Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crockpot style Pulled Bar B Q Chicken

I must admit that I am busting at the seams to share this treasure with my Feasty Fans. This baby only has two ingredients, yes count them only  two. Not only that it has to be one of the easiest recipes ever to make. Also it is a low fat version of traditional Bar B Q and I promise you that will will not miss the fat. I used Stubb's spicy Bar B Q sauce and the sweetness from the Pepper Slaw with the spiciness of the sauce will have your taste buds doing  the Tango.

Feel free use your favorite brand but mine is Stubb's. The great thing about this is that you can make any amount that you want. The ratio for this recipe is 1 cup sauce to 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast.
Ta Da!!!

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup Stubb's spicy flavor Bar B Q sauce

You will need a crock pot for this recipe. Trim any fat or cartilage from the chicken breast, I like to use my kitchen scissors. Once chicken has been trimmed place into crock pot with 1 cup of the sauce.

I have 2 variations on the cook time.
#1 Cook on high for 3-4 hours
#2 Cook on low for 6-8 hours

Do not add any water! Also no peeking!!! Keep the lid closed because no nose bags are allowed to peek in. Seriously for a crock pot to be efficient you need to leave the lid on to keep in the heat and moisture. You will know the chicken is done because it will shred easily by pulling apart with two large meat forks. Once you have shredded all of the chicken stir mixture well and make sure that all meat is coated evenly with sauce.

Another helpful hint here with the hot season coming up. If you do not want the added heat in your house you may plug it in your garage or covered area outside. You don't have to worry about a dog or cat getting into it because it is too hot to touch. Your main concern is that you do not want it to get rained on. If it is cold you will want to keep it inside because once it gets cooking it smells so delicious.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spanish Rice ~~~ Quick & Easy

Quick and easy Spanish Rice. I don't think you can get any easier than this one. I have to thank my friend Tracy for sharing her recipe with us, sorry Tracy but I had to add the Sazon to it. Seriously I can't help myself. It must be some type of genetic mutation in me that I have this uncontrollable urge to mess with recipes. Three ingredients and only 20 minutes of cook time. I can see endless possibilities for this as a side dish. So if your are in a rush and want a tasty side rice dish you do not need to look any further.

  • 1 can undrained Ro Tel original diced tomatoes & green chiles, 10 oz.
  • 1 cup white long grain rice
  •  water
  •  1/2 pack of Sazon seasoning by Goya, see pic below

Open canned tomatoes and place in a 2 cup measuring cup, now add enough water to make it come to the 2 cup line. Place all ingredients in a 2 qt. saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to low and cover with a lid cooking for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve.

Thank you Tracy Millhouse for this delicious, quick and easy recipe!

You can find Sazon in the ethnic isle of your grocery store.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pizza made Healthier

You can have your Pizza and eat it too!  We try to eat healthy, but we are human and still crave our old favorites like Pizza. So my Stud Muffin challenged me by asking for Pizza. Well we all know that Pizza is not normally diet food, but this way you can still enjoy an old favorite and not feel deprived. I make sure that I use Pita bread that is healthier for the Pizza dough. My brand was 0g Fat and 5g Fiber. Use a low fat cheese and sprinkle on some Parmesan just before eating, it's a low fat high calcium cheese. Watch out in your Pizza sauce because sometimes they sneak in extra fat and sugar, mine was 25 calories per 1/4 cup, 0.5 g Fat and 2g Sugar with 1g Fiber. It's important to read the nutrition labels. So we all know how everyone has their favorite toppings and mine is to pile on as many veggies as possible without any meat or just plain cheese. If you are a Pepperoni lover please try the reduced fat Turkey Pepperoni.

  • whole wheat pita bread
  • Sargento reduced fat 4 cheese grated Italian
  • 1 can Pizza sauce, I used Furmano's
  • granulated garlic powder
  • Toppings are optional; onion, black olives, pepper, mushrooms, or reduced fat turkey Pepperoni.
  • Optional garnishes: Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile chop and prepare veggies. On a large cookie sheet place up to 6 Pita's, add about 1/4 cup or less of Pizza sauce, add 1/4 cup grated cheese then sprinkle cheese with a generous amount of garlic powder, now add the optional toppings. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with optional garnishes just before eating. Enjoy!

If you are worried about the Pizza sticking just put a dusting of corn meal on the bottom of the cookie sheet before placing Pizza's on it. It creates an air pocket and they will not stick.

This is a peek of my secret ingredient list. Fast, Frugal and Healthy! What's not to love here?

You can even have a Pizza party and have everyone custom make their own.