Saturday, June 29, 2013

Perfect Turkey Burgers

...And they are!!!  My kids avoid mushrooms and onions whenever possible, but I minced them really finely in the my food processor, and they didn't even noticed them; however, I did.  They added so much yummy flavor and moisture.  I have tried a couple turkey burger recipes and my hubby and I thought this simple, but tasty recipe was a winner!  Happy grilling!  It has been too hot here to do anything else! :)

Perfect Turkey Burgers (Food Network)
1 large portobello mushroom cap (I used a small can, drained.)

1 tablespoon coarsely chopped shallot (I just used an onion)
3 tablespoons lightly packed fresh parsley
1 1/4 pounds 85% to 93% lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8 thin slices manchego or white cheddar cheese
4 English muffins, split
Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and sliced avocado, for topping

Use a spoon to scrape out the gills from the underside of the mushroom cap. Cut the cap into 1-inch pieces and transfer to a food processor. Add the shallot and parsley and pulse until chopped.

Transfer the mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Add the turkey, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; gently mix with your hands until just combined. Divide into 4 balls, then lightly press into 4-inch-wide, 1-inch-thick patties. Put on a large plate, cover and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat a grill to medium. Brush the grates with olive oil. Grill the patties, undisturbed, until marked on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Give the patties a quarter turn and cook until marked again, 4 to 5 more minutes. Flip the patties and grill until cooked through, 6 to 7 more minutes; top each with 2 slices cheese during the last 3 minutes of cooking and cover with a disposable aluminum pan to melt.

Toast the English muffins on the grill, then spread with mustard and mayonnaise. Serve the patties on the English muffins; top with avocado.

Per Serving (does not include toppings): Calories: 500 ;Total Fat: 26 grams; Saturated Fat: 11 grams; Protein: 40 grams; Total carbohydrates: 28 grams; Sugar: 1 gram; Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 100 milligrams; Sodium: 741 milligrams
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Strawberry Delight Cake

I wish I was better at knowing a good deal when I see one.  Strawberries were on sale a little while ago, and I didn't realize it until afterwords.  I wish I had stocked up!  At least I have this yummy dessert as consolation. :)

Strawberry Delight Cake (101 More Things to do with a Cake Mix)
1 strawberry cake mix (I didn't have strawberry cake mix, so I just used a yellow cake mix.)
1 cup white chocolate or vanilla chips
1 large box vanilla or cheesecake instant pudding

8 ounces whipped topping
sliced strawberries, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix cake batter as directed on back of box with electric mixer 2 minutes.  Stir in white chips.  Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan.  Bake as directed.  Allow cake to cool.
While cake is cooling, make instant pudding according to directions on box.  Allow pudding to thicken in refrigerator.  Cut cake into long, skinny pieces.  Place one slice of cake on a small plate.  Place a large scoop of pudding over cake.  Place another slice of cake over pudding.  Add more pudding.  Top with whipped topping.  If desired, garnish each serving with sliced strawberries.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quinoa Pancakes

Quinoa Pancakes have a very "healthy," chewy ring to them, so my husband and kiddos were quite skeptical when I served them up hot off the grittle, but we were all happy with the results.  I've been hearing a lot about how nutritious quinoa is, and I had some left-overs that I had added to the Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, so I thought I would give this a try.  They were actually pretty tasty!  (Possibly in part, because I added just a bit a sugar to give it some sweetness. :)  We had ours with some applesause and it made for a yummy, healthy, filling breakfast!

Quinoa Pancakes (Popsugar)
1 cup cooked quinoa
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon course salt
1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet
1/4 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving (I used sugar, because I was out of syrup)
Fresh fruit or fruit preserves (optional) for serving

1.     In a medium bowl, whisk together quinoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, butter, milk, and syrup until smooth. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and whisk to combine.
2.     Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter and heat over medium-high. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on top, 2 minutes.
3.     Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 2 minutes. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more melted butter and remaining batter (reduce heat to medium if overbrowning). Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit or preserves if desired.

Makes about 12.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

I was shocked to have left-overs of the delicious chicken cordon bleu, but I guess I shouldn't have been because I made a really big batch.  When I looked in the fridge the next day thinking, "Hmmm... what's for dinner?" I saw that chicken breast and the left-over wild rice I served with it, and I love turning one good meal into another, (make's me feel quite magic), and POOF... not to brag, it really worked on this one.  This was some of the yummiest soups I've had in a long time!  It came together quickly- heck, I didn't even peel the carrots.  A very happy chicken was served two delicious ways. Yum!

Lyd's Tip: To clarify, take advantage of chicken left-overs from meals like thisthis, or this.  Save time cutting and cooking raw chicken, and just chop up the left-overs and turn them into a delicious soup.

*I also added some sliced zucchini, chopped cabbage, and cooked quinoa, which my family isn't too keen on as a side dish, but all said they loved in the soup... score!

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 small onion or 1 large shallot, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 small carrots, chopped
salt & pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
8 cups chicken broth
2 chicken breasts, cut in half
3/4 cup wild/brown rice blend
1 cup milk
1/4 cup flour

Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and carrots, season with salt & pepper, then saute until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and thyme then saute for 1 more minute.
Add chicken broth then increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Add chicken breast halves and cook until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes, then remove to a plate and set aside. Shred when cool enough to handle. Add wild/brown rice blend to the pot then place a lid on top, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for 40-50 minutes or until rice is tender. 

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup milk with flour until smooth then add remaining milk. Slowly drizzle into soup while stirring. Add chicken then simmer soup for 10 more minutes uncovered and serve.

Recipe From: Iowa Girl Eats
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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Golden Chicken Cordon Bleu

Pounding... strike that, tenderizing a chicken is not the best way to "win friends and influence" new neighbors.  I was making a lot of racket with this one, and I'm sure they were wondering what was going on on the other side of the wall.  Then I think I made them all jealous with the delicious smells wafting through my front door when it was done.  I should have shared... that would have made some true friends... but alas, I was quite stingy... this one is "highly-labor-intensive" in my opinion.  People will try to tell you that is't not, but they are probably lying... just like the girl who whips up the cute ruffly dress for her daughter and tells you it was "SO EASY!" and it's almost like she's trying to rub in your deficiencies.  Nope, I'm going to be honest... anytime you have to layer and roll something up (particularly inside the tenderized breast of a chicken) and it involves carefully placed toothpicks, that automatically bumps it to a new level of difficulty in my book.
All that being said, it was quite scrumptious.  I took this one on because
A. I happened to have all the ingredients.  Swiss cheese doesn't show up in my kitchen often.
and B. I remembered learning to make it at a women's activity, and the lady was trying to tell everyone it was "SO EASY!" and I went home and told my hubby, "Well, I will never make that again!  Way too much work!"  And I just kind of wanted to see if I could actually do it.  Silly, I know... but I did it.  DELICIOUS enough that it might, just might make it off my "one-time-fix cooking bucket list." :)

*I doubled this recipe.  I felt like there was a lot of the flour mixture though- I had extra, but I guess that is better than being short, right?  I used a whole package of chicken, and I put the left-overs (including the wild-rice) to great use... stay tuned and I will tell you how.

Golden Chicken Cordon Bleu
Swiss cheese (3/4 ounce each)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I added dried parsley and salt)
1 tablespoon canola oil
Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness; top each with a slice of ham and cheese. Roll up and tuck in ends; secure with toothpicks.
In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, paprika and pepper. In another bowl, whisk egg and milk. Place bread crumbs in a third bowl. Dip chicken in flour mixture, then egg mixture; roll in crumbs.
In a small skillet, brown chicken in oil on all sides. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. (I used a meat thermometer and it took mine at least 40-45 minutes) Discard toothpicks; drizzle with butter. Yield: 2 servings.
Nutritional Facts1 serving (prepared with reduced-fat butter) equals 501 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 172 mg cholesterol, 728 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 49 g protein.
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