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Low Carb Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

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If you are trying to watch your carb intake and eat healthier this new year, I have a delicious new twist on meatloaf for you! This recipe actually began as an accident. I asked my hubby Keith to get Ground Turkey when he went to BJ’s, but instead, he came home with Ground Chicken. That mistake, actually turned out to be a delicious recipe that I couldn’t wait to share with you! I came up with this Low Carb Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf and my entire family loved it!

One of my tips for helping to keep this low carb was to use jarred pizza sauce instead of a traditional spaghetti sauce which can be higher in carbs. I have found that the Walmart brand of pizza sauce has 3 net carbs for 1/4 cup. I like to use this for my meatloaves and stuffed peppers since you are not needing much sauce anyway. It is also very delicious over zoodles (zucchini noodles, and much less in carbs than a traditional jarred spaghetti sauce!)

As far as carbs per serving, I am not certain of that; however, it can’t be much, because I used the low carb sauce, the ground chicken and cheese are not much and the veggies are not much if any. I was able to get 8 very large pieces out of this meatloaf as you can see from the photo above. I was only able to eat one piece as it was very filling, and we had leftovers.

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs. ground chicken

2 cloves minced garlic

1 red pepper (you could use whichever color that you choose. That is what I had on hand)

1/3 onion

salt/pepper to taste

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 jar of Walmart Pizza Sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese for melting

Instructions:

Sauté the onion, pepper and garlic in butter over low heat just until softened.

In a medium bowl add the onion, pepper and garlic mixture with the ground chicken. Add in the grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir together just until everything is combined.

Take the mixture and place in slow cooker to form a loaf. Pour the jar of pizza sauce over your meatloaf and cook on low for 4-6 hours. I like to sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese on top while it is cooking as well.

Test to check for doneness as it is cooking. Everyone’s slow cooker will vary. In the last 10 minutes of cooking time, sprinkle 1-1/1/2 of shredded mozzarella cheese on top to melt. You can also sprinkle extra Italian seasoning. Fresh Basil would also be delicious! Serve with your favorite salad or vegetable!

I hope that you enjoy this as much as we did! You will not believe how moist that this is!

Low Carb Protein Coffee Drink

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If you are following a low carb or keto diet, I am sure that you are looking for new ways to incorporate more protein into your diet. I have seen this low carb protein coffee drink floating around Instagram for quite some time now and decided to give it a try this week. I am hooked! It is great for those mornings or afternoons that you are in a hurry. Just keep a protein shake in your purse and head through the drive thru at Starbucks! And, believe it or not, this is very budget-friendly!

Here is how to get your delicious and filling Low Carb Protein Coffee Drink:

☕️ At Starbucks ask for a double shot of espresso over ice in a Venti cup. (at my store this is only $2.45)

☕️ Add in a Premier Protein Shake and stir until the Espresso is mixed in. I have only tried the Chocolate variety, but I think the Caramel would be SO yummy as well!

☕️ Drink and enjoy! It is very filling! In fact, this keeps me full until my next meal!

You can find the Premier Protein Shakes at places like Amazon, Sam’s Club or Costco. The best deal is a warehouse club as you get more bang for your buck. For example, Sam’s sells the 12 pack for $16.66 which is a fantastic deal!

Let me know if you try this and what you think! You could also add coffee if don’t like Espresso.

Orange Chicken With Asian Bean Salad “Stir Fry” #PaisleyFarm #PaisleyFarmFresh #Kroger

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One of our favorite cuisines as a family is definitely anything with Asian flare. In fact, any time that we ask our boys where they would like to eat out, it is usually somewhere that has Asian food. When Paisley Farm sent me several of their delicious products to create a recipe for a blogger challenge, I knew right away that I wanted to use the Asian Bean Salad!

First of all, I want to let you know about the Paisley Farm brand and the delicious products that they offer. You can find them at stores likes Kroger, Walmart, Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, Smith’s and more. You can also find them online at PaisleyFarmFoods.com. I would also suggest that you follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter as they often share delicious recipes, news, promotional offers and more! Paisley Farm makes their products out of the freshest ingredients, delivered with the most exciting and flavorful taste combinations imaginable. From Asian Bean Salad to Sweet Cauliflower and Dilled Brussel Sprouts, they have something for everyone! You can see the entire Paisley Farm product list HERE

Now on to my delicious recipe! Orange Chicken With Asian Bean Salad “Stir Fry” is sure to please anyone! It is packed full of flavor with every bite! I love how the sweet Asian Bean Salad pairs perfectly with the Gingery Orange Chicken! I have been experimenting with a lot of recipes and this is what I came up with. My family loved it!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons orange juice

3 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons soy sauce (you can also use coconut aminos if you prefer)

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger

2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

2 tablespoons minced green onion

1 tablespoon of fresh grated orange zest

1 1/2 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1/2 inch cubes

salt and pepper for taste

3 tablespoons of cornstarch

2 tablespoons of water

1 cup of flour

sesame seeds for garnish

1 jar of drained Paisley Farm Asian Bean Salad

2 cups hot cooked rice

Instructions:

  1. Cut the chicken up into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. In a small pan, mix together the orange juice, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, water and soy sauce over low to medium high heat. Stir in the orange zest, green onion, ginger, garlic and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Set aside and let cool for 10 minutes
  3. In the meantime, place the chicken pieces in a plastic storage bag.
  4. In another storage bag, place the flour and salt/pepper.
  5. After the Orange Sauce mixture has cooled, place 1 1/2 cups in the plastic storage bag with the chicken and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (longer if possible. I think that the longer you can marinate the better with this dish) Reserve the remaining sauce.
  6. Now that your chicken has marinated, you will add it to the bag that has the flour mixture to get dredged.
  7. In a large wok, add 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook the chicken in batches and set aside. (Do not overcrowd or it will not cook evenly)
  8. Wipe out the wok and place the reserved orange sauce mixture. You will want to make sure that this is set to medium high heat. While this is heating up, take 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water to make a paste. (Make sure that the water is cold or it will not form correctly) Add to the sauce mixture until it thickens. Bring to a boil. I like to grate in fresh orange zest in the sauce to give it even more orange taste.
  9. When the sauce is finished, add the chicken back into the dish so that it can absorb those yummy flavors. This is also where I add in the jar of drained Paisley Farm Asian Bean Salad for the “stir fry” part of the dish. You want to add this in at the very end so the vegetables don’t get overly mushy. You want them to soak up that delicious orange and ginger flavor though that the rest of the dish has. I can’t begin to tell you how delicious that the Asian Bean Salad is paired with the ginger and citrus. So delish!
  10. Serve over hot cooked rice in bowls and garnish with more orange zest and sesame seeds.
  11. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

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It’s been awhile since I have shared this delicious and easy recipe here on the blog, so I thought it was time to repost. This is a wonderful recipe to have on hand for those days when you know that life is going to be crazy! Slow Cooker Meat Loaf is sure to be your new family’s new favorite way to enjoy meat loaf! Yep, you read that right meat loaf in the slow cooker! Now I know that you may be skeptical of cooking meat Loaf in a slow cooker. I know that I was at first. But let me tell you, it is the Best meat loaf that I have ever had and it is so moist! My guys must think so too because they devoured the entire thing! I really think that you will love it and that it will be a staple in your menu rotation!

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2-2 lbs. Ground Turkey (you could use ground beef as well, but I like how moist the ground turkey is for this recipe)

2/3 Cup Bread Crumbs

2 Eggs

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Ground Onion

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp Pepper

1 Lb. Tri-Color Baby Potatoes Cut Into Quarters

1 Lb. Baby Carrots Cut into Halves

DIRECTIONS:

Take the first 7 ingredients and gently mix together. Form into a loaf and place in the middle of the slow cooker. Take the Quartered Potatoes and Baby Carrots and place around the outside edge of the meatloaf. Cook on low for around 5-6 hours.

About 30 minutes before taking off heat, mix together the glaze for the top of the meatloaf. Mix 1/4 cup ketchup, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, and a dash of mustard. Mix together and place on top of the meatloaf. Cook for an additional 30 minutes just until the glaze is nice and set.

Serve and enjoy! I doubt that there will be any leftovers!

Easy Garlic Bread Pizzas

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If you are looking for a fun and easy lunch or dinner or even after school snack to make with your kiddos, Garlic Bread Pizzas are the way to go!  Just grab your favorite boxed garlic bread from the grocery store, top with your favorite regular pizza toppings, place in a 350 degree oven and voila! The possibilities are endless! My boys love pepperoni and cheese, but you could do whatever toppings that your family loves. I want to try olives and bacon the next time. What will you try on your garlic bread pizzas?

Peaches and Cream Pretzel Dessert

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Do you remember that delicious Strawberry Salad Dessert that used to be so popular back in the day? To this day I love that dish so much! I decided to take my own spin on it and create something using Peaches instead. I am in love with peaches during the Summertime and this Peaches & Cream Pretzel Dessert did not disappoint! I also used Gluten Free pretzels to make the dish Gluten Free. The real beauty of this dessert is the fact that it is so versatile and you can change up the fruit to use whatever sounds good! I am going to try Blackberries next as that would be delicious too!

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Ingredients:

2 cups crushed pretzels (I used Gluten Free but you can use regular as well)

3/4 cup butter, melted

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 (8 ounce) tub of Cool Whip

2 (3-ounce boxes) of Peach flavored JELL-O

2 cups of boiling water

2 (10 ounce) bags of frozen peaches

Directions:

Mix together the melted butter, crushed pretzels and 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.

Bake for 8-10 minutes just until browned and set aside to cool.

In the meantime, beat together the cream cheese and sugar. Fold in the Cool Whip.

Spread the mixture out across the cooled Pretzel crust.

Dissolve Gelatin in the Boiling water. Stir in the Frozen Peaches and let them set very briefly. Continue to stir until mixture is about the consistency of egg whites. Take mixture and spoon over the top of the cream cheese layer. Place in refrigerator to let set. I would give it at least 3-4 hours to set up.

Enjoy! You could even add more Cool Whip on the top if you desire. Think about taking this to your next picnic or potluck! I guarantee that there will be none left!

(recipe inspired from AllRecipes.com)

Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Boats #LowCarb #Keto

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I don’t have to tell you that Keto and low-carb diets are all the fad these days. I have been trying to do the Keto thing and watch my carb intake for the past few weeks. In doing so, I have been finding that eating this way really is not that complicated. I made Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Boats for dinner earlier this week and they are delicious! I made enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day- so easy yet so delicious and filling!

Ingredients:

4-6 zucchini washed and halved

1 jar marinara or pasta sauce

8oz. shredded mozarella cheese

1lb. cooked sausage

salt/pepper for taste

1/2 tsp. onion powder

 

Directions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Scoop out the center of each of the halved zucchinis to make a “boat”.

Place in a greased baking pan.

Pour spaghetti sauce over each “boat”.

Spread cooked sausage and cheese evenly over each zucchini.

Sprinkle onion powder, salt and pepper over the entire dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until zucchini are tender and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy! My entire family loved these!

Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake Trifles with Miss Jones Baking Co.

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I was recently given the wonderful opportunity to become a Baker Babe Brand Ambassador with Miss Jones Baking Co. This awesome company based in San Francisco, California offers homemade-tasting organic cake, brownie and cookie mixes and frostings. Everything that they make features simple, non-GMO ingredients, no hydrogenated oils or trans fats, no artificial flavors or colors. 

As a brand ambassador, I was sent several products so that I could create some amazing goodies and share them with you all! I wanted to think out of the box with these delicious products and thought that a trifle would be a great dessert for summertime! For my Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Cheesecake Trifles, I used Miss Jones Baking Co. Fudgy Brownie Baking Mix and the Miss Jones Chocolate Frosting Made with Coconut Oil. With a few extra additions, I ended up with the most delicious and decadent dessert that you could ever sink your teeth into!

Ingredients:

1 box Miss Jones Baking Co. Fudgy Brownie Baking Mix

1 tub Miss Jones Chocolate Frosting Made with Coconut Oil

2 eggs

2T. water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 8oz. brick softened cream cheese

1 pint of raspberries

Mason Jars trifles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the brownie mix, eggs, oil and water. Grease a 8×8 baking pan and pour batter in pan. Bake for 33-37 minutes or until center is set with a toothpick. Take out of oven and set aside to cool.

While brownies are cooling, take the tub of Miss Jones Chocolate Frosting and place inside a large mixing bowl with the brick of softened cream cheese. Beat on low with a mixer until nice and fluffy. Set aside.

Now that brownies are cooled, cut them into small squares to fit into the mason jars. Take a spoonful of chocolate cream cheese mixture and place in a mason jar. Top with a brownie square and add raspberries on top. Keep alternating back and forth. Make sure that you end with chocolate cream cheese mixture and raspberries on top. You can even shave some chocolate on the top for a nice touch.

Enjoy! I hope that you love Miss Jones Baking Co. products as much as I do!

Stay tuned as I will be sharing more of their delicious products with you in the next months! In the meantime, be sure to follow Miss Jones Baking Co. on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Don’t forget to check out their website HERE for a delicious lineup of products and location finder.

Zaycon Fresh Boneless Chicken Breasts Only $0.99 Pound!

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GO NOW! THIS OFFER IS BACK!

If you have been wanting to try Zaycon Fresh, NOW is the time to do so! They are back taking order for their Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts! And, new customers to Zaycon Fresh can use promo code firstcase to drop the price down to $39.60 for 40 pounds which makes it only $0.99 per pound! This is such a fabulous deal!

Not a new customer? Don’t worry, you can still get a great deal as well! Current customers to Zaycon Fresh can use promo code ONECASE to get 40 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts for just $1.49lb. OR, order two or more cases and use promo code 2ORMORE at checkout to pay just $1.39/lb. That is still a fantastic deal! I recently placed my order and will be picking up in June!

I don’t know about you all, but I feel that it is getting harder and harder to find great sales on good quality meats. It seems that you used to find great sales here and there, but those sales are very rare any more. Thankfully, Zaycon Fresh is here to help us as families save on Chicken, Beef, Pork and even fresh fruits when available!

If you see a product that you would like to try, you need to order it now. Items sell out very quickly so place your now if interested. There is limited availability with each item.

How does the Zaycon Fresh process work?

You will first GO HERE and create an account.

Decide which product(s) that you would like to purchase and select a pickup location.

Pay for your products.

Zaycon Fresh will notify as you get closer to the date to remind you that is is time to pick up your product(s). I love that Zaycon will even text you on the day that you are to pick up your products – they make the process very easy!

Head to your pickup location and get your amazing product(s).

Take your yummy foods home and enjoy! You will be back for more I promise!

My favorite item from Zaycon Fresh is definitely their Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. These have no added hormones and are 100% natural chicken and are minimally processed, with no additives or artificial ingredients. I keep this chicken breast in our freeze at all times as it is the BEST chicken that we have ever tasted not to mention that they are huge!

A few months back I picked up my 40 pound box and it only took me around 1 hour to divide the 40 pounds up into bags and place in my freezer. There is very minimal fat that you will have to cut away so that makes that process fairly simple. For our family of four, I was able to get about 20 freezer bags of chicken. So, that is roughly 20 meals. As someone who is always looking for ways to save my family money, that is an awesome deal! Not to mention I know that the quality of the chicken I am feeding my family is SUPERB!

Are you ready to try Zaycon Fresh for yourself? GO HERE to set up an account and try it out! You will not be disappointed!

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack Classic Mix 30-Count Pack ONLY $9.17 Shipped! (just $0.30 per pack)

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Get ready for summer break! Amazon is offering the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack Classic Mix 30-Count pack for only $9.17 shipped when you clip the 20% off digital coupon and opt for Subscribe and Save. That makes each pack just $0.30 which is a great stock up price! 

NOTE: When you sign up for Subscribe and Save, you are under NO obligation at all and you can cancel at any time. To cancel or modify your Subscribe and Save items, just click on “my account” and then “subscriptions” and then you can cancel and/or modify anything you want.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting.