Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

So, it’s been some time since my last post.  I have good reason though, b


elieve it or not.  I traveled to my hometown state of Minnesota for a visit with my grandparents and my parents, who drove up from Oklahoma.  While I was there we celebrated my Grandma’s birthday … once again, Gram, happy birthday to you!  I had a great time! 

I ate plenty while I was there.  Actually, more than I would like to admit.  Even to myself.  I will just say one thing – Kathy, if you are out there reading, please e-mail me your recipe for the mini cheesecakes.  They were fabulous!  100% delicious.  I would love for them to make a blog appearance.  They were just too good.

OK, going back to eating plenty … upon my return home to my husband and frisky little furball, I was still in the mood for some good ol’ home cooking.  That’s where the loaves come to play.  I found this recipe several month’s ago while browsing Martha Stewart’s site and knew that I would find the perfect night to whip these little babies up eventually.


Mini Honey-Mustard (Turkey) Loaves



These were really good and very husband- (and I would bank on child-) friendly.  I served ours with roasted sweet potato wedges.  The original recipe for the meatloaves can be found here.  My modified version …


(For two)

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • ~1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/4 c. whole wheat Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/8 c. egg substitute
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheese



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Mix together honey, mustard and BBQ sauce.  Set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine turkey, minced onion, bread crumbs, egg substitute, salt, pepper, 1/8 c. cheese, plus 1 tbsp. mustard-BBQ sauce.  Mix well and form into two mini loaves.  Top each loaf with equal amounts of remaining mustard-BBQ sauce and cheese.  Bake in oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!


Now, on to some overdue biz … I need to give a shout-out to Kristina, with Stonyfield Farms, who was kind enough to send me coupons for Oikos Greek yogurt.  She spotted that I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt, having only purchased Chobani previously and thought I should give her brand a go. 




When it comes to Greek yogurt, we always have a stash of the plain variety in our fridge, since that is also our substitute for sour cream.  Unfortunately, I was only able to find blueberry and vanilla at my go-to store, but I’m sure the plain Oikos is out there somewhere.  I just need to look a little harder.  Thus far, I have only taste-tested the blueberry variety.  A penny for my thoughts … well, it was definitely thicker and creamier than the Chobani brand.  The blueberries I found on the bottom weren’t overly sweetened either.  Another plus.  Overall I thought it was really tasty.  The only drawback from my point as a consumer is that the price is higher than the Chobani brand and I don’t think there is that much of a difference in taste/quality for me to justify the price difference.  I will enjoy them while I have them though.  Thanks again for the coupons, Kristina.

Have a great day, everyone!


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Sopa de Albondigas

Hi all!  Are you doing well?  Did you have a good week??  I hope so.  My week was super busy, as you already know, and I’m really glad the weekend is here.  Next week should be a bit more normal again. 

We ordered take-out from our favorite pizza joint last night, so I’m going to jump back to Thursday’s dinner for your viewing pleasure today.  I’ve seen this soup pop up on other blogs lately and it reminded me that we haven’t had it in forever.  It’s hearty, spicy and comforting all in one …


Sopa de Albondigas (Meatball Soup – Spanish Style)




(For two)

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup bottled salsa, medium or hot
  • 1 tsp. reduced sodium chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp. bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. fat free milk
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Fresh cilantro (I used two frozen cilantro cubes and added to soup while cooking)


In a large soup pot, bring water, carrots, onion, sweet potato, salsa and bouillon to a boil.  Reduce to a medium simmer, stirring occasionally, approximately 15 minutes.

Mix the beef, breadcrumbs and milk together in a bowl.  Form into 1-inch meatballs and drop into boiling broth, one at a time.  Once soup returns to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover and cook 20 minutes, or until meatballs are no longer pink in center and vegetables are tender.  Add black beans during the last 10 minutes of cooking.  Serve with cilantro for garnish, if desired.  Enjoy!

Recipe inspired from here.


So, what’s on everyone’s agenda for Valentine’s day??  We stay in and cook a special dinner every year … I will explain more on the theme tomorrow, but I will say that it’s Bahamian-inspired!  Fun, fun. 

Have a wonderful day, sweets! 

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Tempting The Tastebuds

Another busy day, so this one’s gonna be quick, folks.  Hope you are all doing fantastically well today.  You may [or may not] remember not so long ago that I made chicken burgers for dinner, stuffed with blue cheese, spinach and mushrooms.  Devin wasn’t exactly thrilled since it wasn’t exactly the “burger” he was expecting it to be.  I made a promise to deliver his wishes very soon.  Last night turned out to be the lucky night …

Now, you’ve seen a turkey burger before, but these are a little different.  See, peeps, these patties included some extra legwork before rolling them into little balls and slapping them on the grill.  I followed the fabulous Lonely Sidecar‘s method for making these bad boys and I can tell you, it didn’t disappoint. 

We are huge fans and will continue this method from here on out.


Lonely Sidecar’s Turkey Burgers




(For two)

  • 1/2 pound extra lean turkey breast
  • 1/8 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp. season salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

I slightly modified their recipe, removing the garlic and using dried onion, instead of fresh.  To see their original recipe, please click here.


Alrighty tighty, I’m off like a prom dress.  Have a great Tuesday!

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Reuben Turned Rachel

Hola peeps.  How in the heck are ya?  I’m back in the swing of things.  Finally.  Thank goodness.  It snowed again over night and we ended up with about an 1-1/2 inches covering the ground.  The temps never got very high today, but the sun kept on shining and melted all the snow away.  Now – no snow, but it’s FREEZING!!  Brrrrr.  I am so ready for Spring.  I can’t even stress it enough.  I’m just not a cold weather person.  At all.  I should just give up and move to the Caribbean.  Oh yeah.


Grilled Rachel Sandwiches



To kick off our normal eating habits again, we went with a good ol’ classic sammie.  It was delicious and hit the spot perfectly. 

You know the drill with this one …

  • Whole Grain Rye
  • Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
  • Swiss Cheese
  • TJ’s Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast
  • Chopped Sauerkraut
  • Sauteed Onions
  • Spicy Brown Mustard

Grilled to perfection.  Yum.  Have I ever mentioned my love of sauerkraut?  It’s actually rather embarrassing … I fancy it so much that I have been known to stab a forkful right from the can and eat it stone cold.  That’s pretty bad, huh??  It must be my German roots coming out.  That one’s for you, Gramps! 😉


I’m ready to snuggle like a bug in a rug and watch LOST.  New episode tonight.  It’s actually on right now.  We’ve got a trick with the DVR though … if we start watching 1/2 hour after the show comes on, we can forward through all the commercial breaks.  Genius, right?!  Haha. 

Okey-doke, catch ya later!

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2 + 24 + 24 = 4

 That’s right, lades and gents, 2 nights of 24 equal 4 hours of Jack Bauer, which has left me wanting more, more, more!  Ah, such a great show.  Anyone else??

Thank you all for your birthday wishes and fabulous comments you left about my madre.  It’s my only hope that I can be half as good looking as she is when I reach her age.  She’s pretty fantastic.

I want to take a second to highlight the salad I whipped together for lunch today, since it was extra delish …




As I’m sure you can tell, the FRESH strawberries were the real kicker.  They made such a mouth-pleasing bowl of goodness.  The rest of the goodies include spinach, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms and sliced almonds.  I found the strawberries on sale at the grocery.  Each and every one of the juicy, red jems was in absolute perfect condition.  Yum to my tum.


Dinner this evening was a recipe borrowed from the YUM-O queen herself, Rachel Ray, scaled down and modified slightly to suit our tasty buds.


Sloppy Buffalo Joes





(In my opinion, this is enough to make about four sandwiches)

  • 1/8 cup chopped onion
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • EVOO
  • 1/2 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. agave syrup (recipe calls for brown sugar, but we don’t currently have any)
  • 1/2 tsbp. Worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp. hot sauce (used Frank’s)
  • 1/4 cup canned tomato sauce
  • Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Blue cheese crumbles


Heat a small amount of EVOO in a skillet, then add onion, celery and carrot; cook for 3-4 minutes.  Push veggies to the side of skillet and add turkey.  Cook until turkey is browned and mix together with vegetables.  In a small bowl, combine vinegar, agave, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Mix well and add to skillet.  Stir well to distribute sauce and allow to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.  Spoon mixture onto buns, top with blue cheese crumbles and place under broiler until cheese is melty and bun is browned.  Enjoy!


These were really good and had just enough kick to them to make Dev feel like he got his manly-man meal for the week.  And, of course, I paired the sammie’s with a piping hot bowl of leftover soup to make sure he got his daily veggies.  One can never know what he really eats for lunch everyday … my good habits probably only go so far.  Let’s just say, I know he’s not hitting up the burger joint and asking for a soy burger.  Ha.  That’ll be the day.

Alright, it’s 10:30 and I’m hitting the sheets.  Nighty!

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Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday night!  You know, I can hear Lindsay hooting and hollering all the way down here … her beloved Eagles beat the Vikings and are one step further in the playoffs.  I wasn’t rooting for either, but being the wife of a football fanatic, of course, the games were on and I had one ear taking it all in. 


Toasted muffin with crunchy Maranatha PB and strawberry jelly and sliced banana with vanilla Chob, a sprinkle of Grape Nuts and dried cranberries

B: Toasted muffin with PB+J and sliced banana with vanilla Chob, a sprinkle of Grape Nuts and dried cranberries


In honor of the fabulous Miss Eating Bender, I dusted off our P90X Kenpo DVD and worked out with that today.  It felt good to kick my own bum.  Jenn posted about receiving the P90X program for Christmas and how excited she was to get started once she got back to school. 

Both Devin and I have been working out with Tony Horton, the fearless, energetic leader, for the past couple years.  I never followed the program exactly as intended, but rather chose the DVD’s that I enjoyed the most and dabbled around with them.


Spinach salad with veggies and fresh chickpeas plus a black bean burger on an Arnold's Thin

L: Spinach salad with veggies and fresh chickpeas plus a Morningstar black bean burger on an Arnold's Thin


My top choices are Legs + Back (which I mentioned in my post this AM), Kenpo, Plyometrics, Cardio X, Core Synergistics, plus the P90X Plus workouts, Interval X and Total Body Plus.

The program has several DVD’s that are focused on upper body strength training.  I don’t care for that degree of workout for my upper body, so I skip on those.  Devin does them regularly and it has been amazing to watch the major changes that have taken place to his body.  Hubba hubba.

If you’re looking for an in-home, butt-kickin’ workout, check this program out.  I highly recommend it since I have also seen major changes in my body since beginning these DVD’s.  When I started training for my triathlon, I focused only on running, swimming and biking.  The DVD’s got pushed to the way-side, with the exception of Legs + Back, but now that it’s on my brain again, I’ve been pulling them out and I’m really enjoying the blood, sweat and tears.


Turkey Meatball Heroes



These guys were pretty basic … turkey meatballstomato saucemushrooms, bell peppers, onions, a sprinkle of Mozzarella on a mutli-grain hoagie.  On the side … kale chips and they were delicious, as always. 


I’m signing off for the night.  I’m whooped for some reason … maybe it’s a carb coma from all the bread products I consumed today.  Gotta love them carbs.  Num yummy. 

Enjoy the rest of your evening!

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Grindin’ Me Crazy

Howdy.  How y’all doin’ today?  I’m doing good here.  No complaints.  Actually, that’s a lie … I do have one HUGE complaint.  Have you ever accidentally spilled brewed coffee grinds on the floor?  You know, you lift the filter from the basket and a little bit of the grinds spill out the side and splatter all over the place.


Warmed granola with sliced banana, pumpkin butter, flax, wheat berries and vanilla soy

B: Warmed granola with sliced banana, pumpkin butter, flax, wheat berries and vanilla soy


Well, I made that mistake today.  I’ve made this mess more times than I care to admit.  Every time, without fail, my audible sigh, plus a few choice words, fill the air in our home sweet home.  I don’t think I will ever understand how a pea-sized drop of coffee grinds can make such a mess.  I swear to you, people, it morphs and multiplies immediately upon hitting it’s destined surface.  No matter how many times you wipe, you will still find them hanging around.  They stick and don’t let go. 


Leftover soup, carrots and Ryvita crackers with crunchy PB

L: Leftover soup, carrots and Ryvita crackers with Maranatha brand crunchy PB


If you’ve done this, you know what I’m talking about here.  I’m sure I will find more little brown specs tomorrow … and the next day … and the day after that.  Gee, I’d hate to have to break down and wash the floors.  You know how I love that chore. 


Man-Lovin’ Mini Meatloaves




  • 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute (or 1 egg)
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • ~1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (we used Havarti)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard


Spray a 6-cup muffin tin with PAM.  Set aside.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix together all ingredients until well blended.  Portion mixture into muffins tins.  Bake for 35 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked.


On the side, we had Brussels sprouts with julienned carrots and toasted almonds.  I love Brussels and the addition of the sweet carrots was a nice pairing.  I seasoned the veggies with parsley, salt, pepper and dried minced onion.  C’est bon.


I think our dinner tonight must have been inspired by watching the Christmas day marathon run of A Christmas Story on TBS.  That is my fave Christmas movie and I love to tune in every year to Ralphie and his quest for an official Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.

One of the best scene’s of the movie includes brother, Randy, snorting over a plate of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, playing “Mommy’s Little Piggy.”  Good thing we didn’t have mashed potatoes … I may have been cleaning those up off the floor as well.  Ha.

Time for me to hit the hay.  It’s been a long day and I’ve got a lot more running to do tomorrow.  Make it a good night!

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