Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

 

Ok, we’ve all seen this recipe floating around.  I’ve personally seen it so many different places, I can’t give proper credit to the original.  For that, I apologize.  As for you, dear readers, I decided to try it out!  I made up my spice mixture, and the results were DELICIOUS!!!! I couldn’t wait to share it with y’all!  Try it, you’ll love it.  Skinny, delicious, and easy clean-up!  The perfect recipe for a Weeknight supper!  These are the ingredients I had onhand, so this is what I used!  Feel free to add or omit as needed! For example, if you don’t like mushrooms or tomatoes…leave them out! Only like red bell peppers and not green….no problem, double up on the red or add an orange or yellow.  The recipe is basic and pretty much foolproof.  Make it like you like it!!!

Gather Your Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients

Slice Ingredients

Add Sliced Ingredients into Greased Dish

 

Coat with Spice Mixture

Coat with Spice Mixture & Oil.  Mix to Combine.

 

Bake in Oven

Bake in Oven…it smells YUMMY!!!

 

It's Taco Time!!! Top with fresh Cilantro and a squeeze of fresh Lime!

It’s Taco Time!!! Top with fresh Cilantro and a squeeze of fresh Lime!

Skinny Baked Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Organic boneless, skinless Chicken (Breasts or Strips), cut into strips
  • 2 T Organic Grapeseed Oil (or light Oil)
  • 1 Organic Red Bell Pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 Organic Green Bell Pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 Organic Red Onion, cut into half moons
  • 1 Organic Yellow or White Onion, cut into half moons
  • 1 Package Organic Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, whole
  • 3-5 Cloves Organic Garlic, chopped

Seasonings:

  • 2 T Organic Chili Powder
  • 1 T Ancho Chile Powder
  • 1 T (Roasted) Ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Organic Oregano
  • 1 tsp Organic Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Organic Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Organic Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Organic (Smoked) Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Organic Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Garnish:

  • Tortillas of Choice (La Tortilla Factory)
  • Organic Greek Yogurt or Light Sour Cream
  • Organic Cilantro
  • 1 Organic Lime
  • Organic Lime Wedges

*Preheat Oven 400.  Combine all Seasonings into small bowl and mix to combine.  Lightly grease a 9 x 13 Baking Dish.  Add all Ingredients to the dish.  Sprinkle Seasoning over Chicken and Veggies.  Drizzle Oil.  Mix with your hands to combine and evenly distribute the Seasoning.  Bake 30-45 minutes, stirring once.  Enjoy!

 

TIPS:

* Pop chicken in the freezer for 15 mins before slicing.

* Like it spicy?  Substitute Poblano Peppers or add in a few Jalapeños.

* Have some Leftover?  Make a Fajita Taco Salad or a Fajita Wrap, or add some chicken broth and have a nice Soup the next day for lunch or dinner!!!

 

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Baked Spaghetti

CopyCat K&W Baked Spaghetti

CopyCat K&W Baked Spaghetti

CopyCat K&W Baked Spaghetti

What’s better on a cold, winter day than Spaghetti????  BAKED SPAGHETTI!!!  I have tried to recreate one of my favorite comfort foods from K&W.  It’s a restaurant I used to go to in Roanoke, VA that is like a cafeteria.  Since I have recently relocated to Charlotte, NC, I have been missing a lot of foods and have been attempting to recreate them at home.  This is a super easy and simply spaghetti….and I think really close (if not better) than the K&W version!  If you’re familiar with K&W, give it a try and see what you think!  This spaghetti always had a unique flavor, almost a slight BBQ taste to it.  Little did I know, it was WAY easier to make than my normal spaghetti recipe!  There’s nothing quite like a heaping plateful of warm spaghetti on a cold winter night!  Keep it Cozy!

Baked Spaghetti

Oh My Stars!

CopyCat K&W Baked Spaghetti

  • 8 oz. Spaghetti Noodles, cooked al dente
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Mustard
  • 2 TBS Parsley
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/4 Cups Ketchup
  • 1 heaping TBS Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 1 Cup Beef Stock
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

*Cook Spaghetti until AL DENTE; drain and set aside.

*Brown Beef and Onions in large skillet. Add Garlic and sauté until fragrant, 2 mins.  Drain.  Add Chili Powder, Ground Mustard, Parsley, Salt, Pepper, ACV, Worcestershire, Ketchup, Mustard, and 1/2 cup Cheddar.  Simmer 5 mins.  Add Beef Stock and Cooked Spaghetti Noodles.  Toss to combine.

*Spoon into baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray.  Top with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar and Mozzarella.

*Bake 350.  25 mins or until cheese starts to brown.  (or cover and refrigerate until ready to bake!)

Brown & Bubbly

Brown & Bubbly

Dish full of LOVE!

Dish full of LOVE!

Ooey, Gooey, Cheesy Comfort Food

Ooey, Gooey, Cheesy Comfort Food

TIP: Divide into 2 portions and freeze some for later!

TIP: Divide into 2 portions and freeze some for later!

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Presto Chango Tips:

Use Whole Wheat or Rice or Gluten Free Pasta

Lighten it up with Turkey, Chicken or Soy Crumbles

Switch out the Stock and use Chicken or Veggie

*and, as always, try to use Organic, Local, Non-GMO ingredients whenever possible!

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Drunken Punkin’ Chili

Drunken Punkin’ Chili

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Guilt-Free Chili!  Super Healthy except for the Beer!

Guilt-Free Chili! Super Healthy except for the Beer!

It’s Fall Y’all!   Happy October 1st.  I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for all things pumpkin.  Super healthy and super versatile, it’s simple to take from sweet to savory.  Oh the Joys of Pumpkins.  Nothing says Happy Fall better than a house full of pumpkins.  From Food to Decor, Pumpkins are Perfect!  You can even imbibe in a delicious Pumpkin Beer.  Hence, the name for my chili: Drunken Punkin’ Chili.  Now, Let’s get this party started!!!

Gather Your Organic, Local or HomeGrown Ingredients

Gather Your Ingredients and get to Choppin’

And, as always, try and use Fresh Organic, Local or Homegrown Ingredients as much as possible.  Mine is Organic Drunken Punkin’ Chili (all except for the Beer).

Chopped:

Chopped: Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Carrots, Red Onion, Yellow Onion

In a LARGE SOUP POT Heat 2 T EVOO.  Add 1lb. of Ground Pork seasoned with Salt & Pepper (or your meat of choice. You can substitute Chicken, Turkey, Beef, or omit the meat altogether to make Vegetarian Drunken Punkin’ Chili).  After Meat is Nice and Brown, Add in Chopped Veggies.

Yes, this is a LOT of Veggies!!!!

Yes, this is a LOT of Veggies!!!!

Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper. Simmer on Med-High about 5 – 8 mins until Veggies start to turn translucent.  Meanwhile…

Slice Your Shrooms

Slice Your Shrooms

When Veggies are softened, Add Mushrooms to the Pot.

Simmer Shrooms until Softened

Simmer Shrooms until Softened.  DO NOT SALT!

Next, Add Garlic and Spices

Garlic and Spice Goodness

Garlic and Spice Goodness

Simmer the Garlic and Spices for about 5 mins.  Your house should start smelling heavenly right about now…

Add Fresh Tomatoes

Add Fresh Tomatoes, Seasoned with Salt and Pepper

Simmer until Tomatoes start to BURST.

Pumpkin Beer

Pumpkin Beer

Add 1 Bottle Pumpkin Ale and bring to a Boil.

Tomato Paste + Pumpkin

Tomato Paste + Pumpkin

Add 2 T Tomato Paste and 1 can Pumpkin.  Reserve about 2 T of the Pumpkin and set aside.

Should look something like this....

Should look something like this….

Add Cans of Beans and Simmer.

Handful of Fresh Greens

Handful of Fresh Greens

About 5 mins before serving, toss in a handful of sliced Tatsoi.

Drunken Punkin' Chili....DONE!

Drunken Punkin’ Chili….DONE!

Garnish with Scented Sour Cream, Parsley & Oregano

Garnish with Scented Sour Cream, Parsley & Oregano

Drunken Punkin’ Chili w/ Scented Sour Cream

1 Pumpkin Beer

1 lb. Ground Pork (chicken, beef, turkey, or omit for Vegetarian)

2 T GOOD QUALITY EVOO

1 Red Onion diced

1 Yellow Onion diced

1 Red Pepper diced

1 Green Pepper diced

3 Carrrots diced

1-2 cups Whole Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

1 lb. Baby Bella Mushrooms sliced

2 cups Crushed Tomatoes no salt added

2 T Tomato Paste

1 Can Pumpkin (reserve 2 T)

4-6 Cloves Garlic minced

2 T Oregano

3 T Chili Powder

2 T Ground Roasted Cumin (or regular)

1 T Smoked Paprika

1 t Saigon Cinnamon

1/4 t Cayenne

1/8 t Red Chili Flakes

1/8 T Allspice

1/8 T Nutmeg

2 Cans Black Beans

1 Can Red Kidney Beans

1 Can Chili Beans

Handful of Tatsoi (or kale, chard, spinach…any hearty green)

Brown Meat in Large Soup Pot.  Add Chopped Onions, Peppers & Carrots. Season with Salt and Pepper. Simmer 8-10 mins until softened.  Add Mushrooms. Cook about 5 mins until Shrooms are cooked a bit. Add Garlic and Spices. Simmer 5 more mins until house is fragrant. Add Fresh Tomatoes and cook until they start to Burst.  Add Pumpkin Beer and Boxed or Canned Crushed Tomatoes. Bring to a Boil.  Drop Heat to Med-Low and Add Tomato Paste and Canned Pumpkin. Simmer 15-30 mins. Taste for Seasonings. Adjust. Add Beans. Simmer till Dinner!!!

 

Pumpkin-Scented Sour Cream

1 Cup Sour Cream

2 T Reserved Pumpkin Puree

1/2 t Cinnamon

1/2 t Cumin

Mix to combine.  Refrigerate until ready.

 

Healthy & Satisfying

Healthy & Satisfying

TIPS:

Again, feel free to adjust the seasonings and spices to your tastes.  And you can switch up the beans as well. Use up what you have on hand! I was thinking about adding corn, but went with the greens instead. You could try adding a cup or so of frozen corn in at the end and omit the greens.

Always use ingredients that YOU like!  If you hate mushrooms, like my Mom, leave them out or chop them in smaller pieces.  If you don’t have any Fresh Grape or Cherry Tomatoes, use and extra cup or so of canned or boxed diced tomatoes.  Or, if you don’t like them whole, chop them up before adding!

Also, in many Pumpkin Chili recipes, you see chipotle peppers in adobe sauce.  It is basically a super smokey jalapeño. I, personally, do not care for them. But, if you like it: use 1 or 2 peppers (seeds scraped out) and a few spoonfuls of the sauce.  A little goes a long way with these. Instead, I use a good Hot Sauce when serving, if need be. In this recipe I replaced it with some Cayenne Pepper. If i had a a fresh jalapeño, serrano or thai chile pepper, I would have sautéed those up with the veggies.

This recipe makes a HUGE Pot.  If you want to make it for yourself or a couple, cut the onion and pepper down to one and only 2 cans of beans.  And be sure to cut the spices in about half.

Also, I will adjust the seasonings at the END and take out a few ladlefuls to cool in bowls for the kids.  Then, I add the Hot Sauce or a tad more chili powder, or whatever else I think it might need.  That way I can add a bit more spice for the adults, but still keep it kid friendly!

Chili is one of the most versitile and forgiving dishes.   So easy to modify and make your own. I don’t think I have ever made a pot of chili that tasted the same as the next!  It all depends on what I have in stock in the pantry or what veggies I need to use up!  You could also change out the pumpkin for squash!

Really, With Chili, Anything Is Possible!

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Spicy & Smokey Chicken Sammy

Spicy & Smokey Chicken Sammy

Caesar w/ Homemade Salt & Pepper Croutons 

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LAST WEEK LIVING IN THE APARTMENT!!! Hopefully the food and pics will get better when we get moved in and settled!  I’ve been using my iPhone for pics and cooking with very little equipment.  Man, I can’t WAIT to move in!!!!  Anywho, this sammy was pretty darn good, and VERY easy to make!  You can also do the chicken and onions on the grill.  Enjoy!

Ingredients Ready!!!

Ingredients Ready!!!

Ingredients:

2 Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Seasoned with Rub

1 Organic Vidalia Onion, Sliced

4 Organic Garlic Cloves, Whole

Organic EVOO, S&P

Spicy & Smokey Rub:

2 T Organic Chili Powder

1 T Organic Smoked Spanish Paprika

1 T Organic Ground Cumin

1 T Organic Ground Black Pepper

1 T Organic Salt

1/2 T Organic Ground Coriander

1/2 T Organic Garlic Powder

1/4 T Organic Ground Cinnamon

1/4 T Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Go ahead and season your meat a few hours before cooking.  Add a dash of EVOO and REALLY GET IN THERE!!! Give it a GOOD RUB and don’t be scared to use your hands!!! You can always wash them when your’e done!  Be sure to let the chicken come to room temp (30 mins or so) before cooking.

Lay O

Lay Onions in Skillet, Top with Garlic Clove, EVOO, S&P

Preheat Oven 300 or 325

Place Rubbed Chicken on Onions & Garlic to Roast

Place Rubbed Chicken on Onions & Garlic to Slow Roast

We are going to cook slow and low for a hour, hour and a half or so

MEANWHILE…….Get your bread leftover from last nights supper!

Chop

Cube Local Rustic Wheat Sourdough to make Croutons!

Toss with EVOO and Seasoning of Choice.  I used a combo of:

ORGANIC: Salt, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Black Pepper, Thyme, Savory, Mustard Powder & White Pepper

Put in Oven and Bake until Crisp.  Turn & Toss Once.  Takes about 15 mins…

Sooooo Good!!!

Sooooo Good!!!

Now, Let’s Check on the Chicken!

Done & DONE!!!

Done & DONE!!!

Nice Blacked Coating and Ridic Onion Jus

Nice Blacked Coating and Ridic Smokey Onion Jus

TIP: Let the Spicy Smokey Chicken Rest for about 5 mins BEFROE slicing!

Slice

Slice

Put on Onion Bun with Lettuce and a Nice Grainy Mustard!

Put on Onion Bun with Lettuce and a Nice Grainy Mustard!

Garlicy Onion & Jus

Garlicy Onion Jus

Top with Organic Munster & Onion Round

Top with Organic Munster & Onion Round

Side View looks DELISH!!!!

Side View looks DELISH!!!!

Enjoy!

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Steak Tacos, All Grown Up!

It’s Taco Nite, Kari-Style!!!

Who doesn’t LOVE Taco Nite?!?!  We sure do, so I thought I’d Karify it!  Why not?  Adult Tacos. All Grown  Up.  Kari-style.  Let’s add a little fun, flavor & flair, while we keep it healthy AND utilize leftovers!!!  Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!  We grilled out last night.  Steaks (with Karinade, of course!!!), Veggies and a Fresh Organic Spinach Salad.  It was delicious. Here’s what I came up with to use our leftovers!  So, I’ve got 2 dinners ready for you for the price of 1!  All you have to do is: grill out a steak one night…throw in some veggies…enjoy a fresh spinach salad…then I’ve got a KickAss dinner waiting for you the next night, just add Tortillas. Here ya go!

Steak Tacos

Looks pretty tasty for leftovers, eh?!?!

Steak Tacos, All Grown Up

  • sliced Organic Onion
  • sliced Organic Mushrooms
  • sliced Organic Red & Orange Bell Pepper
  • Leftover Organic, Local, Grassfed Steak
  • 1 T Organic Chili Powder
  • 1/2 T Organic Cumin
  • 1/2 T Organic Smoked Paprika
  • 1 T Organic Steak Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2-3 Cloves Organic Garlic, minced
  • Handful Organic Cherry/Grape Tomatoes
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Handful Organic Spinach
  • La Tortilla Factory Handmade Style Corn Tortillas
Get Your Ingredients Ready

Get Your Ingredients Ready

Slice Mushrooms, Peppers & Onions. Mince Garlic. Slice Steak. Whole Tomatoes.

Sautee I

Peppers, Mushrooms & Onions

Cast Iron Skillet (or pan) on Med-High.  Sauté Peppers, Mushrooms & Onions in Good Organic EVOO (be sure only to season the peppers and onions with salt and pepper…NOT THE MUSHROOMS!!!)

Add Spices.

Add Spices.

Season to YOUR TASTE.  We like a little more Kick!  Add as much or as little as you like.  Change the flavors by adding Chipotle, Sweet Paprika, Ancho Chili Powder….whatever floats your boat.

Saute

Sweat Veggies 3 Mins

Add Garlic & Tomatoes

Add Garlic, Tomatoes & Fresh Thyme

Cook until Tomatoes Start to Soften and you can Smell the Garlic. 2 Mins. It should smell AMAZING in your kitchen!

Add Steak to Heat

Add Steak

Cook Until Steak is Heated Through.

Add Handful Organic Spinach

Add Handful Organic Spinach

Mix and cook until just Wilting.  1-2 Mins

Should look somehting like this

Should look something like this now…BEAUTIFUL

Fill Your Tortillas

Fill Tortillas & Top with Cheese

TIP: Turn a muffin pan over and use to keep Tortillas Upright for easy filling! (or Tacos, Philly Cheese Steaks, Hot Dogs, Kielbasa Hogies, etc)  This is an Awesome Trick that I use ALL THE TIME!!!

Fill and Top with Cheese of choice. (I used Monterey Jack & Mozzarella)

Pop under the Boiler for a quick 30 seconds or so to melt the cheese.

Mark's Plate

Mark’s Plate

My Plate

My Plate

I kept it light and healthy for myself by adding a healthy chopped salad on the side!

Mark, on the other hand, devoured 3! Although, he did take a few bites of salad!

Delish!!!  Make it and ENJOY!!!

Great for Cinco de Mayo coming up!!!

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Kari

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