White Chicken Chili

white chicken chiliThis White Chicken Chili recipe is hearty, filling, low-fat and gluten-free!

It is sure to please the even the pickiest eater in your family!

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, raw
  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced no salt added tomatoes, fire roasted or regular, OR 1 lbs. fresh, chopped
  • 4 (16 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, low sodium and/or organic
  • 1 (4 ounce) can fire roasted green chiles
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 ½ cups reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1 cup 2% cheddar, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Sauté the onions and garlic in a pan with the extra virgin olive oil until the onions are translucent. Put the tomatoes, bell peppers, chicken, beans, chiles, chili powder and cumin into the slow cooker. Once the onions and garlic are cooked, add them as well with 1 ½ cups of chicken stock. Stir well. 

white chicken chiliCook the chili 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. About an hour before serving, add the 1 cup of Mexican cheese and salt and pepper to taste (and more chili powder or cumin if you’d like!). Add optional toppings if you so choose.

 

I would love to hear what you think of this recipe! 

Clean Eating Cinnamon Banana Muffins

cinnamon banana muffins

These low fat, clean eating, banana muffins with cinnamon will be sure to please the sweet tooth in anyone. The greek yogurt adds protein and keeps the muffins moist. You’ll love these!
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add bananas, honey, vanilla, oil, egg, milk and yogurt to a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until well combined, smooth and creamy. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in raisins.                                                                                                                    
  3. Divide batter evenly into muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool muffins for 5 minutes then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Muffins are best served warm and even better the next day.

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Here are the substitutions I used to clean up the muffins:

Whole wheat flour: We want some whole grains up in these! Whole wheat flour has more nutrition than regular all-purpose. It also adds a nutty delicious flavor to the muffins. Now go buy a bag!

Greek Yogurt: Yogurt takes the place of butter in this recipe. It helps to keep the muffins super moist and adds protein to keep you full. I always use plain nonfat greek yogurt; it has the least amount of sugar and is similar to sour cream so it’s great for baking.

Honey instead of sugar: I used an all natural sweetener instead of sugar. Honey also adds moisture to the muffins and since it’s sweeter than sugar you can actually use less of it. There’s only 1/4 cup in this entire recipe!

You Are WORTH IT

When’s the last time someone told you – You are WORTH IT?  

niceCan’t remember?  Well, maybe its time you start telling YOURSELF this – DAILY.

You want somebody else to love you? Well, you better start loving yourself.

Do you want the respect of others? Well, how about showing yourself some respect first?

We have high expectations of how we want others to treat us – yet we treat ourselves like third class citizens. With a  heart for helping others and a motherly instinct, we put our heart and soul into our family and into caring for others so much that we forget about self-care.

Take care of yourself!

Take-Care-Of-Your-BodyRemember to make your own health a priority. Schedule in time for your sleep, your meal planning, exercise, and having some time every now and then to unwind without people asking you for things or needing your help. You deserve those things! Don’t withhold them from yourself. We run the household, clean, drive everyone where they need to go, work very hard, give counseling, act as a nurse, psychiatrist, chef, and a event coordinator… After all this – I would HOPE that we are qualified to take our OWN advice!

We need to LISTEN to that voice inside.  And we need to be intentional about living the life we recommend others. The advice we give to our friends. The things we believe in. If we aren’t living these things out, we are wasting such precious moments.

Take time for you. Make time for you.

And if you can combine this with your work, your fun, your habits, and your family, you are beyond BLESSED.

self careWe are ALL blessed! Sometimes you just have to LOOK for it. Trust God. Know that he is in control – not us. Know
that it’s OK to ask for help. Know that you are WORTHY of self care. Feed your mind and body right. Work smarter not harder. Manage your time. Improve YOU…

BEE intentional about this and all other aspects of your life will improve.

Why should you? YOU. ARE. WORTH IT.