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Guilty: Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Sauce

My youngest son eats a bag of apples a week.  I wish I was joking, but I am not.  My tiny little guy consumes an entire $5 bag that contains 6-8 apples.  Furthering his love for apples, he read a Ready Freddy book about an apple orchard. In the book, Freddy’s mom makes an apple crisp and apple sauce with their picks from the orchard.  After completing the book, Tyler decided that he would like me to make him homemade apple sauce. At first I was a bit skeptical. In an effort to not be out done by a literary character (Freddy’s mom) I scoured Pinterest reading all the articles on homemade apple sauce.  Picking steps and ingredients from several different recipes, I created my very own Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Sauce.  And yep- It’s Guilty!  I am sure you could substitute brown sugar for honey or agave nectar, but my lil guy wanted good ole fashioned apple sauce and that is what I made him.
Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Sauce

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Guilt Free: Thai Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

Recently I purchased the Gourmet Nutrition Cookbook on a recommendation from my personal trainer.  He said there were some amazing recipes that even *I* could master… I chose not to take offense to that. :)  One that he pointed out in particular was Thai Ground Beef – a meal that you can enjoy any time during the day and not feel guilty about it since it is low in calories and fa, but high in protein.  I decided to give it a shot … and we all fell completely in love with it.

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Guilty: California Medley Casserole

Every couple of months I have had the chance to share with you some fun new recipes as part of the Country Crock Casserole Club. For as long as I can remember, Country Crock has adorned our family’s dinner table and it has been fun to literally make up recipes which have all become staples in our meal plan.  This month’s casserole was no different – taking a few basic ingredients and creating a side dish that I have literally made three times since.

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Guilt Free: Grilled Chicken Wings in a Homemade Wing Sauce

Football season is in full swing and with it comes football parties that have scrumptious menus.  Chicken wings are a staple at every football party.  Heck chicken wings aren’t just good during football season, they are yummy all year round.  However, if they are prepared with out your health in mind, there can be A LOT of hidden calories in them. Fear not!  I have scoured the food blogs, read a lot of recipes and spent years creating the perfect GUILT FREE chicken wing.

Grilled Hot Wings

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Guilty: Halloween Chicken Pot Pie

Ahh, Fall is officially here…. well, at least by date.  Here on the Gulf Coast we are still melting with temps near 95* today.  However, there is a cool breeze that let’s us know it will not be long before we break out the sweaters for the most wonderful time of the year. I have gotten a head start on my holiday preparation, testing out a few new ideas early to make sure they are perfect.  Tonight I did this Halloween Chicken Pot Pie and it was an enormous hit with the family.   I have never made pot pie before - in fact I am not even certain I have even eaten one before - but this was so tasty I know it will be a staple this season.

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Guilt Free: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

We have all come down with the back to school crud around here.  Thankfully its just runny noses and tiredness, but we all feel icky.  I have dosed the kids up with airborne and given them throat lozenges.  Yet, nothing satisfies a sick boy like homemade chicken noodle soup.

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Guilty: Oven Fried Pecan Maple Chicken

It has rained a bunch this summer. The average rainfall for June, July & August is 17 inches, we received about 25 inches during the last 3 months. :/  Originally, I had intended for this recipe to be grilled because it is very similar to Grilled Fried Chicken .  However, it rained the day it was prepared and quickly became and Oven Fried Pecan Maple Chicken.

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Guilty: Cube Steak Parmesan Recipe

Last week when I was at the store, Winn Dixie was having a great sale on cube steak – a meat I just learned how to cook recently in the Crock Pot.   But I wanted to try something different this time and headed over to Google to see what I could find.  Since I had so much fun last week with the Mexican Chicken Casserole and literally just throwing things in that I had on hand, I wanted to do the same with this – but I needed some inspiration.  The one recipe I kept seeing over and over was Cube Steak Parmesan.  Now I have never even tried Chicken Parmesan so I decided to give it a shot.  The family LOVED it.  Mike moreso than anyone and he is hard to please.

cube steak parmesan recipe

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Guilty: Mexican Chicken Casserole Recipe #CountryCrockCasserole

Last month I shared with you my Italian Chicken Casserole  - a recipe I concocted as part of the#CountryCrockCasserole Club that turned out amazing.  We have since eaten it twice – every time wishing I had made a double portion for more left overs.  This month I was challenged again to make another Country Crock Casserole using a few items in my Casserole Kit  plus “items you have on hand.” The Casserole Kit included a recipe for Mexican Beef and Corn Casserole but there was a problem… I only had chicken.  SO – I got creative again – throwing random stuff in from my pantry – and ended up with another amazing casserole!  Even though it isnt the PRETTIEST casserole I have ever made, it sure is one of the tastiest.

easy mexican chicken casserole recipe

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