spinach Pizza and the other an Italian Meat Pizza.  Try it on the grill – makes for a great tasting pizza!

Grocery List: Price Varies

  • Pillsbury Thin Crust or Whole Wheat Crust (Yes, I cheat and don’t make my dough from scratch)
  • Sauce: Alfredo, Olive Oil, Marinara, etc.
  • Toppings: Chicken, Bacon, Veggies, Pepperoni, etc.
  • Cheeses (I use a blend of whatever I have on hand)

Let’s Cook!

  • Follow directions on Pillsbury Crust container
  • Add light sauce
  • Add toppings
  • Add Cheese
  • Bake

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Shrimp & Veggie Alfredo

I love shrimp!  Add in some veggies, pasta and Alfredo sauce and you’ve got a pretty amazing dinner.  This meal has little prep needed and cooks fairly quickly.

Shrimp and Veggie Alfredo

 

 

Grocery List: Prices Vary

  • 24oz Package of Frozen Shrimp (Cooked, Peeled, Deveined)
  • Half Bag of Frozen Broccoli
  • 1-2 Cups Fresh Mushrooms (I slice them pretty thin)
  • 1 Jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 Package of Bow Tie Pasta (I use half to keep down my carb intake)
  • Spices: Pepper, Salt, Italian Spice Mix, Garlic Salt
  • 1-2 Tblsp. Butter

 

 

 

Let’s Cook!

  • Over medium heat, in a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon butter and shrimp and broccoli
    • TIP: Because both shrimp and broccoli are frozen, you’ll want to start cooking them first.
  • In a large pot, boil water for pasta. Cook pasta al dente, strain and put to the side.
    • TIP: Add some EVOO to the water so that the pasta doesn’t stick
  • Once shrimp and broccoli are tender, add seasonings and mushrooms.  Place a lid on the skillet to steam all of the yumminess together. About 10 minutes
  • Turn heat to low and add Alfredo sauce & strained bowtie pasta
    • TIP: If the skillet is too hot, the sauce will splatter… be warned
  • Keep on low for a few minutes to let all ingredients heat up and mix together
  • Add a little more of each seasoning to get a full flavored meal