Smart Ones Part 2

In my last post about the Smart Ones meal, I mentioned that I had also bought a Fish and Chips meal. This may surprise everyone, but I think the Fish and Chips were better than the Chicken Tenders! Sorry for the photo quality here, I forgot to take the pic before I cooked it. I was starving, it couldn’t wait!

Fish and Chips

When I first opened the package and there was only one fish, I was a little surprised. I don’t know why I thought there would be 2, but I guess my stomach was hoping for a bit more. It was good though. It made the work kitchen smell like fish sticks, so keep that in mind if you want to make this at work. It tasted exactly like a fish stick and these fries were so much better than the ones with the chicken tenders. It reminded me of when I was little and mom would make us fish stick sandwiches for dinner.

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It doesn’t look like much in the picture, in fact it looks a little sad. I enjoyed it and I would definitely buy this one again. I just have to make sure to bring a few snacks for lunch that day to accompany it.

Weight Watchers Smart Ones

Smart Ones

Saw this in the freezer section a few weeks ago and thought I would try it out. I also got a Fish & Chips one. It is definitely different then some of the other meals they have, and this one looked like I would actually like it. I will say I was a bit skeptic about how the fries would turn out since this is a microwaved meal. It looked good when I microwaved it, so that is a good start!

Chicken Tenders & Fries Smartones

Surprisingly the fries don’t taste too bad, but they aren’t crispy. It says the fries are seasoned with ranch, but they don’t really taste like anything. The look of the seasoning on them reminds me of Cool Ranch Doritos, unfortunately, they are not! The chicken tastes a bit like the freezer, but that could also be because it has been in my freezer for a few weeks. There wasn’t any freezer burn though, so it may not be my fault this time! It was still good and only a few bites tasted like that.

I decided to not eat these fries for dinner and I made a different batch of fries. Red Robin sells their fries in the freezer section, but unfortunately they come with the Red Robin seasoning, and I am not a huge fan of it. They are pretty good fries though, and for not having a Red Robin anywhere close to me, this is the best I can do. Don’t worry, we are getting a Red Robin near my work very soon! I also decided that since I am not actually on a diet I would put my chicken on a sub roll with some honey mustard.

Honey Mustard Chicken Sub

I would buy this again, but only if it is on sale. It is a good sized meal especially for a lunch at work, and it doesn’t taste bad. It is that comfort meal you may need during your stressful day. It is also cheaper then going out to buy your own chicken tenders and fries. I recommend you give it a try, especially if you are actually on Weight Watchers. (No Weight Watchers didn’t ask me to say that. If they did ask though, I would accept the offer, just saying)

Tilapia

Hello! This might surprise some of you that I would ever cook fish on my own. Well, I need some more food options in my life and figured fish was easy. Tonight’s dinner definitely proved that it was a good choice! I love teriyaki sauce and figured why not try it on fish. I have never made fish so I didn’t know what to expect, but I would say this was a success.

I put my Tilapia in a zip lock bag and poured in some teriyaki sauce and let the fish soak in it for a few minutes. Depending on how much of the teriyaki taste you want, you can leave in longer to marinate. I have zero patience so it was in the bag for about 5 minutes. I took it out and put it into a baking dish. I had some cut up pineapple left so I added some pineapple chunks to the baking dish as well. I cooked it for about 20 minutes on 350. As a side dish I made white rice with peas and carrots. I also put some teriyaki in the rice to keep the flavors consistent. Below is my masterpiece! No recipe to follow, just all on my own. I would say I did good!

Tilapia

Well some success had to come with some failure. I tried making dairy free ice cream for dessert using a frozen banana, cocoa powder, some almond milk, and peanut butter. Horrible, horrible, horrible. I think my failure was in the amount of cocoa powder I used. Unfortunately, this got thrown down the drain because I could only get a taste before spitting it out. Sorry for the gross details, but just keeping it real.

Eat the fish, not the ice cream.

 

Ginger Tea

First things first, Ginger Tea is weird. It smells like church and tastes spicy. What a weird combination for someone trying it for the first time. I have a lot of stomach issues and Dr. Oz says Ginger Tea is good with helping those issues. Dr. Oz knows all! I …

3 Ingredient Cookies

Happy Sunday! Sunday has started to become my favorite day because of this blog and I look forward to making something new in the kitchen. Unfortunately for this week, I have been sick so I don’t have a great meal to share with you for dinner, but I do have dessert! Who doesn’t love dessert and even better you can make it in 3 ingredients!

I had enough strength to try this cookie recipe I found on pinterest and even made enough to share with the family. They seemed to like them so I would say you all should give them a try. It is a little weird because it tastes like cake, but it is a cookie. It is good though, and it is super easy and quick to make. Below are the instructions.

1 rainbow chip cake mix

2 eggs

1/4 oil

Mix the ingredients above together, roll into balls, place them on a baking sheet, and bake on 350 for 10-12 minutes. I was able to get 20 cookies out of this, but it would vary depending on how big you want them.

I don’t see why you can’t use any kind of cake mix, and I encourage you to try it out and then let me know how it goes.

Enjoy!

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Quick Weekday Meal

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The work week is hectic and if you are anything like me, the last thing you want to do when you get home is cook. Well, I have just the meal for you! It will take you less than 10 minutes to make it, and everyone in your household will love it! It is definitely one of those, I don’t feel like cooking, but my family needs to eat kind of meals. Pair it with some Mac and Cheese and dinner is ready!

In my family this is called Cheese Dreams. I don’t know why it is called that, but that is what mom called it when I was younger so that is what it is called! I used bread from Jimmy Johns, but you can use any type of bun. All you do is slap on a piece of cheese to each piece of the bun and put on as much bacon as you desire. Then, put it in the oven (I put it on broil) until the cheese is melted and bacon is cooked. Finally, EAT! This is almost as easy as making cereal for dinner. Give it a try, I think you will love it because who doesn’t love cheese and bacon!!

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I am still working on that timing in the kitchen thing, so mine got a little burnt while I was mixing up the Mac and Cheese. Even a little burnt it was still delicious. Just a little tip from my experience tonight: make sure you keep an eye on it while it is in the oven, because it melts very quickly!

-L

Crock-pot Hawaiian Chicken

Happy Sunday everyone!! I know we all have those Sunday blues because tomorrow starts the work week, but hopefully you can be cheered up with a successful recipe of Crock-pot Hawaiian Chicken. I am sure you have seen this recipe floating around on Facebook (that’s where I saw it), and it is a little deceiving. The picture in the recipe is not what it actually ends up looking like, unless you are a professional chef, then maybe it does for you. I am a rookie at this, and mine did not turn out that way. Regardless, it was very good. Below is the recipe.

SWEET HAWAIIAN CROCK-POT CHICKEN
2lb. Chicken tenderloin chunks
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce

Combine all together, cook on low in Crock-pot 6-8 hours…that’s it!

It says 6-8 hours, but mine was on low and it was definitely done in 4-5 hours. By the 5th hour it was easy to cut and could also be used as pulled chicken on a sandwich. I made white rice to go with it, mixing in some of the liquid from the crock-pot and broccoli. It was very good and even better, I have some leftovers. I think I will try the leftovers with mashed potatoes. It has the taste to go with potatoes as well, but I will let you know how that fares this week.

This recipe was so easy! I love easy recipes because then there is less error for me to screw them up. This was also the first time I have used my crock-pot and let me tell you, my life has changed. How great to just throw it in and let it cook!

Try it out and let me know what you guys think!

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Dairy Free Mac and Cheese

I want to start off the first blog post by saying I don’t have fancy taste. I am a very simple eater and have been told I eat like a 5 year old. One of my New Years Resolutions is to not eat out during the work week. I want to make things that can last a couple days, having leftovers for lunch is one thing, but having leftovers that can make another dinner is amazing!

I have a dairy allergy that I pretend I don’t have, but I figured while I am making resolutions I should make one about this too. Unfortunately, I have already broken that one. Last Sunday, I made Dairy Free Mac and Cheese. For someone who has never made dairy free anything before this was going to be a learning experience. I had high hopes that this was going to be amazing, and I may quite possibly have built it up so much that I was even more disappointed when I failed. I am not afraid to admit I failed, it was my first time ever making something like this. Below is the recipe in case you want to try.

Serves 5
30 minutes: 10 minutes to cook macaroni and make sauce, 20 minutes oven and grill time.
Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups dried macaroni
1/2 cup vegan margarine
1/2 cup plain white flour
3 1/2 cups boiling water
1 tsp salt, added gradually to taste
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1-2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
Pinch Turmeric
1 cup nutritional yeast flakes

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook macaroni in boiling, lightly salted water according to directions on package. When cooked, drain in colander and return to pan to keep warm.
3. While pasta is cooking, melt margarine over low heat.

4. Beat in flour with a wire whisk

5. Continue to beat over a medium heat until the mixture (called a roux), is smooth and bubbly.

6. Whip in the boiling water, salt, soy sauce, garlic, and turmeric, beating well to dissolve the roux.

7. The sauce should continue to cook until it thickens and begins to bubble.

8. Whip in the yeast flakes.

9. Mix part of the sauce with the cooked macaroni, and put in a casserole dish.

10. Pour the rest of the sauce on top, sprinkle with paprika

11. Bake for 15 minutes. Put under the broiler for a few minutes until the sauce thickens and gets stretchy.

I honestly have no idea where I went wrong, but it was a major fail on my part. Looked good, but did not taste good.

I wish you readers luck, and please let me know if you try it! I am curious to see if others can make it and what tips you would have for me.

-L

Dairy Free Mac and Cheese