Low Carb-in’ It Up

If you know me in the slightest, I am a magnet for sickness. Not that I’m always sick, but when I’m sick, I’m reaaaal sick forever. So of course, since colds and the flu and upper respiratory illnesses are going around in my area, I’m basically dying over here. Being sick, I have no energy to work out, nor can my extremely sore throat handle that pressure. While I’m waiting to go to the doctor and, hopefully, have her fix me up, I’ve been looking to incorporate some low-carb meals into my diet.

Here are a few I’ve found in my searching that look delish.

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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Skinny Taste

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Pesto Zucchini Noodles by Perry’s Plate

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Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder by Iowa Girl Eats

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Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese by Skinny Taste

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Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce by Low Carb So Simple

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Cauliflower Pizza by Umami Holiday

Enjoy!

Mango Habanero Grilled Chicken

So, I won’t lie. I’m all about truth-telling, so here we go. As some of you may know, I thoroughly enjoy The Used. I follow their lead singer (and bassist, but I’m really just all about the singer) on Twitter.  Fangirl-ing through his instagram photos, I found one from summer, yeah I went back that far, don’t judge me, where he made Mango Habanero BBQ chicken.

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Looks delish right? Apparently he’s a cooking freak like myself. If you didn’t love him then, you do now. A tattooed rock singer who loves cooking? Yeah.

So I made some of my own Mango Habanero Chicken tonight.

You will need…

1/2 cup sugar
1 mango
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 habanero pepper, finely chopped
A splash of lemon juice (ehh, about 2-3 tablespoons)
A splash of apple juice (“)
1/2 orange’s juice or a tablespoon or two of OJ
Garlic salt to your liking
Chicken
Makes enough marinade for 4-5 tenderloins or 2 breasts.
Try to attempt to cut up the mango. I have no idea the best way to dice those things up. I just end up with a mess.
Throw it in a blender, or if tender enough, mash with a fork.
Toss it in a saucepan with everything but the chicken. After the sugar melts and everything mends together, pour into a bag with chicken and marinate for a couple hours. Note- I marinated ours for about an hour and a half. The outside was amazing, but I didn’t give it enough time to sink into the flesh. So shoot for at least three hours.
Slap on the grill until it’s done. Keep the leftover marinade to brush on while grilling.
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Think about this guy while you do so.
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Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs: AMAZING.

I found this recipe on food.com, and PRAISE MissNezz for making it and putting it out there! This is literally one of the best things I have ever had! TRY IT IMMEDIATELY. Just saying…

Here is her amazing recipe; no need to be changed:

1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
1  can unsweetened pineapple chunks
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon dry mustard (I didn’t use, just because we didnt have any!)
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 large green pepper, 1 inch pieces
12 medium mushrooms (I didnt use tomatoes or mushrooms, cause I’m not a fan, but use to your liking!)
18 cherry tomatoes
Drain the pineapple, pouring the juice into a pan. Heat this along with the soy sauce, oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, mustard, and pepper until the sugar is melted down.
Throw this in a bag with the chicken and refrigerate for an HOUR. It smells so good, you wont want to wait, but it is worth it!
After an hour, throw the chicken, peppers and pineapple on kabobs and grill that shit up!
Save the marinade to brush on everything continually through grilling.
Make it for dinner TONIGHT! 🙂

Lime & Beer Chicken Tacos

Okay, maybe this sounds weird, but it was ammmazing! Trust me.

You will need..

Chicken
Four limes
Chili sauce
A can of beer
Onions
Peppers
Tortillas

In a plastic bag, you want to marinate your chicken and chopped up onions and peppers in:

A can of beer
About four limes worth of lime juice
A bit of chili sauce
Any seasonings you’d like. We used some spicier things like red pepper, chili powder, etc. then salt, garlic, pepper, etc.

Let that sit for however long you can, we let it sit for about 6 hours.

When you’re ready to eat, throw it in a skillet and cook until the chicken is done, obviously, and until most of the liquids are gone.

Throw on a tortilla and enjoy!

Chicken Taco Salad

For Cinco de Mayo (which is pretty much over now) we made some chicken taco sale. Yum! Way to celebrate my people, ha. ha. ha. I’m 1/4 Mexican.
Anyway, my poor jokes aside, you will need…
Chicken
Taco seasoning
Nachos or tacos (baked chips are healthier!)
Lettuce
Cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Onions
Any other toppings

Chop up the chicken into strips or cubes and toss into a skillet.
After about 3/4 done, add the taco seasoning (I found some specific for chicken tacos, yum!)
On a plate, crunch up your nachos or tacos to small pieces.
Add your toppings, along with chicken.
Enjoy!

STL Bread Co Panini

Yum, these are so good. St Louis Bread Co’s Smokehouse Turkey Panini. But not all that good for you.. 😦  So make your own at home, easily!

You will need…

Bread (fancy, or otherwise. We picked up some STL Bread co bread- three cheese)
Turkey, or chicken
Cheddar Cheese

Heat up the meat in a skillet, until warm.
Butter the bread and throw on the skillet.
Put the meat on top with some cheese and flip until bread is toasted.
Enjoy!
BBQ sauce went great with it!

Cream Sauce

The other day I made some chicken, and I thought hmm, a cream sauce on this would be good…. Having no clue how to make one, I threw some stuff together and it actually turned out great!

You will need…

Milk
Butter
Olive oil
Spices
Flour

In a pan, pour about a cup (or however much sauce you’d like to make) into the pan. Throw in about 1/4 cup of flour or until desired thickness.
A small amount of butter will do- a tablespoon or less..
A dash of olive oil.
And spices!

Enjoy!

Quick Quesadillas

You will need…

Cheddar cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Garlic
Red pepper
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White breast chicken (optional)

Place one tortilla in a skillet and turn heat on medium,

Add desired amount of cheese mixture and chicken. (canned chicken works just as well!)

Sprinkle with spices.

Add another tortilla to the top of the mixture.

After about 3 minutes, attempt to flip without everything falling out!

Flip occasionally until golden brown.

Enjoy with sour cream, sriracha, or salsa!

Starbucks and Salsa!

Weekend is finally here!  Woo!

That means baking and foods, hopefully, haha.

I got an iced caramel macchiato this morning from Starbucks (I had an old gift card; that stuff is expensive!), and it was so good. So of course, I Googled recipes to make one myself that won’t cost me like FIVE DOLLARS. I found this recipe! Yum! Not only does the author, everydayisgourmet, offer the recipe, but she always tell you quick ways to brew up this delicious drink if you are in a hurry! Awesome:) Can’t wait to try it out.

Today on this rainy day, Alex and I are going to whip up some Salsa to go with out Fajitas, so look for that recipe tonight!

One more thing to share, I went to Jason’s Deli yesterday after Alex begged me to. I’m not really a sandwich person, I don’t know why. So we went and to my surprise, it was so yummy! I got the Ranchero Wrap which is a spicy chicken wrap. It came with chips and salsa. It was really really good, haha. Normally I don’t end up reordering the item I got on first visit, but this would be an exception! Yum! Alex got a Big Papa (?). Not sure what all was on it. It was more Italian with some marinara sauce and white cheese.

Anyway, I would recommend this place. They have a large menu, a salad bar, and…drumroll…an ice cream machine! What more could you want?

That’s all for now!

Enjoy!