Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Low Fat Mexican Chicken, Cheese & Rice


2 cups of cooked rice (use whatever variety you like)
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 large poblano pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup canned corn
1 cup chopped rotisserie chicken, skin removed and chopped
2 cups black beans, drained
1/2-3/4 cup salsa, add your favorite variety
Salt and pepper to taste
A handful of cilantro, chopped
Freshly squeezed Lime juice (2 limes)
Fat free sour cream
Low-fat mozzarella cheese, grated


Cook rice according to box directions. Allow to slightly cool. In a large nonstick pan, add olive oil on medium-high heat. Add onion, Poblano peppers, and corn.

 Cook until onions are translucent. Add chicken, black beans, and salsa. 

Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until week mixed and warmed through. 

Add cilantro and squeezed lime before removing from heat.

Serve with chips of soft tortillas. Top with sour cream, cheese, and additional salsa. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Four Ingredient French Vanilla Semi-Sweet & White Chocolate Cookies

Another quick and easy cake mix cookie recipe using French Vanilla cake mix. I prefer using this variety over yellow cake mix because it has a better flavor due to the addition of extra vanilla. The cool thing is that nobody will be able to figure out why your chocolate chip cookies taste so much better than theirs! Shhhhh... It's going to be our little secret! 

Happy Baking,


1-18.25 oz  ox Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix 
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-10 oz. bag Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet & White Chocolate Morsels 


Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything together and scoop heaping spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 9-11 minutes.  Let cool for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.  Let cook completely before frosting.  Cookies should be soft so make sure you don’t over-bake. Time to enjoy :-)

Refreshingly Simple Frosted Lemon Cookies

I love this recipe because it is so quick and easy with very little mess. One bowl for mixing the dough and one for the frosting. I can bake and decorate 2 dozen of these cookies in less than one hour! This is especially terrific when your child comes home and tells you that they signed you up to bring cookies to school for a party without asking you. Not that this has ever happened to me or You can also switch up the recipe with any flavor cake mix and frosting. There is a wide array of baking chips these days on the market, so the skies the limit on what kind of cookies you can come up with!

Happy Baking,


1 package Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 container Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Frosting
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/4 cup powdered sugar, add more or less to adjust the thickness of the frosting
yellow jimmies (sprinkles)


Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or use a Silpat pad.

Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and flour in large bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Approximate baking times will differ by oven. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to cooling racks or waxed paper.

Add powdered sugar and lemon zest to frosting. Mix until smooth. The addition of powdered sugar will help the frosting to not be so soft and sticky. It also makes it easier to decorate the cookies using a piping bag. 

Frost cooled cookies and sprinkle with yellow jimmies. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

So Easy Cherry Pie Cookie Cups from lemon Tree Dwelling

I love this bite sized little sweet morsels! Cherry Pie Cookie Cups make with sugar cookie dough and your favorite pie filling and a simple powdered sugar quick and easy. Yet another fantastic bake sale recipe I am definitely going to use! Swing by Lemon Tree Dwelling for this and many other recipes by clicking on link:

Lemon Cookies from Love in the Oven

You will never believe that these tasty little cookies are made with lemon cake mix? My class is having a bake sale next week and I will definitely be making these little goodies. So easy to make...a quick and easy treat that your lemon lovers will adore! Check out Love from the Oven for this and many other delicious recipes by clicking on the link:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lemon Bar Muddy Buddies from Lemon Tree Dwelling

Hold on folks...I almost cannot believe my eyes! This recipe for Lemon Bar Muddy Buddies from Lemon Tree Dwelling is so easy. Rice Chex, white chocolate, lemon curd (ohhh yum!), butter and powdered sugar...oh, yes please! This is a perfect sweet lemon treat for anytime. Stop by Lemon Tree Dwelling for this and many other incredible recipes by clicking on link:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Back to Basics Creamy Chicken & Noodles

This is a back to basics recipe for a simple, creamy chicken and noodles soup. From start to finish it takes about 30 minutes to prepare. When I am short on time and need dinner fast, this is one of my "go to" recipes. So easy and delicious....a favorite of my daughter and all of her friends! 




3-10.5 ounce cans of cream of chicken soup
1- 15.25 ounce can of sweet corn, drained
1-16 oz bag of frozen peas and carrots, microwave for 2 minutes to thaw
3-4 cups of 1 % milk, you can adjust this depending on how thick you like your soup
3 cups of cooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken, reserve 1/2 a cup to top off soup
1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper


Boil macaroni according to package directions, drain and set aside. Microwave your frozen peas and carrots, drain and set aside. Shred chicken and set aside. In a large stock pot, add cream of chicken, drained corn, warmed peas and carrots, milk, chicken, and black pepper. 

Warm on medium heat and stir until thick and bubbly. Add noodles and cook for another 5-10 minutes to warm up noodles. Top with croutons and additional chicken. Serve and enjoy! 

Note: When reheating the soup, you may need to add additional milk as it will thicken up more after cooling. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Bacon Cheese Fries from Katie's Cucina

This recipe from Katie's Cucina for Buffalo Chicken Bacon Cheese Fries is amazing and soooo easy! Crinkle cut fries, cheddar, shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, green onions, bleu cheese, crumbled bacon. Can you just imagine how good this would taste? A great side to serve while watching a game, for a bbq, or for a comfort food snack that everyone would love! Stop by Katie's Cucina for this and many other delcious recipes by clicking on link:

Amazing Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie from Can You Stay for Dinner?

This recipe for a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie from Can You Stay for Dinner? is a quick and easy breakfast with tons of protein and fiber...filling and delicious! Any questions? Stop by Can You Stay for Dinner? by clicking on link: