Monday, July 11, 2011

Turkey Burgers

What's so fabulous about this Turkey Burger? It's delicious, under 200 calories, and is great served with sauteed peppers and onions! You can even play with it and make it what ever flavor you want. I have recently rediscovered Mrs. Dash seasoning, so I made my turkey burgers with a kick! This picture isn't very good, but the patty sure was : )

Southwest Chipotle Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 4-oz. patties

Adapted from "Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers". The following Nutritional Information is for my version (and it's better!)

1.25 lb Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey 93/7
1 T. + 1 t. Plain Bread Crumbs
1 T. + 1 t. Onion, minced
1/8 c. Egg substitute (yeah, that's half an egg white lightly beaten..)
1 T. + 1 t. Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
1/2 Clove of Garlic, peeled and minced (1/4 t. of the jarred stuff)

Now here's your time to decide. I added 4 t. of Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning. You can pick another salt-free flavor and get the same nutrition info. This was great, but if spicy isn't your thing, try another flavor.

Mix all ingredients in large bowl and form into 4 patties. Cook patties over medium heat, turning once. Suggested internal temp is 180.

Serve with delicious veggies, brown rice and maybe some salsa. I crumbled my last patty and made a taco salad with it. This Sunday I am making it with ground chicken breast, and I will BBQ them.

Nutritional Info:
Cal 182
Fat 8g
Carb 3g
Sod 108mg
Pro 22g

What flavor will you use?

Ground Turkey- لحم الديك الرومي المفروم on FoodistaGround Turkey- لحم الديك الرومي المفروم

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mini Berry Cakes

Dieting or not, everybody wants dessert. So why not take a bite and make this cute little cake-like creation? This mini dessert will satisfy the sweet tooth craving without pushing your calorie intake to the limit. It may be quite small but it's jam packed with fruity flavors! YUM!

Also, it gives me a chance to show off some of my new dishes! I got 4 white square snack plates, 4 Mini Trifle dishes, and the Tasting Party Ramekins set, both from Pier1. Mommy loves me.

A few notes about the recipe before I jump in. 
This recipe is courtesy of Diabetic Living  magazine and the BHG Test Kitchen.
The original recipe calls for:
6 6-ounce ramekins or quiche dishes - I used 6 2.75 oz ramekins and halved the recipe. Nutritional info altered.
Fresh berries - I used frozen, then thawed. Fresh would work better and the top would bake more completely.
Eggs - I used Egg Substitute. Nutritional info not altered.
Fat Free Milk - I used 1%. Nutritional info not altered.

Here is the halved recipe. You can obviously double it for the bigger pans.

Mini Berry Cakes
serves 6

Non Stick Cooking Spray
1/4 c. Egg Substitute
1/8 c. Sugar
1/2 t. Vanilla
Dash of Salt
1/2 c. 1% Milk
1/4 c. Flour
1/4 t. Baking Powder
1 1/2 c. Assorted Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)

Preheat over (toaster oven!) to 400 degrees.
Place ramekins on baking sheet and spray with non-stick spray.

In small bowl whisk egg and sugar until combined. Add and blend in the vanilla and salt. Whisk in milk until combined and smooth.

Divide berries between dishes and pour batter over the berries. The batter will not completely cover the berries
Bake 20 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown

Mine didn't turn golden brown. As you can see in the picture above, they turned grey. I had to thaw my berries in warm water, and obviously didn't drain them well enough. Too much juice was in the bottom of the ramekins so it blended with the batter and didn't turn out as pretty as planned. But! That's ok. It was yummy.

Nutritional Info (not altered to reflect 1% milk or Egg Substitute):
Cal 70.5
Fat 1
Carb 13
Prot 2.5

Sunday, June 12, 2011

5 Minute Mousse!

: ) So I know I said I'd post Healthy recipes for the next 90 days or so but I've been wanting to put this one up for a while now.
I first had this mousse dessert at a Fancy Nancy Tea Party with my two cousins, ages 7 and 4 at the time. We planned a great party with pocket pizzas and fancy cups, frilly dresses, and grandma's jewelry. My aunt Toni made this mousse for dessert. It was delicious.

I have made this quite a few times, and with experience comes stories. You were warned in my very first post that you would get a whipped creamed wall story - I needed to make a quadruple (or something) batch of this for a dessert one day, and thus needed to whip up A LOT of Heavy Whipping Cream in my dad's Kitchen Aid mixer. 8 cups of whipping cream is a lot for my little mixer and my bowl of cream became a corner of cream. I was whipping it up the cups and it got a little out of hand - out of mixer. Before I could turn the mixer down I managed to spray quite a few drops on the fridge, cupboards, walls, counter...
Well, I figured since there was already a mess I was beyond the point of no return. So I held my hands up around the top of the bowl and turned up the speed.

-Note: Everyone in the world needs a splatter guard for their stand mixer. Or a good cleaning product-

It turned out great. Messy things taste better; like tacos, Red Robin's Teriyaki Chicken Burger, ice cream cones.

Without further ado, 

5 Minute Mousse

2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
7 oz. Hershey's Symphony Bar (Plain, Creamy Milk Chocolate)

Whip the cream into stiff peaks. Melt candy bar until it stirs smooth. Fold melted chocolate into whipped cream. Serve. 

That's it. You can top it with chocolate covered pretzels or chocolate curls if you like.

Oh, and for some reason every time I've made it the chocolate cools to fast in the whipped cream so it's not a smooth texture. But I love eating the mousse and getting little chunks of chocolate. I did hear that you can whip the chocolate into the whipped cream in the mixer, but you have to be careful not to turn it into chocolate butter. (Though that would be delicious on pancakes...)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Aloha Pork Chops

Everybody Hula! Straight from the 1001 Slow Cooker Recipes cookbook here's a good dish for you. Pork can be a good lean meat, and the pepper, onion, pineapple, and papaya give you some great fruits and veggies in one meal.

 I'm not sure of the nutritional breakdown of this meal, but I looked at and entered it in. For a serving with a 4 oz piece of meat with it guesstimates about 300 calories (before rice and carrots).

Aloha Pork Chops
Serves 6-8

1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and julienned
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and julienned
1 Onion, sliced
6-8 (1/2 inch thick) boneless Pork Chops
1 can (15 oz.) Pineapple Chunks with juice
1 T. Mustard
2 T. White Wine Vinegar
1 T. Brown Sugar
1 Papaya, peeled, seeded, and sliced
Macadamia nuts, chopped, optional

Place bell peppers and onions in sprayed slow cooker and place pork chops on top.

Combine juice from pineapple, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar and 1/2 t. salt in bowl. Mix and pour over chops. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours.

Place pork chops on serving plate and keep warm. Increase heat to high and stir in pineapple chunks and papaya. Cook additional 10 minutes. Pour over pork chops and sprinkle with macadamia nuts.

Serves great over rice!

This one has a great flavor with the papaya and pineapple and peppers. The fruit and veggie blend gives it a unique taste. Try it out!

Papaya on FoodistaPapaya

Confetti Rice

Brown rice. Are you as unsure about that as I am? Earlier this year when I first started "watching my weight" (not that it wanted to go anywhere) I discovered that Brown rice is NOT as bad as I had believed. I had some preconceived notion that it was a disgusting wannabe. 

If we're gonna be honest here, which we always are, brown rice does take some getting use to. It is not just white rice of a different color. It's a little bit chewy and takes a while longer to cook. BUT it's versatile and good for you. 

The original recipe is in the Taste of Home Everyday Light Meals cookbook and the Light and Tasty book. Also, the original recipe calls for white rice, but I used brown rice.

Confetti Rice
serves 6 

1 can (14.5 oz.) reduced sodium Chicken Broth
1 c. uncooked Brown Rice
1/4 c. water
1/4 t. Salt
1/4 t. Oregano
1/8 t. Pepper
1/2 c. Diced Red Bell Pepper
1/2 c. Diced Green Pepper
1/2 c. frozen Green Peas, thawed
1 T. minced, fresh Parsley

In a large saucepan combine broth, water, rice, salt, oregano and pepper. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low - still visibly simmering! Cover and cook rice for ~about~ 30 minutes, then stir in peppers. Cook for about another 45-50 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed..

-My rice wasn't simmering the whole time, we turned it ALL the way down and it took over an hour to cook-

Remove from heat, add peas and cover again for about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve with a yummy, healthy protein packed main dish, like the Herbed Lime Chicken!

Nutritional Info (altered slightly-brown rice is lower cal and carb):
Cal 120g
trace fat!
Carb 27g
Fib 3g
Prot 4g

This turned out really good for me -EXCEPT- I didn't mince my parsley fine enough... get a good knife.

This was a fun day of cooking because in the early afternoon I met up with my friend Katrina. She just returned home from serving a mission in Thailand and in Texas. We talked mostly about food - what else is there? The different street vendors and shops all sound so interesting! I would love to go to foreign places as a tourist and venture out to try all this awesome cuisine.

Who wants to fund my adventure?

Medium-Grain Brown Rice on FoodistaMedium-Grain Brown Rice

Herbed Lime Chicken

The first post after the weight loss proclamation... will it be good, or just -blech- healthy?

I'm sure you all are worried that I will post 90 days 81 days of different ways to plate a garden salad. Have No FEAR!! Taste of Home Everyday Light is here!

Trainer Meal Plan Approved. :D Friend and Family dinner table appreciated.

Herbed Lime Chicken
Serves 4

(I'm a terrible person and forgot to take a picture... here's the one from the interwebz...)

1 16-oz. bottle Fat-Free Italian Salad Dressing
1/2 c. Lime Juice
1 Lime, halved and sliced
3 Garlic Cloves
1 t. dried Thyme
4 boneless, skinless Chicken Breast halves (about 4 oz. each)

In a bowl, combine everything but chicken. Remove 1/2 c. for basting, cover and refrigerate. Pour remaining marinade into gallon ziplock bag and add the chicken. Seal the bag and turn over to coat. Refrigerate for 8 to 10 hours.

~~~jeopardy theme music~~~

Drain and discard marinade. Grill Chicken on the BBQ for about 5 minutes. Turn over and baste with remaining marinade. Grill for another 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through.

Serve immediately with a delicious and healthy side like Confetti Rice - coming up next!

Nutritional Info:
Cal 62 - (That's what the book says, I'd guess more like 160-180. Thanks Stacy for pointing that out!)
Fat 2g
Carb 8g
Fib 1g
Prot 27

Lime on FoodistaLime

Cook's Comments

I am a loser. I am going to be a big loser. I'm actually hoping to be the Biggest Loser there is. Now let me explain.

Before I go off into I-Heart-My-Gym land, let me comfort you with the fact that I am NOT going to stop blogging or cooking. Ever.

With that said, I do love my gym. I go to VisionQuest Sport and Fitness at the Auburn Supermall. Twice a year (I think) they hold a Biggest Loser 90 Day Weight Loss competition (judged by percent % total weight lost).

I'm not going to be on TV or anything, it's just a 5-Gym competition.
 My wonderful boss/friend/workout partner is offering full support and I am competing. The kick-off day was Thursday, June 2nd, and today is Day 9. The Finale is Thursday, September 1st with a prize of $500 and Grand Prize of $5000. Please mark it on your calendars and plan on coming and supporting me. The louder my supporters are, the higher chance I have at winning the Best Before-and-After and the Best Testimonial competitions. You have full permission to scream your head right off.

***All Finale Night supporters will get a homemade breakfast/lunch/dinner/dessert of their choice cooked for them.***

I'm down about 9 lbs or 3.61% so far (not sure how much of that was the water I guzzled that day). Since I started at the gym I'm down 19 lbs.

My first 10 days are pretty tough because my trainer's given me a meal plan, and sugary sweets are NOT welcome : ( . It's a week and a half of meal replacement shakes (which -thankfully- aren't that bad) and one real-food dinner a night. My many boxes of whole wheat spaghetti and I are becoming good "after 5" friends.

No worries, I am better than just eating a bowl of healthified Sketti every night for the next 90 days. I have my trusty "healthy" cookbooks - and I'll probably eat a lot of taco salad, minus the sour cream.

Being the change I want to see in the world, I will post healthy and TASTY recipes. With these healthy recipes you have no excuse not to eat healthy.

Be awesome. Like me!

(and support me please)

 All healthy recipe ideas, advice, articles, etc. are welcome. If there is a recipe you love that you want to see "Healthified" tell me and I will see what I can do!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

South Beach Oregano Grilled Chicken

Turns out some "diet books" actually have some good recipes in them. The South Beach Diet cookbook has some good ideas in it (along with some pretty gross ones, but it's worth a good look)!

So, as I am now watching my weight (since it has overstayed it's welcome), I am checking for more good recipes in my diet/light cookbooks. If I don't feel like making a full-on meal, I look for yummy things to put on salads.

So today, courtesy of SBD cookbooks, I bring you Oregano Grilled Chicken.

Oregano Grilled Chicken
serves 4

1 oz. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 t. Lemon Juice
1 t. Dried Oregano
1/4 t. Salt
1 t. Black Pepper
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast halves, (about 4 oz. each)

In shallow dish (like a 9x13 inch glass baking dish) combine oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add chicken.
Refrigerate 2-3 hours. Drain and discard marinade.
Grill or BBQ chicken until juice runs clear and center is no longer pink (160 degrees).

I have had this on a green salad with the chicken warm, and with it cold. It is great either way.

Note: If, the next day, you are looking for a little protein to add to your spaghetti lunch -- DO NOT use this chicken. The oregano/pepper kick does not mesh well with cheese/garlic tomato sauce. It's gross. Consider yourself warned!

This is a great chicken recipe for salads. The kick from the oregano and pepper is a great flavor additive to a green salad with ranch dressing. I hope you like it!

Oregano on FoodistaOregano

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Terrific Turkey Enchiladas!

One word: Yum!

One more word: Scrumptious.

And another: Terrific!

There are many fantastic words to describe these tasty enchiladas. I thought Mommy's enchiladas were the best, never to be topped... but these are so good! Though, they are completely different. Try them. The fresh cilantro is a delicious kick in the face.

Now, when I made these, I grabbed a tube of ground chicken from the freezer because we are out of turkey. I've got to tell you though, I think it was a mystery meat. I cooked the chicken up and it looked like cooked ground beef, not cooked ground chicken. Believe me, they look different. 
...but it worked...

Terrific Turkey Enchiladas
serves 6-8

1/4 c. frozen Corn, thawed
4 oz. can Green Chilies
1 c. fresh Cilantro Leaves
1/2 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 t. Salt
1/4 t. Pepper

1 lb. Ground Turkey
1/3 c. chopped Onion
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 T. Olive Oil
1 c. Salsa
1 T. Cornmeal
2 t. Chili Powder
1 1/2 t. Ground Cumin
1 t. Dried Oregano
1/8 t. Salt
1/8 t. Pepper
6-8 10" Flour Tortillas (depends on how many you have mixture for)
1 1/4 c. shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
1/4 c. sliced Black Olives

Preheat oven to 350 and spray 11"x7" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 

Place first 6 ingredients in blender and pulse until blended. Set aside.

In a large skillet, cooker turkey, onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat and stir in salsa, cornmeal, and seasonings.
Spoon 1/3 c. turkey mixture down the center of each tortilla; top with 2 T. cheese. Roll up and place seem side down in dish. Pour/Spoon blended corn mixture over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese and olives. ~The sauce will not cover the entire pan.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer, until heated through.

These were really flavorful and great served with a scoop of Spanish Rice and drop of Sour Cream.

"They tasted fresh - not your everyday enchilada, but in a good way. A very good way" -Boo

Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

 Hello my pasta loving friends, today's dish of the day is straight from the WeightWatchers cookbook. I love this diet cookbook because it actually has recipes that taste. good.
But don't take my word for it, test this recipe out!
You'll see in the ingredient list that it calls for plain tomato sauce; don't worry, it won't taste plain. All the spices added to it give it such a kick. Once it all starts simmering, your kitchen your entire house will smell amazing!

Let's go to Italy!

Cheese Stuffed Manicotti
serves 6

1t. Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
15 oz. can Tomato Puree/Sauce
2t. dried Oregano
1/2t. dried Basil
1/4t. ground Pepper
15oz.-20oz. Part Skim Ricotta Cheese (whatever size you can find)
1 1/4c. Part Skim shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3/4c. grated Parmesan Cheese
1 large Egg, lightly beaten
2T milk
1/4c. chopped Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley
12 Manicotti Shells (tubes), cooked almost completely

In a large nonstick skillet over medium, heat the oil. Saute' garlic about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, basil, and pepper. Bring to boil, then reduce head and simmer for 15 minutes. Enjoy the aroma!
Preheat oven to 350 and spray 9x13 inch baking dish.
In bowl combine ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, parsley and milk. 

To fill pasta shells, spoon cheese mixture into a gallon sized zip-lock bag. snip the corner of the bag about 3/4 to one inch. Hold the pasta tube gently, in the middle, and squeeze/pipe cheese filling into each pasta shell. Squeeze slowly or the tube might break. If the pasta tube is already broken/ripped down the side, just pipe a line down the center of the tube, and place seam side down in the dish.

Place all stuffed manicotti shells in baking dish, pour sauce over top. The sauce doesn't completely cover the pasta, it's ok!! 
Bake about 30-40 mins or until brown and bubbly. 

Nutritional Info (2 shells):
Cal 368
Fat 15g
Carb 36g
Fib 3g
Prot 25g

This was a huge hit, and I was excited that it turned out so well the first time around. Everyone loved the sauce, but 1.5 out of 4 people thought it could have used more sauce (obviously someone was undecided). You could probably use more tomato sauce, but the amount here is just so jam-packed with flavor that you really don't need it, and wouldn't want to tone it down. 
~But try it out and see for your self. Let me know what you do!~

Boo helped me with stuffing the shells, that was quite a process. Quite a few will split down the side while boiling, so you just have to hold them right. Manicotti shells come in a plastic tray in a box so that they don't smash each other. I kept the trays so that post boiling, I could keep the noodles separated. Let me tell you, these noodles stick like there's no tomorrow! This worked really well. Make sure you pipe the filling in slowly, or you may bust the middle of a noodle clean open.

"It was like heaven in a tube!" -Boo.

Parsley on FoodistaParsley

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting

Well I went to the gym this morning, and worked hard, too! So I felt making a cake would be a good way to pat myself on the back... I now understand the problem. It has fruit, therefore it is healthy, right?
So here is my family pleasing Mandarin Orange Cake, found via Betty Crocker online.

Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting
Serves 20

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist Yellow Cake mix
1/2 c. Canola or Vegetable Oil
11 oz. can Mandarin Oranges, NOT drained
4 eggs
1/2 c. chopped Walnuts, optional
20 oz. can Crushed Pineapple, NOT drained
3.4 oz. pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding, Sugar Free
1 1/2 c. Light Whipped Topping
1 t. Orange Zest (shredded orange peel)

Pre-heat oven to 350 for a glass dish and 325 for a dark dish.

On low speed mix cake mix, oil, mandarin oranges (including juice), eggs (and walnuts if you must...) for 30 seconds. Mix on med speed for 2 minutes. 

Grease or spray 9x13 pan. Pour cake mixture into pan and bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

In med bowl, stir together pineapple (including juice), pudding mix and orange zest. Fold in whipped topping. Spread on cake. Store in refrigerator. 

As you can see I used some extra oranges as a cute decoration to the cake. This cake is really good and very moist. I personally think the cake itself could use an extra kick or orange, but it is great the way it is! Let me know how you like it!


A few weeks ago I needed an "appetizer" to take to a Relief Society Lunch Bunch. I interpreted that as "finger food in general". I had some puff pastry in the freezer so I came up with these little tartlets.

Fruit Dip Tartlets
makes 24-48 

1-2 sheets puff pastry, thawed (depends on how many you want to make)
1-2 Kiwi, sliced 1/4" thick, then cut into 8 wedges each
11 oz can Mandarin Oranges (I peeled an orange and broke the segments out of the ... membrane? because I didn't have a can of oranges. Do this the easy way if you can.)
1/2 - 1 c. Fluffy Fruit Dip (from previous post)
Powdered Sugar, optional

Pre-heat oven to 400. On a floured surface, roll puff pastry out to get rid of creases. With a knife or pizza cutter cut pastry 4x3, and cut each square diagonally making 24 triangles. If you are making a bunch (48), work with one sheet of puff pastry at a time, and place the second sheet in the fridge until you are ready to cut it.

Spray mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Press each triangle into the pan and Bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

Leave Puffed Pastries in pan to make assembly and transportation easy. To create the 'bowl' press down the center of each puff with the small end of a melon baller or a medium sized fondant ball tool. Let these cool while you prep the fruit.

Drop about 1/4 t.+ fluffy fruit dip in the center of each pastry and top with fruit. If desired, dust very lightly with powdered sugar.
Feel free to change the fruit : )


Caramel Apple Tartlets
makes 24-48

1-2 sheets Puff Pastry, thawed
1 Granny Smith Apple, finely diced/minced
1/2 - 1 T. Butter
1/2 t. Cinnamon or Apple Pie Spice
1/2 t. Brown Sugar
1 t.+ Caramel Topping

Pre-heat oven to 400. Cut, bake, and press pastries as above.

In frying pan, saute minced apple in butter. Mix in cinnamon, brown sugar and caramel.

Put about 1/4 - 1/2 t. saute'ed apple mixture in each pastry.

Serve with extra drip of caramel on top if desired.

These were a big hit. If you had one, or make a variation, let me know!

Tarts on FoodistaTarts

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fluffy Fruit Dip

I'm just tossing this fruit dip recipe in real quick so you have it for my Fruit Dip Tartlets! If you remember to thaw the cream cheese the dip comes together really quick.

This is great for apples, oranges, strawberries, grapes, etc.

Fluffy Fruit Dip

7 oz. Marshmallow Creme
8 oz. Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, softened.

Mix in mixer until mixed. : )

Really. That's all.

 Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme, 7-Ounce - Jet-Puffed

Sunday, February 6, 2011

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