Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

I have started the new year eating clean.  I found this great chili that is clean.  I was a little nervous using sweet potatoes in a chili.  Just couldn't imagine a sweet chili.  Plus, my husband doesn't like them.  I didn't tell him what was in it until he had a few bites.  We couldn't taste the typical sweet potato flavor at all.

1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with juice
1 15 oz can black beans
2 cups sweet potatoes
1 lb turkey breast, ground
1 bayleaf
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp coarse grind pepper
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1.5 cup water

This recipe is very simple to make.  Cutting the potatoes and onions takes the longest.  I did this the night before and stored them in the fridge to save time in the morning before work.

Chop the onions also.

Put all of the veggies in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Top the vegetables with the raw ground turkey, spices and water.  You can vary the spices to make it as spicy as you like.  I am a wimp.  So I only used 1T of chili powder and no cayenne pepper.  ;)

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

We had a couple friends and family members over to play board games, and I served this chili.  It was a hit!  I highly recommend it!!

Nutritional Info: (Serves 6)
294 Calories
6g Fat
10g Fiber
24g Protein
42g Carbs
7 WW PointsPlus

Recipe found at

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Creamy Chicken and Bean Soup

It has been so cold out lately so I thought I would test out a new soup recipe! This has enough spice to really warm you up after a cold drive home... :)

2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken
1/2 Onion
1 15oz jar Light Alfredo Sauce
1 can White Kidney Beans
1 4oz can Green Chilies
2 teaspoons Cumin
1/8 teaspoon White Pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Garlic

I began by halfway defrosting the chicken.  Then I was able to cut it up into little chunks and place it in the slow cooker.
I chopped up the onion and mixed it in with the chicken.
Finally you to can mix in all of the remaining ingredients except for the shredded cheese.
I cooked this on low for eight hours.
It looked a little odd because of the Alfredo sauce that cooked all day but it turned out great!
I topped the soup with a quarter cup of the shredded cheese.  Then once I tried it I thought it was a lot more spicy than I intended... I had to add some sour cream and drink a glass of milk; however, I am a huge baby when it comes to spicy food.  Everyone else that had it thought it was delicious!

Nutritional Info: (Soup and cheese)
8 Servings
Calories: 192
Fat: 5
Carbs: 8
Protein: 28

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Creamy Chicken

Today when I was home for lunch I decided to throw something together for dinner. I haven't gone shopping in a while so I got creative!

1.5 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup, Fat Free
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup

Spray down your crock with Pam to help with the cleaning later.  Then place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker and sprinkle it with the Italian seasoning.
Next just pour the soup on top.  I forgot to take a picture of this in my rush to get back to work.  I let this cook on high for five hours.  I'm sure it would have been fine after four hours though.
It smelled delicious!  Now all you need to do is take two forks and shred the chicken.
Spoon it over some pasta and you are all set!
It would have been a healthier is I would have use all fat free soups but this was good for a last minute dinner.  Also, mushrooms would be really good mixed in.

Nutritional Info: (Chicken mixture only)
5 Servings
Calories: 192
Fat: 5
Carbs: 8
Protein: 28

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pork and Potatoes

Now that the holidays are over it is finally time to start getting back on track! I had chicken with a Honey Dijon topping on it and it was amazing! I thought it would be good on pork tenderloin as well.

1.5 lb Pork Tenderloin
4 Potatoes
Baby Carrots
1/4 cup Spicy Brown Mustard
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon White Pepper
1 can Beef Broth

Begin by spraying down your slow cooker with Pam to prevent sticking.  Then chop your potatoes into six cubes and mix them with the carrots.
Place the pork loin on top of the potatoes and carrots.
Mix together the mustard, thyme, salt and pepper.
Spread this evenly on the pork loin.  I also tried to get all of the sides to the meat while I did it.  Then pour the can of broth over it all.
I cooked this on low for eight hours.
Sorry the picture kept coming out so foggy because of all the steam coming out of the slow cooker.  I took the pork out and tried to cut it into eight slices.
The meat was falling right apart.  This could probably be checked after six hours instead of eight.  The meat was a little dry at first.  I poured some of the juices over it and it was fine.
Everything is this dish had so much flavor!  I want to try the mustard mixture on chicken next time! :)

Nutritional Info:
4 Servings
Calories: 323
Fat: 5
Carbs: 35
Protein: 37

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Orange Chicken

I was trying to think of a last minute dinner to make one day. I came across this Orange Chicken and thought I would give it a whirl. I wasn't the biggest fan but my 19 year old cousin really liked it.

1 lb Boneless Chicken
12oz Orange Soda
1/2 cup Soy Sauce

Place the frozen chicken into the slow cooker and cover it with the orange soda and soy sauce.
I cooked this on low for eight hours.
It was a little over done and kept falling apart so I decided to shred it.
This made it easier to eat over rice. :)
If you ever need a last minute meal this would be by far the easiest one to throw together.

Nutritional Info: (Chicken only)
4 Servings
Calories: 157
Fat: 1
Carbs: 12
Protein: 27

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Turkey Meatloaf

I tried making a meatloaf in the crock last year and it turned out terrible... So I decided to give it another go! It was finally a success! :)

2 lb Ground Turkey
2 Eggs
3/4 cup Milk
3/4 cup Breadcrumbs
1 pk Dry Onion Soup
Begin by lining your slow cooker with foil to help with removing the meatloaf when it is finished.
Next mix together the eggs, milk, breadcrumbs and onion soup.
Add in the turkey and mix it all together while forming it into a meatloaf.  Then place it on the foil so that it does not touch the edges of the slow cooker.
I cooked this on low for six hours.  It was a little scary when I first saw it but don't let that deter you from trying it.
Then I took it out and pulled the foil out from under it.
I cut it into eight slices and served it with red skin potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower.  It was a great dinner and it was so easy to make!

Nutritional Info:
8 Servings
Calories: 354
Fat: 11g
Carbs: 41
Protein: 24

Taco Soup

I love tacos and I had never heard of Taco Soup before so I decided to try it.  It was delicious!

1 lb Ground Chicken (Beef or Turkey would work too)
1 pk Taco Seasoning
1 pk Ranch Dressing Mix
1 qt Stewed Tomatoes
1 3oz can of Green Chilies
1 can Corn
1 can Black Beans
1 5oz can Black Olives
1 Onion
1 cup Tomato Juice
First I broke up the chicken and mixed it together with the taco and ranch mixes.
I forgot to add the stewed tomatoes to the ingredient picture.
Now all you have to do is stir in the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker.  Do not drain the corn or the beans.
I cooked this on low for six hours.
The house smelled amazing when I got home from work.  I would definitely try this recipe again!  I was afraid the chilies would make it really spicy but they didn't at all.
I broke the bread up into mine but I don't like when soup is super liquidy.  

Nutritional Info:
8 Servings
Calories: 217
Fat: 9g
Carbs: 25
Protein: 16