Spicy 3 Bean Chicken Stew

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Hello fellow freestylers!  Are you excited about the new program?  I’m going to go more into my thoughts on in on the weekly weigh-in post, but I wanted to post this today to help all of you that need a fast and easy 0 Smartpoint dish!

Now I do have to warn you, the chicken broth has a point if you eat the whole thing.  I’d love the meet the person who could, because after eating just a bowl of this for lunch I could barely eat dinner.

It’s warm, filling, and definitely feels like comfort food!

Ingredients:

2 Cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Kidney Beans(be sure to get the kind without sauce), drained and rinsed
1 Can Corn

1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Celery stalks, diced

1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

3 Teaspoons Better than Bouillon Chicken base mixed with 3 cups water

1 1/2 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, halfed if they are really large

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Low Smartpoint Chicken and Noodles

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This is one of my favorite recipes for when I need that comfort food feeling.  I’ll be the first to admit it – pasta is my downfall.  I could live on the stuff.  Take your meat, your chocolate, your sugar, hell even bread.  The one thing that I love love love to eat is pasta!

I was so excited when I found these Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles. At 3 Smartpoints for a cup and a half you just can’t beat it.  They are freakin’ good too!  I’ll include stove top and Instant Pot directions.

This chicken and noodles recipe  comes in at 5 points for 1 1/2 cups.  Amazing!

Ingredients:

1 10 Oz Bag Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles
1 Pound Chicken Breast
1 Cup Chopped Celery
1 Cup Carrot Sticks
1 Small White Onion, diced
4 Cups Chicken Broth
1 1/2 Tablespoon Wildtree Herbes De Provence Blend (or poultry seasoning)
2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Salt

Instant Pot Directions:

Season Chicken with Herbes De Provence blend (or your local grocery store version) and set to the side.  Put Instant Pot in Saute mode and add oil.  Add Celery, Carrots, and onions. Season with salt.  Saute for 2-3 minutes, until onions become translucent, stirring occasionally.

Add Chicken Broth, stirring to get any stuck bits from the bottom.  Gently place chicken on top of the liquid, close the lid, and set for 10 minutes Manual.

When finished do a quick release and remove chicken.  Shred with two forks.  Empty your noodles into the liquid, then place chicken on top.  Set for 1 minute manual.

Quick release, stir, and you are done!  You may want to add a bit more salt once it’s finished.  I have been weaning myself off using so much so I don’t use a lot in my cooking anymore!

Stove Top Directions:

Follow Instant Pot directions except boil on stove.  When you go to poach your chicken, be sure liquid is boiling.  Bring down to a simmer, cover, and check the temp of chicken after 15 minutes.  It should reach a safe temperature between 15-20 minutes.

Once chicken has reached temp, remove and shred.  Add noodles to your broth and veggies, and cook 3 minutes, stirring often.  Re-add chicken when finished and you are good to go!

I use Wildtree in my recipes but always try to give an alternative.  If you are interested in Wildtree products you can find them here.

Edited to add:  Amazon has Instant Pots on sale for $99 today (5/9/17) so if you were thinking of buying one now is the time!

Opa! Chicken Sandwich

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So Costco has this awesome Kirkland chunk chicken in an 8 oz can.  Of course you get like 6 of them when you buy them, so I wanted to get some different recipes.

This is one of my favorites!  You can either do it as a “scramble” like shown in my picture, or you can make patties out of it.  When I’m in a hurry I just do three scoops (I use my ice cream scooper which is 1/4 cup) with a table spoon of oil, crisp it up, and it’s all good!

I use Joseph brand flat bread which is out of this world!  I get it from Walmart, and it is by the deli counter.  2 points each and worth it!

This is my go to dish when I have nothing in the house.  I try to make it up a head of time so it’s ready to cook.  It is so filling.  I mean I am STUFFED when I eat this and it’s so mouth-wateringly flavorful that I am completely satisfied when I eat it!

Opa! Chicken Sandwich – 5-6 points

1 8 oz can Kirkland Chunk Chicken

1 Green Pepper (diced)

1 Small White Onion (diced)

1 Egg

1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Opa! Seasoning (or Greek seasoning found at your grocery store)

Grapeseed Oil (I use garlic infused)

Tzatziki Seasoning

1 Cup Greek Yogurt (Plain, Non-Fat)

1/2 cucumber (seeded and grated)

1 Tablespoon Wildtree Tzatziki Seasoning (or brand found at your grocery store)

Garnish:

Tomatoes

Lettuce

1 Joseph Whole Wheat Flat Bread

Directions:

Combined all the ingredients for the Tzatziki dip and put in a  container.  Let the dip sit at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Saute onions and peppers for 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Break up canned chicken with a fork, and mix in Opa! seasoning, egg, bread crumbs, and the cooled peppers.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least a half an hour.

If you make patties out of this mixture they are one point each.  Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of oil.  Form 9 patties from mixture, cooking 3-4 minutes on each side to make sure they are cooked through.  Each patty is one point.  They aren’t near as good reheated, so I do mine the scrambled way most of the time.

If going for the scramble, heat one teaspoon of oil and add the amount of chicken you would like – 3/4 cup is perfect for the Joseph wrap.  Crisp it up until cooked through and add to your flatbread with your choice of garnishes.

The Tzatziki dip is free for 2 tablespoons or 1 point for 3.  I love it so I usually take the hit and have 3 tablespoons!

Sometimes I use Wildtree seasonings in my recipes.  I always try to put a substitute for them, but if you would like to try Wildtree check out my Wildtree site!