Honey Sesame Chicken

Yum! Could serve over rice or have on salad.

Sesame Honey Chicken
1 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
black pepper to taste
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 TB honey
2 TB ketchup
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
Garlic powder, to taste
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sriracha hot chili sauce, or more to taste
1 heaping tbsp cornstarch
¼ c. water
1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
Chopped scallions (optional)

Place chicken in crockpot and season with black pepper. In a medium bowl, combine, soy sauce, honey, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, sesame seed oil, onion powder and sriracha hot chili sauce. Pour over chicken and cook on low 3-4 hours or on high for 2 to 2 ½ hours. Remove chicken and shred with two forks and set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in the remaining 1/4 cup water, add to the sauce in the crockpot and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high until slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes; return chicken to crockpot and mix well. Serve chicken over rice and top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions.

Zucchini Salsa Verde

A nice take on salsa verde. Zucchini is so versatile!

Zucchini Salsa Verde
1 sweet onion, cut in wedges
2 poblano peppers, chunked
1 lb zucchini, cut in 1 inch pieces
4 tomatillos, husked removed and halved
1/4 c. diced tamed jalapenos
1 TB lime juice
1 TB hot sauce
1 tsp grated lime peel
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp honey

Grill onion, poblano peppers, zucchini and tomatillos (could also use fresh jalapenos and grill those too). Grill 18-22 minutes or until lightly charred. Finely chop or use a food processor to lightly chop. Transfer to a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Cherry Squares

Well, if 2 ingredients can be a recipe then this is one. A nice tart dessert.

1 package Angel Food cake mix, about 14 1/4 oz
1 22oz. can light cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 350F. Combine cake mix with pie filling (do not add any other ingredients). Pour batter into ungreased 9X13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
Cool and cut into 24 squares.

Yield: 24 bars. Per bar = Calories 73 (Calories from Fat 1), Total Fat 0.1g – Cholesterol 0mg – Sodium 90mg – Total Carbohydrates 17.2g – Sugars 5.1g – Protein 1.1g

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes

I LOVE wing sauce!buffalochickencupcake

Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes
1 cup reduced fat Bisquick®
1/2 cup water
1 cup cooked chicken breast half, diced
4 tablespoons wing Sauce, Frank’s Red Hot
1 tablespoon fat free blue cheese salad dressing
1/2 cup sliced celery

Preheat oven to 350*. Combine Bisquick and water (add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time if necessary. This will be a thick, sticky dough.) Place dough evenly in 6 muffin cups. Combine chicken, wing sauce, blue cheese dressing and celery; top dough with this mixture. Press the chicken mixture into the dough a little. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Yield: 6 servings. Per serving= 148 Calories; 4g Fat (24.0% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 27mg Cholesterol; 568mg Sodium

Vanilla Cupcakes for 2

A nice, light cupcake. One day I’ll brave the frosting too. But these aren’t bad with just Cool Whip Lite as a frosting.

Vanilla Cupcakes for 2
1 egg white
2 tablespoons Splenda sugar substitute
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, butter flavor
1 teaspoon vanilla, a full teaspoon – they are super vanilla-y!)
1/4 cup reduced fat Bisquick®
1 1/2 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350*. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners. In a bowl, add egg white and Splenda and whisk until combined. Add in vanilla and olive oil and stir until mixed. Add Bisquick and stir until smooth. Stir in water (or could use skim milk). Divide batter equally between the 2 cupcake liners. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until cake is set. Let cool completely, then frost as desired.

Yield: 2 cupcakes. Per cupcake= 137 Calories; 8g Fat (54.8% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 217mg Sodium

Sausage Pasta Toss

This was really good. A grown up spaghetti.


Sausage Pasta Toss
5 oz Smart Taste spaghetti pasta
12 oz turkey Italian sausage
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with basil & oregano
2 oz can sliced ripe olives, drained

Cook spaghetti in boiling water. Meanwhile slice turkey links and cook in large skillet. After cooked add tomatoes and olives. Add cooked pasta and toss to combine.
Yield: 4 servings. Per serving= 226 Calories; 4g Fat (14.1% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 66mg Cholesterol; 913mg Sodium.

Artichoke Pull Apart

This was easy to put together and tasted great.

Artichoke Pull Apart
11 oz Pillsbury French bread
1 c. quartered artichoke hearts
¼ c. sliced green olives
½ c. shredded reduced fat mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375*. Slice French bread dough about ½ inch thick and place on cookie sheet or pizza stone. Place close together in a circle shape. Top with artichoke hearts, olives and cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Yield: 4 servings. Per serving=246 Calories; 5g Fat (20.0% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 41g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 8mg Cholesterol; 663mg Sodium