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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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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Skinnytaste’s Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

I belong to a private group on Facebook that is comprised of women who are there to encourage each other through health, fitness, and food. My sister-in-law posted this recipe from Skinnytaste. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I thought I’d give it a try. I was NOT disappointed! I was super simple to make and tastes delicious! You will not be disappointed. Thank you Skinnytaste!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kid friendly, diabetes friendly

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Crispy Baked Rosemary Dijon Chicken

The amazing flavors of rosemary and Dijon mustard are some of my favorites, and it doesn’t take much to make magic. Plus, they are natural, low-fat ingredients! I was inspired by Ina Garten’s roasted mustard chicken thighs while watching the Food Network. I saw that she had dredged her chicken in Dijon as the binder which I thought was genius! It not only keeps the bread crumbs on but adds great flavor underneath. I use skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs to keep it light. Baking the breasts keeps it super moist too.  It’s one of my husband’s favorite chicken recipes and he says he doesn’t miss the fried version at all, especially with the crispy Panko!

 -Melanie

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

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Loaded Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

I could just swim in a giant batch of mashed potatoes during the holidays…they are my absolute favorite holiday side! If I’m lucky enough to snag leftovers after Thanksgiving, I love to make these reimagined potato cakes. I was inspired by www.justataste.com. As if the flavor of mashed potatoes aren’t delicious already, the added goodies enhance them even more. They remind me of smashed loaded baked potatoes with the cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon…YUM!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Cheat recipe, kid friendly

 

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Chicken Kiev Meatballs

I don’t know where to start! I grew up eating Chicken Kiev. I LOVE it! We didn’t have it all the time, as it was considered one of those “fancy dinners”. And what’s not to love about chicken, garlic, butter, and parsley?!?! I hadn’t thought about it in years…until…I had a dream  that I made little meatballs out of them which got me on the Rachael Ray show! It was the best dream, EVER! Of course, I woke up and realized it was only a dream…however, that didn’t stop me from trying to come up with a recipe and make them! I am so, so proud of this one! Totally took me back to my childhood. I called my mom to tell her. Understandably so, she wants me to make them for her. I cannot wait for her and YOU ALL to try these too!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kid-friendly, kidney-friendly, diabetes friendly

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Pumpkin Pie Bites

Happy Halloween! We have a wonderful block to trick-or-treat on. Because of this, we  invite people over to hang out. There are plenty of snacks and beverages for both adults and children. I always make sure I have savory dishes and not so many sweet dishes. The kiddos will have enough sweets with the candy! I did however make these mini pumpkin pie bites to snack on. They turned out really yummy! A prefect little sweet treat for this fun-filled day! Have a safe one!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kid-friendly

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Mini Meatloaves Nestled in Zucchini Noodles and Tomato Sauce

Nothing says comfort food more than meatloaf! However,  just hearing the words comfort food makes me think of gut-busting food. But not this meal. I’ve lightened it up by making mini meatloaves rather than one giant one. And I nestled them in zucchini noodles and tomato sauce, rather than regular noodles. Protein and veggies makes this a healthy meal!  Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes-friendly, low carb, kidney-friendly, kid-friendly

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One-Pan Roasted Pork Chops

Who doesn’t love a one-pan dish? Easy clean up! I found this recipe a few years back in my Rachael ray magazine. It’s super easy, healthy, and delicious! My kiddos always enjoy this meal too! You can make it kidney friendly by “leaching*” your potatoes to take out some of the potassium! If you want a quick, week-night meal, then please try this! Thank you Rachael Ray! As always, you are my inspiration! Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kidney-friendly, kid-friendly

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Snickers Rice Krispie Treats

I saw the video for this scrumptious recipe on the Food Done Good FB page and just had to try it! Snickers is my absolute favorite candy bar and what could be better than pairing that with a childhood favorite, Rice Krispie Treats!? This recipe is super easy and quick, and will make any adult or kid super happy. Plus, it makes a pretty large batch for a get together. Bite into these yummy sweet and salty treats soon!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Cheat meal, kid friendly

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