16 Sep

Spinach & Chicken Fettuccine Casserole

Hey everyone!

I wanted to share another easy recipe that I made during all of the wedding craziness last week (my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding). Overall the wedding went great– it was at the Dallas Arboretum under an alley of magnolia trees. Beautiful! Being that we live in Texas, we all assumed that we would be really hot the whole time and to expect the worse– the temperatures lately have been over 100 degrees. Well, Friday night during the wedding a cold front came in and it got down to a chilly 65 degrees! I had to borrow Nick’s tuxedo jacket! From those northerners, 65 degrees may sound pretty nice, but to this Texas gal, that’s chilly!

We needed something easy to make that would last several days. This casserole was quick to whip together and bakes in only 10 minutes. It’s a tasty combination of fettuccine, spinach, chicken, cheddar cheese, and cream of chicken soup. Everything bakes together nicely and it is full of flavor. It lasted at least 3-4 days in the fridge and we ate leftovers from it all week.

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There are many ways you could adapt this recipe to whatever you have on hand– try switching out kale for the spinach, or add zucchini or bell peppers. You could use ground beef or turkey instead of chicken. Switch it up to whatever you have on hand in the kitchen!

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Here’s the recipe for this super easy and tasty weeknight meal!

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Spinach & Chicken Fettuccine Casserole
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Yields 6
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 2 tsp paprika
  3. 2 tsp oregano
  4. olive oil spray
  5. salt and pepper
  6. 1 can heart healthy cream of chicken soup
  7. 1 cup light sour cream
  8. 1 16-oz package of fettuchini
  9. 1 10oz packaged of chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
  10. 1/4 cup shredded 2% reduced fat cheddar cheese
  11. breadcrumbs
  12. 1 tsp oregano
  13. 1 tsp basil
  14. salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 glass dish with olive oil spray.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts in half, place in dish and sprinkle with paprika, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165.
  4. When the chicken is done, cut into small pieces.
  5. Boil the fettuccine according to package instructions.
  6. Drain the noodles, then return to pot. Add the chicken, spinach, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream. Mix well.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Spread the mixture into the casserole dish.
  9. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the cheese.
  10. Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
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What’s your favorite way to use spinach in dishes? 

12 Sep

Cheesy Quinoa & Broccoli Cakes

 Hi everyone!

This week I sort of took an unplanned hiatus from the blog– I’ve been so busy! I wasn’t able to do any writing last weekend because it was jam packed– we spent the whole weekend celebrating because my future sister-in-law is getting married tomorrow!

Friday night was the bachelorette party! We had an awesome time. We booked two rooms at the Nylo Hotel here in Dallas, and I was in charge of the decorations. I got pink and black balloons, streamers, paper lanterns, and of course all the “bachelorette” stuff like a sash, a banner, and funny hats and a tiara for the bride. We had drinks and snacks at the hotel, then took my first Uber ride (awesome service) to the Glass Cactus bar in Grapevine.

Saturday I spent the day getting my hair highlighted and picking up items for the bridal shower which was on Sunday. One of the other bridesmaids, Kristen, made a fabulous brunch: three different types of quiche, homemade raspberry macaroons, lavender blueberry cake, and homemade passion fruit marshmallows (!!).  Everything tasted amazing! 

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We played some bridal games and drank champagne. Then it was off to the Adolphus hotel in downtown Dallas for high tea time!

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04 Sep

Importance of Hydration + COCOZIA Review

I know we’re nearing the end of the summer, and it’s starting to cool down in some places. Here in Texas, we’re still experiencing 100+ degree weather and blistering sun! I shouldn’t really be complaining, as this summer was a pretty mild one compared to others. Yes, the past couple years we’ve had temps reach 110-115 degrees. So highs of 100 in August is fine by me!

Why is water so important?

No matter where you live, it’s important to stay hydrated. Our body depends on water for survival– it’s more than half of our body weight! Every organ, tissue and cell in our bodies needs water to function. In the heat of the summer, water helps keep our internal temperature in check.

How do you know if you’re dehydrated?

We lose water every day when we sweat, breathe, exercise, or go to the bathroom. If we don’t replace the water we lose, we can become dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration includes dark urine, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, confusion, dizziness and extreme thirst.

In fact, when you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. By constantly rehydrating yourself, you can prevent it from happening in the first place.

How much water should we drink per day?

Most people need 6-8 glasses of water per day, which is about 48-64 ounces. That would mean drinking about three 20-oz bottles of water per day. Those who are at risk for dehydration may need more– such as those who exercise outside in the heat, or are sick. Older adults may need more fluids as well as they are prone to dehydration. As we age, our brain has a harder time detecting dehydration and sending thirst signals.

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02 Sep

Turkey & Spinach Pinwheels

Hey friends!

I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend, I sure did! Yesterday my sister, Leslie, and her boyfriend came over for a pool day and we did some grilling. We made hamburgers for the guys, turkey burgers for the girls, grilled corn, and veggie kabobs with bell peppers, yellow squash and zucchini. Everything tasted amazing! We used the community grill by the pool for the first time. I wish we had one on our apartment balcony but our balcony is too small. Someday when we get a house, a grill will be the first thing we buy!

Today I wanted to share a SUPER easy lunch idea that would be great for a child’s lunch or an adult’s! I brought these with me all last week. I made six rolls ahead of time and packed them in individual containers for my lunches. It was so easy to grab a container and a piece of fruit and go!

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