Ok all, so here is a GREAT appetizer for you to share with your friends and family on game day, a tailgating favorite!!! Again, super duper simple! This is a trend with recipes I post, because I am super simple and can’t find a ton of time with a 19 mo. old running around! He likes to help with EVERYTHING when I am in the kitchen, so fast and easy is key!!!
one package of pepperonis ( you can use regular or turkey pepperonis- prefer nitrite free)
1 bag of cheese (8 oz)
8 oz cream cheese – softened
1 jar of pizza sauce (i find the lowest carb option- the last one I bought was great value – 3 net carbs for 1/4 cup)
1 package of low carb tortillas (to make chips out of of!) or raw veggies of your choice – such as celery, cauliflower, or carrots; I use the Extreme Wellness Low Carb High Fiber wraps (just find one no > than 5-7 net carbs; total carbs- fiber= net carbs)
or another good option is the Mission Low Carb wraps
spread softened cream cheese evenly in an 8×8 pan
pour pizza sauce evenly on top of cream cheese (you are going to be layering this)
next spread the shredded cheese on top of the pizza sauce
finally place pepperonis on top (enough to cover, may not need entire package)
Bake in oven at 350 for approx 20 min or until cheese is melted and golden brown
CHIPS: cut low carb tortilla into 1/8 pieces (like a pie). rub small amount of olive oil over top and lightly salt it. place on chip maker (see below)
I bought a chip maker from pampered chef, but I know many people who do it without. I find the chip maker adds some crispiness to them! and they are only $20-30 from either pampered chef, amazon, or Bed Bath and Beyond. I have also seen them on the target website! ( I tried to post a pic, but I can’t get my computer to cooperate :) If you just google pampered chef chip maker it will pop up! It has definitely been a great investment for us!
place in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes depending on microwave power. I would start with 1 1/2 min and if not crispy enough, increase by 15-30 second increments. This is a great way to get the crunch and enjoy “chips and dip” without lots of added carbs.
obviously you can always enjoy the pizza dip by itself, OR with some raw veggies such as celery!
The low carb chips can also be used with salsa or queso, another tailgating fav!!
If preparing an appetizer for a large group, prepare an entire pack of “low- carb wrap chips” for everyone to enjoy! Some say they are best right out of the microwave, but I think they are great even when made in advance! My husband and son enjoy them too, so it passes my test!!
Happy tailgating! and hopefully we can come away with a WIN this weekend!!! Go Vols!
Ok folks for all of you out there who don’t like to cook, here is a super simple, super yummy idea for lunch or dinner! Each person can kinda build their own depending on what their favorite add-ons are! So, confession time……my family has been in the process of selling a house and moving over the pat 3 months and this girl hasn’t been doing near as much cooking, yikes! I love to cook and I miss it so much, but trying to work out of a kitchen with a bunch of boxes has been CRAZY to say the least. So, here is one of my family’s favorite go-to’s that takes very little prep and can be whipped up in no time!
chicken (either chicken pulled off rotisserie or boneless-skinless chicken breasts (4-6)
strawberries (splenda, stevia, or truvia if desired- small amount; see below)
blue cheese and or feta cheese crumbles
slivered almonds and/or walnuts/ pecans
spinach leaves and romaine (or spinach only is great too)
other possible add ons: sunflower seeds, blueberries, chia seeds, (flaxseed for those needing extra fiber)
Dressings: Maple Grove Farms of Vermont (MGFOV) Sugar Free Raspberry(1 carb) OR MGFOV Fat Free balsamic (I don’t get it bc its fat free but bc its only 2 carbs!) OR Annie’s Honey Mustard (4 carbs) OR you could use a bleu cheese dressing if you prefer, approx. 2 tbsp
For a night when you don’t feel like cooking at all; I use the Simple Truth rotisserie chicken at Kroger! NO HORMONES and there is plenty for a family of 4! IF you are on a budget you can get a rotisserie for $4.99 at Costco. If cooking your own chicken breasts, I typically cook chicken at 375 for desired time depending on how thick and how many breasts (for 4-6 breasts cut up; roughly 25-30 minutes depending on how thick they are; cutting them up makes them cook faster, be sure to check chicken as each oven is different and you never want to have undercooked chicken!) . I would recommend cooking extra breasts to have left overs for the week.
Pile spinach leaves (and romaine if desired- avoid iceberg lettuce it is devout of most nutrients)
layer chicken, bleu cheese or feta (or both) sliced strawberries, (and blueberries if desired), and slivered walnuts, almonds, or pecans (pecans have a few more carbs but are ok in portion control). Be sure to avoid the candied almonds, pecans, or walnuts as those will have additional carbohydrates (sugar). may add additional toppings mentioned above if desired.
2 tbsp. of desired low carb dressing.
If preparing in advance, best not to toss dressing in until the end. If each family member has specific likes/ dislikes let everyone build their own. If making for a crowd can toss the lettuce, cheese, berries, nuts and chicken and leave the dressing until right before serving. If you toss the dressing it typically helps you to use less, versus pouring it over it at the end. Or you can use the fork method and get a little on your fork before preparing each bite!
WATCHOUT for restaurant strawberry salads. They are marketed as healthy but will often be covered in candied almonds/ pecans with craisins/ raisins and a sugary vinaigrette dressing. I LOVE Aubrey’s strawberry salad but I order it withOUT the candied pecans and craisins. I have them add extra spinach and I typically bring my own low carb vinegarette dressing :) or I do take out and use it from home! and I always add chicken for additional protein!
For a little additional sweetness, prepare strawberries in advance and sprinkle a small amount of truvia, stevia, or splenda over your berries. Place in refrigerator until time to serve. This will create some extra juice over the berries and also give moisture to your salad without additional dressing.
It is a family favorite!!!! IF you are extra hungry add a little more chicken and feta and pile up those spinach leaves. It is VERY filling. This can be done with steak as well!
Ok guys!! Another super simple chicken recipe with multiple ways to enjoy it! Either as a main dish with some yummy veggie sides, over a salad with some added cheese and sour cream, or on a low carb wrap! Extremely convenient to set and forget in the crock pot overnight, while at work, or bake in the oven for a quick dinner!
Salsa- 1 jar (regular not large size)
1 packet of low sodium taco seasoning
4-6 chicken breasts
Pre-heat oven to 350 or set out crock pot
place thawed chicken breasts in 13x 9 pan (or place in crock pot)
pour salsa and 1 packet of taco seasoning over chicken
** may sprinkle cheese on top if desired
Bake for 35-45 minutes (depending on thickness and # of chicken breasts) OR
Cook on LOW for 6-7 hrs in crockpot overnight OR
Cook on HIGH for 4 hrs in crockpot
Serve as main dish with a salad and veggie OR
overtop of a bed of lettuce add sour cream, cheese, guacamole, etc for a “taco salad” OR
on a low carb wrap for taco night! :)
**Lots of ways to enjoy this incredibly simple chicken recipe. It is extremely moist and you can add a little more “kick” with a hotter taco seasoning, more of it, or some hot sauce!
We actually had this twice this week!!! I like to add a little extra salsa for additional moisture and flavor and prefer mine a top a salad. My husband prefers his as a main dish and can serve with steamed broccoli or green beans and some cauliflower mashed potatoes (recipe coming soon!!)