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Chicken in the Crock!

It’s a bit chilly and gray here this fine Seattle morning. If I weren’t looking directly at a calendar for work already I would have guessed it may be March or April, but no, it’s not. It’s June… the snowing in the passes kind of June.

I sure hope the weather gets better this summer, but to lighten up my mood I thought since it’ll be a busy work afternoon I’d get something going on the Crockpot. I dug around and combined some recipes from Gina and Skinnytaste, Allrecipes and the Food Network to come up with this nice Gluten and Diary free hopefully yummy dish.  Yes yes, it is a bit risky putting this up but the recipes I combined all had good comments so I’m confident. I’ll post a picture later today… It smells wonderful!

I added some salsa and put it over chopped lettuce. SO GOOD!

Spicy Crockpot Chicken

Main Ingredients:

  • 1- 15 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1.5 C black, navy, pinto or kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 C corn (frozen or canned- drained)
  • 1 can chicken broth (Fat Free)
  • 1/2 tsp Tapateo (or hot sauce of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Chipolte Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1.5 LBS chicken breast
  • Seasoning salt to taste (I love Lowreys but any will do)

Optional:

  • Cheese (for the dairy eaters or dairy free cheese of your choice)
  • Green onions chopped
  • Chopped Cilantro

Serve Over:

  • Chopped Iceburg lettuce
  • Rice (brown or white)
  • Pasta (Gluteny or GF?)

Mix all the ingredients except the chicken, Tapateo and the salt in the crockpot.  Season the chicken with the Seasoning Salt and Tapateo and place it in the crockpot.  Set on low for about 8-10 hours or High for 5-6.  If you like shredded chicken, pull it out and shred it about 1/2 hour before the end of your crockpot cooking or you can serve a full chicken breast over the lettuce, rice or pasta no problem.  Then top it with your favorite or all of the Cilantro, green onions and cheese. Viola – dinner is served!

Have a great day! 🙂

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Nuts for Coconut Milk

It’s a miracle. Ever since I stopped with the Lactose I have missed dessert. Yes there are things I can enjoy like meringue or fruit, but there is something about a wonderful creamy mousse that I really love. Then I learned about Coconut Milk.   Seriously this is incredible. Completely lactose free super creamy mousse that takes about 5 seconds to make.   Are you ready?

Coconut Milk Chocolate Mousse!

What you need:

  • Can of full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of chocolate cocoa (the better the quality, the better the mouse)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Sugar or Stevia to taste (if you like) (or Jam or another topping)

Yup only four things.  Now take the following steps

  1.  Put the coconut milk in the fridge overnight (about 4 hours might do it, but I usually just leave it overnight )
  2. Open the can, and scoop out the solidified creamy goodness into a bowl. You can keep the watery stuff and use it in other recipes, or mix a Tablespoon or so back into the  creamy coconut milk if you want it a little thinner
  3. add the cocoa, stevia and sugar if you want it until fully mixed in and creamy (I use a mixer but I think by hand would work too)
  4. Put it back in the fridge for an hour if you can, the flavors seem to settle better.
  5. Eat and enjoy. I love to scoop out a small amount and put fresh berries or Jam on it. I’ve heard you can also use this as frosting!

Done! It’s a great dessert. The First time I made this I had company, my guest enjoyed it too! 🙂

Back on the Plan

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ah what a crazy few weeks it was! I had one great experience in eating out at a place I had been curious about for ages. A good friend and I checked out lunch at RN74 in downtown Seattle. It was cozy, fun and tasty. I worry about trying to find Gluten and Dairy free foods, especially at French places..but I got an excellent Asian Ginger Salad and added chicken. SO TASTY! I defiantly want to check out dinner here!

RN74 *http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rnwa.php*

Unfortunately after this win,  I gave up on my foods and began to eat whatever I wanted within reason. The Glutendairy Monster kept me good company as did my lovely sugar cravings! Yes, this included a large amount of the on-sale Oreos I brought into my house along with all kinds of Christmas treats.  Lucky for me I didn’t go too overboard with the Gluten and Dairy, but I did eat enough to feel a bit off many of the days I was off workEnglish: Different sizes of Oreo cookies. From...
But today I decided, I’m back on track. Back to being gluten and dairy free as well as trying to get my weight back on the downward trend. SO… I was nervous but dragged myself into Weight Watchers this morning for a weigh in and to my surprise I had lost 1.4 pounds! YAY! Since early November, I have lost a total of 9LBS!

Donut Make a Bad Decision!

Have you ever had that tough morning where nothing goes your way? It’s a slew of little things so you feel like you have no real right to be upset but you are super ticked off? Yeah this morning was that morning for me. The dog wouldn’t come in, in fact she ran all over the yard to avoid me, which made me leave for work late. Then the dry cleaners couldn’t find the slacks my boyfriend needs for a wedding we’re going to tonight, The ATM had issues with the check I was trying to deposit, Traffic was worse than usual, etc… You know that day. Not a good start.

Then I got to work about a half hour late and what happens? Of course, it’s Friday, the day filled with those horribly tempting boxes of donuts and other baked goods. They’re like a Trojan horse for me… they look all sweet and innocent than BANG they wreak havoc on my belly!

I saw them sitting there, my jelly filled love right in the center of the box and I thought “Well heck, why not? It’s not like my day can get much more annoying.” I reached for it and stopped.  I realized that it would make my already rough start for a day even rougher.  So guess what I did… I walked away and grabbed a bag of sweet dried apple chips. Sweet, tasty and friendly to the belly. I’d say this was a win of a donut battle, at least for me! I’ll bet someone else here eats those belly achin’, 8 Weight Watcher points right up!

DISCLAIMER: No Jelly Donuts died by my hand to create this post.

Saved by the Coconut!

Last night was a chilly evening. All I wanted to do once I got home from work was curl up with some comfort food while I watched the last episode of Game of Thrones. Sadly with my diet, most of my comfort foods like lasagne and mac and cheese are gone by the wayside so I settle for salad or meat and veggies… but I realized I could have Thai Food… some spicy creamy coconut milk simmered with chicken veggies and spices over brown rice. Perfect!!

I ordered myself a nice 4 star Chicken Green Curry ordered Brandon some Phad Thai and off we went to Siam Pura, a little Thai place by our house. My favorite Thai places in West Seattle are Bang Bar and Buddha Ruksa, but they were both too far away from home..Plus Siam Pura is under new management so it was worth a try. Glad we did, it was pretty good. I still love my Bangbar, but this is a nice quick trip from our home.

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Curling up on the couch with my cozy yummy treat was exactly what Monday called for…and the episode of Game of Thrones was intense. Overall a good Monday night after a crazy busy day! Take that gluten/dairy free meal Mister Milkbread Monster. Booh Yah!

Jambalaya that won’t bust your Waistline

I love love love spicy cozy meals when it gets cold outside. And between my dietary restrictions and wanting to not bulk up on calories I have a hard time finding good food. I found this on a few websites and kept altering it until it tasted so good that even the men in my life find this a tasty tasty treat for a cold winter day! Even though it doesn’t start with a rue (calories and gluten make that not possible) this works so well… it’s easy and I love it! Weight Loss and health…YAY!

Chicken & Turkey Sausage Jambalaya

Low Calorie Jambalaya!

Ingredients
1 spray cooking spray
1 Turkey Kilbasa – already cooked
1 large onion(s), chopped
2 stalks of chopped celery
1 Jalapeno (if you like spice)
1 small chopped green pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp table seasoning salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
2 cloves minced garlic cloves
2 medium skinless chicken breasts
28 oz canned tomatoes, whole, plum, peeled with juice
1 small can V8 juice
2 cups fat-free chicken broth
1 cup uncooked white rice, long-grain
1/4 tsp of hot sauce (to taste, I love to use Franks Louisiana Hot Sauce)

Instructions
Spray a nonstick sauce pan with the cooking spray. Over high heat cook onion, celery, jalapeno and green pepper; saute until tender.
Then, add Sausage and raw Cubed chicken. Cook until Chicken is mostly cooked through (white all the way through)
Reduce heat and stir in cayenne, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic; saute until garlic is fragrant.
Stir in tomatoes, broth, V8 or other tomato juice and rice. Bring to a simmer, cover and let cook until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

About 1 1/4 cups per serving. ** If you leave it over night add the V8 or water before heating. The rice sucks up all the juice! This is also great frozen and reheated when needed.

Gaining the Good with the Bad

I have been happy about getting my body into better shape, about being more comfortable asking for what I need while eating out and creating healthier foods that work for my body. These are all wins for me…and I felt good about this weekend I figured out how to make some great twice baked potatoes within my foods, adding soy cream cheese and soy sour cream to fluff them up. It worked really well. Then I topped my guests twice baked potatoes with cheese but left mine as it was. It was so tasty! The recipe is at the end of this post.

Twice Baked Potatoes (only dairy is cheese on this one! Go cheese free!)

Then last night, I was at my mothers, and I had rice pasta with her famous home made spaghetti sauce!  What a great gluten free meal…but the sad part… I weighed in today 😦

Yep, you got it. I gained .25lbs this past week. I know that isn’t much, but clearly I need to get a better handle on it. Either that or I can believe that the pasta made me heavy and next week I’ll have lost 2 lbs, one for each of these weeks. I hope there is weight loss next week.  Right now I’m feeling a bit deflated.

Twice Baked Potatoes (Gluten and Dairy free)

Ingredients:
3 baking potatoes (Baked already)
1/2 C Tofutti cream cheese (softened to room temp)
1/2 C Tofutti Sour Cream (at room temp)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil (I used garlic olive oil)
4 chopped green onions
1 tsp Seasoning Salt
1 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
4 slices of cooked bacon chopped
2 C Grated Cheddar Cheese (for guests)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350. Cut baked potatoes in half and scoop out the insides. Add all the following ingredients except the cheese. Mix them well with a mixer or by hand. Do this until the potato is smooth. Once smooth scoop the potato mixture into the potato skins. Then top with cheese for any dairy eaters. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until warmed all the way through, and cheese is melted on any dairy eaters potato.

Let cool and Enjoy!