iCANcook: Buffalo Chicken Soup

Ever wish you had time to make meals, but your schedule simply does not allow for hours of food prep? Then this mini food series is for you! Each week this October, I’ll post a new recipe starring canned food + spices + fresh meat. The preparation for each meal will be so minimal or…

iCANcook: Meatless Quinoa Tacos

Ever wish you had time to make meals, but your schedule simply does not allow for hours of food prep? Then this mini food series is for you! Each week this October, I’ll post a new recipe starring canned food + spices + fresh meat. The preparation for each meal will be so minimal or…

iCANcook: Saucy Sausage with Peppers

Ever wish you had time to make meals, but your schedule simply does not allow for hours of food prep? Then this mini food series is for you! Each week, I’ll post a new recipe starring canned food + spices + fresh meat. The preparation for each meal will be so minimal or nonexistent that…

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bake

For the homemade cheese sauce: 1 tbsp butter or olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp cornstarch 1/3 cup cool water 1/3 cup warm milk 1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar* 1/2 cup skim shredded mozzarella* 1/4 cup reduced fat grated parmesan Dissolve the cornstarch in the cool water and set aside. Melt the butter…

Crockpot Peach Chicken

1 cup red onion, diced 4-5 med/large boneless chicken thighs, cut into serving pieces 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 4 tsp fresh grated ginger 1 med jalapeno, diced small (seeds discarded) 2-3 ripe peaches, cut into 1/4″ slices In bottom of crockpot* spread red onion evenly. Lay…

Southwest Spinach Dip

16 oz frozen chopped spinach 8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese 1 1/4 cup reduced-fat Mexican cheese 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained 1 packet taco seasoning* *Instead of a packet, I prefer to measure out spices as follows: 1 tbsp chili powder 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp black…

Quinoa Italiano

1/2 cup white quinoa, rinsed well 2 cups crushed tomatoes (less than one 28-oz can) 1 small/medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 small onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup water or vegetable stock 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp smoked paprika sprinkle of crushed red pepper…

Buffalo Chicken Chili

1 1/2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or cubed (OR cooked ground chicken/turkey*) 1 can fire roasted tomatoes 1 can great northern beans 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 onion diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup frozen corn 2 celery stalks, diced 1/4 cup blue cheese Greek yogurt dressing (I recommend Bolthouse)** 1/4 cup buffalo sauce…

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (approx 5-6 cups) 4 cups water 2 vegetable bouillon cubes Boil water with bouillon in a med sauce pan; add cauliflower and cook until fork-tender. 1 med onion, chopped (approx 1/2 cup) 3-4 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until…

Apple Chicken Salad

2-3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-3″ pieces 2 apples – cored, skinned, and cubed – separated 1/2 small sweet onion, diced 1 tsp cinnamon 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup cashew pieces 1/3 cup apple butter* Add chicken, half of the cubed apple (approx 1 apple’s worth), onion, and cinnamon to crockpot. Stir to…

Amigo Soup

I call this soup “Amigo Soup” because of its Mexican flavor and the ingredient “friends” that pair so deliciously together. I have the ingredients wittingly listed in pairs – flavors and textures that complement each other in this dish! This is such an easy throw-together recipe and freezes well, so it’s a great meal to…

Pre-cooking Chicken

Several of my recipes call for “cooked chicken,” and how annoying is it to have all of the other ingredients ready, but have raw chicken instead of cooked?! It can sabotage your whole meal! Cooking chicken ahead of time can be one of the easiest tasks you do. With the amount of cooking that I…