Chili Verde

Hubby loved this. Chili Verde is one of his favorites.

Chili Verde

2 lbs pork, cut into cubes

2 (10oz) cans green enchilada sauce

1 c. salsa verde

4 oz chopped green chiles

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

28 oz can hominy, drained (optional)

If desired, brown the pork, then add to 3 quart slow cooker. Add enchilada sauce, salsa verde, green chiles, salt and pepper. Cook on low 5-6 hours.

You add the hominy, serve as a side, or skip it altogether. You can serve the chili verde with tortillas and sour cream (I like it with whipped cream cheese.)

Yield: 6-8 servings

Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Pasta

Hubby said I could make this again. But I think in the past 4 years there’s only been once that he HASN’T said that…

Chicken, Bacon & Ranch Pasta

2 c. rotini pasta

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 c. diced, cooked chicken breast

2 c. low sodium chicken broth

2 TB ranch dressing and seasoning mix

4 oz whipped cream cheese

½ c. shredded, reduced fat cheddar cheese (optional)

Cook pasta in boiling water. (I used quinoa pasta from Aldi for zero WW points on purple.) Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet. When crisp remove to a paper towel to drain, then chop or crumble. Remove most of the grease from the pan and add the chicken and cooked bacon. Add broth, ranch powder and cream cheese to pan and combine well.  Turn heat to low and simmer until pasta is al dente’. Then drain cooked pasta and add to the skillet. Top with shredded cheese if desired.

Yield: 4 servings.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Hubby said I could make this again too.  We do like some wing sauce!

Buffalo Chicken Salad

2 c. whole wheat pasta

¼ c. wing sauce

2 c. cooked, diced chicken

1/3 c. whipped cream cheese

9 oz bag romaine

1 c. shredded carrots

1 c. sliced celery

¼ c. crumbled blue cheese

 

Cook pasta in boiling water. In small skillet, cook wing sauce, chicken and cream cheese; heat through. Meanwhile on a platter, place romaine, carrots and celery; sprinkle with blue cheese. Drain pasta and add to chicken mixture; toss to combine. Top lettuce with chicken and pasta mixture. Serve.

Yield: 4 servings.

 

Tomatillo Pulled Chicken

Hubby really liked this one. “This would be great on a flip flop!”  It’s a really versatile dish.

Tomatillo Pulled Chicken 

2 (11 oz) cans tomatillos, drained

¼ c. diced roasted green chilis

1 green onion

1 c. loosely packed cilantro leaves

2 TB lime juice

1 jalapeno

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp ground cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 c. diced cooked chicken

1/3 c. whipped cream cheese

 

In blender, combine tomatillos, green chilies, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan with chicken and cream cheese and heat through.  Serve with rolls, tortillas or tortilla chips.

Yield: 8 servings.

Black Bean Chilaquiles

This is a tasty way to use broken chips!

Black Bean Chilaquiles

½ c. chopped onion

2 c. broken tortilla chips

8 large eggs

15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

10 oz can tomatoes with green chilies

1 c. salsa

½ c. reduced fat shredded cheese

Avocado and cilantro, optional

 

Spray large skillet with cooking spray. Add onion and cook until translucent; about 5 minutes. Add tortilla chips. Could also add chopped cooked chicken. Add eggs to the pan and stir with chips until almost set. Pour in black beans, tomatoes and salsa. Stir to combine and heat through. Top with cheese.

Yield: 4 servings.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

This was so delicious we didn’t miss the potatoes when I served it over riced cauliflower.

Salisbury Steak

2 lbs lean ground beef, 90/10

1 oz envelope dry onion soup mix

½ c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1 can cream of chicken soup, reduced fat

1 can cream of mushroom soup, reduced fat

1 oz packet dry au jus mix

¾ c. water

 

In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, onion soup mix, and bread crumbs. Shape into 8 patties. Spray skillet with cooking spray and brown patties and both sides. Place browned patties in 3 quart slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix together soups, au jus mix and water. Pour over patties. Cook on low setting for 4 to 5 hours until patties are well done.

Serve over mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

Yield: 8 patties. Per patty= 327 Calories; 21g Fat (57.9% calories from fat); 23g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 81mg Cholesterol; 506mg Sodium.

Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake

So easy!

Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake

20 oz pkg shredded potatoes

¼ tsp thyme

¼ tsp basil

¼ tsp oregano

¼ tsp garlic powder

Salt & pepper, to taste

1 c. shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

12 slices bacon

6 large eggs

3 TB grated Parmesan cheese

2 TB chopped fresh chives

 

Preheat oven to 400*. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Place potatoes in a single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle potatoes with seasonings. Place in oven and bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and make 6 wells for the eggs. Add eggs and bacon. Sprinkle eggs with Parmesan, salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites have set and bacon is cooked through; about 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 servings.

Best Chicken Noodle Soup

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Hubby said I could make this again.

 

Best Chicken Noodle Soup

½ c. diced onion

2 c. sliced celery

1 c. shredded carrots

3 c. cooked chicken, chopped

32 oz fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth

4 c. water

1 c. skim milk

1 oz pkg Ranch dressing mix

½ c. light cream cheese

6 oz Smart Taste spaghetti, uncooked

 

In large saucepan or soup pot, spray bottom with cooking spray and add onion, celery and carrots. Cook for a couple minutes and add chicken, broth, water and milk. May need to add more water depending on how soupy you like your soup. Add Ranch powder, cream cheese and spaghetti. Simmer until pasta is done.

Yield: 6 servings. Per serving=

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Hubby said I can make this again! It’s like spinach artichoke dip you eat with a fork!

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

1 c. fat free chicken broth

6 Oven ready lasagna noodles

3 c. diced cooked chicken

½ c. diced onion

½ tsp garlic powder

2 (14 oz) cans artichoke hearts, quartered, drained

10 oz box chopped spinach, thawed, drained & squeezed dry

Salt and pepper, to taste

¼ c. grated Parmesan

8 oz. light cream cheese

½ c. shredded mozzarella

2 oz crumbled feta

 

Preheat oven to 350*. Pour a little broth in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and add 3 lasagna noodles, set aside.  In large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, add chicken, onion, garlic powder, artichoke hearts, spinach, salt and pepper; combine. Add Parmesan and cream cheese and stir until cream cheese is melted and ingredients are well combined; add broth if needed to make mixture less dry. Pour half the chicken mixture over the lasagna noodles in prepared pan. Top with remaining lasagna noodles; top with mozzarella and feta. Bake 20-30 minutes or until heated through and pasta is done.

Yield: 6 servings.

Keto Jalapeno Popper Chicken

For my friend who asked for Keto recipes. 🙂   We thought this was really good!

Keto Jalapeno Popper Chicken

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/3 c. diced onion
3 jalapenos, seeded & minced
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Dash garlic powder
Salt & pepper, to taste
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz cream cheese

Brown cubed chicken with onion and jalapenos. Add bacon, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add cheeses and combine well.

Yield: 3 servings.