Easy Peasy Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I am really enjoying Giada’s newest cookbook “Happy Cooking”! The recipes are just so clean, delicious and not too difficult. In this intense summer heat, I’m especially looking for refreshing, light dishes that don’t use the oven or stove. I came across her Easy Peasy Chicken Salad and my husband and I just loved it. It has great herby flavors from the fresh tarragon and chives, brightness from the lemon and crunch from the snap peas. Because I’m obsessed with the slight bite of brown mustard in creamy sauces, I just added a bit. I also used non-fat Green yogurt to make it even lighter. So yummy!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly

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Artichoke Dip Bites

Game day or just a summer gathering with friends-these are tasty little bites that will go quickly! My mama LOVES my artichoke dip. I had some phyllo cups in my freezer that I didn’t end up using for a party I had, so I decided to mash the 2 together! This recipe made 30 little, cutie cups and boy, were they gone quickly! Think about this one for your next gathering!

 -Tammy

Health tips: Cheat appetizer

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French Onion Pork Chops

Here’s a really creative way to enjoy the flavors of French onion soup without the guilt! I’ve been brainstorming ways to reimagine my favorite eats into healthy main dishes and started “Pinteresting” “French onion soup dinner”. I was inspired by this genius recipe on kudoskitchenbyrenee.com and was so happy with the result. If you have some extra time to caramelize onions, you must try this! It takes awhile to really get that brown color and sweet flavor representative of the famous soup, but it’s worth it. Other than that, it just takes a few ingredients and steps. You will be so satisfied with the combination of flavors in this dish, so yummy!!!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly

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Warm Chicken Parmesan Salad

Just got home from a wonderful trip to Ireland and London with an amazing group of friends, and settling back into the daily routine. Though it’s hard to come back to reality, I am looking forward to jumping back on the healthy eating and exercise train. We ate (and drank) like Kings over there and luckily I maintained my weight, only because we walked about 8 miles a day haha. That won’t happen everyday at home, so I need to definitely get back into whippin’ up healthy recipes. Here’s a deliciously simple and light recipe I came across while watching Giada at Home! I tweaked it a bit to lighten even more.

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly

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Zucchini Enchiladas

It’s been a while since I have had time to blog. School is taking a toll on the family this year (myself and the kids alike)! I came home pooped yesterday. I sat down to fill out some form’s for school for the kiddos and got extremely tired (I should not have sat down so soon…lol). The family started to ask what was for dinner and I told them I’m too tired. But then I remembered about this recipe! I already had all of the ingredients at home, minus the chicken. I ran to the store real quick and purchased a rotisserie chicken (since I was out of shredded chicken in my freezer), brought it home, and had my hubby shred it for me while I started the rest. It came together in no time. I AM LOVING these enchiladas! The hubby and I each ate 3 that night, then I packed us 2 lunches each for this week (containing 2 enchiladas each lunch). This recipe makes 14 enchiladas. I felt so good about eating them. I did NOT miss the tortillas one bit! You HAVE to try this recipe. I am going to make this again, using a modified version of my Chicken Enchilada Suiza Casserole recipe.

Thank you delish for this recipe!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes friendly, kidney friendly, low carb

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Corned Beef and Sweet Potato Hash

As soon as corned beef went on sale at our local grocery story, my hubby and I jumped on it and purchased one right away. We love slow cooking corned beef for St. Paddy’s day, but wanted to start even earlier this year to be able to make delicious meals out of the leftovers for the week. Our favorite method is going low and slow in the crockpot for 10 long hours, along with potatoes, carrots and cabbage, and drenching it in Bud Light instead of water, for a buttery rich flavor. So insane! We’ve tried it with Guinness as well, but love the flavors the Bud Light develops even more.

As far as leftover recipes, our favorites are grilled Reuben sandwiches and Corned Beef Hash. There’s not really much I can do to make a Reuben very healthy, so I opted for a healthy take on Corned Beef Hash by using wholesome sweet potatoes. It was absolutely delicious, and that touch of sweetness from the potatoes really complimented the corned beef. Top it off with a fried egg, and it’s the perfect breakfast!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory

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Lemony White Bean & Arugula Chicken Salad

I don’t think of myself as someone who would order just a salad at a restaurant or look for salad recipes as meals, but once in awhile I come across some really amazing ones that just hit the spot. Giada’s lemony white bean and arugula salad is one of my favorites. It’s so bright and fresh, and with my addition of shredded rotisserie chicken breast, it made for a satisfying and substantial dinner. I’ve been traveling quite a lot for work and eating many wonderful dinners out with my co-workers, so I was excited to get back into my healthy eating! Just a few more months until the summer!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, diabetes friendly, anti-inflammatory, low carb

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Herb Butter Filet Mignon for Two

When I imagine a romantic, fancy dinner on Valentine’s day, I definitely think of filet mignon. But don’t let it intimidate you, you can spoil that special person by surprising them with this impressive dish cooked at home. Because it’s the most tender and tastiest cut of beef you can buy, it’s a little pricier than other cuts, but it’s so worth it on a special occasion. Just be on the lookout for those store deals! Trim off that fat and serve alongside some green veggies, and you’ll keep the calories down as well. It’s practically fool-proof…all you need are a few simple ingredients, a meat thermometer and walllahhhh…in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a gourmet meal!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, diabetes friendly

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Cheesy Taco Burger

Ever wonder what you can do with extra taco meat? This isn’t an exact recipe, but it’s a wonderful method for using extra taco meat in another reimagined meal. It’s still fairly light and very tasty, even your kids will love it! Sort of a mix between a burger and a sloppy Joe, but better. Plus, there is room to make it your own. Try it soon with your family!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, kid friendly

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Chicken Suizas Soup with Quesadillas

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE enchilada suizas! Enchilada Suizas are basically “Swiss-style” enchiladas, meaning it’s a bit creamier than your typical enchilada (not to mention the added Swiss cheese)! You can find my favorite recipe here. Well one of my favorite people of all time (Rachael Ray), made it into a soup! Here is the original recipe. I modified it to make it a little healthier for my family (my kids LOVED it). I cannot tell you how happy this meal made me! SOOOOOO satisfying! Please, please make this since it’s still so cold out! Your tummy will thank you! And so will I! Comment, take pics, and let us know how it goes! ❤

 -Tammy

Health tips: Low carb, diabetes friendly, kid-friendly, kidney-friendly*

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