Spaghetti Squash is my favorite new vegetable. It’s so versatile and healthy. I especially love how I can substitute spaghetti squash for noodles to create a healthier Italian dinner for my family. After making spaghetti sauce with spaghetti squash I thought I’d go a step further and make spaghetti squash lasagna. It was really easy to make and so yummy! It made enough for left overs that I had for lunch all week. I’ve included pictures below with each step and the complete recipe at the bottom of this post. [Read more...]
One of my favorite new vegetables is spaghetti squash. It has such a yummy peppery flavor, completely not what I expected. In fact, the first time I made it my husband and I were very apprehensive and figured we’d end up trashing it after a couple of bites. We were pleasantly surprised that it was so delicious. I also love that it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t require a ton of complicated steps. Spaghetti squash pairs perfectly with one of my favorite easy go-to meals, Super Easy Spaghetti. Now we’ve just found a way to make it a little healthier. I serve with a big garden salad full of fresh veggies for a delicious healthy meal for my family.
Crock-Pot Cola Ham
Easter is coming, and even though it’s a ways away, my stress fest starts EARLY. I have no family around to bring dishes or help cook, so I really have to plan how to get everything cooked and on the table at the same time for the BIG Meal.
Some people have this down to a science, but I’m just not one of them! Crock-Pot Cola Ham my favorite go to recipe for an easy and delicious main dish.
For all you busy moms, this is my FAVORITE way to make the Holiday Ham the easiest part of your meal using Coke and a Crock Pot. I give total credit to my wonderful mother-in-law for this one – as a pastor’s wife, she just has a knack for cooking good Southern food the easy and yummy way!
Crock-Pot Cola Ham – What You Need:
- 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham (I’m using the “Butt” half this year)
- 1 can Coca Cola (I find it’s the most carbonated)
- Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham
Fancy People Extras:
- Orange or Pineapple Juice (For an extra basting zing)
- Any kind of fruit juice or jam or applesauce will be a great addition to the crockpot because it will give the ham more flavor
- Pineapple Rings, attach with toothpicks *Dole Pineapple is FREE at Bi-Lo this week!!
- Maraschino Cherries, attach with toothpicks
- Whole Cloves
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Trim the fat, leaving a 1/4″ layer. Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern. Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it. Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours. While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.
No Crockpot? No Problem!
You can do this in the oven as well, just put it in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes/lb. You’ll want to set on a foil-lined pan and also wrap the ham in foil. Wrap it in a way that allows you to easily open and baste with Coke frequently.
Why This Works:
The acidity and carbonation in the coke tenderizes the ham, while the thin layer of fat melts (or self-bastes) to make it very moist. Plus you get a sweet flavor that no-one would guess comes from a can of Coke!
- 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham
- 1 can Coca Cola
- Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham
- Trim the fat away with a knife, leaving a 1/4" layer remaining on the ham.
- Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.
- Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.
- Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.
- While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.
What is your favorite way to cook your Easter or Christmas ham? Share it in the comment section!
How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled & Deviled Eggs
While I attended a blogging conference in Dallas earlier this year I had the absolute best soup at one of the restaurants in the hotel. It was chicken broth based with tons of fresh veggies like zucchini, squash, onions, and carrots. I was determined to figure out how to recreate this recipe once I got home and add to my list of low carb meal ideas. After some trial and error, Bountiful Chicken and Veggie Harvest Soup was a success! Since the first time I made it a couple of months ago, it’s become a regular addition to our dinner menu. Especially now that it’s gotten colder, a good hearty soup just feels cozy. An added bonus, Bountiful Chicken and Veggie Harvest Soup is super healthy!
Recently, I’ve seen all kinds of yummy looking recipes all over facebook. Since many are shared, and not linked to the original source I am a little leary of trying the recipe. So, when a recipe gets my attention I prefer to test it out in my kitchen.
Of course I am not a great recipe follower, so I tend to change up the ingredients a bit to suit my family’s taste. We loved this recipe, although it was a little spicy. I made homemade Mexican Brown rice to serve with the Baked Chicken Fajitas to complete the meal. If you are looking for low carb chicken recipes, I would suggest serving the chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps or whole grain tortillas.
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Cracker Barrel is one of this Southern Girls all time favorite restaurants. I have been looking for a good copycat Cracker Barrel grilled chicken tenders recipe. Whether served with veggies, on a sandwich or a big green salad the grilled chicken has a very distinct flavor. Since we changed our diet earlier this year (you can read about it here) I’ve been trying different recipes. Since I already knew how much my family loved Cracker Barrel’s grilled chicken, I was hoping that the copycat recipes I found online were going to be turn out much like the original. I changed up the recipe a little, most called for lime juice I substituted lemon and adjusted the amount of salad dressing and honey. You can find various versions of this recipe online all over the web. Some of my favorite versions can be found at mommyskitchen.net, food.com, southernplate.com, ahensnest.com, and everydaysistersblog.com to name a few.
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My absolute favorite Good Cook product, the “Measure From Above” Liquid Measuring Cup. This is genius I tell you, so much easier than having to look eye level at a measuring cup to determine the appropriate measurement. Especially now that my daughter is getting older, she loves to be my little helper in the kitchen. I can also slip in measurement lessons when we can both clearly see the measurements from above.
Here’s a tip for you if raw meat freaks you out like it does me. I won’t touch it. I go to great lengths during meal prep to only allow raw meat to touch surfaces that can be thrown away, like a zip lock bag. I know you can marinate in a bowl, or tupperware dish but then I’ve got to make sure that I disinfect everything. Since I am obviously
a little extremely OCD about germs from raw meat it just works out better if I use zip lock bags. If you’ve ever tried to dump chicken and a marinade in a zip lock bag you know it can be a little challenging. If I fold my zip lock bag over the rim of my 4 cup measuring cup like in the image above clean up is a breeze. I don’t get any ooey goey chicken juice on the outside of the bag or my counter. Laugh if you want to, but I KNOW I can’t be the only one who is grossed out my raw meat.
My family LOVED this recipe. They ate every single bite of chicken, and asked when I was going to make it again. The clean up was minimal, I made with green beans and a fresh salad for a healthy low fat, low carb dinner.
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken tenderloins
- 1 cup low fat zesty Italian salad dressing
- 1 tablespoon + an extra squirt of honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice(may substitute lime juice)
- Combine Italian dressing, honey and lemon juice in a measuring cup. Whisk together until blended.
- Place chicken tenderloins in a gallon sized zip lock bag.
- Pour marinade over chicken, squeeze out excess air and seal.
- Turn bag over several times to make sure that the marinade covers chicken completely.
- Marinade at least an hour, or overnight in fridge.
- Pour all ingredients into a skillet (I used a cast iron skillet) and cook over medium heat.
- All of the extra liquid will evaporate, don't worry.
- Cook over medium heat for 40-45 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
- I set my timer for 10 minute intervals so I wouldn't forget.
- Each time the timer goes off, stir then reset timer for another 10 minutes.
- After 40-45 minutes the liquid will have evaporated leaving a yummy browned caramelized coating on the chicken.
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Low Carb Diet Meals: One Dish Chicken & Veggie Recipe
If you are looking for low carb diet meals, here is a super simple one dish chicken and veggie recipe. I had seen a similar recipe circulating online, however it called for red potatoes, green beans and one stick of butter. I thought surely I can make a low carb version, by substituting other veggies in place of the red potatoes and using olive oil instead of a stick of butter. It was so easy to make, and clean up was a breeze. The chicken was very tender and juicy and the veggies were seasoned beautifully. Of course, you could substitute your family’s favorite veggies and tweak the seasoning to best suit your taste. [Read more...]