Archive for May, 2011

May 28, 2011

Spicy Green Beans

Spicy Green Beans

I’ve recently been integrating green beans more in my cooking and here is a great, simple, recipe.

What you’ll need:
0.5lbs fresh cleaned green beans
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Trim the ends of the green beans and steam in shallow water. Make sure to cover the pot for optimal cooking. Steam for around 6 minutes or until tender. Remove from water and toss green beans with rice vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.

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May 17, 2011

Banana Bread Muffins refined!

Buying too many bananas doesn’t have to be wasteful. Bananas often get super ripe before you know it, and banana bread is a great way to utilize their ripeness. I’ve made banana bread many times but this time I wanted to refine it, make it lower calorie and more diet friendly. I found this recipe on sparkpeople.com (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=), and took it one step further by making muffins instead of bread. I also added applesauce instead of water. Muffins are easy to grab and a pre-portioned snack. These turn out to be 3 points plus per muffin.

What you’ll need:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter (softened)
2 cups mashed ripe bananas
2 organic eggs
3 tablespoons natural applesauce
1 cup wheat flour
2/3 cup all purpose white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven at 350.
I used my electric mixer and added the bananas first to mash them. Mix in the sugar and eggs. Add dry ingredients (white flour, wheat flour, baking soda, salt, baking power). Mix well. Add applesauce. Line or grease muffin pans and divide out. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.

I sprinkled cinnamon on half and chocolate chunks on the other half to add a lil something.

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May 11, 2011

A Daily Gnash for ya! (Peanut Butter snacks)

Hey Gnashers,

I’ve been a little busy prepping my home for summer, so I apologize for the lack of posts. Keeping me energized through all these home improvements: healthy snacks. Snacking is the best! What’s even better, is snacking healthy. To get me out of the mid-afternoon slump, I usually boost my energy with a nice nourishing snack. Lately, I’ve really been into peanut butter. Peanut butter is great to have as part of your daily snack, as it provides protein which makes you feel full, and gives you energy. My favorite way to have peanut butter is with fresh fruit and veggies. Today I picked an apple and banana with a dab of organic PB. I don’t but organic everything, but some things were just meant to be made simple, and Peanut Butter is one of them. Organic peanut butter has great flavor and not all those nasty, strange additives. Some people complain about the texture of organic peanut butter but I guarantee you that your local store sells a smooth organic PB that doesn’t separate. If PB is not your thing, a great alternative is almond butter. It’s easy to incorporate healthy foods into your life and snacks are a great place to start.

YUMMMM!!!!

Happy Snacking!!! 

-Michelle

May 2, 2011

Curry Turkey Burgers stuffed with Feta and Spinach (and some potatoes on the side)

Hello Gnashers,

So I know it’s been a couple of days since I’ve updated. I’ve been drafting some ideas and been doing a lot of reading for some future posts. But have no fear, I’ve got something great for you today. Curry Burgers stuffed with feta and spinach served with some baked small potatoes. Some days I just reach for some randoms in the kitchen and this was one of those days. Food is so interactive, I love it! This recipe turned out amazing and I can’t wait to try these on the grill!

For the Burgers: 

Combine and Mix Ingredients

1lb or so Ground Turkey

1 Tbsp. Parsley (fresh is always better but work with what you got!)

1/2 Tbsp. Worchestershire Sauce

1/2 Tbsp. Curry Powder

Kosher salt and pepper to your liking.

2/3 c. Feta Cheese (the feta that is in brine, not pre crumbled, it has so much more flavor)

1 c. Spinach, roughly chopped

Sprinkle of dill

Mix Feta and Spinach together for easier stuffing!

Mix Feta and Spinach together for easier stuffing!

In your meat bowl, mix together the turkey, curry powder, worchestershire. parsley. salt and pepper.

In another small bowl combine feta, chopped spinach and dill. Just a light mixing of these makes stuffing the burgers so much easier .

Take the mixed meat and form patties. I form about half of the burger in my hand, thumb a little hole, and stuff the feta mixture in there. Once that’s stuffed I grab a little more meat mixture and seal that stuffing up. (Remember  the spinach will cook down).

It’s best to pre-stuff the burgers and stick them in the fridge for atleast 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. This time in the fridge allows for the meat to absorb the curry flavor.

Place formed patties in the fridge for 30 minutes!

I cooked my burgers in a stainless steal pan to allow for some browning. These would also be great on the grill of course! And if need be the broiler setting on your oven will work too. I flipped these about every 5 minutes for 20 minutes or so. For a faster cook time and to keep the moisture I suggest you cover them when cooking in a pan.

For the Potatoes: 

Potatoes in Baking dish.

One bag of mixed small potatoes (including red, purple, and gold)

1/2 Yellow onion, sliced into rings

1/2 lemon’s worth of juice

1 tbsp. Olive Oil

Dill, Parsley, Salt, and Pepper to taste.

Put ingredients in baking pan, toss together and bake in oven at 360 for 45-60 minutes. (time varies based on oven and size of potatoes)

The Final Product with some mixed greens on the side.

The final product makes for a great spring/summer meal and would even be great for lunch.  Add a little tossed salad to your plate and you’ve got a great balanced meal.

Happy Gnashing!

-Michelle