Turkey, Bacon & Guacamole Sandwich Recipe – #15MinuteSuppers

Every week my group of bloggy buddies posts a bunch of 15 Minute Suppers – a collection of recipes that busy moms can make in 15 minutes start to finish. Awesome, right? I jump in as often as possible to add a recipe, but with all of my conference travel this time of year, I’m kind of slacking. So be sure to search the #15MinuteSuppers hashtag on your fave social media sites every Friday morning for the newest recipe ideas. Because…. Yum in 15 minutes? Count me in :)

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

This week, my recipe is very simple and “cool” – it’s finally turning into spring weather here in central Washington, which means warm afternoons, lots of sun, and much later sunsets. When the weather gets nice, I crave a dinner that is simple and clean – this sandwich paired with fresh fruit and veggies is a perfect fit!

Turkey Bacon and Guacamole Sandwich recipe

Create a fab dinner with Wholly Guacamole

I used my fave guac brand – Wholly Guacamole – for this dinnertime sandwich. I used store-bought croissants, split in half, covering one half with the guacamole, and the other half with a dab of mayo. Then I piled in the toppings – peppered turkey lunch meat, colby-jack cheese slices, lettuce, bacon from Zaycon foods {trust me, once you try it you will NEVER buy anything else, so be sure to see if you have any events locally!}, plus some sprouts. I paired it with a handful of baby carrots for crunch, and a bowl of fresh berries – strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries – for a sweet treat. Totally fresh and light, but still filling, and packed with vitamins and fiber. Awesome, right?

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Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine – #15MinuteSuppers

Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Gourmet Garden through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.

You know what I hate? I hate when the family asks, “What’s for dinner??” You know…. Because you’ve totally been planning it and working on it all day right? Not at work, or running errands, or picking up and dropping off and picking up again and…. Why shouldn’t you have dinner ready, right? It’s ok super-moms, with our #15MinuteSuppers club, you’ll always have an answer ready to go, trust me. Life changing, :)

Chicken and Italian Herb Fettuccine Recipe - #15MinuteSuppers

Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine

I’m a big fan of pasta. More often than not I do a pasta-bake. But there are plenty of nights that I need to get dinner on the table in a hurry, and a baked dish would take WAAAAY too long. So, since pasta is my specialty, and I recently came up with an awesome new recipe using Gourmet Gardens products, I thought I’d share my 15 minute supper recipe so you guys could do dinner in a flash too. Because I totally love you guys. :)

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How to Make 15 Minute Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine

The ingredients for this are super simple – mostly things you have on hand. Unless maybe you’re the type who haven’t yet heard about the amazingness of Gourmet Gardens. They make it so easy to have fresh herbs/spices on hand even when you can’t grow them yourself, or can’t get ‘em fresh locally. And speaking of local – I try to buy locally made foods as often as I can. We bought half a cow from a farmer here, I love these breadsticks from Seattle International Baking Company, and I am the BIGGEST fan of Tillamook, which is made over in Oregon. {Also, if you can’t buy meat locally, do NOT miss the sales from Zaycon Foods. Best quality and price you’ll find. Awesomesauce, seriously.}

Gourmet Gardens Fresh Herbs make amazing pasta recipes! #15MinuteSuppers

Fresh Made Easy – Gourmet Gardens

Just to give you a little info on these Gourmet Gardens ingredients: They are fresh as all heck, and stay good in your fridge for months, versus actual herbs that will die quickly, which = waste of money. They’re gluten-free {At least all of the ones I’ve tried are – there may be some that aren’t, be sure to check labels if this is important to you.} They’re all made from fully organic ingredients. And they taste amazing. As close to fresh as you can get without picking ‘em in the garden. Also – see in this pic that the pasta doesn’t have chicken on it? That’s because I make up a big batch of the pasta, then have toppings in separate bowls. I love it with chicken, obviously. But if you could eat it as is, or add veggies like steamed broccoli, peppers, peas, asparagus, or whatever you have on hand. Top it with different types of cheese. Serve it with breadsticks or garlic bread, or maybe a salad? Mix it up and enjoy it however you want – it’s a great base to add anything to!

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The Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine Recipe

This recipe takes just 15 minutes from start to finish – maybe slightly longer when you have kids running around, a UPS guy at the door, little ones who want to “help,” or other distractions. But the actual meal prep is just 15 minutes. And it is gooooood. It’s got a little zing to it – in a good way. Wakes up the taste buds. I think it’s because the fact that the Gourmet Gardens Italian Herb paste is just so darn fresh – almost unexpectedly so. Love it.

Chicken & Italian Herb Fettuccine – #15MinuteSuppers

Ingredients

  • 1 box fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream - {I seriously recommend Tillamook!}
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese - I used an Italian blend
  • 2 Tbs Gourmet Gardens Italian Herbs
  • 1 Tbs Gourmet Gardens Garlic
  • 1 package pre-cooked grilled chicken, or veggies of choice, or any other leftovers as desired for toppings

Instructions

  1. First, start your noodles cooking in boiling water - cook for about 12 minutes.
  2. Hint: At this point you can also put breadsticks or garlic bread in the oven, or toss together a quick salad.
  3. While you wait, mix up your sauce - add sour cream, olive oil, cheese, and Gourmet Garden seasonings to a bowl. Stir until well mixed. It won't look like a lot - but it is more than enough, trust me :)
  4. Yes, I just put a smiley face in my recipe.
  5. Your noodles are now ready - drain, and mix the sauce into the noodles. Mix well.
  6. Now you can top with the pre-cooked grilled chicken strips, or veggies.
  7. Be sure to sprinkle with more cheese - Italian blend, Parmesan, or Mozzarella are all good choices.
  8. Eat it up and enjoy!
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{Disclosure: This is sponsored recipe for Gourmet Garden through 15 Minute Suppers. Recipe & opinions are my own.}

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Losing Weight is Easy with a Simple Start…

I was given a free one month subscription to Weight Watchers to try their new #SimpleStart plan and write about my experience.Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own, as always.

“Happiness is a choice. Why not be happy all the time? Being unhappy doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Jerry Bruckner If you’ve ever met me in real life, know me just  from social media, or have read more than a couple of posts on this site, then you’ve probably noticed that I’m one of those annoyingly optimistic “glass is half full” type of people. I don’t let obstacles get me down or discouraged, I use them as motivation for finding new solutions to challenges. I haven’t always been this way, but since becoming a mom a few years ago, I swear I was changed with some type of “post-partum optimism” or something. {So far as I know, that’s not a real thing. But a post describing my experience with it is coming up one of these days… :)} And, as I get started with the new adventures of 2014, I’ve been excited to see how small changes are adding up to make me feel even happier, healthier, and more in balance {my word of the year.}

Super healthy, super loaded, stuffed baked potato recipe from weight watchers

One big change already this year has been diving into the Simple Start plan from Weight Watchers. I’ve talked about it a TON the past two weeks, as I’ve followed this plan to jump-start my goals of getting healthier – from sharing super yummy recipes ideas like this Stuffed Baked Potato, to the awesome motivational quotes I tweet out after seeing them each day when I log in – I’ve definitely shared a million updates on my personal Facebook and Instagram encouraging my friends to try this out too. It’s pretty clear that I’m a believer. {Not to be confused with the term “Belieber“, which I am emphatically not. Lol.} And I’ve been really excited to see how many of my friends have now joined me in the Simple Start plan too!

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Lighten Up Your Life in 2014

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.” - This quote kind of cracks me up, but also reminds me that life is too short to worry about the small things. My word of the new year is “Balance” –  figuring out how to balance out all of the zillion things competing for my time and attention on a daily basis as a work-from-home mom. I always use the month of January to make a plan for the new year – I evaluate the past year to figure out what worked, what didn’t, and what to work on in the new year. {Which means, my full list of goals is coming soon – I like to share ‘em, to keep myself accountable.} And one area of life that definitely needs to be balanced is the whole health/diet/exercise part. My game plan is a “slow and steady wins the race” type of attitude, so I’ve been making lots of small swaps to slowly-but-surely make real, solid, sustainable lifestyle changes. And while some of them are a challenge, there’s one super-duper easy swap I’ve made recently that I wanted to share, because I think you’ll love it too….

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15 Minute Tortellini Soup with Tomato & Red Pepper

I’m a soup-junkie. I could perhaps even be called a soup-a-holic. A warm hearty soup is such a great comfort food in cold weather – but a simple soup is also such a perfect meal in the warmer months too, paired with a crisp cold salad. The majority of soups that I make are done crockpot style – I love to just throw it all in, let it do it’s magic while I work the day away, then have it ready to enjoy when I’m ready. But, I’m also becoming a fan of super fast {should I say, SOUPer fast? Lol…} soups that I can whip up in a flash on a busy night. Because there are plenty of times that I totally didn’t plan ahead for dinner, or lost track of time, and have a gang of hungry savages rioting for food, stat. So – today I bring you another of my favorite 15 minute suppers, Tortellini Soup with Tomato & Peppers.

Tortellini Soup with Tomatoes and Pepper

OhmyYUM, right? This soup is seriously so darn simple, but the flavors combine quickly to make it taste like it’s been simmering all day. And it only takes a handful of ingredients – chicken broth, marinara sauce, a bit of butter and some sprinkles of spices, plus some frozen tortellini. No real prep, you just kind of toss it all into a big pot, stir it up, and in 15 minutes you have an absolute delish dinner.

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Super Healthy, Super Loaded Baked Potato – #SimpleStart to Weight Loss

I was given a free one month subscription to Weight Watchers to try their new Simple Start plan and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” – from Weight Watchers free #SimpleStart app… Ok ladies. Last week I told you guys about a super awesome way to kick start your weight loss – a totally free app from Weight Watchers called Simple Start. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from the name – a simple way to just jump in and get started, not just with losing weight, but with getting healthy. For two weeks you focus on WHAT you’re eating, not how much. No points to add up, no portions to measure. Just a big ol’ list of good-for-you foods, and some rockin’ recipes that make those foods totally shine. And – they don’t believe in “guilty” pleasures. They believe that every day needs a small indulgence, so they guide you to adding those daily, in a smart way. Skeptical? Well – take a look at what I’ve been eating this week:

Super healthy, super loaded, stuffed baked potato recipe from weight watchers

Super healthy, super loaded, stuffed baked potato recipe from weight watchers

I showed you guys some examples of the recipes you’ll find on the Simple Start app last week. And this one is kind of adapted from one of their amazing lunch recipes – to fit what I had on hand, and the mood I was in. The lunch recipe on the app includes a loaded baked potato, a bowl of vegetable soup, a side of salsa. Well, I skipped the sour cream on the potato, and nixed the soup. Instead, I added just a bit of grilled chicken breast to my potato, and a side salad to get more veggies in. And I have to tell ya – I’m not usually much of a veggie eater. But the creative recipes on the app truly inspired me, and have had me eating things I usually don’t. Broccoli? Crazy. But this was the second time in a week I ate a potato stuffed with piles of broccoli! Yum. And me suddenly loving broccoli is kind of a big deal.

Low fat super loaded stuffed baked potato recipe

Low fat super loaded stuffed baked potato recipe

I mean – look closer at this bad boy? Does that look like a “diet” food to you? No way. Didn’t taste that way either. But I’m learning that making simple swaps is easier and tastier than I thought… I didn’t put any butter on this tater. I used reduced-fat Weight Watchers cheese. {Who knew there were so many Weight Watchers branded foods in the grocery store? Makes it even easier to follow this plan. And easy is what I’m all about.} But – I ramped up the flavor with things like some freshly ground black pepper, a bunch of red pepper flakes, and a little bit of southwestern seasoning on the chicken. OhmyYUM.

How to Make Weight Watchers Veggie Soup

Another amazing recipe I’m loving right now is the Simple Start Vegetable Soup. It’s just about the easiest thing ever, but I’m addicted. The basics are that you add some healthy oil – {it suggests Olive Oil, but I use my new fave, LifeOiL that I use in everything lately} – heat it up in a pan. Chop up some veggies, and throw ‘em into the oil. Add some chicken broth and canned diced tomatoes, cook it all up with some seasonings, and ohmyheck – enjoy. {See a bowl of the Weight Watchers Simple Start Veggie Soup here.}

Weight Watchers Breakfast - Fat Free Yogurt with berries

Weight Watchers Breakfast – Fat Free Yogurt with berries

I didn’t get a pic of it, but one of my fave breakfast ideas from the Simple Start app so far has been the “Toast with Cheese and Fruit.” And, before I get to that one, or the one above, let’s chat: I was super skeptical of these recipes at first. Like I said last week – I’m an extremely picky eater. And by that, I mean plain as heck. Boring.  I was a vegetarian for 6 years in my early 20′s. I still can’t really cook meat – do not even ASK me to cut a chicken breast into slices, ohmyheckohmy. I also don’t like many veggies. {Weird for a vegetarian. Heard it before. I know.} There’s no kind of fruit I’m not in love with though… Or carb. Oh baby baby, I love me some bread. Potatoes? The only way the world can make me not love them is making them au gratin. {You mean, “au grossness?”} So, it’s always a challenge for me to find a healthy eating plan that works for me and my quirky preferences.

Woah – Surprised face!

But almost every recipe on the Simple Start app works for me – even when I didn’t believe it would. So, like I mentioned above – Toast with cheese and fruit. One of the breakfast options is a couple of slices of reduced calorie whole wheat bread, topped with some fat-free ricotta cheese, and fresh blueberries. {Disclaimer: They also add some sugar substitute, which I don’t do.} You put it all on your toast, put it under the broiler with a couple other ingredients, just until the blueberries burst, and then totally devour with a surprised look on your face as you realize you like ricotta cheese in something other than a fat-loaded pasta. Oh – the possibilities! :) Which is why I’ve now been using blueberries on everything – like topping my fat free Greek yogurt with berries for breakfast! Again – yum. This is not a weight loss plan that makes you feel deprived. For reals.

Super healthy super loaded stuffed baked potato

Super Healthy, Super Loaded Baked Potato – #SimpleStart to Weight Loss

Ingredients

  • 1 potato
  • 1/2 tsp healthy oil - olive oil or LifeOiL
  • 3 oz grilled chicken breast strips
  • 1/4 cup fat-free cheese
  • Fresh Broccoli, as much as desired
  • Red pepper flakes - as desired
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash a medium sized baking potato, and rub with a healthy oil like olive oil, or my new fave - LifeOiL. Place on a baking sheet and cook at 400 for approximately 35 minutes, or in the microwave for about 6 minutes.
  2. Once cooked, make a few slices to open the potato, and top with grilled chicken breast strips, cheese, and broccoli.
  3. Heat again - either in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1-minute, or in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
  4. After removing from oven, top with some freshly ground black pepper, and if you like it spicy - add some red pepper flakes to taste.
  5. Eat and love :)
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If you’re ready to have a super simple start to getting healthy, fit, and fabulous this year, I can NOT recommend the Simple Start app enough. {Seriously, my friends are sick of me talking about it and showing it to them.} Get more info here: Weight Watchers Simple Start App.

And let’s chat ladies: Do you have weight loss goals? Plans? What are you doing – what are your goals? Leave some comments here, tweet me your goals at @sunandsipcups with the #SimpleStart hashtag, or post to my Facebook wall – photos, questions, motivational quotes, anything. Let’s help keep each other on track!

 

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Get Started on the Paleo Diet – 100′s of Recipes & Free eBooks

“The greatest wealth is health.” - VirgilIt’s true, if you don’t have your health, nothing else really matters, right? And January is that time of year when we’re all kind of burned out on eating so many huge holiday meals, plus the loads of sweets and treats from the past couple of months, that we’re all pretty darn ready to commit to eating better in the new year. I’ve been using the new Weight Watchers Simple Start app to help get me motivated, and am always for new healthy recipes to add to my meal planning. One trend I’m really liking lately is the Paleo diet….

Tons of free Paleo recipes and tips

Getting Started on the Paleo Diet – Free Paleo Recipes and Tips [Read more...]

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