Tasty Tuesday {Buffalo Pulled Chicken}

Hi there! In the mood for some spice? 🙂

Last night Mike and I had a delicious dinner of buffalo chicken sandwiches. These weren’t any chicken sandwiches though, these were a gem brought to you courtesy of my crockpot!

All you have to do is place 2-3 chicken breasts into your crockpot with your favorite bottle of buffalo sauce. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s wing sauce along with some water. The key is to make sure the chicken is completely covered, I ended up adding a little water as well.  I cooked these on low for 7 hours but do check to make sure the chicken is completely cooked.

When the chicken is completely cooked, place it into a bowl and pull the breasts apart with tongs or forks. You can serve this at this point or save it for later!
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Like I said, this was a great dinner served as a sandwich, but we have also enjoyed this leftover chicken on salads!

Hope you like it! 🙂

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{Tasty Tuesday} Lighter Chicken Enchilada Bake

Hey Everyone! I am finally feeling almost back to normal and I am very excited to share my cure with you! We all know that comfort food rocks and it especially is comforting when you are sick! Sunday Mike and I decided to make a comfort meal healthified so that we would still feel good about eating what we wanted! As always, I wanted Mexican and Mike, (the saint that he is) agreed! I have been obsessed with the recipes from Iowa Girl Eats for a while so I knew that was the first place to look for inspiration!enchiladas 029

This gooey, cheesy, delicious mountain of enchiladas comes out to less than 400 calories per serving. Can you believe it!? It is  total crowd pleaser and I think it would be a delicious and easy meal to serve at your Superbowl party! Mike’s roommates raved and said it was one of the best things I have ever made them! (SCORE!!!) Little did they know, I made some healthy swaps… check it out!

Lighter Chicken Enchilada Casserole (adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts, chopped
  • low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 3/4 cup jarred salsa
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 4oz diced green chilies
  • 12 wheat tortillas, torn into bite-sized pieces and toasted in a skillet
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced red pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Marinate chicken breasts in taco seasoning and some enchilada sauce in a large gallon bag. Grill until cooked through. Remove to a plate to cool completely and then give them a rough chop.enchiladas 012

2. In a large bowl add enchilada sauce, sour cream and salsa then whisk to combine.

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3. Spray a 9×13″ casserole with nonstick spray then scoop mixture inside. Start with a layer of the tortilla strips and then layer like lasagna; this will come out to about 3 layers. enchiladas 023Top with cheese then bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.enchiladas 024 Let rest for 5 minutes before serving, if you can wait!enchiladas 025 I think some delicious toppings would be shredded lettuce, pico, or avocado slices.

I hope you give this recipe a try; Kristen hit the ball outta the park with this one! This is easy to make ahead as well. You can simply prep everything and cover until you would like to bake.  My healthy swaps cut some serious calories from this recipe without losing any of the enchilada flavors! Let me know what you think!enchiladas 031

Chicken Noodle Soup

Today my mom, dad, and I are visiting my cousin Jaime in Virginia. Currently Jaime is bravely battling Burkitts Lymphoma. You can read about my last visit with her here. Jaime is so brave and graceful and has been such a huge inspiration and pillar of strength to our family since she was diagnosed this summer.

Right now, we see a light at the end of the tunnel. Jaime is scheduled to complete Chemo before Christmas and we really want to make that a special time for her to celebrate!

As many of you know, cancer sucks. There is no other way to say it. At 33 like Jaime, or any age for that matter, no one should have to go through the suffering and pain these treatments put your body through. Jaime is a total fighter in my eyes! She hasn’t had an easy road but she has never let that slow her down.

Today when we are visiting with Jaime, we are really excited to spend quality time with her talking, laughing, and smiling. You cannot deny the power of a positive attitude with healing! Since Jaime hasn’t been really feeling like eating lately, I decided to make her some comfort food to try to cheer her up and provide her with something easy to eat. Enter my homemade chicken noodle soup. When I was looking for recipes, I found this super simple and delicious recipe here.

This will make your entire house smell delicious! I promise you your mouth will be watering by the time it is done. This is a comforting recipe to warm you up or even take to someone that needs a little TLC. It is sure to please!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 T butter
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 cans chicken broth
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1/2 pound cooked chicken (I poached mine)
  • 1.5 cups egg noodles
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper

In your favorite stock pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion and celery in melted butter until tender, or 5 minutes.

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We’re coming for you Jaime! Bringing lots of hugs and love!!

In the comments, please share some positivity I am sure Jaime would love it! 🙂

Tasty Tuesday Casserole Edition

Tasty Tuesday is back with another meal to dive into!!

With the summer and the sun comes lots of busy nights and stressful days! When I was catching up on my favorite blogs yesterday, I came across Kath’s newest recipe for this baked meal. I always love what Kath has to offer so I thought I would give it a whirl!!

Tonight I am off to a Mary Kay Event for my friend Brooke, so I knew right after work I would need to have a full dinner already prepared so I can eat and run!

Last night I took Kath’s recipe and made some adjustments. I first got the ingredients together!

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  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Frozen Veggies
  • 2 Cans of beans
  • 1T olive oil
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes

All I did was drain the beans and rinse them.

I combined the beans in the baking dish with the frozen mixed veggies and the olive oil. I seasoned the mixture then with my seasonings. To finish I placed the chicken on top and seasoned as well. I use tenderloins because it is easier to measure for portion control.

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I baked at 350* for almost an hour until the chicken was cooked through! While baking I did add some chicken broth to prevent the meal from drying out!

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I am really excited about this for my meals throughout the week. I think it was pretty good! Full of healthy ingredients and not a lot of junk!!

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Delicious Accident!!

Hiya friends… is it really only Wednesday?!  This week is dragging! 🙂
Last night I came home and made a yummy dinner with stuff I already had in my fridge! Gotta get creative with those leftovers! This was delicious and nutritious! Chicken Pesto Pasta!

I used 3 oz. of baked chicken, Mushrooms, and a few cherry tomatoes as the toppers for my pasta.

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I used a package of pesto mix combined with water and 2 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil for the sauce on top of whole grain pasta from the other night!

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Side note… am I the only person that can’t properly estimate how much pasta to cook? I always end up with SO many leftovers!

After that digested and I caught up on some blogs, I decided to go check out Gold’s Gym with the free week membership I got in the mail!

I have to say I was a little let down. When I saw the program schedule I realized that the class offerings, while more quantity, were still the same times as the one at my current gym, which is free. I was disappointed. I was looking for classes in the evening to accommodate my work schedule and realized that Monday night their latest spin class is 6:30. Still, I hopped on the elliptical to get in 50 minutes of some cardio training! I sound really bratty, remember this is a no judgment zone though, but I was also disappointed that each machine didn’t have their own TV’s. My current gym does and while the channels are limited, I would rather watch the news or HGTV instead of sports center. Call me crazy 🙂

My deciding factor is tonight when I am going to check out a spin class with my friend Brooke! I have heard the classes are great and I heard right! It was killer! The 10 minute drive and the thought of paying are deterring me. My current gym is a 3 minute drive and free. I think it will be an easy choice. But, I am bummed that I won’t get to get my sweat on with my bestie there! Working out with friends is just the best… that is why we do 5k’s together!

After the gym, I came home and iced my foot because it was a little achy. I sipped hot tea while I relaxed, iced, and checked out the Victoria’s Secret catalog, I lead a tough life! 🙂

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My workday began as usual with the normal oats for breakfast.

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I did 30 minutes of lifting today at lunch that focused on my legs. I will be strong when I return to running!!!

At lunch I discovered something delicious! I had a repeat lunch, but when I was eating my Green Giant cauliflower in cheese sauce I noticed I dropped a chuck of my chicken in it… well it was a treat! I ended up dunking more in that to liven up the meal! Partayyyy! I promise I am not weird. At. All. I was tired and it was a long day! 🙂

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My afternoon snack was greek yogurt and some clementine’s!

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Have a super Wednesday night, friends!

Question of the day: What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Single? Dating? Tell me about yourself! 🙂