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Monday, December 17, 2012

New Recipe at My New Blog: Gravy for Biscuits

I've got a new recipe up at my new blog!  Gravy for Biscuits, quick and tasty, perfect for Chrismas morning, or any day you want to start off a little extra special.  It also makes for a great dinner recipe! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Recipe at My New Website: Sausage and Cheese Biscuits

The other day I made some delicious Sausage and Cheese Biscuits that are perfect for grab and go breakfasts.  The recipe makes about 35 of them, so one batch would last you almost a month.  The recipe for them are at my new website:

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's Official!!!

Hi everyone!!!  It's official, is finally working!  It's been a little bit lot of trial and error to figure out how to get everything to connect and everything, but it's worth it.  All of the recipes that you've like on my blogger/blogspot blog have already been transferred over.  Plus my pinterest and facebook pictures have the updated links on them.  All that's left is for you to join me over there!

Friday, December 7, 2012


I've got a few plans in store for the Man Approved Diet after New Years.  Actually one of them already happened.  Thanks to the wonderful man behind the Man Approved Diet, you can now find me at  Granted that address will just lead you back to here for the moment, but I'm working on transferring to a wordpress based blog instead of blogspot.  When I am able to launch an entire website of my own, it'll be much easy to do so from wordpress than my current home.  If you add to your blog list now, you won't miss anything when I do make the switch.  Of course I'll let everyone know when it happens.

There's a couple other things I've got in the works, but I'll leave them as a surprise for right now. 

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

This recipe is definitely one of my husband's favorite dinners.  It's a perfect snack for guys night.  It has three of his requirements for a well balanced meal: bacon, jalapeno and cheese.  It also has a good does of veggies from the jalapeno peppers and the red peppers.  You can use a homemade pizza crust if you would like, but since this is usually one of our quick dinners with just use premade.  You can also adjust how hot it is by adding the jalapeno seeds.  I usually add one or two jalapenos worth of seeds and it's a good compromise between what my husband likes (mouth on fire heat) and what I like (being able to taste my food).  You could adjust how much cheese there is if someone in your house likes super cheesy, just put extra cheddar on part of the pizza.


    1 12" premade pizza crust
    9 slices bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
    1 cup chopped red peppers
    4 jalapenos, seeded and diced (save the seeds if you like your food little hotter)
    1 8 oz package fat free cream cheese
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a large pan, cook the bacon until almost crispy. Add the red and jalapeno peppers the pan (add the seeds too if you like), cook until the peppers have softened. Stir the bacon and pepper mixture into the cream cheese. Spread over the pizza crust and sprinkle with cream cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheddar cheese has melted.
Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 294.5
  • Total Fat: 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.0 mg
  • Sodium: 930.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 38.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 20.2 g

Monday, December 3, 2012

Breaded Baked Chicken with Cheesy Potatoes

Every once in a while I come up with a recipe that I'm seriously impressed with.  This cheesy potato and bacon recipe is one of them.  I was craving some potatoes, and I knew there was some bacon and cream cheese in the fridge that needed to get used soon. 
The chicken is a really simple recipe that can be altered to your tastes, just play with adding different herbs and spices.  Or marinate the chicken before breading them, like I did.  I started with barbecue marinated chicken breasts that we had in the freezer.
I know the calorie count for the potatoes seem a little high for a side dish, but when they were served up with the chicken and broccoli (like in the picture), the entire plate is less than 500 calories. 

Twice Cooked Cheesy Potatoes and Bacon


    1 large potato, sliced
    6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
    3/4 cup chopped bacon
    2 tablespoons minced garlic
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 tablespoon flour
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    2 oz fat free cream cheese
    3/4 cup milk
    3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Lightly grease a 9x9 baking dish.
In a large pan, pan fry the potatoes, bacon, chopped onion and minced garlic. When the bacon is cooked and the potatoes are fork tender, transfer them to the prepared baking dish.
In the same pan, add the butter, flour, garlic powder and onion powder. Keep moving the butter and flour around the pan until it thickens. Add the milk, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese to the pan, stirring until everything melts and forms a sauce.
Pour the sauce over the potatoes in the baking pan, gently stirring the potatoes so they're well coated.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and bubbly, and the potatoes are tender.
Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 246.2
  • Total Fat: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 32.7 mg
  • Sodium: 478.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 15.6 g

Breaded Baked Chicken


    2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon onion powder


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Combine the flour, garlic and onion powders together in a large, flat bowl. Press the chicken breast into the flour mixture, lightly coating both sides. Place them in a lightly greased baking dish.
Bake at 425 for about 25 minutes, flipping it over halfway through. Cut into the thickest part of one of them to check that they are cooked all the way through.
Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 146.7
  • Total Fat: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 55.0 mg
  • Sodium: 331.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 7.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 24.1 g