Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sharing is Caring

I just wanted to do a little sharing today. First, I just wanted to share a few recipes that I made last week that I really liked, and they are all pretty healthy from what I remember. And then I want to share a little story about someone I consider a friend.

Here are the recipes:
(I have nutritional info and even WW points for anyone interested. Just let me know. And if I can find the links I originally got these recipes from I'll post that, too.)

Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing

3-4 Chicken Breasts
1 box stuffing mix (stovetop, etc.)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 can FF cream of mushroom broth
(I added a container of baby bella mushrooms and another 1/2 cup chicken broth)

Spray the crockpot with cooking spray. Add chicken and broth. Mix stuffing and soup (this is where I added the mushrooms and extra broth). Add to crockpot on top of the chicken. Cook on low for 7 hours. (I cooked on high for 2.5 hours. Then I took the chicken out, shredded it and added it back in.)

Makes 4 servings

This recipe has only 403 calories per serving and 5.1 grams of fat (not including extra broth and mushrooms)

Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

12 oz green beans (make sure they are dried)
2 tsp olive oil
salt & pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 Tbsp parmesan

Preheat oven to 475. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Mix green beans, oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl and mix to coat evenly. (I added onion powder and did not measure garlic and onion powder.) Spread out on the baking sheet so they lay flat and place in the lower third of your oven. Bake 10 minutes, stir, and bake another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated cheese. ( I also didn't measure the parmesan cheese.) (I don'y think the green beans will brown as well if you don't place them a little lower than the middle of the oven.)

makes 4 servings

Black Bean Burgers

 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
2 pieces of bread crumbled (I used panko bread crumbs)
1 egg white
2 Tbs flour
3 Tbs salsa
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil (for cooking)

Drain and rinse black beans and mash until almost smooth using potato masher or fork. Mix in all other ingredients and shape into 4 patties. Cook in a large pan in olive oil for about 5 minutes on each side.

Easy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

1 lb 2% Velveeta cheese product
1 can 98% fat free cream of celery soup
1 can 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup
1 can medium rotel (use mild for less spice)
1 (14.5 oz) box Barilla plus enriched angel hair pasta (or any other angel hair pasta)
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1. Coat skillet with nonstick spray.
2. Cook chicken until done then shred with forks
3. Cook spaghetti in a large saucepan according to box directions. Drain and return to pan. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, and add chicken. Stir well until all of the ingredients are blended and the cheese has melted.

makes about 10 servings (we froze half) 

And on to my story....

There is a lady, Samantha, a friend that works for my bank, that needs some help. She finally got pregnant with her second baby after trying for about 2 years only to be dealt with heartbreaking news. When she went in for the anatomy scan she found out they are having a girl, but also found out there are other complications. Samantha started going to a children's hospital in Dallas to get a diagnosis for Baby Ella and for development check-ups. Baby Ella has been diagnosed with Encephalocele, and Spina Bifida. She has also been told the baby has club feet. Baby Ella has a very short life expectancy, but her family is just ready to hold her in their arms for however long they get with her. Samantha and her family really need help with their medical bills. Their goal is to raise $5,000. They haven't even met 10% of that yet. If you have even $5 to spare, please send it their way. I know times are tight for a lot of people, and if you don't have any money to spare, then just send prayers. Baby Ella is due any time now so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

If you want to make a donation you can do that here.

Even if you're not making a donation there is a place on the site where you can send "hugs" and words of encouragement. She doesn't know I'm posting this, so any donations or comments would be a welcome surprise for her.

So that's my sharing for today. Do you have anything to share?

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