Broccoli & Cheese Soup....not so skinny

Do you like Panera soup??? Then you will LOVE my Broccoli Cheese Soup because it's even BETTER than Panera!!! You will take one taste and fall in love. It's the perfect soup for a chilly day. I don't consider this soup a "clean eat" because of the Velveeta cheese, but I couldn't resist not sharing one of the BEST soups that I've EVER had in my life!!

Ingredients:
2 c broccoli....(chopped)
1 c cauliflower...(chopped)
1 large onion...(chopped)
2 lbs potatoes....(grated)
2 carrots....(grated)
5 1/2 c chicken broth
1 lb velveeta cheese...(cubed)
*Add more cheese if you wish
2 cans cream of chicken soup....low fat, low sodium
 Directions:
 -Bring chicken broth and all veggies to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.

- Add cheese and cream of chicken soup.
-Cook until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!!

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken w/ Rice

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken w/ Rice
 This recipe was a winner, especially with the kids!  I just threw it together and it came out delicious! It was filling too!

Ingredients:
1.5 lbs skinless chicken breast
1 can chicken broth
1 can low fat cream of chicken soup
1/2 tbsp chicken powder
1 chopped onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup low fat shredded monterey jack cheese or cheddar
2 cups frozen broccoli (cooked)
2 cups instant rice (cooked) 

Directions:
-spray crock pot
-add broth, cream of chicken soup (stir)
- place chicken in crock pot
- add onion, chicken powder, garlic and pepper
-cook on low for 6 hours
- shredd the chicken (optional)
-add rice, broccoli, cheese and cook for an additional hour (depending on your crock pot)
*Add more chicken broth if desired.



Free 5 day Crock Pot Group!

 FREE 5 DAY CROCK POT GROUP!!!

Hey Busy Mommas!!

Do you OWN a crock pot? Do you want an ENTIRE week of meals planned just for you? If so, JOIN my FREE 5 DAY CROCK POT group!! The group will run THIS Monday the 12th. It'll include:

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* Meals the WHOLE family will love

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~Misty xoxo

Mexican Stuffed Shells



Aaaaa-mazing!!!! My kids loved this meal tonight. Even the neighbors came over and had to try some. They raved about this dish!!! Mexican stuffed shells are delish!! 
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground turkey
1 package low-sodium taco seasoning
4 oz. low fat cream cheese
12-15 jumbo pasta shells
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce

Oikos plain yogurt 
Shredded Cheese
2 green onions (optional)



Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. In a frying pan cook ground beef; add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions.   

Add cream cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Blend well. Set aside and cool completely.   
 While ground beef is cooking, cook the pasta shells according to directions; drain. Set shells out individually on cutting board/baking sheet so that they don’t stick together.

Pour salsa on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.  Stuff each shell with the meat mixture. Place shells in 9×13 pan open side up. 

Cover shells with taco sauce.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. 
After 30 minutes, add shredded cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes.   Serve with Oikos yogurt on top and/or more salsa. 






Chicken Bell Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Bell Stuffed Peppers
 OMG....these Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers we absolutely AMAZING!!!! Each time my family took at bite, we all kept saying "MMMMM". One of the most delicious clean eating recipes EVER!!!

INGREDIENTS:
4 Bell Peppers (sliced in half, seeds removed)
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb chicken breast cut into 3/4 pieces
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
dash of sea salt and pepper
1 cup tomato sauce (homemade or jar) *I make homemade "sauce"
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup black beans rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
5 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tbsp lime juice
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Hot Pepper Sauce (optional, but DELICIOUS!!!)



DIRECTIONS:
 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Place bell peppers in a large baking dish, set aside
3. Heat olive oil in large skillet
4. Add onion and cook until tender
5. Add garlic and stir
6. Add chicken, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink
7. Add tomato sauce, quinoa, beans, corn, cilantro and lime juice. Reduce heat to medium heat and cook for 3-5 minutes or until heated through.
8. Scoop chicken mixture to each pepper half. Top with additional sauce (optional)
9. Cover with foil.
10. Bake for 35 minutes.
11. Remove foil and top with cheese. Cook for 3 more minutes without foil.
12. Serve warm and sprinkle with Hot Sauce
 Enjoy!
~Misty xoxo


 






BBQ Shrimp Wrap

BBQ Shrimp Wrap
 BBQ Shrimp Wrap.....yummy!!!! I threw this low cal meal together tonight for dinner and it was delicious!!! The tangy, sauce I mixed was the bomb!!
Ingredients:
- shrimp (already pre-cooked in the package)
- romaine lettuce
- feta cheese (or your choice)
- whole wheat tortilla
- sea salt/pepper
*Mrs Dash is salt free if you prefer.
-Sweet Baby Rays bbq Sauce
- Marzetti Sweet Italian Salad Dressing (I prefer Marzetti, but didn't have it on hand

Directions:
 -Heat pan with non-stick spray. Place shrimp in the pan. Spray the shrimp with non-stick spray and lightly season with sea salt and pepper. Toss shrimp until warm. Don't cook too long. I do about 2 minutes on each side.

- Lighly spray the wrap with non-stick spray. Place in pan and heat on both sides. Remove and set aside.

-In a separate bowl, mix 2 tbl of Italian dressing with 2 tbl of bbq (or eyeball it and make as much as you need). I did not have Marzetti Sweet Italian dressing on hand, but that is what I prefer.
- Place lettuce on top of whole wheat tortilla. 
- Next, add shrimp and sprinkle the feta cheese.
- Drizzle your sauce on top of your shrimp. 
- Wrap it up and EAT! Enjoy while the shrimp is warm!
~Misty



 

Nanna's Pasta Primavera

Nanna's Pasta Primavera
DELIZIOSO!!!!!!  We made this tonight and I felt like I was eating at an Italian restaurant!! Seriously, this meal tasted as good as it looks.  I don't think the family said one word during dinner tonight because we were so focused on the enjoyment of this meal. This is definitely on TOP of my winner list!!

Ingredients:
- 1 lb Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 lb box Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta
- olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1 small yellow squash, chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
- 1 tbsp basil (fresh is always better)
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
- 1 container Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in pot and cook for 10-12 minutes, drain.
2. Place sausage in a large skillet over medium heat and cook until evenly brown; set aside. 
3. Heat 1/4 cup oil in skillet. Stir garlic and onion until tender.
4. Mix in zucchini, squash, tomatoes, peas and basil. Dissolve bouillon in the mixture. 
5. Season with red pepper flakes. 
6. Stir in remaining oil.  Continue cooking 10 minutes. (I cover the pan with a cookie pan to trap the heat.)
7. Mix pasta, sausage and cheese into skillet. (I placed mine in a large pot.)
8. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Enjoy!!
~Misty xoxo






Turkey BLT

Turkey BLT.....21 Day Fix Approved!
My kids and I had this for lunch and LOVED it! It was something different than just peanut butter and jelly. They were mad when I topped it off with Greek yogurt, but then took a BITE and said "Mom, it's sooo good!!".  It's much better than using mayo. This will be a once a week lunch for us this summer!
Ingredients:
-Whole Wheat Bread
- Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt
- Turkey Bacon
- Turkey Slices
- Provolone Cheese
- Lettuce
- Tomato
- pepper to taste

Directions:
- Toast the bread lightly in the toaster.
-Place turkey, bacon, cheese, and lettuce on top on the bread.
-Spread yogurt across the sandwich
-Top with tomato and sprinkle with pepper
-Fold in half or top with another piece of bread.
*Avocado would be another healthy fat to spread of top off your sandwich with. Enjoy!

1 yellow & 1.5 red

Veggie Bow Tie Pasta Meal!

Bow Tie Pasta With Peas and Tomatoes!

I love pasta, but it's not always easy to make it "clean eating". So I whipped up this meal last night and we all loved it!! I used a can of peas, but I suggest using frozen. There are a variety of ways you can add more flavor to this meal by throwing in Sweet Turkey Italian sausage or chicken. Whatever way you choose, it will taste DELICIOUS and clean!!

Ingredients:
1 lb Wheat Bow Tie Pasta
2 cups frozen peas (frozen tastes better)
1 package red cherry tomatoes sliced in half
1 package yellow tomatoes sliced in half
2 cloves fresh garlic
2 tbsp fresh Parsley chopped
Parmesan Cheese 
2 tsp Olive Oil
Sea Salt/Pepper for taste
Directions:
1. Cook pasta and set aside.
2. Saute the tomatoes, peas and garlic in a skillet with 2 tsp olive oil. 

3. Add cooked pasta, salt, pepper and parsley to the skillet and mix.
4. Cook for 5 minutes.
5. Simmer for 3 minutes.
6. Top off with grated parmasen cheese!

*You can add Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage or Chicken for extra flavor and protein!

Enjoy!
~Misty xoxo


Taco Burger

Taco Burger

BBQ TIME!!!  With the gorgeous weather here, I wanted Todd to grill for dinner tonight. Since we like to "eat clean", I use ground turkey versus beef.  For a different twist, we added taco seasoning to our turkey burgers to give it some "kick"!! Since time was limited, instead of making my own salsa, I bought the homemade deli salsa and guacamole at the grocery store.  It was so DELICIOUS!!! The kids LOVED it too!!!

Ingredients

  • 1lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Garlic – minced
Directions
Combine the above ingredients. Divide the turkey mixture into four and shape into patties. Cook on each side about 3-4 minutes on the griddle.  Even better to BBQ!!


Top with the Fresh Salsa to serve. I used homemade salsa and guacamole from the Jewel Deli. It was quick, delicious and had some kick!!
21 Day Fix Approved!  1 Red, 1 Green
Serving Suggestion: Top with avocado and a whole wheat bun   
1 Yellow, 1 Blue

Lasagna



Ummm....the word "like" would be an understatement. We "LOVED" this lasagna!!!! I grew up eating homemade Italian food, so I know what's good and what's not. This lasagna was a definite WINNER!!! Believe it or not, the carrots and celery give it that extra flavor. I also like the little bit of crunch that it adds. You cannot go wrong with this recipe! This is considered "clean eating" and you wouldn't know it if I didn't tell you. Try it!!!

21-Day Fix Portions:

1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue


Ingredients

  1. Whole wheat lasagna noodles (8 if you want 2 layers, 12 if you want 3 layers)
  2. 1 lb lean ground turkey
  3. 1½ jars pasta sauce
  4. 1 carton cottage cheese
  5. 1 8oz. package shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
  6. ¾ cup real shredded parmesan cheese
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 green container (combined) finely chopped celery, onion, carrot
  9. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  10. ¼ cup finely chopped parsley 
  11. seasonings: oregano, basil, sea salt, pepper 

    Directions

    1.  Boil water for the noodles. Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil so the noodles don't stick.  Cook noodles according to the package instructions.

    2. Meanwhile, brown the ground turkey.  Season with oregano, basil, salt, pepper and remove from pan. 


    3. Add a drizzle of EVOO to the same pan. Saute vegetables and garlic until tender. 



     4.  Return the ground turkey to the pan. 
    5. Stir in pasta sauce and parsley and simmer until heated through.


     6. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg until well beaten.

     7.  Add the cottage cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella and ½ cup parmesan. Stir to combine with the egg until everything is well blended.



        
    8. When the noodles are finished, rinse in colder water and pat dry.     
    9. Begin the lasagna layering process in a lightly-greased 13x9 pan: Sauce, noodles, cheese mixture, repeat.



    10. Once you have added the final layer, pour any remaining sauce over top. 


     Then sprinkle remaining 1 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup parmesan on the top.


    11. Cover with foil and bake at 400 for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese on the top is bubbly. 


        Enjoy!
      ~Misty xoxo 

Hawkeye Bites (I can't call them Buckeyes)

For those that know me, I live and breathe the Iowa Hawkeyes!! I am so proud of my Big Ten college! I think being a part of the dance team has a lot to do with it!! Most of you call this dessert buckeyes. Well not me.... I call them Hawkeye Bites!!! They are delicious and hit the spot...ENJOY!
Recipe:
-1 14oz can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1/2 cup pumpkin puree
-2 Tb coconut oil
-1Tb vanilla extract
-1 cup peanut butter
-pinch of pink salt
-10 oz dark chocolate, melted (add coconut oil if needed)


 Directions:
-Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper
-Puree Cannellini beans in food processor.
-Add applesauce, pumpkin, coconut oil, and vanilla. Puree until completely smooth.
-Add peanut butter and pink salt. Puree until smooth.
-Scoop tablespoons of dough and roll into balls.
-Arrange on baking sheets and refrigerate for 15 minutes
-Take the dough balls out of the refrigerator and re roll smooth if needed. Place a toothpick in each ball and freeze for 30-45 minutes.
-Just before removing, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. (small increments of time in the microwave though to not burn the chocolate)
-One at a time, dip the dough ball 3/4 into the chocolate leaving a bit of dough showing so that it looks like a buckeye.


Store in the fridge until you are ready to eat them!
Makes 25-35 Hawkeye Bites!

OMG...Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

OMG....Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos

 This taco recipe is SO EASY, it's embarrassing!! With literally THREE ingredients, you can make tacos in no time.  I made this the other morning before heading off to work.  Knowing that we had a busy evening with my kids' activities, I knew this would be the perfect, quick fix meal!! Oh and sooo delicious!!!


Ingredients:
4 large chicken breasts 
1 jar salsa
1 packet of taco seasoning (optional)

Directions:
 - Spray the crockpot and add chicken breasts.
- In a bowl, mix the salsa and taco seasoning together.
- Pour the salsa from the bowl on top of the chicken breasts.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until chicken shreds with a fork.

Optional....
*You could add black beans and corn.
*Do brown rice bowls instead of tortillas.

Enjoy!

~Misty xoxo