A Healthier Take on Shepherd’s Pie


My family loves Shepherd's Pie but the problem is, the typical recipe is loaded with sodium, fat, and carbs. Not good, not good at all. I still treat them to it occasionally because it's one of B's favorites but I always feel "dirty" when I do it. So last week I set out to make a healthier variety of this family favorite and it was a hit in my house and will be added to the rotation. B and I posted it on Facebook and got requests for the recipe, so here you go.What you'll need:1 lb ground chicken (I'm sure you won't be surprised to know I used Tyson)1 can reduced sodium cream of mushroom soup1 package reduced sodium french onion soup1 can no salt mixed vegetables3 sweet potatoes3 tbsp no salt butter1 cup Monterrey Jack cheeseWhat you'll do:Cut up and boil the sweet potatoes until tender, then mash mixing in the butter.Thoroughly cook the ground chicken on the stove top in a large pan.Once the chicken is cooked, mix in the canned soup and soup packet, and simmer for about 10 … [Read more...]

Lower Sodium Chicken Egg Rolls with Not-So-Sweet & Sour Sauce


I've been cooking almost every day for 20+ years, low to no sodium for the past 5. I really thought I'd cooked just about everything on the planet. Then sitting at the pool, before heading to the grocery store, I realized I've never cooked egg rolls. In fact, I really didn't even know how to cook an egg roll (although I had a pretty good idea). So with this plan of action set in my head, I Googled it. Oh my stars at the sodium in recipe after recipe. No, no, no...we can't have that. I picked and chose flavor combinations that I liked from several recipes, and came up with my own version (at least half the sodium of all of the others I found but it should be noted that this recipe is still higher in sodium than most of the recipes I share here). I headed to the store for the ingredients I didn't have. This was so simple. The rolling took a little getting used to but by the end I was a pro (in my head). After filling prep and rolling, they literally fried up in minutes. Want to make … [Read more...]

Goldfish Puffs Snack Mix for Our On-The-Go Lifestyle


For the record, I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. As always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.During the summer, we're always on the go. Trips to the pool, the beach, the park, or long bike rides on the Seawall are regular weekend events. And the kids are always hungry, and so is B in fact. We need healthier snacks for our on-the-go excursions so we don't have to constantly run home or stop to buy an unhealthy bag of chips. When I heard about the new Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Puffs now available at Target, I had a brilliant idea. What? I have brilliant ideas sometimes. I wanted to "spice" up the Goldfish Puffs a bit. Snack mixes are great for on the go because they offer a variety of textures and flavors and they just seem more satisfying. I grabbed a recipe from one of my favorite foodie friends and headed to Target to pick … [Read more...]

Monsterlicious Good Time! Eyeball Chili, Monsters Inc. Fingers, and Scare Juice Spritzers.


For the record, I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. As always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.It's about to get scary up in here. Seriously, we had a monsterrific good time the other night and I'm here to share that with you. Why am I talking like this? Because Monsters U is in theaters nationwide today and you need to go see it NOW. We need to go see it NOW. To get ready, we had a monsterlicious meal and family movie night watching Monsters Inc. with our new Monsters University toys. Who doesn't love some eyeball chili, monster fingers dipped in super scary dipping sauces, with Scare Juice Spritzers to wash it all down?Eyeball chili you say? That's nasty you say? Au contraire. This is just fun and it's so much easier to get picky little eaters to eat when their food is fun! Let's get started, shall we?You should note that all … [Read more...]

Low Sodium Chicken "Leftover" Pie


What is that you ask? Is it a Chicken Pot Pie? Is it some sort of Shepherd's Pie? Well, the answer to those questions is basically yes. This was dinner last night and it was amazing (so I'm told since we all know I'm a vegetarian).The best recipes often happen when you run out of groceries. You start scrounging around in the pantry and refrigerator in a ditch effort to avoid the crowded grocery store or *E-GADS* Walmart before dinner. And luckily, last night, I found a jackpot in every corner. I had roasted two Tyson whole fryers for Easter and although my whole family loves them, I always have left over chicken. There was a bowl full. In the pantry was a can of green beans and a can of corn. In the crisper were 2 carrots left over from my juicing. A few potato flakes, a can of low sodium Cream of Chicken soup, and a 1/4 of a bag of shredded cheese later, and I had a plan (that didn't involve fighting the crowds at Walmart).Slice and saute 2 carrots until tenderShred the Tyson Chicken … [Read more...]

Healthy and Simple Tyson Southwest Chicken Fajitas

Have you ever gotten half way through your work day and realized that you forgot to take something out for dinner but you still wanted to cook a healthy and delicious meal for your family? Happens to me all.the.time! As in, at least 3 times a week all the time. It's pitiful because I work from home, but I'm busy and it just happens. The fabulous news is, I've been turned on to a product that easily solves this woe and lets me focus on other things. Tyson Grilled & Ready has a line of pre-cooked Chicken that has saved the evening on more than one occasion recently. What I love about it most is that you can buy a few bags, in various flavors, in chunks, strips, or whole breasts and keep them in the freezer. Since they are precooked, you can heat them in the microwave for your healthy creation or heat them up in a pan with some oil like I do. It really takes no time at all...3-5 minutes in the skillet or 3-4 minutes in the microwave. Wednesday night was no exception. It was almost time to … [Read more...]