Sunday, May 29, 2011

Recipe: Bleu Turkey Burgers

Wow! I have taken way too long to do a new post! I have been busy with my practicum at the hospital and working in the evenings as well! Yesterday, the hubby and I and my mother in law did the Challenge of the Centuries bike ride. We finished with almost 44 miles! I'm not going to lie, the last 10 miles were tough. I've never been so happy to have a granola bar in my life and then I went on to have an awesome lunch (thanks Peggy!). We were all pretty pooped so we ended up resting for the rest of the day since the hubby had to work at 6am today.

But, let's move on and talk about a recipe that I have been obsessed with for the past two weeks. I think we have had turkey burgers (different variations) several times over the past couple of weeks. This recipe was inspired by another one of Bethenny's Recipes.

(yes, I know there is no bun...that's how I like

-1 package of LEAN Ground Turkey (make sure it is lean/breast) ~1 lb
-1 Tbsp Mustard (I used Dijon)
-1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce (Seriously, how do you pronounce that? I just say "worcestshshsherriiree")
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1/3 cups Bleu Cheese, crumbled
-1 Slice of wheat bread, shredded into small pieces

-In a bowl, mix all ingredients
-Make 6-8 patties
-Place patties either on a skillet or a grill

-Cook until done (~5-6 minutes each side)

I served them with Alexia's Sweet Potato Waffle Fries and a little tip about these: I usually only turn my oven to about 385 F and cook them for about 18 minutes (on a dark pan). However, all ovens are different, I just know that if I follow the directions on the package, they will burn in my oven. 
So, let me know what you think!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken

The semester is finally over! I wish I could say that I'm relieved, but I'm still waiting on one more grade so I can't relax until it's posted. I am excited, however, to start my practicum next week! I will be with the Diabetes Educator at a local hospital all summer and I will also be taking my second anatomy class. One more year and I will be graduating...again! haha.

I had two great friends over the other night and I made BBQ Blue cheese Turkey Burgers with sweet potato fries. I must say, it was pretty delicious! I didn't take a picture, but I will post the recipe later!

Last night I made this recipe and I'm pretty sure the hubby said 'this is good' about 10 times while we were eating. So it must have been good!

I am obsessed with sun-dried tomatoes and put them on a lot of things! Here is the recipe!

(don't worry about being too specific, I just sort of threw this together)
-2-3 Chicken Breasts
-1 tsp Basil
-1 tsp Oregano
-1 to 2 tsp Minced Garlic
-~1/3 cup Julienned Sun-dried Tomatoes (In publix they are in the produce section in bags)
-1/4 to 1/3 of Cheese (I used a Mexican Mix, but I think Feta would be great also!)
- 1 to 2 tsp Olive Oil

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
-In a small bowl, mix together: Basil, Oregano, Garlic, Tomatoes, Cheese and Olive Oil
-Slice the chicken breasts open (not all the way through!)
-Stuff the chicken breasts with the mixture from the small bowl
-Place any of the leftover mixture on top of the chicken breasts
-Bake the chicken in a glass baking dish for about ~30 minutes or until done (Depending upon the thickness of the chicken)
-Serve and enjoy!

I served it with a side salad, steamed broccoli and brown rice. Let me know if you like it or if you have any suggestions!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Recipe: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate PB Cookies

Longest.Name.Ever. I got the recipe from Bethenny Frankel's Website. But, I just wouldn't be me if I didn't change the recipe, no? So, of course I changed it! I love Bethenny, even though she may be a little moody and neurotic. But, I think she is someone that has created a very successful business and I love her no nonsense attitude.

With that being said here is the recipe!

May not be pretty, but soooo yummy!

-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
-3/4 cup oats (I used Quaker Instant)
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-~1/3 to 1/2 cup of Splenda (Say what you will, but I love splenda!)
-~1/3 cup chocolate chips (found some dark chocolate ones that are AMAZING)
-1 tsp oil (I only had olive oil, but it calls for canola)
-1/3 cup Almond Milk (best stuff ever, seriously, if you haven't tried it go buy some. Now.)
-1 medium banana pureed and 1 Tbs unsweetened applesauce
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 to 1.5 Tbs Skippy Natural Peanut Butter (optional)

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
-Combine all dry ingredients
-Combine all wet ingredients
-Mix dry with wet
-Generously spray baking pan and scoop cookies onto pan
-Bake for ~12 minutes, until light brown
(ps- Her website says to use wax me...DO NOT use wax paper in the will definitely set your smoke alarm off. Use parchment paper instead)

I think these would probably be okay with whole wheat flour too (or a half and half mix of AP and WW), I just know that the hubby gets a little tired of me making everything with wheat ;)


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Recipe: Beef or Not Noodles

Wow, I haven't posted anything in almost two weeks! And of course I decide to cook when I should be studying for finals :) It's a nice distraction! I finally made something tonight that I've been wanting to try out for a while. I was inspired by a recipe posted on The Domestic Vegan's Blog which is one of my favorite blogs to follow! I didn't follow her recipe exactly because A) I didn't feel like going to the store and B) I wanted to try some different flavors/spices, (also, my recipe isn't vegan, sorry!) so I wanted to try and concoct something on my own!

I couldn't think of a 'name' for this, hence the uncreative title. But, I thought it was really good!

Here you go:

-Gardein Beefless Tips (in the freezer section) (of course you can use real beef or Portabella mushrooms!)

-Noodles, whole wheat (I used spaghetti noodles)
-1 can cream of celery, low sodium
-1 package of mushrooms
-1 yellow onion
 -Worchestire Sauce (Did you know this has anchovies in it?! There are vegan versions if you're interested!)
-~1 tsp Thyme, dried
-Garlic, minced
-Black pepper
-Olive Oil
-I used just a little bit of cayenne pepper (Don't tell the hubby!)

-Begin boiling the water for the noodles so the noodles can be cooking
-Pour the cream of celery and just a little less than a can of water into a small sauce pan
-Pour a little olive oil into a pan and begin sauteing the onions and garlic
-Add the mushrooms to the onions and continue sauteing until mushrooms have shrunk and onion has become translucent

-Add the beefless tips to the pan and cook until they have browned
-(If you like, I added a pinch of flour here to make it a little thicker)
-Add worchestire sauce to beefless tips pan (I didn't measure, maybe about 1 Tbs?) 
-Add Thyme and a SMALL pinch of cayenne pepper (Trust me, SMALL)
-Add the cream of celery to the pan with the onions, beefless tips, etc.
-Stir together and allow to thicken
-Drain noodles and add to pan, stir together


I served mine with fresh strawberries because I was craving them! :)

If you try it, let me know what you think about it!