Skinny Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Skinny Cheesesteak Sandwiches

I don’t post enough sandwich recipes on this blog and they are actually one of my favorite things to make for quick weeknight meals when I don’t feel like making a big dinner. This Skinny Cheesesteak is one of those sandwiches!

I’m not going to call this a Philly Cheesesteak because all the Philly peeps out there will cut me and send me hate mail. For real. People are very protective of their classic cheesesteak sandwiches and I’m not going to go there! This is simply a lightened up version of the classic Philly favorite!

So how is this cheesesteak lighter? First, we use lean flank steak over more fatty beefsteak. Second, we load up on more veggies. Then we swap out the traditional processed cheese sauce with a new sauce made with provolone cheese and Parmesan cheese. Oh! And one more trick is to scoop out some of the extra bread. I personally HATE biting into a sandwich that is mostly bread, yuck! I need a much bigger filling to bread ratio with my sandwiches. I always scoop out some of the bread out of sandwich rolls. It’s a great way to save a few extra calories and carbs!

This skinnified cheesesteak is delicious and at just under 400 calories, it is way lower in fat compared to traditional cheesesteaks.

Skinny Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Love Punch

Love Punch

When you are typically a person who enjoys a good cocktail on occasion, pregnancy can really make you have some withdrawals, especially as you near the end! I’ve really been wanting a fun drink, but obviously have not indulged in this craving (Two. more. months. but who’s counting?!). It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I mixed up this fun and vibrant love punch recipe last week and it’s seriously so perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Love Punch

And best of all? You can make this punch with or without alcohol! I love versatile drink recipes that can go either direction. The alcoholic version has champagne and a bit of vodka added in. Although I’m sort of pushing this as a Valentine’s Day recipe, this party punch could really be served all year ’round without alcohol for baby showers or for kids and with alcohol for bridal showers or other adult-friendly parties. Sherbet punches always go over really well at showers and parties.

Like most punch recipes, this one is quite sweet thanks to the different juices, ginger ale, and sherbet. You can always experiment with the ratios if desired though! I’m seriously in love with the bright, vibrant color of this punch with pretty pink sherbet scoops on top!

Love Punch

Strawberry Marshmallows

Strawberry Marshmallows

I have always adored fluffy marshmallows and this pregnancy has had me craving a cup of hot cocoa many nights. And of course, I have to pile on the marshmallows. If you haven’t tried making homemade marshmallows before, I recommend it! It’s actually very simple and obviously so much better than store-bought marshmallows. I made these pretty strawberry marshmallows for Valentine’s Day and I’m definitely in love! These are delicious to eat just plain, but they are even more delicious in a cup of hot cocoa OR with s’mores!

Strawberry Marshmallows

I use fresh strawberry puree for these and the flavor is just so dreamy. If you want even more strawberry flavor, you can always add strawberry extract for extra flavor. Although you can’t really see from the pictures, the marshmallows are a very light pink color on their own from just the puree. Of course, if you want a more vibrant pink, you can also add in red food coloring.

I highly recommend using a stand mixer for these. The mixture needs to be mixed on a high speed for about 10 minutes. You can certainly try it with a hand mixer, but be forewarned that you are going to get quite the arm workout and it will take you longer than 10 minutes! And also, these require some patience. Once you mix these up, they will need to set for at least 8 hours, if not overnight, but I promise they are worth it!

Strawberry Marshmallows

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

My husband has been putting in his Super Bowl menu requests for a week now. Not to my surprise, he requested “some type of buffalo chicken recipe.” The guy loves his buffalo chicken! I always try to come up with new buffalo recipes for him like my buffalo chicken dip or buffalo chicken bites. Truth be told, I’m not personally a big fan of buffalo sauce. Same with BBQ sauce. I’m actually shocked we are still married because I think I’m seriously in the minority on these important issues!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

When it comes to tacos though, I can always get down! And yes, this includes buffalo chicken tacos. This recipe is ridiculously easy. First, you just need to pull out your slow cooker. Then toss in some chicken, broth, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder and let it cook for a few hours. This recipe is perfect for easy family dinners and it would be great for making for the Super Bowl if you want to double the recipe for a crowd.

I didn’t use a ton of buffalo sauce, just enough to get the flavor so I’d recommend having extra buffalo sauce on the side for those that want it. The toppings are endless too. You can add blue cheese or any traditional taco toppings. Oh, and if you want another idea, you can also put the chicken onto buns or sliders if you don’t want to go the taco route!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

This second pregnancy has been so different than my first. With Maddie, I didn’t really have any weird cravings and actually kind of lost my usual sweet tooth in favor of saltier snacks. I think I only craved chocolate milk and that was it for the sweet stuff. With this pregnancy? I want cake. I want cheesecake. No, I don’t want cheesecake, I NEED cheesecake!

It’s awful, really. It’s a good thing I don’t have a Cheesecake Factory right near my house because I’d be broke and gain 50 pounds. So, I’ve resorted to making my own cheesecake treats at home! These skinny lemon cheesecake bars and skinny marble cheesecake bars are some of my favorite lightened up desserts to make and now I’ve made a coconut version!

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake bars are lightened up compared to regular cheesecake by using reduced fat cream cheese, less sugar, and also contain protein-packed Greek yogurt. I added coconut extract to the bars and then topped them with toasted coconut and almonds. These bars come in at just under 120 calories per bar which is pretty darn good if you ask me! The hardest part though? Eating just one. I eat at least two at a time, one for me, and one for baby.

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

The Super Bowl is almost here and as always, I’m really only interested in the food. It’s the best part, let’s be honest. Maybe it’s partly because I’m a Cleveland fan and I probably won’t see them in the Super Bowl until pigs fly…soooo, in other words, never.

Taquitos are always a great choice for game day! Everybody loves them and the fillings are quite endless! I made an easy and fun kicked up, chipotle chicken taquito and I’m in love.

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

These chipotle taquitos are a new favorite in my house! They have an obvious kick from the chipotle pepper, which of course, you can add more of less depending on how much spice you prefer. I’d recommend using a small chipotle pepper if you plan to serve these to little ones. The spiciness of these taquitos are nicely balanced with the cream cheese and fresh lime juice. You’ll also notice that I don’t fry these, they bake up nice and crispy in the oven. I prefer to use corn tortillas as they are more authentic and I also think they crisp up better in the oven compared to flour tortillas, but you can certainly use flour tortillas if you prefer!

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos