Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

This recipe is courtesy of Moscato Mom. Be sure to check out her blog for lots of great information.

I LOVE stuffed peppers.  My grandmother always made them and despite using her recipe, they never seem to quite come out the same. I have been looking for a recipe and stumbled across this one….

Ingredients

8 large bell peppers
2 rotisserie chickens
1 can red enchilada sauce – mild
1 can black beans
1 can niblet corn
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
sour cream and/or guacamole (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350*.
  • Remove and shred meat from chickens into a skillet on medium heat.
  • Add in sauce, corn, and black beans.
  • Simmer about 5 minutes.
  • Add in 2 cups of shredded cheese and stir until well combined.
  • Cut tops off bell peppers and remove seeds and ribs.
  • Gently spoon chicken mixture into peppers and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered about 15-20 minutes or until peppers have softened and cheese is bubbly.
  • Remove and let sit about 5 minutes.
  • Top with sour cream and or guacamole.

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If you try the recipe, let us know what you think?  If you have a recipe you want to share, please let me know.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Tropical BBQ Chicken Taco

Thank you Hungry Girl for another yummy recipe…. The best part about her recipes are they are usually really easy and helps me to look at various options in my recipes to help me stay on track in my weightless journey.  Today’s Healthy Tropical BBQ Chicken Taco Recipe is one I probably would have never thought about….

Prep: 5 minutes      Cook: 10 minutes
Entire recipe (2 tacos): 255 calories, 5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 730mg sodium, 30g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 26.5g protein.    SmartPoints® value 6

Ingredients:

3 tbsp. bagged cole slaw mix
2 tbsp. crushed pineapple packed in juice (not drained)
1 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar
One 3-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tbsp. BBQ sauce with about 45 calories per 2-tbsp. serving
1 Flatout Hungry Girl Exclusive 100% Whole Wheat with Flax Foldit Flatbread (if only they were gluten free)

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine cole slaw mix, pineapple (and its juice), onion, cilantro, and vinegar. Mix well.
  • Pound chicken to an even thickness. Season with garlic powder and onion powder. Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  • Chop chicken, and place in a medium bowl. Add BBQ sauce, and stir to coat.
  • Cut flatbread in half to make two round pieces. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave for 10 seconds, or until warm.
  • Divide slaw mixture between flatbread pieces, and top with chicken mixture. Fold and chew!

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Saving Money on Your Road Trip

 

The weather is getting warmer and I am ready for a road trip.  Of course, I am usually ready for one.  A definite perk of a business you can work from anywhere.

So whether you are preparing for a weekend getaway or starting to plan for the summer; here are some tips to help you save some money on your road trip:

1. Get a Tuneup and Cut Weight

There are TWO preventative measures you need to take before heading out on a road trip.  They will help you save gas and avoid the need for roadside assistance.  Getting your tires checked and your oil changed.  Did you know you can improve your gas mileage when your tires are inflated to the proper pressure.  Gas mileage can also be improved by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil in your car.  This is a BIG one because I don’t know about you but I always come home with MORE than what I left with on a road trip….Remove any unnecessary weight from your car –  excess weight can reverse the other gas saving measures you take.

2. Rent Responsibly

If you’re renting a car, avoid airport outposts and seek out deals online. Check out Groupon or Ebates for deals.  Choose the smallest car to meet your travel needs.  It will not only save you money on the rental, but you’ll save on gas, too.

3. Stock Up Before Hitting the Road

When on a road trip, we do “pee, eat & gas” stops.  Everything at one time to save us time and usually money.  I usually stock up BEFORE hitting the road with my favorite cooler filled with drinks, healthy snacks and food.  Thirty One has a thermal for everyone – small for the kids to family size. Many have the “leak lock” protection so you can use ice instead of freezer packs. 

I also pack lots of individually-bagged snacks to avoid the temptation to “graze”.  Things like granola bars, nuts and cookies.

4. Use Mobile Apps to Save on Gas

Apps like GasBuddy  has a feature to help you calculate fuel costs for a trip or compare prices at nearby gas stations.  Planning your route ahead of time can also cut costs. The best option is not always the shortest distance between point A and point B.  I usually want the quick one and then end up sitting in traffic because of poor planning. Map out the most efficient route based on mileage and possible traffic.  Check out the app Waze

5. Call and Book Hotels Directly

Leaving last minute, check out Expedia, Hotwire and Priceline for last-minute deals on hotel rooms.  Be aware they don’t always have the best deals.  Once you’ve found the hotel you want and the best rate online, call the hotel directly to see if they can beat the rate — or at least match and upgrade your room. They’ll save money by not having to pay the online travel agency and will often pass the savings to you.

6. Start a Summer Savings Plan

You may not have a small fortune in time for this summer’s vacation, but there are saving tools to help you get ahead of some expenses.  Set up an auto withdraw from your bank account to a separate savings account for vacation.  Some banks offer things like “keep the change” which moves the difference between your debit card purchase and the next whole number to a savings account.  I am always amazed at how much I can save each month.  Do you use coupons?  How about taking the money you saved in coupons and putting it in a jar or in a separate bank account.  You may be surprised what a difference those $5 or $10 each week will make when it is time to go on vacation.

No matter where you are going or what you are doing, there are cost cutting measures along the way. What are your favorite tips for saving money on a road trip?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday – Steak, Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry

Yes, I know it is Wednesday…. we will be back on schedule next week.

This recipe is courtesy of CreatingMyHappiness.com.

With all of the new restrictions on my eating, I feel like I am in a dinner rut?  What about you?  I keep having the same food every day, with no variety or mixing it up? I feel like my  nose is twitching like a rabbit and I am waiting to cluck like a chicken when I laugh to hard.  Most nights I am home by myself for dinner since hubby works the swing shift.  I usually don’t like to cook much for just me.  I cook two nights a week and then freeze for hubby’s meals but often leave myself with trying to figure out what to eat.

In a chicken rut, I needed a new recipe so I went on the proverbial hunt….

I wanted something simple, or it’s not happening. I love to cook but an not a fan of complex recipes.  Fortunately, this dish, is really simple.

The recipe calls for butter and despite its bad rap, it isn’t horrible for you when placed in a recipe.  The second is garlic. I love garlic despite the fact it is one of the no-no’s on my eating plan.  With all of its good properties, it is not a good mix for me.  UGH!!

Next add the mushrooms and brown them a bit.  Toss in the steak strips, then the broccoli. It should only take a few minutes to cook. When the meat is brown, pour the sauce over it and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes until hot. We don’t eat white rice in our house, so I always use quinoa.  
Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp garlic, minced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 lb stir fry steak strips
4 cups frozen broccoli

For the sauce:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsbp teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce

Instructions

  • In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients until the sugar melts into the liquids, set aside.
  • In a large skillet saute the butter and garlic over medium heat until fragrant. Add the mushrooms, spreading them out so they’re in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, then cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the steak to the skillet and cook until browned. Reduce the heat, add the broccoli, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the broccoli is almost tender.
  • Stir the sauce again, then pour over the steak. Toss to coat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the sauce is hot

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Let me know if you try this and what you think….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!