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.
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!
Health tips: kid-friendly, kidney-friendly, diabetes friendly
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!
Health tips: diabetes-friendly, low carb, kidney-friendly, kid-friendly
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!
Hot summer days equals light, healthy meals! The hubby wanted buffalo wings, and I wanted something lighter, but something that would hit the same bells and whistles! When I told him I’d be making my buffalo chicken salad, he was very happy. He LOVES this salad! You can always buy your own blue cheese dressing, but I like to make my own dressings from scratch because you can control the quality and quantity of ingredients. My husband does NOT like blue cheese dressing; the moldy cheese, it freaks him out! However, he does love feta cheese. So I make his “blue cheese” dressing into a “feta cheese” dressing. I still prefer blue cheese, so I divide the base mix into 2 bowls-one for me with blue cheese, and one for him with feta cheese. Feel free to make your own! Or you can always go out a buy a bottle. They have great yogurt-based dressing in the produce section. Enjoy!
Health tips: kidney-friendly, diabetes-friendly, low carb
As usual, I was watching the Rachael Ray show and she made the most delicious Mediterranean dish-Farro Bowls! Farro is an “ancient grain” that kind of reminds me of barley. It’s mild in flavor and has a nice bite/chew to it. Farro is a healthy carbohydrate source for people-even if you have kidney disease or diabetes. I buy my farro at Trader Joes. If you love the flavors of Mediterranean dishes, you’ll love this! It has kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, lemon, and garlic just to name a few! Thank you Rachael Ray for this super fabulous dish!
I was watching the Rachael Ray show the other day. Every month she creates a “Burger of the Month” recipe for her magazine. Rachael asked a friend of hers what her favorite meal was growing up. Her friend told her that she liked when her mom made pepper steak. So Rachael created a pepper steak burger. You can check out that recipe here. But this made me think; what was one of my favorites growing up? I loved when my mom made chicken Cordon Bleu in the slow cooker. And so, the inspiration was created! Thank you mom for your delicious take on Chicken Cordon Bleu! And I’ve turned it into a burger! I even give you a choice of two different condiments to add: a creamy, garlicky mustard sauce, or a creamy honey mustard (inspired by Rachael Ray). Now everyone else can enjoy it too!
Health tips: kidney friendly, diabetes friendly*, kid-friendly
A few weeks ago, Kayla came to me in the morning and asked if she can make a smoothie for breakfast. Of course! I told her she should come up with her own recipe and I’ll post it. So she did! Well, then her twin brother wanted to get in on the action…so he did! Here is Kayla’s peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie and my Aidon’s blueberry breakfast smoothie. Here’s to a healthy, kid-friendly breakfast! Enjoy!
The Fourth of July is coming up! A few weeks back, I had a BBQ for Memorial Day and made these two patriotic appetizers: 7-layer dip and a veggie tray. If you are having a BBQ or are invited to one, you may want to bring one or both of these snacks to celebrate our Independence Day! Cheers!
Health tips: kidney friendly*, diabetes friendly*, kid-friendly, cheat meal**
I belong to a private group on Facebook. The purpose of this group is to encourage each other and share ideas about living a healthy life style. We post and converse about many things, but my favorite thing is sharing ideas about food. One of my friends posted this original “Zucchini Carpaccio” recipe. It looked amazing; refreshing and simple with only 5 ingredients. I just happened to have all 5 ingredients on hand for lunch that day so I made it. I loved it so much, I made it for dinner that night and then for breakfast the next day! A big thank you to Gina Homolka from http://www.skinnytaste.com for this recipe. I hope you all can enjoy it too! Cheers!
Health tips: kidney friendly, diabetes friendly, vegetarian