Monday, March 9, 2015

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

You can count the number of ingredients in this meal on one hand! These are my favorite type of meals - delicious, healthy, AND so easy (and inexpensive) to prepare! With ingredients you probably already have on hand, you can make this scrumptious meal that is a new twist on a traditional sweet potato. The flavors may seem strange together at first, but once you taste this I guarantee it will be on your weekly dinner rotation!

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes


2 medium to large sweet potatos
2 large chicken breasts
1 16-18 oz bottle of BBQ sauce* - I always use Stubbs
(make sure to read the label! Watch out for high fructose corn syrup and other hidden ingredients that don't belong in your BBQ sauce).
Your favorite salsa for topping

* This recipe is made to be easy so that is why I used a bottled BBQ sauce, but if you have the time to make your own sauce that is even better! 

Place the chicken breast in your crock pot on high and cover with the bottle of BBQ sauce. (I used about 3/4 of an 18 oz bottle). Cook your chicken for approximately 4 hours (time varies depending on your slow cooker) or until it is falling apart and tender enough to shred.

(Another way to save time is to boil your chicken instead, shred it, and mix it with the BBQ sauce).

While your chicken is cooking, bake your sweet potato in the oven @ 350 degrees for approximately an hour depending on the size of the potato. (To save time you can make them in the microwave).

When your chicken is tender and falling apart, remove it from the crockpot and shred it.

Return the chicken to the crock pot and mix with the BBQ sauce.

Slice your sweet potato open and mash it a tiny bit to make a nice bed for your shredded chicken.

Top your potato bed with a heaping spoonful of the BBQ chicken.

Then top with your favorite salsa! I used Newmans peach salsa this time.

The flavors of the BBQ sauce and the sweet potato are delicious and the salsa just gives it the added boost of flavor that your taste buds will be looking for! Try it - you won't be disappointed!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Skinny Turkey Enchiladas

I made these the night before I went grocery shopping which means I had to whip up some sort of dinner with whatever I had in the house. Surprisingly, these turned out pretty good and my husband went back for seconds!

Skinny Turkey Enchiladas


1 lb lean ground white turkey
1 can refried beans
1 can Rotel
2 Tbsp of my Homemade is Better Taco Seasoning found here
1 jalapeno chopped (omit if you don't want too much heat)
1 small onion, chopped
8 whole wheat tortillas
1 15 oz can enchilada sauce
1 cup of cheddar or Mexican shredded cheese
1/4 red onion, chopped (for topping)
green onions, chopped (for topping)

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Brown your turkey in a large skillet and add onion and jalapeno when your turkey is almost cooked thoroughly.

When your turkey is no longer pink, drain and return to pan. Reduce your heat to low and add in the refried beans and mix well.

When your beans are mixed thoroughly add the can of Rotel and mix well.

Pour 1/3 of the can of Enchilada sauce on the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking dish. Spoon the turkey mixture evenly into each tortilla, roll up, and place seam side down into the baking dish. Pour the remaining Enchilada sauce over the tortillas and top with shredded cheese & diced red onion.

Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

When they are done, uncover the dish and turn the oven up to broil. Watch them closely so they don't burn and cook for another 5 minutes until the cheese is starting to bubble.

Remove from the oven and top with some chopped green onions for some color!

Homemade is Better Taco Seasoning

Obviously it's much more convenient to pick up a little packet of taco seasoning at the store. It saves you time and since it's usually under a $1 it doesn't break the's not the healthiest option. Making your own with spices you probably already have in your pantry is the way to go! Here is a quick and easy taco seasoning that I made and have been using in all my Mexican dishes.

Homemade is Better Taco Seasoning


1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cracked pepper

Mix all ingredients together.

Store in an air tight container in your pantry (for up until 6 months).

Sauteed Green Beans & Onions with Bacon

Bacon sure does make everything better! This quick and easy side dish will add a little excitement to any meal. I used ingredients that I had on hand and within a few minutes I had a dish that tasted like I spent a lot more time than I did creating it!

Sauteed Green Beans & Onions with Bacon


1 pound fresh green beans, washed & trimmed
8 slices of turkey bacon (or the real deal if you don't mind the added calories)
1/2 red onion, chopped
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp minced garlic

Start by steaming your green beans for about 5-7 minutes

Chop your bacon - I'm not gonna lie, I added a little extra because my hubby is a HUGE bacon fan!

Saute your bacon in a little olive oil until its crispy (turkey bacon doesn't get as crispy as pork, so saute it until it's the way you like it.)

Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside. Add the onion & garlic to the same pan and saute with a little olive oil until the onions are transparent - about 3-4 minutes.

Then add your steamed green beans and bacon and mix all together. Saute for 2-3 minutes on medium low heat and blend all the flavors together. Season with sea salt & cracked pepper.

And that's it! You are ready to serve this tasty little dish to your family. I paired mine with some chicken and a salad, but this scrumptious little bean dish will go with just about anything!