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Turkey Stuffed Peppers

I love recreating classics. Especially if the classics are lightened up without the sacrifice of losing flavors. This recipe from Natural Noshing blog is a lighter remake of the traditional Russian stuffed peppers. Even the boyfriend, who skeptically approaches all poultry-replacing-red meat dishes, enjoyed the dish. I used a mix of ground turkey and chicken for the stuffing as I sometimes find ground turkey to be too dry. I also used green bell peppers instead of red and didn’t add zucchini. This dish is delicious and, as much as I am afraid to say, might replace my Russian favorite.

Ingredients: 2 large red bell peppers cut in half and seeded, 1/2 pound ground turkey, 3 teaspoons oil divided, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 chopped zucchini, 1 chopped carrot, 1 cup fresh baby spinach torn into pieces, 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1/3 cup shredded cheese  (I didn’t add any)

Preheat oven to 350. Place peppers in a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes. Set the dish aside. To a large skillet on medium heat add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the ground meat, cumin, garlic and oregano and cook until meat is cooked through for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove meat from the pan. Add the remaining olive, onion, zucchini and carrot

Add the spinach and saute the veggies for about 5 minutes or until tender

Return the meat to the veggies and add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper

Stuff the peppers with meat. If not using cheese, bake for 15 minutes. If using cheese, bake for 12. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 4 more.

 Sprinkle with cilantro and enjoy!

The authors advices to fill small oven-safe bowl or ramekin halfway with water and placing the bowl in the middle of the baking pan in the middle of peppers or pour tomato sauce into the baking dish. This is supposed to keep turkey mixture moist while baking. I had enough sauce inside the pepper and so I did not do either step.

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Happy 2011!

Happy New Year everyone!Hope it brings the realization of all your dreams and wishes. Whose resolution list includes points such as eat more healthy or lose weight? I thought that I would start my 2011 blog posts with a healthy Kale, White Bean and Turkey Meatball Soup.

Ingredients: 1/2 lb ground turkey, 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons milk or cream, 1 potato cubed, 2 carrots cubed, 1/2 lb kale stemmed and chopped,1 16 oz can of white beans washed and drained,4 cups turkey or chicken broth, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.Begin by making the meatballs. Mix ground turkey with breadcrumbs, milk, breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning.

Form round meatballs and lay on a buttered cookie pan

Bake for 30 minutes until the meatballs are throughly cooked through. Add olive oil to a pot on medium heat. Add potato, carrots, salt and pepper.

Cook for 7 to 10 minutes before adding kale

Cook for a few minutes and add the broth. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add meatballs and beans.

Cook for another 7 minutes and serve

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Leftover Turkey Pitas

A week ago I showed the boyfriend Melissa d’Arabian’s Sweet and Spicy Turkey Pitas recipe. His response, “You are crazy. It’s not even Thanksgiving Day yet and you are already researching leftover recipes.” As bad as it is, I get even more excited about leftover recipes than about actual Thanksgiving Day recipes. Gina’s Skinny Recipes had some great ideas with the Turkey Croquettes and Skinny Turkey Rubans. I had some missing ingredients for both of these recipes so I just went with the Turkey Pitas one. I substituted the lettuce with the avocados and the scallions with the cilantro. It turned out great.

Ingredients:1 1/4 teaspoons curry powder, 1 avocado diced, 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 celery chopped, 1/4 cup cilantro chopped, 2 cups cold leftover turkey chopped or sliced, toasted pitas, salt and pepper to season.

Begin by toasting the curry powder

In a bowl, combine the yogurt and the cranberry sauce

Mix together and add to the celery, scallions and turkey.

Add the curry powder, salt, pepper and the avocados

Mix together and stuff the warm pitas. Enjoy!

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