“I’m Tired of Spending My Day Disciplining Bad Behavior!”

“I’m tired of spending my day disciplining bad behavior!”

She was frazzled and tired.  She had a look of desperation in her eye.  I knew she wanted me to tell her what to do, but all I could say was, “Try to catch them doing good, and reward that behavior instead.”

Yeah, I know…it was lame.

The reason it was lame is because you can tell yourself all day long that you *should* be rewarding good behavior twice as much as you have to discipline bad behavior, but when it comes down to it, moms are so busy that it is often only the bad behavior that catches our attention enough to pull us out of what we are currently involved in so we can take care of it.

It’s called “putting out fires” and we do it all. day. long.

But, guess what?!  There’s a new product in the works that will turn my lame answer into something tangible that can be kept track of by myself AND the kids!

"I'm Tired of Spending My Whole Day Disciplining Bad Behavior!" - Have you ever said that? (or felt that?) Here's your answer!

Character Badges are designed to help you take notice of good behaviors in your child and reward them for those good behaviors.  This isn’t your usual sticker chart or cheaply-made-easily-falls-apart-bought-it-at-the-corner-store reward system.  These are sturdy badges and charts that will hold up to the wear and tear of LOTS of kids!

Tired of spending your day disciplining bad behavior? Here's a sturdy reward system you can easily keep track of and use with lots of kiddos! Character Badges!

Now, remember, I said this was in the production phase.  This homeschooling family needs YOUR help to get it off the ground – and fast!  Here’s what I need you to do…

 1.  GO HERE and watch the video.  No, it’s not required, but if you watch it all the way through, you are in for a good laugh!  You will learn exactly how the Character Badges work AND you will get a dose of hilarious outtakes at the end of it all!

2.  Scroll through the levels of giving and choose one that fits your family’s needs and financial blessings.  There is everything from $10 – $5000 (at that level, THEY will come to you with PIZZA!  Yes, seriously!)  I suggest you take a look at the $65 – $155 range.  These ranges include 1-2 Complete sets and tons of Extra Bonuses!

3.  Click the green BACK THIS PROJECT button.  It looks like this:

Back the Character Badges Project!

This Kickstarter campaign will come to an end Saturday, September 19, so don’t delay!  If the campaign happens to not reach funding, you are NOT out any money.  This is your pledge to help this project AND be first in line to get real about rewarding good behaviors in your children!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHARACTER BADGES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!

Chicken Fajita Nachos {with REAL cheese sauce!}

We love to eat at Mexican restaurants.  It’s one of the easiest types of restaurants for large families to eat at.  You get chips and salsa in the beginning when everyone is starving and you can easily share meals.

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants makes a Fajita Nachos.  You can choose steak or chicken (we usually get a mix) and 4 of them will feed our family!  But, as much as I love eating out, and as economical as it is being able to feed us all for a fairly low price, I wanted a way to make these nachos at home.  I also wanted a way to make them Trim Healthy Mama friendly, and just plain good for you!

Well, I succeeded!

Chicken Fajita Nachos (all natural ingredients, THM friendly with E & S Options) | RaisingArrows.net

First of all, let me tell you what inspired me to try this at home…

I ran across a recipe for all natural cheese sauce on Food Renegade.  I was impressed with the results, and used this sauce for things like cheese toast (toasted bread with a cheese sauce drizzled over it) and as the cheese topping for horseshoes (a loose meat, french fry and cheese concoction some friends introduced us to after they took a trip through Illinois.)

All Natural Cheese Sauce

So, because of that cheese recipe, I had something to work with for making my beloved Chicken Fajita Nachos a THM S meal…except they weren’t really “nachos”.  To eat these as an S, you have to leave off the chips:

Chicken Fajita "Nachos" (THM S) | RaisingArrows.net

Now, don’t get me wrong, these are YUMMY!  What’s not to love about onions, peppers, chicken, and ooey-gooey cheese?!

Chicken Fajita "Nachos" (THM S) | RaisingArrows.net

But, let’s face it…some days, you want the crunch of the chips melting into sogginess as they sop up the cheese.  You want the melding of onion, pepper, chicken, cheese, AND corn chips nibbling at your taste buds!  You want an E meal that can really be called Chicken Fajita NACHOS.

And that means, you have to leave the full fat cheese behind.  But how?

This is how…

Chicken Fajita Nachos with E Cheese Sauce | RaisingArrows.net

This cheese sauce takes the concept of “Creamless” Veggies from the Trim Healthy Mama book and applies it to making a sauce that is E friendly.  It uses chicken broth and spreadable cheese, nutritional yeast, and glucomannan to bind it together.  And amazingly, it converted some of my kids to the E side!  That’s right – they chose my E Cheese Sauce over the S cheese sauce!

Are you begging for the recipes yet?  Here ya go!

Oh wait…a quick service announcement:
To make these uber quick and easy, buy your meat already diced in the bag.  Our local Aldi sells frozen diced chicken breast meat in a 22 oz bag for $5.49.  Our Aldi also sells Organic Blue Corn chips.  No, they are not baked, so not “technically” on plan, but close enough for my taste.

Ok, back to the recipes.  I’ll give you the S version and the E version…

Chicken Fajita "Nachos" (THM S) | RaisingArrows.netChicken Fajita “Nachos” (THM S)
3 colored peppers, sliced
3 yellow onions, sliced
1 bag (22 oz) frozen diced Chicken Breast Meat (or dice your own chicken breasts and pre-cook)

Saute’ the peppers and onions in a large skillet over medium heat.  Once the veggies begin to soften, add in the diced chicken breast and cover.  You can add fajita seasoning here, but I really, really, really like the flavor of onions and peppers unadulterated, so I don’t season at all.)  Turn your heat to low so you don’t overcook the peppers and onions and end up with mush.  Put a lid on it too – it will keep its color better.

While your meat and veggies are cooking, start your cheese sauce:

1 egg yolk
1 TBSP arrowroot powder
1 TBSP milk
1 c. cream
1 c. milk
4 oz. cream cheese
8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles (optional)

Create a binding agent by whisking together the egg yolk, arrowroot and 1 Tbsp milk.  Set aside.  In a saucepan, warm 1 cup of cream and 1 cup of milk over medium heat.  Once heated, add binding agent, and whisk until it begins to thicken.  Turn the heat to low, and throw in the cream cheese and whisk like there’s no tomorrow.  Then, stir in the grated cheese followed by the diced tomatoes and green chilies (if desired), remove from heat, and build your “Nachos”!  (note: this cheese is best hot off the stove, so don’t delay!)


Chicken Fajita Nachos {THM E} | RaisingArrows.netChicken Fajita Nachos (THM E)
3 colored peppers, sliced
3 yellow onions, sliced
1 bag (22 oz) frozen diced Chicken Breast Meat (or dice your own chicken breasts and pre-cook)

Blue corn tortilla chips (baked is necessary to be fully on plan, but they are super hard to come by.  The chips I buy from Aldi are organic and have a carb count of 16g.)

Saute’ the peppers and onions in a large skillet over medium heat.  Once the veggies begin to soften, add in the diced chicken breast and cover.  You can add fajita seasoning here, but I really, really, really like the flavor of onions and peppers unadulterated, so I don’t season at all.)  Turn your heat to low so you don’t overcook the peppers and onions and end up with mush.  Put a lid on it too – it will keep its color better.

While your meat and veggies are cooking, start your cheese sauce:

1 c. chicken broth
3 “light”spreadable cheese wedges
1 tsp. nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp. glucomannan
10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilis (optional)

In a small saucepan, warm the chicken broth.  Whisk in the spreadable cheese wedges (I buy mine at Aldi).  When the sauce is smooth, add in the nutritional yeast (this lends a cheesy flavor and yellowish color).  Lastly, sprinkle the glucomannan across the top of the sauce and whisk in.  Continue to whisk until the cheese sauce thickens.  Add in the diced tomatoes and green chilis if desired, and turn heat to low.  Grab your blue corn chips and start building your nachos!  (Again, this sauce is best warm, so don’t delay!)

So, there you have it!  Let me know if you try them, and which one you liked best!

Here are the printable versions of the recipes:

Chicken Fajita Nachos (THM S or E)
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 3 colored peppers, sliced
  • 3 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1 bag (22 oz) frozen diced Chicken Breast Meat (or dice your own chicken breasts and pre-cook)
  • For S Cheese Sauce:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 TBSP arrowroot powder
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • 1 c. cream
  • 1 c. milk
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chiles (optional)
  • For E Cheese Sauce:
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 3 “light”spreadable cheese wedges
  • 1 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp. glucomannan
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilis (optional)
  • Blue Corn Chips
Instructions
  1. Saute’ the peppers and onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the veggies begin to soften, add in the diced chicken breast and cover. You can add fajita seasoning here, but I really, really, really like the flavor of onions and peppers unadulterated, so I don’t season at all.) Turn your heat to low so you don’t overcook the peppers and onions and end up with mush. Put a lid on it too – it will keep its color better.
  2. While your meat and veggies are cooking, start your cheese sauce:
  3. For S Cheese Sauce: Create a binding agent by whisking together the egg yolk, arrowroot and 1 Tbsp milk. Set aside. In a saucepan, warm 1 cup of cream and 1 cup of milk over medium heat. Once heated, add binding agent, and whisk until it begins to thicken. Turn the heat to low, and throw in the cream cheese and whisk like there’s no tomorrow. Then, stir in the grated cheese followed by the diced tomatoes and green chilies (if desired), remove from heat, and build your “Nachos”! (note: this cheese is best hot off the stove, so don’t delay!)
  4. For E Cheese Sauce: In a small saucepan, warm the chicken broth. Whisk in the spreadable cheese wedges (I buy mine at Aldi). When the sauce is smooth, add in the nutritional yeast (this lends a cheesy flavor and yellowish color). Lastly, sprinkle the glucomannan across the top of the sauce and whisk in. Continue to whisk until the cheese sauce thickens. Add in the diced tomatoes and green chilis if desired, and turn heat to low. Grab your blue corn chips and start building your nachos! (Again, this sauce is best warm, so don’t delay!)

 

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