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Skinny Chicken Parmesan


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!


chicken parmesan with garlic grean beans



Crock Pot Spare Ribs


spare ribs in crock pot

Yesterday I needed a quick prep dinner since the family and I were going to be gone most of the day, and a dinner that wouldn’t add unnecessary heat to my house since it was unbearably hot outside. What’s better than the crock pot? Super easy and doesn’t heat up the house like the oven. This recipe was super easy to prepare and turned out heavenly. I served the ribs with some garden fresh green beans and a salad. This recipe would also make a superb freezer meal. Throw it all in a freezer bag and when ready to use it, thaw overnight and put in crock pot in the morning. Voila! Here’s the recipe:

Crock Pot Spare Ribs

4 lbs pork spare ribs

salt and pepper

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. dried chopped onion (or fresh chopped onion)

1 tsp dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic… I was in a pinch on time so I went the super fast route)

1 tbsp. dried thyme

1 tsp beef bullion granules

3 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. honey

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper and place in crock pot. I had to cut my ribs in half to fit in my crock pot. Tip: I use those awesome crock pot bags for super easy clean up.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Pour over the ribs. Cook on low for at least 8 hours.


Adapted from onceamonthmeals.com

7 Day Challenge, Day 4!!! Pork and Broccoli!!!


Day 4! I was busy busy busy today in the kitchen. I did some canning and made homemade pickles and peach preserves. Lots of fun with my grandma here to help! After all that, I still made an elaborate dinner. I love Chinese food but sometimes it can get too high in calories with all the sugar, sauces, rice and noodles (even though I love rice and noodles…) I decided to try and make some myself. This was an easy recipe to start with. I knocked it out of the park!!! My grandma and the kiddos loved it! I did make some rice with peas for the kids and I just had a salad with mine. It will definitely be going on the menu often now! It’s versatile too, you can change the meat or vegetable to whatever you’re in the mood for. I’m going to try chicken and cabbage next time I think! Anywho… here’s the recipe!

pork and broccoli

Pork and Broccoli

1/3 c soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp corn starch

1 tsp water

1 lb 8 oz (24 oz) pork tenderloin, sliced into 1/2 in medallions

1 package 14 oz broccoli (fresh or frozen)

3 tsp vegetable oil

Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey , garlic and ginger together. Pour half of mix into Ziploc bag and add the meat. Turn bag to coat the meat. Marinate in fridge for at least 20 minutes, but can be as long as overnight.

Mix corn starch and water together. Add to leftover sauce. Add 2 tsp of oil to Wok or pan and heat to medium. Add meat and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Transfer meat to a clean bowl. Add the other tsp of oil and broccoli. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add meat back. Make a well in the middle of the pan and add the extra sauce. Mix all together and cook until sauce is thickened and food is heated through.


Recipe adapted from weelicious.com

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


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!!

7 Day Challenge, Day 1!!! Grilled Salmon Packets!!!


So Chad and I are embarking on a 7 day challenge… which means we have to eat perfect for 7 days straight to see what results we can achieve. Just so you know we are currently in weightloss mode. We are trying to lose weight to be in the best health possible for ourselves and our family. Now in our household, eating perfect means taking all our Herbalife products and eating healthy “real” food. So a typical day looks like this:

Breakfast: Herbalife Shake… my breakfast preference is a Vanilla Cappuccino

Lunch: Herbalife Shake… my absolute fav is Strawberry Cheesecake

Snack: Cheese stick and nectarine or Greek yogurt and homemade granola or cottage cheese and apple… you get the idea… eat a protein and a healthy carb.

Dinner: A colorful meal… A protein, lots of veggies and fruit for dessert.

Snack: For night time snacks I like to do a protein and veggies. It’s better to have less sugar before bed. At least for me it is.

There you have it! A perfect day. So the next 7 days I am going to devote to blogging our colorful meals with you. Plus, on Wednesday Aug 14 I will share our results, and I can only imagine how AWESOME they are going to be!

Day 1:

salmon zucchini green beans

Grilled Salmon Packets

4 Salmon fillets (I used the Schwan’s kind today)

2 small zucchinis, sliced

1 lb farm fresh green beans

Italian seasoning

salt and pepper

garlic powder

dried chopped onion


olive oil


4 pieces aluminum foil (large enough to wrap salmon and zucchini)

Place 1 salmon and 1/4 of the sliced zucchini on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Fold ends together to make a packet. Leave a little air in it for the steam to move around.

Repeat with remaining salmon and zucchini.

Place on grill on medium heat. Grill in packet until salmon flakes apart.

For the green beans… Place about a tbsp. of butter and a tbsp. of olive oil in a fry pan and add the green beans. Fry until most of oil and butter is absorbed. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, garlic powder, chopped onion. Toss around and add about 1/2 c of water or so. Bring water to a boil and then reduce to simmer and simmer until water is mostly evaporated about 15 minutes.

I served it with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and pineapple. ENJOY!!!!


Crispy Corn Flake Chicken


crispy corn flake chicken

Now that I am back into normal mode and cooking at home again I can post my recipes! We were camping the last week for the holiday and I cooked outside on the grill the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE grilling, but it is good to be home and back in my kitchen!Tonight we had Crispy Corn Flake Chicken served with roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli! Yum!

Crispy Corn Flake Chicken

8 chicken thighs, bone in, skin removed

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups crushed corn flakes

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

salt and pepper

Place chicken in Ziploc bag and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour buttermilk over chicken. Seal bag and toss to coat chicken. Marinade in fridge for at least an hour. The longer the better! You could marinate all day or even over night. Place corn flakes, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder and some salt and pepper in another Ziploc bag. Remove chicken from marinade shaking off the excess. Place chicken one at a time in the corn flake mix and shake to coat. Place chicken on sprayed cooling rack in baking sheet. Repeat until all chicken is coated. Lightly spray chicken with cooking spray. Bake for 45 min at 400 degrees. Enjoy!!


Sunday Chicken Dinner


oven fried chicken, cole slaw and biscuits

I was a busy lady in the kitchen today. I made blueberry corn muffins, homemade chicken stock and a very tasty Sunday chicken dinner! It was fabulous! It was even better than KFC!! I made oven fried chicken legs, homemade cole slaw, mashed potatoes and garlic cheese biscuits. the chicken and slaw was all homemade, the mashed potatoes were just normal potatoes with milk and butter and I cheated with the biscuits, but they sure were tasty! I’ll share all the recipes! Well except the potatoes because like I said they were just simple mashed potatoes, nothing fancy! Enjoy!!

Oven Fried Chicken

10 chicken legs

2 cups buttermilk

4 tsp paprika

2 tsp garlic powder

few dashes of hot sauce

salt and pepper

1 cup flour (I use whole wheat)

2 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper

Non stick cooking spray

First, you need to marinate the chicken. Combine the buttermilk, paprika, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag (I split it into 2 Ziploc bags). Add chicken and toss a bit to coat the chicken. Marinate for 8 hours or overnight works too! Next, combine the flour, paprika, baking powder, garlic, salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag. Add chicken one at a time, close bag and give a good shake. Place chicken on cooling rack placed in a baking dish. Repeat with all chicken. Spray chicken with non stick cooking spray. Bake at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until juices are clear.

Cole Slaw

6 cups shredded cabbage (I shred with my food processer)

1 c shredded carrot

1 cup mayo (I used miracle whip, this is one thing I will not make homemade and the only kraft product I allow myself to buy)

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp celery seed

salt and pepper

Add cabbage and carrot to a bowl. In a small bowl whisk the rest of the ingredients. Pour over cabbage and carrots and mix well. Cover and chill to let the flavors enhance!

Garlic Cheese Biscuits

I have a few packages of biscuit mix in my pantry so I decided to use them instead of letting them go to waste.

1 lb package biscuit mix

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp garlic powder

1 cup shredded co jack cheese.

Mix well but do not overmix or you will have tough biscuits. Spray a muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Scoop mix into pan to make 12 biscuits. I used an ice cream scoop to make even scoops. Works for scooping anything into muffin pans! Bake 450 degrees for 12-13 minutes and tops are just starting to brown.