Saturday, May 21, 2016

Guacamole Turkey Burgers

NEW fav burger!!  This was amazing - and my new favorite way to make guac!!  SO yummy!!
1 red, 1 blue, 1 teaspoon

¾ pound ground turkey
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ avocados (3 blue containers when mashed)
2 teaspoons lime juice
¾ teaspoons garlic powder
3 teaspoons olive oil

Mix the ground turkey together with the chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt in a medium bowl  Form into three patties

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 3 teaspoons of olive oil

Cook the patties, making sure they brown on both sides, until they are cooked through

Meanwhile, make your guacamole. Mash together the avocados, lime juice, garlic powder in a bowl. Season to taste with salt

Serve burgers with a dollop (1 blue container's worth) of guacamole on each patty

Zucchini Bake

SOOOO good!!  AMAZING way to cook these!!!
Serves 4: 2 green, ½ blue, 1 teaspoon

½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon peel
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
4 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise
1 tablespon olive oil
Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine the cheese, lemon peel, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl; mix well.  Set aside.

Place zucchini skin side down in large baking dish.  Brush with oil, covering all of zucchini.  Sprinkle with cheese mixture.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tender.  Serve with lemon wedges.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Peanutty Peanut Butter Squares

Love finding clean desserts!!  This was EASY and YUMMY!!
Serves 16: 1 yellow, 2 1/2 teaspoons

Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups all natural smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup raw honey
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temp
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly coat 8x8 baking pan with spray - set aside.

Combine peanut butter, honey, extract, eggs, and baking soda in a large bowl, mix well.

Evenly spread batter into prepared pan.  Smooth top with a spatula.

Bake for 20-23 minutes.  Squares may be a little soft when coming out of the oven, but they will continue to cook.  Cool and cut into squares.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

This was yummy -- another fancy, easy way to make pork tenderloin :)
Makes 6 servings

1lb boneless lean pork tenderloin
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup mustard
1/2 cup orange juice
1T balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp minced garlic

Whisk everything together in a small bowl.  Transfer to a Ziploc bag and add tenderloin.  Let marindar for at least 30 minutes.

Choose one of the following ways to cook it:
1. Grill, medium heat, internal temp 145 degrees
2. Roast in oven, 425 bake for 25-30 minutes
3. Crock pot, first brown both sides in skillet - then transfer to crockpot, cook on high for 4 hours

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Turkey, Veggie, Cheese Pasta Bake

Eh this was not very sounded so good but it was pretty bland.  I used fresh veggies too, so next time maybe use marinara sauce instead of tomatoes??  Or cottage cheese instead of ricotta??
Serves: 8: 1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow. ½ blue

1lb bag frozen spinach
1lb bag frozen tricolored peppers
28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes (partly drained)
1lb ground turkey
3 cups low fat ricotta cheese
4 cups whole grain pasta
1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese

Cook everything separate and then mix together into 9x13 and bake at 400 for 15 minutes.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Steak Fajitas

AMAZING!!!!  I could eat this every single day!!  :)
Serves 4 (2 fajitas each) - Fixate - 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 teaspoon

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 medium green peppers, cut into strips
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1lb extra-lean beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup salsa
8 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warm
4 tablespoons greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
lime wedges

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium - high heat.  Add bell peppers and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes,or until onion is translucent and peppers are tender.

Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

Add beef, chili powder, cumin, pepper flakes, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.

Add salsa; cook, stirring frequently for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

Evenly top each tortilla with beef mixture, yogurt, cilantro, and squeeze of lime.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Meat & Cheese Lasagna

AMAZING!!!  I should just leave it at that -- this was AMAZING!!!  SOOOO yummy!!!
Serving = 1 cup (2 yellow, 1 red, 1 blue)

12 lasagna noodles
1# ground beef
15 oz. cottage cheese
2 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, divided
½ cup parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup parsley
24 oz. marinara sauce
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown the ground beef, add marinara sauce, and water. In separate bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, egg, parsley, ¼ parmesan cheese, 1 ¼ cup mozzarella cheese.  Spread 1 cup meat sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; top with layers of 3 lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1 cup meat sauce. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining noodles, meat sauce and cheeses. Cover with foil sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake 1 hour or until heated through, removing foil after 45 min. Let stand 15 min. before cutting to serve.