1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix
8 oz. pasta (I used Shells)
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt/Pepper to taste
1 jar Alfredo sauce (14.5 oz)
Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 9 baking dish.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until brown and crispy, about 7 minutes.
Drain fat and place bacon on a paper towel to absorb the grease.
In a gallon size Ziploc bag, add in the olive oil, diced chicken (raw at this point), and Ranch mix.
Shake around in bag until chicken is evenly coated.
Add chicken to skillet and cook until no longer pink. Set aside.
In a pot of boiling water, cook pasta until al dente.
Drain water and add pasta to greased baking dish.
Add cooked chicken and Alfredo sauce to the pasta.
Sprinkle both cheeses, bacon, and salt/pepper to the top of the Alfredo and place pan in oven.
Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve!! Enjoy!!
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Dandelion-Cranberry Tea helps drop a couple pounds of water weight very fast. It’s my go-to trick when I am feeling puffy or flabby, depending on what my diet has been like and where I am at in my cycle. You can see results within 24 hours!
This was inspired by a recipe I saw on Pinterest, but it was full of junk ingredients and extra sugar, so I wanted to see if I could experiment and figure out a recipe that lost the water weight, but didn’t have any extra sugar or junk in it. I have been using this recipe for about 2 years now and it works like a charm every time.
Dandelion leaf is a natural diuretic that increases urine production by promoting the excretion of salts and water from the kidneys. Dandelion is loaded with trace minerals, potassium, iron and calcium. Dandelion is reputed historically to be an excellent liver tonic and blood purifier, and one of the best diuretics, complete with its own potassium source. It is reported also to regulate the gastro-in
inal system, and is a good cure for anemia and acne. It also has the reputation for lowering serum cholesterol and blood pressure, eliminating gas and acid indigestion, aiding in weight loss, and counteracting certain cancerous tumors.
Cranberry juice is also a diuretic, increases metabolism and is high in vitamin C.
I make my tea on the stove top with a cast iron tea pot. I use 4 bags and let it steep a long time, like over an hour, to make sure the tea is super strong.
I don’t need my tea to be sweet, so a 1/2 cup of cranberry juice is more than enough for me. You could get away with a full cup if you want it sweeter. Several of the recipes I saw also called for honey or stevia, but that is just overkill in my book. If it is not sweet enough for you, try a tiny bit of honey till you get it to your liking.
Add the water to the tea/cranberry juice mixture.
Add the lemon juice. If you leave your lemons out at room temperature and roll them under the palm of your hand for a couple of seconds you will get more juice out of your lemon.
Mix it all up and it’s ready to go!
Remember, lemon juice is very detoxifying. So if you start to feel a little bit like you are getting sick, or feel achy, have a headache, or get fatigued all of the sudden, your body is in detox mode. Scale back on the tea until symptoms go away, or if you like that you are in detox mode, keep drinking the tea and take an epsom salt bath to help with the detox symptoms and relieve some of the yucky feeling. Walking or bouncing on a tramoline is great as well, to help flush out the toxins from your body faster.
Also, just for FYI, I drink an herbal coffee substitute made of dandelion in the mornings instead of coffee, called Dandy Blend, and that helps me keep the water weight off too, not to mention all the other health benefits of consuming dandelion as mentioned above.
- 2 cups of dandelion tea, about 4 bags, cooled to room temperature.
- 1/2 cup of cranberry juice
- Juice of three lemons
- 4 cups of filtered water