Mandy's Marvelous Meals

Recipes, tips, tricks, and my journey into cooking fabulous food!

Spicy Honey Chicken Thighs

This is a really flavorful & quick chicken dish…perfect for a busy week night meal. You can use either boneless, skinless chicken thighs or regular thighs.  I have a Nu-Wave Oven, which is how I made the chicken in the picture above, but you can bake them in your regular oven and broil for the last few minutes to get them just as crispy.

I originally saw this recipe in Cooking Light magazine and modified it to suit my own taste. Serve with mixed veggies, rice, or roasted potatoes.

Spicy Honey Chicken Thighs (Serves 3-4)

Modified from Cooking Light Magazine

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or 6 regular chicken thighs

6 tbsp. honey

2 tsp. cider vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the garlic powder, chili powder, salt, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper in a large ziploc bag. Add chicken to bag, seal and shake, coating the pieces of chicken.
  3. Place chicken in a glass baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.
  4. While the chicken is baking, combine the honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well.
  5. When the chicken is cooked through, remove from oven. Set oven to broil.
  6. Brush chicken pieces with half of the honey mixture.
  7. Broil 1-2 minutes.
  8. Remove chicken from oven and turn pieces over.
  9. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture.
  10. Broil 1-2 minutes or until chicken is crisp.

Low Fat Peanut Butter…a new food addiction.

So I may be late in finding this amazing low fat peanut butter, but I had been reading some weight loss forums and heard a lot of buzz. What am I talking about? No, not “Better n’ Peanut Butter”…this is better than “Better n’ Peanut Butter”!!!

I am talking about PB2 people!!!

PB2 is powdered peanut butter (made by Bell Plantation that is all natural with no preservatives and no chemicals to make it reduced fat. The process used to make PB2 removes 85% of  the fat calories. Just scoop out two tablespoons and add about a tablespoon of water (I usually add a tad bit more to make it creamier), mix it up and *POOF* you’ve got delicious peanut butter.

Now, for those of you who are used to the regular peanut butter you get at the grocery store (i.e. Jif, Skippy, etc.) this will not taste like that. Instead it will taste purely like peanuts! A few years back I had purchased peanut butter at a local farmer’s market and I fell in love with it…of course it had a ton of oil in it, but nothing else, no sugar, preservatives or chemicals. It just tasted so NATURAL! And PB2 tastes exactly the same as all natural peanut butter, just without the oil, so it has a bit of a different texture. They also sell a chocolate PB2, but not sure if that really will taste as good as it sounds…if I ever get adventurous maybe I’ll try it out!

All in all, this stuff is definitely the best reduced fat peanut butter I have tried…EVER…and believe me I’ve tried em’ all. Some more good news….for those Weight Watchers users out there 2 tbsps. of PB2 is only 1 point! Compare that to regular peanut butter (2 tbsp = 5 points!) and reduced fat peanut butter (2 tbsp = 5 points) and you can see how truly amazing this is!

It is rare that I get excited about a healthy food, but when I do…look out. After I lose my remaining 36 lbs (and I’m done dieting….I think I just like to say diet because you’re not supposed to!) PB2 will defitely be coming with me on my next journey to eat healthy. Get it…first I diet to lose this weight than I take what I’ve learned and start eating healthy and natural.

I will leave you with this photo of my delicious breakfast (Fiber One English Muffin with 2 tablespoons of PB2). And I highly recommend you get on the internet and order this stuff….like right now!!


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