January 22, 2016

Healthy Eating With Dash of Herbs // Guest Post

I'm really excited to have my Shine Seeker Sponsor, Kristyn here today to share something I think most of us deal with consistently...weight and healthy cooking. Kristyn from Dash of Herbs has managed to turn a struggle of hers in to a passion and she has some wonderful things to share with us today.

Every year, at the beginning of the year, I feel the pressure to lose weight and go to the gym. Hi, I’m Kristyn and I recently started a food blog called Dash of Herbs. But back to that first sentence. Does anyone else feel that pressure? I know so many people try and fail to keep New Year’s Resolutions about losing weight and going to the gym. We set the bar so high that it’s just unattainable. Let me tell you something. You aren't alone. I have felt this way for many, many years. And I have struggled with my weight for longer than I really want to admit. After living an active childhood, I started to notice the weight creep on when I was working a 9-5 cubicle job. It didn't happen suddenly, so I didn't really notice that it was a problem until it was. When I got on the scale recently, I think I yelped. It was that bad. And I knew I had to do something about it. So, I decided to join Weight Watchers and with that came cooking more. Dash of Herbs is the brainchild of my Weight Watchers journey and my new love of cooking. You can find simple, easy recipes that any type of cook can throw together, and they are so easy to make. I try to not spend more than 30 minutes putting a meal together, and these recipes are on point.

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These mini chicken pot pies are perfect when you are wanting a little bit of comfort food. I don't know about you, but I can't deny myself something sweet. These choco-chocolate chip muffins are fabulous when my sweet tooth hits and I have to have something. This black bean burger is delicious. It's a little bit spicy, but the homemade guacamole on top just adds to the flavor and is a great compliment to the burger.

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Want to make breakfast while you sleep? This slow cooker apple cranberry oatmeal is amazing. Seriously, it's so good. It's pretty high in points, but it gets you really full for the rest of the day. Talk about starting your day off right! I have made these turkey sausage mini quiches twice, and both times, they were amazing. You can have so many varieties of these little things, that I just love them even more. The possibilities are endless! When the weather gets colder, I want chili. But I don't love beef chili all the time. This white chicken chili recipe is so flavorful, you won't know what hit you. Oh, and it's INCREDIBLY easy to make. And what kind of food blogger would I be if I didn't include a recipe for you? This chicken tortilla soup recipe is extremely easy to make, and delicious.

Interested in an easy dinner idea? This chicken tortilla soup recipe is so easy and only uses 1 pot.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Author: Kristyn
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Serves: 4 servings
According to the Weight Watcher Recipe Builder, this recipe is 3 Smart Points per serving, about 1 cup.

  • 4 frozen uncooked chicken breasts
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 6 cups low-fat chicken broth
  • 15oz fire roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 15oz corn, drained (optional)
  • 15oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped - for garnish
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese, shredded
  • baked low-fat tortilla strips
  • sour cream, optional
  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot set over medium heat. Add onion and salt and cook for 5-10 minutes or until onion is softened. Add garlic, jalapeno, and ancho chili powder and cook for 1 minute. Add broth, tomatoes, corn, black beans, chicken breasts, and lime juice.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered for 20 minutes or until chicken breasts are cooked through. Remove breasts from soup and use 2 forks to shred. Return chicken to pot with cilantro.
  3. Serve soup garnished with cheese and tortilla chips.
Thank you Kristyn for sharing several delicious, and EASY recipes with us today. I have so many of her posts pinned because you can't go wrong with quick, healthy cooking.

You can have the opportunity to guest post on Dream Big & Buy the Shoes, since it's included in a few of my sponsorship options. Check them out, I would love to feature YOU!

Have a wonderful, safe and warm weekend...and hope it's delicious too thanks to Kristyn!

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