Lightened Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I am always looking for an amazing chicken salad at the grocery store or restaurants in town, but I typically have no luck find one that I absolutely love. I recently made these Lightened Up Chicken Salad Wraps with ingredients I had in my refrigerator. Instead of using bread, I served it on top of romaine lettuce leaves for a lunch last weekend, and my family loved it (they also said this was the best chicken salad they have had in so long). I used leftover grilled chicken, but a great shortcut is to purchase a rotisserie chicken and chop it for easy chicken salad. I used my favorite chicken salad ingredients–pecans, red grapes, nonfat Greek yogurt and dill. This will be a summer staple that I keep in the refrigerator this summer. Here are some of my other favorite chicken salad finds:

Pineapple-Pistachio-Quinoa-Salad-678x1024Pineapple Pistachio Chicken Quinoa Salad by Layers of Happiness 

Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado Chicken Salad from Simply Recipes

 

bacon-scallion-chicken-salad-7Paleo Chicken Salad with Bacon and Scallions by The Paleo Running Mama

One Pot Chicken and Eggplant

One Pot Chicken and Eggplant

Sorry I have not posted in a while. My website was hacked, so we are still working on getting everything straight and regrouped. My daughter, Leigh, said, “Who would want to hack a food/travel blog?” That is a really good question. Anyway, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you will know I have been in Jackson Hole, Missouri and Atlanta in the past week and a half. All of this travel makes want easy, healthy dinner options such as this One Pot Chicken and Eggplant recipe which my family loved! Serve it over fresh spinach, pasta, rice quinoa for a one dish meal. I love that you cook the eggplant and make the sauce and then puree it–this is a great way to get your kids to eat more eggplant. Enjoy this for an easy weeknight or weekend main dish. Serve with a salad and dinner is done!

Chicken Burrito Bowl

chicken burrito bowl

My kids love Southwestern foods, and grain bowls are a new hit at our house. This Chicken Burrito Bowl is one of their favorites, filled with black beans, chicken, corn, brown rice, and chicken. It’s so easy to prepare–you can even make it ahead of time. Perfect for a summer or fall healthy dinner, add this easy, healthy recipe to your menu list!

 

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Buffulo Macaroni and Cheese

Now that my 3 kids are back in school, things are hectic with three teens’ schedules with their after school activities (daughter: competitive dance, youngest son: tennis and oldest son: working and high school senior responsibilities). My oldest sister and I were reflecting the other day about our childhood, and how different it was to how we live today. I was the youngest of 4 children, and we ate dinner every night as a family during weeknights. We discussed how that really was a blessing that none of us participated in as many after school activities as children do now. Also, my mom always had a well-balanced dinner including a protein, vegetables and a salad.  If we had dessert, it was usually fresh fruit or baked apples. Our dinners were always healthy (except for an occasional fried chicken from scratch), and we had such a strong family bond. Being a single mom of three is never easy and having a quality meal is so important to me (even though it doesn’t always happen with our busy schedules). When I think of what a quality meal means to me, I imagine all of us sitting around the table sharing about our day (or maybe what’s on our travel bucket list). Quality also means an easier, simpler meal with less cleanup (and one that is nutritious and all three kids like). This Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese recipe is something new and unique I made recently that the kids really enjoyed! I started with Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese, some cooked and chopped Tyson Chicken which is perfect for busy weeknights or game day get-togethers. Create a full meal and serve with frozen Alexia Artisan whole grain dinner rolls. Using frozen foods allows me to have a variety of options as well as shortcuts to make my life easier.

To celebrate back to school I am giving away a $100 Visa Giftcard. To enter, just answer  “What does a quality meal to you?” or “How do you define a quality meal?” Just leave a comment answering the question for a chance to win! One winner will be chose on Wednesday, September 17th! Good Luck!

Buffalo Mac and Cheese

For more recipes using frozen foods, see Easy Home Meals.

This giveaway is sponsored by Easy Home Meals but the recipe and all opinions are my own.

 

Mu Shu for Two Slow Cooker Recipe

Mu Shu for Two

I received a slow cooker for Christmas, and I still have not used it yet. My friend said it would only make my life easier so since school was starting, I thought it’s time to take it out of the box and give it a try. My publisher, Robert Rose, recently came out with this new cookbook Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes by Donna Marie-Pye so I started here. I made this Mu Shu for Two recipe, but I doubled it so have enough for me and my three kids. They loved it, and I will definitely be making it again! There are 200 recipes in this book, and all of them have been created with convenience in mind (I need this so badly). Donna offers great slow cooker tips in her book. Here are just a few that helped me a lot!

1. Prepare what you can ahead of time.

2. Choose less tender cuts of meats and trim off the fat.

3. Brown meat and vegetables first.

4. Don’t overdo the liquid.

5. Use whole herbs and spices.

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Chicken Veggie Burgers

Since February was American Heart Month and March is National Nutrition Month, I wanted to share another healthy, and delicious recipe. My kids love these Chicken Veggie Burgers from Chef Anthony Stewart from the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami, Florida. They have hidden vegetbales in them including onion, carrot, celery and a hint of jalapeno. Serve them on pita bread with slaw or on a bed of  slaw or mixed greens on a weekend or weeknight.

Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa is a 650-acre fully renovated private wellness spa and weight loss health program. Complete with exceptional fitness trainers, award winning chefs, nutritionists and renowned spa treatments. The center boosts tons of experts from health to nutrition and fitness to spa and wellness. People from all over the world travel to Pritikin to get their health back on track and get their bodies back in shape.

Chef Anthony Stewart has won accolades worldwide, including five gold medals in top culinary competitions, for his masterful use of foodstuffs like fresh seafood and tropical fruit from his native Jamaica. When not in the kitchen, he’s in the classroom, and has inspired thousands of Pritikin guests “to have some fun!”

Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches: Labor Day Recipe

Can you believe it? Labor Day is just around the corner. This family favorite recipe for Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches uses bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, which are full of flavor and moisture. When combined with homemade barbecue sauce, the tender shredded chicken takes on a sweet smokiness that’s far better than anything you could find in a bottle at the grocery store. See more great recipes like this at RecipeRehab.com.

Fast and Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Fast and Easy Chicken and Dumplings? Is that really possible? It is with this recipe. My friend Rick made this for my dad recently, and he and my 3 kids loved it! This is comfort food at its best. I love that this recipe uses rotisserie chicken, Bisquick Heart Smart and frozen vegetables. This speeds up the prep and cooking process but doesn’t sacrifice taste or quality. This makes a great weeknight or Sunday night main dish. You’ll keep this recipe on hand for years to come! See more recipes using frozen foods at Easy Home Meals.

 

Chicken Caprese: Spring is in the Air

Spring is around the corner, so it’s time for my favorite ingredients: tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. This recipe for Chicken Caprese is a 30 minute twist on your typical “Caprese” salad. Feel free to sauté the chicken if you don’t have time to grill (or if it’s still to chilly outside). My 3 kids really loved this one! My youngest son, Zachary, loves fresh mozzarella, and it’s a a great way to get him to eat fresh tomatoes and basil.  My best tip is to buy the highest quality mozzarella you can find. Enjoy this during spring and summer as a simple weeknight or weekend chicken main dish.

Spicy Cumin Chicken with Strawberry Coulis

Yay, it’s strawberry season! Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and so versatile in so many recipes such as this Spicy Chicken with Strawberry Coulis recipe from Driscoll’s Strawberries. The Strawberry Coulis is a chunky sauce made with strawberries, green onions and cilantro. It pairs so nicely with the coriander and cumin spiced chicken. This recipe can be made in only 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.