Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I like this version, better than the one I made a few weeks ago, but it turns out as a sloppy mess. I eat it over shredded lettuce like a hearty taco salad. I think less enchilada sauce would be good so I'm revising the recipe here.

Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole

4 ounces green chiles

1 1/2 cups green enchilada sauce, El Paso
14 1/2 ounces tomatoes with green chilies

3 ounces light cream cheese
3 corn tortillas

2 cups roasted chicken breast meat
15 ounces canned black beans
1/3 cup cheese, reduced fat Sargento Mexican blend, shredded
2 cups shredded lettuce

1 cup grape tomatoes

Spray 2 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine enchilada sauce, green chilies and cream cheese. Pour a little into bottom of slow cooker. Top with 1 corn tortilla. Top with 1/3 of diced chicken, 1/3 of can of black beans; pour more enchilada sauce mixture over top. Top with another corn tortilla, chicken, black beans and sauce. Repeat once more and top with shredded cheese. Cook on high 3 to 4 hours or on low 6 to 8 hours.
Yield: 5 servings. Per serving (1 1/2 cups) =343 Calories; 12g Fat (31.6% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 62mg Cholesterol; 1171mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chicken Queso Dip

This is a yummy mexican-inspired dip!

Chicken Queso Dip
1 ½ c. cooked chicken
¼ c. sliced green onions
4 oz light cream cheese
4 oz light velveeta
 10 oz Rotel
10 oz enchilada sauce

Combine all ingredients in 1.5 quart slow cooker and cook until melted; stir to combine.
Yield: 9 servings. Per serving (about 1/3 cup)= 202 Calories; 14g Fat (61.7% calories from fat); 13g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 54mg Cholesterol; 599mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Spirals

These are delicious! Like little chicken enchiladas!  I think you can serve them hot or cold. The filling seems to squish out more when they're hot.

Chicken Tortilla Spirals

8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ c. sliced green onions
1 can green chilies (4 oz), chopped and drained
¼ c. roasted red pepper, diced
¼ c. reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. cooked chicken breast, diced
3 TB chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
8 low carb tortillas, medium-size

Beat the cream cheese until smooth and add all ingredients, except tortillas. Spread 1 tortilla with a generous 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Roll up jellyroll fashion. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and mixture. Refrigerate at least two hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees OR serve cold. Cut each tortilla roll into 1/2 inch slices and place cut sides up on a nonstick cookie sheet.

Yield: 24 servings. Per serving (2 spirals)= 95 Calories; 5g Fat (50.0% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 18mg Cholesterol; 155mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shamrock Shake

This is my version of Hungry Girl's Shamrock Shake. Mine has fewer points! :)

Shamrock Shake
1 teaspoon coffee creamer, sugar free vanilla caramel

1 tablespoon splenda sugar substitute
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 drops green food coloring
8 ice cubes
1/2 cup cool whip Free

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until ice is chopped well.
Yield: 1 very large serving= 144 Calories; 3g Fat (19.3% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 24g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 74mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Beginnings & Endings is here!

Beginnings & Endings is now available for purchase!  visit to order.

Bourbon Marinade

This recipe was originally for scallops, but mmmmmm! it is delicious on Cod and probably Tilapia too!

Bourbon Marinade
3 tablespoons minced green onions
2 tablespoons bourbon
2 tablespoons sugar free maple syrup
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients in large zip close bag. Add fish or scallops; refrigerate at least 1 hour, rotate bag half way.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Slaw

I was thinking about a Buffalo Chicken Salad like BLT Salad but I decided the wing sauce and all might be too heavy for shredded lettuce so I used shredded cabbage. I thought it was delicious!  I had 2 bowls. :)

Buffalo Chicken Slaw
8 oz shredded cabbage
1/4 c. fat free blue cheese dressing
1 c. diced cooked chicken breast
2 TB wing sauce

Place the cabbage in a large bowl and add dressing; toss to coat cabbage. In small bowl combine chicken and wing sauce. Add to cabbage mixture and toss to combine. Serve.
Yield: 3 servings. Per serving= 184 Calories; 5g Fat (25.6% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 13g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 54mg Cholesterol; 557mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hoppin' John Salad

I made this salad tonight from the All New Complete Step by Step Diabetic Cookbook.  I didn't find much in this book that I wanted to make.

Hoppin' John Salad
1/2 c. + 1/4 c. fat-free chicken broth
1/2 c. instant brown rice
2 TB apple cider vinegar
2 tsp cajun seasoning
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
hot sauce, to taste
15 oz can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 c. sliced celery
2 TB sliced green onions
3 oz lean ham, diced

Bring 1/2 c. chicken broth to boil in small saucepan; add rice, remove from heat and cover. In small bowl, combine 1/4 c. chicken broth, cider vinegar, cajun seasoning, olive oil, and hot sauce. In medium bowl, combine black-eyed peas, celery, onion and ham. Add cooked rice and pour vinegar mixture over all. Mix to combine.
Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 149 Calories; 4g Fat (22.2% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 20g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 10mg Cholesterol; 960mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Small batch pb oatmeal choc chip cookies

These were good, but higher in pointsplus than I wanted. I'll have to continue to play with it.

Small Batch PB Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/4 c. flour
3 TB honey roasted pb
pinch baking soda
pinch salt
1 TB brown sugar
2 TB Splenda
2 TB light margarine
1/2 egg white
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 TB rolled oats
2 tsp mini chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients. Bake at 350 until lightly browned.
Yield: 9 cookies. Per cookie= 72 Calories; 4g Fat (52.9% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 55mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Cookbook Review- Small-Batch Baking

Small-Batch Baking by Debby Maugans Nakos is great!  Terrific recipes for smaller batches are in demand for couples and singles alike. I'll post a cookie recipe from this book next. I got this book for $2 at the big booksale.  Well worth it!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Easy Chow Mein

Man, this was easy!!  Maybe we should call it Easy Easy Chow Mein!

Easy Chow Mein
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. instant brown rice
8 oz ground beef, 95ff
2 (28 oz) cans chop suey vegetables, rinsed & drained
1/4 c. teriyaki sauce
2 tsp. beef bouillon granules

Bring water to boil in small saucepan; add rice. Meanwhile brown and drain ground beef. Add vegetables to skillet and heat through. Add teriyaki sauce, beef bouillon granules and cooked rice; combine.
Yield: 5 servings. Per serving (about 2 cups)=224 Calories; 1g Fat (7.6% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 24g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 12mg Cholesterol; 2171mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.

Key West Marinade

I let some tilapia marinate in this for a day. It took some of the fishy taste away and gave a hint of lime, but no real strong flavor. I would have liked more kick.

Key West Marinade

3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp finely grated lime zest
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Review- Made to Crave

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst is like taking a weight loss journey with your BFF. Lysa lets us into her struggle with weight and how God led her to overcome. Lysa too, is a girl after my own hear,t and she discusses the hated exercise and the “not fair” monster. Through it all she keeps her eyes on God and her hand out of the cookie jar! I got this book on my IPad because it’s one I will want to read again and again.