Tasty Tuesday: Yippee-Ki-Yay Spicy Southwest Chicken Chowder

Thank you Hungry Girl for another AWESOME recipe.  I am such a soup girl when the weather gets cold.  I usually need to be warmed up AND it is so easy to heat and make when dinner is just me while hubby is at work.  I like to create my own “concoctions” with things I have on hand so trying new recipes is always fun.  Hungry Girl helps us to spice up our life with a bowlful of this hearty soup!  Flavor, fiber, and all that protein — poultry power!!

1/10th of recipe (about 1 cup): 163 calories, 1.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 654mg sodium, 18.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 18.5g protein. MAKES 10 SERVINGS.  Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 2*

Ingredients:

2 – 14.5-oz. cans (about 3 1/2 cups) fat-free chicken broth
15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
14.75-oz. can cream-style corn
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 pepper)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 onion)
2 tbsp. chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (about 2 peppers)
1/2 cup plain light soymilk
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a slow cooker, combine broth, beans, corn, bell pepper, onion, chipotle peppers, soymilk, garlic, and cumin. Stir well.
  2. Season chicken with salt and black pepper and place in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours.
  3. Transfer chicken to a bowl. Shred with two forks — one to hold chicken in place and the other to scrape across the meat and shred.
  4. Stir shredded chicken into the soup in the slow cooker. Stir in potato flakes, sour cream, and cilantro. Enjoy!

NOTE:  HG Alternative! Skip the chipotle peppers for a deliciously mild chicken chowder.  Although I LOVE spicy, I will probably skip the peppers this time around.

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Tasty Tuesday: 30 Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This YUMMy recipe is from MoscatoMom. This delicious and filling Chicken Tortilla Soup is ready in just 30 minutes but tastes like it has been cooking all day! Perfect for cold nights this winter!

Prep Time:  5 mins     Cook Time:  20 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 cup carrot matchsticks
1 small bell pepper diced
1 cup mild salsa
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Better Than Bouillon – Roasted Chicken Flavor
4 cups water
5 corn tortillas cut in to strips
1 package liquid fajita seasoning
1 rotisserie chicken

Instructions

  1. In a large pot begin by sauteeing carrots and bell pepper in olive oil until soft.
  2. Add in salsa, Better Than Bouillon and water and bring to a boil.
  3. Add in liquid fajita seasoning and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  4. While that boils, cut tortillas into strips and shred chicken.
  5. Add tortillas to soup and stir until tortillas begin to dissolve.
  6. Add in shredded chicken and let cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot topped with your favorites – sour cream, avocado, and cheese!

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Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Chicken & Asparagus

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 4 4-oz. (125 g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon Mustard Rub
  • 1   small onion
  • 1 pkg (8 oz./250 g) cremini (baby bella) mushrooms
  • 1 pint (500 mL) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch (about 1 lb./450 g) asparagus, trimmed
  • 2   garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) white wine or chicken broth
  • ½   lemon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Heat the oil in the 12″ (30-cm) Stainless Steel Nonstick Skillet over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the rub. Place the chicken in the pan and sear for 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and sear for 1 additional minute. Remove the chicken from the pan (it will not be fully cooked).
  3. Meanwhile, cut the onion in half lengthwise, from root to top. Slice the onion and mushrooms using the Simple Slicer on the #3 setting. Cut the tomatoes in half using the Close & Cut and the Coated Chef’s Knife. Cut the asparagus into 1″ (2.5-cm) pieces.
  4. Add the onions, mushrooms, garlic pressed with the Garlic Press, and salt to the pan. Saute for 2–3 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to release the fond (see cook’s tip).
  5. Add the wine, lemon juiced with the Citrus Press, and remaining rub. Simmer, uncovered, for 3–5 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by half.
  6. Add the tomatoes and asparagus to the pan and stir to combine. Place the chicken on top of the mixture and bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).

Yield:

  • 4  servings

Nutrients per serving:

U.S. Nutrients per serving: Calories 240, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 65 mg, Sodium 420 mg, Carbohydrate 15 g, Fiber 5 g, Sugars 7 g, Protein 18 g

Cook’s Tips:

Fond is what’s left in the pan after you sear food—but it’s not just something to scrub away! It’s packed with flavor, and all you have to do to incorporate it into your recipe is deglaze the pan. Add a little wine, broth, or other liquid and stir to get more flavorful food.

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Tasty Tuesday – Simple Keto Pizza Chicken Bake

No…. I’m not on the Keto  diet BUT this looked yummy.  I am always curious how these recipes will translate to Weight Watchers’ Smart Point…Thank you Moscato Mom for today’s recipe.
This simple and delicious Keto Pizza Bake will win over your pizza loving family!
Prep Time:  10 mins     Cook Time:  30 mins
Total Time:  40 mins     Servings:
Weight Watchers Smart Points: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 12 tbsp. Low carb Marinara sauce
  • 1 c. Mozzarella cheese (for WW use part skim cheese)
  • 24 Pepperoni slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the three chicken breasts in half lengthwise to create 6 pieces of chicken.
  3. Sprinkle 2 teaspoon of garlic powder evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  4. Add ½ teaspoon of basil to each side of the chicken breasts.
  5. Apply salt and pepper to taste to each side of the chicken.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet has come to temperature, add the chicken breasts. Sear them for 1-2 minutes on each side without moving, so that they get some good color.
  7. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a casserole dish or other baking pan with high sides.
  8. Cover each piece of chicken breast with two tablespoons of a low carb marinara sauce. You can substitute this with any other low carb pasta or pizza sauce of your choosing, just make sure that sugar is not in the ingredients.
  9. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese over top of the chicken breasts.
  10. Top each chicken breast with four slices of pepperoni.
  11. Bake the chicken for 30-40 minutes or until the toppings have browned, and the chicken is cooked through.

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Tasty Tuesday: Southwest Chicken Kale Salad

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Thank you Hungry Girl for another AMAZING recipe.  I never get tired of salad!

This is a refreshing compliment to summer’s hot dogs, hamburgers, and other BBQ fare.  This zesty recipe makes two huge and satisfying meals… but it can also double as a multi-serving side dish!

1/2 of recipe (about 7 cups): 307 calories, 3g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 827mg sodium, 39g carbs, 9g fiber, 12.5g sugars, 34.5g protein — PointsPlus® value 7* — SmartPoints® value 4*  MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Prep: 15 minutes     Chill: 1 – 2 hours

Ingredients:

Salad
8 cups chopped kale leaves
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup seeded and chopped fresh jalapeño peppers
6 oz. cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast

Dressing
1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. taco seasoning mix

Directions:

  • Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until uniform. Add dressing to salad, and toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, to allow flavors to develop.

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