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South Beach Chicken Mole

southbeach chicken moleI am combing through all my eating healthier cookbooks these days, looking for some dinnertime inspiration. Straight outta the diet books of the same name circa 2004, I’ve adapted this South Beach recipe to suit my tastes, and fit into a weeknight dinner to serve a family of 6.

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South Beach Chicken Mole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

South Beach Chicken Mole

For a very "clean" very healthy dish that feels super indulgent, try this saucy Chicken Mole I adapted from the South Beach Diet Cookbook.


  • 4 split and boned chicken breasts, sliced in half, to get 8
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped sweet peppers (green or red)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. ground chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • *2 scallions chopped for garnish


  1. To a large skillet, heated to medium, add the oil.
  2. Brown the chicken on both sides and remove to a place.
  3. To the same pan, add the vegetables and cook until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the chili powder, cinnamon and clove. Cook one minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and water, scraping the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the peanut butter and cocoa powder. Stir.
  7. Add the chicken back to the pan, and cover to simmer. Continue to cook, stirring every few minutes, for about 25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Serve.
  8. *Optional: For serving, garnish with the scallions.


The original recipe called for one can of diced tomatoes, which I subbed fresh tomatoes and added water. I reduced the cloves from 1/2 tsp. to 1/4 as I find them very strong flavored. I also like larger chicken cuts instead of tenders, but this is just as easily changed to suit your tastes.

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The original recipe if from the orange version of the book that you can find on Amazon (affiliate link) or any used bookstore I’d bet! I love that it feels really indulgent, but it is super healthy and easy enough to adapt for my kiddos. I served it with steamed green zucchini and some brown rice, but I would be mashed cauliflower would be great to soak up all that sauce!

South Beach Chicken Mole

Enjoy and best of health in 2017!

Easiest Sort-of-Homemade Chicken Soup

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A GoddessI am sick this week, y’all. I am so sick, that my co-workers look at me, and back right off! They opt to sit on the opposite side of the table, and during meetings I am relegated to the satellite table by myself to sit coughing and blowing my nose, as my eyes well up with germ-tears. It is bad. Not so bad, that I can’t work, but bad enough, that people sort of don’t want me to. I needed chicken soup this week. Like, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

But as, I have shared before, when you are “the mom” – no one is making that soup for you, my dear. You have to make it yourself. Except this time, I am teaching Mr. Hag how to make it, just in case it is needed in a dire emergency. This is my second round of making it this week, so I am a pro at it. Normally, the best chicken soup, that I would make for others has homemade stock, made from a whole chicken, and seasoned with lots of veggies. But when I am sick, I need faster-food, and comforting food, and this is the one. Make note:

Buy this:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Do this (I know it’s already in the fridge):

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Get your add-ins (matzah balls, or leftover rice, or cooked pasta shapes) ready:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

And put it all together:

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Now stand back and stick a spoon in. You are done. You’re welcome!

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup | Hardly A Goddess

Easiest Sort-of Homemade Chicken Soup


  • 1 Tbsp.oil
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and diced
  • 2- 32 ounce cartons of chicken broth
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 - cans condensed Golden Mushroom (or you can use 2 more of the mushroom if you can't find it)
  • 2 cups of shredded/chopped cooked chicken (I pick up a rotisserie)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Add-ins: cooked noodles, prepared matzah balls,OR leftover rice.


In a large pot, add 1 Tbsp. oil and saute the veggies for 3 minutes until the onion is transparent.

Add the broth, and cans of soup. Bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer for 15 minutes to cook the veggies.

While it's simmering, shred your chicken and make your optional add-ins:

Your choice of 1: noodles, matzah balls or rice.

Once the broth cooks for 15 minutes, add in the chicken and seasoning, and serve with the add-ins. I don't put the add-ins into the broth, but instead serve them into the bowl and ladle the broth mixture over the top. {That way the noodles don't blow up, or the rice gets soggy, or the matzah balls fall apart.}



So easy, even someone other than “the mom” can do it. It is open-a-can and get a rotisserie chicken, easy. If you have leftover rice or noodles to throw in, so you don’t need to cook them, all the better. I am willing to make matzah balls so that I can add them in, since they are the ultimate of comfort in this soup. If you have never had them, you don’t need anything but the pre-made mix, eggs and oil. You boil them in water like you would for noodles. Done. The package has directions- Enjoy~

Have a great and healthy rest of your week!

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Barbecue Chicken Slider Quesadillas

barbecue chicken quesadillas

Quesadillas: The leftover-cure.  I always have leftovers.  I sometimes have leftovers for lunch, and then for dinner, and then dinner again.  THAT is how many leftovers I have!

The reason WHY I have so many leftovers is not poor planning, it is just that I like to make sure we always have more than enough food made, and so does my husband. He literally panics if there is not enough food, and I, therefore, overcompensate to avoid any panic!  The good news is that we love leftovers!

Sometimes you can just enjoy the same meal twice, or make it into a new meal entirely like the “cook once, eat twice” idea that is a fabulous time-saver, and help for budgeting.  But I can’t ever make the second meal, because we’ve always just eaten it all without having the chance to make it into another recipe! We just “cook once, and eat twice…as much.”  We are almost too efficient in this one area of our lives. Sigh.

If I do happen to get leftovers (and not have eaten my face full of food) how easy and fun are quesadillas?   Quesadillas both sound and look like a real meal when I have almost nothing in my house to eat! They are great for breakfast with eggs or lunch with peanut butter and banana…

But my most recent lovely was for dinner: Barbecue Chicken Slider Quesadillas.  

Holy.Yum. Like a pulled barbecue chicken sandwich… but with tortillas…and pickled jalapenos…and coleslaw…and gooey cheese. Love.

Barbecue Chicken Slider Quesadillas


  • Cooked and shredded chicken
  • Favorite Barbecue Sauce
  • Prepared Coleslaw
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tortillas


In a small pan, heat the chicken and barbecue sauce until warm. Set aside.

On a griddle, place one tortilla and top with chicken mixture.

Top this with coleslaw.

Sprinkle with jalapeno peppers.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Top with more barbecue sauce.

Cover with another tortilla and cook until both sides are browned lightly and the cheese is melted, kind of like making a grilled cheese, but with tortillas instead of bread!

Cut with a sharp knife into 6 pieces and enjoy!


barbecue chicken quesadillas


Try this.  You will love it!  Warning: It requires maybe 2 napkins or one large paper towel while eating…a bib isn’t out of the question here! Maybe a change of clothes?…Messy, but yummy!