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Easy Turkey Snack Wrap

This wrap is perfect for a quick lunch or snack. It’s low calorie but so delicious, I love how satisfying it is. Just take all of your favorite FLAVORS and wrap it up! Go on, sing a little song, I bet you didn’t know you were such a good wrapper, did you. šŸ˜‰

1 Medium Whole Wheat Tortilla

3 – 4 Slices Low Sodium Deli Turkey

3 Lettuce Leaves

1 Chopped Tomato

Sauce

1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt

1 tsp Sriracha or Hot Sauce

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1/2 Lime (Juices)

Take the tortilla and spread on the sauce. I love this sauce on everything, and it’s much healthier than mayo. Next lay out the lettuce leaves on top of the sauce. Chop the tomato into a small dice and sprinkle on the wrap. Finally top with the turkey slices, add a little more sauce if you’d like. Wrap it up just like a burrito.Ā Place the wrap in the fridge for 20-40 minutes. Once its ready, slice in half and enjoy.

So easy and so healthy, now that’s a wrap! šŸ™‚

Happy Flavoring!

Roasted Cauliflower

This a perfect side to add to any dinner. If you think you don’t like cauliflower, you need to try this recipe. It’s so delicious, it will change your mind. My husband thought I was crazy when I told him how good it was, and now he actually requests it. (He should know by now that I’m always right šŸ˜‰ ). This is one of those recipes that I was very surprised by, and made my own twist to.

1 Head of Cauliflower

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Onion Powder

1/2 Tbs Smoked Paprika

1/4 Tbs Salt

1/4 Tbs Pepper

1 Tbs Canola Oil (or Olive Oil)

Preheat oven to 425Ā°. Cut off the Ā green leaves and middle stalk from the bottom of the cauliflower and discard. Cut into medium size pieces and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, and season both sides (sprinkle with all that lovin’). Cook for 20 minutes, flip halfway through.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. I’m telling you, you’ll be surprised (I never knew I would be convincing someone to try cauliflower…so crazy but so good)! Now eat your veggies and enjoy (what a crazy concept)!

Happy Flavoring!

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

My husband goes crazy for Mexican food, so I made one of his favorites for dinner last night…chipotle chicken enchiladas. They are so cheesy (just like my hubby, maybe that’s why he likes them so much…just kidding sweety!) I’m surprised he hasn’t shown up to the dinner table wearing a sombrero (I’m totally not kidding he really would) that’s what I love about him. This one is for you hubby!

3-4 Chicken Breasts (shredded)

8 Corn Tortillas

1 Can of Enchilada Sauce

1 Tbs Chipotle in Adobe

4-5 Slices of Pickled JalapeƱos

1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

2 Green Onions

2 Tbs Onion Powder

2 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Chili Powder

1/2 Tbs Cayenne Pepper

1 Tbs Salt

1 Tbs Pepper

Preheat the oven to 375. Season the chicken and bake on a foil lined baking sheet for about 10 minutes on each side. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165Ā° (I love using my trustee digital thermometer, it never lets me down…just like my hubby).Ā Shred the chicken and transfer to a large bowl. IĀ like to shred the chicken ahead of time for recipes like this one, and store in the freezer until you are ready to use it. If you want you can substitute a shredded store bought rotisserie chicken also (talk about a time saver)!

Next, mix in 3/4 of the enchilada sauce and the cheese (save some to sprinkle on top later…yeah baby). Add a tablespoon of chipotle in adobe to the mixture. Here is where you can adjust the heat level to your liking, we like it spicy (so extra heat for my hubby and his spicy wife…muy caliente! šŸ˜‰ ). Chop the green onions and jalapeƱos, add to the bowl and stir until well mixed. (It already smells so good, I usually give my husband a taste at this point, a little sneak peek).

Pour 1-2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish and spread around. Take the filling and roll into the corn tortillas. Place into the prepared casserole dish seam side down. Once they are all rolled up, top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. As soon as it comes out of the oven, pour the remaining enchilada source over the top. (If you do this before you bake them in the oven, it will absorb into the tortillas…trust me, not a pretty outcome).

Let cool, top with the remaining green onions and it’s ready to serve. Now throw on that sombrero hubby, it’s fiesta time my love! šŸ™‚

Happy Flavoring!

Homestyle Chili

Are you ready for a hot bowl of chili? How about a healthy bowl of chili (ah ha, I knew that would get your attention)! This chili is healthier since it is made with lean meat. But don’t think for a second that it won’t be full of FLAVOR!

1 Pound of 96% Lean Ground Meat

1 28 Oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Cup of Low Sodium Chicken Stock

1 Can of Black Beans

1 Can of Pinto Beans

1 Medium Onion

5 Slices of Pickled JalapeƱos (or more if you like it spicy)

5 Tbs Chili Powder

3 Tbs of Onion Powder

3 Tbs of Garlic Powder

1 Tbs of Cayenne Pepper

3 Tbs of Smoked Paprika

1 Tbs Salt

1 Tbs Pepper

Brown the meat in a hot dutch oven or large pot over high heat. Season with half of the seasoning.Ā Once the meat is browned reduce the heat down to medium. Add the crushed tomatoes and the chicken stock. Drain and rinse the beans and add to the pot.

Dice the onions and jalapeƱos and add to the mixture. I like to add some of the jalapeƱo juice too (no need to waste any of that FLAVOR). Mix in the rest of the seasoning. (It’s okay toĀ take a minute to step back and pat yourself on the back for creating such an easy and beautiful creation…I do it all the time).

Let it cook uncovered on a low simmer for 30 minutes. Ā Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings. This chili would also be perfect poured over nachos. Yum!

**Tip – If you are pressed for time, try browning the onions first, then add the meat. Once browned add the rest of the ingredients and heat over medium heat and serve as soon as it is hot (about 5-10 minutes).

Happy Flavoring!

Suzie’s Stew

It’s stew time!! Don’t you just love those one pot meals that you let cook all day. It smells so good and let’s you know what’s coming for dinner. I love the way it makes my whole house smell (it’s like a stew air freshener….hey, I’d buy it).

2-3 Pounds Beef Round or Chuck

5 Red Potatoes

1 Large Onion

1 Ā Pound of Baby Carrots

2 Cups of Red Wine

2 Cups of Low Sodium Beef Stock (or chicken stock)

Water (to fill the rest of the pot)

2 Tbs of Canola Oil

2 Tbs of Smoked Paprika

2 Tbs of Onion Powder

2 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Italian Seasoning

1 Tbs Cayenne (optional)

1 Tbs Salt

1 Tbs Pepper

This is a perfect meal to make in a dutch oven or crockpot and it feeds a crowd (or just me and my hubby…can you say leftovers…yay!) This stew also reheats so easily the next day, and lasts for a few days in the fridge.

First chop all of the veggies into large pieces and put aside. Next chop the meat into medium size cubes. You need a strong arm for this (it’s how I get my arm exercises for the day), you can ask your butcher to do this for you if you would like. Then season the meat liberally on both sides (Make It Rain!…don’t be skimpy)!

Drizzle canola oil into the pot and heat up to high. Toss the meat into the pot for just a few minutes to get the outside nice and brown. I usually brown them in two separate batches. Take the meat out of the pot and add in the veggies. Brown them also for a few minutes. Then add in the wine (some in the pot and some in my mouth…yes please!) Here is where you can scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to release all of those bits of FLAVOR. Return the meat back to the pot. Let it go for a few minutes then add in the stock. Fill the rest with water till it reaches the top of the mixture. Once it comes to a boil lower the heat to low and let simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Take a peak here and there to see if you need to add a little more water.

Now it’s time to just sit back and enjoy that delicious aroma (my favorite part). Once it’s ready, serve in a bowl with some crackers. It goes great with a glass of wine (also my favorite part šŸ˜‰ ).

Happy Flavoring!

Chicken and Veggie Spaghetti

This recipe is so easy and full of FLAVOR! It’s Ā perfect for using up all of your leftover veggies at the end of the week.

2 Servings of 100% Whole Wheat Spaghetti

1 Chicken Breast (chopped)

1 ZucchiniĀ (chopped)

1/2 Green Bell Pepper (sliced into strips)

1 Cup of Tomato Sauce

1 Tbs Canola Oil

1 Tbs Salt

1 Tbs Pepper

1 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Onion Powder

1/2 Tbs Italian Seasoning

1/2 Tbs Cayenne Pepper

Preheat the oven to 425Ā°. SeasonĀ the chicken on both sides with half of the seasoning. Adjust the FLAVORS of the seasoning according to preference. Place on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 20 minutes, flip halfway through.Ā (I usually cook a few chicken breasts to save in the freezer for later in the week, it’s a huge timesaver…shh, don’t tell anyone, it’ll be our little secret šŸ˜‰ ). Insert a digital thermometer to see if the chicken is done, it should read 165Ā°.

In the meantime, boil your pasta according to the box instructions. Chop all of your veggies and toss in a skillet with the other half of the seasoning and the canola oil. (This is the best part, you can use whatever veggies you have on hand…see, Suzie’s here for you to make it easy šŸ˜‰ ). Turn the heat up high to brown them slightly, then finish cooking on medium low heat until they are cooked through. See that brown coloring…that is where the FLAVOR is…mmmm!

Add the tomato sauce to the veggies. Cube your finished chicken into bite size pieces and toss in with the veggie mixture. Give it a stir, then serve on a bed of cooked pasta. How easy was that?! (Just don’t tell my husband). Dinner is served!

Happy Flavoring!

Easy Tomato Sauce

This recipe is so simple and is so much healthier than store bought tomato or marinara sauce. It has way less sodium and no added sugar. Trust me, it makes a difference when you control the ingredients, and the FLAVORS!

1 28 Oz. Can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Cup of Water

1 Medium Onion (diced)

2 Cloves of Garlic

1/4 Cup of Fresh Basil (rough chopped)

1/4 TbsĀ of Salt

1/2 TbsĀ of Italian Seasoning

1 TbsĀ of Olive Oil (or canola oil)

Warm up the oil in a pot or dutch oven over medium heat (I use my beloved dutch oven which I use all the time, it’s my new best friend…weird I know). Ā Then chop the onion and add to your pot. Cook for about 5 minutes. In the meantime you can sing that song in that commercial that you just can’t get out of your head ;). Once the onion is translucent, chop and add the garlic to the pot. If you have trouble cutting the sticky garlic use a hand grater (microplane)Ā to grate the garlic right into the pot. It only needs a minute for the garlic to cook, once you start to smell it (oh do I love that smell) it’s done!

Pour in the crushed tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Start to add in the spices. Tear the basil into small pieces and add into the mixture. Once it starts boiling put on the lid and reduce the heat down to low. Let it cook for 30 minutes, then let cool slightly and it’s ready to use. I like to make double batches and store itĀ in mason jars in the fridge to grab whenever you want. It’s great for a fast pizza or pasta dish, or even drizzled over a English muffin or veggies. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Flavoring!

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Black Bean Dip

Remember guys, it’s all about the FLAVOR. The spices are key, which will enhance the taste of each ingredient. This is definitely a go to dip for me, so simple and so delicious!

1/2 Cup of Salsa

1/2 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella (optional)

1 Small Onion (diced)

4-8 slices of Pickled JalapeƱos

1 Tbs. Cumin

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)

1/2 Tbs. Salt

1/2 Tbs. Pepper

Preheat the oven to 375. Pour one of the cans of beans into a pot (beans and liquid). Use a potato masher to mash the beans. Drain and rinse the 2nd can and add to the pot. Chop onion and jalapeƱos and add to mixture. You can adjust the heat level with how much jalapeƱos you add, IĀ use a lot because Suzie likes it spicy! Add salsa and spices and stir over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.

Transfer to casserole dish and sprinkle the top with cheese. (Look how pretty, nice snow covered beans….oh this dip would be perfect on a snowy day….ok sorry my mind got away from me, I’m back). Of courseĀ if you are vegan, you can totally leave this step out. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Let cool and serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or your favorite crackers. Yummy!

Happy Flavoring!