Healthy Recipes for Moms

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Mexican Chicken Casserole


1 large onion, chopped

3 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped

3/4 pound to 1 pound chicken

1/2 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth

2 tsp chili powder

pinch of salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

6 corn tortillas, cut into fourths

1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Spray and 11 x 7 baking dish with cooking spray. In a large skillet, saute chicken and onions until chicken is done. Chop or shred the chicken and return it to skillet. Add tomatoes, broth, chili powder, salt, cumin, and oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Layer half the mixture, half the tortillas, and half the cheese in baking dish, and repeat with remaining chicken mixture and tortillas. Reserve the remaining cheese. Cover the casserole and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

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October 28, 2007 Posted by | Chicken, Entree-Casserole | , , | Leave a comment

Crockpot Pork Barbecue North Carolina Style


2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

1 4-pound boneless pork roast, cut in large chunks

Sandwich buns

Directions: Before planning to make this, beware that the vinegar smell can be pretty potent in the kitchen. In a bowl, mix the vinegar and spices together. Place the meat and vinegar mixture in a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour and on low for 10 hours. (Or on low for 12 hours.) Shred the pork chunks using two forks. Until the meat is shredded, it will seem as if there is too much liquid. Serve alone or on buns.

October 28, 2007 Posted by | Entree-Crockpot or Stockpot, Pork | , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey Meatloaf

2 pounds ground turkey (1 pound white breast meat, 1 pound other)

1 cup quick-cooking oats or regular oats

½ cup diced vegetable like carrots or red pepper

½ cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed

¼ cup chopped onion (optional)

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ cup low-sodium ketchup

¼ cup fresh or canned Parmesan or Romano cheese

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried basil

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and place in a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Top with some more ketchup if preferred. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until done. A meat thermometer should read 165 for ground turkey to be considered done.


Notes for moms:

1. I often double this recipe and freeze one loaf for later.

2. For dicing up veggies, I microwave them in water for 3-4 minutes, and then dice them in my mini-food processor.

3. This makes a great recipe to give to a new mom, because it has lots of protein, and can be frozen without taking up a lot of freezer space. But remember to hold the onions if the mom is nursing.


This recipe is modified from Cooking Light.

October 28, 2007 Posted by | Entree-Casserole, Ground turkey/chicken | , | Leave a comment