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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Remember to share your favorite recipe with us and I will be happy to feature it in our next Tasty Tuesday post.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday – AMAZING Slow-Cooker Chicken Dish

Thank you Hungry Girl for another AMAZING recipe….

Serving size: 1/8th of recipe (about 1 cup): 213 calories, 4g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 647mg sodium, 18g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 26g protein — SmartPoints™ value 3*  Makes 8 servings.

Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 3 – 4 hours on high or 7 – 8 hours on low, plus 55 minutes

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. raw boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped onion
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
One 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
One 4-oz. can diced green chiles, drained
1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
Optional seasonings: additional salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Place chicken in a slow cooker, and season with pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt. Top with onion, beans, tomatoes, and green chiles.
  • Add broth and seasonings, including remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. Gently stir.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours, until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks — one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker, and mix well.
  • Pulse cauliflower in a blender until reduced to rice-sized pieces, working in batches as needed. Add cauliflower rice to the slow cooker, and stir to mix.
  • If cooking on low heat, increase heat to high.
  • Cover and cook for 55 minutes, or until cauliflower rice is tender.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon, draining the liquid. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tbsp. cheese.

Here are some other ways to enjoy this Recipe:

On a salad: Spoon a serving over a pile of chopped romaine or shredded iceberg (or your lettuce of choice). So much flavor, you won’t even need dressing!

In a whole-wheat tortilla: Wrap it up, burrito style. Look for natural tortillas with low calorie counts, like La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Organic Tortillas.

In lettuce cups: Crisp lettuce leaves are the perfect vehicle for a shredded-chicken dish. Go for medium-large leaves from a round head of lettuce, like iceberg or butter lettuce.

Omelette style: Cook up an egg-white “pancake” in a skillet, and wrap it around your chicken goodies. Or just scramble your whites, and stir in the chicken. Now that’s how you get a burrito fix at breakfast…

Why not cook a batch up and portion it out for meals, then freeze it for lunches. OR make a batch and take it to your next “potluck dinner”.  Headed out to a tailgate or a potluck dinner, why not keep it hot in Thirty One’s Fresh Market Tote.  

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Share your favorite recipe with us.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Instant Energy Boost

Yup it is here again and you lost an hour over the weekend with the time change.  I am always glad for this change because it means longer days with warmer weather on the horizon.

What better topic for today than “instant” energy boosts, right?  I’m not talking about massive amounts of coffee although it may be an option.  It was for me many years ago when I was doing the commute of 4 hours a day round trip…

Here are some natural ways to rev up your day WITHOUT caffeine… and yes, it is possible.

#1 – Inhale Mint

Believe it or not, a whiff of this scent can make you feel more alert.  I don’t mean sniffing a candy mint, I mean the real thing FRESH or peppermint essential oil!  There is research which says it can also enhance your memory.

#2 – Slow Down

“Slow down, you move to fast”.. yes, it is an old song so I am showing my age.  The truth is a low or moderate paced walk can energize you because it sends more oxygen to your brain.

#3 – Balance your B12

Eating a healthy balance of foods could do wonders for your energy level BUT vitamin B12 helps your body turn food into fuel.  The vitamin is found in only animal proteins such as meat, poultry and dairy.  If you are vegan or vegetarian, you may want to take a supplement but check with your doctor first.  I actually had an over abundance of B12 for awhile and it can have negative effects on your body as well.

#4 – Have a Hearty Lunch

Do you have mid-afternoon slumps?  I do and it is usually a result of what I ate for lunch.  Yup, your lunch can make the difference in how you feel in the afternoon.  The key is to have a lunch combo of fiber and protein.  Make sure you pick whole-grain breads and pasta or have a hearty soup, stew or salad.  Pack your own lunch in one of Thirty One’s amazing thermals… try the thermal lunch tote and you can personalize it so no one takes your lunch!

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#5 – Just Add Sleep

When I think about sleeping more, I usually think of getting up later  but we should really go to bed earlier.  I know your favorite shows start later at night, right?  The truth is as adults, we need 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night to feel rested and alert.  What is your average?  Here is a trick to help you prep for bed: set an alarm on your phone so you can start winding down for the night.  Once the alarm goes off, put all of your electronic devises AWAY for the rest of the night.  I have been trying to do this a half hour before bed and it seems to help.  Tough but it does work.

#6 – Find Fresh Air

Feeling tired?  Take a break and go outdoors.  Being outside for about 20 minutes may be enough time to shrug off the sleepy slump of the day.  Taking a walk may rejuvenate you.

What do you do to gain energy during the day?  Share your best tips with us.

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

Have leftovers?  Want to take them for lunch?  Try Thirty One’s newest lunch tote, the Going Places Thermal. This stylish bag with an adjustable strap does double duty as a thermal and crossbody to make it easiest to pack lunch or treats for every family outing, play date or sporting event. Dimensions: 8″H x 9″L x 5.5″D

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

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!