Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms
From Weight Watchers

PointsPlus™ Value: 4
Servings: 4

2 tsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), crushed
1 pound(s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces
2 cup(s) mushroom(s), small, halved
1/3 cup(s) canned chicken broth
1/4 tsp dried thyme, crumbled

In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of oil. In a medium bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar, the mustard and garlic. Add chicken and turn to coat. Transfer chicken and marinade to skillet. Sauté chicken until cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a platter and keep warm. Heat remaining teaspoon of oil in skillet. Sauté mushrooms for 1 minute. Add broth, thyme and remaining tablespoon of vinegar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are deep brown, about 2 minutes longer. Serve chicken topped with mushrooms.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Heart Faces - Phone Photo Challenge

I took this photo of my daughter wearing her sock monkey hat.  This picture is a true representation of her personality. Every time I look at this picture I smile. My heart giggles. And I want to give her a hug for being who she is. I didn't think it was possible to love a human being so much. Happy 17th Birthday Mia Bella Figlia!
I took this photo with my Blackberry 8900.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

What's for Dinner

English Muffin Breakfast Pizza
Bagel w/ cream cheese
mini quiche
Poor Man's Egg Salad Sandwich

Crockpot Roast, mashed pot, green bean
Crockpot lasagna garlic bread, wedge salad
Baked ziti, wedge salad
Parm Chicken, garlic bread
My Mom's Casserole

Here is a copy of my menu plan in printable version with a shopping list.
Printable version available via Google Docs.
You can find a blank menu plan like the one above HERE.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011


Mom's Casserole

This isn't an exact science recipe, nor is it a recipe that I know the name of. It is a dish my mom use to make me and I love it.

1 lb hamburger
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz sour cream
Garlic powder
Parmesan Cheese
Egg Noodles

Boil egg noodles. Meanwhile, brown hamburger with chopped onion and garlic powder (about 3 shakes). Mix sour cream with meat and then add Parmesan cheese. Again, I don't know how much, I usually use about 1/4 of a container (it's alot). Mix noodles and meat mixture into baking dish and bake 20-30 minutes. Serve warm with rolls and a veggie. Mmmm...I'm hungry just thinking about it. If anyone knows this exact recipe or what it's called, please let me know.

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Friday, February 18, 2011


Mini Breakfast Quiches/ Baked Ham and Egg Cups
Recipe by Our Best Bites 
Image Courtesy of Our Best

4 eggs
1 C egg substitute* (or an additional 4 whole eggs instead)
3/4 C shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 C cottage cheese
5 oz frozen spinach, defrosted, water squeezed out and roughly chopped
(that's half a standard frozen box of spinach)
1/3 C roasted red peppers, diced (jarred, or make your own)
1 oz finely diced ham, canadian bacon, or crumbled bacon (about 1/4-1/3 C)
1/4 C sliced green onions
1/4 t kosher salt
1/8 t black pepper
1/2 t hot sauce
foil muffin tin liners OR 12 slices ham

*1/4 egg substitute = 1 whole egg, so if you're using all eggs, or some eggs and some egg whites, you can adjust accordingly.

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients (except ham slices) and stir well.
  • If using ham slices, spray muffin tin with non cook spray and place one piece of ham in each well to form a bowl.  
  • If using foil muffin liners, spray the insides of the liners with non-stick spray. 
  • Evenly divide egg mixture between the 12 muffin wells (about 1/4 C each), being careful to keep ingredients well dispersed.  You want them to fill right up to the top.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. The tops should be puffed and just barely set on top. Eggs will sink after cooling.
  • Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze them. When reheating in the microwave, make sure to take off the foil liner! And if you're reheating from frozen, I try to take them out the night before so they can thaw in the fridge. Then when you microwave them, set them on a folded paper towel to drain excess moisture. 
  • Eat them alone, or for a well-rounded breakfast crumble on top of a piece of whole grain toast along with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit. Makes 12.

Nutritional information for 1 mini-quiche (w/o ham):

83 Calories, 7.5 g Protien, 3 g fat
2 Weight Watchers Points
Southbeach Diet Phase 1

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

English Muffin Breakfast Pizza

I can see several variations of this recipe making it's way around my house.

English Muffin Breakfast PizzasRecipe by Our Best Bites

6 whole wheat English muffins at room temperature
4 eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
About 10 dashes Tabasco sauce
12 thin deli slices of ham or 10-12 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
3/4-1 c. shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
Optional: Chopped vegetables like green onions, tomatoes, sliced olives, mushrooms, green peppers, etc.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil or melted butter. Set aside.
In a pie plate, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and Tabasco sauce. Gently pull apart each English muffin and soak each side (like you would for French toast) in the egg mixture--you want the egg mixture to soak into the bread, but you don't want the English muffin to be completely falling apart. Place the muffin, cut side up, on the baking sheet.

If using ham, slice the ham into thin strips and then place on top of the English muffins. If using bacon, just sprinkle the crumbled bacon on top. Add any additional desired toppings and then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes and serve immediately.

FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: After baking, loosen them from the baking sheet with a spatula and then allow them to cool completely. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer. When the pizzas are solid, transfer them to a large Ziploc freezer bag. To reheat, place on a plate and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes at a time until the pizza is heated through (actual time will depend on how powerful your microwave is).

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

What's for Dinner

What's for Dinner?
I'm trying something a little different this week. I'm going to post several breakfast and dinner options for the week. I typically eat leftovers, salad or turkey wrap for lunch - so too boring to list on here. But instead of assigning a day, I'm going to be a little more flexible. We'll see how we like it.

Bagel, cream cheese, fruit
Oatmeal, fruit
Mini Quiche, fruit
French Toast, fruit
Mug Scramble, fruit

Crockpot Roast, mashed potatoes, green beans
Worlds Greatest Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, Applesauce, Cottage Cheese
Crockpot Lasagna, Wedge Salad, garlic bread
Chicken Tetrazzini, peas
Salsa Chicken Fiesta, Mexicorn

I'm proud to post my menus on Org Junkie. Come join us for others like me that menu plan.  There are great recipes and ideas out there!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tuscan Chicken and Pasta

Tuscan Chicken and Pasta

What you need:
Boneless Chicken Breasts
Lawry’s Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Marinade
Penne Pasta Noodles
Mozzarella Cheese
Your Favorite Pasta Sauce
Side Dish: Your Favorite Garlic Bread
What to do:
Marinate Chicken in Tusca Sun-Dried Tomato Marinade for about 4- 6 hours.  I have found the longer you let it marinate the better it is.  Sometimes I even put it in the marinade the night before and leave it until dinner!
When ready to prepare dinner grill chicken, prepare noodles, and bake garlic bread!
Cut chicken in slices!
Put Pasta on plate, cover with pasta sauce of choice, Top with Chicken and Mozzarella cheese.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Impossibly Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Impossibly Easy Chicken Pot Pie
From Betty Crocker

1 2/3 cups Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Heat oven to 400ºF. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased glass pie plate, 9x1 1/4 inches.
Stir together remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011


Incredible Egg Breakfast Biscuit Quiches
From WeightWatchers

Breakfast Biscuit QuichesPointsPlus™ Value: 4
Servings: 10
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes


  • 2/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped lean ham
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp 2% milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 12 refrigerated low-fat biscuits (1 oz each)


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine cheese, ham and green onions in small bowl; mix well. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended.
  • Separate biscuits; press or roll each into a 5-inch round on lightly floured surface. Place 1 biscuit in each of 10 greased muffin cups, leaving the 2 cups in center of pan empty. Press biscuits firmly against bottom and sides of cups and form rim at top.
  • Spoon 2 Tbsp cheese mixture into each cup. Pour in egg mixture, dividing evenly.
  • Bake in center of 350 degrees F oven until filling is set and biscuits are deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan; serve warm.
  • Serving Size 1 quiche

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Country Bob's Burger

World’s Greatest Burger
From Stockpiling moms
2 1/2 lb. chopped sirloin
1/2 package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
3/8 cup of Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce
1 TBSP Country Bob’s Season Salt
Combine chopped sirloin with Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce and Country Bob’s Season Salt.
Top with about 1 TBSP Country Bob’s Sauce before serving.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

What's for Dinner

What's for Dinner?
S- Veggie Soup
M- Broiled Burgers and leftover soup
T- BBQ Chicken Pizza, salad
W- Chili Pie, salad
T- Swiss Stuffing Chicken, peas, mashed potatoes
F- Crockpot Shepherds Pie
S- Celebrating my grandmothers 75th birthday!

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