Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Cookouts!)

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Yum!)

Crock-Pot Cola Ham

Easter is coming, and I’m already stressing out about how to get everything cooked and on the table at the same time for the BIG Meal.  I know 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.

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Low Carb Diet Meals: One Dish Chicken & Veggie Recipe

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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...]

Low Carb Meal Ideas: Bountiful Chicken & Veggie Harvest Soup

Low Carb Meal Ideas: Bountiful Harvest Chicken Soup

While I attended Blissdom, 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!

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders Recipe

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Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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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.comsouthernplate.com, ahensnest.com, and everydaysistersblog.com to name a few.

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Ingredients for Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

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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.

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marinate chicken

 

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.

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Combine Italian dressing, honey and lemon juice in a measuring cup. Whisk together until blended.
  2. Place chicken tenderloins in a gallon sized zip lock bag.
  3. Pour marinade over chicken, squeeze out excess air and seal.
  4. Turn bag over several times to make sure that the marinade covers chicken completely.
  5. Marinade at least an hour, or overnight in fridge.
  6. Pour all ingredients into a skillet (I used a cast iron skillet) and cook over medium heat.
  7. All of the extra liquid will evaporate, don't worry.
  8. Cook over medium heat for 40-45 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
  9. I set my timer for 10 minute intervals so I wouldn't forget.
  10. Each time the timer goes off, stir then reset timer for another 10 minutes.
  11. After 40-45 minutes the liquid will have evaporated leaving a yummy browned caramelized coating on the chicken.
  12. Enjoy!
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Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe #mealstogether


Grilled Chicken Broccoli & Cabbage Salad

Grilled Chicken, Broccoli & Cabbage Salad

Recently, my family has made a commitment to eat healthier. We’ve been eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies and eating at home much more than usual. Since doing so, the biggest challenge has been finding ways to prepare food ahead of time on days when we are on the go. When I first heard about Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Breasts Strips I was excited to try out a new recipe. Especially considering that the chicken contains no preservatives and is carved from a real chicken breast. First, I went to Tyson’s recipe tab for inspiration, after about 10 days straight of regular grilled chicken and lettuce we needed a change. After perusing the recipes I decided to make up a recipe full of fresh veggies that didn’t include lettuce. I had recently seen a recipe on a friends facebook page of broccoli salad that inspired my creation.

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Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken

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My in-laws were in town for a couple of days so we enjoyed a date night out without the kiddos. First, dinner with my hubby then a quick trip to Walmart on the way home to grab the ingredients I needed for the Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad.  While we were there I also picked up bone-in chicken breasts, boneless skinless chicken breasts, squash, and zucchini for a soup recipe I am trying to duplicate after my trip to Dallas last week.  I hope it turns out as delicious as this Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad!

 

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The recipe was so easy to make, especially with a food processor.   Washing the vegetables took the most time by far, but I’m kind of picky about clean vegetables.  Although you could eat the Grilled Chicken Broccoli and Cabbage Salad right away, it’s much better served after the veggies have had a chance to soak in the salad dressing overnight.  It got the stamp of approval from both my hubby and the kiddos!  I’ll definitely be making it again.

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Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe

Tyson Grilled & Ready: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Cabbage Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Tyson Grilled & Ready Refrigerated Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 bunches fresh broccoli
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2/3 cup low fat Vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup low-fat Dijon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash vegetables thoroughly.
  2. Either chop in food processor or chop finely by hand.
  3. Measure 2/3 cup Vinaigrette salad dressing and 1/3 cup Dijon salad dressing and add to chopped vegetables.
  4. Mix well to combine ingredients. I have found using a large bowl with a lid makes it much easier.
  5. Make sure lid is secure and shake until ingredients are mixed well.
  6. Pour veggies on serving dish, add Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breasts then garnish with seasoning.
  7. Best served after refrigerating overnight.
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