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I really am going to make an effort to get back on track this week.  This past weekend we attended Brewvival in Charleston, SC and my body is feeling the effects.   Brewvival is an AMAZING beer tasting with the most unique craft brews throughout the US.  I would recommend this event to anyone who is adventurous when it comes to drinking beer.  Anyways I need to cook some healthy meals this week so below are two recipes that will add nutrition as well as flavor into my life this week.  Enjoy or should I say cheers!

 

Barefoot Contessa’s Chicken Chili

* recipe can be found at Food Network

  • 4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 onions)
  • 1/8 cup good olive oil, plus extra for chicken
  • 1/8 cup minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

Preparation:

 

Cook the onions in the oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor fitted with a steel blade (pulse 6 to 8 times). Add to the pot with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

 

Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked. Let cool slightly. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut it into 3/4-inch chunks. Add to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.

 

 

The Deen Bros Lighter Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

*recipe can be found at Paula Deen

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 pound ground lean turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 medium green, red, or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce

 

Preparation:

 

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, zucchini, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer the onion mixture to a large bowl; let cool slightly.

 

Add the turkey, rice, cheese, and salt; mix well to combine. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers; discard seeds and membranes. Spoon the turkey mixture into each pepper.  Transfer the peppers, cut-side up, to a 5 1/2-quart slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the peppers and cook, covered, until the peppers are fork-tender, 3 – 4 hours on High or 4 – 6 hours on Low.

 

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