Category Archives: Make Ahead

Chicken Enchiladas

chicken enchiladas

This recipe is an oldie but a goodie.  It is super easy to make and the sauce tastes really rich and creamy but it’s still light from just using low-fat cream cheese.   I will make this the day ahead when I know it will be a busy day and just pop it in the oven for a quick dinner.  Add a salad and you are good to go.  The leftovers are great too (if you have any) :) Continue reading Chicken Enchiladas

Skinny Creamy Tomato Soup

skinny creamy tomato soup

Ok, so by now you know I love tomatoes.  I love soup.  I am trying to eat as lean and mean as possible.  This soup takes care of all that.  Creamy (without heavy cream with a sub of low-fat cream cheese), the shallots and sherry add that extra punch of flavor you need.  I <3 this soup! Continue reading Skinny Creamy Tomato Soup

Butternut Leek Soup

butternut leek soup

I love this soup recipe. The combination of the roasted butternut with the leeks and ginger is fantastic.  I don’t usually do the fried Leek garnish, but last night Bill and I went out to dinner and his appetizer had these beautiful tasty little fried leeks on it, and when Bill saw the leeks on my cutting board, he asked if I was making fried leeks and I said, good idea!  They will make my picture look pretty.

As quality control I had to have a bowl before I finished this post and I can tell you, the little crispy fried leeks are totally worth it!  :) Continue reading Butternut Leek Soup

Chipotle Chili

chipotle chili

Chili, is there anything better on a cold winter night than a piping hot bowl of Chili?  I posted my age-old favorite Chili recipe a while ago.  That is my go to Chili recipe but when I saw this one in Bon Appetit’s Fast Easy Fresh, I knew I had to try it.  You see, I LOVE Chipotle Chilis.  Love, love, love them.  I like it hot.  The original recipe had you add 2 Chipotle peppers.  I started with 3 and ended up with 5 :).   I also added the tomato paste and brown sugar as it needed a little sweetness to balance the chilis.  Other than that, I was pretty true to the recipe.  When I served mine I added avocado, low-fat sour cream, a little cheddar cheese, raw red onion and a few big spoons of  hot sauce which Bill found a little perplexing.  I told you I like it hot!  :)

I have had this cookbook for a while, but recently spent some time going through it again and have about 20 recipes tagged with a stick it note.  The recipes are all meant for quick, healthy weeknight dinners, so you will see more of them here for sure! Continue reading Chipotle Chili