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Clean Eating Chicken Tex Mex Alfredo Pasta

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Clean Eating Chicken Tex Mex Alfredo Pasta

Most of the recipes you'll find here are my homemade favorites or recipes passed down from generation to generation. But this recipe from the Gracious Pantry is SO amazing it needs no modification! Now quick caveat - this is not dairy-free. So if you're in my current bootcamp, you can't touch this one until after our six weeks. {Don't worry, ladies, it will be WORTH the wait!} I'll be honest, when I looked at the ingredients, I wasn’t too sure about it, but it really was delicious. It does require a little more prep time than I'm normally used to {about 20 minutes} but I would say it's well-worth it!! A clean twist on a Tex-Mex dish… so good! {Continue Reading...}

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Crock Pot Recipe: Chicken, Portobello & Pear

Crock Pot Recipe: Chicken, Portobello & Pear - This recipe is perfect for the busy or working mom who doesn't have a ton of time! It's quick, easy, and tasty - and only requires 4 ingredients!!

You know me - if it's not quick, easy, and simple, I won't cook it! #whosgottimeforthat?! A good friend of mine mentioned that she throws these four things in her crock pot and her family just loves it. Well, I was sold... 4 ingredients... crock pot... easy! I tried it, we loved it. And the best part is - it's versatile. Low-carb? No problem. You can serve it over greens for a salad. Lots of leftovers? Throw it on a slice of Ezekiel bread for a yummy sandwich. I love to pair ours with a sweet potato.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 raw, large chicken breasts (just under 1 pound)
  • 1 medium pear (cored and sliced thin)
  • ¼ pound Portobello mushrooms (sliced or chopped)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken falls apart when stirred.

@@Yum! This chicken portobello crock pot recipe is quick and easy! #sweatpink@@

What's in your crock pot tonight? 

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Apricot Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker Recipe}

Apricot Salsa Chicken {Slow Cooker Recipe} - There is nothing this busy mom loves more than a quick, easy crock pot recipe!! And when there's only three ingredients, you can bet I'm sold!

There is nothing this busy mom loves more than a quick, easy crock pot recipe!! When I'm deciding on a new recipe, I ask myself three questions: (1) Will we like it? (2) How many ingredients does it require? (3) How long will it take to prepare?

If there are too many things to chop or dice, or if it takes a long time to cook, you've already lost me! I love this Apricot Salsa Chicken crock pot recipe because it is quick, easy, and tastes great!

Ingredients:

Directions: Add chicken, salsa, and preserves to the slow cooker Add thin layer of broth or water {if needed}. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

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This post is linked up with Jill for The Fit Dish, Pint Sized Baker for Two Cup Tuesday, and Love from the Kitchen for Tuesday’s Table. Make sure to check them out!

I want to know:  Are you as obsessed with your slow cooker as I am? What are your requirements for recipes?

@@Only 3 ingredients? Check out this quick, healthy apricot salsa chicken recipe!@@

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Rachel's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Rachel's Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

This spaghetti sauce recipe was one of my most popular posts on my former website, so on the one month anniversary of my rebranding, it only makes sense for it to be my feature it for this week's #tastytuesday recipe!! Winter for us means craving warm, hearty meals. But here's the deal - I've mentioned before I'm not exactly a master chef in the kitchen! As a busy mom, I don't have a ton of time, so I need recipes that take 20 minutes or less and that a third grader could cook! This spaghetti sauce recipe is a twist on grandma's favorite {seriously - my grandmother has passed this recipe down through generations}, and includes tons of great veggies!

@@This #spaghetti sauce #recipe is a twist on grandma's favorite - lots of #veggies!!@@

{Note: I'll be honest, if you don't meal prep, then this recipe will take a LOT longer to cook! I'll show you below what to leave out if you're in a time crunch!!} I like to prepare the zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, onion, and tomato in advance and freeze them. I move them to the refrigerator the night before and they are thawed and ready to use!

One other quick tip before we get started: double this recipe and freeze half of it for the next time you want this tasty meal! You can throw the frozen mix into the crock pot to reheat or simply move it to the refrigerator the night before so it's thawed and ready to heat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground meat {of your choice}
  • 1 zucchini {skip this if you're crunched for time}
  • 2 carrots {skip this if you're crunched for time}
  • 1 bell pepper {skip this if you're crunched for time}
  • 1 onion {skip this if you're crunched for time}
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with basil and oregano) {or dice one fresh tomato}
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 can chopped olives
  • 3 TBSP Italian seasoning (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 TBSP ground oregano (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (more or less, to taste)
  • whole wheat noodles or steamed spaghetti squash

Directions:

1. Finely chop, shred, or blend {I chopped, then blended!} all of the vegetables.

2. {This step is for those like me who want everything to be ready at the same time!!} Start the water for the noodles {or stick the spaghetti squash in the oven/microwave}

3. Brown the meat in a large skillet and drain grease {if any}.

4. Add vegetables {if chopped or shredded, add these prior to adding any sauce} and continue to stir until vegetables are cooked.

5. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, olives, and seasonings {now's the time to throw in the noodles - your water should be boiling!!}, bring sauce to a boil and then simmer until noodles are ready.

6. Serve on whole wheat noodles or steamed spaghetti squash.

This post is linked up with Jill for The Fit Dish and The Fit Foodie Mama for Foodie Friday. Make sure to check them out!

Do you like heartier meals in the winter? Do you hide veggies in your meals? What's your favorite winter recipe?

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