Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

Got this INCREDIBLE recipe from my friend Andrea:

Mexican Quinoa Casserole

1 C dry quinoa
2 C black beans, rinsed
1 1/2 C salsa
3/4 grated cheddar cheese
1 T cumin (I used 1 T of Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix instead - gave it a kick! :))
1 egg or 1 T ground flaxseed in 3T water)
Preheat oven to 350. Cook quinoa according to instructions. In a casserole dish, combine the quinoa and black beans. Mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl, using only half of the cheese. Pour over the quinoa mixture and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake 25 min.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Undone Stuffed Pepper Casserole

I have been into Quinoa lately! So, I redid this recipe from Kraft to include Quinoa.  SO good! :)


1 lb. lean ground beef or venison
2 green or red peppers, coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (I used Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic)
2 cups cooked Quinoa
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1.5 cups of shredded Italian cheese

Brown meat with peppers and garlic in large skillet, drain. Stir in quinoa, spaghetti sauce, and half of cheese. Spoon into 2-qt casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Chicken 'N Peppers Pasta Skillet

Quick, Easy, and Delicious! :)

Chicken 'N Peppers Pasta Skillet
Adapted from Kraft Foods

2 cups multi- grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
1 large green pepper chopped
1 large red pepper chopped
1 small onion, chopped or Tastefully Simple Onion Onion
2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta as directed on package.  Meanwhile, heat large skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat.  Add Chicken and cook/stir for 2 minutes.  Then, add vegetables, cooking 6-8 minutes until chicken is done and vegetables are crisp-tender. 

Drain pasta and add to chicken mixture along with sauce.  Cook 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Top with mozzarella and let stand for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted. Top with Parmesan.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

I made these babies for dinner tonight. Fast and SO tasty! :)

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Adapted from Budget Bytes

1 can (15 oz) black beans (drain and rinse)
1 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
1 clove garlic minced (or one tsp Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic)
1/2 small red onion (or a few sprinkles or Tastefully Simple Onion Onion)
Taco Seasoning or Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip (to taste)
2 cups shredded cheese (I used Kraft 2% milk reduced fat Cheddar)
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro chopped
10 taco sized tortillas

Combine all ingredients other than tortillas in large bowl.
Spoon 1/2 cup of mixture on 1 tortilla and fold in half.  Cook in skillet on both sides over medium heat until brown and cheesy filling is melted!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

This recipe was one of my first ever Pins on Pinterest!  I have made it for friends and family. They all love it! :)

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken
Source: adapted from Kraft Foods

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves 
1/2 cup KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato dressing, divided
2 tomato, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil leaves

Place a large sheet of heavy-duty foil over half of grill grate; heat grill to medium heat. Meanwhile, place chicken in resealable plastic bag. Add 1/4 cup dressing and seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat chicken with dressing. Refrigerate 10 minutes (I marinate it all day if I remember in time). Remove chicken from bag; discard bag and dressing.

Grill chicken on uncovered side of grill for about 6 minutes. Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/4 dressing, tomatoes, cheese and basil.

Turn the chicken over and place cooked-side up, on foil on the grill. Top with tomato mixture. Close lid. Grill 8 minutes or until chicken is done.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Low Fat Bran Muffins

LOVE these muffins for breakfast!!! Two muffins and a banana and I am filled up all morning!  I got this recipe from a cookbook that was a gift from Adam's Grandma.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Skinny Funfetti Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

These are SO delicious and SO easy!  Ready?

3 ingredients:

Blend Cupcake Mix with 12 ounces of Diet Cherry 7-Up.

Scoop into Muffin Pan.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Take out and place 1 marshmallow on each cupcake. Bake for 5 more minutes.

Makes 20-24 cupcakes.

Only 112.5 calories each!!! :)