Monique’s Yummy Nacho Casserole

Hi everybody, this is the first of several guest posts you’ll see in the next two weeks while I’m trekking around Thailand. Monique is a dear friend of mine and we met two years ago when I hired her to be a part of my social media team at my last job. She’s always got something cute and clever to say and tons of funny stories about her life, so check out her blog and don’t forget to “like” her at http://www.facebook.com/moniqueisblog.

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Hi there Double Chin Diary readers! This is Monique from moniqueis.com with a delicious recipe to share with you. My fiancé and I pull a lot of our recipes from allrecipes.com and we’re always looking for something quick and easy to make since we both have busy schedules. A casserole is always an easy choice for us and we absolutely enjoyed the Nacho Casserole recipe we found. It tasted so good but it’s really not the healthiest thing, the recipe calls for salad dressing and uses Miracle Whip as an example—Whaa!? So I adapted the recipe to be a little healthier and according to My Fitness Pal my adjustments lobbed off 141 calories per serving, not bad!

It’s hard to imagine tortilla chips ever being healthy but there are some better for you options out there, like Guiltless Gourmet No Salt Added Tortilla Chips or even one of the new Pop Chips Tortilla Chips selections.

Original Recipe: 497 Calories per serving

Improved Recipe: 356 Calories per serving

Each version makes 6 servings and takes about 35 to complete.

The red side shows the original ingredients and the green shows my improved healthier ingredients.

The red side shows the original ingredients and the green shows my improved healthier ingredients.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place ground turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat with onion, garlic and green bell pepper. Cook, stirring to crumble, until evenly browned. Drain grease. Remove from the heat, and stir the salsa, corn and chili powder into the turkey mixture. In a 2 quart casserole dish, layer the ground turkey mixture, tortilla chips and cheese twice, ending with cheese on top.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted and dish is thoroughly heated.

 

Enjoy!

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Super Easy and Sorta Healthy 4th of July Recipe: Revolutionary Berries

It’s July! Time for corn on the cob, lazy Sundays, beach trips, fireworks and family vacations! Last year I showed you pictures of revolutionary berries but never showed you how to make them. I got the original idea from Disney Family Fun, but their recipe used white chocolate chips, and I found an even easier way to make them, with Wilton Candy Melts. These are perfect for taking to a BBQ or Picnic because they take about 5 minutes to make, are low cost, and are relatively healthy at approximately 32 calories per berry. Let’s get started!

 
 
 

Things You Need

1 Carton washed and thoroughly dried (this is important!) strawberries

1 Bag of Wilton Candy Melts, white, vanilla flavored. (You can find these at Michael’s Crafts, Walmart, Jo-Ann, etc.)

1 Container of Blue Decorating Sugar (found in the baking aisle by other sprinkles)

Wax Paper
Two Small Bowls for Melting and Sugaring
1 Fork for Mixing Melts

Let’s Get Started

1) Pour about 3/4 cup candy melts into a small, deep bowl. You’ll want deep over shallow so you can dip the berry in and get it about 3/4 coated.

2) Microwave the candy melts for 30 seconds. Check them. If they’re still firm looking, go another 15 seconds. Mix with a fork. When candies melt, you’re good to go. (Mine took about 45 seconds).

3) Dip your strawberry in the melted white chocolate, until at least half of the berry is covered.

4) Dip the coated berry into the blue decorating sugar. Don’t be afraid to roll it around a little bit if you’re not getting the amount of sugar you want.

5) Keep going, until you’ve covered all of your strawberries! Easy, right? Let the berries harden (about 1 hour unrefrigerated, 30 mins refrigerated) and then enjoy their crunchy, sweet yumminess! Imagine how many different ways you could do this – pink and blue for a baby shower, green and white for Christmas… what a great snack! If you try them this 4th of July, let me know what you think!