Chicken Tamale Bake

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Okay, just catching up on The Bachelor…..Sean surprising Sarah with her dog was the sweetest thing ever! We raise them right in Dallas. Bless his heart for having to deal with the crazy girls though. Ugh it is so painful to watch sometimes.

I loved this! It’s not as cheesy as it looks in the picture. (I’ve got to figure out a better lighting set-up until we get to daylight savings time.) It was even better the next day. Only 297 calories too!

1 oz Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
1 oz Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
2 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1/3 cup Fat-Free Milk
1/4 cup Egg Substitute
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/8 tsp Ground Red Pepper
14-3/4 oz Cream-Style Corn
8.5 oz Box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
4 oz Can Chopped Green Chiles, drained
Cooking spray
10 oz Can Red Enchilada Sauce
2 cups Cooked Chicken Breast, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray.

Toss the 3 cheeses together.

Combine 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture, milk, egg substitute, cumin, red pepper, corn, corn muffin mix and chilies in a large bowl; stir just until moist. Pour mixture into baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes or until set. Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork; pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with chicken; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.

Adapted from Cooking Light

Servings: 8
Calories 297
Total Fat 10.3g
Total Carbohydrates 33.9g
Dietary Fiber 1.7g
Protein 19.3g
Nutrition Grade B

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Margherita Pizza

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Yesterday I took the girls to American Girl to spend some more Christmas money. That place was crazy. It was more crowded than an Apple store. We were there for the same thing everyone else was there for….Saige, her horse and her dog. I wondered where we were going to fit more AG stuff. They have almost the entire catalog. But they figured it out, the closet is now a stable for all the horses and the girls without beds are stuck using sleeping bags. I forgot my camera, so here is their very first trip to the American Girl store in New York City… Time goes by way too fast.

ry=400-5I loved, loved, loved these! As an added bonus, they are only 119 calories each.

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 Sandwich Rounds
2 Plum Tomatoes, sliced thin
1 tsp Dried Basil
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
6 Tbs Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place sandwich rounds inside part down on baking sheet.

Combine oil and garlic. Brush over sandwich rounds.

Add tomatoes. Sprinkle with basil, pepper and salt. Top with cheese.

Bake for 8 minutes.

Servings: 4
Calories 119
Total Fat 5.1g8%
Total Carbohydrates 14.6g5%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g13%
Protein 6.3g
Nutrition Grade B

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Healthy Chicken Nachos

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Today I confirmed that we have some crazy birds in Texas. To start with, our state bird is the Mockingbird. While the Mockingbird is probably the most talented of the state birds (it can imitate other birds, car alarms, mechanical sounds, etc…) it also one of the loudest and meanest. They really don’t like it when you walk in the vicinity of their nest. They like to dive at you. Which happened twice today on the walk home from school. Here’s a pic of our lovely state bird that I’m sure is probably only pms’ing when it attacks and is very sweet at other times.

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Then I met some friends for a nice lunch on the patio. A crazy bird landed right on the table and tried to eat right out of my friend’s salad bowl. Then it went and got a friend and they continued to dive at us for an hour. I have no idea what kind of birds they were but I’m guessing they are somehow related to the Mockingbird. It was nice to finally come home and find sweet peaceful doves relaxing in my backyard. I’ve now decided I prefer non-diving birds over the diving ones. So now it might make more sense to you why I thought I had an eagle in the backseat of my car.

Healthy Chicken Nachos

16 ounces Chicken Breasts, grilled and diced
4 ounces Baked Tostitos Scoops Chips
15 ounce Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium Tomatoes, diced
2 Jalapeños, thinly sliced
8 Tablespoons Tostitos Medium Salsa Con Queso Cheese Dip

Warm beans on stove top on medium for 8 minutes.

Warm Queso in microwave for 45 seconds.

Place chips on plate. Fill each chip evenly with beans and chicken. Top with queso, tomatoes and jalapeños.

Adapted from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, copyright 2009

Servings: 4
Calories: 428
Fat: 3g
Fiber: 7g

Today’s Leopard Print Find: Leopard Faux Leather Foot Stool Ottoman

Healthy Baked Ziti

I am exhausted. Apparently Megan is too. She was recovering from a sleepover. I found her sitting at the island in the kitchen with yogurt all over her face. This isn’t unusual for her because when she likes food it’s usually very obvious…it’s in her hair, all on her face and she hums when she eats. But I asked anyway…she said “I just didn’t have enough power to go get a spoon.” So yes, she licked it out of the container like a puppy. I really have to get pictures of these things. Anyway, I think I’m out of power now too. But the hubby gave me a break from cooking today so here is a back-up. But it’s a delicious back-up! One of his favorites.
Ingredients:
14-1/2 ounce Whole Grain Penne Pasta
15 ounces Fat-Free Ricotta Cheese
2 Large Egg Whites
4 cups Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
2 Tablespoons Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese, shredded
3-1/2 cups Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauce
Olive Oil Spray
Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil.
In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, egg whites and 3 cups of the mozzarella cheese. Mix well. Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and red flakes. Stir in the pasta until combined.
Spread 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the dish. Add half the pasta. Top the pasta with another cup of sauce. Layer the remaining pasta over the sauce. Spoon the remaining 1 1/2 cups of the sauce over the pasta, then sprinkle the remaining cheeses on the top.
Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Adapted from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, copyright 2009.
Servings: 8
Calories: 350
Fat: 6g
Fiber: 8g
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Strawberry Breakfast Banana Split

Welcome to Day 2 of my getting healthy segment! Staying at home means more time to workout (I thought) but it’s a lot harder to make the time than I thought. I’m walking the girls to and from school and managing to still do the elliptical for 60 minutes on most days, but I realized today that I’m missing my stability ball. That was my chair at work for over a year. Now that I don’t sit, I guess I’m going to have to do some extra crunches to make up the difference. If you haven’t tried using a stability ball as a chair, I highly recommend it! I’m the most uncoordinated person in the world (I only almost fell off 3 times), so if I can do it you can too!

Here are some of the advantages to using a stability ball for your chair:

1) Researchers at State University of New York Buffalo found that people who sat on stability balls burned 4.1 times more calories per hour than those who sat in an office chair. That adds up to 640 calories burned each month.

2) Keeping your balance while sitting on a stability ball engages the core muscles in your back and abdomen, helping to increase their strength and endurance.

3) It strengthens your leg muscles.

4) Slouching really isn’t an option while sitting on a stability ball. Because of this, it’s a useful way to help keep yourself in ergonomically correct posture vs sitting in my chair with my leg tucked under me like I used to do.

To help you pick the right size ball, I found the following on the Gaiam website:

CHOOSE YOUR BALL SIZE

Height Ball Size
5’0″ to 5’5″ Small: 55cm/22″
5’6″ to 5’11″ Medium: 65cm/26″
6’0″ to 6’3″ Large: 75cm/30″



Most people start off gradually. I don’t know how to do anything gradually, so once I sat on it I never went back to my chair. Probably a good idea to start off slow though.

STRAWBERRY BREAKFAST BANANA SPLIT

Here is the 2nd recipe from the Biggest Loser Cookbook. This would be great for a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Delicious and even satisfies a chocolate craving!

INGREDIENTS:

3 teaspoons Sugar Free Hot Fudge
2 small Bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 (6oz container) Light Vanilla Yogurt
2/3 cup Fresh Strawberries, chopped
2 Tablespoon Grape-Nuts Cereal

Place bananas halves in bowls.

Divide yogurt between bananas.

Top with strawberries & Grape-Nuts.

Warm hot fudge for 15 seconds in microwave safe bowl.

Drizzle over the top and serve.

Servings: 2
Calories: 165
Fat: 1g
Fiber: 3g

Adapted from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, copyright 2009

Today’s Leopard Find: Yoga Mat!!!