Monday, March 24, 2014

Cheesecake Factory's Skinnylicious Menu

In a nutshell, I love it! My daughter wanted to go to Cheesecake Factory for our mommy/daughter date, and this can be a landmine for those of us on Weight Watchers. So I hit their online menu and was happy to see they  have a Skinnylicious menu.

I chose in advance (so I would not order mashed potatoes and clam chowder!) a beet/goat cheese/pecan/arugula salad then had Mexican lettuce wrap tacos. This was so I could then have lemon raspberry cheesecake later.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Delicious Lemon Poke Cake

I’m all about baking and stuff lately for some reason. Maybe because I’m proofreading cookbooks! So here is something I’ve grabbed and then changed some based on ingredients we have here. Head over to Bubblews to check it out!

Left is a photo of my daughter poking holes. I didn't cook the cake long enough, though, so it was a little doughy.

Then she wanted me to finish and I didn't read the instructions all the way and poked the holes all the way to the bottom! OOPS!

So my holes were massive and all the way down and my condensed milk mixture didn't even fill them up! I chilled it and put the frosting on (above) anyway and I'm sure my family will enjoy it anyway!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cilantro Lime Pesto Chicken Fajitas with Low-Carb Tortillas

When my friend Maureen made this for my family recently, we all attacked it and could not believe how yummy it was! I’m not much of a cook, though, and just knew it would be too difficult for me to make. Boy, was I wrong! Check out this terrific recipe, perfect for a day when you are busy, perfect for doubling and freezing, or perfect for doubling and giving some to a friend! Let me know what you think!

Cilantro Lime Pesto Chicken Fajitas
-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-Salt, pepper and garlic powder
-1/2 cup cilantro lime pesto (see below)
-1 medium onion
-1 pepper (whichever color you love best)
-Tortillas (I love Mission brand’s carb control version, which is whole wheat also, but you can choose corn tortillas for a gluten-free version)
-Taco sauce/picante sauce/salsa (whichever you prefer)
-1 ripe avocado
-Sour cream (omit for dairy free diets)
-Shredded cheese (omit for dairy free diets)
I like for things to be super easy, so I love to cook the chicken breasts in the slow cooker for a few hours on high. When they are cooked through, I take them out, chop them up and toss the pieces in a bowl. Then I sprinkle on some salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. 

Then I cook my chopped peppers and onions in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. That’s when the cilantro lime pesto comes in (see recipe below). I take about 1/2 cup of that and stir it into the chicken mixture. Ready to serve! If you love the pesto, you can just add more to your fajita for a refreshing take on a fajita.

Cilantro Lime Pesto
-1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves
-3 tablespoons olive oil
-3 tablespoons sliced, toasted almonds
-4 tablespoons minced garlic
-2 teaspoons lime juice
-1/2 cup shredded Romano cheese
-2 teaspoons salt
-The chicken broth from the slow cooker, about 1/4 cup
Using a food processor, blend ingredients together until smooth.

I like to get Mission Carb Balance tortillas to eat with my creation.