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chicken, poultry recipes

Day 2 of 7 Day Challenge-Turkey Burgers!

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Day 2 of our 7 day challenge went very well! But we are only getting started! I’m sure by the end I will want to eat every Christmas cookie in sight especially since I will have a million of them in my house. I am the designated Christmas Cookie gal for my family and my husband’s family which means I make over 20 different cookies, mostly double and triple batches, and have to store them until our celebration day! It can be extremely hard to not taste test! But, I must say, so far so good! I will be extremely proud of myself if I get through these 7 days and have zero cookies. Alright enough about the cookies…

For dinner I made Turkey Burgers served with a salad and steamed broccoli. It was delish and the whole family like them. Here’s the recipe… Enjoy!

Turkey Burgers

turkey burger

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 tbsp. 21 spice seasoning from Trader Joe’s (if you don’t have this, you can use a Mrs. Dash seasoning blend or make up your own!)

1/4 cup shredded co-jack cheese

salt and pepper

Mix all together, form into 4 patties and grill on grill pan 3-4 min each side on medium heat

Enjoy!

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Skinny Chicken Parmesan

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skinnytaste chicken parmesan

I’m Italian so I obviously LOVE Italian cuisine. However, with all the pasta and carbs it can get quite heavy for me. This baked chicken parmesan from skinnytaste.com was absolutely awesome and a lot lighter. I loved it, the hubby loved it and all the kiddos loved it. It will be back on the menu soon! I served it with no pasta (I know, I know, but it was a good portion and didn’t need pasta), garlic green beans and a tossed salad. Delish! Click the link for the recipe so you can enjoy it too! Enjoy!

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/04/baked-chicken-parmesan.html

chicken parmesan with garlic grean beans

 

Baked Chicken and Green Beans

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I recently saw a recipe on Pinterest that looked great, but had some negative reviews regarding flavor and being bland. So I decided to take the ingredients and concept of the recipe and make it my own. It turned out fabulous! The whole gang liked it! The chicken was juicy and the beans were super tender! Enjoy!
Baked Chicken and Green Beans
1 lb chicken (whichever you prefer, I used boneless skinless breasts)
1 lb fresh or frozen green beans
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp dried chopped onion (or a chopped fresh onion, I was out of onions so I just added dried and it was good)
1 tsp dried minced garlic or fresh
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish was olive oil. Add chicken and green beans. You could also add some potatoes chopped small if you like. I had some leftover mashed potatoes I served with this meal.
Pour broth over chicken and beans. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with onion, garlic and Italian seasoning. Cube butter and place on top. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes.

7 Day Challenge, Day 7!!!! Fend for yourself!!!

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Tonight was a fend for yourself night. I was shopping with my sister so I got the luxury of dining out tonight. I just got food court food, a Grilled Chicken Salad from Charley’s Subs. It was really good and only 198 calories, 25g protein! Perfect eating! You can still eat good while dining out, as long as you don’t give in to temptations! My hubby, Chad, also made a salad at home (so proud of him for doing it on his own!) and he gave the kids some leftover homemade pizza and cantaloupe. So, everyone indeed had to fend for themselves! Tomorrow is results day! We will see how much our body has changed in the last 7 days and I will be sharing it when I get home! Until then… Enjoy!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 3!!! Leftover night!!!

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Well as of day 3 I am still going strong!! Feeling a lil better today but still wasn’t in the mood to cook an elaborate meal. So leftovers it was!! The kiddos had some leftover lasagna casserole (I’ll share this nummy recipe after my 7 day challenge is complete…it was a huge success) and veggies, and the adults had chicken salads. All I did was heat up some sliced chicken breast in a skillet with a lil water so it wouldn’t dry out and threw it on top of some lettuce from my garden along with all the fixings… Tomatoes, sugar snap peas and cukes. I also had about 1/4 cup of pineapple chunks too. It was a deeeelicious salad! So I had another perfect day of eating! Tomorrow I will be cooking a more decadent meal for my family!!! Enjoy!!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 2!!! Turkey Taco Salad!!!

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So today is Day 2 of our 7 day challenge. Sadly, almost the whole fam damily has come down with some sort of summer cold crud. Not fun!!! I still managed to eat almost perfect today though. I had my vanilla caramel cappuccino shake for breakfast and a strawberry lemonade shake for lunch. I had a cheese stick and nectarine for my afternoon snack. For dinner since I am feeling under the weather I opted for a pretty easy dinner….tacos. To make them a little healthier and with less calories, I used ground turkey instead of beef along with all the fixings like tomatoes, cheese, plain greek yogurt and salsa. I also use a pretty darn good homemade taco seasoning. Here is the link to the recipe I use: http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/03/04/homemade-taco-seasoning/ I don’t put in as much cayenne pepper as the recipe calls for just because my son is a little spice sensitive still. I made a salad for my husband and I, and used whole wheat flour tortillas for the kiddos. I served some sliced watermelon with the tacos as well. I decided no watermelon for me and had a strawberry fruit bar instead for a little dessert and throat soother. It is a little high in sugar, but only 80 calories so I went for it. So it was an almost perfect day! I also did not snap a picture this evening as I am just not all there tonight (The cold medicine says non drowsy, but gosh darn it I’m still drowsy…. yawn…..). Hopefully tomorrow I will be feeling much better!!! Enjoy!!

Indian Summer Turkey Chili

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Indian Summer Turkey Chili

This is a very great take on normal chili! It has a sweetness to it and a little uuumph that makes it delish! My kids love this, especially when served with tortilla chips. It can also be used as a burrito filling in flour tortillas (whole wheat of course). I love versatile recipes!

Indian Summer Turkey Chili

1 tbsp. EVOO

1 pound ground turkey

2 tbsp. chili powder

1 tbsp. grill seasoning, any blend

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1/2 can or 1 cup beer, any kind

1 14oz can tomato sauce

1/4 c BBQ sauce

1 14oz can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed

1 14oz can black beans, drained & rinsed

1 14oz can chili beans, undrained

1 cup frozen corn

Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium to medium high heat. Add EVOO and ground turkey. Season turkey with chili powder, grill seasoning, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce. Break up meat into small crumbles and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add onions and peppers and cook about another 10 minutes. Add beer to deglaze the pan and cook off alcohol. Add tomato sauce and BBQ sauce. Stir. Add beans and corn. Stir. Bring to a bubble and then simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!!!

Makes 8 servings about 1 cup each

1 serving equals approx: 262 calories, 22g protein, 42g carbs, 2g fat

Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray