Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

As it gets colder, I get happier and happier that I have 3 slow cookers and can pretty much constantly have soups and stews and chilis cooked and ready to eat whenever I crave them.  I was looking for some new recipes to try for my cooking club and came across a great looking one for Chicken and Dumplings but, as usual, I wanted to up the protein and reduce carbs, so I modified a bit and came up with this. Continue reading

Red Lentils with Chicken

Lentils with Chicken, Tomatoes and Spinach
Lentils with Chicken, Tomatoes and Spinach

I’m sort of obsessed with Tasty Bite Madras Lentils.  They’re these pouches of lentils in a creamy red sauce that heat up in about a minute and make a perfect snack or, with leftover rotisserie chicken mixed in, a great lunch or dinner.  It seemed like cooking the chicken IN the lentils was a logical next step.. which led me to try to come up with my own version that I could make from scratch in my slow cooker. Continue reading

Protein Pancake Mini Muffins

Protein Pancake Mini Muffins with Chicken Sausage
Protein Pancake Mini Muffins with Chicken Sausage

I’m always looking for easy cook ahead breakfast options.  I came across a recipe for Pancake Bites that looked adorable and intriguing, but I didn’t want to use sweetener (or coconut flour), so I decided to go more savory.  This meant I could try using my basic protein pancake recipe. I added slices of chicken sausage and VOILA!

These were good warm out of the oven, but, also made a great portable snack when I put them in a baggie and took them along on a 14 mile training walk for Avon39!  They were pretty dang tasty cold and were a great, healthy snack right when I was getting peckish along the way.

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Parmesan and Pepperoni Bites

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Parmesan and Pepperoni Bites

One of my favorite veggies to make is asparagus… just snap the ends off, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and bake.  The asparagus is great… but, the BEST part may be the little clumps of parmesan cheese that bake into little salty globs of deliciousness.

So you can imagine how excited I was to find Parmesan Crisps in my mom’s cupboard… an awesome snack, but, as I discovered when I went shopping, a bit on the expensive side.

Since I’d made a similar snack accidentally, I figured it couldn’t be too hard to do on purpose! Continue reading

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili Mac and Cheese
Easy, delicious, healthy comfort food!

A couple of nights ago I was walking home from the subway and thinking about what I might make for dinner.  I was feeling lazy, so, I thought I’d put together one of my favorite dinner hacks… a frozen dinner bulked up with extra protein and veggies (my go-to is a Lean Cuisine Fettuccine Alfredo with added chicken, broccoli and peas). I knew I had a Smart Ones Macaroni and Cheese, but, didn’t think chicken sounded like exactly what I wanted… and then I got an overwhelming craving for Chili Mac and Cheese.

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