Chicken and Corn Chowder

corn chowder
Creamy chicken and corn chowder without any dairy

This recipe came about because of new toys in the kitchen and a trip to Utah.

When I was visiting my mom and stepdad in Utah this summer, we had dinner at the St. Regis in Deer Valley and while everything was delicious, the thing that stood out the most was a corn chowder. And it was extra amazing because it was dairy-free. No cream, but smooth as silk.

I was convinced I could make something similar (but with MOAR PROTEIN!) and wanted to figure out how to do it with my Instant Pot and my immersion blender. Continue reading

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad
Buffalo Chicken Salad

This is so super easy and I’m OBSESSED with it. It started with a Buffalo Chicken Bowl recipe I found here.  I didn’t love the tomatoes after it sat a couple of days, so I picked them out… and then I wasn’t sure how to eat it, so I added some mayo and made it creamy and ate it with pita chips.*

That made me think about actually setting out to make chicken salad with a hot sauce kick, and I decided to experiment with a mix of light mayo and Greek yogurt to give it a little more protein and keep the calories in check. Continue reading

Creole Chicken and Sausage

Creole Chicken and Andouille Sausage
Creole Chicken and Andouille Sausage

My friend Abby and I have an annual tradition of watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy in a single cold, winter’s day every January or February.  Nevermind that it turned out to be about 60 degrees on our “cold” day this year. 😛  We added a new tradition of walking around the block with each disk change and continued a tradition started last year of making some sort of slow cooker “stew” to eat when Eowyn makes Aragorn stew in The Two Towers.

This year’s dish was based on this recipe from  pinchofyum.com and it was SO GOOD.  I’ve been making this for my cooking club, too, so (as usual) I increased the protein and made it as simple as humanly possible.   Continue reading

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

Fettucine with Chicken and Creamy Spinach and Asparagus Sauce

Fettucine with Creamy Spinach Sauce
Chicken and mung bean fettucine added to this already delicious recipe up the protein and make a great main dish!

I don’t even remember how I stumbled on this recipe from sheknows.com, but, with a few modifications it became one I know we’ll make over and over again for Cooking Club.  The sauce is reminiscent of some of the pestos we’ve made in the past and all the beautiful green ingredients just scream SUMMER!  But I also feel that since it relies on spinach rather than basil we’ll make this year-round. Continue reading

Super Easy Baked Chicken

Super Easy Baked ChickenChicken is definitely a staple of my life… a great, simple source of protein.  It’s pretty easy to get bored with plain chicken, though, so I tend to look at it more as an ingredient than an actual food (if that makes any sense at all).  I’ve found it easiest to cook a bunch of it, cube it, and keep it to mix in salads, supplement frozen meals and use for chicken salad.  I’ve tried a bunch of different ways to cook it and feel like I’ve finally found a way that’s easy enough that I’ll actually do it and also DELICIOUS (I usually end up eating a whole serving while I’m cutting it up ;)). Continue reading