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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mixed Field Greens with Berries, Creamy Balsamic and Candied Pecans

I was at a Christmas Party a few weeks ago with tons of great food and someone made a salad like this and it stole my heart! I just had to recreate it. You must try it, really you must. And it would be a perfect addition to a Holiday dinner since the colors are so fabulous. It is super simple and you will feel like a star with this one!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cranberry Jello

This recipe is a holiday favorite in my family. My aunt makes it at Thanksgiving every year and it is my favorite thing at the Thanksgiving table! It is full of fresh, delicious ingredients that I love! I made it again this week and CAN"T STOP eating it!!! I tried to skinny it up just a bit, by reducing the amount of sugar and nuts by a small amount to reduce the number of calories/points per serving but it is full of super healthy fruits so I didn't want to mess with it too much~

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers with a Balsamic Glaze and Bruschetta Topping

These babies take OMG to a whole new level!!! SO yummy and so healthy, could it be, well yes it can!My husband thought these were the best turkey burger he ever ate, he was just mad I didn't buy buns for everyone. In my defense, they seemed so hearty, they need a bun. My son who is 5 ate two, he thought the cheese dripping out of the side was the best part. I served them with rosted red poatoes and my my green bean salad.

This recipe has three parts, the bruschetta, the glaze and the burgers but don't be scared, take it step by step and you will be so glad you made these!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

My birthday was last month, my sister-in-law gave me two subscriptions to Rachel Ray's Magazine and to Cooking Light. It has been fun combing through them and checking out some new recipes. I adapted this recipe from a Chicken Jambalaya recipe in the Rachel Ray Magazine. From start to finish this was done in 30 minutes which made it a perfect weeknight dinner, it was so easy and turned out great!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Crispy Peanut Butter Cups

I know this is shocking to most people who follow me, I NEVER post desserts, it's not that I don't eat sweets, I do, I promise but I try really hard not to make them for two reasons. First, I have no self control with sweets, if they are in my house, I eat them. I only buy sweets for my kids and husbands that I don't care about. And second, I don't like to cut corners/calories on sweets, I feel like it's really easy to make lower fat/calorie swaps in cooking but baking is more of a science and I don't want to mess it up!
I saw these on Pinterest and they looked so amazing I had to try them, at 9pm, I had to try them and OMG they are like a homemade Reese's Cup which is my favorite candy!
These are so easy to make it only takes about 10-12 minutes. This recipe can be doubled or tripled if you have a larger muffin tin, my mini muffin tin only makes 12 so I just made a few.

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 T unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powder sugar
1 t vanilla
3/4 cup Rice Krispies

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Sprinkle about 12-15 chocolate chips in each muffin cup and place in the oven for 3-5 minutes, careful not to burn them. Once they come out set aside.

In your mixer, cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Then add the powder sugar and the vanilla, mix until combined. Finally add the Rice Krispies and stir to combine.

Add about 1 T of the peanut butter mixture to the tops of the melted chocolate chips. Spray the back of a spoon with non-stick spray and press the peanut butter mixture down on top. Place in the fridge for about an hour. Store covered and in the fridge.

Weight Watcher Friends: These have 2.5 points each. They are small but really rich, enjoy!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spinach, Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Rolls

A few weeks ago for my birthday we went to downtown Atlanta so see a comedy show, I wanted to eat at The Vortex, a famous place for great burgers in Altanta because even though I was born and raised here in Atlanta, I had never eaten at The Vortex. I had posted on Facebook that day to get suggestions from friends about what I should order, so many of my friends were shocked that I had never been to The Vortex! The real reason I had never been is because a burger isn't the food item that sends me to the moon, however a dinner with fresh spinach, cheese and sun dried tomatoes does! These chicken rolls have all the ingredients that make my heart sing. These were so yummy, I highly recommend that you try them!