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Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Last night I started making a turkey pot pie around nine at night. I had pretty much snacked my way through the afternoon, didn’t have any official dinner, and decided in that instant that I couldn’t wait until tomorrow for a warm, comforting pot pie. So I defrosted the leftover turkey breast, rounded up the veggies I had on hand, and luckily found some store bought reduced fat biscuits that saved me from having to attempt homemade biscuits. After that it couldn’t be easier. Throw in whatever veggies you like, sweet potato and cremini mushrooms would be dreamy, a protein of your choice, some herbs, and in about 30 minutes you will have a delicious pot pie. And if you are anything like me and sometimes make too much filling as you toss in everything in your fridge, just add some more broth and eat what’s left as soup or make and freeze another pie for later.

Turkey Pot Pie
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 pot pie
Nutritional Info: 227.1 calories, 7.3g of fat, 26.9g of carbohydrates, 2.5g of fiber, 14.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Baked Buffalo Wings

Baked Buffalo Wings

Buffalo wings have been my arch nemesis for quite awhile. I have tried making them so many times with various wings and sauces and even though they taste good, they are never crunchy enough. I have tried recipe after recipe, but every batch comes out missing that yummy crispy outside that any good wing has…until now. I learned the secret is actually par-cooking the wings and then getting them nice and dry before sticking them in the oven. This allows the skins to get really crispy and delicious. This time I was working with frozen wings so I par-cooked them in the microwave in some water but a steam basket would also work. Then once you take them out of the oven, toss them with some butter and buffalo sauce, and serve with skinny ranch or blue cheese.

Buffalo Wings
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 3 wings
Nutritional Info: 245.5 calories, 19.9g of fat, 0g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 17g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: French Onion Soup

Sunday Slow Cooker:  French Onion Soup

It’s funny how you forget about food you really love sometimes. It sneaks off into some far expanse of your brain and until you see it, or in this case smell it, you forget about it entirely. This is what happened to me with French Onion soup until a few days ago when I smelled it emanating from a neighbor’s apartment, and then it all came back – the deep and rich onion flavor, crunchy bread, and melty cheese. Yum. I needed some immediately. However instead of immediately, I settled for about 8 hours later with this delicious crockpot version that’s perfect for a cold night.

Crockpot French Onion Soup
Servings: 8 cups
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 74.1 calories, 3.7g of fat, 7.4g of carbohydrates, 1.1g of fiber, 3.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Home Cook

Friday Five:  Holiday Gifts For Your Favorite Home Cook

Holy Moly…Black Friday is complete craziness. I saw people lined up on Monday outside of Best Buy ready to wait four days for deals. The grocery store was bad enough for me the day before Thanksgiving. I can’t even imagine the pushing, shoving, yelling, and parking situation happening today. I saw two people almost brawl on Wednesday for the last spiral ham, imagine the lengths they may go to for a television or toy. I don’t even want to think about it. However what I can get behind – Cyber Monday. Finding great deals from the comfort of my own home, coffee in hand, and no one ready to pounce if I grab the last one. That’s much more my style. And in that spirit, here are some things I have my eye on for Monday.

And on a side note, if you want the adrenaline of Black Friday check out Amazon’s lightning deals. I am a bit obsessed. They release a limited number of items at a certain time and you have to race to complete your purchase before they run out. All the adrenaline without all the rude people and weird smells.

1. Burr Coffee Grinder and Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker
Ever wonder why coffee shop coffee tastes so much better? Most of the time it is because they grind the beans right before making the coffee. If you have any friends who love coffee, a burr coffee grinder is a perfect gift. Grinding the beans fresh right before making your coffee makes a huge difference in the taste and it doubles as a spice grinder which is pretty exciting. I also wholeheartedly recommend these Bialetti Stovetop Espresso makers. For under $20 they make an incredible cup of coffee.

2. Beautiful Cookbook with a Homemade Treat
One of my favorite gifts to give to my friends who love to cook is a cookbook with a homemade recipe from the very same cookbook. Choosing one of the recipes from the cookbook to bring along with the book makes it feel extra special and gets them excited to start using it. It also shows them just how delicious the recipes are. Some of my favorite cookbooks these days are Joy the Baker, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and for those watching their waistlines Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

3. Better than a Bottle of Wine: Lillet Rose
If you have a friend who loves wine, and who doesn’t, then introduce them to this amazing French apertif. It’s a fortified wine that has orange and fruit undertones and is delicious on it’s own or mixed into a cocktail. It also makes the perfect gift for someone at your office or a friend that’s hard to buy for since it feels more special than a simple bottle of wine.

4. Journeys of Chefs in Print
One of my newest obsessions is reading personal stories of chefs and cooking. It all started after I read No White Jacket Required and since then I have been gobbling up novels based around food and cooking. If you have a friend who loves to read and cook, these books make the perfect gift. Some other good titles in this genre – Kitchen Confidential, Heat, and How I Learned to Cook: Culinary Educations from the World’s Greatest Chefs.

5. A Great Kitchen Knife
For any aspiring home cook, a great knife will change the way they cook and is essential for mincing, chopping, dicing, and everything in between. Honestly I never really bought into the whole knife talk until someone finally gave me a great one. It has saved me hours in the kitchen and honestly changed the way I cook.

What are you buying this year for the home cooks in your life?

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Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

Sriracha and spaghetti squash? When I first saw this combination a couple of months ago it seemed crazy to me. Yet every time I saw the Sriracha in my fridge or roasted a spaghetti squash, this recipe came to mind. So I finally gave in and tried it and couldn’t believe how delicious the results were. It is an incredibly simple dish – just sausage, spaghetti squash, Sriracha, and some onions and garlic all sauteed together in minutes for a surprisingly delicious meal or side dish. In a rush? Here’s a quick way to cook your spaghetti squash. Simply poke a bunch of holes in it like you are making a baked potato and microwave it for ten minutes or until you can easily squeeze it. Then open carefully, scrape out the squash, and use in your favorite dish.

Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Sausage
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 143.5 calories, 3.5g of fat, 8.5g of carbohydrates, 1.3g of fiber, .8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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