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Being a girl raised in the south, I have a special place in my heart for fried foods. So, when I heard that the restaraunt close to our hotel had a variety of fried desserts, I had to give them a taste. Now, I know I’ve stressed the fact that I’m trying to watch my weight, and fried food is good only if I want to watch my weight go up…. but I was on a “vacation” of sorts, and diets just do not apply while on vacation… So, I couldn’t resist…. but I did pray that they would be turned to wholesome vegetables and other healthy foods after I ate them… and I’ve never been so sure that God blessed this meal! :)

Say HELLO to fried oreos and fried twinkies! YUMMY!

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Earlier today, my mom asked me if I had any good chicken recipes, and since I was planning on posying this recipe soon, I decided to go ahead and share this recipe. This is an easy chicken dinner that I found on a Good Seasons Italian dressing mix packet a few years ago, but I can’t find it on the packets any more. This is one of my go-to recipes that my husband likes! It’s easy and yummy! Try it and see for yourself!

EASY Parmesan Gatlic Chicken (serves 6-about 175 callories each)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 envelope Good Seasons Italian Dressing & recipe mix
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
3 Boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts, halved

Mix cheese, garlic powder, and Italian dressing mix in bowl. Coat chicken with cheese mixture and place in baking dish. Bake at 400° for 20-25 min. or until cooked through. Serve and enjoy!

As you can see, I served mine with pasta salad and green beans… yummy!

Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

Remember in my HASH post how I said some things were expected, like good food? :-) Well, we had pasta on a weekly basis. One of our favorite forms of pasta was LASAGNA! Don’t tell me you don’t know how to make LASAGNA… nobody does… until now! :-)

LASAGNA

Ingredients:
Lasagna noodles
Pasta sauce (I suggest pre go, but since all I had was DelMonte, I added the Lawry’s season mix) make sure it’s a good sauce since the flavor intensifies.
Shredded cheese
Cottage cheese

1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
2. Spread a thin layer of sauce on bottom of baking dish.
3. Layer noodles, cottage cheese, sauce, and sauce until dish is filled.
4. Top with noodles covered in sauce.
5. Bake in 350° oven for one hour.
6. Let cool for 15 min. Before cutting and serving.


It’s kinda runny when it’s still hot, but firms up as it sets… if you can wait any longer for it… we never can :-)

I love lasagna! Now you can make it for me :-) I served mine with a light Italian salad. I counted calories and it fits in the diet! YAY!

Genesis 19:3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

When I was young, growing up in my parents house, there were several things we knew we could expect: love, discipline, hard work, and delicious meals! But when mom said we were having Roast for dinner, it was a bitter-sweet feeling. Now, for those of you who LOVE Pot Roast, you’d be living the life: it’s the gift that keeps giving, for sure! But to me and my siblings who could take it or leave it, Roast was rather an upset. But don’t be fooled, I said bitter-sweet. We almost dreaded Roast, but we knew what was to come next: Heavenly Hash! That crispy, crunchy, fried goodness that some people call leftovers… All of a sudden we became greatful for the “suffering” we had been through. We just hoped there was enough goodness left for second servings! Here it is…. HASH!!!!!!!

Ingredients:
Leftovers from Roast
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Cube all your Roast leftovers! (I told you to make lots of extras!)
Season with Lawry’s Salt and fry on Med-high heat in Cast Iron Skillet until heated and crispy. :-)  This takes a little bit of oil and quite a bit of patience ( especially when you know how good it will taste when it’s done)… You’ll want to use a metal pancake flipper/spatula to get all the crispy goodness off the bottom. If it’s not crisping, it’s cause you’re being impatient… let it sit a few minutes before flupping it… you want the crunch, trust me! It will look like a bunch of brown in the end, but it’s yummy goodness! Try this one… It’s worth it! :-) 

Tip: Mom made hers with onions added! I recommend this, but my husband doesn’t, so it’s not pictured. Just cut an onion into small wedges and fry with the rest. You’ll love it! :-) 

Genesis 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

When I was young, growing up in my parents house, there were several things we knew we could expect: love, discipline, hard work, and delicious meals! But when mom said we were having Roast for dinner, it was a bitter-sweet feeling. Now, for those of you who LOVE Pot Roast, you’d be living the life: it’s the gift that keeps giving, for sure! But to me and my siblings who could take it or leave it, Roast was rather an upset. But don’t be fooled, I said bitter-sweet. We almost dreaded Roast, but we knew what was to come next: Heavenly Hash! That crispy, crunchy, fried goodness that some people call leftovers… All of a sudden we became greatful for the “suffering” we had been through. We just hoped there was enough goodness left for second servings! Here it is…. HASH!!!!!!!

Ingredients:
Leftovers from Roast
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Cube all your Roast leftovers! (I told you to make lots of extras!)
Season with Lawry’s Salt and fry on Med-high heat in Cast Iron Skillet until heated and crispy. :-) This takes a little bit of oil and quite a bit of patience ( especially when you know how good it will taste when it’s done)… You’ll want to use a metal pancake flipper/spatula to get all the crispy goodness off the bottom. If it’s not crisping, it’s cause you’re being impatient… let it sit a few minutes before flupping it… you want the crunch, trust me! It will look like a bunch of brown in the end, but it’s yummy goodness! Try this one… It’s worth it! :-)

Tip: Mom made hers with onions added! I recommend this, but my husband doesn’t, so it’s not pictured. Just cut an onion into small wedges and fry with the rest. You’ll love it! :-)

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Pot Roast

Ingredients:
Roast (I use whatever’s cheapest) :-)
Potatoes-whole, peeled
Baby carrots
Onion soup mix

Put all ingredients in crock pot. Cover with water. (This can be done the night before and put in the fridge. Just be sure the potatoes are covered in water.) Cook on high about 4 hours or until vegetables are tender and meat cooked through.

This is a great Sunday lunch. Put it on before you leave for church, and lunch will be ready when you get home… be sure to make a lot extra, you’ll want leftovers!

Did I say LEFTOVERS?! That’s almost a “bad word” to my husband’s family… but don’t worry, he loves what I can do with Roast leftovers! Start with Roast sandwiches but make sure you have enough leftovers to make Hash! Don’t worry, I’ll tell you how to make HASH later… the important thing is that this will be a multi-task meal, so make a lot! :-)

If you have any other ideas for roast leftovers, please let me know.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Cheese Quesadillas

Ingredients:
Cheese
Tortillas

I have a quesadilla maker, but before I had a quesadilla maker, I used a plain ol’ frying pan. :-) you can use either.

1. Place one tortilla in bottom of pan/quesadilla maker. (If using a pan, you may wish to spray the outside of tortilla with cooking spray to help it brown.)
2. Cover tortilla with cheese. (Leave about an inch around the edge for cheese to spread.)
3. Cover with one more tortilla.
4. If using quesadilla maker, just close it up and wait til you get the signal it’s done. :-) If using a pan, cook over med-low heat until browned on one side then carefully flip. Cook on other side until golden brown and cheese is melted.

I served mine with chips and salsa. I posted a link to the Chili’s copycat salsa I used.

Deuteronomy 8:9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

Easy French Dips

Ingredients:
Deli rolls
Roast Beef
Au jus mix

1. Prepare Au just mix according to package directions.
2. When Au just mix is prepared, dip Roast Beef in jus and assemble sandwich. Serve with remaining Au jus.

Tip: These sandwiches are also good with sauteed onions and/or with the deli roll toasted with cheese.

Deuteronomy 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.

So, since today is MONDAY (my favorite day-because it’s date day!), I thought it was only appropriate to share a date Chris and I had recently. We had such a great time at this baseball game. I would reccomend for anyone to do this.

On our way to the stadium, we stopped and got some icecream cones. If you’ve never had Thrifty icecream, you should try it. It’s my new all-time favorite! It’s so creamy and delicious! I always get the birthday cake flavor… yummy! :-)

Chris wanted good seats, so we sat in the FIRST row almost directly behind home plate! It was great! And tickets were only $11 apiece! To make it even better, there was a little ledge where I could rest my feet. It was like first class comfort or something!

On the way into the stadium there were some kiosks where you fill out some info to be entered into some drawing of sorts. Yeah, we never win those things either, but we noticed that after you enter, the machine gave you a BOGO ticket! Can you say ‘oh yeah!’ We’ll be coming back real soon! Lol sorry to those who didn’t notice this card pop out. We’ll be enjoying your free ticket since we picked up a few that were left behind. :-)
Near the end of the game, we enjoyed soft pretzel sticks, french fries, and a sprite. My man knows how to make me happy! :-)

At the end of the game, there were FIREWORKS! Oh how fun! They were the best fireworks I’ve seen in quite a while. This was the icing on top of the cake. (Without all the calories).

In short, we had a blast, and we are already looking forward to our next baseball game. :-)

These are the diet Chicken Enchiladas I made the other day. Who said diets can’t be tasty?! :-)

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. Chicken breasts
1 tsp. Cumin
2 tsp. Minced garlic
1 chopped onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced (I left this out)
1 can refried beans ( I posted my recipe earlier)
8 Whole wheat tortillas
1 can enchilada sauce
1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese

1. Boil chicken about 20 minutes or until cooked through.
2. Saute onion, jalapeno, cumin, and garlic for about 3 minutes.
3. Shred chicken (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer for this part).
4. Mix shredded chicken, refried beans, and onion mixture together. (Still using my mixer)
5. Fill tortillas with mixture, place in baking dish, and cover in enchilada sauce and cheese.
6. Bake at 350° F for about 20 min. or until cheese is melted and enchiladad are heated through.

I served mine with chips and fresh tomato salsa/Pico de Gallo. Yummy! (I’ll post my recipe for that later)

Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

1 Kings 17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

I got this meal from the diet plan Chris and I were doing. Who knew something so delicious could be good for you too?!

Ingredients:
Turkey breast tenderloins
Marinade of choice
Uncle Ben’s instant long grain and wild rice
Broccoli

1. In ziploc bag, marinade turkey in your choice of marinade- Overnight is best. :-) ( I cut my Turkey in half hight-wise- like you’d butterfly it. This makes it go further, and I like to stretch my pennies.)
2. Heat medium pan over med-high heat. Bring water to boil for steaming broccoli. (To steam broccoli, I usually put about an inch of water in a Med. sized pot. I put a small collander inside and put the pot lid over it to keep the steam in.)
3. Cut broccoli into bite sized spears, put them in collander over boiling water, and cover. Broccoli is done when it is fork tender. :-)
4. Brown both sides of turkey in preheated pan. ( this takes about a minute or two on each side)
5. When turkey is browned, put it in oven to finish cooking. This only takes about 5-10 minutes if you sliced your turkey in half.
6. While the turkey is in the oven, cook rice according to package directions. Note: it will cook in time only if you have INSTANT rice.
7. When turkey is cooked through, remove from oven and enjoy.