About once a week I put my foot down and I tell Eric, “YOU ARE TAKING CARE OF MISS PEPPER! I AM LIVING IN THE KITCHEN TODAY.” Normally, he argues with me a little because well, he’s a man. (Sorry, Babe. I know you’ll be reading this probably later tonight!)
I’m pretty sure he will forget that I called him out after I make something else to eat, so oh well.
Anyway- like I was saying, about once a week I dedicate a good portion of my day to the kitchen. I test out new recipes, I tweak old ones, I sing along to some Miranda. It’s really a perfect day.
Every hour or so food magically appears on the dining room table and Eric walks in like, “whoa, when can I eat this?” and I normally make him wait until it is cold and after I take some photos. I’m the worst!
But, he is the most honest with me when it comes to my recipes. Sometimes a little too honest. He’s quite the food critic these days. (hahaha!) Before I actually post a recipe It normally goes through a chain of people. Myself, Eric, and My mom. If we all agree that it is fabulous, then I tell you all that it is fabulous. We build a lovely relationship of trust, and you continue making my recipes, and my heart is happy!
It’s really a wonderful thing!
Okay, now that you know all of that. I will introduce you to one of my latest kitchen creations. Tex Mex Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. I love me some Tex Mex! I normally don’t make it because it’s something I tend to get when we go out for dinner, but doing this blog now is helping me break out of my little cooking shell.
I still won’t put mushrooms in anything, don’t ask.
I hope you all enjoy!
(Eric is my fork holding model in this picture. I still didn’t let him take a bite.)
Tex Mex Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
The perfect lightened up blend of creamy, cheesy, and a lil bit spicy spaghetti.
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium Onion diced
- 1 medium red or green pepper diced
- 8 ounces Spaghetti , broken into pieces (I use Ronzoni Smart Taste Thin Spaghetti)
- 2 cups Chicken Breast (cooked and diced/shredded)
- 1 cup Nonfat Cottage Cheese
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 1/4 cup Reduced Fat Mild Cheddar shredded
- 10 ounce can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken or Celery Soup
- 1 tsp Seasoned Salt Lawry's
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper or more depending the level of spice you want
- Cooking Spay
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray a 9x13 casserole dish.
Put a large pot of salted water on, and boil the spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles.
Spray a skillet with cooking spray and cook onions, garlic, and green pepper until soft. In a large bowl add cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese, chicken broth, cream of chicken/celery soup, cumin, cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, and chicken. Mix together well.
In the casserole dish add the noodles and chicken mixture. Stir until all mixed together and spread evenly into the casserole dish.
Top with the remaining cheese, cover with tin foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Cut into six servings. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1/6 of the dish. 8 Smart Points. 9 Points Plus. 370 Calories. 9g Fat. 3.5g Saturated Fat. 39g carbohydrates. 4g fiber. 3.5g sugar. 30g protein.
DAILY DOSE NOTE: If you like your food a bit more on the spicy side, add some more cayenne pepper. I wouldn't go over 1/2 teaspoon though, a little goes a LONG way with this spice!