Healthy (and not-so-healthy) Holiday Recipes!

Merry Christmas

Happy holidays everyone!!!

What’s your least favorite part of preparing for Christmas? Mine is wrapping presents. I’m not very good at it, and they always turn out a little lumpy. Ugh.

I know you probably have your Christmas dinner menu all planned out, but what are you going to eat for the rest of the week?!  In the spirit of giving (and EATING), I’ll share an easy, healthy recipe. This chicken is delicious no matter how you use it! But I love these lettuce wraps, especially the day or two before I KNOW I’m going to eat a big meal. It makes me feel a little better, saving my calories for later in the week!

chicken lettuce wraps

Slow-Cooker Taco Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • In a slow-cooker, combine 3 chicken breasts, 1 jar of salsa and a 2 tbsp taco seasoning.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours
  • Slice up a few sweet peppers & onion
  • Prepare some frozen corn
  • Combine chicken mixture, peppers, onion, corn & top with a bit of cheese on a lettuce leaf
  • Top with more salsa (we made our own which is why it looks so light)

 

Now, in the spirit of CELEBRATING, this next recipe is not so healthy. Everyone needs a little indulgence now and then, even me! And these things are FREAKING. AMAZING. My mom usually makes these for Christmas morning, because you do all the prep work the night before and enjoy the delicious results while you open your presents!

sticky buns

Mom’s Overnight Pecan Sticky Buns

  • 1 package frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 box regular butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Spray a jelly roll pan or a 13×9 pan with nonstick spray. (You need a pan with an edge on it, not a regular cookie sheet. You don’t want this delicious mess all over your oven!). Sprinkle brown sugar, pudding mix, and pecans evenly in the pan. Slice the stick of butter into small pieces and place them evenly around as well. Place 12 rolls evenly on top of the mixture in the pan. Let sit on the counter overnight.

In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until rolls are slightly brown. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Now here’s the tricky part: Find a plate or other serving dish that’s big enough to cover the pan you used. Place it on top of the rolls and QUICKLY flip it over! Ta-da! You now have amazing homemade sticky buns!

 

I hope you all enjoy your holidays!!! Eat well and have fun!

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