a cooking blog from one foodie to another... I rarely if ever use real measurements... my recipes are more like guidelines... but along the way we usually land on something kinda delectable...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I am SO obsessed with all things buffalo!!!! (sauce that it; not meat)... I was walking past an end of the aisle display at Walmart when it started speaking to me. No I mean it really started talking... there was a monitor playing a video of some TV chef touting this recipe.  I purchased the ingredients; slashed the fat and calories (see below) and YUMMY!  It was GREAT!

Here's how I slashed fat and calories:

*used 1 pkg of fat free cream cheese (woulda done both fat free but I already had a pckg of cream cheese at home that was reg... remember I'm cheap!)
*used low fat ranch
*meant to use 2% cheddar but forgot to grab it and had to use the reg I had at home :(
*meant to use celery but was too lazy to cut it up
*ate it with multigrain Tostitos

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bites

I <3 my hot sauce! Buffalo Wild Wings... OH I love it!  But too many calories!  Here's how I made 'em skinny, and they were GOOD!

I took two boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I sliced them up into slightly bigger than bite size chunks. Baked them on 500 for 20 min. Then I coated the pieces in Frank's Red Hot Wings sauce. Baked them for 10 more min. Removed them from the oven and tossed the pieces in the sauce in a the pan before letting them cool and absorb the sauce for five minutes.

Serve them with reduced-fat, buttermilk ranch.


Healthy Taco Dip

So still on the lose weight kick... But tonight we wanted to have a little Packer Party with the kiddos, sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I made over our favorite appetizers.

Taco Dip

1can fat-free refried beans
8 oz fat-free cream cheese
8 oz fat-free sour cream
8 oz salsa (I used homemade that was sodium free)
2 cups reduced fat Mexican cheese
diced tomatoes
sliced black olives
green onions

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, and salsa. On a large plate, ayer beans, sour cream/cream cheese mixture, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives, and green onions.  Serve with baked tortilla chips.  So YUMMY! You won't even miss the fat, sodium and calories.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Healthy Chili

[Quick Disclaimer: Yes!  I fell off the wagon and did NOT finish the 12 Treats of Christmas.  I know this! I'm a horrible human being!  But I've moved on from that.]

I'm losing WEIGHT!  We went on the 6-day Body Makeover for six days (duh!)

and I lost 11 pounds in 6 days!  WOOT!  WOOT!  We're off it now (it was just a turbo charged start to our healthy living resolution) and we're just trying to eat healthier.  [On an aside: one thing that I REALLY learned during the 6 day thingy was I eat WAY too much sodium!  In just two days, my face didn't even look like me anymore.  ALL puffiness was gone!  WEIRD!  I still LOVE my salt shaker, but I am currently imposing a separation until we can reconcile our differences... mainly the extra 50+ pounds the salt helps me cling to]

So my sodium epiphany has led me to learn that fresh herbs go a LONG way to making you forget your salt shaker.  So I made over my chili recipe and OH BOY did it turn out great!  Hannah Carpenter... this blog is for you!  At your request, here's the recipe:

Put a swish of EVOO in the pan and saute one chopped onion and 2 - 4 cloves of garlic.  When they start to get translucent add 2 lbs ground turkey and fresh herb mix [in a Magic Bullet (or other food processor) combine:  a big fistful of cilantro, a small chunk of jalapeno, 3x as much onion as jalapeno, and the juice of one lime... pulverize it].  Brown the ground turkey and drain off the fat.

Add two BIG cans of diced tomatoes with juices and one can full of water.  [I suppose if I were truly virtuous I would have paid double for the "no sodium" tomatoes but you can take the girl out of the cheapskate but you can't take the cheapskate outta the girl... or something like that... I just got the regular ones cuz they were CHEAPER.]  Add a BIG palmful of cumin, another palmful or chili powder (again coulda, woulda, shoulda paid for the salt-free but TOO cheap!), sprinkle in some black pepper and simmer away.

Add two cans of kidney beans [I was virtuous here!!!!!  I didn't pay for salt free beans but I tossed them in my colander and RINSED away all the salt!].  We served this over whole wheat rotini and garnished with 2% cheddar and low fat sour cream.

Guess what????  It was FABULOUS!  And we hardly missed all the salt, fat and processed flour I left out!
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