Bean and Corn Salad with Tomato Dressing

In an effort to cook and eat lighter, I'm trying to form some slightly healthier recipes. Amongst these is adopted from something my friend served at a party once, but made a wee bit manlier... Ingredients: 1 (ONE) 12 oz can of Black Beans, drained and cleaned 1 (ONE) 8 oz can of Corn (Unsalted)5 or 6 stalks of green onion Lemon Pepper 2 tablespoons of Lime or Lemon Juice "Real" Bacon Bits for Salad Pumpkin Seeds (Spicy) or Raw Pepitas About 1/4 cup of diced Cucumber 1/8 to 1/4 cup of Catalina…Read more …

Tomato Bean Soup

Salt is not an ingredient in this awesome soup. You'll get plenty of salt from some of the included ingredients... Ingredients: 2 15oz cans of beans (white beans) 2 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes (no salt) 1 15 oz can of Peas or Corn (low/no salt) 1 7 oz can of tomato sauce (no salt) 3/4 to 1 box of elbow macaroni (or whatever small pasta you prefer. Ditalini would work well too.) 16 oz of Chicken or Beef Stock (low/no salt) 12 oz of water 3 tablespoons of Frank's Red Hot…Read more …

Kick Ass Chicken Wings

I had not tried to make chicken wings before, but the Super Bowl inspired me to do so... what resulted was so good, I have craved it ever since. I made it again this evening, and it's still a kick in the pants.... which means I should probably share the recipe. The sauce: Texas Pete's Buffalo Sauce - 1/8 cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce - 1/8 cup A1 Steak Sauce - 3 Tablespoons Tiger Sauce - 2 tablespoons Honey - 3 Tablespoons Poultry Seasoning - 1 Tablespoon Mix all of the above…Read more …

Apple Cranberry Caramel Crunch Pie

This recipe will make 2 whole pies. Your hardware includes: 2 (TWO) ready made pie crusts. 2 LARGE Honeycrisp Apples (or other SWEET red apple) or 3 Medium Red Sweet Apples 2 1/2 cups of Quick Oats (finely chop 2 1/4 cups into Oat Flour. keep 1/4 cup aside.) 2 sticks of butter (not margarine, but an olive oil butter works well. 2 cups of Truvia Baking Blend (a mix of Stevia and Sugar... 75% less calories) ¬†blended with 1 tablespoon of Molasses (imitates brown sugar) 3/4 to 1 cup of fresh Cranberries…Read more …

Brutal Pickles

Instructions for making one jar of Brutal Pickles. Use a wide mouth Ball's Jar, or other pickling jar. Recipe assumes a 16 oz jar. ONE (1) LARGE Fresh Cucumber, sliced into 1/4" slices OR into 4 spears (cut in half, then cut the halves in half.) 4 oz of Pickling or White Vinegar 4 oz of cold water 1 tablespoon of Pickling Salt 1 Tablespoon of Penzey's Pickling Spice 1¬†tablespoon of Frank's Red Hot 1 medium Ghost Chili Pepper, sliced into coins and keep all the seeds. Wear some rubber gloves when doing…Read more …

Geek Lemon Rice Soup with Mushrooms

Ingredients: 4 cups of chicken broth 1/2 lb to 3/4 lb of Diced Chicken Thighs 1/2 tablespoon of Olive Oil 3/4 cup of Minute Rice 3 eggs 1/8 to 1/4 cup of lemon juice (more or less to flavor) 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of black pepper 1/4 Cup of Diced Carrots 1/4 Cup of Diced Celery 5 Medium Button Mushrooms, Quartered and Sliced Use a nice soup pot, place the Olive Oil and Diced Chicken thighs. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink. Add in the Carrots and Celery. Cook…Read more …

Sloppy Joes (Healthy!)

INGREDIENTS: 2 cans of Campbell's Healthy Request Tomato Soup 1 lb of 99% Fat Free Ground Turkey (Jennie's or other) 1 small or 1/2 medium onion, diced 1 medium Green or Red Pepper, diced 1/2 to 3/4 cup of diced mushrooms (button mushroom, stem and all) 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce 1 teaspoon of cumin Black Pepper and salt to taste (careful with the pepper... it can overpower the mixture) DIRECTIONS: In a frying pan, combine the ground turkey and olive oil at medium heat. Add a little…Read more …

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients 1.5 lbs of deboned chicken thighs or 1.5 lbs of CHicken Breast 1 tablespoon of Paprika (smoked or spicy) 1 tablespoon of Chili seasoning 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 (15 to 20 ounce) jar of fresh salsa 1 (4 oz) can of chopped green chiles 1 medium onion, diced 1 (10 oz) bag of Frozen Corn (or 1 can (15 oz) of corn) 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 roasted and peeled jalapeno, finely diced 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes 1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed…Read more …

Spoo’s Beer Cheese Soup

Ingredients 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) 1/2 chopped medium sized onion 1 leek (cleaned, chopped and diced) 1/2 cup chopped carrot 1/2 cup chopped celery 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups chicken broth 1 (12-ounce) beer of choice (Sam Adam's Irish Red or Killian's work very well) 6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, shredded 6 ounces processed Swiss cheese, shredded 6 ounces processed Pepper Jack, shredded 2 cups half-and-half 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 lb of diced Canadian Bacon (lower fat option)…Read more …

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Artichoke

Ingredients: 3/4 lb or so of Pulled Pork (see recipe for Pulled Pork) 1 or 2 Boboli Pizza (I prefer the Whole Wheat crust) about 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce 2 tablespoons of chili powder 1 pickled Artichoke (available in a can or small glass jar) 1/2 medium onion, diced 1/2 Red Pepper (diced) 3 large button mushrooms, sliced thin (optional) sliced Jalepenos 1/2 to 3/4 cup of low fat Mexican shredded cheese Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Put about half the BBQ sauce on the Boboli crust Layer on…Read more …