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White Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

White Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

If you asked me to pick my absolute favorite Mexican dish, it would be enchiladas. Hands down. Enchiladas all the day long. And when it comes to enchiladas, I tend to be really boring. I almost always go for plain cheese enchiladas. Some might find this boring, but it’s kind of like ice cream, sometimes you just gotta have vanilla.

White Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas

And although vanilla ice cream is always perfect, sometimes you have to have something a little more exciting. I had this craving for white chicken enchiladas last week. One of my issues with white sauces of any kind though is that they can be too heavy without much flavor and that’s no good. I was pretty happy with this sauce. Although the sauce is nice and creamy, it’s not super heavy and gets added flavor from spices and some heat and texture from diced green chilis. The chicken mixture is also pretty light and I threw in some fresh spinach for good measure because, well, now you can say you also had vegetables with your dinner. You know me, always looking out for you guys.

My husband didn’t love these as much as I did, but in my defense, he doesn’t like onions or chilis, so I made his a little differently and I don’t think his had as much flavor or texture as mine did. And actually, these are a great make ahead meal because I thought they were even more delicious the next day when I ate them for lunch!

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm (with free label printable!)

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm

Arizona has been so dry lately, I can hardly stand it. As someone with dry and sensitive skin, it’s kind of a nightmare really. My skin needs tons of lotion and my lips have been super chapped. I can’t get enough chapstick!

I first experimented with making homemade peppermint lip balm last month and loved it. First, all it takes to make it is melting ingredients in a bowl over a double boiler. It’s the easiest craft ever, except when you hand someone a tube and tell them it’s homemade, they will be seriously impressed because it sounds much more difficult than it actually is. Score points for you!

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm

And second, I can control what goes in and what doesn’t go in my lip balm. I was pretty happy with the peppermint formula, but this vanilla version is my favorite. It’s softer thanks to the addition of the sweet almond oil. The only thing I might do differently next time is add a bit more of the vanilla oil as I love all things vanilla.

Homemade Vanilla Lip Balm

I made a batch and handed them out to my co-workers, but how cute would these be for little Valentine’s Day gifts for your girlfriends or family?

Lightened Up General Tso’s Chicken

Lightened Up General Tso's Chicken

So, I’m sick. Like really sick. Like when you feel so badly, that you just lie on the couch all day staring into space and are completely useless. That kind.

Sickness aside though, I have to share this recipe with you! It’s been a while since I last shared a Chinese dish. That’s because the last three I have tried were horrible and I just wouldn’t do that to you guys. Chinese food can be tricky to master. The sauces have to be just right, not overly sweet, and the chicken has to have the right texture.

Lightened Up General Tso's Chicken

We love General Tso’s chicken in this house, but I don’t love the fact that it’s fried and contains a ridiculous amount of sodium. This version lightens things up a bit by cooking the chicken in cornstarch with minimal oil and the sauce also got a makeover with less sodium. It’s just sweet enough thanks to the addition of apricot jam. Both myself and my husband really liked this one. I brought some leftovers for lunch the next day and it was still really good (maybe even a little better!). And that is saying a lot for me because I am really weird about reheated chicken.

Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

If you’re still needing some ideas for recipes for the big game this weekend, I’m sharing some of my most favorite game day foods! I’ve got you covered from dips, appetizers, main dishes, a couple of drinks, and of course, dessert!

Most of these recipes are lower fat which just means we can all eat more of them, right? All of these recipes are also really simple to make which is important when throwing a party with lots of food! When it comes to Super Bowl foods, I tend to prefer to make a bunch of smaller, appetizer snacks to munch on throughout the game. That way, I can make just one or two at a time and we can eat different things as the game goes on. If you want to just get it all over with at once though, pulling out your crockpot is also a great alternative, especially if you are feeding a crowd! Make larger quantities of of the meat for these tacos or pulled pork sandwiches and then set up a table filled with taco or sandwich toppings. I’ve also thrown in a couple of non-beer drinks and although they are fruity, they are super delicious and refreshing.

Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

Pretzel-Crusted Cheddar Bacon Ale Cheese Ball

Pretzel-Crusted Cheddar Bacon Ale Cheese Ball

Pretzel-Crusted Cheddar Bacon Ale Cheese Ball.

I think I’m totally failing at posting healthy recipes this week, but I wanted to give you guys this recipe in time for this weekend.

There’s a lot of amazing things happening here. First, you got crispy bacon and it’s mixed in with cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese and then of course, beer! And then you top it all off with pretzels. I’m not sure it gets better than this, folks. This is ultimate game food right here.

Really, this thing can be as fattening as you want or you can make adjustments to cut fat and calories. Instead of using full fat cheeses, use low fat or fat free. Instead of using regular beer, use a light beer. Instead of using regular bacon, use turkey bacon. And instead of serving it with crackers or more pretzels, I ate mine with fresh broccoli and sliced red pepper. I actually preferred eating it with fresh vegetables. Since it’s already covered in pretzels, eating it with veggies adds another layer of crunch and flavor, plus, it just makes it seem much better for you!

Pretzel-Crusted Cheddar Bacon Ale Cheese Ball

Soft Batch Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Soft Batch Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Y’all, I’m sorry. Today is about two things: Cookies and jewelry!

I’ve been trying to make really healthy recipes for you and now I am sharing these amazing cookies with you. They are not low calorie. But you know what? Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s a day to indulge, so you see, these cookies are totally necessary. Let’s face it, there is no better combination of cookies and gorgeous jewelry! You might be wondering where the jewelry comes in here. Well, I teamed up with a bunch of fabulous bloggers and we are giving away a $500 Tiffany’s gift card to one lucky reader!!! Whether it’s a gift for a loved one or for yourself, this gift card is sure to come in handy so after you read this post, scroll to the bottom to enter for your chance to win!

I’ve been a longtime fan of Lofthouse sugar cookies. They are thick, soft, and cakey. The perfect way every sugar cookie should be if you ask me! And then they are topped with sweet buttercream frosting. It’s almost like eating a piece of cake. Because they are so amazing, I never buy them because well, duh. But, who says I can’t make them myself every so often?

Soft Batch Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Soft Batch Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

The most difficult thing about making sugar cookies for me is the fact that you usually have to let the dough chill overnight. But, trust me you have to be strong because it is well worth the wait for these! The key to making these cookies nice and soft is the addition of sour cream. I love these cookies because they are also very light, not like a traditional sugar cookie which can be more dense.

Soft Batch Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

We have to talk about the frosting for a second. This isn’t your normal buttercream frosting. It is buttercream frosting that is speckled with gorgeous vanilla beans and then whipped into submission until it is so light and fluffy, it tastes like a sweet cloud! And then of course, I had to add in some coloring to make it a pretty pink for Valentine’s Day. If you are against food coloring, just leave it out!