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Chicken/Turkey Bolognese

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Chicken/Turkey Bolognese

This meal was super yummy and great as leftovers too!  David had bought some chicken chorizo that was antibiotic/hormone free, organic, etc etc or I’m not so sure I would have been thrilled on chorizo, but it was delicious! Ingredients: 1/2 package ground turkey (the one in the rolls) 1 package ground chicken chorizo 3 cups veggie pasta 1/2 can tomato paste (no sodium added) 1/3 yellow onion, chopped 1, 2 oz can green chiles (the can with the least amount of sodium) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1/3 cup cilantro Directions: Saute the chicken chorizo and the turkey together in a pan over medium heat (you don’t need any oil, but if your pan is a bit dry, add a touch of water!).  Once the mixture starts to brown, add the tomato paste, onion, green chiles, and garlic.  Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer for 10-20 minutes (the longer the better, but as long as the meat is cooked all the way through, you are good!). Meanwhile, boil a pot of water and add the veggie pasta.  Once the pasta is soft, drain the pasta and mix it into the meat/veggie mixture.  Allow the whole concoction to simmer on low for 2-3 minutes and then serve with a cilantro...

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Crockpot Sweet Potatoes

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Crockpot Sweet Potatoes

The steak in this picture is huge bc this was a request for a 68 year-old man’s birthday – a meal with lots of meat!  But of course I had to pair it with some yummy healthy stuff!  This crockpot sweet potato casserole was awesome!   Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes 2 cups 100% apple juice 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp nutmeg 2 tsp sugar toppings: pecans Directions: Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them into smaller sections.  Place the sweet potatoes, apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in the crockpot for 5-6 hours.  Periodically (if you are around), take a fork or masher and mash up the big chunks as they cook.  Serve with pecans on top....

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Indian Delight

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Indian Delight

This was definitely one of the best dishes that I have ever made – hands down!  So fresh and such a great blend of spices!   Ingredients: 1 lb lean beef 1/4 yellow onion, diced 1/8 cup cilantro, chopped 1 can of diced tomatoes (with the juice NOT removed) – make sure to buy a low salt can 1 T ginger, finely chopped 1/2 can or frozen peas (drained and rinsed) seasonings: 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1 garam masala, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp olive oil Directions: Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.  Next add the ground beef and seasonings.  Once the beef is starting to brown, add the peas and the can of tomatoes.  Partially (but not fully) cover the pan and cook until the beef is almost all brown.  At this time, add ginger and cilantro.  Allow to cook for another 3-4 minutes.  Serve!  We served ours with a whole wheat naan...

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Fresh Cod Dinner

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Fresh Cod Dinner

This meal would have been amazing except our fish was not quite as fresh as we had hoped, so it was too ‘fishy’ tasting.  However, if you get a fresh piece of cod, this WILL be delicious! Ingredients: 2 cod filets seasonings: 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp ground pepper 1 slice of an onion (to create strips on top of each filet) 4 thin slices of tomato (2 for each cod filet) 1/8 cup parmesan cheese 1 tsp olive oil Directions: Mix all seasonings together on a plate.  Press filets onto the seasoned plate.  Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the seasoned filets to the pan (skin side down, so seasonings are on the top of the filet).  Cover the filets with tomato and onion slices.  Put lid on pan and cook until fish is white throughout.  Turn the oven onto broil while the fish is cooking.  Once the fish is just about done, transfer to a pan, sprinkle the tops with parmesan and broil for 1-2 minutes.  Serve and enjoy! We served ours with asparagus, mixed brown rice, and mixed...

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Basil Pesto Goat Cheese Burgers

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Basil Pesto Goat Cheese Burgers

These took under 5 minutes to make and were super yummy! Ingredients: 1 lb lean beef 3-4 T basil pesto 2-3 T goat cheese 1/2 T olive oil Optional: onion slices, tomato slices, avocado slices, sauteed mushroom slices, mixed greens, bun of choice (we used a ciabatta roll) Directions: Blend meat, pesto, and goat cheese in a bowl with your hands.  Mold into small patties with your hands.  Heat oil on the stovetop and once oil is hot, place the patties onto the pan.  Flip once one side is browned.  Serve once patty is cooked through and is slightly pink (or to personal...

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Pesto Goat Cheese Pork Chop Pasta

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Pesto Goat Cheese Pork Chop Pasta

That name was a mouthful and so was this dish!  Super yummy!  We concluded that it was a bit heavy since it was served with pasta and perhaps would have been a bit better if it was served with a lighter grain (like cous cous). Ingredients: 3 pork chops basil pesto (enough to put a thin layer on top of the pork chops) 2 T goat cheese 1 package brown rice pasta 2 cans diced tomato (I bought the no salt added one that is flavored with basil and oregano) 4 mini bell peppers, chopped (or 1 whole bell pepper, but the smaller ones mean that you get to have more colors) 2 shakes hot sauce (we used ‘O Face’ made by Horsetooth Hot Sauce) 6 mushrooms, sliced thinly Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spread a thin layer of basil pesto on the pork chops and put them in the oven for 18 minutes or until ALMOST cooked completely through.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta over the stove.  In another pan on the stove, add the diced tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and hot sauce and simmer over low-medium heat.  Once the pork is almost cooked through, take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle goat cheese on top of the pork chops.  Return the pan to the oven for another 2-3 minutes.  Serve and...

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Honey Whiskey Salmon Salad

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Honey Whiskey Salmon Salad

I marinated this salmon and made a delicious salad! Marinade ingredients: 4 salmon filets 4 shots honey whiskey 2 T brown sugar juice of 1/3 lemon Directions: Mix all the ingredients into a ziploc bag and allow to sit for 1 hour minimum.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook for 18-20 minutes (or until salmon is flaky, but moist). The salad ingredients that I paired it with: mixed baby greens, heirloom cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, diced onion, diced mini bell peppers, pistachios, dried pomegranates, goat cheese.  The dressing that I offered was a sesame ginger (make sure to use...

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Ground Turkey Burgers

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Ground Turkey Burgers

These were insanely simple and quick!  Definitely yummy too!  I even made a few extra to have as lunches! Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground turkey 2 green onions, finely chopped (the long skinny stalks of onion) 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ground pepper, to taste 1 tsp olive oil Optional: whole wheat buns, avocado, cheese, ketchup, other ‘burger’ toppings Directions: Mix all ingredients into a mixing bowl.  With your hands, mix together all of the ingredients and then make patties with your hands.  Put 1 tsp olive oil in a pan and wait until it gets hot.  Once hot, place the patties into the pan.  Flip once the bottom side starts to brown and patties are done once they are no longer pink inside and outsides are browned....

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Christmas Pepper Jelly

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Christmas Pepper Jelly

So this is a jelly which clearly means that it is loaded with sugar, but at least if you make it yourself it has less preservatives and is theoretically healthier.  This turned out delicious, so enjoy!   Ingredients: 3 red bell peppers, finely chopped 1 jalapeño, finely chopped 1.5 Cups White Vinegar 6.5 Cups White Sugar 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper 4 oz Pectin 4 drops red food coloring Directions: Combine peppers, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne pepper in a large pot.  Cook on medium until it is a rolling boil.  Add the pectin, stir, and allow the mixture to boil for a full 5 minutes (in order to set the pectin).  Remove the mixture from heat and add the food coloring.  Pour the mixture into jars, seal the jars, and place them in the refrigerator overnight (they will not look ‘jelly-like’ until they have been in the fridge for awhile).  Enjoy!...

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‘Meat’loaf (ground turkey meatloaf)

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‘Meat’loaf (ground turkey meatloaf)

I’ve never even had meatloaf before, but this was a big hit!  David ate the whole pan and had none for lunch the next day! Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground turkey 3/4 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1/2 jalapeño, diced 1/2 tomato, diced 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs 1/4 cup salsa 2 eggs Juice from 1 slice of a lemon ground pepper, to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (except the tomato).  Mix with hands until thoroughly mixed and consistent.  Press mixture into a loaf pan (or a pan with higher sides).  Drop the tomato pieces on top.  Bake for about 1 hour (until the edges start to brown and when cut into, it looks cooked...

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