Easiest Recipe EVER + Best Holiday Movies

Are you ready for the easiest recipe in the entire world? How about a 2 ingredient recipe: Frozen chicken (boneless, skinless) thighs or breasts + salsa! Combine chicken and enough salsa to cover the meat in the crockpot. Cook on HIGH 4-5 hours. DELISH! I threw this in the crockpot yesterday afternoon and we had perfect shredded chicken for tacos! Sweet! Add some organic black beans and we had a complete meal without any fuss! Now that is my kind of cooking!! 🙂

I am definitely a holiday nut. Decorations, Christmas CD’s, and Christmas movies. Keith just rolls his eyes…what a Scrooge! 🙂 So what is your favorite holiday movie? Mine is most definitely A Christmas Story!

 What a CLASSIC and TBS always does 24 hours of A Christmas Story on Christmas Day…ah goodness! I also have a soft spot in my heart for the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas! It brings back memories of me as a kid waiting very impatiently for Christmas to come!

Alright people…stay warm…still freakishly COLD in Texas right now! (Although I heard rumors that it is going to be back in the 60’s next week…THANK GOODNESS!!) I am meeting my mom at Whole Foods for lunch today so you know I am going to have the best lunch ever! AH…can’t wait! Cheers!

Pancake Sunday

I was in Whole Foods on Saturday and I saw this pancake mix called the Organic Batter Blaster . It is pancake batter in a can AND it is organic! I knew I HAD to try it…just from the sheer oddness of it!

So following the directions, I shook the can really well, held it over my griddle and sprayed….

I added some blueberries…yum! These actually looked REALLY good!

A successful flip….AND…

TADA! Perfect pancakes and they actually tasted REALLY good!

Overall verdict: they are definitely EASY (we’re talking like 5 minutes here) and no messy clean-up! So if you want organic pancakes in a hurry these are definitely the way to go. Keep the can in the refrigerator for future use. (1 can yields 28 pancakes)
Serving Size (1/4 cup batter = 2 (4 inch) pancakes) 80 Calories; 0.5g Fat (0g saturated fat); 15mg Cholesterol; 300mg Sodium; 17g Carbohydrates; 0.5g Fiber; 5g Sugar; 2g Protein

White Chicken Chili

Last night’s dinner was DELICIOUS! White Chicken Chili! Keith and I both loved it and as the weather gets cooler this will be on our dinner table a lot over the coming months! Enjoy this recipe!!

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI

1 pound bag great white northern beans
6-8 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions, chopped (divided)
1 tablespoon oil
2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt, to taste
4 cups diced cooked chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)

Soak beans overnight (or at least 4 hours prior to cooking)

Combine beans, 6 cups of chicken broth, garlic and half the onions in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 hours or until beans are soft. Add more chicken broth as necessary.

In a skillet, saute remaining onions in oil until tender. Add chilies and seasonings and mix thoroughly. Add to bean mixture. Add the cooked chicken to the pot and continue to simmer for 1 hour.

Serve topped with your favorite add-ins: cheese, tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, crush tortilla chips, etc….

Serves 8 (1.5 cup servings)
Nutritional Information (without additional toppings): 245.3 Calories; 2.8g Fat (0.4g saturated fat); 55.0mg Cholesterol; 939.2mg Sodium; 7.2g Fiber; 0.8g Sugar; 31.7 Protein

Got 30 Minutes??

The biggest excuse (YES EXCUSE) people give me for not eating healthy is, “I don’t have time!” And I always say YES YOU DO!! This was mine and Keith’s 30 minute goodness from last night. Steak, vegetables and Au gratin potatoes…it tasted a heck of lot better than fast food and it was a lot nicer on our bodies!

So, I know you are thinking…30 minutes? Yeah Right! But seriously…the steak took 10 minutes on the George Foreman Grill. It takes about 5 minutes to steam vegetables and the potatoes were an organic, all natural mix from The Natural Grocer…took 20 minutes in the oven!

Really people…you can do this!!

Football Food

Football, Fall, and CHILI! The most natural combination! Here is a healthy chili that Keith and I love!

TURKEY & BROWN RICE CHILI

1 lb ground turkey breast
1 cup onion (chopped)
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans in chili sauce
1 (4 ounce) can green chilies (chopped)
2 tablespoon sugar
4 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked brown rice

Brown turkey and onion about 5 mins on till no longer pink. Mix all ingredients except rice in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hrs or high 4 to 5 hours. Stir in rice cover and cook on high about 15 mins longer. Now DIG IN!!!

Serves: 6
202 CALORIES; 1.4g FAT (0.3g saturated fat); 35mg CHOLESTEROL; 531mg SODIUM; 31.1g CARBOHYDRATE; 4.1g FIBER; 9.4g SUGAR; 17.4g PROTEIN

Ode to Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix

I “heart” Pamela’s Gluten-Free Pancake & Baking Mix! A few weeks ago I posted chocolate chip cookies that I made from the mix and now here are the muffins! (Keith and I also LOVE just the plain ole pancakes!!) You have GOT to try this stuff people!!

BANANA NUT MUFFINS

1 1/4 cups Pamela’s Gluten-Free Pancake & Baking Mix
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I actually used pecans)
1/2 cup mashed banana (I used 2 medium bananas)
1 egg, large
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients together and spoon 2/3 full into a greased muffin tin (or use paper liners). Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Yields: 8 muffins
171.9 CALORIES; 5.04g FAT (0.73g saturated fat); 28.94mg CHOLESTEROL; 191.6mg SODIUM; 29.75g CARBOHYDRATE; 1.6g FIBER; 15.6g SUGAR; 3.01g PROTEIN