Friday, January 5, 2018

Kielbasa Egg Casserole with Spinach

6 eggs
6 egg whites
1 package turkey kielbasa, sliced
half a bag spinach, chopped
2 oz. feta

Preheat oven to 350.  Cook kielbasa.  Whisk eggs with salt and pepper.  Pour into greased 13x9 baking dish.  Top with spinach, then kielbasa, then feta.  Bake for 40 minutes. (Doesn't really need the feta- might omit next time- would make each piece 197 calories).

Cut into 6 pieces.  220 calories each.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

Photo and recipe adapted from skinny taste

This is my new favorite recipe.  So delicious.  Even Everett said, "mom I'm eating this SO fast because it's SO good." ;)

  • 2 acorn squash, halved, seeded
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 10 ounces canned Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Place squash halves on the baking sheet, cut sides down. Bake until soft, 30 to 35 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and pepper.

  4. When meat is browned and cooked through add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat.

  5. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, and paprika.
  6. Cover and simmer over low heat about 25 minutes stirring occasionally.

You can top with cheese, but it's not necessary- so good with no toppings.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

Recipe from Blue Apron

Chicken from 1 rotisserie chicken
2 eggs
1 cup jasmine rice
6 oz. green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 green onions, sliced (separate green and white)
1 lb. cabbage, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, cut into 1/4" inch pieces
1- 1" piece of ginger, grated
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sesame oil

Toss chicken with 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce and 2 tbsp. vinegar and set aside.  Scramble the eggs then set aside.

RICE: Heat sesame oil in small pot, add half the ginger and season with salt and pepper; cook 30 seconds.  Add the rice and 2 cups water, heat to boiling then cover, reduce heat to low and cook 12-14 minutes, or until water has been absorbed and rice is tender.  Remove from heat and fluff with fork.  Stir in 2 tbsp. vinegar and season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a large saute pan, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil until hot, add cabbage and green beans; season with salt and pepper.  Cook 5-7 minutes until slightly softened.  Add zucchini, white bottoms of green onions and remaining ginger.  Cook 3-5 minutes or until softened.

Add the chicken, rice and remaining teriyaki sauce to pan.  Cook 5-6 minutes or until thoroughly combined and heated through.  Garnish with peanuts.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Korean Beef (turkey) Bowls

This was amazing!  So flavorful.
Original Recipe from Damn Delicious

1 c brown rice (1/4 c per bowl)
4 large eggs (not necessary- don't add next time)
1 tbsp olive oil (might use 1/2 tbsp next time?)
2 garlic cloves, minced
10 cups spinach or baby kale/spinach blend 

For the Korean "Beef"
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c soy sauce
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 tsp sesame oil (use only 1 next time)
1/2 tsp sriracha
1 tbsp olive oil (use 1/2 next time)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
3-4 green onions, thinly sliced

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and sriracha.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute.  Stir in spinach until wilted.  Set aside.

In same pan, heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil.  Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute.  Add ground turkey and cook until browned.  Stir in sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, about 2 minutes.

Turn off heat, add spinach and 1 bag brown rice into turkey mixture and combine.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Italian Rice Ball Casserole- REVISED (healthier)

Original recipe and photo from Skinnytaste

I revised this recipe to add more veggies, less cheese, and make it less calories...and easier to prepare by not doing layers- just mix it all up!  So good and about 300 calories per 1 big serving (1/8 of the casserole dish).

  • 2 cups white or brown rice, cooked (Trader Joes frozen brown rice in a bag)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 onion, minced  
  • 1/2 a 12 oz. bag of spinach, chopped
  • black pepper
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1 jar Trader Joes tomato basil marinara
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup pecorino romano (or parmesan)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Cook the turkey and onions until browned. Season with salt and black pepper, and add the chopped spinach- mix until wilted.  Add the peas and 1 cup sauce; simmer on low for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl combine cooked rice, pecorino romano, egg, and 1 cup sauce and mix well. Add the rice mixture to the pan with the turkey mixture and mix well.
Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray, and pour the mixture into the dish.  Top with remaining jar of sauce and the mozzarella.
Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes, let cool slightly then cut into squares.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Slow Cooker Picadillo

This is a Cuban dish I got from skinnytaste- it is SO good! I slightly adapted her recipe. Even the kids loved it- here are their dishes after eating with no complaining!

1 lb. ground turkey
1 minced onion
2-3 minced garlic cloves (1heaping tsp crushed)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 diced tomato (I cut up grape tomatoes- about 1 cup)
8 oz tomato sauce
1/2 cup alcaparrado (I used the sliced Spanish salad olives from target)
1tsp ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat in a skillet; season generously with salt and pepper. Add the onions and garlic and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. 

Transfer the meat to crockpot and add the tomato sauce, tomato, cilantro, olives, cumin and 1 cup water (I used a little bit of olive juice and just under a cup of water). 

Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Serve over brown rice. 

**Here is my confession- the original recipe calls for 2.5 lbs of beef, but I didn't even read it and just assumed it used only one tray of ground meat instead of two, so I only used about 1 lb of ground turkey, but kept the rest of the measurements the same (except I increased the olives!!!). It turned out so good that I'm keeping it that way! Plus, 2.5 lbs of meat is way too much for us. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

Photo and recipe from twopeasandtheirpod

This is SO good- Gary and the kids loved it, and it's vegetarian and gluten free!  It's great because you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and put it in the fridge to bake later.

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp crushed)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 jar red enchilada sauce (I used the trader joes brand)
8-10 small corn tortillas
about 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend)

Preheat oven to 400.  Place the vegetables on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toss until coated.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes.  Let cool. Reduce oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, combine vegetables, beans, spices, garlic, cilantro and S&P.  Spread some enchilada sauce on the bottom of a baking dish (I  used one slightly smaller than 9x11) and cover with tortillas (I did 2 whole tortillas then I broke some more to make it fit without overlapping a lot because I didn't want a ton of tortilla).  Top with half the vegetable mix and then cheese.  Do another layer of tortillas and then sauce.  Top with remaining half of vegetables and more cheese.  Do another layer of tortillas then sauce and top that with cheese.

(At this point, I put the entire casserole in the fridge ready to bake at dinner time!)

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Cool for 10 minutes, cut into squares and serve.