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Asian turkey sloppy joes

asian turkey sloppy joes

Oh my gosh. You guys these turned out so good. I’m so excited to share the recipe with you. To be honest, I don’t cook with ground turkey all that often and I’m not sure why. It’s inexpensive, quick cooking, healthy and a blank canvas which means you can flavor it with almost anything. I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and the ground turkey was on sale so I bought a few packages even though I didn’t really have any specific dish to make in mind. I figured ground turkey was versatile enough I could find something in my pantry that would flavor it well. (more…)

Thai chicken and green bean stir fry

thai chicken and green bean

As part of my effort to stick to my New Year’s resolution to lose weight, eat more veggies, etc., I was browsing through the Weight Watcher’s website the other day looking through some recipes. I didn’t have any good ideas for dinner that night so I was looking for anything healthy that would spark my interest. I came across a chicken and green bean stir fry. The recipe sounded really good but I decided to change quite a few things. I made it spicier and I also put some crunchy peanuts on the top at the end. This makes it slightly higher calorie but it’s still very healthy. Plus, like most things, peanuts are good for you in moderation. (more…)

Fish tacos with chipotle broccoli slaw

fish tacos

Like thousands of other people in the world, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and eat healthier. These fish tacos are part of that effort. Many studies suggest everyone should try and eat fish twice a week. It’s low in saturated fat and high in protein and eating it regularly offers many health benefits. Fish is also fairly simple to cook. Some of my go to fish purchases include cod, tilapia, and halibut depending on what is on sale and what is fresh that day. I also buy salmon regularly but salmon has a really strong flavor and isn’t as versatile as the other white fish I just named. Cod, tilapia and halibut are blank canvases because they are so mild in flavor. In this recipe I happened to use cod. It’s fairly inexpensive and holds up really well in these tacos. (more…)

Buffalo Chicken Dip

buffalo chicken dip

There must be a thousand different recipes for buffalo chicken dip. This one is by no means healthy but it’s pretty much the most delicious thing you could eat and it’s incredibly easy.

On Christmas day my sister in law asked me to help her get some of the appetizers ready. She worked on the bruschetta and I worked on the buffalo chicken dip. I also made Ina Garten’s stuffed mushrooms which are to die for, just fyi. This is essentially my sister in law’s recipe for buffalo chicken dip. I may have changed some of the measurements but she is the true mastermind behind this dip. To be honest I was never that thrilled by buffalo chicken dip. I mean it’s good and all but there are definitely other appetizers I’d rather be eating. But for some reason I couldn’t stop eating this one on Christmas day. So, I decided to make it again for New Year’s Eve and just as I suspected, it went over really well. (more…)

An Ina Garten dinner

steak

I love Ina Garten. I love her show, own two of her cookbooks and just think she’s pretty much one of the most fabulous people around especially when it comes to entertaining and anything food related. Lately I find myself reading through her cookbooks at night looking for recipe inspiration. I often just use recipes to come up with my own ideas and wind up changing them completely but this time I pretty much followed the recipes exactly. I decided to make Ina’s mustard marinated flank steak and her green beans gremolata.

green beans

I am actually really picky when it comes to both steak and green beans. Steak has to be really tender and easy to chew. I can’t stomach it when there are any bits of gristle or fat. I actually rarely eat steak because I’m too particular about it. I’m also particular about green beans. I find they can sometimes be really bland and also really easy to overcook. Some people, like my dad, prefer green beans that have been cooked a long time but I find that this usually just makes them too mushy for my taste. So, needless to say I was skeptical about both of these recipes in Ina’s book. I was intimidated to cook with flank steak because it’s considered to be a tougher cut of meat usually and I’ve never had much luck with tenderizing it enough for my taste. I also was nervous that the green beans would be boring and not flavorful enough. I was wrong on both accounts. The marinade for the steak really DID tenderize it. It also gave the steak a ton of flavor. The gremolata for the green beans was a really interesting concept and one that I will use again on many different vegetables. It gave the beans so much flavor! The two dishes also went perfectly together and were simple to make. (more…)

Easy steak & black bean quesadillas

quesadilla 3

Mmm…Quesadillas. These quesadillas are my go to quick, easy and satisfying dinner. What’s not to love about a warm, crispy tortilla oozing with melted cheese and meat or vegetables? The awesome thing about quesadillas is that they are incredibly versatile. You can stuff them with just about anything as long as you start with a tortilla and cheese. You could leave out the cheese but why on earth would anyone want to do that? Plus its the glue that holds the quesadilla all together. So, scratch that. You cannot make a quesadilla without cheese BUT you can make them vegetarian or use chicken, shrimp, beef or any other kind of filling you prefer. (more…)

Eating light before turkey day with Asian flavored cod

cod 1

I started following weight watchers again about 2 weeks ago. I did it once before and lost about 20 pounds. Unfortunately, I’ve put all that weight back on in the last few years. I probably couldn’t have picked a worse time to start trying to lose weight. I mean Thanksgiving is two days away and there are often pre Thanksgiving events, like Friendsgiving, that are just as calorie heavy as turkey day itself. But there is always an excuse to NOT lose weight. In the summer there are barbecues and cookouts. In the winter, when it’s cold, it’s easy to load up on carbs and comfort foods like mac and cheese. Each season brings with it a number of holidays where food is involved. You have to learn how to navigate those holidays with moderation, balance, and eating well beforehand. This is one of the reasons why I love the Weight Watcher’s program so much. It’s not a “diet” in the traditional sense. It’s more of a lifestyle change. (more…)

Pasta with asparagus & peas

spring pasta 1

I know I’ve been posting a lot of pasta recipes lately but here comes another one and this one doesn’t have anything to do with fall. In fact most of the flavors incorporate traditional springtime ingredients. But, I make no apologies! It’s delicious and quick and wonderful. It’s also a Matt approved meat-free meal.

Between the asparagus, peas and lemon this pasta is full of freshness and bright flavors. The weather has been a bit dreary here in New Jersey and this pasta was the perfect pick-me-up I needed. I happened to have 1/2 lb of penne to use up so this recipe makes a bit less than my usual pasta recipes do. I’m also trying to work on portion control especially when it comes to carbs. I’m always tempted to pile on the pasta and help myself to seconds (and thirds). Cooking less ensures that I will eat less. If you want to use a full pound of pasta, just double the recipe. (more…)

My version of zuppa toscana

zuppa toscana

I don’t care what anyone says about Olive Garden. Their Zuppa Toscana soup is one of my favorite soups around. That and their breadsticks. So good! There are so many different versions of Zuppa Toscana out there and I’m sure they are all good but I decided to create my own based on the Olive Garden version I love so much. I have no idea what they put in theirs but I think my version comes pretty darn close and it’s incredibly simple. It’s also a one pot meal which makes cleanup a breeze. (more…)

Spicy lemon chicken pasta

pasta 1

Let’s talk about rotisserie chicken. It is delicious. It is a time saver. It is perfect for lazy cooks like me. One night last week I went to the store and picked up a rotisserie chicken. I got two meals out of it and I probably would have been able to even stretch that to three had I not given my dog a couple generous portions throughout the next few days. For the first meal we simply ate the chicken plain and I served a side salad along with it. Rotisserie chickens give you A LOT of meat so I had to come up with a way to use up the leftover chicken meat. I came up with this dish, spicy lemon chicken pasta. It’s so simple and really quite yummy. (more…)

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