Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

October 31, 2015 at 9:14 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Geeks and Geeklets

Lately on my FB account I’ve been finding these awesome quick recipes for slow cooker meals. Working all the time and barely being home, I’m finding that the slow cooker (crock pot) is the way to go some days.

The original recipe is here on their page Tasty Facebook

You’ll need:

  • Peppers (I used 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 orange and half a green)
  • Onion (I used one large onion)
  • 2 lbs of Chicken
  • 2 TBSP Taco / Fajita seasoning
  • 4 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • Lime juice (I used 1 lemon too)
  • 1 can diced Tomatoes
  • Package of fajita wraps

slow cooker


  1. Layer 1/2 of the peppers on the bottom of the slow cooker, then 1/2 of the onion.
  2. Layer chicken on top of the peppers and onions
  3. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. Flip and sprinkle other side of chicken with taco seasoning.
  4. Add chopped garlic and lime/ lemon juice
  5. Pour diced tomatoes…

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Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Loaded Potato Casserole and Sliced Carrots

October 31, 2015 at 4:47 PM | Posted in Idahoan Potato Products, Pilgrim's Chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Loaded Potato Casserole and Sliced Carrots


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Started off with a Breakfast of 1 toasted slice of Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Bread, topped with an Egg Beater’s Scrambled Egg Whites, and 2 Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links. Also my morning cup of Bigelow decaf Green Tea. So after that did some laundry for Mom. Then outside to clean up a lot of leaves. Everything done for the day and hit the easy chair with remote in hand for some College Football. For dinner tonight its Baked Chicken Breast Strips w/ Loaded Potato Casserole and Sliced Carrots.


I wanted something easy to prepare for dinner tonight, easy but still delicious! Nothing easier and more delicious Pilgrim Chicken Stripsthan Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips, it’s always a great go to when you want that easy to prepare meal! It’s the best Frozen Chicken that I’ve found by far. Very easy to prepare; Preheat oven to 350° F. Arrange frozen chicken breast strips in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, to an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast fritter. And Chicken is served! As I said it’s some of the best frozen Chicken you can find! Excellent seasoned breading and very meaty, and easy to prepare. Served it with a side of JB’s Fat Boy Sticky Stuff BBQ Sauce.



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For one side dish I prepared a box of Idahoan Loaded Potato Homestyle Casserole. I love all the Idahoan Potato Products. A very quick and easy way to prepare some delicious piping hot Potato Dishes. I also heated up a can of Del Monte Sliced Carrots. Had a bottle of Peach Diet Snapple to drink. For dessert later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.



Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips

Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips evoke memories of growing up in a sleepy southern town. The crickets chirping, the moss hanging from the trees, the air humid and everything moving slow in the heat. And your grandmother’s delicious home cooking brought the entire family around the table on the weekends.

Our Southern Style Breast Strips feature a juicy piece of chicken with a breading just right to deliver that southern flair. Our special blend of spices and seasonings with the whole muscle goodness of white breast meat will please kids and old-timers alike.

Ideal as:Pilgrim’s Southern Style Breast Strips
* Appetizers
* Snacks
* Lunch or Dinner Entrées
* Crowd Pleasers

Cooking Instructions:
Oven: Preheat oven to 350° F. Arrange frozen chicken breast fritters in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until no pink remains or an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast fritter.

Fryer: Heat oil to 350° F. Fry frozen chicken breast fritters for 6 minutes or an internal temperature of 165° F as measured by use of a food thermometer placed in the thickest part of the chicken breast fritter.

Due to variations in equipment, heating times and/or temperature may require adjustment. DO NOT MICROWAVE.

Nutritional Guide
Serving Size: 4 oz. (112g)
Calories per Serving: 190

Servings per Container: About 8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Cholesterol 40 mg 13 %
Sodium 940 mg 39 %
Total Carbs 17 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 17 g





Idahoan Loaded Baked Homestyle Casserole

There’s no better way to start a savory Loaded Baked® homestyle casserole than with world-famous Idaho® potatoes, which is why you’ll taste only 100% grown-in-Idaho potatoes in this rich, cheesy, bacony side. For family meals or for special occasions, this cheesy, delicious dish is sure to please.

Oven DirectionsIdahoan loaded_baked_casserole

Best for Golden Browning

1 – PREHEAT oven to 450°F. COMBINE potatoes and sauce mix in 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
2 – STIR in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter with whisk.
3 – BAKE uncovered for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
4 – Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes before serving.
BAKING NOTES: To prepare 2 casseroles at once, double all ingredients, increase baking dish size accordingly, and bake about 30 min. To bake potatoes and roast meat at the same time, bake at 375°F for about 45 min; 350°F for about 50 min; or 325°F for about 60 min.

Stove Top Directions

1 – HEAT potatoes and sauce mix, 1 1/2 cups hot water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter to boil in 2-quart saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully to avoid boil over.
2 – REDUCE HEAT, then COVER and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and sauce reaches desired consistency (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
3 – Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving Unprepared Prepared
Calories 100 150
Calories from fat 10 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g* 2% 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 0% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 2%
Sodium 640mg 27% 30%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7% 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4% 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g

Happy Halloween Everyone!

October 31, 2015 at 3:40 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Happy Halloween: How a hot scary chili a day may keep the ghastly doctor away

October 31, 2015 at 6:09 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Serena Glow - health, vitality and food

I like the burn. A little bit of sweat sometimes let’s me know I’m alive, that I’m brave. Somehow, I find it enjoyable.

So you can imagine my delight when I saw this:

So apparently chilis are also healthy.

Would you try eating hotter foods just for the health benefit? Do you like eating hot fiery foods or are you more of the comfortable mild type?

Either way, if you do decide to add more chili into your diet, don’t go overboard. Try to avoid a fiery emergency:


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Saturday’s Chili – Turkey Chili with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

October 31, 2015 at 5:38 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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This week’s Saturday’s Chili is Turkey Chili with Fire Roasted Tomatoes. It’s off the Jennie -O website. It uses JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey along with the fire roasted tomatoes, beans, and spices. You can find this recipe along with a great selection of healthy and delicious recipes on the Jennie – O site.



Turkey Chili with Fire Roasted TomatoesTurkey Chili with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

1 (20-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 (32-ounce) package chicken stock, reserve ¼ cup
2 (14.5-ounce) cans cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed, divided
2 (15-ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
¼ cup wine
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 – Cook ground turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Add onion, bell pepper, chilies, garlic, chili powder, cumin and cinnamon; stir. Turn heat to high and continue to cook 5 minutes or until veggies begin to caramelize.

2 – Add chicken stock, one can of beans, tomatoes and wine. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium. Cover to simmer. In food processor (or blender) add one can beans, Cheddar cheese and reserved ¼ cup chicken stock. Process mixture until smooth. Add pureed bean mixture to stock pot and stir to incorporate. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes to thicken.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.


Nutritional InformationJennie O Make the Switch
Calories 470 Fat 20g
Protein 33g Cholesterol 85mg
Carbohydrates 35g Sodium 760mg
Fiber 11g Saturated Fat 4g
Sugars 7g

Diabetic Brownies and Bars

October 31, 2015 at 5:37 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Even with Diabetes you still get a sweet tooth from time to time. Here to help you with that are Diabetic Brownies & Bars from the Diabetic Living Online website. Check their site out for a great selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes.


Diabetic Brownies & Bars
With some dessert recipes packing outrageous calories and carbs per serving, a satisfying treat might seem impossible to enjoy. Not so! Get ready to indulge your sweet tooth with the best of our brownies and bars that are lower in calories and carbs, easy to make, and so good to eat, you’ll never know you’re enjoying a diabetic recipe.



Strawberry Fudge BrowniesDiabetic living logo

Studded with strawberries and drizzled with white chocolate, these start-with-a-mix brownies are rich and tasty, and they are easy to make! Plus, each one has just 165 calories…..

Caramel-Cashew Blondies

Indulge in the buttery goodness of blonde brownies for only 26 grams of carb per serving. We topped the bars with cashews, chocolate, and caramel…..

Brownie-Raspberry Tart

This homemade brownie tart makes a fun and clever dessert pizza. Spread our creamy three-ingredient “sauce” onto the chewy brownie “crust,” and adorn with almonds and raspberries…..



* Click the link below to get all the Diabetic Brownies & Bars

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 31, 2015 at 5:37 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When using Tomatoes…


If your tomatoes seem overly acidic, you can add a sprinkle of sugar and salt, both of which will bring out the flavor.

October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day!

October 31, 2015 at 5:35 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Source: October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day!

Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans

October 30, 2015 at 4:57 PM | Posted in fish, greenbeans, Simply Potatoes | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans


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Another chilly morning, 41 degrees. Cloudy and in the 50’s for the day. Still a cool breeze blowing so I couldn’t get the cart out. So stayed in and got some odd and ends jobs done around the house. Also did some updating on the computer. For dinner tonight I prepared a Cajun Rainbow Trout w/ Hash Browns and Green Beans.





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While at Meijer yesterday I noticed they had some beautiful Rainbow Trout Fillets, just couldn’t pass it up! I had prepared Cajun Trout one other time and it was delicious, so why not again tonight! To prepare it all I’ll need is; 1 Rainbow Trout Fillet, 1 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 Teaspoon Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning, and 1 Teaspoon chopped Parsley Flakes. To prepare it I preheated the broiler. Patted the fillets dry and lightly brush both sides with oil. Sprinkled both sides evenly with Cajun seasoning. Placed skin side down on broiler rack and broil 4-6 inches from heat for 4-5 minutes or until the Trout flakes easily when I tested it with a fork. You can add a Lemon Wedge with it if you like. Excellent recipe, you have the fresh taste of the Trout along with all the flavor from the Cajun Seasoning! An easy made Keeper Recipe.



Simply Potatoes Hash Browns

Simply Potatoes Hash Browns

Then for one side I prepared some Simply Potatoes Hash Browns. Fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and seasoned them with Sea Salt, Ground Pepper, and Parsley. I love Hash Browns, they make the perfect side for any Fish Dish. I also heated up a small can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt.






Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash BrownsSimply Pot

Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns fry up perfectly to a crisp, golden brown because they’re made from quality potatoes. They’re always fresh, never frozen so you’ll never have to worry about freezer burn. Fresh, delicious potatoes mean you never have to sacrifice great homemade taste.

Potatoes, Dextrose, Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate (Added to Maintain Color), Potassium Sorbate And Sodium Bisulfite (Added to Maintain Freshness).

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 78 G
Servings Per Container 7
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70
Calories From Fat 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0 G 0
Saturated Fat 0 G 0
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 0 Mg 0
Sodium 55 Mg 2
Total Carboydrate 16 G 5
Dietary Fiber <2 G 8
Sugars 0 G
Protein 1 G

Green Tea: The New Coffee

October 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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For all you Green Tea lovers out there, I’m passing along an article I came across on-line, on my favorite healthy drink Green Tea. The link to the full article is at the bottom of the post.



Green Tea: The New Coffee

On most long, busy workdays, caffeine may be your savior. Most employees cannot make it through a morning without it, usually consuming one or more large cups of steaming coffee. There are many ways to get a caffeine fix throughout the day – coffee, soda beverages, tea or even chocolate.

However, too much caffeine can create adverse effects, including insomnia, nervousness, stomach upset, irritability, increased heart rate and ultimately, caffeine dependence. A surplus of coffee may get you through the day, but it may not be beneficial for your long-term health. Green tea is an excellent substitute with similar energizing effects and far more health benefits……



Read the full article by clicking the link below.

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