cheddar chicken

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This is one of the best meals I make. I made it for some friends one night and they would not leave without the recipe. Every time they make it I get messages that say, making your awesome chicken again. Everyone loves it! You MUST try this. All the flavors mixed together and it is a wonderful taste.

Here we go, I know you want to be eating it as soon as possible!

prep time: 15 minutes   cook time: 40-60 minutes   oven temp: 400°

ingredients:
chicken breasts
sharp cheddar cheese
BBQ sauce
green onions
rotel tomatoes with jalapeno
bacon bits
salt
pepper

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I always start out by lining my pan with aluminum foil. It makes clean up a lot easier. Place the chicken breasts on pan and shake some salt and pepper on top. It tastes best if you use fresh uncooked chicken breasts. I have used frozen chicken and it just wasn’t as good. Place in the oven at 400° until the juices run clear. Time will depend on how thick your chicken is.

When chicken is done take out of oven and top with your favorite BBQ sauce. I recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s original BBQ sauce, if you have never tried it you don’t know what you are missing. Next add shredded cheddar cheese. As much as you like. (I love cheese so my piece always has a little more.) Finally add tomatoes, bacon bits, and green onions. Place the chicken back in the oven until the cheese is melted and serve immediately.  It is really simple for a meal that is this delicious!

Enjoy!

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shrimp scampi and zoodles

I am a HUGE fan of pasta. Pasta dishes are another thing I could eat every day. However I know how many carbs are in noodles. I kept hearing about making noodles out of veggies but was skeptical. I had heard you can taste the difference. Being a firm believer in you cannot tell the difference between ground beef and ground turkey if you are cooking right, I thought I would give this “zoodles” thing a try. It was the best decision ever and it tasted similar to noodles! There was a difference but these were still good.

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To make vegetable noodles you will have to get one of these or something similar. It is one of those as seen on TV gadgets. I found mine at Walgreens in the as seen on TV section. It was $14. You can also find them at Bed Bath and Beyond and on Amazon. I was going to post a link on here but they don’t have a website I could find.

Lets get into this meal. It is very quick to make.

prep time: 10 minutes   cook time: 10 minutes

ingredients:
shrimp (12 pieces shelled and deveined)
zucchini (2)
2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic (4 cloves)
crushed red pepper
1 tsp lemon zest
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Veggetti

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What I did first was get my veggetti out and prepare my zoodles. I set them aside in a bowl for later.
Next, warm up half of the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat. When the oil becomes hot add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the shrimp and lemon zest and half the 1emon juice. Stir the shrimp often until it turns pink.

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Once the shrimp turns pink remove from heat and set aside. Add remaining olive oil to the pan with most of the garlic still in the pan. (When I made this most of the garlic ended up in a bowl with the shrimp) Heat the oil for 30 seconds and add the zucchini. heat the zucchini for 30-45 seconds. When the zoodles are ready place them on a plate or in a bowl, add the shrimp you set aside on top. Garnish with red pepper flakes and parsley flakes. Add addition lemon juice. Serve immediately.
*Zucchini will shrink up a lot because of all the water in them. I just want to warn you. I was very surprised!

Enjoy!

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burrito bowls

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This has been one of my favorites lately. It is inexpensive, healthy, and so good. I could eat these every day! I love Mexican food, I believe it all started with my love of salsa. Taco’s and burritos have lots of calories in their shells, so some genius came up with eating them without shells. Thank you to that person! Burrito bowls are everything you love in your burrito without the calorie filled taco shells.

prep: 30 minutes   cook time: 15 minutes   total time: 45 minutes
*guacamole prep time not included.

ingredients:
(this is what I like you can take out and add what you love in your burritos)
diced sweet onion
cilantro
diced jalapenos
can of Rotel tomatoes with jalapenos
can of low sodium black beans
1.25 lbs ground turkey
taco seasoning
(see ingredients below to make your own)
shredded colby and monterey jack cheeses
guacamole

ingredients for taco seasoning:
(if you want to make your own instead of buying the bag of it at the store)
1.5 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP ground cumin
1/2 TBSP paprika
1/4 TBSP cayenne pepper
1/2 TBSP dried orageno
1/2 TBSP garlic powder
1/2 TBSP onion powder
salt and pepper

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Lets get started! I start out by making the guacamole so it can be put in the refrigerator and chill while the rest is prepared. I like my guacamole cold rather than warm. Next prep your taco seasoning. When this is ready start cooking the turkey breast on medium heat on the stove. Keep an eye on it and start cutting up your onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Also, open the tomatoes and drain the juice and open the beans and rinse them off. When you are cutting the jalapenos I would advise wearing gloves. If you don’t do NOT touch your eyes for a day or two. No matter how many times you wash your hands the heat will be there for awhile.
When the turkey meat is done add the seasoning and some water to help stir it around. Cover the pot and let simmer until the water dissolves.
About 5 minutes.

When the meat is done pile your favs into a bowl (or on a plate) and eat. When all of these flavors come together it is amazing!

Enjoy!

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