Posts Tagged ‘chiles’



Moist, spicy, cheesy…and really pretty quick! Serve with a bowl of cool pico de gallo and some Spanish rice for your family.




Vegetable cooking spray
3/4 pound chicken breast halves (4 pieces)
Kosher salt and black pepper

3/4 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
3 tablespoons finely minced onion
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon Penzey’s Chili 9000 or chili powder
One 4-ounce can diced green chilies

1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 fine dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon Penzey’s Chili 9000 or chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet or shallow baking dish with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Between two pieces of plastic wrap pound each chicken breast half to 1/4 inch thickness. Lightly sprinkle one side with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Filling:  In a small bowl combine shredded cheese, onion, cilantro, chili mix or chili powder, and green chilies. Divide this mixture evenly over flattened chicken and spread to within 1/4 inch from the edges. Roll up chicken, folding in the edges. Secure with toothpicks if needed.

Dredge:  In a shallow dish combine the egg and milk. In another shallow dish mix together the bread crumbs, flour, chili mix, and salt. Dip the chicken rolls into the egg mixture and then into the crumbs. Placed on prepared baking sheet. Brush or drizzle olive oil over the rolls. Bake, uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: 242 Cal; 30 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 8 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 476 mg Sodium


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Butter is notoriously NOT a ‘diet’ food.  But in our attempt to never be punished by food again – quality trumps quantity…and a little bit goes a long way in helping us feel pampered and spoiled!

A dab of this spicy, creamy butter on a tender steak, burger, or corn on the cob is all you’ll need for super flavor! Even slather on crusty bread and grill or broil until golden for your family – they’ll love it.

This will last for weeks in the fridge.  I use it on everything.  It would be FAB! on popcorn!!!

(Adjust the heat by adding or taking away some of the pepper.)



1 stick butter, softened
1-2 canned chipotle peppers, minced (seeded if desired)
2 tablespoons of the chipotle sauce that comes with the peppers
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Pinch garlic powder

In a small bowl whip the butter, with an electric mixer, until smooth and fluffy. Add the minced peppers, chipotle sauce, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic powder. Whip until incorporated. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and chill. (The longer it sits, the deeper the color and richer the flavor.) Just before serving put a teaspoon of the cold butter on cooked steak or burgers and allow it to melt over the top. For bread, leave softened for easier spreading.

Makes 24 servings.

Per Serving: It’s BUTTER for Heaven’s sake!

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(For some reason this photo makes it look dry.  It is SOOOOOO not.)

Super-duper moist and flavorful – it’s my husbands favorite meatloaf EVER.  This was a half-hearted-throw-everything-in type meatloaf at the last minute for dinner but Hon raved about it so much I had to scramble to save a piece for a photo!

It stays very moist because of all the nutritious and colorful vegetables mixed in. Serve with salsa, avocados, and sour cream if desired. Great as leftovers, and it freezes wonderfully. (With turkey it is super low in calories, but ground beef would also work in this.)

For the family add a fresh green salad and a warm pan of Chile Cornbread (one box cornbread mix according to pkg directions, 2 tablespoons diced green chiles, 1 teaspoon Chili Mix seasoning, 1/4 cup shredded cheese.)




2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 cup diced onions
2 cloves garlic
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 carrot shredded
3 1/2 teaspoons Penzey’s Chili 9000 or medium chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar or Splenda
1/3 cup fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
20 ounces ground turkey (mixed dark and white – stays more moist than all white)
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 egg
1 egg white
1/3 cup 2% milk
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 tablespoons salsa

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a loaf pan with vegetable cooking spray and set aside.
In a large frying pan over medium heat add olive oil or butter. Saute the onion, garlic, pepper, and carrot until onion is soft. Add in chili mix, cumin, salt, black pepper, sugar/Splenda, and cilantro and cook for two minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and gently mix in turkey, ketchup, egg, egg white, milk, bread crumbs, and cheese. Place in prepared pan; cover with salsa and bake for 55-60 minutes. Allow to rest 15 minutes before serving. Makes 8 servings.

(I usually do this in 3 mini loaf pans and bake for 30-40 minutes.  These freeze great, so I freeze two and Hon can eat one in a couple days, but no left-over burnout!)

Per Serving: 240 Calories; 18 g Protein; 14 g Tot Fat; 10g NET Carbs; (11 g Carb; 1 g Fiber); 4 g Sugar; 281 mg Sodium

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This is easily my most popular recipe!  (REVISED: Well, it used to be!!  The Quinoa Burgers and the Broccoli-Quinoa Casserole have FAR surpassed this one.  But it is still fab!)

It’s quick, can be altered to fit whatever you have in your pantry at the moment…can be made vegetarian, garnished with anything, and freezes great.

I spoon it over tortilla or corn chips for the family, lots of sour cream, avocados, diced tomatoes…whatever suits your mood.



2 tablespoons olive oil (if using meat sub or ground turkey)
1 pound ground beef or turkey OR 1 pkg. Morningstar Crumbles
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
One 16-ounce can chili beans, undrained (NOT chili, just chili-seasoned beans)
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, undrained
1 cup frozen corn – optional
One 10-ounce can tomato soup, undiluted
2 cups water
Two 14-ounce cans peeled and diced tomatoes, undrained and pureed
One 4-ounce can diced green chilies
One 4-ounce can sliced olives
One 1.25-ounce envelope taco seasoning
3 teaspoons Penzey’s Chili 9000 or chili powder

If using hamburger: In a large saucepan brown hamburger until just no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon into small chunks. Remove from pan and drain grease, reserving 1 tablespoon. Sauté the onions and garlic with the Splenda in reserved grease, until onions are soft and golden. Return hamburger to the pan.

If using veggie meat or turkey: In a large saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic with the sugar until onions are tender and golden. Add turkey or crumbles and sauté until turkey is no longer pink, breaking into small chunks.

Add to the meat/onion mixture the chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato soup, water, tomatoes, green chilies, olives, taco seasoning, and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with your choice of toppings, such as tomatoes, avocados, shredded cheese, sour cream, etc. Makes 12 servings about 1 cup each.

Per serving: Calories 241; Protein 13; Fat 11 g; Carbs 18; Sodium 470 mg

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