Friday, April 24, 2015

147.0...Easy Creamy Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala

Pinterest strikes again. I needed a crockpot recipe yesterday because I was running around too much to have time to cook dinner. I checked out my pins on Pinterest and saw a recipe for Easy Creamy Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala. Bingo!

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Easy Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala (Serves 6)

Recipe slightly adapted from The Iron You

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

1 large onion, finely chopped

4-6 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 Tbsp. Garam masala 

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. ground coriander

2 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. turmeric

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (adjust according to your heat preference)

1/2 tsp. black pepper

2 bay leaves

1 cup heavy cream

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions:

1. Grease the insides of your crockpot bowl with olive oil. Set aside.

2. Combine all ingredients (except for bay leaves, heavy cream, cornstarch and lemon juice) in a large bowl. Stir to combine everything, making sure that the chicken is well coated.

3. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and place the two bay leaves on top.

4. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).

5. When done, in a small bowl combine heavy cream and cornstarch and gently stir into the chicken mixture. Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up.

6. Finally add lemon juice and gently stir to incorporate. Serve warm.

Printable Recipe

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I served the chicken with brown rice and peas. It was excellent. When your husband comments how good the meal is several times and goes for seconds (and I think thirds? I lost track.), you know you have a winner. I asked him what he wanted for dinner the next night and he said, “this!”. 

I had my new favorite breakfast this morning.

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Toasted English muffin with avocado, scrambled egg and diced tomatoes which I added a bunch of Cholula to. I also had half a grapefruit. 

Once the kids were at school, I went to a meeting followed by the gym for some boring treadmill action and some weights.

I met a couple of friends at Luna Grill for lunch. 

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The standard “crack chicken” on a Greek Salad. 

This weekend is the first weekend that I’ll have been home in a LONG time. I’m looking forward to it!

What was the last crockpot recipe you made?

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

147.8...Baked BLT Dip with Cheddar Cheese and Corn Chips

Do you like BLT’s? Do you need an appetizer to bring to your next party? I’ve got you covered on both with this recipe for Baked BLT Dip with Cheddar Cheese and Corn Chips!

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Baked BLT Dip with Cheddar Cheese and Corn Chips (Serves 16)

Recipe from Phillis Carey

Ingredients:

1 lb. bacon, diced and cooked

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 large plum tomato, seeded and diced

1/4 cup chopped green onions

Garnish: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and bacon

Corn Chips for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir in bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions and tomato and mix well. (Be sure to reserve a bit of the bacon and tomato for garnish.)

2. Pour mixture into a shallow dish or pie plate and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Garnish with lettuce, bacon and tomato and serve with corn chips.

Printable Recipe 

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I made this dip for my annual “Swap Party”  last night and it was a hit! More on the swap party in a second….

Tuesday night was Taco Tuesday in our house. I made some turkey tacos using my Homemade Taco Seasoning. To go with the tacos, I made Easy Mexican Rice and refried beans. 

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Yesterday’s breakfast was Fage yogurt, agave and berries. 

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After I took the kids to school, I went to spin class at the gym. I came home and set up for my swap party. Lunch was a big salad that consisted of romaine, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, hard boiled egg, green onions, tuna and Girard’s Light Champagne Vinaigrette. 

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Then it was time for the Swap Party to begin! Just in case you’re not sure what a swap party is…you bring all your clothes/shoes/accessories that you don’t want or wear anymore and let everyone have at it! No rules….just take what you want. New clothes for free! :)

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Everyone brings wine and an appetizer to share.

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Let the shopping begin!

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It is one of my favorite parties each year! Thank you Lisa for taking all the great photos (and for the brownies!).

Breakfast this morning rocked. Maybe because it was a bit different than my usual boring breakfasts. 

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I toasted half a whole wheat English muffin and topped it with avocado, a scrambled egg and tomatoes. I also had a half of a grapefruit. I loved it! I see a repeat coming….

I took the kiddos to school, went to a PTO meeting, then the gym for Total Barre & Body Workout class. Lunch was the same as yesterday except this time I was more civilized and ate it off a plate instead of the mixing bowl.

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 Tonight I’m trying another new recipe. Stay tuned!

If you could turn any sandwich into a dip, what would it be?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

148.4...Avocado Love

Yesterday morning, I was too sleep deprived to make many decisions. This is true when it came to deciding what to have for breakfast. The easiest thing to have was Honey Nut Cheerios, almond milk and half a grapefruit. 

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After the kids were at school, I did decide to go to the gym which was good. I took a butt-kicking spin class. That will wake you up for sure.

After my workout, my decision making skills were in full effect. I decided to get creative with my tuna salad and use avocado instead of mayonnaise. 

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Pretty darn tasty! I love avocados! 

Dinner last night was Turkey Taco Soup leftovers. 

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The avocado made another appearance in this morning’s breakfast. Two scrambled eggs, avocado and half a grapefruit. 

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I took the kids to school, then went to Cardio Sculpt class. 

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Workout done. I left a sweaty mess. 

I ran some errands, stopping at Subway for lunch. Turkey & avocado on wheat with all the veggies:

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Avocado makes everything better.

Are you an avocado lover? 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Short but Sweet

That’s exactly what my trip to New Jersey was: short and sweet. I arrived Friday night and met my mom, brother, sister in law and nephew at the hotel. Stephanie brought me a huge plate of homemade Italian food that he mom had made. 

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I was not complaining. Amazing. I went to bed a happy camper. 

Saturday morning I grabbed a yogurt parfait and coffee downstairs to enjoy while getting ready for my nephew’s baptism. 

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The ceremony was beautiful and I even managed to snag a quick “church selfie” with my mom:

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Afterwards, the entire group gathered at Filomena’s for lunch. My meal started with a delicious salad:

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We shared the Gnocchi to start:

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Which was followed by Chicken Al Limone:

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Another fabulous Italian meal!

We went back to Stephanie’s parent’s house where we enjoyed some amazing pizza for dinner. 

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This slice was followed by a pepperoni slice which was even better than the veggie. Eventually we dragged ourselves back to the hotel to go to bed.

Breakfast this morning was at PJ’s Diner. I had two eggs over-easy, home fries, bacon and toast.

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After we said our goodbyes, we headed to the Philadelphia airport for our flights. Steph, my mom and my brother’s flight left a couple of hours before mine. I managed to pass the time wisely at Vino Volo.

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I feel like the weekend flew back in an instant. I shared a hotel room with my mom which was really fun….I can’t remember the last time we did that! Congratulations to my adorable nephew on his baptism! I’m very thankful that I was able to be there to share in such a special day.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

148.8...A Decade

Wednesday night presented another “defrosted meal”. Take a container of Tomato Cream Sauce out of the freezer, reheat it, add some pasta and dinner is done.  

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By the way, I feel like this sauce tasted even better this time around!! It went very nicely with the Caesar salad I made. 

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Yesterday was a big day at our house. My son turned 10. TEN! I have a child who is a DECADE old. How did that happen!?! I remember being ten like it was yesterday….

Breakfast was Fage yogurt with berries.

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After I took the birthday boy and his sister to school, I went to the gym for Sculpt class. That was followed by errands and an appointment, then home for lunch. Tuna salad with veggies:

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I went back to the school to celebrate my son’s birthday in his class. Then we took a couple of his friends to go on his annual birthday hike at Torrey Pines down to the beach. 

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Couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for a birthday hike!

Another annual birthday event for my son is dinner at PF Changs, his favorite restaurant. I had a cup of egg drop soup to start.

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Followed by Ginger Chicken & Broccoli with brown rice.

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There was birthday cake but I did not partake. I excused myself to the restroom so I didn’t have to be tempted by its deliciousness. ;)

Breakfast this morning was scrambled egg beaters, avocado and half a grapefruit.

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The kids have been dropped off and now I’m at Starbucks before heading to the airport for my flight.

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Yep. Another flight. This time to New Jersey for my nephew’s baptism. This will be a short trip…home on Sunday night. As much as I’m dreading all the flying time in a short period of time, I’m looking forward to spending time with family!

What birthday traditions did you have as a child?

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