Jan 13

Healthy Chicken Enchiladas + Pork & Mushroom Fettuccine + Other Recipes


Gingerbread Pancakes, Roast Chicken & Lemon Pepper Broccoli by Cookin' Canuck

This was the first full week of including nutritional data, as well as Weight Watcher’s points, with my recipes. I hope that many of you are finding that information useful! I made everything from Southwestern Roast Chicken, Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli and Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes to Healthy Chicken Enchiladas and Pork & Mushroom Fettuccine.

You’ll notice a new tab at the top, labeled Recipe Box. In that dropdown menu, you can add recipes from the site to your weekly Menu Planner and Shopping List if you have a ZipList recipe box. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to access your personal recipe box. As a reminder, you just need to click on the Save Recipe button on each written recipe (at the bottom of each post) to save that recipe to your box. ZipList is a fantastic service that allows you to save recipes from many blogs and sites around the internet.

The recipes:

The first two recipes shown were written for allParenting. Just click on the links beneath the photos to find the recipe.

Pork, Mushrooms & Fettuccine in a Garlic Wine Sauce

Okay, so I wouldn’t exactly call this a “light” recipe, but I can safely say that it is a healthier option than a plateful of Fettuccine Alfredo. The sauce couldn’t be easier. Simply simmer olive oil and white wine, and spice things up with a pinch of red chile flakes. This is easy enough to pull together on a weeknight, particularly if you pre-slice the mushrooms and pork, and impressive enough to serve to guests on the weekend.

Pork, Mushroom & Fettuccine in Garlic Wine Sauce
Pork, Mushrooms & Fettuccine in Garlic Wine Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans, Corn & Red Pepper

My family always appreciates a panful of enchiladas, but I cringe to think how much saturated fat and sodium we are consuming when we dive into a classic recipe. So, it was my goal to lighten things up without losing the distinctive flavor. I packed these enchiladas with lean chicken, protein-filled black beans and the fresh flavors of red bell peppers and corn. Instead of layering on cheddar or Monterey jack cheeses, I replaced these with a lesser amount of queso fresco.

It was hard to make enough enchiladas because we kept eating the filling before it even made it to the tortillas!

Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans, Corn & Red Pepper
Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans, Corn & Red Pepper

Southwestern Roast Chicken with Cumin, Chili Powder & Cilantro

Believe me, I would never argue with anyone who claimed devotion to a simply roasted chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil. But why not have a little fun once in a while, and change up the flavor profile with a simple rub? The leftovers would be great in enchiladas (like the recipe above), taco or burritos, or on top of a salad.

Southwestern Roast Chicken with Cumin, Chili Powder & Cilantro
Southwestern Roast Chicken with Cumin, Chili Pepper & Cilantro

Whole Wheat Oat Gingerbread Pumpkin Pancakes

I would have to agree with my kids’ “best ever pancakes” claim. Not only are they light and fluffy, but they are filled with pumpkin (who can resist?!) and the flavors of gingerbread (think molasses, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon). The extra batter can be stored in the fridge and used for an easy, healthy weekday breakfast.

Whole Wheat Oat Gingerbread Pumpkin Pancake Recipe
Whole Wheat Oat Gingerbread Pumpkin Pancakes

Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli

When I mentioned in this post that I ate 5 cups of this broccoli, I wasn’t kidding. It was that good. In fact, I don’t know that I ever want to eat steamed broccoli any other way.

Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli Recipe
Lemon Pepper Steamed Broccoli

Stay tuned for more healthy, tasty recipes next week!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I love chicken enchiladas, those look fab!


2 Susie January 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm

LOVE Zip List – I just need to remember to use it every now and then! I also enjoy your recipes – and your inspiring running story. A 5K is definitely in my future, might include a 10K as well. Thanks for the WW Points, that will help (if I am ever consistent about tracking, that is!)


3 Minnie(@thelady8home) January 14, 2013 at 7:11 am

All the recipes look Great!! Chicken enchiladas tops even my list. Its looking fabulous!


4 Isra {TheFrugalette} January 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

Oh cumin and cilantro are right up my spice alley! Will have to check it out!


5 Dianne March 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Thank you for the WW point information.
It is hard to find good ideas/recipes and everyone of yours I have seen sound so good.


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