Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spicy BBQ Smothered Grilled Chicken

It's hard to believe we have reached the end of July already! Summer really needs to slow down because it will be fall before you know it, and I'm not ready for fall! I'm obsessed with using the grill this summer and it's been fun to experiment with different grilling recipes like this Spicy BBQ Smothered Grilled Chicken. If you like BBQ and like things a little spicy then be sure to give this recipe a try!

Spicy BBQ Smothered Grilled Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 162, Carbs 4, Fat 8.2, Protein 35.5

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (mine were about 5 oz)
1/2 cup Franks Spicy BBQ Sauce
4 slices smoked cheddar cheese
1/4 cup crumbled bacon bits
3 sliced green onions
1 tomato, chopped

Grill chicken over medium high heat for 6-7 minutes per side or until juices run clear. 2 or 3 minutes before removing from grill baste chicken with sauce and top each chicken breast with cheese.

Once melted remove from grill and top with crumbled bacon, chopped tomato, and green onions. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken #grillon

Summer to me means firing up the grill and when it comes to dinner 9 times out of 10 I will be using the grill. As a child my dad frequently grilled. Sun, Snow, Rain, it never stopped him from breaking out the grill. Some of my favorite foods are prepared that way so when I got my first grill I couldn't wait to fire up some of my favorites, although my first grilling experience was far from ideal. I love grilled chicken and my first attempt at making my favorite recipe didn't go as planned. I was newly married and couldn't wait to use my  new gas grill. As soon as I started cooking the chicken things immediately went downhill. I placed the chicken on the grill and went inside to finish up some other things in the house and come back outside a few minutes later to a horrible flare up. I basically singed the entire outside f my chicken leaving it inedible. Lesson learned. Grilling takes patience. Never leave your chicken unattended and never grill it over the highest heat possible! Thankfully, over the years I have gotten much better at grilling. Even perfecting that favorite recipe from years ago. Today, I'm sharing that with you! #grillon

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 125, Carbs 0, Fat 2.5, Protein 10

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 chipotle chiles in adobo, chopped
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
Juice of one lime

Combine all ingredients, except for chicken, in a large bowl and set aside. Using a large ziploc bag add chicken and add chipotle mixture. Place in fridge and marinate for at least two hours. The longer the better.

Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Grill chicken 7-8 minutes per side or until juices run clear. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cheesy Cajun Sausage Pasta

Back in the day I used to make this dish all the time. I've lightened the recipe up a bit to make it more weight watcher friendly but you'd never tell by tasting it. I love most spicy foods and love just about anything Cajun so when I first found Cajun chicken sausage at the store a few years back I decided to give it a try in this recipe and have been using it in place of smoked sausage ever since. If you like spice, then be sure to give this recipe a try!

Cheesy Cajun Sausage Pasta
Serves 6
Cal 323, Fat 6, Carbs 47.8, Fiber 5, Protein 20.5

12 oz. pasta of your choice
1/2 cup non fat milk
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can rotel, drained
1 cup shredded American cheese
14 oz package Cajun chicken sausage

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute for two minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Meanwhile, boil pasta and cook until al dente.

While pasta is cooking add milk and rotel to the garlic and onion mixture. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Slowly stir in the cheese. Once melted add in sausage. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken

This is the first Summer that I've hardly used my Crock Pot at all. Crazy! I've been spending my most of my Summer grilling instead. But not today! I decided to break out the crock pot so I could make one of my favs....Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken. It's easy, healthy, and best of all the crock pot does most of the work! My kind of weeknight meal!

Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken
Serves 4
Cal 272, Carbs 4.9, Fat 15, Protein 29.2

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup basil pesto
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese (I used kraft)

Arrange chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add in remaining ingredients, except cheese. Cover and cook on low 4 hours. About 15 minutes before serving, sprinkle cheese over chicken. Once melted remove and serve of cooked pasta or rice. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cream Cheese Chicken Baked Tacos

I don't know what it is about cream cheese, chicken, and Mexican dishes but I love it! I'm always coming up with new recipes where I can use cream cheese chicken. This dish is no exception! It was the perfect combo and then add additional melted cheese on top and you are in taco heaven!

Cream Cheese Chicken Baked Tacos
Makes 12 Tacos
WW PP=3 Per Taco
Cal 127, Carbs 8.2, Fat 5.6, Fiber 1g, Protein 9.5

2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup reduced fat shredded Monterrey jack cheese
12 hard shell tacos
any other taco toppings of your choice (shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, cilantro etc)

In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, cream cheese, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, and salsa. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. Spoon chicken into taco shells and place in a lightly greased baking dish. Top with shredded cheese.

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and chicken is hot. Serve with additional toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cheddar Chicken and Potato Skillet

I'm all about the skillets lately and one of my weakness is cheese. So, when I found a recipe that includes three of my favorites (cheese, chicken, and potatoes) in a delicious skillet  I knew I had to make it! It was a hit with the family and super easy to prepare!

Cheddar Chicken and Potato Skillet
Adapted from Kraft
Serves 4
WW PP=10
Cal 313, Carbs 28.7, Fat 15, Fiber 2, Protein 34

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bag refrigerated sliced potatoes (I used simply potatoes)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup crumbled bacon
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 cup shredded four cheese blend (I used Kraft)

Add chicken to skillet; cook 5 min. on each side or until done. Remove chicken from skillet; cover to keep warm.

Add potatoes to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10 min. or until heated through. Stir in sour cream and half of the shredded cheese. Once melted place chicken over potatoes; top with remaining cheese. Cover; cook for 2 min. or until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sloppy Cubanos

As a child I was never a fan of Sloppy Joes. It wasn't until I was an adult and gave one a try at a friends super bowl party that I realized I actually enjoyed them! So, I was missing out! I made this variation a couple of  years ago and it was SO GOOD! Even my husband, who was a bit skeptical loved them as well. I tweaked a few ingredients to make it weight watchers friendly but it was still as tasty as the original!

Sloppy Cubanos
Adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray
Serves 6
WW PP=10 (one sandwich on a large bolilio roll)
Cal 370, Carbs 37.5, Fat 15.2g, Fiber 1g. Protein 19

12 oz. pork chorizo
12 oz. lean ground sirloin
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 yellow onion, diced
sliced swiss cheese (I used reduced fat)
1/2 cup chopped pickles
juice of one lime
bakery rolls

In a large saucepan brown sausage,ground sirloin, and onion until cooked through. Drain if necessary and add in the tomato sauce and lime juice. Let simmer for 25 minutes. Spoon into warm rolls and top with swiss cheese and pickles. Enjoy!
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