Lazy Day Goodness

I love having days where I don’t have to worry about what to make for dinner because dinner was taking care of itself in the crock pot. Which left time for other fun things…like laundry, school work with G-Man, and trying out an oh so yummy peanut butter cookie recipe! I might have to make a second batch tonight just because they are THAT good! 

What you’ll need:

1-2 pounds frozen chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

1 tblsp paprika

1 tblsp granulated garlic

1/2 tbslp black pepper

2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tblsp onion powder

1/2 tbslp cayenne pepper, or less if you wish

1/3 cup peanut oil or coconut oil

Directions:

In a 4-qt crock pot add everything and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Just before serving shred with forks or hand mixer(love this method). Serve over salad, on low carb tortilla wraps, or on romaine lettuce leaves. 

Nutritional Information(according to MyFitnessPal per 1/8th serving)

Calories: 301

Fat: 14.7g

Carbs: 2.5g

Fiber: 0.7g

Net Carbs: 1.8g

Have mercy this is an easy recipe! Just sprinkle your seasoning over the chicken, slap a lid on it and just like Elsa, let it go. 😉 As always season to your liking, I added more because I have to make more for my family. This freezes nicely too! You can easily make more in a larger crock pot and portion it out into freezer bags to keep for future meals. I highly recommend that. 

Ok, are y’all ready for some gluten free, low carb, dairy free, and sugar free cookies?! These are crazy good…

What you’ll need:

1 egg

1/2-1 cup granulated sweetener, I used Stevia

1 cup natural peanut butter, smooth or crunchy

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking pan with either non-stick foil, parchment paper, or silicon baking mat. 

Combine everything in a medium bowl. Using a melon baller, scoop cookie dough, release into your hand and gently roll into a ball. I was able to get 24 balls. Use a fork and lightly press on top to create a crisscross pattern, or use your fingers. Either will work. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on pan for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack. 

Nutritional Information(according to MyFitnessPal for 2 cookies)

Calories: 134

Fat: 11.1

Carbs: 4.3g

Fiber: 1.3g

Net Carbs: 3g

Please note, these are fragile. Because it lacks the stability from coconut or almond flour they do break easily. Now, with that  said, I am going to make another batch and use some dark chocolate to either dip the bottom half of the cookie in or drizzle it over the top. Also note, if you use Stevia in this recipe, as I did, DO NOT use the max amount. It is way too much. Start with a half cup, taste the batter after you’ve mixed it, and add more if needed till you get it to where you like it. 

These are incredible, no joke! Been having a devil of a time keeping G-Man out of them!!! He says they almost remind him of the “real” peanut butter cookies. Nice to know I make fake cookies now. 😒 Kids lol! 

Please let me know what you think below, share, pin, or reblog. 

Have a blessed week! 

Chicken Chowder(Easy Crock Pot Recipe)

Hey y’all! Today I want to highlight a favorite recipe that is not only easy to fix-n-forget but it also freezes well too. SCORE! One of the many issues we busy moms and folks in general have is we might have a strict food lifestyle we are trying our best to adhere to and the last thing we want to do is rely on supposed convenience foods that “say” they are good for us. Especially with certain intollerances running amuck, it’s best to just avoid at all cost. Which means we have to make our foods from scratch and even I’ll admit, there are days when I don’t want to make anything and will grab a handful of pepperoni slices and a couple scoops of cottage cheese…calling it a meal. No judging. 

Crock pot meals are wonderful to keep on hand for days when you know you aren’t going to feel like coming home to cook a whole meal for yourself or anyone else. Can I get an amen?! Last Friday was such a day when I wasn’t in the mood. Mostly because I had fallen a couple of days before, hurting my knee and shoulder. What can I say? The floor looked lonely and I decided it would be a great idea to miss the last step going down the stairs and give the floor a hug. Needless to say, I’m a bit banged up and bruised from it and still recovering. 

The bruise itself doesn’t hurt, but my shoulder does. There’s a lesson here, no matter how bad the floor is begging, never give it a full body hug. And now that I’ve probably grossed everyone out…let’s move on! 😉

My mom helped me out on Friday in putting this chicken chowder together. It’s really easy, some prep work is involved but if you plan ahead this will become a true fix-n-forget meal that you will love! It’s hearty, filling, and perfect on those cold chilly nights. BTW, pork rinds are yummy with this chowder as well! Just a little fyi. 


What you’ll need: 

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 medium celery ribs, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

6 oz baby bella mushrooms, chopped(or any mushroom you prefer, I just happen to like how baby bellas taste)

2 tblsp organic coconut oil

4 tbslp butter

1 pound chicken breasts, chopped 

2 cups organic chicken broth

8 oz full fat cream cheese

1 cup heavy cream

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp granulated garlic

1 tsp dried thyme

1 pound bacon, chopped and fried, garnish

Directions:

Prep all your vegetables first. Chop and mince, add those to a large skillet with coconut oil and butter. Cook for five minutes. Chop chicken and add to vegetables. Cook another five minutes, add to crock pot. In a large bowl combine chicken stock, cream cheese, and heavy cream with handmixer, low setting preferred. Stir in salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and thyme. Pour over chicken and vegetables. No need to stir, but you can if you want. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Chop and fry bacon, serve on top as garnish and use pork rinds in lieu of crackers. 

This is a keeper recipe in my book, it’s over 400 calories and is 10g net carbs per 1/8th serving. It’s easily doubled, which is what I had to do for the family, and fits perfectly in our 7 qt crock pot. The above recipe could fit in a 4 qt crock pot. If you’re concerned about it being too runny, just reduce the chicken stock. Any leftovers can be frozen, just thaw completely and reheat slowly adding extra cream if needed. Leftovers are great for lunches, quick dinner, and are perfectly portioned too! Enjoy with a side salad to round out your meal. 

You don’t have to precook your vegetables and chicken, we did because we like the flavor it lends. But you can chop everything up and add it to your crock pot if you’re in a hurry. 

I would imagine that this can be made dairy free if needed by omitting the butter, cream, and cream cheese. Almond milk can be used instead, but please note it would make the chowder runny and more soup like. Also leeks can be used in lieu of a regular onion. They will help bring down the carb count a little. Instead of chicken you can also use ham, kilebasa, spam, or any combination thereof. Use whatever you like to make this chowder your own, spice it up with hot sauce and peppers, or add cheese for a cheesy chicken chowder. Possibilities are endless!

Hope you enjoy and have a blessed day! 

TGITW=Thank Goodness It’s The Weekend

Afternoon everyone! Hope you’re hqving a wonderful day so far. I’m so glad the weekend is here! This has been a crazy week, but at least it ended on a high note. I’ve been toying with the idea of designing t-shirts, mugs, and aprons for a while now. I love designing, something I’ve done since I was a kid with my Barbie Designer Stencil Kit…anyone remember those? If not I have just seriously aged myself BIG TIME! 😉 

I’ve used my love for designing as a Promo Rep for a local author designing images for her instagram account and blog to help promote her indie books, not to mention for my own instagram account and blog. So this week I went looking for a credible site that would allow me to upload my designs to be used on a wide range of products. Boy did I hit a jackpot that is going to be a wonderful jumping off place for Night Owl Kitchen Blog and ~finally~ I can start sharing my other passion with you all! I’ve got some planning to do, an online store front to create, and soon I hope to have a link for you all to click to visit. I’m beyond giddy at the moment! 😁

Gonna come down from cloud 9 and share a recipe with you all. I promise I haven’t forgotten that I need to get these other recipes up. If you love bratwurst then you will enjoy this easy low carb dish! You can prep the brats by lightly grilling them or pan searing them, it will add an extra layer of to the dish. Of course you don’t to do that if you prefer not to. 


What you’ll need: 

2-3 pounds Bratwursts, frozen

1 large onion, sliced

Bell pepper mix, green, yellow, orange, and red(omit any that you don’t like), sliced

1 cup chicken broth

1 tblsp Grill Seasoning of your choice

Directions:

In a 4-6 qt crock pot, the larger being size being appropriate if using 3pounds of meat, add everything into the crock pot, and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with a brown spicy mustard, fried cabbage, and/or side salad. 

It’s that easy! Another way to prep the bratwursts is to preslice them. Par frozen meat is easier to cut, so keep that in mind. This can help cut down the cooking time, just make sure to rough chop your vegetables so everything is in unison and easy to eat. Of course, if you can handle bread these are also great on buns! Make according to the recipe above and serve on hot steamed buns with your favorite condiments and toppings. 

Nutritional Information(according to MyFitnessPal)

Calories: 529

Fat: 58.2g

Carbs: 12g

Fiber: 2.4g 

Net Carbs:  9.6g

I realize that if you’re not eating meals high in fat that those numbers are going to throw you for a loop. But to actually live a successful low carb life you have to have the fat, it helps keep you full between meals, keeps you from senseless snacking, and will actually help you to burn the existing fat on your body! Not popular thinking I know, but I am living it and it’s working great for me! 

Hope this recipe is a blessing those who try it, have a great weekend everyone!