Convenient Cooking

By on August 12, 2014

The end of lazy summer days is near which means that Fall is fast approaching. With fall months, come our busy schedules and activities when you need a meal on the table and you need it fast! We know how important it is to eat healthy foods but who has time to cook? Convenience in cooking is key and that is what my trimandTERRIFIC™ Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence, is all about. Whatever stage of life you are in, this book is a must-have resource, helping guide you through the kitchen with easy recipes as well as the basic tools and tips you need to cook healthier.

From the Fix It Fast chapter, I just could not wait to share with you my family’s newest all-time favorite dish, Simple Southwestern Casserole. Such a flavorful blend of Tex-Mex ingredients combined with mouth-watering biscuits – what more can you ask for in a recipe! Enchilada sauce has become a mainstream ingredient in the grocery stores but if you have trouble finding it, you can always substitute salsa. And, I don’t know about you but I love the ease and convenience of rotisserie chicken so I just had to add a whole Rapid Rotisserie Chicken chapter. Pulled Chicken is a great meal because it can be whipped up in minutes and can be served in a variety of ways. Delicious as an entrée, or on buns or sliders – and you can simply double the recipe as needed for a savory football tailgate pick-up. Kids and adults alike will enjoy digging in to these delicious meals, and you will love how quick and easy they are to prepare – letting nothing stand in your way of a healthy home-cooked meal! For more easy recipes, visit Holly’s website.

Simple Southwestern Casserole from KITCHEN 101

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Zesty, meaty casserole with a biscuit surprise — you will be amazed at how extraordinarily tasty this simple combination is. This recipe has become so popular in my family.

Makes 9 (1-cup) servings

1 pound ground sirloin

1 onion, chopped

1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup frozen corn

1 (8-10 count) can reduced-fat refrigerator biscuits

1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese

1/3 cup chopped green onions


1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In large nonstick skillet, cook meat and onion until meat is done; drain excess fat. Add enchilada sauce, tomato sauce, black beans and corn, stirring well. Cut biscuits into fourths and stir into meat mixture.

3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and green onions. Return to oven and bake 5-7 minutes more or until cheese is melted.


Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 257 Calories from Fat 28% Fat 8g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 36mg Sodium 815mg Carbohydrates 27g Dietary Fiber 4g Total Sugars 5g Protein 20g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat

Terrific Tip: Use kitchen scissors to make cutting biscuits easy.

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Pulled Chicken

Forget barbecue when you can instantly whip up this awesome and simple pulled chicken recipe.

Makes 4 (3/4-cup) servings

1 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1/2 cup chili sauce

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cocoa

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup fat-free chicken broth

2 cups shredded skinless rotisserie chicken breast


1. In nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion until tender. Add remaining ingredients except chicken, stirring. Cook about 7 minutes.
2. Add chicken and continue cooking until well heated.


Nutritional info per serving:

Calories 170, Calories from Fat 14%, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 63mg, Sodium 821mg, Carbohydrates 16g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Total Sugars 11g, Protein 21g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat

Terrific Tip: Chili sauce is found where ketchup is in the grocery. If you want to substitute ketchup for chili sauce, add 1 teaspoon chili powder to ketchup.

Serving option: Serve ons andwiches, sliders or as an entrée.


About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit or

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Convenient Cooking