Thursday, December 30, 2010

15 minute Fettucini Alfredo

This is just easy and delicious. It is for a special occasion though. Beware of the fat it contains!

Fettucini Alfredo
1 cube or stick of butter
2 cloves garlic
1 pound fettucini noodles
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

what to do:
1. Cook fettucini noodles according to package directions. It's usually 12-15 minutes.
2. In a saucepan put the garlic in and cook on medium about 2 minutes. Add butter and cream, turn to medium-low and stir. Once that is bubbling, add parmesan cheese and mix. Add salt and pepper for taste. If your sauce is thick (mine was a little bit) add about 1/3 cup of the boiling pasta water.
3. Put the cheese sauce in a bowl, and add the fresh hot steamy noodles right after you drain them. Mix around. Add parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This was delicious. I was in the mood for potato soup today, and luckily for me we have TONS of potatoes! So, I went to my kitchen and started cooking.
YUM. Perfect for the cold weather!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Potatoes (diced and peeled if you want. Also, I just eyed how many to use, I think it was about 4 potatoes.
1 yellow onion diced
3 T butter
3 T flour
2 cloves minced garlic
1.5 cup diced ham
2 cups chicken broth
4 cups milk
1 T ground mustard powder
salt and pepper to taste (I used a lot!)
1/4 cup ranch
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup cheese

What to do:
1. Cook your potatoes. (Dice them first, then throw into boiling water with a lot of salt and cook about 10 minutes. Until fork tender, but not too soft!) Drain
2. In the same pot, put diced onions, garlic, and butter over medium heat and cook until onions are see through and soft.
3. Add the flour, and stir until its a thick bubbly mess :). Then, add the milk, chicken broth, and potatoes. As that is slowly coming to a boil, make sure you keep stirring. Add the ground mustard.
4. Add the cheese (make sure you slowly add it and stir the whole time, or the cheese won't melt into the soup.) Then add the ham, ranch and sour cream. Let come to a low simmer, and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until it has thickened up. Add lots of salt and pepper for taste! (I probably use too much! lol. but, I love salt and pepper)
5. Serve in a bowl and add some sour cream and cheese on top! Enjoy!
Tips to Wanna-be-chefs: If you want to use bacon instead of ham definitely do it! All you would do is cook it before the onions, and add the onions once the bacon is almost cooked! I used ham to make it healthier!
Also, I used fat free sour cream, and ranch, low fat cheese, and one percent milk so it wasn't too fatty!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

This soup was so good! Amazing flavor, variety, and texture. I don't think it was too unhealthy either! No creamy things were added :)

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup
1 yellow onion, chopped (notice I always chop my onions, it's the only way I eat them!)
2 cloves garlic
1 can chili beans
1 can black beans
1 can corn (no salt added)
6 or so pieces of chicken (mine were tenderloins)
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (petite cut)
1 small can green chilies
1 cup of chicken broth
about half of a taco seasoning packet (Just for thickening up the soup at the end)

What to do:
1. Turn the crockpot on, and put in onion, garlic,tomato sauce chili and black beans, corn, tomatoes, and chilies.
2. Add chicken and make sure its covered. Then add chicken broth and stir until well blended.
3. Cook. (On high cook about three hours, on low cook about 5)
4. Take chicken out and shred it with two forks, put chicken back in, stir in taco seasoning, and cook another hour.
5. Serve and enjoy!
Note: We topped ours with a little bit of tortilla chips. You could also top with sour cream or cheese!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fat Free Italian Chicken

This was wonderful. Tonight I had a recipe I found online all planned out. It was going to be a chicken and vegetable stir fry. I got home, and all my brown sugar was HARD AS A ROCK. I couldn't get it to break. So, I thought ok, now what? Well, I came up with this recipe and it was so good! If your craving breaded or fried chicken, I say try this chicken instead! Because of my new healthy eating, I also know how many calories and everything it is, so I'll post it on the bottom!

Fat Free Italian Chicken

6 boneless chicken tenderloins or breasts thawed
1/2 cup of Fat Free Italian Dressing
1/2 cup bread crumbs
pinch of garlic and herb seasoning

what to do:
1. Preheat oven to 375. Put the Italian Dressing in a bowl, and the bread crumbs in another.
2. Take a piece of chicken and dip it in the Italian dressing. Cover it and let it sit there for a couple minutes. Take out and directly put it into the bread crumbs. Flip over to fully coat. Put into greased pan, and repeat until all chicken is done.
3. Put it in the oven for 25 minutes. (If you are using chicken breasts, it will most likely take 35-40 minutes to fully cook chicken)
4. Serve with some vegetables (I did a spinach salad and some corn) and enjoy! This was such an easy fast dinner, and super juicy and yummy!

Nutritional Info:
for two strips of chicken:
273 calories :)
carbs: 35 g
sodium: 922 mg
cholesterol: 45 mg
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Tips to Wanna-be-Chefs: To tell if chicken is cooked all the way, just take a knife and cut into it. It cannot have ANY pink in it! Also, the juices from the chicken will be clear :) Also, if you have more time, you can marinate the chicken in the italian dressing for 30 minutes before dipping it into the bread crumbs. It will probably even add more flavor! I just didn't have time!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sad Day.

Due to some health issues and tummy issues...
I need to go on a diet.
Learn to eat...



So, needless to say, I will be cooking healthier and have to give up my love. THE PIONEER WOMAN. I am so sad. I told Greg we could have her recipes once a month. As a treat.

So, I think this foodblog will now be more of a "healthy food blog"

but, I think I need the new healthy thing lol