“Skinny” Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Crock pot recipes are some of my favorites during the winter. Not only does it make the house smell amazing, but it’s also wonderful to come home from work and have dinner ready.  I have always loved a thick & creamy comfort soup, especially when it’s chilly outside and snow covers the ground.  This is my version of a healthier baked potato soup.  Still very delicious minus the guilt!  One thing it’s missing: scallions.  Pregnancy brain hit my at the grocery store.

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Ingredients:

8 organic golden potatoes
1 1/2 cups organic fat free chicken broth
1 1/2 cups organic almond milk
salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 cup light sour cream
10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
3 slices uncured turkey bacon

Directions:

Throw potato, milk, sour cream, chicken broth, half the chives, s&p into crock pot and slow cook for 4 hours.

Remove from heat. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Top each serving with 2 tbsp cheese, remaining chives, and bacon.

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DIY Christmas Platter Under $5 and Under 5 Minutes!

This DIY platter made on hard candy is so easy and such a fun craft to do on Christmas Eve. I originally got the idea from The Chew and it is the perfect host gift or a great way to serve your favorite Christmas cookies.

You will need:
* Package of hard, red and white swirl mint candies (unwrapped)

* Parchment paper and whatever shape baking dish you want to use.

Directions: Pre-heat oven. Place the unwrapped candies about a quarter inch apart on the parchment lined baking sheet in desired shape and size.  Place in the oven, checking after about five minutes to see if the candies have melted into each other. Once the mints have melted into each other, remove from oven to a cooling rack.

Wait 30 seconds and trim the edges with a pizza cutter to straighten and perfect.  Let sit to harden for about 5 minutes and Voila!

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Classic Mojito Recipe

I’ve never been a mojito lover because most of the places that I have tried them, they were pre-mixed and not fresh. This past weekend, for Father’s Day, we had a wonderful barbecue by the pool and I decided to make some fresh mojitos, Jamie style. I used flavored Bacardi to add a little raspberry flavor and used Truvia instead of sugar. I was delightfully surprised by how refreshing these were. Not too sweet but definitely the perfect pool-side drink.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch fresh mint, cleaned
  • 1/3 cup Truvia
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 limes
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 (750 ml bottle) light rum (I used Bacardi raspberry for extra flavor)
  • 1 liter club soda

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Directions:

In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with Truvia until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Add lots of lemon and lime wedges.  Pour into glasses, and add a lime for garnish. Enjoy!

 

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When Life Hands you Lemons

When life hands your lemons, make Limoncello, of course. That’s what my husband and I did last night. We picked up some organic lemons from Whole Foods and used the recipe we got when were in Positano, Italy. The recipe is very easy, calling for Everclear alcohol, lemons, cane sugar, and water.  However, the Amalfi lemons are what makes Italian Limoncello so delicious.  In 8 days, we will see how these Whole Foods lemons compare!

I hate to waste food so when I had all these leftover “naked” lemons, I wanted to make something creative.  First, I made low-calorie strawberry lemonade. Recipe is below and I must say, it is so refreshing.

I also decided to make lemon juice ice cubes!  I have never tried them but thought they would be great for ice water or for cocktails.  I had these cute star ice trays so I took a turkey baster and filled up the cubes with leftover lemon juice.

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image{strawberry Lemonade:  1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons), 4 tablspoons Truvia,  5 cups water, 5 strawberries}

{directions: Mix lemon juice, water, and Truvia to taste.  By adding fresh cut strawberries and letting site for a few months, the natural flavor of the strawberries will start to soak in!}

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Fresh Watermelon Margaritas

Happy Monday and Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love a classic, fresh margarita and am usually a plain Jane when it comes to margaritas. I usually opt for an all-natural margarita with no sour mix and tons of limes with my favorite tequila, Clase Azul. However, this fresh watermelon variation is the only variation of a margarita I love because it’s is so refreshing and not too sweet. Enjoy!

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