Saturday, January 21, 2012

Meals for the Week of January 23, 2012

Although many parts of the country have had typical January/winter weather, here in Northern California, we have had very cold nights, but beautiful, days of sunshine.  Until finally this week we have received the desperately needed rain and snow.  So this week I've got a lot of comfort food recipes for you.  Several are still low calorie and healthy and I have quite a few quick cooking or crock pot recipes.
Have a great week!!

Meals for the Week of January 23, 2012

Lemon and Herb Crock Pot Roasted Chicken- Super easy and very flavorful. 
Slow Cooker Spinach and Chicken- Just 4 ingredients dumped into a slow cooker and it’s done.  Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese when you serve it. 

Low Carb Italian Bake- This is sort of like lasagna without the noodles, adjust the ingredients to use what you like for the vegetables. 
Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole- This actually relies on a roux to create a thick and creamy sauce and not actual cream.  I make it using fat free milk instead of the whole milk called for in the recipes and it’s just fine. 
Chicken Enchilada Soup- This is basically all the flavors of enchiladas in the form or soup.  And it can be made in the crock pot which makes it super easy. 

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta- Make a nice little cheese sauce from scratch and toss with cooked chicken.  Yum! 

Penne with Cannellini Beans- A very quick to fix meatless meal, you can make changes to suit your taste, I suggest using Italian style tomatoes that come already seasoned.  

Buffalo Chicken Tacos- Looking for something different to have while watching football playoffs?  Try these tacos. 

Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese- This is pretty indulgent, but you can actually make it with fat free evaporated milk if you want.  I use this recipe in my cooking class at my kids’ school because I think it’s important for them to learn to make a dish they probably love from scratch instead of from a processed package. 

Salsa Chicken Soup- A change from your usual chicken soup- this one comes together in 30 minutes and you can make it spicier depending on the salsa you use. 

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