12 Crock Pot Freezer Meals (NO BEANS)
As I am preparing for surgery, I was trying to think of ways to lighten the load for my husband. I have always wanted to do a couple weeks worth of freezer meals. Then, all I would have to do is pull it out of the freezer and dump it into the crock pot. Well, what a better time to try it out. Continue reading
Tips for feeding a crowd at your next gathering
If you are in charge of planning dinner for a large crowd, you may think that all that planning is a bit intimidating and kind of stressful. However, there are some tips you can follow to make things a bit easier when planning. Continue reading
Even Kids Will Love Toastees
Toastees Toasted Almond Thins by Almondina makes a great snack! Not only are they yummy but they are healthy and filling too! I can never seem to find healthy snacks that my kids will BEG for. All three of them LOVE Toastees!
Low Calorie, Delicious Cookies by Almondina
You Have GOT To Try Them!
Ever tried to eat healthy and just had bad cravings for something sweet? It ALWAYS seems like no matter how hard I try to eat healthy, I get massive cravings for something sweet. Almondina has the best tasting cookies and they are only 30 calories!
Healthy Chicken and Veggie Recipe
Are your kids like mine? I have a hard time convincing them that veggies really are tasty! I know I was a kid once too and my taste has definitely changed over the years but I can still remember gagging when eating peas. My mom would tell me that I needed to eat all my peas and I would cry, pitch a fit and let them get cold before I would eat them (which made them taste even nastier).
Now, I pretty much love every veggie (Don’t tell my mom but I still don’t like peas very much). I try to encourage my kids to LIKE veggies but it takes finding recipes like THIS one to get them to really chow down on them! If you have this problem, you HAVE to try this recipe out! My 9-year-old actually asked if he could take leftovers to school today!!!
Here is How I Made the Simple Chicken and Veggies
Start with any veggies you like… or even ones you want to like but don’t. I chose to do this mix of FRESH veggies (I am sure you could use frozen ones if you want to cut down on having to wash and cut veggies)… sweet potato, green beans, broccoli, onion, bell peppers, and fresh garlic were my pick. Chop all veggies.
After chopping the sweet potatoes into small pieces, I put them in a bowl of water and cooked them in the microwave for about 3 minutes to soften them. Drain the water then add to all the other mixed, chopped veggies.
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Mix all the veggies and chicken in a big bowl or even place them directly on to a large foil-lined baking tray.
In a small bowl mix together the olive oil and spices.
Drizzle over the veggie/chicken mixture.
I used my hands and tossed the veggies, chicken, olive oil and spices to make sure that everything was coated in the spice/olive oil combo. Spread it all on the baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes (or until chicken is cooked – all depends on how much you have on the tray). I piled my tray up and it cooked in roughly 30 minutes. Just make sure you mix it all after about 10 minutes to prevent any burning (and to cook more evenly).
Serve with quinoa (which takes about 20 minutes to cook. I would start that about the time you put the chicken and veggies in the oven. You are going to LOVE this recipe (and it is SO healthy)!!!
Simple Chicken and Veggie Recipe
- A Variety Fresh Cut Veggies (of your choice)
- 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Chop all veggies and chicken.
- Microwave chopped sweet potato, half covered in water for 3 minutes. Drain.
- Combine olive oil and all seasonings. Mix well.
- Drizzle seasoning mixture over chicken and veggies.
- Toss to coat all veggies and chicken.
- Spread on baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes (or until chicken is cooked), stir every 10 minutes to prevent burning.
Did you know that some Superfoods fight colds naturally? Not only do healthy, nutrient-dense foods nourish your body and help cells grow and reproduce, they also help arm your body to battle attacks from germs that cause colds. Meats that are low in fat, fruit & veggies, and healthy 100% whole grain foods have an important role in keeping your body healthy.
Another important factor of your anti-cold defense system is water. When your body is dehydrated, it’s at an increased risk of germs latching on and not letting go. Be sure to drink plenty of water and decaffeinated drinks to help your body stay hydrated.
Just one cup of yogurt a day can help to keep the gastrointestinal track healthier, which can ward off colds. It has to be yogurt with live cultures, such as Greek yogurt. Recent studies suggest regular dairy consumption helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. So that is an added bonus!
Garlic contains allicin, an antibiotic that has been shown to prevent complications from colds in some research. Garlic can be added to many of your favorite dishes to spice them up and help you battle against cold germs.
It’s been said an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, so can an orange. One orange a day provides your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Oranges are also abundant in flavonoids, which helps your body’s cells regenerate and stay healthy and strong. Green bell peppers are also a great vitamin C source. Add them to a salad, or simply slice one up and eat it raw.
Lean ground beef, especially when prepared with a bit of garlic, can maintain cell health and fight off illness. It’s a good source of protein, selenium and zinc, and when eaten with a bit of tomato, is a great defense during cold season.
Be mindful of how you eat and get plenty of rest. Chances are, you need to stay healthy to take care of others!
I love this recipe! It is truly a family favorite. Are you ready for the easiest Peach Cobbler recipe you’ve ever tried?
Easiest Peach Cobbler Recipe
Prepare a delicious Peach Cobbler in minutes!
- 1/2 stick of butter, melted
- 2 large cans of sliced peaches or peach pie filling
- 1 1/2 cup of Bisquik mix
- 1 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with Bakers Joy or Pam Cooking Spray
- Drain peaches and pour into dish
- Mix all other ingredients - except butter - and pour over peaches
- Pour melted butter over mixture
- Bake at 350 40-45 minutes or until golden brown
- Serve hot with Vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat!
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Cake Batter Taste Without the Raw Eggs
How many times when making a cake do you lick the spatula to enjoy the sweet taste of cake batter? Well, if you love cake batter, you will LOVE this birthday cake dip!
Baked Spaghetti is a Simple Recipe Anyone Can Make and ALL Can Enjoy
Spaghetti has been a staple for our family on those nights that we need to make a quick meal. I am SURE you ALL have those kind of nights! Busy and in need of a quick but tasty meal. Here it is! Baked spaghetti is still so simple but adds a lot different of a flavor. My kids chowed down!
Best Homemade Hot Chocolate For Cold Winter Days
Down here in the south, we do not have many snow days. When we do, we make the absolute most of them! Sledding, four wheeling, snuggling under the blankets, games and HOT CHOCOLATE! Last night, we got a few inches of snow. Today has been a blast! To top it off, I made homemade hot chocolate that was AMAZING!