Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Recipe No. 2 - Three Cheese Chicken

This is another Weightwatchers recipe, and it is delicious. A little time consuming, so it went against my easy prep recipes only, but well worth. I wish I had taken some pictures, but unfortunately did not (I guess a rookie mistake).

Three-Cheese Chicken
- Two cans of Fat Free Cream of Mushroom (or you can do cream of chicken)
- 1 pound of Chicken (cooked and cubed)
- 2 cups of cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup of Reduced Fat Parmesan cheese

- One tub of Fat Free Cottage Cheese
- Lasagna noodles
- 2 Tablespoons of Basil

- One Onion (chopped)
- two cans (12 oz) of mushrooms

1. In saucepan combine: 2 cans of soup, onion, chicken, cooked mushrooms, basil, and cottage cheese and cook.
2. cook the noodles (will need about six total)
3. spray and line the bottom of casserole dish with noodles
4. put a layer of the saucepan mixture (1/2 the mixture) over the noodles and then put anothe layer of noodles.
5. add most of your parmesan cheese and chedder cheese into saucepan mixture
6. pour remainder over noodles.
7. bake for 45 minutes at 375 covered. uncover when almost done and put remainder of parm and cheese on top and cook uncovered.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Newlywed sites

I am thrilled that several of the former brides are continuing to blog!

With This Nest
That Wife

And oh yes, two of my favorite gals - Ami and Rebekah - have started a new blog about...well everything!

I am sure there are others - but I am little behind on my google reader...like 878 posts behind..

The Beginner Cook

I look back and realize that as a child I was very lucky. Very lucky that my mother was always willing to cook and clean for us (and never really heard her complain)...all of this while she also had a full-time job. Seriously?

Times have changed a bit and especially in my household. Yes, there is still newlywed bliss, but I also just don't believe that it should be only my job to cook and clean. Not when I am sitting in nice rush hour traffic for five days a week. I at least have a husband who is willing to go 50-50 on household cleaning duties. We actually talked about this early on - I hate washing dishes, so he does the dishes. He hates doing laundry, so I do the laundry. All of this works, except for the cooking. In my single days, I kept it pretty simple, because I was only eating for myself. When I registered, my friends giggled at the thought of buying me a blender (until I explained the need for magaritas) or a mixer (well, this one was more for looks - the red Kitchenaid mixer). However, over the last year, I have become more and more of a fan of cooking. I love trying out new recipes - but they have to be easy...like beginner easy.

So hopefully, I will post a couple recipes here a week and tell you how they went. Please keep in mind - the majority of them are Weight Watchers or low fat. And please, feel free to pass along any of your recipes as well!

First up - Again beginner here and the key here is that it is quick.

Mexican Chicken
1 pkg Taco seasoning (Taco Bell is best)
4 (4 oz) chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup non-fat sour cream

Put chicken & taco seasoning in plastic bag; shake and coat well. Place in sprayed (nonstick cooking spray) casserole dish. Bake 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Top with salsa about 5 minutes before done, then top with sour cream.

This is a weightwatchers recipe - so it is four points for one chicken breast.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Shh...Impulse Buy

Despite telling my husband that we need to cut back spending, I could not help myself and bought this necklace off Etsy today. Seriously - It was calling out to me. I love the designer's style and I love that she has her own blog.