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Smokey Sweet Potato Salad

I love potato salad in the summer, but wanted to make a healthier version that still had summer flavor.  So, I used sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and a vinegar based dressing instead of mayo.  I was really happy with how this turned out!  I’ll definitely make it again.

Smokey Sweet Potato Salad

Pieces:

  1. 3 sweet potatoes
  2. 5-6 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon)
  3. 4 tbsp. honey mustard
  4. 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  5. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  6. 2 tsp. lemon juice
  7.  1 tsp. grated lemon rind
  8. 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  9. one half tsp. coriander
  10. salt and pepper

Process:

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes.  Cut them lengthwise into quarters or fifths.  Then cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. Roast the sweet potato pieces with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the sweets are tender when pierced with a fork (but not mushy).
  3. Slice the bacon into small bite sized pieces.  Saute the bacon pieces on medium heat until crispy.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes and bacon.
  5. Make the dressing by adding the honey mustard, white wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon rind, paprika, and coriander to a shaker or bowl.  Shake or stir to combine.
  6. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and bacon.  Toss lightly to coat.
  7. Let cool in the fridge for a couple hours.
  8. Top with scallions and serve.

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Orange Paprika Drummies

Sunday afternoons are when I clean the house, make lunches for the week, and enjoy some time to gear up for the always busy week.  I do love cooking, but sometimes I also love just throwing some ingredients in the crockpot and letting it simmer while I enjoy my Sunday afternoon.  So this week, I did just that.  The result was a delicious Sunday night dinner with very little effort!

Orange and Paprika Drummies

Pieces:

  1. 10 chicken drumsticks
  2. 1 cup gluten free chicken broth
  3. 2 tsp. chopped garlic
  4. juice of one orange plus 2 tbsp. orange zest
  5. one quarter cup gluten free soy sauce
  6. 2 tbsp. smoked paprika
  7. salt and pepper
  8. white rice, cooked to package directions
  9. one cup frozen peas
  10. one cup frozen corn

Process:

  1. In the crockpot, lay the chicken drumsticks in the chicken broth and smother the drummies with the garlic, orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper.
  2. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  3. When the chicken is almost done, cook white rice according to package directions.
  4. When the rice is just about done cooking (with about 1-2 minutes left), add the frozen peas and corn and cook them in the rice.
  5. Serve the rice, corn, and peas in a bowl and top with the chicken drumsticks.

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Bacon and Onion Meatloaf

I was actually in the mood for something hearty this weekend as the weather started to cool down (even though I am in total denial about summer ending).  So, I decided to make turkey meatloaf, and add the heartiness of bacon to it.  It was delicious!  I know that meatloaf has a bad reputation, but this turned out really well.  It is pretty healthy with the turkey meat, and the bacon added some flavor.  I will definitely make it again.  You could even make meatballs out of it if you wanted to.

Bacon and Onion Meatloaf

Pieces:

  1. 1 lb. ground turkey (or beef if you prefer)
  2. one half of an onion, finely chopped
  3. 7 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces (I use kitchen scissors)
  4. one half cup gluten free bread crumbs
  5. 1 egg and 1 egg white
  6. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  7. 1 tsp. cumin
  8. 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 4 tbsp. ketchup
  11. 2 tbsp. honey

Process:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, onion, bacon, bread crumbs, eggs, paprika, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper.  Use your hands to combine the mixture, but don’t handle it too much or make it too dense by squeezing too hard.
  2. Once combined, form it into a loaf shape.
  3. Place the loaf into a shallow and greased pan.
  4. Put the pan and loaf into the fridge for 10 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes.  Halfway through baking, about 30 minutes in, drizzle the honey and ketchup on top of the loaf.
  6. When cooked, take the pan out of the oven and let it sit for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Cut into slices and serve hot.

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Smokey Garlic Lime Chicken

I am really loving having a grill and the summer to enjoy it in!  It is such an easy cooking method and perfect for summer foods.  Lately, I have been enjoying grilled corn on the cob and chicken.  Here is a smokey chicken rub that I tried and loved.  The chicken marinade makes it especially juicy and tender when served hot off the grill.  Yum!

Smokey Garlic Lime Chicken

Pieces:

  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1 tsp. garlic salt
  3. 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  4. one half tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp. cumin
  6. one half tsp. nutmeg
  7. one half tsp. red chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. ground ginger
  9. the juice of one lime
  10. 1 tsp. chopped garlic

Process:

  1. In a large bowl, coat both sides of the chicken with the garlic salt, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, red chili powder, and ginger.
  2. Add the lime juice and garlic.  Let the chicken marinate for about 3 hours.
  3. Grill until chicken is cooked through and serve hot!

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Mediterranean Meatballs

Looking for something different?  How about this different flavor combination with traditional meatballs?  Unique, delicious, smokey, deeply flavored… I could go on.  But you really need to taste them to believe how great these Mediterranean Meatballs are!

Mediterranean Meatballs

Pieces:

  1. 1 lb. ground beef or lamb
  2. 1/2 red onion
  3. 2 garlic cloves
  4. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  5. 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  6. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 3 Tbsp parsley
  8. salt/pepper to taste
  9. one 28 ounce can of peeled whole Italian plum tomatoes plus juice (San Marzano preferred)
  10. 1/2 Tbsp olive oil

Process:

  1. In food processor pulse tomatoes and juice until smooth.  
  2. Pour into lidded tagine or lidded large saute pan.
  3. Stir in olive oil, one minced garlic clove, half of the parsley, 1/4 tsp each of cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and salt/pepper to taste.  
  4. Cook over low heat until thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. 
  5.  In food processor (no need to rinse) add onion, one garlic clove, half of the parsley and pulse until chopped.  
  6. Add meat and 1/4 tsp each of cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and salt/pepper to taste.  Pulse until smooth.  
  7. Roll mixture into balls, about 1 to 2 inches in diameter.  
  8. Gently place the meatballs into the tomato sauce, cover and cook over low heat until meatballs are cooked through, about 45 minutes to one hour. 
  9. Serve over rice, or rice with some saffron blended in.
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Sunday Breakfast

I usually eat half of an avocado and some gluten free granola with soy milk for breakfast.  But I like to get a little more creative and involved on the weekends.  I also try to eat one egg on the weekends, in hopes that my body will be “less” allergic to them in the future.  I can handle one egg, but am scared to try more.  So, with my one egg indulgence, I made a sausage and egg scramble that was scrumptious on this lazy Sunday morning!

Basil and Apple Sausage Scramble

Pieces:

  1. one quarter cup onion, chopped
  2. one tsp. vegan butter
  3. salt and pepper, to taste
  4. one chicken apple sausage (cooked), cut into small pieces
  5. one egg
  6. one half tsp. smoked paprika
  7. 2 tbsp. goat cheese
  8. 1 basil leaf, chopped

Process:

  1. In a saute pan, add the onion, butter, and salt and pepper over medium heat.  Saute until onion is soft.
  2. Add the sausage and saute just another minute or two, until the sausage is browned.
  3. Add the egg, and stir to get the egg scrambled and cooked.  Reduce heat to low.
  4. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.
  5. When cooked through, pour into serving bowl.
  6. Add the goat cheese and chopped basil.
  7. Give it a stir and serve hot.

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Fiesta Chili

Always looking for lunch ideas, I decided to make a light version of chili using turkey, white beans, and nutrient rich vegetables.  It is colorful, festive, and full of flavor.  A great spring time twist on the hearty winter meal.  It definitely spiced up my day!

Fiesta Chili

Pieces:

  1. 1 pound ground turkey meat
  2. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 2 tsp. cumin
  4. 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  5. one half of an onion, chopped
  6. salt and pepper, to taste
  7. 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  8. 2 green peppers, chopped
  9. 2 yellow peppers, chopped
  10. 1 zucchini, chopped
  11. 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies
  12. 1 can small white beans
  13. 1 can black eye peas

Process:

  1. In a large deep saute pan, add the turkey, oil, cumin, paprika, onion, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Stir constantly, mixing the flavors and breaking up the turkey into small chunks.
  3. When the turkey is almost cooked through (about 5-7 minutes), add the chopped green peppers, yellow peppers, zucchini, diced tomatoes, white beans, and black eye peas.
  4. Cover and let simmer about 30 minutes on medium-low heat.
  5. Cook for the last 10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Serve hot!

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Curried Sweet Potato Stir Fry

In the mood for something a little different this weekend, I made a curry stir fry.  I used tofu, sweet potatoes, and red peppers.  I know that tofu is not everyone’s favorite… so this recipe would be just as good with chicken.  And for those that are afraid of curry… this would be a good recipe to dip your toe into.  It has great curry flavor, but isn’t too overwhelming.  I think that is what is so great about stir fry… you can always tweak it to what your individual tastes are.

Curried Sweet Potato Stir Fry

Pieces:

  1. one block of tofu, cut into bite sized pieces and dried on towels
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  4. 1 large red pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  5. one half of an onion, cut into bite sized pieces
  6. 2 tbsp. yellow curry powder
  7. 2 tsp. cinnamon sugar (or 1 tsp. of each)
  8. 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. one half cup dried cranberries

Process:

  1. To prep the tofu… cut into small blocks and set in between two towels for an hour to dry out.
  2. In a large saute pan, add the olive oil and tofu pieces.
  3. Let sit on medium high heat for about 4 minutes…then flip the tofu to brown the other sides.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes, red pepper, onion, curry powder, cinnamon sugar, paprika, and salt and pepper.
  5. Stir every few minutes to make sure that all sides get browned.
  6. When everything is just about tender, add the dried cranberries and stir for the last couple minutes.
  7. Serve hot.  Can also serve over rice.

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Simple Roasted Broccoli

Looking for simple dinners this week to ease back into the swing of things after the holiday, I baked a couple turkey breasts and wanted a smokey side to go with them.  So I made Simple Roasted Broccoli, flavored with 4 spices.  My smokey spice choices were a good combination with the turkey, and it was so easy to make!

Simple Roasted Broccoli

Pieces:

  1. one head of broccoli
  2. olive oil for misting/drizzling, about 1 tbsp.
  3. 1 tsp. smoked sea salt
  4. 1 tsp. lemon pepper
  5. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  6. 1 tsp. chili powder

Process:

  1. Cut the stems off of the broccoli so only the florets remain.
  2. Spread out the broccoli florets on a cookie sheet.
  3. Mist the broccoli with olive oil, or drizzle.  (I like misting because it lessens how much you use, and it spreads evenly.)
  4. Sprinkle the smoked sea salt, lemon pepper, smoked paprika, and chili powder over the florets.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees, about 20 minutes, until the florets start to brown and crisp.
  6. Serve hot.

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Drunken Stuffed Peppers

I love Mexican flavors and cooking, but flour tortillas and cheese and sour cream are my worst enemies.  So, to bring some of my favorite Mexican flavors into my kitchen, I made Drunken Stuffed Peppers… a little tequila and lime flavoring definitely did the trick!

Pieces:

  1. 3 large green peppers
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil for misting
  3. 1 lb. ground sirloin (hamburger) meat
  4. one half of an onion, chopped
  5. 2 cans chopped tomatoes with spicy chilies in them
  6. 2 shots tequila
  7. juice of one lime
  8. 2 tbsp. cumin
  9. 2 tbsp. smoked paprika

Process:

  1. Cut the peppers in half, lengthwise, so they look like bowls.
  2. Lay the peppers on a large cookie sheet and spray lightly with oil.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until fork tender.
  3. In a large saute pan coated with cooking spray, add the meat and chopped onion.  Stir it for a few minutes until the meat starts to brown.
  4. Add both cans of spicy chopped tomatoes, tequila, lime juice, cumin, and paprika.
  5. Stir for a few more minutes, until the meat is cooked through.
  6. Scoop the meat into the pepper bowls and broil for a few minutes.  You may need to drain some of the liquid from the meat or use a slotted spoon.
  7. Serve hot… and with a margarita!

 

Later in the week, I even used the filling on top of a salad with some corn and spicy dressing!

 

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